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-Spencer L. Simons, former Director, O'Quinn Law Library and Associate Professor of Law



Sunday, June 30, 2013

Founders Online


All the legal history fans out there will be happy to learn that the National Archives National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the University of Virginia Press have teamed up to provide a new online resource with documents from the Founders of the United States of America.  Currently, the Founders Online collection provides access to approximately 120,000 documents from authors such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.  While the website does not provide access to images of the original documents, it does provide access to transcriptions with annotations.

You can browse the writings by author or recipient as well as by time periods such as Colonial 1748-1775, Revolutionary War 1775-1783, and Confederation Period 1783-1789.  You can also search the full-text of the documents using keywords and then filter the results by author, recipient, and time period.  For more information about the resource, visit the Founders Online website.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Legal News Reader: Law Ratchet


If you are looking for a way to keep up with legal news, you might give Law Ratchet a try.  This recently launched tool gathers legal news that may be of interest to law students, law faculty, and legal professionals.  There is a free app version for the iPad as well as a free web-based version.

This resource gathers together a feed of legal news headlines from publications such as the ABA Journal, Law.com, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, and JURIST along with links back to the original articles.  In addition, the interface will allow you to filter the news results by category.  Currently, there are 40 categories to choose from including particular practice areas such as banking law, family law, or healthcare.  There are also broader categories such as trending topics, top 25 blogs, law school, and litigation.  Finally, you can also choose to create your own categories.

Once you find an article of interest, you can choose to save it or share it via email, Facebook, or Twitter.  For more information, visit the Law Ratchet website.