Space Law!

Little Book of Space LawTo celebrate the 45th Anniversary of humans walking on the moon, check out The Little Book of Space Law by Matthew J. Kleiman. You can find it in the Law Library Basement KZD1145 .K49 2013.  Even a small step for man needs lawyers to clear the way!

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Trends in State Courts 2014

NCSCThe National Center for State Courts recently issued a report on juvenile justice and elder issues.  This report contains articles written by judges and experts in these fields and contains some data and insights on various issues in these legal topics.

Hat tip: Be Specific

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The Boxer Turned Lawyer Turned Writer

perry mason season 1It’s the birthday of one of the bestselling mystery writers of all time, Erle Stanley Gardner. He also happens to be one of the most prolific mystery writers of all time, but writing wasn’t his first job. It was boxing: illegal matches to earn money in high school. His enrollment at Valparaiso University (to study law) was a short one: he got kicked out for boxing. Undaunted, he studied on his own and passed the California bar exam at 21. While working as a lawyer he started writing pulp fiction to keep busy, churning out 4,000 words a day. Gardner went on to write all kinds of work but he’s most famous for his brilliant defense attorney Perry Mason, a character who appears in over 80 novels and is arguably the most famous television lawyer ever. If you haven’t watched the unflappable Perry Mason yet, you really should. With the lead character played by Raymond Burr, the show set the standard for all the courtroom and investigative dramas that followed it. We have three complete seasons of the television series. Come on by and check one out!

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Copyright Office seeks public comment after SCOTUS Aereo decision

240px-US-CopyrightOffice-Seal.svgIn a notice in yesterday’s Federal Register, the U.S. Copyright Office announced it is seeking public comment on how the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in Aereo will likely affect the scope of “making available” and “communication to the public” rights for copyright holders. Earlier this year, the Office had solicited written public comments and held a public roundtable on copyright law and communication in Washington, D.C. Their current request “provides an opportunity for interested parties to address issues raised” at that time as well as to “express their views on recent legal developments.” Comments will be accepted from the public through 5:00 p.m., August 14, 2014.

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Congressional Research Report: Net Neutrality

internet 2The debate on net neutrality has been discussed extensively by legal commentators.  The Congressional Research Service has recently issued a report that summarizes the issues related to this topic.  If you would like to learn about this topic further check out Virtual freedom: Net Neutrality and Free Speech in the Internet Age from the Law Library.

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Free Law!

PLoLCreated by Fastcase, the Public Library of Law – PLoL is a resource for searching law freely available on the Internet.  It provides a searchable interface to a large collection of primary law at both the state and federal levels.  You can search case law, statutes, regulations, court rules, constitutions, and there are even links to some legal forms.  Did I mention that it is free?

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UN Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict

Flag_of_the_United_Nations.svgThe UN recently released its Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict. This report highlights global trends regarding the impact of armed conflict on children in 2013 and the main activities and initiatives with regard to the implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions and the conclusions of its Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.

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