Author Archives: Philip Johnson

Detours and Frolics: Week of 5/18

If you’re not done with finals yet, at least you know the finish line is near. Here are a few bits of legal news to keep you connected to the outside world for the next few days: Dzokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death, though there will no doubt be a lengthy appeals process (The Atlantic)…
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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, May 11 at 8:00 am Wednesday, May 13 at 8:00 am Thursday, May 14 at 3:30 pm Friday, May 15 at 8:00 am Monday, May 18 at 8:00 am Wednesday, May 20 at 3:30 pm Good…
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Using Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg this Summer

If you’re a current student and need access to the major research services this summer, here’s a breakdown of how you can use them: Westlaw Next – You may extend your access through the summer by following the procedure here. If you do not complete that procedure your access to Westlaw will automatically be reduced to just…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 5/11

If you can pry yourself away from your outlines and would like a brief distraction, here’s some recent legal news and miscellany of note: The 2d Circuit ruled that bulk data collection by the NSA was not authorized by the Patriot Act (Wired) A federal judge dismissed a Nebraska woman’s case against “all homosexuals” (Omaha.com)…
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New York Times Online Now Available to JMLS Community

The JMLS library has joined a consortium of law libraries to provide access to the New York Times online. Access is now available to current students as well as full time faculty and staff. For more information, visit the reference desk during normal reference hours in person on the 6th floor, by phone at 312-427-2737 x729, by…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 5/4

It’s the last day of classes, which means exams are . . . impending. If you need a moment to distract yourself, catch up with recent legal news and miscellany here: You may have heard that the Supreme Court heard oral argument on same-sex marriage last week (SCOTUSblog) SCOTUS also heard oral argument on the…
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Do You Have Suggestions for Us?

We always want to do what we can to make sure your experience at the library is as pleasant and hassle-free as possible. To that end, the library has an online suggestion box that you can use to let us know what we can do, big or small, to improve your time in the library.

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 4/27

If you need a break from exam prep, here’s some recent legal news and items of interest to distract you for a bit: The state’s attorney’s office will no longer prosecute misdemeanor marijuana cases in Cook County (Tribune) A federal court has approved the NFL’s concussion settlement (Deadspin) Kentucky detectives have cracked the case of…
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Prepare to Practice: Legal Research Workshop (April 23/April 29)

A Refresher Course on Inexpensive and Efficient Legal Research Thursday, April 23 at 2:00 in room 531 or Wednesday, April 29 at 10:30 in room 528 Are you graduating this semester? Will you be doing legal research at your job this summer? If so, consider joining us on either Thursday, April 23 or Wednesday, April 29 for…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 4/20

Are you ready? Do you think you can handle this week’s collection of legal news and miscellany? I’m sure you can. Here it is: 70% of lawyers don’t use the Internet in their jobs. Wait, that can’t be right . . . (Lawyerist) Does the Constitution protect parents who go free range with their kids?…
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