Friday, February 26, 2010
California's state Assembly passed Concurrent Resolution 112 yesterday, which, if approved by the Senate, will declare the first week of March as "Cuss Free Week" in that state. The resolution grew from the efforts of a teenager in South Pasadena who started the No Cussing Club three years ago (which now has members in every state and worldwide). It encourages the people of California, including its lawmakers, to take the No Cussing Challenge - placing money in a "swear jar" for each use of foul language, and then donating the money to charity.
The resolution, if passed, is not designed as something to be enforced, but rather "to set a tone of harmony and connectedness in our communities, and to inspire ourselves to higher endeavors".
More information about the proposed "Cuss Free Week" can be found here.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The EIA was created in 1977 within the Department of Energy, and "by law, its data, analyses, and forecasts are independent of approval by any other officer or employee of the United States Government."
Its website has a staggering amount of information about energy sources from petroleum to nuclear power, including U.S. and international statistical data, reports, maps, analyses, and forecasts about the outlook for all types of energy.
There are Energy Profiles for each state, as well as for 215 countries around the world. A section explaining Basic Information (such as where oil comes from, or how to compare different types of heating fuels) is also provided on the main page.
This is just a brief sample of what the EIA has to offer - check it out!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
See, e.g., Home Builders Ass'n v. L & L Exhibition Mgmt., Inc., 226 F.3d 944, 950 (8th Cir. 2000). But see Society of Fin. Examiners v. National Ass'n of Certified Fraud Examiners, 41 F.3d 223, 226 (5th Cir. 1995).
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Both Ministers of Justice have been outspoken proponents for a European Family Code driven by the vision that a united Europe needs a clear and workable solution for bi-national marriages. If the new instrument is successful, further joint steps may follow and it can become the spark for adjustments in family law in an integrating Europe.
The agreement is available in German and French.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Never Married: 18.95%, 21.1%, 21.6%, 22.1%.
Married: 59.7%, 57.6%, 56.9%, 55.7%.
Widowed: 12.1%, 10.5%, 9.9%, 9.8%.
Divorced: 9.3%, 10.8%, 11.5%, 11.7%.
Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States, Table 56, Marital Status of the Population by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin: 1990 to 2008.
This trend is confirmed by a Pew Research Center survey report Not Looking for Love: Romance in America. Originally posted on February 13, 2006, this survey found that only 16% of single Americans say they are hunting for a partner. That group represents 7% of the entire adult population.
The Statistical Abstract of the United States and the Pew Research Center survey reports are two sources for statistical information. Statistical research is a very important component of empirical research. Want to know the first time empirical information being used in U.S. Supreme Court? Check out the Brandeis Brief in Muller v. Oregon, 208 US 412. In this case an Oregon legislation limiting the working hours for female workers to ten a day was challenged. The future U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Louis Brandeis, serving as the counsel for the State of Oregon, cited similar legislations in other states and foreign countries, economic and social surveys, and medical studies on the effects of long working hours on female workers and productivity to support the legislation. The result: the court decided to uphold the legislation.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
1. Texas Register
The Texas Register is available online at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml and contains archives from January 28, 2000.
The University of North Texas contains Texas Register archives from June 1991. This is available at http://texinfo.library.unt.edu/texasregister/
2. Texas Administrative Code (TAC)
The TAC can be found online and is updated continually at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/tac/index.shtml
3. Texas Agency Decisions
The following include some of the Texas state agencies that make decisions available online:
- Texas Attorney General Opinions (http://www.oag.state.tx.us/opin/)
- Comptroller of Public Accounts Hearing Decisions (http://www.window.state.tx.us/)
- Ethics Commission Advisory Opinions (http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/legal/AT-eaosquery.html)
- Texas Department of Insurance, Commissioner Bulletins (http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/bulletins/index.html)
- Texas Public Utility Commission Decisions (http://www.puc.state.tx.us)
- Texas State Securities Board (http://www.ssb.state.tx.us/)
- Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Worker's Compensation Appeals Panel Decisions (http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/appeals/)
- Texas Finance Commission (http://www.fc.state.tx.us/)
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/)
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
214 U.S. 533 (1909) - Copyright Practice rules handed down based on the 1909 act
307 U.S. 652 (1939) - Amendments made by Supreme Court
383 U.S. 1031 (1966) - Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure
The U.S. Reports is the official reporter for Supreme Court cases along with memorandum decisions, various amicus briefs and rules issued by the court.
I entered the citations on Lexis and Westlaw, and was not able to retrieve the rules but instead found memorandum decisions. I used these citations to locate the Copyright Rules of Practice in the print reporters of the United States Reports and successfully obtained them. While Westlaw and LexisNexis recognize "U.S." citations to cases and memorandum decisions, they do not recognize them for the rules that are published in the U.S. Reports.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
When beginning your research about a topic, especially one that you are unfamiliar with, start with secondary sources to learn more information instead of immediately turning to primary sources such as cases. ALR is a secondary source comprised of annotations written by legal practitioners, and each annotation discusses a particular legal topic in depth. Unlike legal encyclopedias, ALR’s annotations are organized chronologically. ALR (currently in its sixth series) covers all jurisdictions, while ALR Fed concentrates on federal issues. Individual volumes are updated by pocket parts.
An annotation generally includes:
- A brief introduction of the topic
- Table of Contents
- Research References (citations to other secondary sources, also key numbers for West digests)
- Table of Cases, Laws, and Rules (organized by jurisdiction)
- Listing of cases, classified by different aspects of the overall topic. Keep in mind that this is not designed to be a fully comprehensive list.
ALR also has finding aids to help in locating relevant annotations. The ALR Index covers all of the ALR system, including ALR Fed. The Index also contains a history table that indicates which annotations have been superseded or supplemented by later ones. West’s ALR Digest is organized alphabetically according to the West Key Number digest system. In addition, each ALR series also has its own Table of Cases shelved with it.
If you have any questions about using ALR or any other library materials, always feel free to ask a reference librarian!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Location: 4 BLB
Time: 12:00-12:45 p.m.
2/2, Tuesday and 2/3, Wednesday
Researching Texas Legislative History
Presented by Dan Baker
2/9, Tuesday and 2/10, Wednesday
Alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw
Presented by Chris Dykes
2/16, Tuesday and 2/17, Wednesday
Health Law Research and Resources
Presented by Saskia Mehlhorn
2/23, Tuesday and 2/24, Wednesday
Researching Oil and Gas Law
Presented by Lauren Schroeder
3/2, Tuesday and 3/3, Wednesday
Researching Texas Administrative Law
Presented by Mon Yin Lung
The Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School has developed a tool to help with legal research: The Legal Citation Finder Bookmarklet (or LII Citer), available at http://topics.law.cornell.edu/lii/citer.
Once the LII Citer is saved as a bookmark, when you come across a citation on a webpage that is not hyperlinked to the text of the document, you can highlight the text and then click on the LII Citer in your bookmarks list. It should take you to the text you're looking for.
At this time, not all citations are supported, and those that are supported are limited to federal materials. The LII webpage provides additional information, and even provides sample citations for you to test it out on. I'll bet an app for you phone won't be far off!