Google in the Hot Seat

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, held a hearing titled: “The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?”  A webcast of the hearing, witness testimony, and member statements are available on the Senate Judicary Website.  In advance of the hearing, Google published a Guide to the Senate Judiciary Hearing.

“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Repealed

Pursuant to the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal Act, Public Law 111-321, DADT, 10 U.S.C. § 654, was repealed effective today. Dr. Clifford L. Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, distributed a memorandum stating, in part, that “statements about sexual orientation or lawful acts of homosexual conduct will not be considered a bar to military service . . . .  The DOD has also made available a “Quick Reference Guide” addressing consequences of this repeal.

Learn more about  significant issues related to the United States Military on the Department of Defense website.  The site includes information about the DOD’s organizational structure and links to other DOD websites.

13 Steps of Successful Academic Legal Research

Scholarly Writing students, this short article describes 13 steps to researching and writing a good academic article or note. The author writes clearly, succinctly, and with humor. I highly recommend it. Of note, he emphasizes talking to others about your topic, getting help from librarians, using the library catalog, and dividing your time as follows: 60% research, 30% writing, 10% editing.

A Legacy of 9/11: The USA Patriot Act

After the horrific events of 9/11/01, Congress acted quickly to pass the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, better known as the USA Patriot Act.  It was signed by President Bush on October 26, 2001. 

The Act expanded the investigative authority of federal officials, including their ability to track and intercept communications, in addition to other enhanced powers to combat domestic and international terrorism. The Act has been controversal because of its impact on civil liberties.

To learn more about the Patriot Act, please consult the law library’s Homeland Security Research Guide.  Resources available in the library include a five volume compiled legislative history of the Act.  To discover more about the controversy surrounding this law, members of the GMU community may find the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database useful in addition to popular news sources.

Free E-book Versions of Rules of Evidence, Civ. Pro., Crim. Pro.

CALI and Cornell LII teamed up to make free, downloadable versions of the Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure available to students to use on iPads, iPhones, Nooks, or any device that supports .epub files. Here is a link to the downloads. If you want information about how to read .epubs on your mobile phone or desktop computer, you can read information here.

The Reference Office has small, free, print versions of the U.S. Constitution, Federal Rules of Evidence, and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, courtesy of Lexis and Westlaw. Stop by and help yourself to the rules you need.

All Printers Are Working

Update of August 30th post: The Westlaw printer in the microforms room on the Library’s first floor is working. All printers — Lexis and Westlaw in the microforms room and in Lab 351, and pay-for-print stations in the microforms room and Lab 351 — are working. If you haven’t had the nice guys in Computing Services (Library Room 362) configure your laptop to print to the pay-for-print stations, visit them at your earliest convenience. You also need to load money on a print card or your Mason ID to pay (8 cents per page) for your print jobs at the pay-for-print stations.

Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, the Law Library will be closed on Monday, September 5.

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, whistleblowing, and family leave.

Find a “Summary of the Major Laws of the Department of Labor” here.