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The Competitive Edge is the blog of the Cornell Law Library, dedicated to the advancement of legal research, scholarship, and education among Cornell Law students, faculty, and the transnational research community.

prizelogoJust a few more days to submit papers for the annual Cornell Law Library Robert Cantwell Prize for Exemplary Student Research.

Papers will be accepted on an ongoing basis through May 1, 2014.  The winners will be announced May 8, 2014.

Entries may include, but are not limited to, papers written for a class or journal notes.  All papers must have been written in the time period spanning May, 2013 – May, 2014.  Work product generated through summer or other employment will not be accepted.  Papers must be a minimum of 10 pages in length, must be written in proper Bluebook format, and must be properly footnoted.

First prize is $500, second prize is $250, and both winners will be invited to publish their papers in Scholarship@Cornell Law, a digital repository of the Cornell Law Library.  For submission procedure and selection criteria, please see here:  http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/library/WhatWeDo/HelpStudents/PrizeStudentResearch.cfm

cushion3Just in time for some serious studying, the Law Library is pleased to offer seat cushions.  Approximately 50 cushions were distributed throughout the Reading Room today.  All are available to use as needed, but please do not remove them from the Reading Room.

We look forward to hearing your feedback.  If they work well, we’ll purchase enough for all of the chairs.

Best of luck on exams!

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As classes end and we begin the exam period, access to the Law Library is restricted from Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, May 13.  During restricted access periods the law library is open to law school affiliates, university faculty, and non-law students conducting legal research.  The law library continues to be sensitive to the needs of the university community during exams, and non-law students who need to retrieve books or obtain research assistance are welcome to visit the library for those purposes.

Please see here for a list of alternative places to study on campus.

Getting ready for summer employment? Get prepared by scheduling a research consultation with a librarian. Consultations provide customized preparation for summer jobs, clerkships, public interest work, and post-graduate positions.

Stop by the circulation desk any time to sign up for an appointment, or visit our website for more information.

 

IMG_2461Please join the Law Library for pet therapy in the student lounge on Monday, April 28. Stop by at your leisure and visit with the animals from Noon-1pm for relaxing companionship! The event is made possible by Cornell Companions, a pet visitation program sponsored by the Cornell University veterinary community, and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Club, who will provide refreshments.

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Return overdue Law Library books to the Circulation Desk before 5pm on Friday, April 18, to receive forgiveness for any fines owed, no questions asked.

Please note the following:

  • Amnesty applies only to Law Library books. We cannot waive fines for other libraries.
  • Fines that have already posted to your bursar account are not subject to forgiveness under this program.
  • Only overdue/late fines will be cleared, not charges associated with lost, damaged, or otherwise missing items. However, if you still have an item for which you have been billed, bring it back to the library and all charges will be waived.
  • Fines that have been paid in the past are not subject to refund.

Contact Mark Williams (mjw332@cornell.edu) with questions.

Print and complete the form LawLibraryBookReturn and submit it with your library materials (if applicable) at the circulation desk.

 

With retired Justice John Paul Stevens stevensin the news recently it seemed to appropriate to highlight his Green Bag Bobblehead, currently on display in the Gould Reading Room.

Stevens was the second justice to be bestowed with a bobblehead in 2004. As with all of the representations, the figurine features several unique traits commemorating his personality and jurisprudence. A detailed explanation of all of the features for Justice Stevens can be found here. 

Two of the more notable features include Stevens holding a golf club to represent his majority opinion in PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin, 532 U.S. 661 (2001) and he also stands on a Betamax video player to represent his opinion in Sony Corp. v. Universal City Studios, 464 U.S. 417 (1984), which included a detailed discussion of the famed children’s television program Mister Rogers Neighborhood.

Check back over the next few weeks as we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the other bobbleheads on display in the Reading Room.

The Law Library invites 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs to submit scholarly research papers to be considered for the annual Cornell Law Library Robert Cantwell Prize for Exemplary Student Research.prizelogo

Entries may include, but are not limited to, papers written for a class or journal notes.  All papers must have been written in the time period spanning May, 2013 – May, 2014.  Work product generated through summer or other employment will not be accepted.  Papers must be a minimum of 10 pages in length, must be written in proper Bluebook format, and must be properly footnoted.

First prize is $500, second prize is $250, and both winners will be invited to publish their papers in Scholarship@Cornell Law, a digital repository of the Cornell Law Library.  For submission procedure and selection criteria, please see here:  http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/library/WhatWeDo/HelpStudents/PrizeStudentResearch.cfm

Papers will be accepted on an ongoing basis through May 1, 2014.  The winners will be announced May 8, 2014.

 

Under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Access Services, the Access and Research Services Librarian is responsible for:

  • Managing the daily operations of the Access Services Department, including circulation, reserves, document delivery, and stacks;
  • Performing research and reference services;
  • Serving as a liaison to Law School faculty;
  • Depending upon qualifications, teaching legal research courses as needed

M.L.I.S. or equivalent graduate degree from ALA accredited institution; two years’ experience in an academic or law library access services department or related experience; strong service orientation; strong organization skills and attention to detail; excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work with diverse individuals at all levels of a complex organization; ability to work independently and function in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment which emphasizes excellent customer service and delivery of exemplary library reference and research services.

Preferred: J.D. from ABA accredited institution; management or supervisory experience; knowledge of legal materials and research strategies; teaching experience.

Application: For a detailed description and to apply for this position go to: http://careers.hr.cornell.edu/, search under the job category of Librarians, select job posting 23468 and follow the instructions for online submission. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references. Position is available July 1, 2014; however, the start date is negotiable. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the posting will close on April 21, 2014.

NOTES:

  • Employer will assist with relocation costs.
  • Additional Salary Information: Competitive
  • Internal Number: 23468
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