The BLS Library staff welcomes new and returning
students to school for the 2019-2020 academic year. We are here to help
in whatever way we can with your print and electronic use of the Library.
You may borrow reserve and circulating books from the first floor Circulation Desk and you can ask for reference and research assistance at the first floor Reference Desk. Also, we want to let you know that there are now more ways than ever to reach the Reference Librarians. You can visit us at the Reference Desk, call us, text us, or email us. See above for Reference Librarian contact information and reference hours.
We also invite you to use our chat function. Visit the library homepage and click on our chat icon (see below) – you’ll be chatting with a friendly librarian in no time!
Good Luck in the fall semester! We look
forward to seeing you in the Library!
The new semester officially began today for all upper class JD students. 1Ls arrived last week and LL.M. and A.J.D. students have been hard at work since earlier this summer. No matter when you arrived, the BLS Library staff would like to wish you a very warm welcome – or welcome back! We have met many of you at orientation and on the library tours, and look forward to getting to know the rest of you throughout the year.
Our regular library hours starting today, August 27, 2018, are:
Stop by the reference desk if you have questions: a reference librarian is usually at the desk Monday-Thursday from 9am-8pm, and Friday-Saturday from 9am-5pm. If we’re not at the desk, feel free to ask us a question at askthelibrary.brooklaw.edu or text us at (718) 734-2432. Finally, don’t forget the research guide for 1Ls that is full of useful resources and tips.
Want to keep up-to-date with legal news even though you’re short on time? Twitter is a great tool to share and receive timely information about the legal industry, legal technology, and law school news. Many lawyers also use Twitter to refer clients, to build relationships, and to market themselves and their firms.
To get you started, check out the ABA Law Journal’s “Web 100: Best Law Twitter.” Here you will find the ABA’s suggestions on who to follow on legal Twitter. Recommended accounts include legal organizations, law schools and law faculty, lawyers practicing in various specialty areas, and even a few accounts devoted exclusively to legal humor.
Also, make sure to follow BLS Library’s Twitter Account. We’ll keep you up-to-date on legal news and informed on BLS Library’s resources and events.
Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! The list of cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear in its 2017 October Term 2017 is now posted on SCOTUSblog. SCOTUSblog is a great resource if you are researching any aspect of the Supreme Court or the opinions it issues. The blog analyzes each merits case pending before the Court and posts breaking news of Court decisions. In fact, SCOTUSblog often posts Court decisions before the high court puts them on its own website. During session, links to audio clips of oral arguments are posted on SCOTUSblog as they become available. When you visit the blog, make sure to check out the other resources freely available there, such as “plain english” analysis of cases, videos, live blogging of oral arguments, and more.
Judge Neil Gorsuch was sworn in today as the Supreme Court’s 113th justice. If you are interested in learning more about the Supreme Court appointment process, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) has several good reports. A recent report, Supreme Court Appointment Process: President’s Selection of a Nominee, includes information on the criteria for selecting a nominee, the advice and consent role of the Senate, the political aspects of the process, and the use of recess appointments to temporarily bypass Senate confirmation. For a more detailed account of the Senate’s role, the following CRS reports may also be of interest:
In honor of Women’s History Month this March, head over to HeinOnline to see its Women and the Law collection. This Hein collection brings together books, biographies, and periodicals exploring the role of women in society and the law. Scholars use this platform to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. In addition to a wealth of historical works, the collection also features more than 70 contemporary feminist sources archived from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project.