Author Archives: Philip Johnson

Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/29

Time to catch up on some of last week’s legal news and items of interest: What force does international law allow in fighting ISIL? (BBC) Crime and incarceration rates have both gone down in the U.S. (NPR) “Osama bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Sentenced to Life in Prison” (WSJ Law Blog) The EU Court of Justice has…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/22

  Another edition of Detours and Frolics, in which hopefully at least one of these items is fascinating to you: Scotland voted on its independence from the UK. 55%-45% is close enough that you wonder what happens next (The Guardian) Update: atheist airman who was denied re-enlistment for refusing to say “so help me God” may…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/15

The world of law is rich with stories that fall somewhere on the spectrum of grave to utterly frivolous. Catch up on some of them from the last week: The Supreme Court will discuss its next steps on gay marriage when it convenes on Sept. 29 (SCOTUSblog) An atheist airman was denied reenlistment in the…
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Detours and Frolics: Week of 9/8

Another week, another round up of legal news and items of interest: The DC Circuit will rehear en banc the case on the legality of health insurance subsidies  (SCOTUSblog) A federal judge determined that BP was 67% responsible for Deepwater Horizon, may be fined up to $18 billion. I don’t care who you are, that’s…
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Lexis Advance Has a New Look

If you’ve already logged in to Lexis Advance today, you may have been surprised to see a new interface. Lexis rolled this out today: If you have any questions about navigating this updated interface, please contact Philip Johnson at pjohnso@jmls.edu or our Lexis representative, Carter Mills, at carter.mills@lexisnexis.com.

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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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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 8/25

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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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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