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Free PACER Archive Adds Millions of New Documents

The Free Law Project, a California-based non-profit, posted every free written opinion and order available on PACER, the federal courts’ document portal. In total, this new collection contains 3.4 million documents from 1.5 million federal district and bankruptcy cases dating back to 1960, the Project explained in a blog post published Tuesday on the organization’s website.

“Today’s news represents a huge milestone for the project and moves the project into a new stage where we’re not only focused on people’s experience while using PACER, but we’re now also focused on providing data to startups, researchers, journalists, lawyers, and the public via our website,” Michael Lissner, executive director of the Free Law Project, said in an email.

Over the past year, the Free Law Project “crawled” PACER, an automated process to collect web-based information, to build this collection. They also used a process called optical character recognition (OCR) to read and parse upwards of 400,000 scanned documents to extract the text. These documents are available on the CourtListener website.

This work was made possible by a grant from the Department of Labor and two professors studying employment law at Georgia State University. Charlotte Alexander says she and her colleague were interested in analyzing every federal case where a worker is described as an employee or an independent contractor.

Read the entire article here.


Law Day 2017


The library will celebrate Law Day on Monday, May 1, 2017. Please stop by the 4th Floor circulation desk for some cake and coffee at 2:30 p.m. while you peruse the Law Day book display!

As part of Law Day, there will also be a FREE screening of the documentary The Loving Story at the Central Library Neil Morgan Auditorium on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Professor Bryan H. Wildenthal will lead off the event with an explanation of the laws in effect at the time and how this case forever changed American law and society.

See all details and registration at:

 For more information on Law Day, click here.



Happy Birthday to Thomas Jefferson!

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Please stop by the 4th floor library tomorrow, April 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. to celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s birthday with cake and coffee.

Don’t forget to give a birthday present to yourself! Complete the annual library survey for a chance to win a $50 Knotty Barrel gift card and various prizes!

Access the survey here.

The deadline to enter the Library Week photo contest is 5 p.m. today. Submit your photos for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card!

What is your librarian an expert in?

Happy National Library Week!

Stop by the 4th Floor Circulation desk this week and tell us what your librarian is an expert in. You will be entered into a drawing for a movie night package prize!

Please do not forget to include your  name and email address.

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Happy National Library Week!

In honor of National Library Week, we will celebrate with events every day!

Starting next Monday and lasting all week, we will have a box where you can submit a “My librarian is an expert in…” card at the circulation desk for an entry in a drawing for various prizes. There will be multiple winners drawn.

Also lasting all week is a student survey on library services. After completing the anonymous survey, you can enter to win a $50 gift card to Knotty Barrel! Please participate in the survey because we depend on your feedback to improve the library. You may access the survey here.

The library also invites all students to participate in our very first photo contest! Please submit a photo that portrays the National Library Week theme of “Libraries Transform”. The winner chosen for best photograph will receive a $50 Visa gift card, will be announced to students, faculty, and staff by email, and will be recognized in the TJSL Library’s social media and publications.*

*Contestants must submit all required documents sent in the email announcement along with your photo for a valid entry. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 5pm.

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Bluebook Training

Do you need help with citations? Do you need help with using the Bluebook in general? Professor Marie Templo will be holding Bluebook Training to answer all of your questions on the following dates:

Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, March 31, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday, April 17, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday, April 24, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Monday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bring your lunch and all of your Bluebook questions! Please register here.Bluebook




Lunch and Learn with the Library!

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