With These HandsIn 1950, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) sponsored a documentary, With These Hands, to celebrate its first fifty years.  While previous labor films had not been successful, With These Hands used Hollywood professionals—the director was Jack Arnold, who would go on to direct 1950s cult classics such as Creature from the Black Lagoon and television episodes of popular shows—and was much more popular with audiences.  Ultimately, it was nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar in 1951.

Tonight, the Catherwood Library and the Kheel Center, part of the Cornell ILR School, are sponsoring the first public showing of With These Hands in almost fifty years.  The film will screen at 5:00 pm in 105 Ives Hall.

For more information about the film and its history, see the Kheel Center’s February 22 announcement, with a bibliography of archival materials in Kheel Center collections, written and compiled by Katie Dowgiewicz, ILGWU Project Archivist.

 

Carissa-Vogel_2We are pleased to introduce you to Carissa Vogel!  Carissa is our new Assistant Director for Research and Instruction and a Lecturer in Law.  She spent several years in practice in California before deciding to become an academic law librarian. She holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington, a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire, and a B.A. from the University of California – Berkeley. Carissa taught first-year legal research courses, legal research for LL.M.students, sections of Advanced Legal Research, and Prepare to Practice sessions on Intellectual Property legal research in her previous position at Columbia Law School. She has been published in several library publications and is an active member of AALL, the American Association of Law Libraries.

Welcome, Carissa!

We’ve just acquired a new book that should be of interest to many of our students.  In Chambers: A Guide for Judicial Clerks and Externs by Jennifer L. Sheppard, Associate Professor of Law, Mercer University, is now available on reserve in the Law Library Reading Room (ask at the circulation desk during normal library hours). 

Professor Sheppard offers guidance on everything from attire to court organization and process to drafting an opinion. A sample bench memorandum is included, as are chapters on standards of review and drafting jury instructions.

Students looking ahead to obtaining a clerkship will also find the book useful, as it includes a chapter explaining the application process as well as sample resumes and cover letters.

While this book may be used only in the Reading Room, other books on this topic are available for checkout. Search our library catalog for the subject heading “law clerks United States”.  We also have Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, edited by Sylvan A. Sobel, available online through HeinOnline.

Cornell law students interested in speaking with a reference librarian about legal research for an upcoming externship or clerkship may request a research consultation at the circulation desk.

Don’t forget: our book sale is happening now through Friday in the Law Library Reading Room.  Books are available for purchase 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  All books are $1, cash only please.  Additional books will be added throughout the week.

We have two new Hein databases available for use by all Cornell faculty, students, and staff.

This database includes reports, decisions, and records of several of the most important federal agencies, including the  Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Complete collections of case reports from these and other agencies are included.  The documents are images of the originals.

This database includes the entirety of Cheryl Nyberg and Carol Boast Robertson’s Subject Compilations Bibliography Series, previously available at Cornell Law Library in print only.  Users can now search the full text and link directly to articles in HeinOnline and many freely available web resources.  The database also includes many other multistate surveys of law.

If you have any questions about using these databases, please contact Cornell Law Library Reference.  For information about other new databases at Cornell Law Library, see Update on law library databases.

We have a new exhibit in the Reading Room about the Second Amendment, with books and articles about the interpretation and history of gun control in the United States.  If you’re in the area, stop by and see it!

Monday is the federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  His birthday was this past Tuesday, January 15.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dr. King, you’re in luck!  Eric Kofi Acree, the Director of Cornell University’s John Henrik Clarke Africana Library, has created a research guide.  For more information about the Law Library’s holdings about Martin Luther King, Jr., search the library catalog or contact Cornell Law Library Reference for assistance.

To get you started on your research, here is a video clip from an interview with Dr. King:

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Happy new year — welcome to 2013!

We’ve made a few changes in the law library’s database offerings:

  • We now subscribe to Oxford Bibliographies: International Law.  This database includes 48 articles guiding researchers to the best scholarship available in international law.  Examples of topics include Genocide, International Criminal Law, and International Organizations.  This database is available for use both on and off campus for the entire Cornell community.
  • While we’ve subscribed to PKULaw for quite some time, until now it has been available only at the law school.  We’re pleased to announce that it is now available for use by the entire Cornell community, both on and off campus, in its English and Chinese versions.  PKULaw is a comprehensive and authoritative database of Chinese legal information, which contains all the laws, regulations, and cases in Chinese since 1949. It also includes all issues of 35 domestic law journals, with over 100,000 full-text articles in Chinese.  (Note that not all Chinese-language materials are available in the English database.)
  • We have expanded our holdings in Oxford Reports in International Law to include decisions not only on International Law in Domestic Courts but also International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law.  This database is available only using law school computers.
  • We no longer have a separate subscription to Getting the Deal Through.  The resources in that database are now available via Bloomberg Law.  Members of the law school community who would like a Bloomberg Law password should contact Cornell Law Library Reference.

A panel discussion of Green Card Stories, the recent book telling the stories of 50 immigrants to the United States, is now featured in the Book Talks playlist of Cornell Law Library’s YouTube Channel.  Stephen W. Yale-Loehr, the book’s co-editor and Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, moderates the discussion held at Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre in April 2012.

Green Card Stories features essays by Saundra Amrhein, photographs by Ariana Lindquist, and an introduction by Professor Yale-Loehr and Laura J. Danielson.  The book has been honored with several awards, including

 

Peter Martin, Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law, Emeritus, and co-founder of the Legal Information Institute, has released a new edition of his Introduction to Basic Legal Citation.  With clear explanations of the basic rules of legal citation and cross-references to the most recent editions of both The Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manual, Professor Martin’s guide will help you solve your vexing citation problems.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation is available for free in .epub, Kindle, and .pdf at CALI‘s eLangdell bookstore.

 

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