Author Archives: Philip Johnson

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 1/26

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…
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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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Detours and Frolics: Week of 1/19

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)…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 1/12

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…
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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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