Student Webinars: Using Legislative History to Find Legislative Intent

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to use ProQuest Congressional and Legislative Insight, outstanding resources for legistlative history research.

Proquest is offering webinars designed for the summer associate, judicial, law firm or government agency law clerk, intern, extern or research assistant. You will learn how to use ProQuest Congressional Digital Suite & Legislative Insight to:

  1. Develop an understanding of the legislative process
  2. Become familiar with the documents available pertinent to your issue
  3. Identify where in the process the changes you care about occurred
  4. Find both direct and circumstantial evidence of intent

Webinar Dates (please register via the link for your preferred date):

Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:00 pm
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=715979805

Friday, May 16, 2014 1:00 pm
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=719719265

Thursday, May 29, 2014 1:30 pm
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=714258131

Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:00 pm
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=715500467

Friday, June 20, 2014 9:00 am
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=711140312

GMUSL Reference Librarians are also available to answer any questions you have about using these databses!

 

 

 

New from HeinOnline: Women and the Law Collection

The law library’s subscription to HeinOnline now includes a new Women and the Law Collection:

Women and the Law is a collection that brings together books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to women’s roles in society and the law. This unique collection of materials provides a platform to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. Also included are more than 70 titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project which provide a platform to view the effect of law and culture on the female gender.

Please consult the library catalog for additional resources related to law and women.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

On Thursday, November 26, 1789, the first Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated pursuant to a proclamation issued by President George Washington. A 1863 proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln established the last Thursday of November as the regular date for this celebration.

That tradition continued until 1939, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the holiday would be celebrated on the second to last Thursday of November that year (November 23, 1939). Roosevelt was responding to pressure from retailers to expand the Christmas shopping season.This change sparked controversy and angered some football coaches, whose season was scheduled according to the holiday. There was also a  a split among states, 32 issuing proclamations following the President but 16 others refusing to change the date.  See H.R. Rep. No.77-1186, at 1 (1941) (available to GMU patrons on Proquest Congressional)

Two years later, on December 26, 1941, President Roosevelt signed a joint congressional resolution, known as the Thanksgiving Day Act (55 Stat. 862) establishing Thanksgiving as a Federal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November.

In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the law library will have reduced hours:

  • Wed. Nov. 27  9:00 am – 5:00 pm, References Services 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Thurs. Nov. 28 Closed
  • Fri. Nov. 29  Closed
  • Sat. Nov. 30 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sun. Dec. 1  10:00 am -11:00 pm, Reference Services 2:00 pm-9:00 pm

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Turkey

 

 

Westlaw and Lexis Extend Access for Grads

Here are the details from each vendor:

Westlaw:  Westlaw is allowing graduates to extend their password access to Westlaw databases until November 2013. If you have already extended your WestlawNext access, you don’t have to do anything further. Go here to extend your Westlaw Password.

Lexis Advance: Lexis is allowing graduates to extend their access to Lexis Advance through December 31, 2013. Apply here to receive a special Lexis Advance ID through a new Graduate Program. You will receive a new ID in early July that may be used for “for educational, bar preparation, and job search purposes only.”

Bloomberg Law Seeks Student Representative

Here is information provided by Bloomberg Law:

Bloomberg Law is seeking an energetic and highly-motivated Product Advocate to support Bloomberg Law at George Mason University School of Law. The successful candidate will be fully trained on how to use Bloomberg Law and share their expertise with fellow students and faculty. If you are interested, please email your resume to Beth Goldfinger at egoldfinger@bloomberg.net.

 

Summer Access to Legal Databases

During the Summer, GMUSL students have the following legal database access:

  • Bloomberg Law: Unlimited, unrestricted access.
  • Lexis:  Unlimited access for work (paid or unpaid) and academic purposes using a Lexis Advance ID.
  • Westlaw:  Limited access June 1-July 31.  Students retain access to all TWEN courses and materials.  Students may apply for a password extension here for the following acceptable uses: Summer law school classes, law journal work, projects for faculty, moot court, and unpaid, nonprofit public-interest internship/externship work required for graduation. Summer passwords may not be used for research for law firms, government agencies, corporations or other purposes unrelated to law school coursework.

During the Summer, students continue to have full access to all other Law-Related Databases and databases available from the GMU Libraries Database Portal.

Reference Librarians will be available throughout the Summer to answer any research-related questions.  Please feel free to call, email, or stop by the Reference Office. Full contact details are available from the library Staff Directory.

 

GMU Libraries Provide Access to Vault Career Insider

Career Insider by Vault provides career information and management tools including:

  • Vault Career Guides (includes legal practice areas and law firms)
  • Industry and company profiles
  • Resume and cover letter resources
  • Salary information
  • Job alerts
  • Online career forums

GMU patrons may access Career Insider using the link above or from the GMU Database Portal (listed alphabetically under “C” or “V”).  First time users are required to set up a personal username and password.