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Opinio Juris - October 2006

Scroll down to learn about the GLBT database, proposed Ohio Civil, Criminal and Evidence Rules, U.S. Election Commission Assistance Survey, Harvard's new 1-L curriculum, and the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media.

GLBT Database

The Ohio State University Libraries and the Moritz Law Library have recently acquired access to the GLBT Life database.  GLBT Life is an index to the world’s literature regarding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender issues.  Many of the articles are available in full-text from the database.  GLBT Life provides comprehensive coverage of traditional academic, lifestyle, and regional publications, including The Advocate, Lesbian News, Washington Blade, Bay Area Reporter, etc. GLBT Life also indexes & abstracts the full run of many historically significant titles such as ONE (1953 - 1967), The Ladder (1956 - 1972), Mattachine Review (1955 - 1964), Christopher Street (1976 - 1995) and Body Politic (1971 - 1987). In addition, other source-types such as monographs and reference books as well as grey literature, including newsletters, case studies, speeches, etc. are represented. On campus, the database can be accessed here. The database can be accessed away from the College here, using the "Off-campus sign-in."

Proposed Ohio Civil, Criminal and Evidence Rules

The Ohio Supreme Court has published proposed amendments to the Ohio Civil, Criminal and Evidence Rules.  The rule revisions include rules regarding video conferencing in criminal cases and numerous changes to criminal discovery rules.  Numerous evidence rules are changed to incorporate gender neutral language. The Supreme Court will accept public comments until November 8, 2006.

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Survey

From the Commission's website:

This is a report by Election Data Services, Inc. of the Election Day Survey for November 2, 2004, administered by the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) as mandated by the 2002 Help America Vote Act of 2002. The Election Day Survey represents the largest and most comprehensive survey of voting and election administration practices ever conducted by a U.S. government organization. Questions on the Election Day Survey covered voting statistics on voter registration; total ballots cast by mode of voting; specific statistics on absentee and provisional voting; votes for federal offices; the number overvotes and undervotes cast for each federal office; and the number of precinct, polling places, and poll workers. Questions covered election administration of voting equipment, reported equipment failures, disability accesses to polling places, and sufficient number of poll workers. The rull report and additional information can be viewed here.

Harvard's New 1-L Curriculum

Harvard Law School faculty recently voted to add "new first-year courses in international and comparative law, legislation and regulation, and complex problem solving."  Read the article here.

Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media

Syracuse University has launched the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media. The Institute is "devoted to the interdisciplinary study of issues at the intersection of law, politics, and the media." The Institute sponsors lectures, conferences and symposia, and also provides research fellowships and grants.