Friday, November 14, 2008
The results of this poll were published in the August issue of the ABA Journal. We purchased most of these films (a couple were not available in DVD) for the law library.
So, for your viewing pleasure, check out one of the following:
12 Angry Men
A Civil Action
A Few Good Men
A Man for All Seasons
Anatomy of a Murder
And Justice for All
In the Name of the Father
Inherit the Wind
Judgment at Nuremberg (the classic version with Spencer Tracy)
Kramer vs. Kramer
My Cousin Vinny
Reversal of Fortune
The Paper Chase
To Kill A Mockingbird
Witness for the Prosecution
Law students and faculty may check out a movie for 24 hours. Enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Down Time Notice - GGU Library online catalog will be down to perform network upgrades during the following time:
Monday, November 17, from 9:00 p.m. through Tuesday, November 18 at 5:00 a.m.
During this time access to online databases listed on University and Law Library web sites will not be available. Please plan your work accordingly.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The BASEMENT level is open and accessible from the first floor, down the hallway and taking either the stairwell or the elevator. The basement level lab is open. And if your files are on a flash drive, we also have a plug & print station set up next to the photocopier on the first floor.
The PLAZA level is now closed for renovation and is scheduled to re-open at the start of the Spring semester. It will host additional group study rooms, additional study carrels, and a new computer lab.
Thank you all for your patience during this construction time, but we think you'll agree that the results are well worth it!
Friday, September 26, 2008
The PLAZA LEVEL will then be CLOSED from October 17 at 3pm until the beginning of the spring semester. The plaza level will be renovated with new carpeting, shelving, additional study carrels space, two additional group study rooms, and a renovated computer lab. We will move the most-used California materials to the first floor during this time, but please be aware that California case reporters and legislative materials will be in storage for approximately 8 weeks. We will help you find necessary documents online or from another source if needed.
The BASEMENT LEVEL remains open during this time, and will be accessible via the stairwell or elevator.
Thank you for your patience during this time of construction. The noise will soon be over and forgotten as you study in our fresh, new areas.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Friday, October 17: We will close at 3:00 pm.
Saturday & Sunday, October 18-19: We will be CLOSED ALL DAY.
Monday, October 20: The new entrance to the Law Library will be open on the first floor!
Please ask if you have any questions. Thank you.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
You can access the HSDL here, or here and scroll down to the HSDL.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
This month marks the completion of the U.S. Congressional Record Bound Volumes into HeinOnline. HeinOnline is now the first and only online database to contain the complete Congressional Record Bound Volumes.
We are excited to announce the release of our newest research tool, MyHein. Check out the features of this new tool below.
- Bookmark articles and search results
- Create tags for your results
- Save search queries to quickly run the same search next time you're logged in
- Easy to use with several help guides available
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
This paper presents "some much-needed practical information on how the U.S. criminal justice system has worked in the past and should work in the future... This White Paper gives a detailed demonstration of the strengths and capacities of the federal criminal justice system to try individuals accused of terrorism and other threats to national security."
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
From the abstract: "In most cultural contexts creativity is viewed as an unalloyed virtue. Law is different: given the inherently conservative and slow-moving pace of legal evolution, innovation in the law is viewed by many observers as problematic. Yet American revolutionaries, constitutionalists, legislators, chief executives, judges, administrators, scholars and activists have creatively changed the law for over two centuries in mostly positive ways with some admittedly questionable innovations. This article makes a bold new proposal - the articulation and ranking of America's most creative legal moments - designed to energize and clarify our synoptic thinking about the nature of legal creativity."
Thursday, May 15, 2008
and here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/15/BAGAVNC5K.DTL
The case is In re Marriage Cases, S147999 and the ruling is here: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S147999.PDF, all 172 pages of it.
Monday, May 12, 2008
As many of you already know, this journal is the highly regarded bilingual Uniform Law Review / Revue de Droit Uniforme, which is the oldest and most widely read journal in the world on the harmonization and unification of law, published by Rome-based UNIDROIT (i.e., the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law). UNIDROIT is currently an independent international organization, and was founded in 1926 as a specialized agency of the League of Nations.
Professor Michele Benedetto has a new article on the immigration court system, Crisis on the Immigration Bench: An Ethical Perspective, 73 Brooklyn Law Review (2008). Here's the abstract from SSRN:
The troubled status of the immigration court system has garnered much attention from scholars, appellate judges, and even the United States Attorney General. This article suggests a new lens through which to examine the acknowledged crisis in immigration courts: judicial ethics. Because the term judicial ethics encompasses a broad array of principles, the article narrows its focus to bias and incompetence on the part of immigration judges in the courtroom.
Immigration judges operate as a unique judiciary under the Executive Branch of government. An examination of the modern immigration court system, including inadequate disciplinary procedures for immigration judges, reveals that the existing structural crisis has substantial implications for judicial ethics. Evidence of biased and incompetent judicial conduct has been found in statistics showing inconsistent decisions and cases reviewed by circuit courts. Recognizing the breadth and severity of the problem, the Attorney General proposed new ethical Codes of Conduct for immigration judges in June 2007. However, the proposed Codes are weakened by their lack of specificity and enforceability. Accordingly, the article recommends reforms designed to encourage unbiased and competent judicial behavior. Implementation of these reforms will initiate the process of restoring the ethical integrity of the immigration bench.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
"Once upon a time, in lands far, far away, lived strange but cuddly creatures that became involved in a struggle for identity." Selmon v. Hasbro Bradley, Inc., 669 F.Supp. 1267 (S.D.N.Y.,1987).
The farting doll case: JCW Investments v Novelty, Inc. Inc., 482 F 3d 910 (7th Circ 2007).
"Who you gonna call?" Stambovsky v. Ackley, 169 A.D.2d 254, 572 N.Y.S.2d 672 (N.Y.A.D.,1991).
Friday, April 25, 2008
On Monday, May 5th, the ceiling panels in the back law library staff offices and meeting area will be removed. This should not affect library patrons, as most construction is to take place after hours.
On Monday, May 12th, the plaza level computer lab, Room P-90, will be reconfigured. Five computers will be moved out, and a temporary wall installed, creating a smaller lab. A number of computers and printers will remain, but we anticipate sending overflow lab patrons to the 4th floor computer labs, or to the law library basement computer lab, in room B-4.
The ceiling in the plaza level lab will be removed, and the plumbing installed. The plaza computer lab will return to its original configuration by the end of the year.
From May until the end of October, the first floor, directly above the law library's plaza level, is being emptied and will be refitted to law library needs. When the first floor is open for business in early November, there will be a 100-seat reading room, circulation desk, reference desk, and law library staff offices. There will also be two unisex restrooms, near where the service elevator is located, at the Jessie Street end of the library.
From November 1 until New Year's Eve, the plaza level will be redone. Staff offices will be replaced with about 70 student carrels. Some new shelving will be added, existing shelving will be anchored and expanded, and the carpet replaced. During the plaza level redo, only the first floor and the basement of the law library will be open -- the plaza level will be completely sealed off, to prevent dust from spreading.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
We are very excited about the new space. The main entrance to the law library will move to the first floor and we are sure you will be delighted with the new light and airy reading room and reference area. We expect to open the first floor expansion the first week of November. Once that phase is complete, the Plaza level will then be renovated to upgrade the study space and add additional study carrels.