HeinOnline iPad and iPhone App!

by Sarah Prosory 3. October 2011 13:55

Hein has just announced that they have developed an iPad/iPhone app!

Media Alerts on Federal Courts of Appeals Cases

by Sarah Prosory 23. September 2011 16:44

Are you interested in popular, media-worthy, case information from the Federal Courts of Appeals? Check out this resource from the ABA:


Here's the 9th circuit: http://www2.americanbar.org/SCFJI/Pages/CaseSummaries9thCircuit.aspx

Basically the cases chosen are ones that are more for the public interest- they are expected to be talked about in the news. They are summarized by law professors and law students. It doesn't yet cover all circuits but the majority are there.

Current awareness: SSRN eJournals

by Ted McClure 19. September 2011 12:46

PSL Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Want to see the latest scholarship in your interest areas? Subscribe to SSRN subject-matter eJournals. Many legal scholars post their working papers, drafts, and works accepted for publication on SSRN. EJournals have links to the latest. Issues of eJournals are emailed to you periodically. To set up your subscriptions, from your SSRN User Home:

  1. in the upper left corner of the page, click on the "Subscriptions" link;
  2. in the left column of the table, go to "Legal Scholarship Network" and click on the "Click here" link ("Click here to subscribe/unsubscribe to journals in this network.");
  3. in the list of journal categories, expand "LSN Subject Matter eJournals" by clicking on the arrowhead;
  4. work your way down the list; click on the check box of a title to subscribe, click on the arrowhead in front of a subcategory to expand it;
  5. when you are done, click on the "back" button near the bottom of the page.

(If you haven't already set up your SSRN account, see http://researchguides.phoenixlaw.edu/content.php?pid=238209&sid=1965901.)

For more on current awareness, see "Drinking from a Firehose".

Flashing Headlights

by PSL Law Library 15. September 2011 11:20



Have you ever flashed your headlights to warn other drivers about a speed trap?  Is it legal to flash your headlights?  If it is illegal does this law violate your constitutional right to freedom of speech? One man in Florida believes that the ticket he received for flashing his headlights is a violation of his right to free speech.  Read all about the suit he has filed here.

If you are interested in viewing your first amendment rights take the following steps.

1)      Log onto LexisNexis

2)      Make sure the Legal tab is selected

3)      Select view more next to Federal Legal – U.S.

4)      Select USCS – United States Code Service: Code, Const, Rules, Conventions & Public Laws

5)      You can now expand the sections in the Table of Contents, start with:

a.       Constitution of the United States of America

b.      Amendments

c.       Amendment 1

d.      Religious and political freedom (part 1 of 4)

e.      Start reading

You can also read the first amendment by looking at a book or locating it on Westlaw.


New: Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC) Online Research Tool

by Library 14. September 2011 06:57
WASHINGTON, DC, September 8, 2011 – The War Crimes Research Office and the Women and International Law Programat American University Washington College of Law announce the launch of the Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC).

The GJC is an online research tool that allows judges, lawyers, and researchers to search the jurisprudence of eleven international/ized criminal courts and tribunals for documents containing information regarding the prosecution of crimes involving sexual and gender-based violence.

Reviewers have analyzed and catalogued more than 17,000 documents from the War Crimes Research Office’s Jurisprudence Collections, noting, for example, when evidence of sexual or gender-based violence appears in the record, when sexual or gender-based violence charges are brought, dropped, or dismissed, or when a defendant is tried for a crime of sexual or gender-based violence. The GJC features keyword and targeted search fields, which eliminate the need to sift through irrelevant documents when conducting research on the rapidly developing jurisprudence in these bodies.

American University Washington College of Law, with support from the Open Society Institute’s International Women’s Program,created this database in response to requests by experts in the fields of gender and international criminal law, who noted that researching the treatment of sexual and gender-based violence by the international tribunals which have emerged since the 1990s was unduly difficult because of the absence of a central database of materials related to the investigation and prosecution of such cases. Judge Patricia Whalen of the War Crimes Chamber of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has called the creation of the GJC “a great accomplishment,” while former Legal Advisor on Gender Issues at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Patricia Viseur Sellers has noted that the GJC promises to be “a fabulous tool” that she “can’t wait to use and see used by others.”

In the future, the GJC will feature digests of key documents, which will highlight the facts, allegations, and other factors affecting the investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence. The project website will in the future also feature space for expert commentaries and discussion.

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