Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Our Display on Space Law is "Out of This World"

On July 29, 1958 (56 years ago), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was created by Congressional legislation. July 20, 1969 marked the Apollo 11 moon landing, when man first set foot on the lunar surface.  In remembrance of these historic July events, the Law Library invites you to explore our new display featuring print and electronic resources in the field of Space Law.

The display highlights the Journal of Space Law, available via HeinOnline, as well as print resources available in the library, including The Little Book of Space Law, by Matthew Kleiman. This brief title (183 p.), provides an introduction to various topics in the area of Space Law, including orbital debris, cyber warfare in space, environmental issues, and ownership of celestial resources. 

For those interested in conducting more research in the area of Space Law, consider consulting a Space Law Research Guide, such as this one, created by the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library.  For news and current awareness, check out Res Communis, the blog of the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law, at the University of Mississippi School of Law.  For fun, visit NASA's Image of the Day Gallery.

Good Luck to Our Graduates on the Bar Exam!

Today, July 29, is the first day of the South Dakota Bar Exam, as well as the bar exam of many states across the country.  The McKusick Law Library would like to wish all of our graduates sitting for the July bar exam the best of luck!

For those thinking ahead to the bar exam in the future, don't forget about the Law Library's LibGuide on bar exam information and resources, available here.  The Law Library has also been featuring a display with bar exam resources, which will remain up through the end of July.  For more information on the materials featured in the display, see the Prairie Law Blog's previous post here

Monday, July 28, 2014

Law Library Display Celebrates the Ratification of the 14th Amendment

On July 28, 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment was certified as ratified by the states.  The Fourteenth Amendment granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” including  former slaves.  It also prohibits states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without due process of law" or to "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” As such, the Fourteenth Amendment was critical to the expansion and development of civil rights in the United States. 

This important historical event is highlighted in one of the Law Library's current displays.  The display features information about the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment from the Library of Congress, as well as several titles which offer background and history on the ratification process, including No Easy Walk To Freedom: Reconstruction and the Ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, by James E. Bond.

Two important Supreme Court cases arising out of the Fourteenth Amendment were Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education, which addressed the constitutionality of racial segregation.  The Law Library's display also features titles regarding these important cases, including: The Plessy Case: A Legal-Historical Interpretation, by Charles A. Lofgren, Defining Moments: Brown v. Board of Education, by Diane Telgen, and With All Deliberate Speed: Implementing Brown v. Board of Education, edited by Brian J. Daugherity and Charles C. Bolton.

Other titles included in the display are: Government By Judiciary: The Transformation of the Fourteenth Amendment, by Raoul Berger, No State Shall Abridge: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Bill of Rights, by Michael Kent Curtis, and The Fourteenth Amendment and the Bill of Rights, by Raoul Berger.

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Sony Digital Paper E-Reader To Be Marketed to Lawyers

Sony recently announced that they have entered into an agreement with William S. Hein & Co., best known for its HeinOnline product, with regard to their new 13.3 inch Digital Paper e-Reader.  See the press release here.  Additional coverage is also available from GoodEReader and Information Today

The combination of the Digital Paper e-Reader and HeinOnline was showcased at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in San Antonio, TX earlier this month. 

While the Law Library does not endorse particular products, those interested in features of the e-Reader may wish to consult Robert Ambrogi's review of the Digital Paper e-Reader on his LawSites blog here.  Another recent post on the blog is titled "A Couple Other Cool Things I Saw at AALL."  For those with an interest in the intersection of technology, legal research, libraries, and lawyering, the LawSites blog is a great place to check for news and new products. 

More Construction Progress

All the tabletops and adjustable lighting have now been installed on the new study tables on the main floor and upper level of the Law Library:

Study tables on the main floor with accompanying chairs.










Study tables installed on the upper level of the Law Library.










The Prairie Law Blog will continue to post new pictures of the construction progress.

Weekend Disruption to TWEN Access

Law School Westlaw/TWEN users should be aware that Westlaw recently posted the following message:

Due to system maintenance, you will be unable intermittently to access TWEN beginning early Saturday evening, July 26th through Sunday morning, July 27th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Law Library staff.

Indigenous Law Portal from the Law Library of Congress

The Law Library of Congress has recently created a Indigenous Law web portal, which offers links to American Indian Constitutions and Legal Materials by state.  See their recent tweet about the portal here on their Twitter feed @LawLibCongress.  To directly access materials on the portal for South Dakota tribes, click here

For those interested in additional resources related to Federal Indian, tribal, and indigenous peoples law, the McKusick Law Library has recently published a LibGuide titled Native American Law Guide: Federal Indian, Tribal & Indigenous Peoples Law Related Resources, which provides additional information and links for researchers.