Saturday, November 08, 2014

Oral Argument Video Launched on CourtListener

CourtListener, a free legal research site, is now providing audio podcasts of oral arguments for 10 federal appellate courts: the Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeal for the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Circuits, as well as the D.C. Circuit and Federal Circuit. Oral argument audio appears in results for court cases and may be searched by case name and docket number. Audios are made in real time and loaded to the site on the day they take place. The site plans to add oral argument audio for other courts, including state courts, in the near future.

To learn more about oral argument audio on CourtListener, read the announcement from the Free Law Project, sponsor of the CourtListener site.  Bob Ambrogi has more at his Law Sites blog.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, November 07, 2014

Follow the $$

Now that the mid-term elections are over, find out about money given by corporations and Super PACs to politicians at Influence Explorer.  This is a project of the Sunlight Foundation.  You can search the name of an individual to see how much was given and to whom, track the formation of Super PACs and compare contributions to candidates.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Helpful Tips During Exam Period

Knowing where to find helpful study guides, the archived exam, and study room policies may prove helpful when preparing for final exams.
Study Guides:

Click here to access helpful study guides. Most current study guides are located in our Reserve collection and can be charged out for three hour periods.

Exam Archive
Knowing the archived exam and study room policies may prove helpful also. To access the Exam Archive:

  • The exam bank can be accessed from the Library's Student Resources page. 
  • Click on "Past Exams."
  • You will be prompted to enter the password (contact the reference or circulation desk for the password).
  • Click on “Accept”
  • Click the professor’s folder to access the exams.
Library Study Rooms
Click here to access the Library’s room reservation policy
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Leadership for Lawyers or "Grit"

In this post, Larry Port talks about Leadership for Lawyers and the Biggest Indicator of Success (in part 1 of this online series).  More specifically, he talks about "grit" and what that means for lawyers.

"Talent. Education. Communication skills. They got nothing on grit.  Grit is perseverance and the ability to see something through in spite of obstacles." (cite)

Learn more about what it takes to be a successful lawyer and leader.  Follow the Leadership for Lawyers series here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, November 03, 2014

Remember that tomorrow is an Election Day!

For all of you eligible to vote in New York State, please go to the polls tomorrow.  Mid-term federal and state elections are just as important as when the U.S. President is on the ballot.

New York State Board of Elections  has all the information you need.  You can verify that you are registered and your polling place.  There is a General Election Candidate list.  And, there is a link to the language of the Ballet Propositions. 

One of the Propositions is to Revise the State's redistricting procedure.  This is an important issue and should be of interest to concerned citizens.

So go out and vote tomorrow!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat