Hours – Reading & Examination, Summer

library-hoursOur hours are different in late April and early May because of Reading & Exam period. After that, hours will change again for the summer. Check our up-to-date calendar: Law Library Hours.

Our visitor policy is also different during the Reading & Exam period so that our space is conducive to study. During that time — April 21 through May 6 — only UCI Law students and UCI faculty and staff can use the Law Library.

Related links: UCI Law Academic Calendar | Law Library Hours

New on the shelves – March 2016

cover imageOur list of new books is now updated. Last month, the Law Library received books on immigration, intellectual property, and international law, among other topics.

One of our new titles is Rutgers v. Waddington: Alexander Hamilton, the End of the War for Independence, and the Origins of Judicial Review, a University of Kansas Press title from historian Peter Charles Hoffer. From the publisher’s abstract:

Through this little-known but remarkable dispute over back rent for a burned-down brewery, Peter Charles Hoffer recounts a tale of political and constitutional intrigue involving some of the most important actors in America’s transition from a confederation of states under the Articles of Confederation to a national republic under the U.S. Constitution.

Check it out upstairs in the Reading Room at KF 228.R877 H64 2016.

Hamilton fans: this case took place during the time covered by Act 1’s finale, Non-Stop, when Hamilton practiced law in New York. It’s not specifically called out in the song’s lyrics, but Waddington got quite a bit of coverage in Chapter 10 of the 2004 Chernow biography.

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

Legal Research in Practice – Mon. 5/9

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Monday May 9.
9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in MPAA 420.
Select two sessions and get practical tips on research and job success in different jurisdictions and settings. RSVP by filling out our online form.

Session 1 – 60 minutes (choose one)

  • California research
  • Federal research
  • Policy research

Break – coffee & cookies

Session 2 – 60 minutes (choose one)

  • Working for a judge
  • Working for an attorney

Raffle

  • Law students who attend both sessions will have a chance to win an iPad!

Can’t make it? Want to go to more than one? Look out for a follow-up email with links to online documentation.


New on the shelves – February 2016

hidden-weath-of-nations-coverOur list of new books is now updated. Last month, the Law Library received books on topics ranging from criminal justice reform to shopping malls, demonstrating the wide variety of interests held by our faculty and students.

One of these new titles is The Hidden Wealth of Nations, a University of Chicago Press title from economics professor Gabriel Zucman with a forward by Thomas Piketty. From the publisher’s abstract:

[Zucman] offers an inventive and sophisticated approach to quantifying how big the problem is, how tax havens work and are organized, and how we can begin to approach a solution. His research reveals that tax havens are a quickly growing danger to the world economy.

Check it out downstairs in the Stacks at HJ 2336 .Z8313 2015.

A related reminder for students who are interested in tax policy: the next presentation for this Spring’s “Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy Colloquium” (organized by Professor Omri Marian) is on March 28. See law.uci.edu/events/business-law/tax-colloquium.html

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

Celebration of Books – Tues. 3/22

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Dean Chemerinsky at the 2015 celebration.

The entire UCI Law Community is welcome to the Law Library’s Seventh Annual Celebration of Books.  Join us in the Reading Room as we highlight and acknowledge the publications authored and co-authored by UCI Law Faculty from March 2015 through March 2016.

  • 10:00 am: Coffee and pastries will be offered in the Library vestibule.
  • 10:15 am: The event, including remarks by the authors, will begin.

This year, we are honored to celebrate Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professors Michele Goodwin, Rick Hasen, and Christopher Whytock.

New on the shelves – January 2016

book coverOur list of new books is now updated. Last month, the Law Library received books on a variety of topics, including updated print editions of several treatises that are highlighted on our guide to legal treatises grouped by subject at libguides.law.uci.edu/treatises.

One of these new titles is the 4th edition of LaFave’s Criminal Procedure. Of interest to research buffs: In print, this set’s finding aids (e.g. tables laws and rules grouped by jurisdiction and a 76-page index) take up over half of the last volume. Online in Westlaw, this content seems to be entirely unavailable. As I noted in 2012 about another online legal research provider, librarians and other researchers are still waiting for “beautifully-designed and highly-usable digital titles from legal publishers.” For now, you can come visit us in the law library to browse the index.

Check it out upstairs in the Reading Room at KF 9619 .L34 2015.

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

20-Minute Training – Dockets – Thu. 2/18

blaw-dockets12:00 to 12:20 pm (or later) in Law 3600 
Get an introduction to searching dockets in Bloomberg Law, with lots of time for questions at the end. We’ll cover:

  • Help
  • Advanced searching
  • Email updates (including tips on using your Lawnet GMail to automatically filter and file email updates)

 (This training is in response to a student request. Any UCI Law student is welcome to attend. Or request your own small-group training online!)

Baby Blue

baby blue cover snipScholar David Post has a Washington Post piece today about the free version of the Bluebook:

“War is brewing over the most boring piece of intellectual property imaginable: the “Bluebook,” the 580-page quasi-authoritative source of proper legal citation formats published by the Harvard Law Review…”

The article also argues that legal citation guidance should be available to all, free of charge. See David Post, The New (and Much Improved) ‘Bluebook’ Caught in the Copyright Cross-hairs, Wash. Post: The Volokh Conspiracy (Feb. 9, 2016, 10:23 AM), https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/02/09/the-new-and-much-improved-bluebook-caught-in-the-copyright-cross-hairs.

Looking for the actual Baby Blue?

It’s “in alpha release and was last modified on January 30, 2016.” Check the related tweet: Announcing the birth of #BabyBlue. (url omitted), Prof. Christopher Sprigman (@CJSprigman), Twitter (Feb. 9, 2016, 2:17 PM), https://twitter.com/CJSprigman/status/697182628990967809.