Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Interlibrary Loan Request Form 

The library now has an online form for current students and faculty to request books and articles that aren't available in the library or through our subscription databases.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

New Westlaw & LexisNexis Features 

Westlaw is introducing a new way to search called WestlawNext. There are some news stories and reviews at Information Today and Out of the Jungle.

LexisNexis will be rolling out a version of their system that's integrated into Microsoft Word. There's a preview at 3 Geeks and Law Blog.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Mass. Law Extends Harassment Protections 

New Ch. 258E of the General Laws extends the legal protections available to stalking and sexual abuse victims by permitting them to receive protective orders against people who are neither domestic partners nor family members. Under Ch. 209A, the existing protective order statute, victims can receive such protective orders only if the abuser or stalker is a family member, someone living in their home, or someone with whom they have a “substantial dating relationship.” At this week’s signing session Governor Patrick noted that the new law “closes a glaring loophole” in the remedies available to victims. See this Boston Globe article for Patrick’s comments as well as a look at the law’s ten-year, emotional, history.

Jeanie Fallon
Legal Reference Librarian

Source: Massachusetts Law Updates

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

California Supreme Court says DNA Arrest Warrant OK 

The California Supreme Court ruled that an arrest warrant identifying a perpetrator solely by a DNA profile was valid under the state and federal constitution. The Fourth Amendment (and state equivalents) requires "particularity" when identifying someone. When an perpetrator's name is unknown, a fictitious name ("John Doe") can be used along with other physical characteristics. In this case, the Court ruled that a DNA profile by itself was legally sufficient. Additionally, it was valid under the Sixth Amendment's notice requirements. For the first time on this issue, a substantial dissent was filed, in which the dissent claimed the warrant was insufficient because it could not be effectuated - the police could not make an arrest with a DNA profile only. See 10 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 1009. From Scott Akehurst-Moore.

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Friday, February 05, 2010

Good News For Students Interested in Environmental Law 

This Law.com article predicts an uptick in the need for environmental lawyers particularly in the areas of climate change and sustainability. Sign-up to receive a law.com newsletter or an RSS feed to stay current with career trends and legal news.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The ABA's 2010 Levit Essay Contest For Law Students and Young Lawyers 

The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention.The Prize is $5000.00 and a free trip to Washington, D.C. Submission deadline is February 19, 2010. For the hypothetical and all the details, go here.


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