15. May 2013 14:38
The Arizona Association of Law Libraries recently presented a full day program on Congressional Information that featured distinguished speakers from the Department of Justice, the Federal Reserve Board, the Sunlight Foundation, GovTrack.us as well as the Arizona State Library and the ASU Law Library. This blog will cover two of the speaker presentations: The Federal Legislative Process and Finding and Compiling a Congressional Legislative History. Part 2 will feature GovTrack.us and Congressional bill tracking.
Ellen Sweet, Legislative Reference Specialist at the Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, led the audience through the legislative process using a federal Indian law (NAGPRA) that included detailed information about the documents produced from the process and which of those documents are the most likely to yield legislative intent information. Excellent flowcharts illustrated the process. Her materials can be found starting at page 37 of the conference materials.
The excellent, up-to-date Finding or Compiling Federal Legislative Histories Electronically was presented by Rick McKinney, the Assistant Law Librarian at the Federal Reserve Board Library. Mr. McKinney’s expertise is the electronic availability of legislative documents and the chart that he included in his materials is a timesaver for anyone who does legislative intent research.
Ms. Sweet and Mr. McKinney are co- authors of the indispensable Law Librarians’ Society of D.C. Legislative Sourcebook
Need help with a legislative history project? Ask a Librarian!
14. May 2013 14:34
The latest printing technology is here in the form of a 3D printer. The law must keep up with technology advancing so quickly.
For an examination of issues involving 3D printers and copyright law see Edward Lee, Digital Originality, 14 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law 919 (2012), http://ssrn.com/abstract=2128799.
See also the New York Times article on the legal issues that can potentially arise from the use of 3D printers. Nick Bilton, Disruptions: The 3-D Printing Free-for-All, N.Y. Times, Nov. 13, 2011, http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/disruptions-the-3-d-printing-free-for-all/?smid=pl-share.
An additional issue involve the hot topic of gun control. See the New York Times article on the University of Texas law student. The ATF would like to keep an eye on individuals who print guns with 3D printers - if it could. Nick Bilton, Disruptions: With a 3-D Printer, Building a Gun With the Push of a Button, N.Y. Times, Oct. 12, 2012, http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/with-a-3-d-printer-building-a-gun-at-home/?smid=pl-share.
One could run amok with the AWR possibilities in this topic or addressing part of it...
non-3D gun morguefile.com
10. May 2013 08:29
The PhoenixLaw Library recently published a Guide containing very helpful information on the requirements to acquire a license to practice law in Arizona right after law school. Access it by clicking here or going to: http://researchguides.phoenixlaw.edu/AZbarinfo
The Guide has links to the rules that govern Arizona's licensing requirements as well as links to forms, practice questions, and study aids available in the Library to help you prepare for the Uniform Bar Exam.
Further, the Guide explains the Character and Fitness process and the required Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam. There is also a list with links to email addresses for the Academic Success Department and a description of the Department's myBar Program.
It is never to early to look into what lies ahead after law school. The better informed you are, the better equipped you will be to handle what can be a very daunting process.
MBE subjects for the 200 multiple choice question part of the bar exam
6. May 2013 13:17
Last week, the PhoenixLaw Library held an event headed by its own Faculty and Interlibrary Services Coordinator, Timothy Saffles. The Annual Faculty Scholarship Reception is a celebration of the scholarly publications produced by PhoenixLaw's faculty.
Professor Laura Dooley was the Keynote Speaker. The reception culminated in awards for faculty who excelled in the eyes of their peers. Recipients were Professors Ilya Iussa, Francine Banner, Riaz Tejani, and McKay Cunningham. Professor Susan Daicoff received the Lifetime Scholary Achievement Award.The faculty was pleased with the event.
Professor Keith Swisher was thankful to the Library and presented Mr. Saffles with a gift of gratitude for putting together such a notable event.
Guests enjoying the event.
Guests enjoying the event.
Interim Director Christy Ryan's introductory remarks. Mr. Saffles' award.
Catering by Alexis.
Beautiful display created by Ms. Sarah Hicks.
3. May 2013 11:23
at the Library
The Library has added new books, ebooks, and DVDs to the collection this month. Visit us online or in person to browse the shelves and see what else we have to offer. You'll never know what you might find!