Play Ball!

In honor of opening day, check out Oyez Baseball.  This game is an online adaptation of the “Law-Baseball Quiz” that ran in the New York Times beginning on April 4, 1979.  Like the quiz, Oyez Baseball tests both your baseball and Supreme Court knowledge by challenging you to compare players to justices.  The game was created by The Oyez Project, a useful source for Supreme Court information and argument recordings.

Federal Government Embraces Social Media

Did you know that many federal government entities are on Facebook?  The White House, the U.S. Department of State, the United States Federal Courts, and the EPA all have Facebook pages—just to name a few.  Of special interest to blog readers may be the Law Library of Congress page, which is frequently updated with information about events, library resources etc.   Like!

Reminder: April 1 deadline to Bridge the Gap (Legal Research Workshop)

The Law Librarians’ Society of DC and the Young Lawyers Section of the Bar Association of DC are co-hosting a legal research workshop to prepare students for summer work. The workshop will be held on Friday, April 8 at Georgetown Law Center. Registration is $30, including lunch. You must register by April 1, 2011. Details and registration are available here.

Journal Write-on Meeting

The George Mason Law Review, Civil Rights Law Journal, Journal of Law,Economics & Policy, and Journal of International Commercial Law will host two write-on competition information sessions. Journal editors encourage all students to attend one of the sessions. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Date and Times: Tuesday, April 5th. One session will be at 12pm in Room 121. The other will be at 8pm in Room 225.

Supreme Court Clinic to begin Fall 2011

George Mason School of Law is launching a Supreme Court Clinic in partnership with the DC firm Wiley Rein LLP. The Clinic will begin Fall 2011 to provide pro bono legal representation before the United States Supreme Court. Students will work with Wiley Rein attorneys to identify cases of interest, research legal issues, and draft Supreme Court briefs on behalf of parties and amici at the certiorari and merits stages. The Supreme Court Clinic will be directed by Wiley Rein attorneys William S. Consovoy and Thomas R. McCarthy. 

For details about the Clinic and the application process, attend an information session with the directors on Wednesday, March 30 at 5:00 in Room 329 or look for instructions on the listservs in April.  

Wiley Rein’s press release is here.

Audio Interviews with Supreme Court Justices

When downloading some podcasts to listen to while traveling over Spring Break, I remembered hearing a fascinating group of podcasts that blog readers would enjoy.   In 2009, C-Span conducted a series of interviews with ten current and former U.S. Supreme Court justices.   These personal interviews give a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the professional life of these justices and the work of the Court.

The interviews remain available for free on iTunes and may be accessed here.

Exceed the Word Limit at Your Peril

As librarians have recently reminded LRWA IV classes:  if there is a required form, make sure you use it!  Indeed, as a recent Seventh Circuit decision stresses, every court rule must be strictly followed.

In an opinion written by Judge Posner, the court blasted the appellant’s attorney for exceeding the mandated word limit by 4,000  words.  Seventh Circuit rules require that attorneys certify compliance with its word limit, which this attorney had done.  The court noted that failure to comply with the word limit without certification would have caused the brief to be rejected.  And, while ultimately holding that the appeal failed on the merits, the court emphasized that certifying a noncompliant brief might also warrant dismissal of the appeal.    

Hat tip to Law Librarian Blog.

Dog as a Law Library Resource

Yes—really!   Yale Law Library has announced that, for a three day period, students may borrow a “certified library therapy dog” named Monty to help relieve stress.   In an email to students (printed in New York Magazine), the law school’s librarian has informed students that they may “check out” Monty for “thirty minute periods.”  Visits with Monty will be restricted to a designated, non-public location in the library.

No plans to launch a similar program at GMU—but the library staff will be happy to help you use any of its non-canine resources.

Spring Break Reference Hours

There will be no Sunday or Evening Reference Services during Spring Break.  Reference librarians will be available to help you Monday, March 14 – Friday, March 18, 9:00AM – 5:00PM.   Regular reference hours will resume on March 20.

Have a wonderful break!

Understanding the Wisconsin Public Sector Labor Dispute

The Justia.com Blog has posted a resource guide for anyone interested in understanding the issues surrounding the labor dispute involving Wisconsin public sector employees.   An informative video of a forum held at the University of Wisconsin School of Law referenced in the post may be accessed here

For more information about researching labor and employment law, please see the law library’s Labor & Employment Law Research Guide.  (Note that public employees are not covered by the National Labor Relations Act).