Printing from Westlaw, WLNext, and Lexis

Westlaw has finally made printing from WestlawNext seamless and free, just like printing from Westlaw.com. Unfortunately, Westlaw’s printer in the microforms room (Library 1st floor) is out of order right now. We will post letting you know when it is fixed.

In the meantime, you can still print for free from Lexis in the microforms room and Lab 351. You can print from Westlaw.com and WestlawNext in Lab 351.

Whether or not you have configured your laptop to print to the GMU pay-for-print systems, you can direct your Westlaw and Lexis print jobs to the Westlaw and Lexis printers from your laptop.

What Are the Most Useful Law School Electives?

While ultimately which law school classes prove most useful will depend on each individual’s career interests and the quality of the course, a recent survey of George Washington Law alumni about recommended elective curriculum may be of interest to blog readers.    

The top 3 courses recommended by the 576 survey respondents were not surprizing:

  1. Evidence (27%)
  2. Administrative Law (21%)
  3. Corporations (18%)

The complete survey results may be found here.  Hat tip The Volokh Conspiracy Blog.

Library Will Close Early Saturday

Due to the inclement weather, the Law Library will close at 6pm on Saturday, August 27. Check here for information on Library hours for Sunday, August 28.

The Law School’s homepage is your official source of information for updates about Law School events, schedule, and cancellations. In the event of power outage, you can call (703) 993-8000 for Law School emergency announcements.

University-wide announcements will be posted here. You may also wish to consult the Arlington County website for local hurricane-related information.

Earthquake Doesn’t Stop Publication of Government Documents

Government buildings were evacuated on Tuesday, but some things are essential—even after an Earthquake.  For the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), that means publishing the Congressional Record and the Federal Register.   

Established 150 years ago, the GPO is a central source for publication and organization of Federal Government information in both print and digital formats. It produces products for all three branches of government. 

According to a GPO Press Release issued yesterday, after an evacuation and inspection, “approximately 100 essential employees . . . worked through the night” to produce the Congressional Record, Senate Calendar, and the daily Federal Register. The GPO has never failed to deliver the Federal Register in the publication’s 76 year history.

These and other essential government publications are found on the GPO’s Federal Digital System, FDsys.  Learn more about the GPO here.

Protest Against Secure Communities

If you were at GMULS at about 6:00pm tonight, you already know that a group of protesters marched in the plaza outside the building.  The group was voicing their opposition to”Secure Communities” (also known as S-Comm). A public meeting on this program was being held in Founders Hall.

Under the Secure Communities program, individuals arrested and jailed for state crimes have their finger prints forwarded to not only the FBI, but also the Division of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  ICE uses the fingerprints to check for individuals subject to deportation.  Controversy has arisen over the numbers of individuals impacted who have been charged but not convicted of crimes or who have committed relatively minor offenses.

Where can you find information about this and other issues related to Immigration Law?  Checking the official U.S. Government Website (find ICE here) is always a good place to begin.  The law library also has a research guide on Homeland Security, available here.  Members of the GMU community may also access news sources using Proquest.  Attorney organizations that may offer additional useful resources or perspectives include:  the ABA Commission on Immigration Policy and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Do you Ctrl+F?

According to an article in The Atlantic, 90% of web users don’t use Ctrl/Command+F to help find specific words in a Word document or on webpages.

The article cites a study conducted by Dan Russell, a search behavior expert at Google.  Russell discovered this inefficient search behavior based on sampling “thousands” of people.  Most people skimmed through long documents trying to find the one thing they were looking for rather than using Ctrl+F to save time.

Sounds like a short cut worth remembering!

Same-Sex Marriage Symposium

Scotusblog (the most followed blog covering the U.S. Supreme Court) will be hosting an on-line symposium on the issue of same-sex marriage.  A number of guest bloggers will debate this issue during the next two weeks. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Is the issue of same-sex marriage ripe for review?
  • What would be the applicable standard of review if the Court reaches the merits?
  • How is the Court likely to approach the question of same-sex marriage?
  • How will the Court’s decisions in other cases affect its views on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8?

Exploring CALI

As we distribute CALI DVDS and 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 especially for 1Ls, including:

Touring the Law Library

As first years are busy completing their library tour assignment, we thought we’d share a “vintage (circa 1964)” law library tour video courtesy of Duke Law Library.  Enjoy this “informative” video here.

Hat tip Law Librarian Blog.