Monthly Archives: March 2009

Celebrate Diversity Month

diversity_monthCheck out the new library display for Celebrate Diversity Month and see the variety of titles that the TJSL library has to offer!

Click here for a list of campus events going on this week to celebrate TJSL’s diversity.

Read about Celebrate Diversity Month:

Celebrate Diversity Month, a new national observance, celebrating ALL the diversity across the board that exists within our workplaces, schools, and communities.

While throughout the year, there are a wide range of admirable diversity observances that acknowledge the contributions and unique traditions of certain segments of the population-African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, women, gays and lesbians, and those who are disabled, among others-until now, there has been no specific time designated to celebrate the wide range of diversity that not only includes these groups, but goes beyond them and reaches out to everyone.

Celebrate Diversity Month is all about opening dialogues that foster an appreciation of the differences that separate us as well as the similarities that unite us.

Read the news headlines today and the word diversity has become synonymous with differences and, often, divisiveness. But, diversity encompasses both our differences and similarities!

By setting aside a period of time to better understand and strengthen that which binds us despite our differences, we will gain a deeper understanding of each other and develop a greater sense of connection-creating the energy among us needed to positively change our world.


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Website Spotlight: California Courts & California Legislature

california_courts2California Courts

The California Courts website provides a no-cost, full-text, searchable database of all published California Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions from 1850 to the present. Slip opinions for recent decisions (both published and unpublished) are posted to the website within hours of being filed. The advanced search function allows for terms and connectors searching powered by LexisNexis®. The California Courts website also provides free access to Judicial Council Forms, Court Rules for all California courts, a self-help center for pro se litigants, court statistics, and other reference and informational materials.

california_legislature1California Legislature

The California Legislative Counsel provides a no-cost, full-text, searchable database of the California Codes, the California Constitution, and the text, history, status of each bill introduced from 1993-present in each of its draft forms. On the California Legislature website you can also find all bill analyses prepared by legislative committees, any veto messages, all statutes enacted on or after January 1, 1993, a list of matters pending on the Assembly or Senate floor, a list of the committees and their members, Rules of the Legislature, the Legislative Calendar, the schedule of legislative committee hearings, and more.

Recent Acquisitions Spotlight

global-warming-for-dummies1Global Warming for Dummies

QC 981.8 .G56 M39 2009

Understand global warming and what you can do to make a positive difference!  Fiercely debated in the political arena and constantly splashed across the media, global warming is a hot topic.  Global Warming For Dummies sorts out fact from fiction, explaining the science behind climate change and examining the possible long-term effects of a warmer planet.  This friendly guide helps readers explore solutions to this challenging problem, from what governments and industry can do to what readers can do at home and how to get involved.
Open the book and find:
1.  How human activity is altering Earth’s atmosphere
2.  What could happen when polar ice melts
3.  Which species could disappear if global warming continues
4.  Carbon-reduction success stories from around the world
5.  What the Kyoto Protocol is and what it means
6.  How the sun, wind, earth, and ocean can all provide clean sources of energy
7.  You can fight global warming by hopping on a bike or painting your roof white
©2009 John Wiley & Sons, Canada.

bodiescrimesOur Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women’s Reproduction in America

HQ 1236.5 .U6 F532 2009

Jeanne Flavin reviews the ways in which women’s reproductive rights and criminal justice intersect.  She argues that the way in which the criminal justice system disciplines women’s reproductive behavior maintains the notion that women’s value derives mainly from their sexuality and reproductive capacity, and that the consequences of official attempts to restrict reproductive freedom have a much more profound effect on women than of men.  The book is divided into three parts that deal with the begetting, bearing and mothering of children.  Chapters include: “The Right to Procreate”; “Terminating the Pregnancies”; “Neonaticide and Infant Abandonment”; “Fetal Protectionism and Pregnant Women”; “Incarcerated Women’s Right to Reproductive Health”; “Incarcerated Women’s Right to Their Children”; and “Battered Women and Child Custody.”

Library Highlights: Financial Crisis 2008-2009

Interested in learning more about what may have led to the current financial crisis?  Check out these books in our TJSL library.  To read a brief description of each book, see Library Highlights 2/15/09.

shiller_subprime_solution2The Subprime Solution: How Today’s Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do about It

Robert J. Shiller

HG2040.15 .S45 2008


Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises

Charles P. Kindleberger

HB3722 .K56 2005


SEC Executive Compensation Disclosure Rules

Mark A. Borges

KF1449 .B67 2008

hung_investory__industry_perspectivesInvestor and Industry Perspectives on Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers

Angela K. Hung

KF1070 .I58 2008


The Age of Turbulence : Adventures in a New World

Alan Greenspan

HB119.G74 A3 2007


Credit Market and Subprime Distress: Responding to Legal Issues

Mayer Brown
KF1050 .C74 2008

Multimedia Spotlight

Check out the library’s legal-themed DVD collection.  DVDs can be checked out from the Reserve collection for 24 hours.  Just ask at the Circulation desk.  Here are a couple of the 50+ movies we have available:

12_angry_men12 Angry Men
VIDEO PN1997 .T74 2001

A Puerto Rican teenager is accused of murdering his father and the evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of his guilt.  But one juror on this seemingly open-and-shut case (played by Henry Fonda) is not entirely convinced of the boy’s guilt.  Stressing the idea of reasonable doubt, he attempts to persuade the other jurors to re-evaluate the evidence. In the process, each juror’s character and reasons for voting against the defendant are exposed.  Sidney Lumet directs the courtroom drama in a claustrophobic, one-room setting that enhances the tense atmosphere as each man battles with his conditioning and his conscience to reach the right decision.

clientThe Client
VIDEO PN1997 .C55 1997

When a boy (Brad Renfro) hears an important confession from a dying lawyer who worked for the mob, his life is placed in serious jeopardy.  An attorney just out of law school (Susan Sarandon) takes many risks protect the boy and his family despite pressures from the FBI and the government.  Tommy Lee Jones plays a ruthless Federal prosecutor determined to mine the full details about the murder from Renfro.  Joel Schumacher directs this tight, faithful adaptation of John Grisham’s novel.

Popular Reading Spotlight

When you need a study break, check out the popular reading section in the northwest corner of the first floor of the library.  Take some some light reading home with you for spring break.  We have a variety of interesting titles in this collection.  Here are just a couple:

above-the-lawAbove the Law
Popular Reading PS 3557 .R37562 A43

When an illegal Mexican immigrant is shot on a ranch outside Dallas, it makes the news, not because of the immigrant, but because of the shooter, Senator Tucker Dean.  It looks like a hunting accident, and the well-loved young Senator spins the disaster artfully with his tearful press conference . . . until the sister in law of the victim steps forward with another tale.  The senator’s wife was regularly visiting the victim, so our heroine Casey Jordan theorizes he was shot by the husband for revenge.  When INS takes the victim’s daughter away and tries to deport his wife, it looks like a cover-up of epic proportions.  Casey approaches the D.A.’s office with information, only to discover that no prosecutor will take on this case.  The senator is powerful and on track for a presidential nomination in a few years, so no one wants to tangle with him.  Casey is determined to see the truth come out.  If the state won’t prosecute a murderer, she will sue him in civil court on behalf of the mother.  But this popular senator is wily, vindictive, and dangerous.  What will happen to Casey when she goes up against a man who seems above the law?

©2009Grand Central Publishing.

catching-wolf-of-wall-streetCatching the Wolf of Wall Street
Popular Reading HV 6766 .B45 A3

In the go-go nineties Jordan Belfort proved to Wall Street that you didn’t need to be on Wall Street to make a fortune in the stock market.  But his company, Stratton Oakmont, worked differently.  His young Long Island wannabes didn’t know from turnaround plans or fiduciary trust.  Instead, they knew how to separate wealthy investors from their cash, and spend it as fast as it came in–on hookers, yachts, and drugs.  But when Jordan’s empire crashed, the man who had become legend was cornered into a five-year stint cooperating with the feds.  This continuation of his Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Wolf of Wall Street, tells the true story of his spectacular flameout and imprisonment for stock fraud.

In this astounding account, Wall Street’s notorious bad boy–and original million-dollar-a-month stock chopper–leads us through a drama worthy of The Sopranos, from his early rise to power to the FBI raid on his estate to the endless indictments at his arrest, to his deal with a bloodthirsty prosecutor to rat out his oldest friends and colleagues–while they were doing the same.  With his kingdom in ruin, not to mention his marriage, the Wolf faced his greatest challenge yet:  how to navigate a gauntlet of judges and lawyers, hold on to his kids and his enraged model wife–and possibly salvage his self-respect.  It wasn’t going to be easy.  In fact, for a man with an unprecedented appetite for excess, it was going to be hell.

From a wired conversation at an Italian restaurant, where Jordan’s conscience finally kicks in, to a helicopter ride with an underage knockout that will become his ultimate undoing, here is the tale of a young genius on a roller coaster of harrowing highs–and more harrowing lows.  But as the countdown to his moment in court begins, after one last crazy bout with a madcap Russian beauty queen, the man at the center of one of the most outrageous scandals in financial history sees the light of what matters most:  his sobriety, and his future as a father and a man.  Will a prison term be his first step toward redemption?

©2009 Bantam Books.

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning Forms (part 1)

Several TJSL Alumni from a recent MCLE expressed interest in practitioners forms available from free and fee-based web sites:

Choose the “Legal Forms” radio button under the search box, then check the Subject Matter box for “Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning”.  Do separate keyword searches on “estate”, “wills”, “trusts”, and “trust”.  The search engine is not very nimble (Boolean connectors are not supported) and there’s no browsing but the hit list looks good.

Worth a browse though the various jurisdictions and forms.

Select “All forms listed by name” from the drop-down menu, then hit the “See Forms” button for a big long list of court forms specific to California.  Then use the “Edit” menu drop-down and choose “Find” or “Find on this page” and enter a keyword from the title of a specific form you’re looking for.  Many documents result from searching for “estate” and “trust”.

A good assortment of estate planning forms and documents for sale.

Another fee-based site with a good selection of documents.

Stay tuned for part 2.

March is Women’s History Month

Women's History Month 2009

Women's History Month 2009

Check out the library’s display for Women’s History Month 2009!

Women’s History Month traces its beginnings to the first “International Women’s Day” in 1911.  In 1981, Congress passed a resolution making “Women’s History Week” a national holiday.  This week was well received, and soon after, schools across the country began to have their own local celebrations.  Within a few years, thousands of schools and communities got on the bandwagon that was National Women’s History Week, with the support and encouragement from governors, city councils, school boards, and the U.S. Congress.  Congress legally expanded the focus to a whole month in 1987.  Since then, the National Women’s History Month Resolution has been approved with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

©2009 Wikipedia.’s_History_Month.