Author Archives: Philip Johnson

Documenting Illinois History in the Library

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…
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There’s Still Time . . . Sign Up for ALR Now!

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…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 12/15

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…
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Take Advanced Legal Research this Spring and Be More Practice Ready than Ever

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…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 12/8

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?…
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Coffee & Snacks During Finals!

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!

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 12/1

As we trek through finals and toward the end of the year, take a break with and check out some of last week’s legal news and items of interest: Justice Ginsburg had a stent placed in her heart last Tuesday, and she’s back at the Court today for oral arguments. (NPR, Washington Post) Federal courts…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 11/17

We span the globe (relative to other editions) in this week’s Detours and Frolics: President Obama announced support for classification of the Internet as a public utility (The Atlantic) India’s Supreme Court ended a ban on female makeup artists in the movie industry (Al Jazeera) An Italian appeals court overturned the manslaughter conviction of six…
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Lexis Advance and Westlaw Apps Let You Take Your Research on the Go

                  Have you ever been on the train and wanted to go over your notes on that case you’re using for Herzog? Or maybe your laptop’s busted and you need to access a treatise on copyright. If you find yourself in a situation in which you need…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 11/10

“Detours and Frolics” may have been out of the office on Monday, but it’s back on Tuesday to clue you in to what happened last week in the world of law: A big week for same sex marriage. Courts in Missouri and Kansas struck down marriage bans there, while the 6th Circuit almost certainly assured…
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