New on the shelves – July 2017


Our list of new books is updated at Research > New Books. In July, the Law Library received titles on Abortion, International Law, Intellectual Property, and Employment Discrimination, among other topics.

We also received several new editions of legal study aids in print, including books covering First Amendment
Wills and Estates, Appellate procedure, Criminal law, and Estate Tax. “Legal Study aids” are meant to help students with coursework, or provide a very brief introduction to a legal topic. Series titles include Nutshells, Understanding, and Concise Hornbooks. More information about study aids — including access to online versions from West Academic and LexisNexis Digital Library — is online at Research > Study Aids.

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Source Collection 2017 – Materials

Here are the slides from the recent Law Library presentation to new editorial staff of the UCI journals.

Congratulations to the new editors! We look forward to working with you this year.

Chicago Manual of Style – 17th Edition

CMOS cover imageA new edition is here! The online version is live, and the print arrives in early September. (We’ve been waiting patiently since it was announced in March at CMOSShoptTalk.com.)

Changes include:

  • Internet is no longer a proper noun; it’s just lowercase internet.
  • The singular they is the preferred personal pronoun, even in formal writing.
  • Twitter gets citation samples.

In September, the new print Chicago Manual will live with other general-purpose dictionaries and style guides, downstairs at Z 253 .U69. Online, UCI community members can use www.chicagomanualofstyle.org. (Off-campus users: log into the VPN beforehand.) The free online Q&A section also provides gleefully opinionated guidance on style and grammar minutia.

Law students should (of course) still consult specialized sources for legal writing like the Bluebook for citation and Bryan Garner’s classic Redbook—among other titles—for grammar and style. In print, both of these titles live upstairs in the KF 250 call number range. The Chicago Manual, however, can supplement these sources when you’re drafting scholarly papers and other types of writing for a more general audience.

Audio @ the Law Library

headphones graphicAre you tired of your current podcast selections? Looking for new legal stuff to listen to at the gym or during your commute? The UCI Law Library collection includes a couple of options that you can try out.

  • Courtroom View Network. CVN has audio case files. Yes, you can listen to somebody read the text of opinions that are covered in your law school classes.
    • Audio files are downloadable as .mp3 files.
  • West Academic Study Aids – Audio Lectures. West Academic Study Aids has audio lectures in the Law School Legends and Sum and Substance Audio series. Readers of the Law School Legends series include law professors like the founding dean of UCI Law, Erwin Chemerinsky.
    • Audio files are played directly in the browser.

To register for and use these systems:

  1. Start on the UCI Law network – either by using the Law VPN on your own device, or by using one of the public computers in the law library.
  2. Create an account online.
  3. Log in on your laptop or mobile device with your account information. (Once you have an account, you don’t need to be on the UCI Law network anymore.)

New on the shelves – June 2017

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Our list of new books is updated. Last month,  Law Library received titles on family law, legal writing, legal history, and international law, among other topics.

One of our new titles is “Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law,” from Oxford University Press, written by law professors Sandra F. Sperino and Suja A. Thomas. From the publisher at oup.com:

By tracing the modern history of employment discrimination, Sperino and Thomas provide an authoritative account of how our legal system evolved into an institution that is inherently biased against workers making rights claims.

This title is shelved upstairs in the Reading Room at KF 4755 .S965 2017.

Our collection supports the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

New on the shelves – May 2017

cover image Our list of new books is updated. Last month, the Law Library received titles on employment law, legal writing, legal history, and international law, among other topics.

One of our new titles is Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial, edited by James M. Wagstaffe and published by LexisNexis. That name might sound vaguely familiar because Mr. Wagstaffe used to write and edit a Rutter guide covering the same topic. Now his treatment is available in print in mostly-white binders with jaunty pops of red and black, a somewhat daring color combination for a legal title.

This new three-volume set is shelved upstairs in the Reading Room at KF 8900 .W35.

Our collection supports the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

New on the shelves – April 2017

Our list of new books is updated. Last month, the Law Library received a wide variety of materials, covering everything from abortion to the WTO.

One of our new titles is The Unexpected Scalia : A Conservative Justice’s Liberal Opinions, by David Dorsen. In his Q&A at SCOTUSblog1, Dorsen says

Although I broadly disagreed with Scalia’s personal and judicial philosophy, he is a very important figure and justice. … I wanted to present his philosophy fairly. It is critical for the development of the law that we understand seminal legal figures, both scholars and judges. Scalia was very supportive of my effort, although there were so many questions that I would have liked to have asked him. He liked the idea that a liberal was writing the book and looked forward to debating me on it.

Check out the book upstairs in the Reading Room at KF 8745.S33 D67 2017.

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1. Ronald Collins, “Ask the author: A critique of a concept – Dorsen on Justice Scalia’s jurisprudence”, SCOTUSblog (Apr. 15, 2017), http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/04/ask-author-critique-concept-dorsen-justice-scalias-jurisprudence.

New on the shelves – March 2017

book cover imageOur list of new books is updated. Last month, the Law Library received a wide variety of materials, from the entire run of The Good Wife on DVD to books on international arbitration issues.

One of our new titles is Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission, by NYU Law professor (and Director of the Policing Project) Barry Friedman. In the book, Professor Friedman argues

We allow… [policing] agencies to operate in secret and to decide how to police us, rather than calling the shots ourselves. And the courts, which we depended upon to supervise policing, have let us down entirely.1

Professor Friedman talked with Law Professor and Volokh Conspiracy author Orin Kerr about the book in March. Listen to their debate over at Fed-Soc.org. After you take in the debate, check out the book upstairs in the Reading Room at KF 5399 .F75 2017.

Our collection supports the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

1. Barry Friedman, Orin S. Kerr, & John G. Malcolm, “Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission by Barry Friedman – Podcast”, The Federalist Society: Multimedia (March 15, 2017), http://www.fed-soc.org/multimedia/detail/unwarranted-policing-without-permission-by-barry-friedman-podcast.

Like stats?

stata pictureSTATA is now available in the law Library! We’ve installed STATA/IC (up to 2,047 variables) for all of your non-R data-crunching needs. It’s on just one PC in the law library computer lab for now. (Let us know if you think a different arrangement would work better for the student body!)

book coverSTATA is a popular statistics package that can handle datasets that are larger than what Excel can work with. Looking for some tips? We’ve got you covered there, too. Before you go to the lab, stop downstairs to grab A Gentle Introduction to Stata, in the stacks on the first floor at HA 32 .A26 2016.