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Archive for February, 2014

Dot Dot Dot: Using Ellipses for Omissions à la Bluebook

Sometimes when you’re quoting a case or other source, you want to leave out some words. This is called an omission, and the Bluebook rule for it is 5.3.

According to this rule, you should ask yourself whether the beginning , middle, or end of the sentence is being omitted. Here’s an example for each. Pay attention to the spaces between the dots, these actually count for something in the Bluebook. Also, note the three dots in the second  example, and the four dots in the last example.

Beginning omitted – “[P]oodles generally look great in chunky winter sweaters, and can rock the booties, too.”

Middle omitted – “Standard poodles generally look great in . . . sweaters, and can rock the booties, too.”

End omitted – “Standard poodles generally look great in chunky winter sweaters . . . .”

Pentagon Papers, Historical Statutes & Case Law on HeinOnline


You might be familiar with HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library as a source of article PDFs, with coverage back to the inception of the journal – meaning further back than what you’d find on Lexis or Westlaw.

But HeinOnline is a major database with extensive materials in many different areas. Here’s a run-down of a few of the sources that HeinOnline has recently added to its collection –

  • Pentagon Papers — Officially titled United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense. These “Pentagon Papers” are a United States Department of Defense history of the United States’ political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.
  • State Statutes: A Historical Archive — State Statutes: A Historical Archive includes superseded state statutes for all fifty states. Search the statutes by state, date, description and text. Coverage goes back until 1717.
  • Early American Case Law — Contains the entire Federal Cases 30 book series (1894-1897) which contains more than 20,000 cases. Also included is the Trinity Series, which includes American Decisions, American Reports, and American State Reports.
  • Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Publications — This collection includes more than 50 publications from the prestigious Parker School of Foreign & Comparative Law at Columbia Law School. View publications such as the 22-volume set, A Bibliography on Foreign and Comparative Law. Book and Articles in English by Charles Szladits, along with An Introduction to the Legal System of the United States by E. Allan Farnsworth, among various others.

New Career Boards on Our Pinterest Page

suitUnsure of what to wear to an interview?  Want some quick tips for resume and cover letter writing?  The Law Library has added several new boards addressing these topics on our Pinterest Page.  While visiting make sure to check out our other boards, like us, and feel free to repin!

On-the-Spot Justice at the Winter Games in Sochi

If you’re in a post-Winter Olympics slump, consider this – the Summer Games in Rio are just 892 days away.

That’s plenty of time for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), an international body established to decide sport-related disputes, to gear up again for Olympic action and travel. During each Olympic Games since 1996, CAS has set up an on-the-spot ad hoc Division devoted to fast justice at Olympic venues.

In Sochi, the CAS ad hoc Division saw some action on the slopes. Representatives of Canada and Slovenia registered two urgent actions, requesting the disqualification of the three French skiers who swept the podium in Men’s Ski Cross. Canada and Slovenia claimed that a last-minute alteration of the lower legs of the suits worn by the French skiers ran afoul of the International Freestyle Skiing Competition Rules.

In an arbitration heard that night, the CAS ad hoc Division determined that the suit alterations were legal, and the Frenchmen claimed their medals without further controversy.

How to Think Like a Lawyer

In the latest edition of The National Jurist, there is a great article titled How Law School Teaches You to Think Like a Lawyer.  This one page article is a great quick read for law students.  Students often hear the phrase “law school teaches you to think like a lawyer” but aren’t necessarily shown how what they are learning is doing that.  This article does a great job in highlighting this while also giving the reader an idea of the areas they may need to work on to complete the metamorphosis from law student to lawyer.

Of particular interest to us at the Law Library is “the ability to locate the law” (number three in the article).  While most attorneys gain a high level of proficiency in one or a few areas of law, they still need to do research.  As such we always encourage our students to take advantage of our library staff and let us help you elevate your research game:  our research librarians staff the desk M-Th 9am-8pm and F 9am-6pm and can be reached in person, or via, phone, e-mail or chat.  Librarians are also available for more in depth Research Consultations by appointment.  For contact information on our Research Services, visit the Library’s “Ask Us” webpage and look under “Research Questions”.