Category Archives: Articles and Books

Happy Constitution Day!

September 17 is Constitution Day, a day we celebrate the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787 in Philadelphia.  As a researcher, I’m drawn to thinking about the history and the sources surrounding important documents like the Constitution.  If you’re ever interested in examining these sources, you’re in luck.  The Law Library houses a [...]

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Legal Info. Overload

Researchers deal with a consistent problem these days – legal information overload.  The sheer amount of legal information can be overwhelming, especially for new researchers.  While the abundance of legal information isn’t going away, researchers can develop skills and techniques to effectively deal with this problem.  To assist, I recently wrote a legal research column [...]

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Local Gov’t Law Research

While much of the research lawyers do revolves around state and federal law, local governments also have laws that lawyers should be familiar with and know how to research.  I recently wrote a short piece for Student Lawyer magazine that attempts to introduce students to local government law and provides some tips on researching these [...]

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Clark Memorandum

All issues of BYU Law’s semiannual publication, the Clark Memorandum, are now digitally available in the Law Library’s Digital Collections.  The Clark Memorandum is published by the Law School, the BYU Law School Alumni Association, and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and connects law students, lawyers, and others committed to public service and professional excellence [...]

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Life in the Law

Life in the Law, a BYU Law School publication, has recently been digitized and made available electronically by the BYU Law Library.  The three volumes of Life in the Law “contain prized collections of exceptional essays by thoughtful men and women who have examined things that matter most in both their professional and private lives. [...]

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Journal of Public Law Archive

The Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law and the Howard W. Hunter Law Library have recently partnered to provide full-text access to all issues of the Journal back to its inception in 1986.  Issues can be browsed by date allowing users to see the most recent issue in 2013, the first issue in 1986, [...]

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Lincoln at Gettysburg

As you’re no doubt aware, it’s the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.  As a librarian I feel obligated to give you a book recommendation to help you celebrate.  Lincoln at Gettysburg is one of my favorite books and I highly recommend it.  With finals approaching you may not have time to read it now, [...]

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Judge Elrod’s Visit

The Law School was fortunate to hear today from the Honorable Jennifer W. Elrod of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Her lecture was titled “State Courts: The Immediate and Visible Guardians of Life and Property.”  In discussing the state courts, Judge Elrod mentioned Judge Friendly’s historical study of bias (or [...]

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Law Reviews: Criticism and Defense

We’ve been talking about law reviews in our legal research class recently, so I was interested to see Adam Liptak’s New York Times column criticizing law reviews show up this week.  It didn’t take long for the criticism to be criticized and for law reviews to be defended. The Lackluster Reviews that Lawyers Love to [...]

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Help Improve the Bluebook

A favorite past time at law school is complaining about the Bluebook–the legal community’s most well-known citation system.  Well, it’s time to put that complaining to good use and offer some suggestions to the editors of the Bluebook as they begin the process of creating the Bluebook’s 20th Edition.  The Bluebook editors have created a [...]

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