Do you need to fill out your Florida Bar Character and Fitness Information? If you aren’t taking the Florida bar exam, maybe the character and fitness for another state? Maybe you are looking to get your Certified Legal Intern (CLI) clearance? If so, then do we have good news for you! The Library has put together a LibGuide full of resources to help you find the information required for the Character and Fitness portion of the Florida Bar and the CLI!
Take a look at this handy guide on the Library homepage under Resources and then LibGuides. Once in the Florida Coastal’s LibGuides site, look at the Florida Bar Character and Fitness Information LibGuide. It’s that easy!
If you are like many law students, a few days after finals are over you start to become bored and look for things to do. You want to do something productive, but can’t bring yourself to jump into your textbook and start case briefing just yet. Why not take a look at the great legal information available on the American Bar Association website? The American Bar Association (ABA) has a Law Student division that highlights legal news geared towards law students. They have a calendar that lists writing competitions or other events that may interest you. They even have job boards and career building resources. It is a great place to keep up on your student legal news.
Not a member? For $25 for one year or $60 for three years you can join the Law Student Division. Did I mention members also receive discounts on ABA publications? Why are you waiting?
This time of year our thoughts turn to having fun outdoors. Why not take a look at the new summer resources? When thinking of a Jacksonville Suns baseball game why not take The baseball trust: a history of baseball’s antitrust exemption along for the fun? Are you camping this summer? We have you covered there too; Environmental and natural resources law is just the thing to pack. We just received these great new titles and many others too, take a look.
Are you looking for some light summer reading? Nothing is better at the beach than a law book! Why read the latest trashy novel or hot biography when Android apps in one hour for lawyers or Finding your voice in law school: mastering classroom cold calls, job interviews, and other verbal challenges is available? You can find all your summer reading needs through the Coastal catalog including these new acquisitions. Please shake the sand out before returning them.
No matter where you fall on the hot-button topic of climate change there is no denying it’s an important issue. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released a summary of its most recent set of findings and figures in March. The WMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations with a membership of 191 Member States and Territories (as of January 1, 2013). It originated from the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), which was founded in 1873. Established in 1950, WMO became the specialized agency of the United Nations in 1951 for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences.
As weather, climate and the water cycles know no national boundaries, international cooperation at a global scale is essential for the development of meteorology and operational hydrology as well as to reap the benefits from their application. WMO provides the framework for such international cooperation.
This summary and website can lead you to a ton of other international sources on climate and environmental law. Use the list of topics at the top of WMO’s home page or the facets on the left to find relevant information that may be more difficult to get to simply by using the web site search box. Evaluating and making use of all access points (also known as finding aids) are important research processes.
It is that time of year again; when a law students’ thoughts turn to finals and papers. Are you one of the many students who are putting the finishes touches on a paper and need some Florida statistics? Take a look at this website that gives stats on all sorts of Florida goodness!
If your response is, “What is sunshine week?” you are probably not alone. Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know. This is an important topic because access to the law is really important to lawyers, law students, and law librarians. Check out all the great FREE legal information available on FDSys. The Library of Congress makes finding legislative and congressional information a breeze with Thomas. Here is an example of how an open government can force a public figure to answer for their use of public funds. The list of reasons supporting open government and freedom of information is huge. What reasons can you think of?
Have you seen the recent development in Florida concerning funeral protests? There was an article in the Jacksonville Times Union describing a bill that has been passed in the Florida Senate that would affect those protests. If you notice they give you a citation to that bill: SB 118. If you want to keep track of how that bill makes its way through our legislature you can head over to the Florida Senate’s website at http://www.flsenate.gov/. Once you are there just put the bill number (118) in the search box at the top of the screen and you can see all the exciting things that have happened as the bill makes its way through the senate. One of the options allows you to view the staff analyses of the bill which can often give you some insight into the legislative intent. This is a great way to get comfortable with Florida legislative history research. (This can be very tough) If you want to be notified any time there is activity concerning this or any other bill just sign up for Senate Tracker account. With a Senate Tracker account you can track items throughout the website, view the latest updates on the Tracker tab, and receive email notifications when those items are updated. You can create an account here. All you need is an email address. Did I mention this is all free? It is!
Did you know the Library has some ch-ch-changes? Changes in the form of new books to help you study, write your ALWR or just plain learn something new!
To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received in October 2012, click Continue reading below. Most of the items listed there can be found in the General Collection and checked out for up to three weeks by members of the Coastal Community.