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Passport Services Closed Week of July 5th

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The Law Library’s Passport Services Office will be closed from Monday July 6th through Friday July 10th. We will reopen on Monday July 13th at 10:00 AM.

http://law.lib.buffalo.edu/services/passport.asp

Should you need immediate assistance while our office is closed, please call 1-877-487-2778 to schedule an appointment with the Buffalo Passport Agency at 111 Genesee Street, Suite 101, Buffalo, NY 14203.

Terry McCormack, Rock Solid

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Terry Rock Steady

Last Friday, at the University Libraries Staff Appreciation luncheon, our very own Terry McCormack received the 2015 Rock Solid Award. Also known as “the Harvey,” the Rock Solid Award recognizes the efforts and dedication of a Library staff member whose reliability, initiative, disposition and quality of work has contributed to the betterment of the workplace and to the University Libraries as a whole.

H. Austin Booth, the Vice Provost for University Libraries, who presented the award, summarized the feelings of many in the UB community when she said:

“This individual has been described by colleagues both inside the libraries and within the University as a hard worker and someone who can always find a way to make things happen, and happen smoothly; even last-minute, huge requests. This person is never too busy to offer a smile, is always willing to listen and help and always seems to be working to make everyone else’s day run a bit easier. This individual has a one-of-a-kind worth ethic, will come in on weekends or evenings if needed to support an event and is always available by phone or email. No matter how large or how small the job, this individual tackles it with enthusiasm and true concern for those who need help. As one colleague gratefully said, “Knowing that he heads the Law IT program helps me sleep at night!” He is the library’s “Switzerland” and the law school’s “MacGyver.””

So if you see Terry, be sure to give him a high five. He’s rock solid.

The Age of Miranda

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

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If you’re like me, you found yourself pleasantly surprised yet ultimately dismayed that the full season of the NBC show Aquarius was available to stream this weekend. (For the record, pleasantly surprised was because it’s a good show worth the watch, but ultimately dismayed since binge watching a season wasn’t on the to do list, and yet…) Any law students watching—and obviously lawyers too—certainly would’ve perked up because a certain important case kept getting name dropped in the first few episodes, though the show never actually followed through with the proper wording.

Unlike pretty much every other Supreme Court decision, Miranda v. Arizona has managed to infiltrate prime time in a big way. Tune in to a police procedural, any police procedural (but not those that jumped to the silver screen) and at some point in time, you’ll hear the familiar speech, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything said can and will be used against you in court of law. . . .” Set in 1967 Los Angeles, the characters in the first episode aren’t terribly familiar with that “new, uh, Miranda thing.” I’m sure I wasn’t the only one pulling a Monica during the following exchange in episode 1:

Hodiak: I can’t remember it [the Miranda warning] exactly.

Shafe: You know it?

Hodiak: Do you?

Shafe: I got the, uh, card they handed out.

Just goes to show, from Jay-Z lyrics to network prime time, Crim Pro is everywhere.

Spaces Still Available: Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Clinics

Posted on: | by Marcia Zubrow |

Want to a brush-up on your legal research skills before your summer job or your first year of law practice? The Law Library reference librarians will help you improve your research skills in our Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Clinics.
Dates: May 26 through May 28, 2015.

Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Clinics Schedule:
Tuesday, 5/26
12 – 1 Lexis and Westlaw (segment and field searching) 630A
1:15-2:15 Shepard’s Citations and KeyCite 630A
Wednesday, 5/27
12 – 1 Federal basics (statutes, regulations & cases) NY Alcove
1:15 – 2:15 New York basics (statutes, regulations & cases) NY Alcove
Thursday, 5/28
12-1 No Lexis, No Westlaw, No Worries – Free Legal Research
Websites 630A
1:15-2:15 Secondary Sources (ALR, current awareness services,
journal indexes, HeinOnline) 630A
Questions? Unable to attend the scheduled sessions? Do you need help with another topic? Contact Marcia Zubrow at 645-2160 or llmarcia@buffalo.edu or Brian Detweiler at 645-2384 or briandet@buffalo.edu or the reference desk 645-2047
To view schedule for the Prepare for Practice Refreshers and to register for a session, go to the Law Library’s website: http://law.lib.buffalo.edu/legal/clinics.asp

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Law Library holiday hours

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

The Law Library will be closed this weekend, May 23-May 24, for Commencement, and on Monday, May 25, in observation of Memorial Day.

We will re-open on Tuesday, May 26, at 12:00 noon, as we begin to follow our schedule of early summer hours:

Early Summer – May 25 – July 26, 2014*

Monday-Thursday 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday Closed
*Exceptions:
Memorial Day, Monday 5/25 Closed
Independence Day, Saturday 7/4 Closed

For more information, view the full schedule of Law Library hours.

Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Clinics: Register Now

Posted on: | by Marcia Zubrow |

Law Students,
Want to a brush-up on your legal research skills before your summer job or your first year of law practice? The Law Library reference librarians will help you improve your research skills in our Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Clinics.
Dates: May 26 through May 28, 2015.
The Refreshers are for Law Students ONLY.
Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Refreshers Schedule:
Tuesday, 5/26
12 – 1 Lexis and Westlaw (segment and field searching)         630A

1:15-2:15 Shepard’s Citations and Keycite                                  630A
Wednesday, 5/27
12 – 1 Federal basics (statutes, regulations & cases)                NY Alcove
1:15 – 2:15 New York basics (statutes, regulations & cases)    NY Alcove
Thursday, 5/28
12-1 No Lexis, No Westlaw, No Worries – Free Legal Research Websites    630A
1:15-2:15 Secondary Sources (ALR, current awareness services,
journal indexes, HeinOnline)                                                                                 630A

Questions? Unable to attend the scheduled sessions? Do you need help with another topic? Contact Marcia Zubrow at 645-2160 or llmarcia@buffalo.edu or Brian Detweiler at 645-2384 or briandet@buffalo.edu or the reference desk 645-2047

To view schedule for the Prepare for Practice Refreshers and to register for a session, go to the Law Library’s website: http://law.lib.buffalo.edu/legal/clinics.asp

 

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Mark Your Calendars. Awesomeness is Coming.

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

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Oh man. These are some exciting times. I’m not talking about the soon-to-be law graduates (although, you know, congrats) or the so-to-be-finished-with-finals 1Ls and 2Ls (again, congrats). No. I’m talking about how the legalverse is pushing into pop culture in a big way. The foreseeable future is looking to be all sorts of exciting.

July 11: Supreme BFFs Hit the Stage

Yes, The Originalist, the play about Scalia’s time on the Supreme Court, will be playing through the end of the month in DC and it looks all sorts of awesome, but do you know what’s better than a play about Scalia? A comic opera about Scalia and Ginsburg. Scalia/Ginsburg will have its world premiere at the Castleton Festival and word is that RBG herself will be there. Needless to say, I’m waiting with bated breath to find out whether either or both will eventually make their way to Buffalo.

July 14: The Return of Atticus!

I believe is was LL who first said, “Don’t call it a comeback/ I’ve been here for years.” Nothing is more true when it comes to my beloved Atticus. Scout and Jem’s dad has always been around, but we’re going to be getting some new material come July when Harper Lee’s much anticipated (friends and family have told me that perhaps at this point it’s too much anticipated, but I digress) Go Set a Watchman is published.

October 27: NOTORIOUS

There’s a Tumblr. There’s a tattoo. Now come October, there’ll be a book. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a reminder that only the cool kids nap during the State of the Union.

Late 2015: NOTORIOUS-er

There’s even more RBG to get excited about. News broke last Friday that Natalie Portman is going to be playing none other than RBG in the movie On the Basis of Sex.  The movie is scheduled to go into production in late 2015 and will (obviously) go on to win all the awards.

Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Clinics

Posted on: | by Marcia Zubrow |

Law Students,
Want to a brush-up on your legal research skills before your summer job or your first year of law practice? The Law Library reference librarians will help you improve your research skills in our Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Clinics.
Dates: May 26 through May 28, 2015.
The Refreshers are for Law Students ONLY.
Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Refreshers Schedule:
Tuesday, 5/26
12 – 1 Lexis and Westlaw (segment and field searching)         630A

1:15-2:15 Shepard’s Citations and Keycite                                  630A
Wednesday, 5/27
12 – 1 Federal basics (statutes, regulations & cases)                NY Alcove
1:15 – 2:15 New York basics (statutes, regulations & cases)    NY Alcove
Thursday, 5/28
12-1 No Lexis, No Westlaw, No Worries – Free Legal Research Websites    630A
1:15-2:15 Secondary Sources (ALR, current awareness services,
journal indexes, HeinOnline)                                                                                 630A

Questions? Unable to attend the scheduled sessions? Do you need help with another topic? Contact Marcia Zubrow at 645-2160 or llmarcia@buffalo.edu or Brian Detweiler at 645-2384 or briandet@buffalo.edu or the reference desk 645-2047
To view schedule for the Prepare for Practice Refreshers and to register for a session, go to the Law Library’s website: http://law.lib.buffalo.edu/legal/clinics.asp

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Congratulations, Tedros!

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Tedros

Have you heard? Tedros Teklzghi, a vital member of SUNY Buffalo Law’s IT Department, will be receiving the UB Educational Opportunity Center’s Distinguished Alumni Award!

UBEOC’s Distinguished Alumni Award “recognizes University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) Alumni who portray professional achievement, distinguished service, and commitment to the lifelong learning and self-empowerment values of the University at Buffalo EOC.” Tedros will be receiving the award at the UBEOC Graduation on May 20.

Congratulations, Tedros, and thank you for all your hard work and service!