Tag Archives: Constitutional Law

Good Summer Reads!

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.

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Is a special appointment special or normal?

Well here’s not something you see everyday. The Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, is appealing a Federal District Court’s ruling that Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson will be the next Chief Justice of the Louisiana State Supreme Court. But why are the federal courts involved? Well, Justice Johnson was appointed to the Louisiana State Supreme Court in a special seat, to make up for the “racial gerrymandering” prevalent in the state at the time, in which she served for six years. governor Jindal argues that those six years shouldn’t count as service because it was a special seat. Hmm…what? Here’s  District Court’s Ruling. via Discourse.net

Did You Think the Mandate in the Affordable Care Act was Struck Down?

On the morning of June 28, 2012, many people were watching Fox or CNN to learn how the U.S. Supreme Court would rule on the Affordable Care Act. If you were one of these people, you could very well have believed, at least for a little while, that the mandate had been struck down. Jon Stewart does his usual priceless job of describing the confusion here.

One source that got it right the first time was SCOTUSblog. Read this fascinating and suspenseful blow-by-blow description of exactly what happened that morning, what went wrong, what went right, and why. One interesting detail was the Supreme Court’s decision not to email the decision to anyone, but to rely solely on its website for distribution – which promptly crashed.

Tom Goldstein, We’re getting wildly differing assessments, SCOTUSblog (Jul. 7, 2012, 10:04 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2012/07/were-getting-wildly-differing-assessments/

 

New Library Resources – Because the More You Know – June 2012 Edition

Hello everyone, and welcome to another exciting edition of “New Library Resources” – it’s chock full of information you should know, because the more you know!

To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received in June 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.

Guess what? Hein has added the Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to their Intellectual Property Law Collection!   It is published weekly and includes bibliographic information and a representative drawing for each patent granted or trademark published on that issue date. Check out HeinOnline’s June Content Release  and remember, you can access HeinOnline through the Library & Technology Center’s Subscription Databases page.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

Check back here for monthly updates on what is being added to the Library & Technology Center collection. Updates will be published on the second Tuesday of every month.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required).

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New Library Resources – Knowing is Half the Battle! – May 2012 Edition

Hello everyone, and welcome to another exciting edition of “New Library Resources” – it’s chock full of information you should know, because knowing is half the battle!

To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received in May 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.

Need to find some current information from the Congressional Record? Good news! HeinOnline will now be updating the Congressional Record Daily Edition every day to include the most current Congressional Record Daily Edition, just as it does with the Federal Register. Check out HeinOnline’s May Content Release and remember, you can access HeinOnline through the Library & Technology Center’s Subscription Databases page.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

Check back here for monthly updates on what is being added to the Library & Technology Center collection. Updates will be published on the second Tuesday of every month.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required).

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New Library Resources – What’s Happening – April 2012 Edition

Hello everyone, and welcome to another exciting edition of “New Library Resources” – because you need to know What’s Happening!

To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received in April 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.

We also now have access to HeinOnline’s new U.S. International Trade Library, which includes many useful legislative histories. You can see all the new additions to HeinOnline on its new content page (reproduced below under our new print resources) and you can access HeinOnline through the Library & Technology Center’s Subscription Databases page.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

Check back here for monthly updates on what the Library & Technology Center is adding. Updates will be published on the second Tuesday of every month.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required).

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New Library Resources – Acquiring Minds Want to Know – March 2012 Edition

Hello everyone, and welcome to another exciting edition of “New Library Resources” – because Acquiring Minds Want to Know!

To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received in March 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.

We also now have access to Covington & Burling’s prestigious collection of Congressional Hearings via HeinOnline’s U.S. Congressional Documents Collection. You can access HeinOnline through the Library & Technology Center’s Subscription Databases page.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

Check back here for monthly updates on what the Library & Technology Center is adding. Updates will be published on the second Tuesday of every month.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required).

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Can’t have crazy without the AZ: Just when you thought Cornell’s Legal Information Institute couldn’t get any more useful.

Interested in feeding your inner Constitutional Lawyer? Check out The Supreme Court Previews from the Legal Information Institute. Cornell’s LII Supreme Court Bulletin is an electronic journal edited by second- and third-year law students. This bulletin provides you with previews of cases that are currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. You can also find docket information as well as the opinion, once it has been handed down. Wondering what all the hubbub is about in Arizona’s controversial immigration statute? First you will need some background information from Jon Stewart.  Then take a look at the LII’s information here.  Be sure to read the law or this might happen.  Also, take a look at what some proud Arizona residents think.
Do you have a burning desire to write about a legal topic that you are passionate about? Look here to see if you can be a contributor.

Whales sue SeaWorld!

Courts are dealing with a whale of an issue–whether animals have constitutional protection under the 13th Amendment!  The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently filed a lawsuit against SeaWorld, naming five whales held at SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Diego as the plaintiffs.  CNN and the BBC report the lawsuit claims a violation of the five whales’ 13th Amendment protections. You can see a copy of the complaint by going to the PETA’s Official blog under the post for October 11, 2011 (click the hyperlink “filing a lawsuit” for a PDF of the complaint).