A Guide to 2008 Presidential Contenders, a “Constitutional Crisis,” and the Legacy of President Gerald Ford: Tips and Treats from the Moritz Law Library
The following research tips and stories of interest are excerpted from the Moritz Law Library's newsletter for faculty, Opinio Juris, January and March issues. For more information about other legal research topics, please visit the Library's blogs.
Guide to 2008 Presidental Contenders
The Wall Street Journal Online (WSJO) has created an online chart, Circling the Oval Office, that tracks the intentions of candidates and potential candidates for the 2008 presidential election. The website is free and is updated as candidates make announcements.
Top 10 State Legislature Policy Issue Forecast
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has issued its annual Top 10 Policy Issue Forecast for 2007. According to NCSL, the top issues facing state legislatures in 2007 will be: (1) Immigration, (2) Homeland security and standardized ID cards, (3) Budget pressures, (4) Health insurance, (5) Sexual offenders and predators, (6) Energy and environment, (7) Minimum wage, (8) Higher education reform, (9) Privacy, and (10) Obesity. The NSCL identifies several others issues such as same-sex marriage and stem-cell research as "simmering and emerging issues."
2006 Year End Report on the Federal Judiciary
The Chief Justice's 2006 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary is now available. Chief Justice Roberts discusses only one issue, the need to raise the pay of federal judges - an issue he calls a "constitutional crisis."
A President's Legacy
National Public Radio (NPR) has assembled a collection of material related the presidency and funeral of Gerald Ford, who died in December. A President's Legacy contains audio files, a timeline, analysis and other information.
Google Patent Searching
Google has recently added the ability to search U.S. patents with its Google Patent search engine. Google Patent gives users the ability to perform key word searches for U.S. patents going back to 1790.