Monthly Archives: September 2009

Research As Conducted in Law Firms

The popular show The Law Librarian, which plays on Internet radio station blogtalkradio, recently conducted an interview with several law firms on research techniques and sources commonly used on the job. Both small and larger firms were represented in the show. Firm representatives discuss the use of secondary sources, indexes, statutes and case law, as well as the benefits and deficiencies of various formats and sources. Conclusions drawn reflect recent published research on law firm research requirements, and correspond to my observations as well. If you want to hear how you’re expected to research in the law firm setting, I suggest listening to the show, titled What’s Real in the Real World, at:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thelawlibrarian/blog/2009/09.

Law & Social Justice — Recent Acquisitions

Arbitration and Mediation in the ACP-EU Relations
edited by Association for International Arbitration
KJE6433 .A92 2008
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Before Earth Day: The Origins of American Environmental Law, 1945-1970
Karl Boyd Brooks
KF3775 .B727 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Biotechnology & Nanotechnology: Regulation Under Environmental, Health, and Safety Laws
B. David Naidu
K3925.B56 N35 2009
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California School Law
Frank Kemerer and Peter Sansom
KFC648 .K45 2009
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Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide
Andrea Smith
E98.W8 S62 2005
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A Constitution of Many Minds: Why the Founding Document Doesn’t mean what it Meant Before
Cass R. Sunstein
KF4552 .S86 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Constitutional Law for a Changing America: a Short Course
Lee Epstein, Thomas G. Walker
KF4749 .E668 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Defining Civil and Political Rights: The Jurisprudence of the United Nations Human Rights Committee
Alex Conte and Richard Burchill
K3241 .C66 2009
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Environmental Justice: Legal Theory and Practice
Barry E. Hill
KF3775 .H55 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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FDR v. The Constitution: the Court-packing Fight and the Triumph of Democracy
Burt Solomon
KF8742 .S585 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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The First Amendment, Freedom of Speech: Its Constitutional History and the Contemporary Debate
edited by Vikram David Amar
KF4772 .F5675 2009
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Genocide in International Law: The Crime of Crimes
William A. Schabas
K5302 .S32 2009
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Global Perspectives on Constitutional Law
edited by Vikram David Amar, Mark V. Tushnet
KF4550 .G58 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Human Rights and Corporations
edited by David Kinley
K3240 .H8483 2009
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The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law
edited by Nita A. Farahany
K5028.5 .I47 2009
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International Trade and Health Protection: a Critical Assessment of the WTO’s SPS Agreement
Tracey Epps
K3631 .E67 2008
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Invisible Hands, Invisible Objectives: Bringing Workplace Law and Public Policy into Focus
Stephen F. Befort and John W. Budd
KF3319 .B44 2009
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Law, Mind and Brain
edited by Michael Freeman and Oliver R. Goodenough
K346 .L394 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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A Life and Death Decision: a Jury Weighs the Death Penalty
Scott E. Sundby
KF9680 .S86 2005
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Managing White Collar Legal Issues: Leading Lawyers on Key Defense Strategies, Responses for Civil and Criminal Investigations, and Recent Enforcement Trends
KF9350 .M369 2008
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Navigating Green Construction and Energy Initiatives: Government Officials on Responding to LEED Standards, Promoting Sustainable Building Practices, and Improving Energy Efficiency
K3585 .N384 2009
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New Institutions for Human Rights Protection
edited by Kevin Boyle
K3240 .N495 2009
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Our Promise: Achieving Educational Equality for America’s Children: Selected Essays and Articles
edited by Maurice R. Dyson, Daniel B. Weddle
LC213.2 .O88 2009
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Ourselves and Our Posterity: Essays in Constitutional Originalism
edited and introduced by Bradley C.S. Watson
KF4552 .O97 2009
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The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions
edited by Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely, Jr.
KF4548.5 .O97 2009
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The Privilege of Silence: Fifth Amendment Protections Against Self- incrimination
Steven M. Salky
KF9668 .S25 2009
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A Responsibility to Assist: EU Policy and Practice in Crisis-management Operations under European Security and Defense Policy: a COST report
edited by Tom Hadden
KJE5105 .R47 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Sharing our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence
edited by Sarah Deer … [et al.]
E98.W8 S43 2008
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The Status of Women under Islamic Law and Modern Islamic Legislation
Jamal J.A. Nasir
KBP526.32.N37 A37 2009
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Synergies in Minority Protection: European and International Law Perspectives
edited by Kristin Henrard and Robert Dunbar
K3242 .S965 2008
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Wholesale Justice: Constitutional Democracy and the Problem of the Class Action Lawsuit
Martin H. Redish
KF8896 .R438 2009
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Working with Government Agencies in Climate Change Law: Leading Lawyers on Communicating with Government Officials, Understanding Legal Challenges, and Navigating Recent and Upcoming Climate Change Regulations
QC903 .W679 2009
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Arbitration and Mediation in the ACP-EU Relations
edited by Association for International Arbitration
KJE6433 .A92 2008
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Before Earth Day: The Origins of American Environmental Law, 1945-1970
Karl Boyd Brooks
KF3775 .B727 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Biotechnology & Nanotechnology: Regulation Under Environmental, Health, and Safety Laws
B. David Naidu
K3925.B56 N35 2009
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California School Law
Frank Kemerer and Peter Sansom
KFC648 .K45 2009
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Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide
Andrea Smith
E98.W8 S62 2005
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A Constitution of Many Minds: Why the Founding Document Doesn’t mean what it Meant Before
Cass R. Sunstein
KF4552 .S86 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Constitutional Law for a Changing America: a Short Course
Lee Epstein, Thomas G. Walker
KF4749 .E668 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Defining Civil and Political Rights: The Jurisprudence of the United Nations Human Rights Committee
Alex Conte and Richard Burchill
K3241 .C66 2009
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Environmental Justice: Legal Theory and Practice
Barry E. Hill
KF3775 .H55 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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FDR v. The Constitution: the Court-packing Fight and the Triumph of Democracy
Burt Solomon
KF8742 .S585 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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The First Amendment, Freedom of Speech: Its Constitutional History and the Contemporary Debate
edited by Vikram David Amar
KF4772 .F5675 2009
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Genocide in International Law: The Crime of Crimes
William A. Schabas
K5302 .S32 2009
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Global Perspectives on Constitutional Law
edited by Vikram David Amar, Mark V. Tushnet
KF4550 .G58 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Human Rights and Corporations
edited by David Kinley
K3240 .H8483 2009
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The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law
edited by Nita A. Farahany
K5028.5 .I47 2009
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International Trade and Health Protection: a Critical Assessment of the WTO’s SPS Agreement
Tracey Epps
K3631 .E67 2008
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Invisible Hands, Invisible Objectives: Bringing Workplace Law and Public Policy into Focus
Stephen F. Befort and John W. Budd
KF3319 .B44 2009
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Law, Mind and Brain
edited by Michael Freeman and Oliver R. Goodenough
K346 .L394 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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A Life and Death Decision: a Jury Weighs the Death Penalty
Scott E. Sundby
KF9680 .S86 2005
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Managing White Collar Legal Issues: Leading Lawyers on Key Defense Strategies, Responses for Civil and Criminal Investigations, and Recent Enforcement Trends
KF9350 .M369 2008
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Navigating Green Construction and Energy Initiatives: Government Officials on Responding to LEED Standards, Promoting Sustainable Building Practices, and Improving Energy Efficiency
K3585 .N384 2009
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New Institutions for Human Rights Protection
edited by Kevin Boyle
K3240 .N495 2009
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Our Promise: Achieving Educational Equality for America’s Children: Selected Essays and Articles
edited by Maurice R. Dyson, Daniel B. Weddle
LC213.2 .O88 2009
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Ourselves and Our Posterity: Essays in Constitutional Originalism
edited and introduced by Bradley C.S. Watson
KF4552 .O97 2009
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The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions
edited by Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely, Jr.
KF4548.5 .O97 2009
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The Privilege of Silence: Fifth Amendment Protections Against Self- incrimination
Steven M. Salky
KF9668 .S25 2009
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A Responsibility to Assist: EU Policy and Practice in Crisis-management Operations under European Security and Defense Policy: a COST report
edited by Tom Hadden
KJE5105 .R47 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Sharing our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence
edited by Sarah Deer … [et al.]
E98.W8 S43 2008
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The Status of Women under Islamic Law and Modern Islamic Legislation
Jamal J.A. Nasir
KBP526.32.N37 A37 2009
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Synergies in Minority Protection: European and International Law Perspectives
edited by Kristin Henrard and Robert Dunbar
K3242 .S965 2008
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Wholesale Justice: Constitutional Democracy and the Problem of the Class Action Lawsuit
Martin H. Redish
KF8896 .R438 2009
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Working with Government Agencies in Climate Change Law: Leading Lawyers on Communicating with Government Officials, Understanding Legal Challenges, and Navigating Recent and Upcoming Climate Change Regulations
QC903 .W679 2009
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Global Legal Studies — Recent Acquisitions

Admission to the United Nations: Charter Article 4 and the Rise of Universal Organization
Thomas D. Grant
KZ4997 .G73 2009
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Arbitration and Mediation in the ACP-EU Relations
edited by Association for International Arbitration
KJE6433 .A92 2008
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Biotechnology & Nanotechnology: Regulation Under Environmental, Health, and Safety Laws
B. David Naidu
K3925.B56 N35 2009
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Corporate Rescue Law–an Anglo-American Perspective
Gerard McCormack
K1395 .M38 2008 (New Book Shelf)
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Defining Civil and Political Rights: The Jurisprudence of the United Nations Human Rights Committee
Alex Conte and Richard Burchill
K3241 .C66 2009
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Economic Sanctions: Law and Public Policy
Kern Alexander
KZ6373 .A44 2009
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Genocide in International Law: The Crime of Crimes
William A. Schabas
K5302 .S32 2009
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Guide to Latin in International Law
Aaron X. Fellmeth & Maurice Horwitz
K52.L37 F45 2009
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Human Rights and Corporations
edited by David Kinley
K3240 .H8483 2009
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International Investment Law for the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of Christoph Schreuer
edited by Christina Binder … [et al.].
K3830 .I5954 2009
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International Trade and Health Protection: a Critical Assessment of the WTO’s SPS Agreement
Tracey Epps
K3631 .E67 2008
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International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea: Basic Documents
edited by C. Tofan and S. Strambu
KZA5205 .I583 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Islamic Insurance: a Modern Approach to Islamic Banking
Aly Khorshid
HG8719 .K48 2007
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New Institutions for Human Rights Protection
edited by Kevin Boyle
K3240 .N495 2009
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Principles of European Constitutional Law
edited by Armin von Bogdandy and Jurgen Bast
KJE4445 .P745 2006
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A Responsibility to Assist: EU Policy and Practice in Crisis-management Operations under European Security and Defense Policy: a COST report
edited by Tom Hadden
KJE5105 .R47 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Risk Analysis for Islamic Banks
Hennie van Greuning and Zamir Iqbal
HG3368.A6 G74 2008
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Russian Law
William E. Butler
KLB68 .B88 2009
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The Status of Women under Islamic Law and Modern Islamic Legislation
Jamal J.A. Nasir
KBP526.32.N37 A37 2009
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Synergies in Minority Protection: European and International Law Perspectives
edited by Kristin Henrard and Robert Dunbar
K3242 .S965 2008
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Law, Technology & Communications – New Acquisitions

Biotechnology & Nanotechnology: Regulation Under Environmental, Health, and Safety Laws
B. David Naidu
K3925.B56 N35 2009
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Copyright Law Deskbook
Robert W. Clarida
KF2995 .C54 2009
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Valuation and Dealmaking of Technology-based Intellectual Property: Principles, Methods, and Tools
Richard Razgaitis
KF3145 .R39 2009
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State of New York Ruled to Have Violated ADA

According to Jurist, a federal district court in New York has ruled that the state violated the ADA by keeping mentally disabled individuals in housing that was segregated from the public. The case pondered the ADA requirement that institutional placement must be to the most integrated housing available so that recovery may be enhanced. The court relied on Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999), which noted that “unjustified isolation” was in fact discrimination based on disability and that “institutional placement of persons who can handle and benefit from community settings perpetuates unwarranted assumptions that persons so isolated are incapable of or unworthy of participating in community life.” 527 U.S. at 597, 600. The court went on to state that the ““most integrated setting,” according to the federal regulations, is “a setting that enables individuals with disabilities to interact with non-disabled persons to the fullest extent possible.””

There is no word yet if the government will appeal.

You may find more information and the link to the case here. You will find hundreds of current news feeds at our Current News/Recent Cases page.

Reminder: Mini-Classes on Basic Legal Research 9/4 – 9/28

Whether you need a research refresher before you start your paper, or you’d like to be prepared to research your Legal Writing memo topic,  library mini-classes will be of benefit to you. Please join June MacLeod at the library circulation desk to attend these many short and effective research classes.

Mini-Class Schedule

What is a treatise?     Fri, Sept 4 4:00-4:15 pm
What is a digest?     Fri, Sept 4 4:15-4:30 am
What is a treatise?     Fri, Sept 4     5:30-5:45 pm
What is a digest?     Fri, Sept 4     5:45-6 pm
What is a treatise?    Weds, Sept 9   11:15-11:30 am
Deciphering legal abbreviations     Wed, Sept 9     11:30-11:45 am
Using ThomCat, our online catalog     Wed, Sept 9     2:30-2:45 pm
What is a digest?     Thu, Sept 10     10-10:15 am
Why use legal encyclopedias?       Thu, Sept 10 11:30-11:45 am
Research guidelines     Thu, Sept 24     11:30 am-noon
Locating a case     Thu, Sept 24     noon-12:15
Locating a case     Fri, Sept 25     6-6:15 pm
Locating a statute     Fri, Sept 25     6:15-6:30 pm
Locating a statute     Mon, Sept 28     11:30-11:45 am
Research guidelines     Mon, Sept 28     noon-12:30 pm

Missed Library Orientation? Need Westlaw, Lexis, or CALI access?

If you missed Library Orientation, drop by and talk to one of the Librarians. We have Library Orientation packets and will help you get your Westlaw, Lexis, and CALI accounts established.