Moritz Law Library
Opinio Juris - September 2012
Scroll down to read about a successor to the Library of Congress' Thomas website, the Legal Scholarship Blog, better mobile access to JSTOR, New York's new pro bono requirement for bar applicants, and a database on the collateral consequences of criminal convictions. For information on other topics, see the Moritz Legal Information Blog and the Moritz Law Library Facebook page.
Congress.gov to Succeed LOC's Thomas site
The Library of Congress recently launched a beta version of Congress.gov, which will eventually succeed thomas.loc.gov as the principal LOC site for U.S. legislative information. The new site currently covers legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) forward as well as profiles of Congressional members from the 93rd Congress (1973) to present. Enhancements include the ability to search across all the site's content, a cleaner visual look, and static URLs for bill pages.
Legal Scholarship Blog
The Moritz Law Library (through Reference Librarian Ingrid Mattson) recently became a contributor to the Legal Scholarship Blog. The blog provides the latest information for faculty on calls for papers, conferences, workshops, and other legal scholarship opportunities. The law schools at the University of Washington, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Georgia are co-contributors to the project.
Enhanced JSTOR Mobile Access
The multi-disciplinary journal database, JSTOR, recently announced improvements to its accessibility from mobile devices. Rather than a device-specific app., the database's design now automatically adapts to the screen size of the particular mobile device. JSTOR offers PDF access to over a thousand journals in various disciplines in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
New York's New Pro Bono Requirement
The New York Court of Appeals recently announced a new rule requiring applicants for admission to the New York bar to complete 50 hours of pro bono service. The court provides an 11-page explanatory FAQ document about the rule. Pro bono service is defined as "supervised pre-admission law-related work" that assists persons of limited means, non-profit organizations, or individuals, groups, or organizations seeking to secure or promote access to justice.
Collateral Consequences Database
The American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section and the National Institute of Justice, a division of the Justice Department, recently launched a database providing information on collateral consequences of criminal convictions. Information regarding nine states and the federal system is currently available with information on the remaining U.S. jurisdictions planned to be added by December 2013. A three-page description of the project is available. Ohio is not yet included but the CIVICC database maintained by the Ohio Public Defender's Office provides this information.