Tuesday, June 17, 2008

White House emails do NOT fall under FOIA rules

"Today, D.C. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued an opinion in CREW v. Office of Administration, finding that the Office of Administration (OA) is not an agency subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In May 2007, CREW sued OA for records regarding missing White House e-mail and the office’s assessment of the scope of the problem. After initially agreeing to provide records, OA changed course and claimed it was not an agency and, therefore, had no obligation to comply with the FOIA. OA made this claim despite the fact that even the White House’s own website described OA as an agency and included regulations for processing FOIA requests." Judge Kollar's biography is here.

Monday, June 9, 2008

CCH Pension Library

The law library now subscribes to CCH's Pension library. Just go to http://www.ggu.edu/lawlibrary/virtual and click on CCH Internet Research Network: Pension Library. You will be prompted for your email address, then just click on the "Pension" tab. The database is available to law students, faculty and staff.

The ~In re. Marriages~ case

The official citation for this case is 43 Cal. 4th 757. Just so you know...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Law Library Construction Update

Construction has begun, and progress will be reported here from time to time. Above is a floorplan for the first floor law library expansion, which we expect to open to staff and patrons toward November, 2008. The new first floor will consist of a large reading room, seating about 100, with nearby circulation and reference areas, as well as more efficient technical service staff space, on the left of this drawing.

There will be two restrooms on this floor, near the elevator, and the circular stairs shown in the left hand middle of this drawing will be used to travel from the first floor down to the plaza and basement levels.

Once the first floor is complete, we will move, and the plaza level will be closed for its upgrade. The plaza area office space, behind what is now the Circulation Desk, will be replaced with about 73 student carrels. The plaza, and therefore the entire law library, should be completed by late December, 2008.

Entering the Plaza Level Lab

Visitors to the P-90 lab will enter an empty ante-room, which will remain empty, until plumbing, hvac, and other fixtures are installed in the ceiling above, for service on the first floor.

Law Library Construction News

We are delighted to announce that the Plaza Level Computer Lab, P-90, re-opened for out patrons on May 27, 2008, the first day of summer classes. Those visiting P-90 will notice that there are now 13 personal computers instead of 15, and the Macintoshes have gone. New Macintoshes are on the way, and will reside in room B-2, in the law library basement, until construction is complete.