1000 Days to the Bar!

1000DaysA featured book in the Law Library Career & Professional Resources Collection is 1000 Days to the Bar, But the Practice of Law Begins Now by author Dennis J. Tonsing.  The book ties law school learning strategies to the strategies practicing lawyers use to understand, analyze, and apply legal concepts in the real-life representation of their clients.  Rather than just studying the law as any other academic field, this book offers an approach to studying the law that will prepare one to practice in the future.

Check out books in the Law Library Career & Professional Resources Collection on the main floor reading room anytime!

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International Resources Collection

world 2The library at San Jose State University has developed a guide that has compiled foreign countries’ national libraries, bibliographies, and union catalogs.  “This guide is intended as a repository of resources specifically for research using materials produced and collected in other countries.”

From Be Specific

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First Reported U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Gilbert Stuart portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Jay, at the National Gallery of Art

First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Jay. Gilbert Stuart portrait at the National Gallery of Art

On this day in 1792, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its first reported decision, Georgia v. Brailsford, 2 U.S. 402 (1792). Georgia was the first United States Supreme Court case where a state appeared as a party.

You can read the opinion online at Cornell Law’s Legal Information Institute

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The New York Times Launches Enhanced Archive Search and @NYTArchives Twitter Account

nyt“Today The New York Times launches search on its interactive digital archive: TimesMachine.  With this newly-developed search technology, users can now use both free text and subject headings from the Times Index to search the 11,298,320 Times articles published across 46,592 issues between September 18, 1851 and December 31, 1980. Unlike previous iterations of search on NYTimes.com, results in the TimesMachine enhanced search not only include headlines and snippets but also images of every matching article in the context of the page on which it originally appeared.  This allows users to identify items of maximum interest at-a-glance.  When a user selects a result, TimesMachine will display the selected article in its complete original context, surrounded by all of the other articles in the same issue.

The Times is also launching @NYTArchives on Twitter, which will present historical content from a variety of archival sources including TimesMachine and the 1980-present text archives on NYTimes.com.  This feed will link current affairs to their historic counterparts, mark significant anniversaries, present historic images and documents from The Times’s Photo Morgue, highlight iconic advertisements and, of course, share odd and amusing articles.  Here are some sample tweets:

In 1976, Health Ministry of Zaire named virulent epidemic virus for local river: The Ebola

100 years ago today, with ominous reference to Lusitania, @nytimes reports dawn of WWI

Decades before being curtained by Jumbotrons, 1 Times Square could have housed your business!

Remember that UGA law students and faculty have a free subscription to the online edition of the New York Times.  You can register this by using a Law School and going to this link.

From Be Specific

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New Book: The Nixon Defense

The Nixon DefenseForty years ago this weekend, President Richard M. Nixon became the only U.S. president to resign from the office.  Former Nixon White House counsel, John W. Dean has written a new book The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It for which he transcribed over 1,000 hours of Executive Office Building tapes to create a definitive record of the Watergate scandal.  A recent New York Times review stated that the book “will remind people of why Nixon deserves so unflattering a historical reputation, despite the opening to China and détente with the Soviet Union. It should also serve as a renewed cautionary tale about elevating politicians with questionable character to high office.”

You can find the book in the Law Library Basement E860 .D385 2014.

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First Federal Income Tax Imposed

taxesToday in 1861, President Lincoln imposed the first income tax in order to pay for the Civil War.  This first tax levied a 3% tax on all incomes over $800.00.  Congress repealed Lincoln’s tax law in 1871, but in 1909 passed the 16th Amendment, which set in place the federal income-tax system used today. Congress ratified the 16th Amendment in 1913.

The Law Library has some outstanding resources on the history of Federal Income Tax, including Hein’s Taxation and Economic Reform Part 1 & 2 (and Part 3), Making the Modern American Fiscal State: Law, Politics, and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877-1929, and Seidman’s Legislative History of Federal Income Tax Laws.  Please see a reference librarian if you would like to see more resources on this topic!

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Remembering the First World War

A Scrap of PaperOne hundred years ago today, on July 28, 2014, Austria-Hungary fired the first shots in preparation for its invasion of Serbia. Only a week later, Germany, Russia, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Britain were also all at war.  Eventually countries from all around the world were drawn into the multi-front conflict leaving over 9 million combatants dead before the end of fighting on November 11, 2018.

How did this happen? A century after the outbreak of the Great War, we have forgotten the central role that international law and the dramatically different interpretations of it played in the conflict’s origins and conduct. In A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law During the Great War, author Isabel V. Hull compares wartime decision making in Germany, Great Britain, and France, weighing the impact of legal considerations in each. Throughout, she emphasizes the profound tension between international law and military necessity in time of war, and demonstrates how differences in state structures and legal traditions shaped the way in which each of the three belligerents fought the war.

Located in the Law Library Sohn Library KZ6795.W67 H85 2014, you can request the book at the Law Library Circulation Desk.

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