Legal Writing Awards

Every year The Green Bag: An Entertaining Journal of Law, gives out awards for the best legal writing of the year.  The 2011 awards have just been released and the Blog of Legal …

SCOTUS Words

Today I was directed to an interesting new website (thanks @GtwonLawLib) that allows you to see the frequency of words and phrases used by the U.S. Supreme Court in its opinions between 1791 …

Bluebook Videos

Learning Bluebook is a pain.  There's just no hiding that fact.  Luckily, the Elon Law Library has some Bluebook tutorial videos that may help.  This is a work in progress and many of …

First Monday

The Supreme Court began its Oct. 2011 term yesterday on the first Monday in October.  I recently blogged about my favorite Supreme Court resource, SCOTUSblog, but thought the start of the new term …

SCOTUSblog Redesign

Recently the popular and extremely useful Supreme Court blog, SCOTUSblog, received some new enhancements as well as a new look.  More details are available in this post from SCOTUSblog publisher and creator Tom …

New U.S. Code Site

Last week, Robert Ambrogi reported that the Office of Law Revision Council, who has responsiblity for preparing and publishing the U.S. Code, recently released a new official site for the U.S. Code.  The site is currently in …

Crime Statistics

One of the great things about being a law librarian is discovering new and useful information.  Recently, while researching some criminal law and procedure issues, I came across the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.  The …

SCOTUS Stats

If you weren't one already, law school has a way of turning students into Supreme Court watchers.  Now that the most recent term is over, SCOTUSblog (which all law students should become familiar with) …

State Secrets

If you're interested in researching the state secrets privilege, you may be interested in a new State Secrets Archive from the Georgetown Law School.  The archive has case law, litigation documents, executive branch materials, news …

Best Buy Law Schools

BYU Law School was recently mentioned in a National Law Journal article on best buy law schools:  "The cheapest [school] was Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School, which charged $19,960. It was …

U.S. Citizenship Test

I thought this was an interesting article via Slate on the U.S. Citizenship test and some of its incorrect answers. The Problem with Question 36: Why are so many of the answers on …

Supreme Court in Session

Today is the first Monday in October, which means that the United States Supreme Court is back in session. The start of a new term always reminds me of some of my favorite …