When your friends in colder climes tell you how they are digging themselves out of a winter wonderland, tell them you too are staying indoors during this cold spell-with a new book from the Coastal Library! Here are the latest acquisitions after the jump for you to check out.
This is a question we get a lot! While you can always check the Bluebook, it’s not always straight forward. There are several books to help you in your quest to understand the Bluebook:
- User’s Guide to the Bluebook – at only 49 pages, this book is handy to keep in your Bluebook so you have more examples of common citations.
- Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook – many of you used this book as a first year, it helps to break-down the parts of citation and how to use the Bluebook.
- Cite-Checker: A Hands-on Guide to Learning Citation Form – this one has charts and graphs as well as practice questions and answers.
That’s all fine and dandy for law school, but what about citation in practice? In Florida, the state court practice rules are in the Rules of Appellate Procedure. You can generally find the court practice rules for citation at the court’s website, bar association website, or at LII (The Legal Information Institute).
Need the citation rules for another state? No problem! LII has you covered. Or do search for the state’s bar association or court website. Still can’t find it? You can always contact us at the reference desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904.680.7612.
Have fun citing!
All of us have been inundated with offers of free software we can install on our phones, tablets, and laptops. I’ve gotten a little cynical about it: legal publishers are eager to offer free apps and browser extensions as a way of marketing themselves. Still, some of it is actually pretty useful. Lexis Advance and WestlawNext are available through proprietary apps that work well.
Occasionally, free software can even be great! How would you like the chance to download software that is used daily by virtually all the “AmLaw 100” law firms; software that would cost you approximately $400.00 for a single-user license?
You can. CaseMap is available through LexisNexis, and all students can download it from their LexisNexis homepage. After logging on, go to the “Free Downloads” tab, and then look under “Litigation Tools” for CaseMap. Once you install it, open it, and click on the CaseMap Quick Start Tutorial on the right hand panel to get started. Any questions? Your librarians are here to help.
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.
As you finalize your ALWR, please do not neglect to update your research. Some of these materials the library acquired in March may be of assistance to you:
Finals are coming faster than you know it. Check out the newest additions to the library’s collection and see if there is anything that might help you study for exams or finish up that ALWR.
|Civil procedure in a nutshell / by Mary Kay Kane.||KF8841 .K36 2013||fca,fcb|
|Climate change and Indigenous peoples : the search for legal remedies / edited by Randall S. Abate, Elizabeth Ann Kronk.||K3247 .C55 2013||fcg|
|Evidence / Christopher B. Mueller, Laird C. Kirkpatrick.||KF8935 .M836 2012||fcg|
|Fighting for their lives : inside the experience of capital defense attorneys / Susannah Sheffer.||KF9227.C2 S54 2013||fcg|
|Global environmental governance : law and regulation for the 21st century / Louis J. KotzÃ©.||K3585 .K68 2012||fcg|
|Injustice on appeal : the United States Courts of Appeals in crisis / William M. Richman, William L. Reynolds.||KF8750 .R53 2013||fcg|
|Inside civil procedure : what matters and why / Howard M. Erichson.||KF8841 .E75 2012||fca,fcb|
|International logistics : the management of international trade operations / Pierre A. David, Richard D. Stewart.||HF5415.7 .D38 2010||fcg|
|The lawyer bubble : a profession in crisis / Steven J. Harper.||KF300 .H3687 2013||fcg|
|Logistics and supply chain management : creating value-added networks / Martin Christopher.||HD38.5 .C46 2005||fcg|
|A manual of style for contract drafting / Kenneth A. Adams.||KF807 .A33 2013||fcg|
|Multistate bar exam (MBE) review.||KF303 .M847 2010||fcb|
|Multistate performance test (MPT) review.||KF303 .M855||fcb|
|A practical guide to software licensing for licensees and licensors / H. Ward Classen.||KF3024.C6 C56 2013||fcg|
|Principles of international environmental law / Philippe Sands, Jacqueline Peel with Adriana Fabra, Ruth MacKenzie.||K3585 .S265 2012||fcg|
|Property / Steven L. Emanuel.||KF570.Z9 E43 2012||fca,fcb|
|Settlement negotiation techniques in family law : a guide to improved tactics and resolution / Gregg Herman.||KF535 .H47 2013||fcg|
|Siegel’s criminal procedure : essay and multiple-choice questions and answers / Brian N. Siegel, Lazar Emanuel revised by Christian M. Halliburton.||KF9619.5 .S543 2012||fca,fcb|
|Supply chain management : a logistics perspective / John J. Coyle … [et al.].||HD38.5 .C69 2009||fcg|
|The terror courts : rough justice at Guantanamo Bay / Jess Bravin.||KF7661 .B73 2013||fcg|
|Transportation : a supply chain perspective / John J. Coyle … [et al.].||HE151 .C88 2011||fcg|
|Understanding student rights in schools : speech, religion, and privacy in educational settings / Bryan R. Warnick.||KF4150 .W37 2013||fcg|
|Wills, trusts, and estates : examples and explanations / Gerry W. Beyer.||KF755.Z9 B49 2012||fcb|
It may be a little too late in the semester to start working on your legal research paper this semester, but maybe you could get an early start for next semester. Maybe you are interested in writing a paper for publication. Bloomberg BNA’s United States Law Week is a great resource for getting ideas for scholarly legal writing. The United States Law Week has a Key Features section that lists the current United States Circuit Court splits. Circuit Court splits provide great opportunities to write about unsettled legal issues. Bloomberg BNA United States Law Week is available on the library’s website on the Subscription Databases webpage, and access is available to faculty and students. Here are a couple more websites that also contain information on circuit splits Circuit Splits: A blog about cases ripe for review and Split Circuits: A blog dedicated to tracking developments concerning splits among the federal circuit courts.
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?