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Summer Database Access

Posted By on April 29, 2014

 LexisNexis® Law Schools

 You may continue to use the legal content and news you have as a law student all summer long.  Use Lexis Advance® for any purpose – including work* you perform at a law firm, corporation or government agency.

Use your Lexis Advance ID all summer long for:

  • Any purpose at all
  • All legal content and news you have as a law student
  • Unlimited hours-per-week

 With your Lexis Advance ID, you don’t need to do anything else to have summer access. Just be sure you have some training under your belt, particularly Think Like A Lawyer program training and certification – so you can use the “best legal information solution**” this summer.


You may use your Lexis Advance ID for all legal work* purposes, including non-profit work, from the date your classes end this spring until the end of the summer. Normal law school terms of service apply outside of these dates.

Graduating 3Ls, you can register for one of our Graduate Program IDs that will extend your access beyond graduation. To learn more, visit www.lexisnexis.com/grad-access.

*If you are working in a larger law firm over the summer you will likely have no need to use your law school ID as Lexis will be providing extensive free access to Summer Associates in these firms. If your particular firm does not have dedicated free Summer Associate access, feel free to continue to use your law school ID.

**2013 CODiE Award for Best Legal Information Research Service (Software and Information Industry Association).

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Thomson Reuters wants you to succeed in your academic pursuits this summer. If you need your WestlawNext password for summer school or another educational use, you can extend it for the summer and enjoy the same access to WestlawNext you have during the school year.

You can extend your WestlawNext password if you participate in one of the following:

  1. Summer law school classes and study abroad programs
  2. Law review and journal – including write-on competitions
  3. Research assistant
  4. Moot court
  5. Unpaid internship/externship

Extend Your Password

Why is it Important to Use a Firm Password for a Summer Job? Your Future Success!

Law firms have told us that using a law firm password is in your best interest. So, before you use an academic password for summer associate work at a law firm, corporation, or government organization, consider the following:

  • Practice Ready – An important function of any summer position is to help you become a practice-ready member of a law firm, corporation, or government organization. This involves understanding the resources and best practices of your employer – including being able to conduct research within the bounds of your employer’s WestlawNext plan.
  • Collaboration – Sharing research saved to Folders on WestlawNext allows you to work in collaboration with attorneys and other summer associates within the law firm, corporation, or government organization. Folders are not shareable between student passwords and other types of passwords; thus, to collaborate with others this summer, the use of a password from a law firm, corporation, or government organization is essential.
  • Billing – Tracking time spent conducting billable legal research is an essential skill for all attorneys, and vitally important to the operation of law firms. Learn this necessary skill by using a law firm, corporate, or government password this summer.
  • Confidentiality – Client confidentiality is a hallmark of the legal profession. Legal research is considered work product. Keep it confidential by using a law firm, corporate, or government password.

Thomson Reuters wants you to succeed this summer and in your future career. Using the correct password is essential for excelling academically and becoming a practice-ready member of a law firm, corporation, or government organization.

No restrictions on summer use.
Bloomberg Law can help you during your summer employment to make a great impression. Use your Bloomberg Law account and the Prepare to Practice links below to efficiently perform all of your summer work assignments. Our Prepare to Practice sessions walk you through a sample litigation and transactional law assignment with practical tips and guidance.

What authority does a federal court decision have in a state legal issue?

Posted By on April 8, 2014

Legal encyclopedias are still worth exploring. Whether a case is mandatory or persuasive in your jurisdiction can sometimes be complex.  There are two national legal encyclopedias, American Jurisprudence 2d (Am.Jur) and Corpus Juris Secundum (C.J.S).  While there are differences between the two publications, they will both provide the researcher with a general overview of a legal question and also provide cites to major cases.  Within minutes you may have an answer to your question presented.

For example: If you are researching whether federal court decisions have precedential value in state courts on state issues, then why not consider consulting C.J.S either in print or online? By consulting the index under the term ‘federal courts’ and then the subheading ‘precedent and stare decisis,’ you will  come across a reference to both state  and federal court decisions as precedents in,’ Courts § 217.   In addition to a discussion of the issue, the section also contains numerous citations to federal and state court decisions on the issue.   The answer to this question: “State courts are not required to follow federal court decisions with regard to matters of state law, although they may be persuasive.”

Mark Kloempken & Tove Klovning























Tip of the day: Newspapers might prove to be a useful legal research tool.

Posted By on March 12, 2014

If you are interested in seeking a specific complaint that involves a nurse, a hospital and payments for meal breaks in St. Louis,  how would you proceed?  Many experienced researchers these days know that this information may be readily available via Google.

However,  it is not a secret that searches via the web often retrieve either too many. or too few results. When formulating a search query you may need to complete your bibliographic picture for the case in order to control retrieved results.  When seeking a specific case it is always useful to know the name of  either the plaintiff or defendant or both, the court the case was filed in, the judge, attorneys and date.

Newspapers often refer to court  cases. However sometimes  you may have read several newspaper articles  in order to assembly a complete bibliographic picture for the case.  In other words, one article may name the plaintiff’s attorney; another article may give the name of the court. The good news is that many news articles these days often offer links to relevant court documents!

We tried the following search query,  nurse hospital “meal breaks”  and “St. Louis” and our first result was a newspaper article:  Jim Doyle, Lawsuit against BJC HealthCare alleges Wage Violations,  St. Louis Post Dispatch (Oct. 22, 2013) This newspaper article mentions the name of the plaintiff, Annette Speraneo; the name of the defendant, Barnes-Jewish Hospitaland the name of the court, Circuit Court of St. Louis.

Once you have completed the bibliographic picture, you can easily search the web using the names of parties or attorneys and the type of the document requested.  Very often, we use ‘pdf’ as a search term because court documents often are posted as pdf’s.

Utilizing this information, we ran a search on Google: Speraneo BJC complaint pdf, and located a copy of the complaint.  The entire search was completed in a matter of minutes.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Fresh From the Press – Exotic Lizards are Now Invading Florida!

Posted By on February 26, 2014

Exotic 4-Foot Lizards are now invading Florida according to a blog post from  Paul Shin via the  ABC news blog post from today, February 26th 2014 at 6:00 am. “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has confirmed more than 100 sightings of the Tegu lizard throughout Hillsborough County Exotic lizards” They are from South America, but they are now  making southwest Florida their new home. This happens when  people purchase them as pets legally and later on when they are tired of them decide to releases them into the wild.  According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), they are breeding quickly laying 25 to 50 eggs at a time.  The Tegu are currently devastating native wildlife in Florida!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is currently working with other agencies and organizations to assess the threat of this species and develop management strategies. For more information on the Tegu Lizard, one option is to  go to the  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission  website and enter the term Tegu in the search box.   We tried and found that there are  no  regulatory information regarding this species  at this time.

However, if you want  to get more  information regarding the problem of invasive species in general  the  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will be worth exploring.  Just add “invasive species” in their search box and make selections from there.

We decided to  check whether  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  has added Tegu lizard as an  invasive species, or whether there currently are any proposed regulations that deals with the Tegus  problem in Florida. Our search  for “Tegu Lizard” in the advanced  search option  in FDsys  via the Federal Register did not display any proposed regulations at this time.   However, it is just a matter of time until regulations will be in place.

Hattip to our colleague Hyla Bondareff for alerting us today that it is not just pythons that are feasting in Florida.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Here is How a Court Dealt with a Statute that Included 307 Words and a Mere One Period!

Posted By on February 25, 2014

The court ended up citing to the Spartans Battle at the Thermopylae! From your history class you may recall that the Spartan army went into battle totally silent, which really freaked out their opponents.  In State v. Willan, 136 Ohio St.3d 222 (2013)   Chief Justice Pfeifer’s dissent reads: “If a statute consists of “24 lines of unrelenting abstruseness consisting, remarkably, of the sum total of 307 words and a mere one period, a punctuation mark set out as a lone sentinel facing odds similar to that of the Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae, a battle that occurred over the course of three days during the second Persian invasion of Greece, and is estimated by historians to have occurred in either August or September, or perhaps both, in 480 B.C., pitting an alliance of Greek city-states, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, against the Persian Empire of Xerxes I, bravely standing before the onslaught of invaders but ultimately unable to stanch the unrelenting tide of the overpowering hordes of words and statutory numbers”.

Justice Lanzinger also dissented.The majority opinion discusses canons of construction but omits one important principle to be used in construing criminal statutes: the rule of lenity. We have emphasized that “ ‘where there is ambiguity in a criminal statute, doubts are resolved in favor of the defendant”

It is pretty cool that you get a lesson in history while reading a case! Thanks Eugene Volokh, Now there are some sentences for you  at www.volokh.com   June 12, 2013 11:31 pm for alerting  us about this case.  Our history teacher always told us that his class would end up being useful one day, and he proved to be right.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Settlement will be Assisted by an Appointed Special Master.

Posted By on January 30, 2014

On Monday December 9th 2013 , Judge Anita Brody appointed a “Special Master” to assist with the assessment of the proposed deal due to the financial complexity of the settlement. Even after the deal is finalized, retired players will have to prove they have suffered severe cognitive impairment in order to receive payment.

See Mike Flores, NBC Sports for more information.

Mark Kloempken & Tove Klovning

What document is the most retrieved item in the history on FDsys?

Posted By on January 17, 2014

FDsys was established by the US government in 2009 to provide secure and archival  access to federal documents. According to a news release on December 11th  2013, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, is currently the most retrieved item in FDsys’s history!   As of December 11the 2013, the act had nearly 9 million retrievals!

What if you need to know where the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s  Pub. L. No. 111-148, 124 Stat. 119 got codified?  You have several options. One option is to consult the Statutes at Large via the FDsys platform, or via the print of Statutes at Large set, since public laws usually will, in a side note,   mention where the various sections will end up getting codified.  A second option would be to check the ‘Tables Volumes’ in an annotated code.  However, the most updated information will via the website of the Office of Law Revision Council . You will need to select the ‘Classification Table’ >‘prior tables > 111th Congress, 2nd Session > finally filter to the ‘Sorted in Public Law Order’ html option. From here all you need to do is to locate the corresponding title and section in the United States code.  Answer to question presented is: Where is § 1(a)of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act codified?  42 U.S.C. § 18001 note.

Mark Kloempken & Tove Klovning

Happy Birthday FDsys!

Posted By on January 16, 2014

In 2009 on Jan 15. he U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) launched GPO’s Federal Digital System, to serve as the one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. Here is a direct link to  FDsys.
Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Change of Law Library Circulation and Reference Hours

Posted By on January 10, 2014

After careful consideration including a study of data about utilization of  circulation, reserve and reference services,  Law Library service  hours will be reduced modestly. As of the first day of the Spring term (January 13) our hours will be:

Law Library Hours
Monday – Thursday   7:00 a.m.   to 11:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m.    to  7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.  to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday    Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Please note that all members of the Law School Community will continue to have access to the Law Library 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using their swipe cards.

Law Library Reference Hours
Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Are you interested in learning more about the ongoing National Football League Players concussion injury litigation and be notified whenever a document is filed at the court?

Posted By on December 16, 2013

Did you know that it is possible to search and access federal dockets for free? All you need to do is go to Justia Dockets and Filings.  This web site allows you to search by party name, judge, court and date. The archive goes back to 2004. It is worth a try. However, at this time only select documents may be available for your case. Fortunately the Justia website does offer an option to subscribe to an RSS-Feed which will  update you  whenever new documents have been added.  All you need to do us to identify the orange symbol   next to the docket info, create an RSS-feed option and follow this docket report by RSS.  You may want to check out  this video snippet “RSS-feed in plain English” on YouTube if you do not know how to subscribe to this feature.

Remember, this is a free website.  They have documents listed because someone downloaded the document from Pacer and forwarded it to Justia.

You may therefore want to consider searching via PACER whenever you need to be sure that you have all the entries on a particular case.  PACER is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts for a nominal fee.  According to the website “Access to court documents costs $0.10 per page. The cost to access a single document is capped at $3.00, the equivalent of 30 pages. The cap does not apply to name searches, reports that are not case-specific and transcripts of federal court proceedings. By Judicial Conference policy, if your usage does not exceed $15 in a quarter, fees for that quarter are waived, effectively making the service free for most users” at Pacer. For the law school community, Bloomberg Law will often be the preferred source for docket information.

In Re: National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation, MDL-2323 consolidates the lawsuits involving professional football players injured while playing football.  We decided to compare and contrast the entry in Pacer with the entry on Justia Dockets and Filings.   On Pacer, there are 60 entries compared to one entry on Justia.  The most current document on Pacer is from 4/16/2012 while the most current entry on Justia is from 1/31/2012.  This indicates that you need to show caution when retrieving information from Justia.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

A legal citator does more then just validate the law!

Posted By on December 16, 2013

When using a legal citatory such as Shepard’s or KeyCite, remember that both services do more than just verify whether your primary source  is still  good law. Think of these Citators as RTV’s. They not only validate the case or statute, they also offer an option to explore secondary sources that cite to your primary source!

The acronym RTV here stands for: research, table of authorities, and verification.  As a research tool, the  citator leads you to additional sources: other cases and secondary sources (such as treatises and law reviews) that cite to your case.  The Table of Authorities will list each document cited by your case.  The  citatory is also a tool to verify whether your case has been reversed or overruled on appeal.

Make sure you remember to explore all options whenever you plan on KeyCiting or Shepardizing!

Happy RTV’ing.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Allow us to introduce you to Congress.gov!

Posted By on November 19, 2013

We recently received a research question regarding H.R. 4646, 111 Cong. (2010).   According to the researcher, the bill levied a 1% tax on all bank transactions; all direct deposits an expenditures.  The researcher stated that they had verified this information as accurate at Snopes.com.  However, this does not entirely settle the question for a legal researcher!  How do you verify whether or not this is true?  Allow us to introduce you to Congress.gov, a website that facilitates U.S. legislative information.  Congress.gov is still in beta testing, but as of November 19, 2013, it will replace Thomas.

Here is how you do it: Go to Congress.gov.  On the search bar, there is a pull down menu.  Click on the pull down menu and change the field ‘Current Legislation’ to ‘All Legislation.’  Enter H.R. 4646 in the search bar.  The second bill listed is the ‘Debt Free America Act’ from the 111th Congress (2009-2010). Click on the bill number and a number of tabs will appear: Summary, Text, Actions,Titles etc.  Select the ‘Actions’ tab. Search result:  As of November 19, 2013 the bill has been referred to a number of committees, but never referred out of committee.

Because the bill  was not passed in the 111th Congress, it never became a law and must be reintroduced in a subsequent Congress.  We are currently in the 113th Congress.   To be fair to Snopes.com, they did not claim that the bill had become law, but only that it was a validly introduced bill.  It does show that the legal researcher must verify information and Congress.gov is excellent tool for legislative information.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Are you seeking Missouri Legislative History Documents?

Posted By on November 12, 2013

At the federal level a legislative history documents consist of bills and their amendments, hearings, committee reports, debates, and presidential statements which are easily accessible both in print and online via FDSys.  The Missouri General Assembly on the other hand does not publish any committee hearing or reports for public access. There are very few documents available to the general public, at best; the researcher may end up with only an article written by a sponsor, or left to compare the introduced bill to subsequent versions of the bill.  What are your options?

  1. The Missouri General Assembly facilitates online bill tracking from the Missouri General Assembly website. The bill tracking database provides links to bill texts, bill summaries, and fiscal notes (1995 to present).
  2. Current Missouri House & Senate Journals are also made available from the Missouri General Assembly website.  The House Journal is available from 1998 to present, select “Past Session Archives” to see journals from previous sessions.  The Senate Journal is available online from 1996 to present.
  3. In Missouri committee hearings are not usually recorded or transcribed, but there are verbatim transcripts of a few selected hearings. These hearings are on file at the State Legislative Library.
  4. Committees are not required to compile reports and if reports are generated, they are not maintained. Access to past and current session reports will therefore vary in their availability and for the most time be difficult or impossible to access. Success will depend on whether the committee chair or sponsor decided maintained a personal copy and provide to access to it.  For contact information consult the “Missouri Blue Book” (Official Manual State of Missouri) on the web http://www.sos.mo.gov/bluebook/. To access past committee directories consult “Missouri Blue Book” in print in our library via call # JK5431, to access past committee directories. In 2011, a change to the state law required the Official Manual be published online only
  5. When the General Assembly is not in session, there may be special (interim) committees.  Sometimes these special interim committees will generate reports which later are compiled and indexed by subject and committee. These reports are made available at the State Legislative Library and the archive goes back to 1940s.
  1. Floor Debates are not officially recorded in print.  However, “live” audio of House and Senate debates are available via the House website and via the Senate website.
  2. Governor’s veto messages since 1999 can be accessed via the governor’s web site.   These are  also printed in the  House and Senate journals.
  3. Older Missouri Sessions Laws are available in print in our library or via Hein Online (1813 to present) or via LLM C DIGITAL (1891-1995).
  4. Need more background info? William H. Manz.  Guide to State Legislative and Administrative Materials, 2002 ed.  304-305 (2002) KF1 .G8 2002 . See also Julie M. Cheslik & Wanda M. Temm, Missouri Legal Research (2011) KFM7875 .T46 2011.
  5. Location  and contact information  of the Missouri Legislative Library:  201 W Capitol Ave # 117A. Jefferson City, MO 65101  (573) 751-4633  www.moga.state.mo.us

Happy Hunting!
Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

BNA iPad & iPhone Apps

Posted By on November 11, 2013

 Did you know you can read your BNA reports on an iPad and/or iPhone?

All of the BNA Law Reports are available on an iPhone and iPad app. … Banking and Bankruptcy, BioTech, Daily Labor, Environment, Family, Health, Government, International, Pensions, Tax, Securities, Criminal, Securities, US Law Week, and IP  are just a few.

On a mini iPad, USLaw Week looks like this:


If you have an iPad or iPhone, go to the App Store and search “BNA Bloomberg.”  Choose Law Reports. After you’ve installed the free App and you open it, enter our user name and password (email me for these bondareh@wustl.edu.)

iPad users will also options to download a BNA Insights as well as several subject specific news and reference apps. iPhone users have access to the Tax Center apps.  You will  only need to enter the user name and password the first time you use a new app.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help

Bluebook Editors Seek Comment on 20th Edition

Posted By on October 16, 2013

Love it or hate it, now is your chance to have your say on what should change with the next edition of the Bluebook. From the Website:

The editors of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation need your help! This is an opportunity for you to share your ideas with us as we update The Bluebook for its Twentieth Edition so that we can target our revisions to best serve your needs.

Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey at www.legalbluebook.com/survey. Surveys must be received by November 8, 2013 in order to be considered for the Twentieth Edition.

Bonus Prize:
As an added incentive for the completion of our survey, we will select 5 participants at random to receive a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. An additional 20 participants will randomly selected to receive a free copy of the Twentieth Edition as well as a two-year subscription to The BlueBook Online. Winners will be notified by December 1, 2013.

New digital repository platform is being offered for select Missouri State Publications.

Posted By on October 15, 2013

Missouri State Library Reference Services Division recently announced that they are now offering a new digital repository platform for select State Publications.  The platform offers multiple ways to search; individual titles in the Internet Archive are indexed by Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines.  The new platform allows for a quick and easy downloading. The publications can be downloaded as a PDF, EPUB,Kindle, Daisy, plain text (i.e., not marked up), or DjVu.  The collection currently offers access to approx. 1,000 publications and the collection will continue to grow.

Hattip to Annie Moots, Government Documents librarian at the Missouri State Library in Jefferson City for facilitating this news via the MO Government Documents Discussion Forum listserv.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Are you seeking administrative rules, orders and regulations from Missouri?

Posted By on August 29, 2013

Missouri Register is issued twice per month.  Emergency rules, proposed rules, and orders of rulemaking (final rule) are published in the Missouri Register as well as Executive Orders.  The Orders of Rulemaking (Final Rule) is then published in the Code of State Regulations, which is updated monthly.  The rule’s effective date is found in the authority section at the end of the rule.  In the alternative, the rule becomes effective 30 days after it is published in the Code.  Indexes available in the Missouri Register are: Rule Changes Since Update to Code of State Regulations and a General Index.

If you need a copy of the code as of a certain date, say 1990, recent editions of the code are available on the web, http://www.sos.mo.gov/adrules/  For older materials, we suggest calling  the Administrative Rules Division @  (573) 751-4015.  Usually, your request will be filled within two days.  If the material is archived, it may take a bit longer.  The cost to copy is $00.10 per page.  The cost to fax is $2.00 per page.

Consider checking out these websites during your research quest.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning


Westlaw Free Printing is History

Posted By on June 13, 2013

Westlaw has terminated its free printing services in all law schools.  Sometime during June, the option to print to a Westlaw printer will disappear from your print menu options.

So what’s a law student to do?

  • Use Westlaw Next’s Folders to save and share your work.  You can share your folders with anyone who has Washington University School of Law Westlaw account; or
  • Download your print jobs to your computer and then send them to a law school print release station (see http://law.wustl.edu/computerservices/index.aspx?id=5524 for instructions); or
  • Print to an attached printer you own at home; or
  • Use Lexis Advance  (Lexis is thus far still providing law schools with free printing.)

Summer Access: Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law

Posted By on April 23, 2013

Returning students have unrestricted access over the summer.
Graduating students will continue to have unrestricted access for 6 months after graduation.

If you have not already signed up for Bloomberg Law, go to bloomberglaw.com and “Register for a Law School Account.”

Returning students have unrestricted access over the summer.
Graduating students will have unrestricted access through July 31st.

If you do not have a Lexis Advance account, or are not sure, contact Marantha Beatty-Brown at marantha.beatty-brown@lexisnexis.com.

Returning students: Permitted summer use is for academic work only, e.g., projects for professors, moot court, summer classes, law review/journal work, or unpaid externships/pro bono work done for course credit. Accounts will default to 40 hrs of access in June and 40 hrs in July. Any student needing more must fill out the summer extension form on lawschool.westlaw.com.
Graduating students get 5 hours of access in June and 5 hours in July to assist with studying for the bar.

If you need help using any of these databases, feel free to contact each company’s representatives (Noelle Petruzellimarino, npetruzellim@bloomberg.net; Marantha Beatty-Brown, marantha.beatty-brown@lexisnexis.com;  Bryan McAffee,  bryan.mcaffee@thomsonreuters.com), call their 1-800 numbers, or contact WU Law Reference (reference@wulaw.wustl.edu) for legal research help.

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Cell Phones and Tablets and Laptops, no longer permitted in some courts. Oh my!!

Posted By on February 13, 2013

“By order of court, the public is no longer be permitted to bring any electronic communication and Internet devices into any courthouse facilities of the Circuit Court of Cook County, except the Richard J. Daley Center.”  http://www.cookcountycourt.org/HOME/CellPhoneElectronicDeviceBan.aspx

“Banned electronic devices include, but are not limited to, the following: Cell phones, Smartphones, Laptop computers, Tablet computers and All other electronic devices capable of connecting to the Internet or making audio or video recordings.”

Interestingly, the majority of civil litigation takes place in the Daley Center, which is exempt.  The ban seems to apply to those courthouses with significant criminal case loads.

See the full text of the of the administrative order:


Hat tip to Carole Levitt J.D., M.L.S., President, Internet For Lawyers for sharing this information on the Law-Lib list-serve.


Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Are you interested in knowing what happened today in legal history?

Posted By on December 7, 2012

The Jurist is an online legal news service, but in addition to providing updates on legal news (both in the US and abroad), it also publishes a column titled This Day at Law. The purpose of this column is to focus on historical news.  Yesterday, Kyle Webster in Jurist shared the following update via the column  “Today in legal history“:  On December 6, 1865 the 13th Amendment to the Constitution declared that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Related online historical documents can be located via this web guide from the Library of Congress.

Mark Kloempken & Tove Klovning

Library of Congress Apps?

Posted By on November 26, 2012

Check out the Congressional Record App and receive the official record of the proceedings and debates of the US Congress via this app to you iphone, ipod or ipad!


Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Medieval treasures

Posted By on November 9, 2012

Title 12 of the United States Code outlines the role of Banks and Banking in the United States Code. Federal Regulations governing banks and banking are located in Title 12 of the CFR. Do you still treasure your piggy bank? Have you ever wondered why are piggy banks called piggy banks? What is the history of the piggy bank? See The oldest piggy banks are also the cutest.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Ubiquitous Apps?

Posted By on October 30, 2012

Ubiquitous means to be present or found everywhere.  These 10 apps to protect your smart  phone may not be ubiquitous, but perhaps they should be.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

From the Library of Congress …

Posted By on September 20, 2012

The Library of Congress announced a new free, fact-based Legislative Information site yesterday, http://beta.Congress.gov, which will eventually replace Thomas.

Google’s Two Step

Posted By on September 7, 2012

You may already have noticed that Google redesigned it’s web page. Do you miss having access to the advanced search option template in Google? Unfortunately this search option is now hidden, somewhat modified and more limited, compared to previous search options offered in Google. What’s new? Google has now moved towards a two step search process: Search and then filter/refine. You will need to refine your search using the tools usually on the left hand side. (For many researchers these options are somewhat limited). Remember to click on ‘Show search tools,’ it is on the left hand side of the page to access this option.  Fortunately you can still use search operators in the search box.

If you prefer working from a template then try entering  ‘advanced search’ as a search term  in order to access the recently modified ‘Google Advanced Search’ option.  This template no longer offers an  option to limit to specific domain names, but you can always add domain names or a  file type to your search query by adding for example .gov., org, .pdf.

According to The Oxford English Dictionary Online: a  two-step is: (a) a round dance characterized by sliding steps in duple rhythm; also, the music for such a dance; also attrib.; also as v. intr., to dance a two-step;  (b) adj. having or consisting of two successive actions; two-stage. Now also in Google.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Black’s Law Dictionary Now on WestlawNext

Posted By on September 4, 2012

When WestlawNext went live, it was missing a standard reference source: Black’s Law Dictionary. That omission was rectified this summer. To search Black’s, begin typing “Black’s Law Dictionary” in the Global Search Bar at the top of the screen and select the title from the autocomplete options. You will land on the template for advanced searching in Black’s.

Unknown MLK recording found in Nashville attic

Posted By on August 23, 2012

“A previously unknown interview given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1960 has been discovered in the attic of a Nashville home. Stephon Tull was looking through old boxes of his father’s when he came across a reel labeled “Dr. King interview, Dec. 21, 1960.” He borrowed an old reel-to-reel player from a friend and listened to the recording. It was of his father interviewing Martin Luther King, Jr., about the civil rights movement, the philosophy of non-violence, the political impact of that year’s sit-ins and his certainty that the child his wife Coretta was carrying would be a boy. (He was right; Dexter Scott King, Dr. King’s second son, was born just over a month later.)”

Hattip: The History Blog

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

New E-Books!

Posted By on August 8, 2012

See http://www.oxfordscholarship.com for access to 63 full-text Oxford University Press digital, cross-searchable and downloadable current law titles. From the main page, click on ‘Law’ and if you are off-campus, you will see 63 books listed under full-text.  If you are off- campus, you will need to connect to the VPN to gain full-text access.

Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress

Posted By on July 12, 2012

Did you ever think you would be grateful for a cool wave where the temperature was 90 degrees?  It is very hot outside these days with record highs in the triple digits.You are most likely familiar with the saying: “It’s so hot you could fry an egg on the sidewalk.” Is it possible to fry an egg on the street if it is hot enough outside? We decided to explore this question on Google and came across a posting from the Library of Congress:  “Is it possible to fry an egg on the street if it’s hot enough?

Summer greetings from Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning