HOW MANY TITLES ARE IN THE U.S. CODE . . . AND WHO DECIDES?

If your answer is 51, then you will only be correct until September 1. Starting next month the U.S. Code will extend to include Title 52. Title 52, “Voting and Election” will cover federal election statutes under three subtitles:

  1. Voting Rights
  2. Voting Assistance and Election Administration
  3. Federal Campaign Finance

Was there a congressional bill needed to add this title?  Nope. The U.S. Code is administered by the Office of Law Revision Counsel pursuant to 2 U.S.C. § 285. The OLRC has authority over the preparation of the United States Code, including the ability to make revisions. In the case of voting and election laws, the OLRC staff determined that the volume of laws enacted on these topics warranted a separate title.

More information about this Code reclassification is available on the Office of Revision Counsel Website.

LABOR DAY 2014

The Law Library will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 1. Weekend hours remain unchanged.

Want more information about Labor Day?

The U.S. Department of Labor website is a good place to start. The DOL also provides statutory, regulatory, and general information about issues that come under its jurisdiction, including:  wage & hours, occupational health & safety, worker’s compensation, whistleblowers, and family leave. Find a “Summary of the Major Laws of the Department of Labor” here.

Enjoy the holiday!

WHAT IS CALI ???

As we distribute CALI access codes to first years, a logical question has come up: What is CALI?

CALI stands for the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction.  It is a nonprofit consortium, established in 1982, that now includes most U.S. law schools and many other entities that are interested in legal education.

For law students, CALI is primarily a source for hundreds of concise lessons written by faculty and librarians. These online tutorials serve to introduce and/or review substantive legal topics, legal writing, legal research, and other useful subjects.

There are several introductory CALI Lessons created especially for 1Ls, including:

WELCOME STUDENTS!

The Library and Technology Staff welcomes all new and returning students to the George Mason University School of Law.  We look forward to seeing you in the library

Hours: when classes are in session, the library is open:

  • Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Monday -Thursday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Reference: when classes are in session, the Reference Office (on the main floor of the library) is open:

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Feel free to contact Reference Librarians in person (no appointment needed), by phone, or send an email. Contact information is on the Staff Directory Page.

The Technology Center: is located on the 3rd floor of the Law Library in Room 362, and is generally open on weekdays from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Contact information is available on the Technology Support Page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Hours July 5 – August 16

Summer Exams/Bar Exam: July 5 – July 27

  • Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Monday – Friday  8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Bar Exam: July 28

  • Monday  8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Summer Intersession: July 29 – August 16

  • Sunday  CLOSED
  • Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM -6:00 PM

During Summer Intersession, the Reference Office closes at 5:00pm on weekdays.

Happy Independence Day 2014!

Independence Day marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. But what exactly is this document?

The Declaration of Independence is printed in Statutes at Large.  It is included in the the United States Code as one of  “The Organic Laws of the United States of America.”  It has been mentioned periodically in Supreme Court decisions. Not surprisingly, the relevance of this document has been the subject of some debate in the legal academy. “Declaration of Independence” as a title search in HeinOnline will yield several articles.

Visit the National Archives website to view images of the Declaration of Independence and to read a brief history of this document. The original is housed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. You can also view a 1998 video of then members of the Supreme Court reading the complete text.

The law library will be closed on July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Enjoy the fireworks!

50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241) was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964. The Act prohibits discrimination in public places, bans segregation in schools,and makes employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin illegal. It also created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Learn more about the Civil Rights Act:

 

Farewell to a Classic

Westlaw Classic has gone off into the sunset. . . .

Effective today, Westlaw Classic is not longer available to academic subscribers. All GMU users will have access to Westlaw Next only. TWEN and West Study Aids remain available.

Need help with the transition?

The Laws of the Game

Football (aka soccer) has been governed by written “laws” since the first British Football Assocation rules were drafted in 1863. The development and expansion of the laws later became the job of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), established in 1882, which unified the four football associations in the United Kingdom.The sport became known as “Association Football.”

In 1904 seven european countries established FIFAFédération Internationale de Football Association. Nine years later, FIFA joined the IFAB and was given a controlling vote in the new organization. The organization became the sport’s world governing body.

FIFA, now based in Zurich, is comprised of 209 member associations. Its governing bodies include a Congress, Executive Committee, and a General Secretariat.The IFAB reviews and modifies the sport’s rules annually. The current Laws of the Game have been in force since June 1, 2014.This 140-page document details the requirements for equipment, the rules of play, and guidelines for referees.

Under FIFA’s “Statutes” the organization recognizes the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) “to resolve disputes between FIFA, Members, Confederations, Leagues, clubs, Players, Officials and licensed match agents and players’ agents.” CAS decisions related to football may be found here.

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