Monthly Archives: October 2012

West Study Aids Now Available Online to all College of Law Students

West Study Aids are now available online to all Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students. Gilbert Law Summaries, Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, Sum & Substance Quick Reviews, Exam Pro Series, and others covering more than 350 areas of law are available as an add-on to Westlaw.  The Law Library has entered into a one year trial subscription to the collection

To access, go to http://lawschool.westlaw.com  and after logging on using your OnePass, click on “MY ePRODUCTS” at the top of the screen.  A direct link to the study aids is also available under the Services for Law Students section of the Law Library’s home page.  Accessing these books through your OnePass allows you to personalize use, including highlighting text, full text searching and creating a list of favorites.

No more worrying about looking for a title that has been checked out.  Check out this new library collection and let us know how you like it!

Display Case Round-Up

Did you know that ASU Law professors are pretty prolific writers?  As their articles and books are published, they often have us place copies of their works in the display case in the library lobby.

Starting this week, on Sundays we’re going to do a weekly round-up of all of the new publications that are put in the display case, complete with information on how you can read them.

To start us off, we have a book chapter by Professor Charles Calleros  and an article by Professor Linda Demaine.

Professor Calleros’s chapter, “Hernandez V. Texas: A Milepost on the Road to Civil Rights for Latinos” is found in Readings in Persuasion: Briefs that Changed the World.  Although it is currently on display, this Study Skills book is available for check out.

From Professor Demaine, we have “Seeing is Deceiving: The Tacit Deregulation of Deceptive Advertising,” which was recently published in Volume 54, Issue 3 of the Arizona Law Review.  We have a copy of this issue at the Circulation Desk if you’re interested in reading the article, or you can go to the ASU catalog for online access options.

Online Library Services Unavailable Monday, October 29

Due to scheduled maintenance of the integrated library system, the following library services will be unavailable  Monday, October 29, 2012 from 8am-5pm.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Research Databases – selected resources will be available from the ASU Libraries’ E-resources page.

Library Catalog – Electronic journals will be accessible through the ‘Journals’ tab on the ASU Libraries’ homepage.

Course Reserves

My Library Account

Library users must present their university ID card to check out books during the outage.

The Legal Response to Hate Speech

This Friday, October 26, the College of Law is hosting an event titled The Legal Response to Hate Speech: Should the U.S. be more like Europe?  The event will consist of a conversation between Jeremy Waldron, University Professor at NYU School of Law and James Weinstein, Amelia Lewis Professor of Constitutional Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, as well as a book signing and reception after the discussion.  You can get event details and reserve a ticket on the College of Law’s website.

If you are interested in this topic you may want to read Waldron’s new book, The Harm in Hate Speech, or another recent addition to the Law Library’s collection titled The Content and Context of Hate Speech: Rethinking Regulation and Responses, edited by Michael Herz and Peter Molnar.

   In The Harm in Hate Speech, Waldron discusses the damage that hate speech does and compares American free speech laws to European laws which punish speech that “incites hatred” against an individual or group based on his or her race, ethnicity, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.   The Content and Context of Hate Speech: Rethinking Regulations and Responses also has a comparative emphasis, as the authors consider whether it is possible to establish hate speech policies that balance free speech but also protect individuals and groups.

The Harm in Hate Speech is available in the law Library at Law Treatises KF9345 .W34 2012. The Content and Context of Hate Speech: Rethinking Regulations and Responses  is available in the Law Library at Law Treatises K5210 .C66 2010.

Construction in the Building Next Week

Next week during Fall Break, part of the first floor of the Law Library will be under construction.

As a result, access to the main restrooms on the first floor (near the foyer) will be blocked.

There are additional restrooms on the second and third floors of the Law Library. There is also a unisex restroom in the All Night Study Room (122).

We apologize for the inconvenience. We hope this construction will  provide some much-needed enhancement to the building.

 

 

 

Fall Break Law Library Hours

The Law Library will be open the following hours during Fall Break, October 12-21, 2012:

Friday, October 12   7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 13   8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 14   8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, October 15 – Thursday, October 18   8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, October 19   8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 20   8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 21   8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

 Have a nice break.

New Federal Government Websites

Two new federal government websites are making it easier to find government information online.  One of the new websites is Congress.gov, which is in an initial beta version.  This website currently contains legislation from 2001 to the present and congressional member profiles from 1973 to the present.  Congress.gov will replace the Library of Congress’s THOMAS.gov website by the end of 2014 and will incorporate all of the information available on THOMAS.gov. You can read more about Congress.gov and THOMAS.gov here.

The other new website is eCFR.gov.  This website contains a current, daily updated version of the Code of Federal Regulations.  It replaces eCFR.gopaccess.gov and operates on an upgraded software and hardware platform, providing an interface that is similar to other Federal Register publications on FDsys (the Federal Digital System).

If you are looking for government information, also check out the Law Library’s research guides on the subject: Federal Legislation and Statutes, Federal Bills and Proposed Legislation, and Federal Regulations.

Register to Vote Today

If you’re planning to vote in this year’s elections, now is the time to make sure you are registered, as tomorrow, October 9, is the last day to register to vote in Arizona.  To register, go to the Voter Registration and Education page from the Arizona Secretary of State, Tom Horne.

Once you have registered check out Arizona’s page at Vote411.org for a list of such information as what ID is necessary for identification at the voting booth, the requirements for time off to vote, upcoming debates and forums, provisions for voters with disabilities, and more.

For those curious about ballot measures, the League of Women Voters of Arizona have put up a voter guide here, including summaries of each proposition, arguments for and against, and a list of supporters and opponents of each issue.

Not an Arizona voter?  No problem.  You can simply enter your voting address in the side form of Vote411.org or scroll down and choose your state to find out about voting there.

Google Settles with Book Publishers

After seven years of litigation, Google and the Association of American Publishers announced a settlement yesterday which will allow publishers to choose whether Google digitizes their copyrighted but out-of-print publications.  The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but settlement language dictates that 20% of content from books that Google has already digitized will be readable online with the entire book available for purchase from Google Play, and Google will share revenue with book publishers.

This settlement does not resolve the litigation between Google and authors, however – the Author’s Guild published a press release yesterday, confirming that the “authors’ class action continues.”  Nor does the settlement answer the question of whether Google is infringing copyright by digitizing books, which is really the main issue in the litigation.

You can read more about the litigation on the Association of Research Libraries website, which offers a four-part series on the Google Library Project: Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV.