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Finals Prep at the Law Library

exammemeThe end of the semester brings both the fervent anticipation of the holidays and the anxiety of looming exams.  As you finalize (or perhaps begin) your course outlines, let’s talk about some of the resources at the Law Library you might find useful for exam preparation.

Exam File

The Law Library has long kept a file of past exams for students to peruse as they prepare for finals.  You can find an electronic version of the exam file on our website under Study Aids; because it is a resource from our professors for our students, this file is password-protected.  Stop by the Circulation Desk or Reference Office to obtain the password.  We also maintain a paper file of past exams, which you can check out on 4-hour loan from the Circulation Desk.  (Whether to submit past exams for the exam file is up to the discretion of each professor.)

CALI Lessons

CALI, Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, hosts a long list of electronic tutorials on a variety of legal subjects.  These lessons are written by professors, and can therefore be a powerful study aid for almost any course.  You can access CALI from the Law Library website, under Study Aids.  CALI is a subscription-based product, so you will need to stop by the Reference Office to obtain the password for our subscription; upon completing the initial log-in, you will be able to create your own username and password.

Hornbooks & Nutshells

Hornbooks resemble casebooks and offer an in-depth discussion of a particular legal subject.  Nutshells, as the name suggests, are smaller study aids that offer a quicker overview of a legal subject.  Our collection contains a large number of hornbooks and nutshells, covering a wide array of legal subjects.  The most current editions can be found at the Circulation Desk.  During the regular semester, these check out for 24-hour periods; during exams the loan period will be reduced to a 4-hour loan to accommodate the high use of these materials as exam preparatory aids.  You may also be able to find older editions of these materials in the stacks on the second and third floor; hornbooks and nutshells located in the stacks circulate for the traditional 30-day loan period.  To see a list of the hornbooks and nutshells we own, refer to the binder kept at the end of the Circulation Desk (near the Reference Office).

Extended Library Hours

Much of what you need for finals preparation is simply time; we try to help with that by giving you extended exam hours at the Law Library:

Saturday      December 7           8 a.m. to midnight

Sunday         December 8           9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Mon-Fri       December 9-13      7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday      December 14          7:30 a.m. to midnight

Sunday         December 15          9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Mon-Thur    December 16-19    7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday           December 20         7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

John F. Kennedy Presidential Resources

portrait_jfkThe 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th U.S. President, is November 22, 1963.  To commemorate this anniversary, I’d like to highlight some important government documents and research resources related to President Kennedy.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (one of 13 Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration) is located in Boston, Massachusetts and its website can be found at http://www.jfklibrary.org/.  The museum is open to the public for tours and, according to the website, “Students and scholars can also arrange to conduct research using our collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of John F. Kennedy.”  The website features the following information and resources: biographical information on John F. and Jacqueline B. Kennedy and the Kennedy family; Historic speeches; Historical context; Media Gallery; Interactive Exhibits; Information on research collections and holdings, finding aids and research guides; and Educational Resources for Teachers and Students.

The Government Printing Office (GPO) recently published the official, digital version of the Warren Commission Report on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys).  “The commission Full Story »

Indiana visits SCOTUS: Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp.

On the slate for this year’s Supreme Court term is a case out of Indiana, Sandifer v. United States Steel Corporation, discussing whether steel workers should be paid for the time it takes to put on and remove their work clothing.  Oral arguments occurred on Monday and have already garnered some enthusiastic responses, so we thought we’d share a little more information about and coverage of the case.

Summaries of the facts and arguments of the case:

7th Circuit Opinion (678 F.3d 590 (2012))

Docket

Summaries from:

News coverage:

The main issues:

Petitioners Respondent
Clarity of Fair Labor Standards Act, §203(o), or “What are ‘clothes’?”
Clothing of steel workers should be exempted from this provision because of its protective nature, functioning more as a tool than as something to cover the body Such an exemption would make 203(o) confusing and difficult to enforce
Collective Bargaining
Labor unions have the power to bargain over issues of wages, hours, and working conditions and those agreements should be upheld The steel workers already had a collective bargaining agreement in place that could have covered this, so they must already be getting some benefit as a concession, and straying from that agreement would harm the collective bargaining process