Author Archives: Philip Johnson

Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/2

Prime yourself for a short week by catching up with recent legal news and items of interest: Many, many people are availing themselves of legal self-help centers (WSJ Law Blog) The NFL made the wise, unfortunately late, decision to revise its policy on domestic violence (USA Today) A federal district judge declared part of Utah’s…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 8/25

Catch up on last week’s happenings in the legal world: China recognized a wrongful conviction and acquitted a man in prison for murder after eight years there. This is giving some advocates and scholars a cautious optimism that the Chinese judiciary is moving forward (AP) A Utah man was charged with vandalizing graffiti with graffiti, i.e. he…
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Not sure where to find help for your Crim Law course? Having trouble starting your seminar paper? What about you  mock trial competition? Find resources and information on these topics and more in our librarian-curated research guides. Other popular guides cover international law, Illinois legislative history, and the treatise finder. Looking for a guide that…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 8/18 (Welcome Back Edition)

And now we return to the grind. Catch up on recent legal news and items of interest, get back into the swing of things: Highlights from Katie Couric’s interview with Justice Ginsburg (Above the Law) And speaking of Justice Ginsburg, is there any chance President Obama will be making a Supreme Court appointment before his…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 7/28

As we continue to while away the summer, let us reflect on current goings on  in the legal world: The DC Circuit and the 4th Circuit came to opposite decisions on the legitimacy of federally provided subsidies under Obamacare just a few hours apart (Talking Points Memo) Washington DC’s ban on carrying handguns in public…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 7/21

After a little summer break, catch up on some recent legal news and items of interest: A federal judged ruled CA’s death penalty system unconstitutional due to “systematic delay” (BuzzFeed) A look at Slip ‘N Slide patents of years past (Atlantic) Why you might be called “friend” if you’re arguing in front of the Roberts’ Court (WSJ…
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Summer Access to Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg

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…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 6/30

Catch up on last week’s Supreme Court-heavy happenings: Get a warrant to search cell phones (SCOTUSblog) A 35 foot buffer zone around abortion clinics violates the First Amendment (SCOTUSblog) Aereo runs afoul of the Copyright Act’s Transmit Clause (SCOTUSblog) President Obama’s recess appointments aren’t valid (SCOTUSblog) And two reflections on the Supreme Court’s surprising level…
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New Arbitration, Labor, and Employment Resource Subscription

If you have an interest in arbitration, labor, and employment law, LawMemo may be of use to you. LawMemo offers three reporters, custom case alerts, and access to a labor & employment database with summaries of cases dating back to 1999. It covers all state and federal appellate courts, including the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 6/23

Catch up on legal news and items of interest from last week: “Senate OKs first openly gay black federal judge” (AP) The USPTO cancelled trademark protection of the Washington Redskins name for being disparaging (ATL Redline) Judge Posner and the 7th Circuit determined that most of the Sherlock Holmes canon is in the public domain…
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