Summertime Access to Loislaw

The law school has an agreement with Loislaw to provide students complimentary access to Loislaw online research, which includes searchable primary materials for all 50 states and federal jurisdictions. Unlike Lexis and Westlaw, Loislaw is offered on a year-round basis, and students are encouraged to use Loislaw for part-time and summer positions. Students also have free access for six months after graduation.

To obtain the GMUSL access code for Loislaw, please email Melanie Oberlin at moberlin@gmu.edu or drop-by the Reference Office. To obtain a copy of the Loislaw Subscriber Handbook, please drop by the Reference Office. For more information on Loislaw, click here.

Treatises on Reserve for Trial Ad Students

The Library has acquired and put on Reserve three treatises for use by students in a trial advocacy course. Trial ad students can check-out any of these treatises for 72-hours to use in on- or off-campus mock trials. The titles are: Michie’s Jurisprudence – Evidence volume 7B; Friend’s Virginia Practice and Pleading; and Friend’s – The Law of Evidence in Virginia.

Reminder: April 1 deadline to Bridge the Gap (Legal Research Workshop)

The Law Librarians’ Society of DC and the Young Lawyers Section of the Bar Association of DC are co-hosting a legal research workshop to prepare students for summer work. The workshop will be held on Friday, April 8 at Georgetown Law Center. Registration is $30, including lunch. You must register by April 1, 2011. Details and registration are available here.

Journal Write-on Meeting

The George Mason Law Review, Civil Rights Law Journal, Journal of Law,Economics & Policy, and Journal of International Commercial Law will host two write-on competition information sessions. Journal editors encourage all students to attend one of the sessions. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Date and Times: Tuesday, April 5th. One session will be at 12pm in Room 121. The other will be at 8pm in Room 225.

Supreme Court Clinic to begin Fall 2011

George Mason School of Law is launching a Supreme Court Clinic in partnership with the DC firm Wiley Rein LLP. The Clinic will begin Fall 2011 to provide pro bono legal representation before the United States Supreme Court. Students will work with Wiley Rein attorneys to identify cases of interest, research legal issues, and draft Supreme Court briefs on behalf of parties and amici at the certiorari and merits stages. The Supreme Court Clinic will be directed by Wiley Rein attorneys William S. Consovoy and Thomas R. McCarthy. 

For details about the Clinic and the application process, attend an information session with the directors on Wednesday, March 30 at 5:00 in Room 329 or look for instructions on the listservs in April.  

Wiley Rein’s press release is here.

“Intelligent” computers perform discovery

Do your eyes glaze over when you think of e-discovery and e-records management? Mine do. But we better all perk up. This NYTimes story reports on how computer programs have been used to handle large discovery jobs in record time, and how computer surveillance programs can detect “digital anomolies” that may reveal white collar crime. We are all going to have to be tech savvy to best handle our cases, advise our clients, and stay out of trouble.

Bridging the Gap — preparing for summer practice research workshop

Bridging the Gap Research Workshop

The Law Librarians’ Society of DC and the Young Lawyers Section of the Bar Association of DC are co-hosting a legal research workshop to prepare students for summer work. The workshop will be held on Friday, April 8 at Georgetown Law Center. Registration is $30, including lunch. You must register by April 1, 2011. Details and registration are available here.

U.S.C. Now Has 51 Titles

United States Code Title 51

In December, 2010, Congress passed Public Law 111-314, which authorizes the addition of Title 51 to the United States Code. Title 51 is entitled “National and Commercial Space Programs,” and it is comprised of existing provisions of the United States Code related to that topic. The House Law Revision Counsel, the group that maintains the United States Code, has drafted plans for additional new titles: 52 (Voting and Elections); 53 (Small Business); 54 (National Park System); and 55 (Environment), which you can see here. While PL 111-314 is not currently available on FDSys.gov, Thomas has a link to the House Report and status of the underlying bills here.

Computer Lab Improvements

A new lab opens & an old lab is partially converted to a videoconferencing space.

Lab 211 with 33 computers in Founders Hall is now open and available for use by GMU law students. Hours will be 9AM to 10 PM, M-Th, 9AM to 6PM, Friday, and 9AM to 5PM, Saturday & Sunday. The easiest way to access Lab 211 from the law school is to walk through the double-doors connecting Hazel and Founders Hall on the second floor. The lab is on the right-hand side of the hallway on the Founders side.

Lab 350 in the Library is being downsized, and a part of it will be renovated for videoconferencing. A wall will be constructed sometime in the next month to divide the room into two sections. One section will be an open lab for law students that will house 6 computers and the Lexis and Westlaw printers. (The Pay-for-Print workstation has been moved to just outside of Lab 350.) The videoconferencing portion of the room and its equipment will be available to law students to use for job interviews that can be scheduled through the Career Services office.

Law students can continue to use the 10 computers in Lab 342 whenever this room is not being used for training.  Generally, there are only a few training classes scheduled during the course of a week, and the schedule is posted on the door to this lab and on the Law School’s online Events Calendar. Lab 342 has a Pay-for-Print workstation.

Finally, the second set of Lexis and Westlaw printers are located at the back of the first floor of the library in the Microforms Room.