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As you settle in to the groove of the semester, take a quick break and catch up on some recent legal news:
- Prosecutions for publishing links and the case of Barrett Brown (Above the Law)
- SCOTUS will review Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol (BuzzFeed)
- On the fifth anniversary of Citizens United, an outburst from the Supreme Court gallery (SCOTUSblog)
- 75 pounds?! This one’s pretty silly, but yeah, don’t try to cross from Canada to New York with 75 pounds of marijuana in the car (Legal Juice)
- No, you can’t sue no-shows to your child’s birthday party, at least in England (Lowering the Bar)
On December 8, 1969, the Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention first met to begin work on what would ultimately become the 1970 Illinois Constitution. To commemorate the 45th anniversary of this occasion, on display on the library’s sixth floor is a poster featuring the signatures of the delegates to this convention. The poster also notes participants associated with John Marshall, including a number of alumni and faculty, one of whom is current professor Ann Lousin.
Swing by the sixth floor at the main elevators to check out a piece of Illinois history.
Welcome back! To commemorate the beginning of the spring semester, we have–if I may say so–an especially fun collection of legal news and miscellany this week. Let’s get to it:
- IBM had the most patents in the country for the 22nd year in a row, but Google and Apple are gaining steam (WSJ Law Blog)
- Thanks to Justice Scalia, Pride and Prejudice saw its first citation by the Supreme Court (for its use of “accompany,” in case you’re wondering) (Washington Post/Volokh Conspiracy)
- The White House is confident that the FCC can handle disseminating rules on net neutrality and that Congress will not need to get involved in the issue (Boing Boing)
- Americans are now able to legally enjoy Cuban cigars, among other things (The Telegraph)
- A Maryland prosecutor has asserted that Serial downplayed evidence used to convict Adnan Syed (ABA Journal)
- For you beer people out there, Lagunitas sued Sierra Nevada for trademark infringement, but it dropped the complaint after social media backlash (SFGate)
- And finally, the Supreme Court gathered to welcome a new brood of baby justices (The Onion)
It’s time for the first Detours and Frolics of 2015! Catch up with some recent legal news and items of interest to distract you from the weather:
- Palestine will join the International Criminal Court (The Guardian)
- You may recall the litigant pro se litigant who was granted cert by the Supreme Court but was nowhere to be found. In case you were wondering, he never turned up, and his case was dismissed last Friday (Lowering the Bar)
- A federal judge struck down California’s ban on foie gras (SFGate)
- In other ban news, the Oklahoma legislature wants to outlaw wearing hoodies in public (ABA Journal)
- A councilman in Maryland threatened to sue a newspaper reporter if she used his name in her stories. He has since apologized (NPR)
After three years, we’re bringing back the Advanced Legal Research class. Taught by our very own legal research experts, the JMLS librarians, this course will cover topics far beyond what you learned in LS I and LS II (including legislative history, administrative law, foreign & international resources, and IP).
In this 14-week course, you will discover a world of resources that will prepare you for practice. It will meet on Thursdays from 12:00 to 2:00. Check out the course description (JD-057) for more information, and if you have any questions please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register now!
Here’s a Supreme Court-heavy D&F to close out the year:
- The Supreme Court granted cert to a pro se litigant, and no one knows where to find him (Boing Boing)
- Also, the Court has asked an attorney to show cause as to why it shouldn’t sanction him (WSJ Law Blog)
- And SOTUS will decide how on-time Amtrak will run (Citylab)
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In the Spring 2015 semester, the John Marshall librarians will be offering a two credit course, Advanced Legal Research. This course will cover topics far beyond what you learned in LS I and II, including legislative history, administrative law, foreign & international resources, and intellectual property, to name a few.
The 14 week course will expose you to a world of resources that will be valuable in practice that you might not otherwise use before leaving school. Check out the course description for more information, and if you have any questions please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
The semester maybe winding down, but the world of the law is as hustle-bustle as ever. Get a taste of what’s going on here:
- In what I’m going to call a no-brainer, Congress will stop Social Security payments to Nazis (Newsweek)
- Steve Jobs has been awarded 141 patents since his death (MIT Technology Review)
- Sealtite? Sealtight? The Supreme Court will determine if there’s a likelihood of confusion between these brands of screws (WSJ Law Blog)
- Don’t point things at cops, even if they’re just bananas (CBS News)
- Update: The Satanic Temple will have a holiday display in the Florida capitol (io9)
Swing by the 6th floor of the library to refuel with coffee and snacks on the following dates:
- Monday, December 1 at 8:00 am
- Tuesday, December 2 at 3:30 pm
- Wednesday, December 3 at 8:00 am
- Wednesday, December 10 at 12:00 pm
- Thursday, December 11 at 12:00 pm
Good luck on finals!