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Archive for August, 2017

About Those Bronze Pages in the Law Library

What are those bronze pages at the entrance to the law library?

They are a sculpture by artist Jim Sanborn.  The pages are the artist’s visual history of the written law tracing the emergence of systems of justice in many cultures beginning with the sixth century BCE laws of Solon and ending with US Supreme Court decisions from the 20th Century.  Notable excerpts include the Chinese Code of T’ang (600), the Magna Carta (1240), the Iroquois Nations’ Book of the Great Law (1450), Marbury v. Madison (1802), Plessy v Ferguson (1872), and Furman v. State of Georgia (1972).  There are 14 bronze plates in all.  Sanborn is best known for creating the encrypted Kryptos sculpture at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

Jim Sanborn website

Third Circuit Rules Secular Anti-Abortion Group Must Comply with ACA Contraceptive Mandate

photo of package of birth control pillsThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently ruled that Real Alternatives, “a non-profit non-religious anti-abortion organization,” must comply with the “contraceptive mandate” of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [ACA; Pub. L. No. 111-148, 3/23/10].  The ACA requires employer-provided health insurance plans to cover multiple preventive services, including FDA-approved contraceptives (see 42 U.S.C. 300gg-13 and 42 U.S.C. 18022).  The ACA allows a limited exemption for religious organizations and their integrated auxiliaries (see 45 C.F.R. § 147.131(a)), as well as additional accommodations for religious non-profit and for-profit employers who arrange for contraceptive coverage through third parties at no cost to, and with no participation of, the objecting employers (see 45 C.F.R. § 147.131(b)-(c)).  Real Alternatives argued it shared the same beliefs as religious organizations, and, pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, was exempt from the contraceptive mandate.  The Court affirmed the 12/10/15 decision of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to deny Real Alternatives’ motion for summary judgment, and granted the cross-motion for summary judgment filed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Department of Treasury.  For additional information, see the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit opinion.

Plenty of Study Aids Available

AO66 in the law library–That’s where you can get all the study aids available in print and on CD ready for you to check out.  Some of the most popular titles include:  Understanding, Q&A, Examples and Explanations, Sum and Substance, Nutshells, and Emanuel’s Outlines.

If a title is checked out don’t fret because we may have a copy available for use in the library in the reference section on the first floor.  Finally don’t forget we also have a lot of study aids available online in our digital study aids collection—you don’t even have to be in the library to check those out!

Flashcards Available

Do you like to use flashcards to study?

Law in a Flash Flashcards are available for checkout at the circulation desk in the law library.

Topics currently available for checkout are: Contracts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Real Property, Torts, and Wills & Trusts.  Depending on demand for the flashcards more titles may be added in the future.

Fall 2017 Law Library “Legal Research Seminars”

image of superhero womanThis Fall 2017 semester, the C|M|LAW Library is conducting seven live Legal Research Seminars.  We will also offer each of these live Seminars in an online format approximately two weeks after the Seminar‘s live date.  Special prize for live Seminar attendees – we will have a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card at the end of each live Seminar.

Key points about Fall 2017 Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including LLM/MLS students.
  • You do not need to register to take a live Seminar – simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each live Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • All of the live Seminars will take place on Thursdays, in Law Library Room A059.  All but one of the live Seminars will be 30-minutes; one will be 60-minutes.
  • Each of the live Seminars will be available online, via Westlaw’s TWEN platform, approximately two weeks after the Seminar‘s live date.  Toward the end of September, connect to TWEN, then click the “Add Course” button, then add the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars course to your “My Courses” list.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-minute live Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute live Seminar.  You earn points for “attending” an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • When you earn 100 points, you will be awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.

Complete list of Fall 2017 Law Library Legal Research Seminar topics, dates & times:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – September 7, 4:30pm-5pm – Why recreate the wheel? Secondary sources can help you get a leg up on your legal research. You’ll examine key secondary sources, and explore best practices for their use.
  • Bluebooking – September 21, 4:50pm-5:50pm – You and The Bluebook can be friends. Learn to effectively use it for faster legal drafting. As you practice writing citations, you’ll discover how to apply citation & style rules, and abbreviation & jurisdiction tables.
  • Terms & Connectors Searching – September 28, 4:30pm-5pm – Learn powerful key search techniques beyond natural language searching. As you practice constructing searches using connectors in Lexis Advance & Westlaw, you’ll see amazing results.
  • Westlaw Overview – October 12, 4:30pm-5pm [1L geared; see description immediately below.]
  • Lexis Advance Overview – October 26, 4:30pm-5pm – Leap beyond Google and harness the power of these two legal research giants. You’ll practice big box & pre-filtered searching, and see how to print/download/email search results.
  • Shepard’s – November 2, 4:30pm-5pm [See description immediately below.]
  • KeyCite – November 9, 4:30pm-5pm – Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one? You’ll examine components of reports in Shepard’s (on Nov 2) and KeyCite (on Nov 9), and discover the power of these legal citator services.
  • Zotero – bonus online Seminar – available in late September – Do you have a big research project? Get organized with reference management software. You’ll practice how to save database records & web pages, and create & export records, in the freely-available Zotero.

Again, special prize for live Seminar attendees – we will have a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card at the end of each live Seminar.

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880,