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-Spencer L. Simons, former Director, O'Quinn Law Library and Associate Professor of Law
The library has acquired the fifth edition of Winning an Appealby Myron Moskovitz, which is published by Carolina Academic Press. This book is ideal for the attorney or law student interested in appellate advocacy at the state or federal level. The author provides tips on constructing an outline, with instructions on reading the court records filed and determining the issues. There is a chapter that focuses on the appellate brief, including the construction of the brief itself, advice on legal research, drafting the argument, and information regarding the respondent brief and appellant's reply brief. The last chapter covers the oral argument, addressing topics such as the opening statement, respondent's argument, appellant's rebuttal, answering questions, and the proper tone to use. Five sample briefs are included at the end. This book is now currently available on the library's new titles shelf under the call number KF9050.M63 2016.
The ABA's Solo, Small Firm, and Practice division has recently published, Technology Tips for Lawyers and Other Business Professionals by Jeffrey Allen and UHLC alumna, Ashley Hallene. The authors provide concise practical advice on a variety of technology topics useful to attorneys. The book covers matters related to hardware and equipment such as using a tablet in court and portable hard drives. Software topics as well as advice related to travel are also covered. Security and ethics issues such as password protection and encryption are discussed. The Miscellaneous tips section focuses on topics such as blogging, Google search tips, storing data in the cloud, creating an inexpensive electronic signature, and electronic business cards. The library has just acquired this book and it can be found on the new titles shelf under the call number, KF320.A9A 429 2016.
The Federal Election Commission has released its combined Federal/State Disclosure and Election Directory for 2016. This directory provides names and contact information for all parties responsible for disclosing financial information during the 2016 election season.
On January 20 of next year, a new president and
vice-president of the United States will be sworn into office. This means a
huge transition in government, with thousands of positions subject to new
appointments by the incoming president. Have you ever wondered how a new administration
prepares for such a transition?
Part of the answer is that they get a lot of help from the
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), which has been responsible for
supporting presidential transitions since 1961. Today, of course, much of that
support is provided online. In November of last year, the GSA launched the 2016 Presidential Transition
Directory, a website that provides access to key resources and policies
related to presidential transitions. Those resources include the following:
Book – Officially titled “United States Government Policy and Supporting
Positions,” the Plum Book contains data on over 8,000 positions in the
executive and legislative branches that are subject to noncompetitive
appointment. It is published alternately by the Senate Committee on Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and
Manual – This is the official handbook of the federal government, with
information on agencies, boards, committees, and international organizations in
which the U.S. participates.
One of the best ways to keep up with current federal legislation
is to subscribe to email alerts from Congress.gov. These alerts can be set up
to notify you of the latest action on a particular bill, new legislation
sponsored by a particular member of Congress, or new publications of the
Congressional Record. Building on the popularity of these alerts, Congress.gov recently
introduced new RSS and email alerts for the following categories:
Bills Presented to the President
On the House Floor Today
On the Senate Floor Today
In Custodia Legis
(blog of the Law Librarians of Congress)
To read more about these alerts, or to set up a free
account, visit the RSS and
Email Alerts page at Congress.gov.