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UMN Libraries’ Umbra Search African American History makes Black history freely available online

Published on: Author: Teresa L

The University of Minnesota Libraries, in partnership with the Penumbra Theatre Company, is launching Umbra Search African American History, a free and openly available online search tool that facilitates broad access to over 400,000 digitized archival materials documenting African American history from more than 1,000 libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions across the United States.… Continue reading

President Obama’s vast social media archive goes live with 250,000 posts, photos and videos

Published on: Author: Teresa L

The White House, in partnership with ArchiveSocial, announced on Thursday that an archive of eight years of Obama social postings have been made available online. The database contains more than 250,000 posts, photos and videos shared by more than 100 official Obama White House social media profiles including the president’s @POTUS Twitter timeline, the official White House… Continue reading

Merrick Garland Is Named As President Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland is President Obama’s pick to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The president officially named Garland as a Supreme Court nominee Wednesday as they stood before the media and a large gathering of attendees in the Rose Garden at the… Continue reading

SCOTUS blog: Supreme Court vacancy on Scalia’s Death

Published on: Author: Teresa L

SCOTUS blog has a special section to news relating to Justice Antonin Scalia’s death this past Saturday, and President Obama’s possible Supreme Court nominees. Read the blog posts here.

Bluebook Revision Wars

Published on: Author: Teresa L

From the Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2016: “War is brewing over the most boring piece of intellectual property imaginable: the “Bluebook,” the 580-page quasi-authoritative source of proper legal citation formats published by the Harvard Law Review, described by Adam Liptak of the New York Times a few months ago as “a comically elaborate thicket of… Continue reading

Law in the News: The Biggest Calif. Court Decisions So Far In 2015

Published on: Author: Teresa L

The California Supreme Court handed down a series of far-reaching decisions in the first half of the year that lawyers say will trigger more challenges to pay-for-delay pharmaceutical patent settlements under state antitrust law, empower cities to impose affordable housing requirements on builders and give state courts greater leeway to reject arbitration awards in employment… Continue reading

Law in the News: California Vaccine exemption bill temporarily stalls in California Senate Education Committee

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Facing a barrage of questions he could not answer from his Senate Education Committee colleagues — particularly about the right of California children to attend public schools even if they are unvaccinated — Sen. Richard Pan on Wednesday agreed to delay by one week the committee’s vote on his controversial vaccine legislation. The unexpected retreat… Continue reading

Law in the News: Clinton e-mail flap reveals common practice

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Reports this week that Hillary Rodham Clinton relied on her personal account entirely, and did not even have a government e-mail address during her tenure as secretary of state, have triggered a firestorm over the accountability of public officials and the security of valuable information. It turns out Jeb Bush had a personal account, too,… Continue reading

Law in the News: Court dismisses 3rd lawsuit against hen cage law

Published on: Author: Teresa L

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a decision to dismiss a lawsuit by a farmer that challenged a law banning the inhumane confinement of egg-laying hens. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the 2012 decision by a lower court to throw out the lawsuit by egg farmer William… Continue reading

Law in the News: Judge tosses challenge to SF ‘Airbnb law’ but future suits likely

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Just days before San Francisco’s “Airbnb law” is scheduled to take effect, a federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a challenge to the law from rival vacation-rental firm HomeAway but left the door open for HomeAway customers to file their own lawsuit. The ordinance legalizes and regulates vacation-rentals in private homes. HomeAway claimed that it was… Continue reading