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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Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Changes Effective Today

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • December 1, 2015

Today the long awaited and much discussed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure–affecting important aspects of discovery, electronically stored information, sanctions, and other litigation matters–took effect in federal courts.  For an overview of how the amendments change the …

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Federal Court Opinions on FDSYS

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • October 30, 2011

FDsys is the upgraded free online access system from the U.S. Government Printing Office that aims to provide official federal government publications. Many lawyers and law students use FDsys to access the U.S. Code, CFR and Federal Register. Recently, FDsys …

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On Televising Federal Trials

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • June 30, 2011

In a very interesting article that recently appeared in The Philadelphia Lawyer and some other bar journals, Pepper Hamilton attorney M. Kelly Tillery writes about the Supreme Court’s 2010 5-4 decision to stop arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger from being …

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Free Federal Court Decisions Coming

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • May 12, 2011

It was announced last week that the U.S. government will soon offer free access to federal court opinions on its www.fdsys.gov site. In the long run, this could end up being extremely helpful for attorneys who can’t afford access to …

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“Free” Federal Court Documents

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • March 2, 2011

We have posted about free access to federal court documents before here and here.

This is just a note on how to get federal court documents for “free.”

Justia‘s free federal dockets site republishes many of the federal …

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New U.S. Courts Website

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • May 23, 2010

The federal judiciary has a new, redesigned website. It is much easier to use than the old U.S. courts website, however you will find that the websites for the individual courts have not changed (although the Supreme Court did …

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Split Circuits

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • October 25, 2009

To follow up from last Sunday’s post on using blawgs for research, I’ve just discovered Split Circuits, a blawg dedicated to tracking . . . yes, circuit splits. This blog is good fodder for academics, paper-writers, and Supreme Court …

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A Judge for Yosemite National Park

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • August 12, 2009

If you love the outdoors, you will be fascinated by this NY Times article about a judgeship for the United States District Court Court in Yosemite National Park. Apparently, the courthouse sits beneath Yosemite Falls and bears have been seen …

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Supreme Court Confirmation Process

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • May 30, 2009

Now that we have a nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, the process of evaluation and confirmation hearings begins. You can find background about the process, confirmation surveys, and hearings documents on the web sites of two key players: …

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