Author Archives: Colleen Manning, JD, MS in LIS

In the Library this Week (February 11th – 18th)

- Secondary Sources Research Workshops;
- Special Library Hours for Presidents’s Day Weekend:

Library Presendents’ Day Weekend Hours (February 15th -18th)
Friday (15th) 7:30am – 8:00pm
Saturday (16th) 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday (17th) 10:00am – 10:00pm
Monday (18th) 9:00am – 10:00pm

Reference Desk Presidents’s Day Weekend Hours (February 15th -18th)
Friday (15th) 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday (16th) 10:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday (17th) Noon – 6:00pm
Monday (18th) 10:00am – 3:00pm

Don’t Make the Judge Angry!

Have you seen the recent article about a Miami area drug possession bond hearing? The video clip and article can be found here. We can all agree that it is not a good idea to disrespect a judge. And of course, every lawyer and law student knows to show respect to a judge in her own courtroom. We may have to rethink this assumption after watching this clip from the People’s Court with a University of Miami law student. Wow!

Ethical opinions are often not easily found in the typical law student’s first choice for legal research (i.e. Westlaw or Lexis). However, most ethical opinions can be found on the open Internet. The recent ABA ethical opinions are on the ABA website. The archive of older ethical opinions is available for ABA members. (Law student dues are only $25 or three years for $60).

State ethical opinions are often available from the state bar website or the state supreme court website. Often an Internet search of the state name and “ethical opinions” will quickly find ethical opinions. Once located the search function within the websites vary. In Florida, ethical opinions are available on the Florida Bar website which is searchable by opinion number or keyword. The results produced from the search include a brief summary of the subject matter. In California, the ethical opinions can only be searched along with the rest of the Bar website. In Illinois the voluntary bar association has advisory opinions that can be browsed and searched by subject or full-text, while the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission provide both basic and advanced search functions of the official ethical rules and opinions.

So know your duties and obligations as a lawyer – and don’t make the judge angry!

In the Library this Week (January 22nd – 27th)

- LPII Mandatory Advanced Lexis Training;
- Possible noise from the Atrium on Friday (1/25) starting at 6pm;
- New student Library orientation on Thursday (1/24) from 1:45pm-2:45pm. This event will likely be disruptive on all floors of the Library.  But, try to smile at your new classmates anyway.

In the Library this Week (January 14th – 20th)

- Welcome Back!
- Please notice the Library Hours for the Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend posted here and below.

Library M.L.K. Weekend Hours (January 18th -21st)
Friday (18th) 7:30am – 8:00pm
Saturday (19th) 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday (20th) 10:00am – 8:00pm
Monday (21st) 10:00am – 10:00pm

Reference Desk M.L.K Weekend Hours (January 18th -21st)
Friday (18th) 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday (19th) 10:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday (20th) Noon – 6:00pm
Monday (21st) No Reference Service

Holiday Gifts Worth Celebrating!

The holiday season is always full of gifts!

Some people may spend the Holiday in Handcuffs (I haven’t seen that movie, but just the idea of Clarissa/Sabrina and A.C. Slater together makes me miss the 1990s), but we had a better holiday, adding some excellent resources to the Library & Technology Center collection this past month.

Given finals and the short December month at Coastal, there are fewer additions than normal, but we’ve nevertheless got some excellent ones worth highlighting.

1) Typography for Lawyers: Essential Tools for Polished & Persuasive Documents.
For some of us, the title is enough to sell this one. For most of you, it is more likely to cause your eyes to glaze over. Trust me when I say this one is worth a look. A slim softcover volume of only 170 pages (plus sample documents and an appendix), Typography for Lawyers addresses some of the most common issues faced by those attempting to craft great legal documents. All sorts of questions on formatting and usage are discussed and simple, straight-forward answers are provided whenever possible. Although it was originally tabbed to be sent into the General Collection, after review by library staff and students, it has been deemed of sufficient importance to be moved into the Reference Collection so it will always be on hand.

If all that wasn’t enough to convince you it is worth a look, take note of the fact that Bryan Garner has lent his name to the effort and written the foreword. You may know that name, but if not try typing it into our library catalog. You may recognize some of the results, like Garner’s Dictionary of Legal UsageReading Law: the Interpretation of Legal Texts (with Scalia), Classic Essays on Legal Advocacy, and a little book called Black’s Law Dictionary.

2) Phake: the Deadly World of Falsified and Substandard Medicines
The library’s own Jamie Marie Keller has actually read this book already, and was kind enough to provide us with this review:
Phake by Roger Bate (Economist with the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research) discusses the dangers of unregulated consumer medical drug markets. The book includes empirical studies of the safety of drug quality in Africa, India, China, and the Middle East. While the book focuses on counterfeit drugs and substandard laboratories, it does not differentiate between drugs that are counterfeit simply because they are not created by the corporation that holds the patent on the medication and other counterfeit medicines. Bate praises the efforts of the FDA to regulate the drug market in the United States and encourages other countries to develop similar agencies.

3) Covenants Not to Compete: a State-by-State Survey
Current through the end of 2011, this state-by-state survey includes everything from Abandonment of Customers to Writing Requirement. The first volume of this three-volume set lists the most common questions and on which pages the answer for each state can be found. Each state section provides ample citations to primary sources as well as a cumulative history on each portion.

4) All the Missing Souls: a Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals
For this review, we turn to Martin Wenick of American Diplomacy (via Amazon.com):
All the Missing Souls clearly fills a gap in literature on the administration of international justice, and it is must reading for those interested in emerging themselves profoundly in this field. His direct personal involvement in working to create international tribunals to bring to justice individuals responsible for the worst of the ‘atrocity crimes’ of recent decades demonstrates that perseverance and tenacity can make a difference on the international scene.

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WorldCat.org

By now, most of you have probably used Encore – our library’s catalog. More efficient (though no less magical) than the card catalogs of old, Encore allows you to see all the library resources you have access to as a member of the Coastal Community.

But what about when you are off site? Maybe you want to do some light ConLaw reading over holiday break? Or maybe that last minute preparation for Moot Court oral argument has to be done out of town?

Fear not, just as Encore is a catalog that shows you what we have here at Coastal, WorldCat.org is a catalog that can show you what is available wherever you are around the world.

Simply type in your preferred search using title/author/keyword terms and then you can narrow by facets on the left, similar to Encore. Once you locate a particular record, you can see which libraries hold that resource and how far they are from your location.

Take Legal Research in a Nutshell, for example, since we all know how important it is to keep your legal research skills sharp.The WorldCat.org record for this resource can he found here. Follow that link and you’ll have the chance to Enter your location – zip code, city/state (or province), or country.

Enter 32256, for example, and you’ll see that the closest library to hold that resource is… the Florida Coastal School of Law Library & Technology Center! What library closest to you has it?

In the Library this Week (December 17 – January 1)

Library Holiday Break Hours (December 19 – 21)
Wednesday (19th)  7:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday (20th)  10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday (21st)  10:00am – 2:00pm

The Library will participate in the Winter Graduation Open House.  Congratuations to our new graduates!!!

Library Holiday Break Hours (December 22 – January 1)
CLOSED

Following The Rule of Law

One of the very best ways to compare the relative levels of justice across multiple nations is to examine how closely each of those nations follows The Rule of Law.

Recently, the World Justice Project (WJP) launched the 2012-2013 edition of the WJR Rule of Law Index, which seeks to offer “a detailed and comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice.”

While there is a ton of useful and interesting information available as part of the Index, my personal favorite is the Data Map. You can select any of the individual factors that goes into the overall ranking and then see a graphic representation on how the different nations rank in that area. You can also click on the country to bring up the relevant factor score and a link to the report for that country.

If maps aren’t your thing, you can also view the Data directly in table format (or download it). From there, for instance, you can easily determine that the least corrupt government officials are in Sweden (0.96 out of a possible score of 1.0) and the most corrupt government officials can be found in Cameroon (0.20 out of a possible score of 1.0).

Take a look!