Submitted by Law Library on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:38pm
Need to do research this summer? Have summer job? A graduate? Taking summer classes? Studying for the bar?
Where are you going to do your research? The answer is: at the Vincent C. Immel Law Library. The Law Library is here for you.
Graduates – working and studying for the bar
After graduation you have access to the library until August 1 before you have to apply for a card. For more information contact Pam Scholl at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 977-3301. The card will give you access to the building past public hours.
Bloomberg and Loislaw, both give you access for 6 months after graduation. It is permissible to use both while hunting for a job, working, and studying for the bar. LoisLaw has the Missouri Bar Books. LexisAdvance and Westlaw provide access to 6 months too, but you cannot use either for work.
Soon you should receive an email from the Alumni Office giving you instructions for access to HeinOnline for law reviews only.
Stop by the library and sign on to one of the public terminals, the Law Library has many databases you can use, PrivCo, LexisNexis Academic, Westlaw for Public Patrons, and JStor. If you need assistance ask at the reference desk or call 314-977-1447. The Law Library will help you regardless of your date of graduation.
Current Students, Faculty Fellows, and students with non-school related jobs.
As a current student your ID will get you into the building.
You can use Bloomberg and Loislaw for work, but not Lexis Advance or Westlaw Next. Stop by the library and sign on to one of the public terminals, the Law Library has many databases you can use, PrivCo, LexisNexis Academic, Westlaw for Public Patrons, and JStor. If you need assistance ask at the reference desk or call 314-977-1447.
The regular summer reference hours with exceptions: Monday – Friday , 9-5, Saturday, 11- 5, closed on Sunday.
Library hours with exceptions: Monday – Thursday 8-8, Friday 8-6, Saturday 9-5, and closed on Sunday. It is advisable to call 314-977-3081 to check.
Submitted by Law Library on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 3:24pm
The Vincent C. Immel Law Library and other faculty and staff within the Law School are here to say #bringbackourgirls.
Over 276 Nigerian schoolgirls have been kidnapped by the terrorist organization Boko Haram due to their purportedly opposition Western education for females. This act of violence has sparked global protest in the streets and social media using the hashtag “BringBackOurGirls."
These sites have been providing up-to-date news about the kidnappings. Read more at any of the links below.
A woman is brutally raped and beaten and the police have not one confession, but multiple... is it time to breathe a sigh of relief? Not if you are one of the boys the police have in custody - your nightmare has just begun. The goal of the author in writing this book was not just to tell the story and explain the facts of this case. Sarah Burns also wanted to prove wrong to those who had any lingering doubts about the unjust events that happened in this case. In doing so she analyzes not just the crime and the trial, but the views of society and the events that occurred to shape those views.
On April 19, 1989 Trisha Meili went for an evening jog in Central Park where she was brutally attacked and raped. The police were pressed to find her attacker not just for reasons of public safety, but pressure from the public and politicians. Police turned up five suspects, who were later charged with the attack: Raymond Santanya, 14; Antron McCray, 15; Yusef Salaam, 15; Korey Wise, 16; and Kevin Richardson, 14.
In the late 1980s there was a phenomenon among the youth of New York City called “wilding”. While the origin of the word is disputed what it came to mean in the media was street slang for going berserk. Because of the unsafe nature of this environment, it was safer for young teens, black men in particular, to travel in groups. The unfortunate consequence of grouping together was it made them a target for police. Such was the case the night of the attack. Witnesses saw the group of young men in the park and because they had assaulted a man on a bicycle, the police assumed they were also responsible for the attack on Meili. Despite the lack of DNA evidence, the physical evidence at the scene of the crime not supporting a group attack, and confessions that were inaccurate, the five young men were convicted.
There was also a fear of “black on white crime” in the late 1980s. This fear led people to assume that if there was a black suspect in a crime against a white victim he must be guilty. This assumption was so strong that in Boston earlier in 1989, a black man named Willie Bennett was nearly prosecuted for the murder of a white woman, Carol Stuart. Bennett was an easy target because he had already done time for shooting a cop, and so when the finger was pointed the cops readily assumed his guilt. Stuart’s husband Charles counted on that assumption when he made his plans to kill his wife. Thankfully for Bennett the police investigated further and realized that he was innocent and the guilty party was Stuart. This blaming of a crime is defined as a “racial hoax”.
Combine the ideas of the “racial hoax” with the fear that was generated from “wilding” and it is easy to see how the events surrounding the Central Park Five spun out of control so quickly. Before reading this book I did not have any ideas regarding the guilt or innocence of the young men. I had no idea of the way police had dealt with these boys while they were in custody or the drive of the prosecutor to garner a conviction. Since reading the book however, it will be harder to take reports of guilt and innocence as reported by the media at face value.
Submitted by Law Library on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:24am
The recent hackings of both Target and Schnuck’s credit/debit card information brought the idea of cybersecurity to the front of the general public’s mind. But what are the effects of cybersecurity on the law? The ABA published a short and insightful article from SLU Law alum Saundra McDavid on Cybersecurity Litigation, which may be of particular interest to business law practitioners. McDavid notes that issues related to personally identifiable information and negligence can be costly to settle or defend and can be a “public relations nightmare.” But with more and more technology being adopted every day and more of our lives dominated by the Web, the legal issues of cybersecurity aren’t going anywhere.
The law library is committed to keeping SLU Law, students, faculty, and alumni on top of legal trends. Without further ado, here are some additional resource suggestions that are available to both current SLU students as well as SLU Law alumni:
In The Nine Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Legal Analyst and staff writer for the New Yorker, paints a fascinating portrait of the justices who served on the Rehnquist Court from 1986 to 2005. The result is an extremely readable account of the inner workings of the Supreme Court. While Toobin has a liberal bent, his discussion of cases dealing with a wide variety of subjects such as affirmative action and separation of church and state should prove riveting for any reader. Using interviews with several justices and more than 75 former law clerks he discusses the backgrounds, personal stories and judicial philosophies of the justices. What Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong did with the Burger Court in The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court Toobin does with the Rehnquist Court.
The author describes in detail the personalities and backgrounds of the justices as well as the rivalries and interactions between the members of this most secretive branch of government. Toobin describes Justice David Souter as being so upset by the politics involved in Bush v. Gore that he considered resigning in protest. But he also brings out the lighter side of the justices. For example, once when Justice David Souter was eating lunch a stranger came up to him and asked “You’re Justice Breyer, right ?” Rather than embarrass him Souter simply nodded. Not wanting to end the conversation the stranger asked “Justice Breyer, what’s the best thing about being on the Supreme Court?” Souter replied, “Well, I’d have to say it’s the privilege of serving with David Souter.”
This book is intended for anyone who wants to go beyond the news headlines and get to know the individual justices who served during this time period as human beings and not just names on opinions, concurrences, and dissents. The Nine was voted Best Book of 2007 by The Economist, Time, Newsweek, and Fortune and is well worth reading. It will also prompt interest and speculation about the personalities on the current Court.
Submitted by Law Library on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 12:18pm
Casey Nygard, '11
Attorney, Corley Law Firm
5&6: How much time did you spend in the library as a law student?
Casey Nygard: I spent at least 15 hours a week in the working library. In my off-hours, though, I usually staked out a spot in the fishbowl for long hours of silent studying next to friends.
5&6: What did you use the library for?
CN: Mostly, the library is where I worked either for the library or for law school. It was a place to learn a skill and I took full advantage of the opportunity. And, in times of desperation, the best chance for osmosis!
5&6: How did the library or librarians help you prepare for work as an attorney?
CN: The biggest advantage of the library is the resources. It could be intimidating, but the librarians made the mound of books and online resources manageable.
5&6: Would you suggest current law students take advantage of the library?
CN: YES, take advantage. The world is moving towards computers and online research but that is still a large firm bonus. Smaller firms still need an attorney who can use the public services that the library offers. Knowing how it works now will be a valuable asset as you enter the work force later.
Submitted by Law Library on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:20pm
What’s happening in Court today? Do you know? Do you want to find out? The new location of the Law School sits amid the many Federal, State, and City courts providing opportunity for future lawyers to view the court systems at work before making the jump to practice.
With so many cases and courts how do you decide which court case to see? The Law Library can help you; on the 6th floor of the library is a flat screen with an overview of highlighted cases. The Reference Librarians review the dockets, select cases, and give you the necessary information, times, dates, location, judges, and attorneys. You can find out when a sentencing, trial, or plea will be held.
Going to visit the courts now provides you with an opportunity to walk the halls with future colleagues, see the judges, and prepare for your professional life outside of school. You can visit the Court Dockets screen on the 6th floor of the library or the library’s Court Dockets web page.
Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw is an account of the manhunt for the leader of the Columbian Medellin cocaine cartel, Pablo Escobar. During the 1980’s and until his death at age 44 in 1993 Escobar was one of the richest - and most ruthless - narco terrorists in the world. His power and the fear it engendered made it obvious from the beginning that the mission of the hunters was not to capture, but to kill. The author, St. Louis native Mark Bowden interviewed dozens of political, military, and law enforcement personnel in the United States and Columbia who were involved in the hunt. He seamlessly blends their stories into a frightening glimpse of a man whose business philosophy was simple in the extreme: those who opposed him had two choices: “plata o plomo”, silver (bribes) or lead (death).
As he did in his previous book Black Hawk Down, Bowden has combined his skill as an investigative reporter with his extraordinary storytelling ability. As the title suggests, Killing Pablo is not about how the justice system in either country (should) work. Bowden spares no one on either side of the struggle. It is difficult sometimes to differentiate between Escobar’s hubris and almost unbelievable cruelty and the methods and tactics employed by law enforcement and the military in both countries to find him. After reading Killing Pablo it’s not difficult to understand the motivations driving Escobar’s hunters and share in their triumph when they finally find him. More difficult is deciding whether the end of Pablo Escobar justified the means used to accomplish it.
Submitted by Law Library on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:36am
Looking for simple, user-friendly ways to do legal research on your mobile device? Look no further! We've gathered up four of the most promising legal research apps available.
HeinOnline Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. HeinOnlne is a legal history research database. The app will let you search the entire HeinOnline library view articles in PDF form, search for citations and navigate the table on contents.
Lexis Advance -Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Lexis Advance is a legal research database. The app will give you access to cases citations, dockets, statutes. Students, use your Lexis password to access the database.
Bloomberg -Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Also compatible with Andriod and Blackberry. The App is available from ITunes, Google Play and Blackberry App World. Bloomberg is a finance research database. With the app you can search the latest financial news, stock quotes, company information etc.
ABA Journal for iPhone/iPad -Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. ABA Journal has the legal news.
Mr. Simon’s reporting of the year (January 1, 1988-Decemeber 31, 1988) he spent riding along with and observing the investigative techniques of twenty-nine detectives who manned the Baltimore Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Division provides a fully immersive plunge into the world of urban policing. Readers are taken along and given an eyewitness’ view of not only the procedural and public, but also the administrative and political circumstances that surround murder investigations, as we accompany the detectives to their individual crime scenes. However the action that unfolds is not, in the words of the old television show Dragnet, delivered in a “just the facts ma’am” monotone, but is instead rendered via a skillful use of color and context usually seen in fictional works. At the same time Mr. Simon avoids the trap of sloppy sensationalism that can easily ensnare true crime novels. Each crime scene and subsequent investigation is given individual treatment by the author, who allows the reader to get to know the detective or detectives working the case. The cases as described while hardboiled, grisly, sometimes sardonic, and even at times laugh out loud funny, are also always sensitive and poignant with regard to the tragedy of violent death. It is no wonder that this novel was the inspiration for the highly regarded and critically acclaimed 1990s television series Homicide: Life on the Street.
Simon’s writing style is journalistic, but as previously stated not aseptic. As I read the novel I came to feel that the intent was to exhibit the world that the detectives, victims, families, and citizenry inhabit on a daily basis and how that environment’s physical, emotional, economic, and political reality, which foments crime in all its forms, can be writ large (with a few notable exceptions) to any major city not just Baltimore. An example is this passage “Pellegrini turns to watch the Buick roll a few blocks…to the Brunt street corners, where a small coterie of runners and touts have resumed work, selling heroin and cocaine a respectful distance from the murder scene.”
Being a fan of fictional and non-fictional mystery/crime novels and film, I don’t think that reading this book altered my feelings with respect to the causality or consequences of urban crime, but I did learn something about how real homicide detectives approach an investigation. Finally in my opinion, this book will appeal to true crime and mystery aficionados and readers interested in social and political commentary.