ACLU Sues to End Pre-Trial Detentions due to Inability to a Pay Court Fee

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • November 15, 2017

The Denver Post reports that Jasmine Still was jailed for 27 days because she could not afford to pay a $55 pre-trial fee imposed by El Paso County, Colorado.  Ms. Still was held despite a judge’s determination that she should …

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Surface Web – Deep Web – Dark Web

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • November 13, 2017

What is the surface web, the deep web and the dark web? The Legal Tech News article “What Lies Beneath the Surface:  The Dark Web” lays it out for us.

The Surface Web is the tip of the web iceberg.  …

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Muppet Law

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • November 10, 2017

What do you get when you combine the U.S. Supreme Court, a theory on personality types and the Muppets?  Dalia Lithwik’s  Chaos Theory:  A Unified Theory of Muppet Types .  Then, add a dose of Nerdette to find out which …

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Today In The Law: Massachusetts Anti-Draft Law

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • November 9, 2017

On November 9, 1970, the U. S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 in Massachusetts v. Laird not to hear the case of the state’s anti-draft law.

Massachusetts had passed a law that allowed its citizens to decline to fight in any …

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Former President Obama Reports for Jury Duty

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • November 8, 2017

The New York Post reports that the former President Obama dutifully reported for jury duty today in Chicago.  The former president shook hands with other prospective jurors, and thanked them for their willingness to serve.  Despite his excellent credentials as …

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Past Exams

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • November 6, 2017

We have had a few students asking about Past Exams.  Past Exams are available only in electronic format.  We do not have print copies behind the Circulation Desk.  If the professor did not give us a Past Exam,  we do …

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Translating paper

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • November 3, 2017

If you need to edit a document originating in paper, you need OCR (optical character recognition) software.  This MakeUseOf post gives 3 recommendations for free OCR tools.…

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Today In The Law: Congress Sets Minimum Sentences For Drug Offenders

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • November 2, 2017

Some believe that mandatory sentencing for illegal drug offenses are a very recent phenomenon. In fact, on November 2, 1951, President Harry S. Truman signed the Boggs Act into law, which set minimum federal sentences for drug offenders.

Acknowledgment to …

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World Series Contest Expands to a New Venue

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • November 1, 2017

As the decisive game 7 of an epic World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros fast approaches, two libraries are locked in a new kind of fall classic.   LAist.com reports that the L.A. Public Library and …

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FDLP Academy: How Laws Are Made

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • October 30, 2017

You should know how laws are made.  After all learning how to work with laws is why you are here in law school.  The FDLP (Federal Depository Library Program) Academy has a series (3) of webinars that provide excellent information …

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