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First Amendment and the Second Gilded Age: Mitchell Lecture Exhibit

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Professor Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, will present a lecture, “The First Amendment and the Second Gilded Age,” on Friday, April 13, 2018. The presentation is the Spring 2018 Mitchell Lecture, continuing a series of endowed lectures starting in 1951 with U. S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson delivering the lecture, “Wartime Security and Liberty Under Law.” The lecture will take place in 106 O’Brian Hall.

The Law Library created an exhibit highlighting several publications written by Professor Balkin. An extremely prolific author, some of his recent and earlier books, articles, and blog posts are included in the exhibit. It is open for viewing at the main entrance to the Law Library, second floor, O’Brian Hall.

John Oliver’s Take on U.S. Immigration Courts

Posted on: | by Brian Detweiler |

On last Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver exposed some shocking flaws in our immigration system as only he can, including the fact that immigrants in deportation proceedings are not entitled to counsel. Incredibly, this even extends to children as young as two years old, who Oliver reminds us, cannot be left “unsupervised in a bouncy castle,” much less in a courtroom where a judge will decide whether they will be allowed to remain in this country.

The video is well worth watching: https://youtu.be/9fB0GBwJ2QA although you may find some of the language in the video (and/or the injustice of allowing children to represent themselves in court) to be offensive.

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University Libraries is Holding a Focus Group for Grad (and Law) Students this Friday

Posted on: | by Brian Detweiler |

The University Libraries are holding a Graduate Student Focus Group this Friday, March 30th from 3:00-4:00 PM in 435 Capen Hall. Please consider joining to share your thoughts about study space and services in your University Libraries. Snacks and drinks will be provided!

To register, please visit: https://booking.lib.buffalo.edu/event/4063887.

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What the Stormy Daniels Case can teach us about Contract Drafting

Posted on: | by Brian Detweiler |

Contract drafting expert Ken Adams recently weighed in on the confidentiality agreement in which adult film star Stephanie Clifford, a.k.a. Stormy Daniels, says she agreed to keep quiet about her alleged affair with President Trump in exchange for $130,000; it wasn’t pretty: http://www.adamsdrafting.com/the-stormy-daniels-contract-is-a-dumpster-fire/. In a scathing critique, Adams called the agreement a “flamoboyantly dreadful…dumpster fire,” and categorized the drafting…as “semiliterate [and] transcendently careless,” pointing out twenty-five examples of grammatical and formatting errors, and needless legalese.

So, if you need help drafting a contract, don’t worry—the Law Library has you covered! We have several helpful books, including Drafting and Analyzing Contracts by Scott Burnham; Drafting Contracts: How and why Lawyers do what they do by Tina Stark; and A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting by the aforementioned Ken Adams. (FYI, the recently released 4th edition of Adams’ style manual is on order, and should be on the shelf in our Reference Section shortly.)

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Spring Recess Hours

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

During Spring Recess, March 17-25, 2018, the Law Library will follow this schedule:

Saturday-Sunday 3/17-3/18: Closed
Monday-Friday 3/19-3/23: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 3/24: Closed
Sunday 3/25: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Regular spring hours will resume on Monday, March 26.

 

Injuries, Outsiders and the Law: Revisiting David Engel’s Classic “The Oven Bird’s Song”

Posted on: | by John Beatty |

Mary Nell Trautner’s new collection, Insiders, Outsiders, Injuries, & Law: Revisiting “The Oven Bird’s Song grew out of a 2015 Baldy Center conference based on Buffalo Law professor David M. Engel’s groundbreaking 1984 article. “The Oven Bird’s Song” followed residents of a rural county in Illinois and showed how they used or did not use the legal system to resolve personal injury disputes.

The collection features works offering context to the original article, showing the article’s insight into the laws of the United States and beyond, and showing how class and status affect use of the legal system to resolve disputes.

Four Buffalo Law professors are featured in the collection. David Engel’s original article is reprinted and he also offers a new piece reflecting on his work. Alfred Konefsky’s chapter, “Karl’s Law School, or The Oven Bird in Buffalo” situates Engel’s piece “within the intellectual life and context of the Buffalo Law School.” Lynn Mather’s chapter, “Client Selection: How Lawyers Reflect and Influence Community Values” discuss the lawyer’s role in navigating not only the legal system but the community itself. Anya Bernstein, in “The Songs of Other Birds,” compares Engel’s work to her own work in Taiwan.

The book is available to be checked out from the Law Library. David Engel’s original article, “The Oven Bird’s Song,” can be downloaded for free from Digital Commons @ University at Buffalo School of Law.

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Law Library Open Today, Friday 3/2/2018

Posted on: | by Marcia Zubrow |

Although classes are cancelled, the Law Library is open our normal hours today, Friday, 3/2/2018. Our hours are 7:30 am to 5 pm.
The parking lots are cleared of snow.

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MPRE Resources

Posted on: | by Brian Detweiler |

For students taking the MPRE later this month, check out these article from the ABA and lawschooltoolbox.com.

ABA:
How to Prepare for the MPRE

Law School Toolbox:
Refuting the Myths: How to be Successful on the MPRE the First Time
Simple Strategies for Passing the MPRE

Also, feel free to take advantage of the Law Library’s resources, including our online West Study Aids (just search MPRE)!

Now is the time to start! Good luck, everyone!!!

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New 6th Floor Reading Room!

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Be sure to check out our newly renovated 6th Floor Reading Room! It is a Quiet Study Area because of the adjacent computer classroom, and there are several Cybrary (non-Law School) computer workstations and a scanning station for you to use. We hope you enjoy the new study space!