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Help Increase Election Turnout: Write Letters to Voters with Vote Forward!

From the comfort of your home, YOU can help increase election turnout!  Multiple randomized trials have shown that voters who received a letter were significantly more likely to vote. Vote Forward is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization which has built tools to enable Americans, wherever they may be, to encourage fellow citizens to participate in our democracy.

With a Vote Forward account, you’ll gain access to your own volunteer dashboard. From the dashboard, you can adopt voters in Ohio or other states, download typed letter templates to which you’ll add a handwritten message, and then manage your progress by marking your letters “prepared” and “sent” on the mail date, October 17th, 2020. In order to send letters via Vote Forward, you will need a printer, envelopes, and stamps.

For more election information and volunteer opportunities, check out C|M|LAW Library’s Voting Resource Guide.

FDA Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization

FDA logoThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has “issued guidance with recommendations for vaccine sponsors regarding the scientific data and information that would support the issuance of an emergency use authorization (EUA) for an investigational vaccine intended to prevent COVID-19.”  The recommendations describe EUA issuance supporting information and data, “including chemistry, manufacturing and controls information, nonclinical and clinical data, and regulatory and administrative information.”  FDA’s EUA authority allows the use of unapproved medical products, or unapproved uses of approved medical products, if a domestic emergency has been determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security, a military emergency has been determined by the Secretary of Defense, or a public health emergency has been determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. [see 21 U.S.C § 360bbb-3]  For additional information, see the FDA in Brief: FDA Issues Guidance on Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 Vaccines.

How to Find All of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Opinions in Westlaw

With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently, we decided to offer a legal research tip since some readers may be interested in reading her opinions.

In Westlaw, go to US Supreme Court cases and run these searches as advanced searches:

  • For rulings by Justice Ginsberg:

               adv: JU(ginsburg) 

  • For cases where Justice Ginsburg concurred:

               adv: CON(ginsburg +s concurring)

  • For cases where Justice Ginsberg dissented:

               adv: DIS(ginsburg +s dissenting) 

Users could also string all three together as one search.  

Later this week, similar info will be posted for Lexis+. 


National Black Voter Day

The cable channel BET, the National Urban League, and other key civil rights organizations organized the first-ever National Black Voter Day on September 18, 2020. According to BET, the day will aid Black citizens against suppression tactics and ensure that their vote counts in the various elections taking place in November. The event is part of BET’s #ReclaimYourVote campaign.

Launched this year, the #ReclaimYourVote campaign focuses on easing the voting process for Black Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. With help from the National Urban League, the campaign will break down the necessary steps to register as a voter. This will include securing and checking voter registration, making a voting plan, and encouraging friends and family to vote.

For more information about this campaign, visit the #ReclaimYourVote pages at BET and the National Urban League. And don’t forget to check out C|M|LAW’s Voting Resource Guide!

Updated ABA Mental Health Toolkit – Resources for Students, Faculty, Administrators

Water lilyThe American Bar Association in collaboration with the ABA Student Division and ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance (CoLAP) has released a newly updated Substance Use and Mental Health Toolkit for Law Students and Those Who Care About Them. This extensive document includes resources for law students, as well as administrators, faculty, pre-law advisors, student bar associations, and employers. Some specific things included in the toolkit include:

  • What some law schools are doing to promote wellness
  • Assessment tools for intervention
  • Signs and symptoms of mental health issues
  • Treatment seeking options
  • Sample bylaws
  • Courses and other programming ideas

Find additional mental health and well-being resources in our Mental Health and Well-Being – Resources for Law Students guide.