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cartoonWhat is a courtroom actually like?  Most non-lawyers, or non serial criminals, don’t spend a lot of time in a court room.  Often our impressions of court room activity come from TV dramas and books/movies like To Kill a Mockingbird.  The real thing can actually be a lot more raucous, unorganized, and sometimes even funny.  So, before you start judging your classroom participation or your courtroom demeanor against the likes of Atticus Finch, remember that attorneys and judges can say some really ridiculous things too.

Please Label This THIS WEBSITE  Exhibit 1,

and this video exhibit 2.

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This Week in Legal News

The U.S. Supreme Court this week heard oral argumennews icon for blogts in Rodriguez v. United States, a case that asks whether a police officer can extend a completed traffic stop to conduct a dog sniff, absent reasonable suspicion or other lawful justification.

On Thursday, a federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona blocked a ban by that state on drivers’ licenses for immigrants who were brought to America illegally as children.

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the protocol for lethal injection drugs used in executions.

 

 

This Week in Legal News

  • On Monday, the US Supreme Court heard a new religious rights case involving an Arizona town rnews icon for blogequiring a church to remove signs about its worship services.
  • The US Court of Appeal for the 10th Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit against the University of Kansas School of Law by a student who was expelled for failing to disclose criminal convictions on his application.
  • On Thursday, Arizona became the first state in the nation to pass a law requiring high school students to pass a US citizenship test on civics as a condition of graduation.
  • A federal district court judge ordered the state of Michigan to recognize 323 same-sex marriages.
  • The US Supreme Court agreed on Friday to take up the issue of same-sex marriage.

Welcome Back, Students!

Welcome back for the spring semester!welcome

Regular hours for the Spring Semester are as follows:

Sundays:  1:00pm-11:00pm
Mondays:  7:00am-11:00pm
Tuesdays:  7:00am-11:00pm
Wednesdays:  7:00am-11:00pm
Thursdays:  7:00am-10:00pm
Fridays:  7:00am-9:00pm
Saturdays:  9:00am-9:00pm

The Reference Desk is staffed from 8:30am-5:00pm on weekdays!  Please stop by to see us if you have any questions, or email us at lawref@law.sc.edu!

Welcome New Students!

photoThe faculty and staff of the Coleman Karesh welcomed the 220+ new students to the library for the Library/IT Orientation this morning, August 19th.  The law students received their WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law password registration instructions, got a tour of the library, and learned about a lot of the great services available in the library and IT department.

Students who want a refresher on what they heard this morning should visit Cocky’s Guide to the Law Library & IT.  All the important information they heard this morning can be found there, along with some other helpful tidbits!

Stop by with questions any time!

Legal Research Tip: Lexis Advance Adds Popular Names Tables

It’s here! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Lexis Advance has now added Popular Names Tables to its collection for federal and some state statutory resources.

To access the Popular Name Table for the U.S. Code, simply type “USCS Popular Names Table” in the red search bar at the top of the screen and click the link on the right to “View the Table of Contents.” You can then browse through the Table of Contents by letter or type search terms to locate a statute’s popular name by keyword.

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Happy researching!

SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in Greenhouse Gas Cases

Supreme CourtOn Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the federal government’s ability to regulate green house cases.  In United Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, which was consolidated with six other cases, the Court considered “[w]hether the EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary sources.”

See SCOTUSblog’s argument preview to understand what’s at stake in the case and argument recap to see what went down in oral arguments.

Legal News of the Day: AZ Bill Allows Refusal of Service for Religious Reasons

restaurantsignOn Thursday, Arizona lawmakers approved a bill allowing state business owners to refuse to serve individuals for “religious reasons.”  Critics denounce the law as a state-approved discrimination against LGBT individuals.

The bill will now go to Governor Jan Brewer, who has five days to sign the law.  The voting for the bill took place largely along party lines, and the Arizona House Minority Leader has already released a statement urging Brewer to veto the bill, arguing that it targets the LGBT community and promotes discrimination.

Legal News of the Day: Federal District Court Strikes Down Virginia Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

virginiaOn Thursday, a judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia struck down Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, made law in 2006 after Virginia voters ratified Article I, Section 15-A to the constitution, defining marriage as a union between a man and woman only.  The opinion states that the ban was a violation of a “fundamental freedom”, as well as a violation of due process and equal protection rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.