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What Do You Use Your Laptop For?

There has been an ongoing debate about laptop use in the classroom. Some schools are trying to discourage laptops in the classroom, while others require them. There are a few suggestions that try to compromise, like having a “Laptop-Free Zone” or having one student a day take notes to be circulated to all. Many people feel that computers distract students, letting them spend their class time surfing the web or playing games. Others believe that it makes them better students, giving then much better note taking abilities, and letting them pull up a source at a moment’s notice. A recent IU study agrees with the latter opinion. What do you think? Do laptops help or hurt students?

Where to find the official U.S. Code online

The official edition of the United States Code was first published by the Government Printing Office in 1926.  GPO publishes a new edition of the code every six years, and, in between editions, publishes annual, cumulative supplements.

HeinOnline has recently launched a new U.S. Code collection.  HeinOnline’s coverage of the official U.S. Code is comprehensive, dating back to inception (1926).  

  • Browse the U.S. Code by edition or title.
  • Search by specific citation and edition.
  • Search full-text by keyword or phrase.
  • Download searchable PDFs.

GPO Access contains the 2006, 2000 and 1994 editions of the official U.S. Code, plus annual supplements.

  • The 2006 edition contains Titles 1 through 41, with the exception of Title 38A.  Additional Titles will be added as they are made available from the Office of the Law Revision Counsel.
  • Browse individual U.S. Code titles, down to the section level, for the latest available update.
  • Search by keyword or phrase, U.S.  Code citation, popular name, Public Law number, Statutes at Large citation.
  • Available only as ASCII text files.

If you would like to use the historic official U.S. Codes in print, they are shelved on the 4th floor, Y 1.2/5:.

100 Free Online Legal Resources

The e-Justice Blog recently posted an entry called 100 Free DIY Legal Resources on the Web. It’s always a great idea to know where you can get something for free, and this helpful list includes many great websites, organized helpfully by type of resource. In addition to that, we are delighted to see that our own Jennifer Morgan’s page on state legislative history is number 100 on the list.

Top Ten Legal Issues of 2008

Yet another top ten list for 2008, FindLaw has issued its list of the top ten legal issues that consumers were searching for last year. In addition to the list itself, they include information on why a particular area of law was big, and why it was important. You can tell a great deal about events by watching what information people want.

More Congratulations to Prof. Dawn Johnsen

It was only a month ago that we were congratulating Prof. Johnsen on her appointment to President-Elect Obama’s transition team. We can now congratulate her again on being picked to lead the Office of Legal Counsel. All the best, Professor!

Digital version of I-Witness now available

A digital version of the publication the I-Witness is now available. The I-Witness was a Law School alumni newsletter published from 1959 to 1968. The Law Library in cooperation with the Digital Library Program at the Wells Library have digitized this publication. Go to the Digital section under Collections to view the publication.

Judicial Finances

Many resolutions include some financial plans, and the legal world in no exception. In his 2008 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary Chief Justice John Roberts called for cost of living raises for federal judges. He talks about the workload of the court system, the relatively small costs, and the lack of a recent wage increase.

Thanks to the Blog of Legal Times, for breaking the story and summing the report up nicely.

Happy New Year!

It is a new year, and many people look at this as a time to make a positive change in their lives. There is lots of helpful information out there about making and keeping New Year’s resolutions, and one good one is the Goals Guy, who has a website that includes the history of New Years, popular resolutions, and a collection of New Year’s traditions from around the world.

Now is also the time to start new calendars, which leads some people to speculate about the nature of the calendar itself. Take a look at a recent comment in the Bloomington Herald-Times, or at this nice little history of calendars.

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