New Book: Roadmap!

RoadmapThe new book Roadmap: The Law Student’s Guide to Preparing and Executing a Successful Plan for Employment offers a template for law students to use throughout all three years of law school in order to be fully prepared to find employment upon graduation. Professor Neil Hamilton, former dean of St Thomas University School of Law, outlines established the core competencies desired by law firms, corporate legal departments, and governmental law departments, to demonstrate what competencies each student should be developing.

Find this book in the Law Library Career & Professional Resources Collection at KF297 .H29 2015.

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Resources for First-Year Law Students

PrintWelcome 1L’s!  The Law Library has created a guide to help you out during your first year of law school.  It includes materials on general law school survival skills as well as materials on each of the subjects in the first year curriculum.  Please ask the law librarians any questions you may have about these resources, or anything else, we are here to help you!

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Breaking down the new Alphabet

Google logoYesterday, most everyone found out that Google, the Internet search giant, had formed itself a new parent company called Alphabet. The official announcement came in a blog post from Google’s co-founder Larry Page. Under the new Alphabet umbrella, Google’s core Internet business will stay Google while some of its other businesses will split off to become their own companies. According to Wired Magazine, here’s how it breaks down:

Businesses that will stay a part of Google:

  • Search
  • Advertising
  • Maps
  • Apps
  • YouTube
  • Android

Businesses spinning off from Google to become separate companies under Alphabet:

If you own Google stock, you were probably happy last night, as the news sent shares up as high as seven percent in after-hours trading. Yesterday’s SEC filing explained what will happen to Google stock in the formation of the new umbrella company:

“Stock certificates previously representing shares of a class of Google stock will represent the same number of shares of the corresponding class of Alphabet stock after the Alphabet Merger. Following the consummation of the Alphabet Merger, shares of Class C Capital Stock and Class A Common Stock will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “GOOG” and “GOOGL” respectively.”

It’s big news from this big company, and we look forward to seeing the results of the creativity and experimentation released in the restructuring.

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50th Anniversary of Medicare

LyndonJohnsonSigningMedicareBillJuly 30, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Medicare Act, a federally funded insurance program to provide low-cost medical and hospital care for America’s elderly.  Today over 55 million seniors, people with disabilities and low-income individuals are covered by Medicare. Here’s a short introductory list of electronic resources related to the act:

The official legislative history of the Medicare Act,

The official Medicare handbook,

Johnson Presidential Campaign commercial (Medicare ad 1964)

Time Magazine April 16, 1965 report entitled “The New Welfare State” detailing the passage of the Medicare Act.

LBJ Presidential Library, Medicare and Medicaid Fact Sheet,

Government task force to curb Medicare fraud,

From our eBook collection, The politics of policy change: welfare, Medicare, and social security reform in the United States,

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Google Translate

The Google Translate34502_large_Google_Translate_FP_Wide app has been updated to expand its “instant visual translation to 20 more languages (for a total of 27!), and making real-time voice translations a lot faster and smoother—so even more people can experience the world in their language.”

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): 25th Anniversary

Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary LogoThis Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the world’s “first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities.” The law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and guarantees them “equal opportunity and access to the mainstream of American life.” Here’s a short introductory list of electronic resources related to the act.

The official legislative history of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Law 101-336:

The ADA Handbook

For Veterans: ADA Rights for Returning Servicemembers with Disabilities

FAQs About Service Animals:

ADA Primer for State and Local Governments:

ADA Enforcement: related cases and matters categorized by the title of the ADA under which the respondent is covered (e.g., Employment, Title I: State and Local Governments, Title II):

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Google Launches Updated Patent Search

patent“With Google Patents, you can search and read the full text of patent grants and applications from around the world. If you’re looking for prior art, you can use the integrated Prior Art Finder tool and Google Scholar documents to find patent and non-patent prior art, all in one interface.

You can still access the old Google Patents and the Prior Art Finder.”

You can read more about the new patent search here.

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