Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tribal Implementation of the Violence Against Women Act

On April 1, 2015 the ABA Journal posted an online article entitled Indian Tribes Are Retaking Jurisdiction Over Domestic Violence on Their Own Land.  The article details how tribes are working to implement the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2013.  As described on the U.S. Department of Justice website, "VAWA 2013 recognizes tribes' inherent power to exercise "special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction" (SDVCJ) over certain defendants, regardless of their Indian or non-Indian status, who commit acts of domestic violence or dating violence or violate certain protection orders in Indian country. This new law generally took effect on March 7, 2015, but also authorized a voluntary "Pilot Project" to allow certain tribes to begin exercising SDVCJ sooner."

On Tuesday, March 31, the University of South Dakota School of Law, Acting U.S. Attorney Chris C. Myers, District of North Dakota; and Deborah R. Gilg, U.S. Attorney, District of Nebraska; co-sponsered a conference on Tribal Implementation of the Violence Against Women Act.  A press release regarding the conference is available here.  The Press Release also provides a link to the agenda for the conference.


Law Library Director Jackson attended the conference and was able to discuss resources with representatives from some of the tribes participating in the pilot program. Associate Dean Graham participated as a panel member.




Friday, April 10, 2015

April 12-18 is National Library Week

Next week, April 12 through 18, is National Library Week.  Law students, faculty and staff are invited to join in celebrating this important event!

We are still seeking your "shelfie" photo submissions for display on the law school's electronic bulletin boards during National Library Week.  The photos can be taken anywhere in the Law Library or next to your own personal shelf of books!  Please send submissions to Sarah Kammer by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 13!

The Law Library is also featuring a display on the main level of the Law Library for National Library Week that features information about the Law Library staff and our student workers.  It also highlights some of the materials in our collection pertaining to law librarianship as well as publications of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), such as AALL Spectrum and Law Library Journal.  You can browse AALL publications via their website here

The display also features works published by Law Library Director, Darla Jackson.  More of Director Jackson's publications are available here on her USD School of Law Selected Works author page. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

American Bar Association Offers Free Student Memberships

A recent article in the ABA Journal announced that the American Bar Association is now offering free memberships to students at ABA-approved law schools. 

Students who join will "have access to the ABA Job Board, free career advice webinars, complimentary continuing legal education seminars and member discounts [and] will also receive four digital and print issues of Student Lawyer magazine, plus a digital subscription to the monthly ABA Journal."  A link to register is available here

Interested in some of these resources without signing up for a free membership?  The Law Library subscribes to many of the ABA magazines and publications, including the Student Lawyer.  Recent issues are available on the circular rack just inside the double doors to the library.  If you have a few free minutes, feel free to pick one up and browse through some articles. 

Recent issues are also available online here.  Article topics from the March 2015 issue range from surviving your first year on the job, choosing law school courses, writing effective letters (by Bryan Garner), and applying for clerkships.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month - Display and Resources

Did you know:
  • Nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape (from the President's proclamation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month)
  • As stated in the Proclamation, many men are also sexually assaulted or abused each year.  In fact, in the U.S., about 10% of all sexual assault victims are male (from the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) website)
  • In 2012 alone, 62,939 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in the United States (from the U.S. Department of Justice website)

Join the Law Library in raising awareness about sexual assault by visiting our display on the lower level of the Law Library.  The display features print and electronic resources about the topic of sexual assault and also highlights provisions of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013 which address sexual assault.  More information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month is available from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) here

Thursday, April 2, 2015

LibGuide and Display to Accompany Thurgood Marshall Lecture to be Held April 14

This year, the USD School of Law/BLSA Thurgood Marshall Lecture will be held on April 14, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Law School Courtroom.  This year's speaker is Judge Curtis L. Collier, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.  The title of Judge Collier's lecture is "The Lawyer: A Force for Change in Society."  The Law Library has updated its Thurgood Marshall Lecture LibGuide to include additional information on Judge Collier.  The LibGuide, available here, also features additional reading information about Thurgood Marshall, including his personal life and career, his Supreme Court jurisprudence, and his lasting impact on American civil rights and constitutional law. 

The Law Library is also featuring a display which includes many of the titles and articles included in the LibGuide, such as:

Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary / by Juan Williams

Making Civil Rights Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1936-1961 / by Mark V. Tushnet

Making Constitutional Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1961-1991 / by Mark V. Tushnet

Supreme Justice: Speeches and Writings - Thurgood Marshall / J. Clay Smith, editor

Dream Makers, Dream Breakers: The World of Justice Thurgood Marshall / Carl Thomas Rowan

Law Library Hours: Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5

The McKusick Law Library will be closing to the public at noon on Friday, April 3.  Also, there will not be any Sunday circulation/service hours for law students on Sunday, April 5.  Law students will continue to have 24/7 access to the library using their University ID cards.

The McKusick Law Library will reopen to the public on Monday, April 6 at 7:45 a.m. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

ABA Journal's Annual "Peeps in Law" Diorama Contest

Spring is almost here, and along with flowers and spring showers come Peeps candy! 

That also means the ABA Journal is again running its annual "Peeps in Law" diorama contest.  Each year, contestants submit legal-themed dioramas using the Peeps candies to represent persons or parties to a case. 

This year, several famous/high-profile cases are represented, ranging from Lochner v. New York (yes, the Peeps are in a bakery) to the "Blurred Lines" copyright case to Conservation Congress v. Finley, 774 F. 3d 611 (9th Cir. 2014) (with Peeps advocating for their fellow "wildlife," the spotted owl). 

Vote for your favorite here until April 5.  The winner will be announced April 7.