Tag Archives: ALWR Topic

In the Library this Week (Sept 3rd – 8th)

- Finding a Topic for Your ALWR Workshop;
- Researching Federal Administrative Law Workshops;
- Researching Federal Legislative History Workshops;
- The Library catalog will be down most of Wednesday. Please see the Reference Desk for assistance finding materials.

Finals Season is Approaching

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. 

TITLE CALL # LOCATION
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. Kotzé. 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  

Are you looking for a topic to write a paper about, or are you just interested in legal issues that courts disagree over?

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.

Wondering what to get your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day?

Many law students are on a budget so they need to be creative for Valentine’s Day. Why not read some poetry to your loved one or, better yet, read to them from one of the new books the Coastal Library just received!

Take a look:

TITLE CALL # LOCATION
All the missing souls : a personal history of the war crimes tribunals / David Scheffer. KF373.S338 A3 2012 General Collection
Covenants not to compete : a state-by-state survey / Brian M. Malsberger   board of review associate editors, David J. Carr,  Arnold H. Pedowitz, Eric Akira Tate. KF3463 .C68 2012 General Collection
From the closet to the altar : courts, backlash, and the struggle for same-sex marriage / Michael Klarman. KF539 .K58 2013 General Collection
It’s the way you say it : becoming articulate, well-spoken, and clear / Carol A. Fleming. P95 .F435 2010 General Collection
The legal writing survival guide / Rachel H. Smith. KF250 .S625 2012 General Collection
Lincoln’s ladder to the presidency : the eighth judicial circuit / Guy C. Fraker   with a foreword by Michael Burlingame. KF368.L52 F73 2012 General Collection
Negotiate like the pros : a top sports negotiator’s lessons for making deals, building relationships, and getting what you want / Kenneth L. Shropshire. HD58.6 .S574 2009 General Collection
Patent, copyright & trademark / Richard Stim. KF2980 .E44 2012 Course Reserves
Phake : the deadly world of falsified and substandard medicines / Roger Bate. HD9665.5 .B38 2012 General Collection
Scholarly writing : ideas, examples, and execution / Jessica L. Clark, Kristen E. Murray. KF250 .C528 2012 General Collection
Typography for lawyers / Matthew Butterick   [foreword by Bryan A. Garner]. Z246 .B98 2010 Reference Collection
US international lawyers in the interwar years : a forgotten crusade / Hatsue Shinohara. KF297 .S43 2012 General Collection
Writing to win : the legal writer / Steven D. Stark. KF250 .S8 2012 Course Reserves

Wikipedia and Research

I’m sure you’ve all heard the warnings about Wikipedia: Don’t use it! Steer clear of Wikipedia! It can be edited by anyone!

You can use Wikipedia, just use it responsibly. And how do you do that? Here are a few examples on how to use Wikipedia responsibly.

When I lived in Pittsburgh, I read an article about jitneys being held up. What’s a jitney? I went to Wikipedia and got the disambiguation page. Ah, that was enough for me to understand what the article was about. If I was writing about jitneys in my ALWR, I would not cite Wikipedia. Nope. Wikipedia’s just a starting point. The first option, Share Taxi, has few citations and is disputed. So I’d go back to the disambiguation page and go the next option, Dollar van. Again, this one is suggested to be merged with another, but does have a few citations I would check out from government agencies. This is a good starting point for something I knew nothing about a few minutes ago!

Now, how can we tell whether a Wikipedia entry is a good source of information or not? Consider the entry about Hurricane Sandy. On it’s face, it looks to be a good entry. Lots of citations to reliable outside sources. But who actually wrote it and edited it? At the top of the entry, select the “View History” tab. This is the actual history of what was written on the Hurricane Sandy entry. Here’s where things get rather interesting. There is no mention of global warming or climate change. Every mention is “scrubbed” from the entry by Ken Marmpel, who refers to himself as just a contributor, “I have no title, I’m just a Joe Blow.” Yes indeed, this is where the danger of relying solely on Wikipedia lies. Anyone can edit an entry, and can direct the tone and message of the entry.

In summary, the value of Wikipedia lies in the sources it can lead you to, not in the entry itself.

Two Blawgs You Should Be Reading

What’s a blawg? A blawg is a legal blog. there are a few directories of blawgs including a directory from the ABA.

The first blawg everyone should be following is Law and the Multiverse.  James Daily and Ryan Davidson look through the world of comics, sci fi, and other fiction to answer the legal issues presented. For example, see the post on alter egos. It’s a fun way to review legal issues and to see there are legal issues everywhere!

Second, a more serious blawg is Jotwell, where recently published law journal and law review articles are reviewed. A great place to start looking for recent articles in your ALWR topic area!

In the Library this Week (January 23-29)

  • Researching Federal Legislative History Workshops;
  • Researching Federal Administrative Law Workshops;
  • Possible noise from the atrium on Thursday from 11am-1pm and on Friday from 3pm-5pm.

Watch for sign-up announcements for these Workshops and for the Finding an ALWR Topic Workshops.