Bloomberg Law

GMUSL students should have received an email from Bloomberg Law on January 18 with a username and password.  You may reset your password once you login to the Bloomberg Law Website.

If you did not see this email (be sure to check junk/spam folders), please contact Instructional Services Librarian Melanie Oberlin.

An introduction to Bloomberg Law is available here.

The Congressional Record: There’s an App for That!

The Daily Edition of the Congressional Record is now available, at no charge, on itunes. The app has been made available by the Library of Congress.

According to the itunes Preview page, the Congressional Record App will allow you to:

– Browse editions of the Congressional Record by date: January 4, 1995 (the 104th Congress, 1st Session) to the present
– Perform keyword searches within individual documents or sections within documents
– Share documents via email
– Save documents to your preferred iPad PDF reader
– Identify the latest bills and resolutions considered daily on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives
– Identify the latest bills, resolutions, treaties, and nominations considered daily on the floor of the U.S. Senate

Wikipedia Fades to Black

The English edition of Wikipedia will be blacked out tomorrow. According to a press release, the blackout is to protest two bills pending in Congress focused on piracy and copyright violations by websites based offshore:  the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) (H.R. 3261) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) (S. 968).  The Wikipedia community asserts that this “legislation will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States.”

Several other websites— including BoingBoing and Reddit—are also participating in the blackout.  Google, Facebook, and Twitter are not blacking out their sites but have expressed opposition to SOPA and PIPA in a letter to Congress printed in the New York Times.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Law Library will have limited hours:  noon-10:00 PM.  The Reference Office will be closed.

In 1983, fifteen years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill into law. The holiday was first observed in January, 1986.  It took another 17 years for every state to recognize the holiday.  In 1994, the holiday was designated a day of service under the direction of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

For resources about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit the King Center Website.