The law library staff had two attendees at today’s terrific D.C. Bar event, The Supreme Court: The View from the Press Gallery. The all-star panel included: Robert Barnes (Washington Post), Joan Biskupic (Reuters), Jesse Holland (Associated Press), Adam Liptak (New York Times), Tony Mauro (Gannett), David Savage (Los Angeles Times), and moderator Arthur Spitzer (ACLU).
In addition to the anticipated discussion of some of the major Supreme Court decisions of the October 2012 term, the panel offered some interesting tidbits/quips about the Court, including:
- Lawyers arguing a conservative position especially worry about questions from Justice Kagan, those arguing a liberal position get some of the toughest questions from Justice Alito.
- The press views Justice Kagan as one of the Court’s best writers.
- Each year Justice Scalia dissents at least once from the bench. He spoke for 13 minutes about the DOMA case.
- Justice Alito can’t keep a poker face. Reminiscent of the 2010 State of the Union Address, he shook his head and rolled his eyes while Justice Ginsburg gave an oral dissent in the voting rights case.
- Successful Supreme Court litigators need to field many questions at once and answer them in order of seniority.
- There are 36 possible pairs of justices who can vote together. The three female justices vote with each other 93 percent of the time.
- No technology is permitted in the courtroom, so Tom Goldstein from SCOTUSbllog has to write in the Court cafeteria.
- The running of the interns onto the Court plaza with copies of opinions for the press was new this year.
- While it appears from the news reports that protesters are often at the Court, in fact they are currently prohibited from protesting on the Supreme Court Plaza.
C-Span’s recording of this event will be available in the C-Span Library (“Reporters Weigh in on Supreme Court Decisions”).
The law library has a number of books that may be of interest to newer grads and practitioners covering topics including: career success, workplace tips, alternative careers, and advice for job seekers. Currently many of these titles are on display at the circulation desk.
GMUSL ’13 graduates may check out books from the law library until September 30 .
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.”
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 email@example.com.
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.
In 1961, Congress officially designated May 1 as Law Day (36 U.S.C.113). Each year, the American Bar Association selects a theme for the Law Day celebration. This year’s theme is Realizing the Dream: Equality for All:
The promise of equality under the law is what has made America a beacon to other nations. It is a pledge clearly set forth in the Declaration of Independence and in the opening words of the Preamble of the Constitution, “We the People.” It is, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, the proposition to which our nation is dedicated.
The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1963, during the Proclamation’s centennial, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and called upon our nation to live up to the great promise, enshrined in its founding documents, of equality for all. Five decades later, the inspirational words of Rev. Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech continue to resonate and challenge us to live up to our national ideal of equality under the law. The legacy of the Civil Rights Movement can be seen in the strides that have been made against discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation.
Law Day, May 1, 2013, will provide an opportunity to explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and the impact it has had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law. It will provide a forum for reflecting on the work that remains to be done in rectifying injustice, eliminating all forms of discrimination, and putting an end to human trafficking and other violations of our basic human rights. As Rev. Dr. King pointed out in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
The law library has numerous print study aids on reserve that may be useful during exams:
- Get a broad overview: Nutshells
- Focus on the core principles: Concise Hornbooks and Understanding Series
- Go in-depth: Hornbook Series and Aspen Student Treatise Series
- Test yourself: Examples & Explanations Series and Questions & Answers Series
- Study on the Go: Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series and Sum & Substance CDs
Many of these titles and more are also available to students by accessing our West Study Aids Subscription.