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?
Many people love to read the juicy stories from tabloids and online gossip sites; however, yesterday a jury in Kentucky held one online site liable for defamation. CBSSports.com reported a jury awarded Sarah Jones over $300,000.00 in her defamation lawsuit against thedirty.com. The CBS story gives some background and facts about the case, but lawyers often want to know the details that can only be found in the court record.
To find the complaint, answer, motions, and other filings for this case, simply go to the government’s federal court website called PACER, which stands for Public Access to Court Electronic Records. Using PACER you can search the case and docket information for federal district and appellate court cases, as well as, bankruptcy cases. There is a small fee for viewing documents that is capped at $3.00 per document. Currently, if you do not view more than $15.00 worth of documents in a quarter your fee is waived.
The Library wishes you a fun, happy, and safe Independence Day.
For examples of how NOT to celebrate safely, check out the Darwin Awards website. Like many sites, they have a search box at the bottom of their homepage. The Advanced Search link describes how to search the site using Boolean connectors like “AND.”
Enter the term “fireworks” into the search box for some cautionary tales!
Happy Birthday to the United States! Have a happy and safe holiday!
Library Independence Day Weekend Hours (July 4th – July 6th)
Thursday (4th) CLOSED
Friday (5th) 10:00am – 6:00pm (No 1st Floor Additional Hours)
Saturday (6th) 10:00am – 6:00pm
The Library Hours are kept up to date each day on the Library Homepage. The Reference Desk hours, 1st Floor Additional Hours, and the future hours of the Library are posted at http://www.fcsl.edu/ltc/ltc-hours.
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:
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!
Librarians often tell students to start researching with secondary sources. Secondary sources are a great starting point for researching an unfamiliar area, providing a narrative explanation of complex concepts, giving citations to primary authority, and commentary on cutting edge legal issues. Something we don’t discuss that secondary sources can provide confirmation that there is no clear rule or guidance on an issue or common sense answer. In these instances, secondary sources are not our starting point, but rather our last ditch effort to find something, anything, to confirm that which is suspected as true. Recently a CLE (Continuing Legal Education) book confirmed for a researcher that there is no clear answer to a lien question. The book was found by using our catalog and searching for the larger concepts (association and Florida). Roaming the shelves is another great way to find secondary sources in print. We have a call number list on some of the shelves on the second floor that can help narrow this type of search.
Of course, secondary sources, including many CLEs, are available in Westlaw and Lexis, Hein Online, and sometimes in Google Books. It is important to remember that many secondary source titles are only available through one database. So, Tax Analyst titles are only available on Lexis, whereas WGL titles are only available in Westlaw. So it often a good idea as a student, who has educational access both Westlaw and Lexis, to search both vendors if information is still needed.
Catalog Down Today
On Monday, June 17th, the Library will be upgrading its server. The upgrade will take most of the day due to the amount of information that needs to be transferred. During this time the Library catalog will be offline. If you need assistance in locating materials please come speak with a Librarian or contact the Reference Desk (680-7612). Our circulation system will also be down during this time; however we will still be able to check materials in and out. We just ask for your patience as the process may take longer than usual.
Thank you for your understanding as we work to improve on the services we provide to the Florida Coastal community.
With the summer season here, many people like to hit the beaches and have barbeques and other outdoor parties. Unfortunately though, with the summer fun, many police departments see an increase in crimes and complaints. Here are a couple websites that can help you be aware of dangerous areas and make sure you are not violating the law. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has a crime map that shows you where and what type of crimes have taken place anywhere in Duval County. Then check out Municode or the city’s website for the city you are in to make sure your barbeque or party is not violating local noise ordinances. These sites are very useful for practicing attorneys as well.
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.
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.