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Bottles for Books MagnetThis fall the Pace Law Library instituted a new sustainability and fundraising initiative, Bottles for Books.  Since the Law Library’s renovation, food and drinks have been allowed in the stacks and study spaces.  However, while the Law Library has a number of recycle bins available, when students “just” recycle, the Library loses out on money available through the New York State Deposit Bottle Program.  With Bottles for Books, the Law Library hopes to transform those bottles into valuable additions to the collection with all proceeds going to The Nicholas Triffin Environmental Law Research Fund.

The Triffin Environmental Law Research Fund was created to honor the memory of Professor Nicholas Triffin, Pace Law Library Director, 1984-1998, who originally developed the Environmental Law collection. Contributions to the Triffin Environmental Law Research Fund are used to purchase new materials that enhance the Environmental Law collection and maintain the Law Library’s position at the forefront of Environmental Law research.  Donations go towards the purchase of environmental books, DVDs, journals, and databases.


The U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Law Revision Counsel recently announced new  Title 52 of the United States Code (U.S.C.), titled Voting and Elections. Unlike Title 51, National and  Commercial Space Programs, which was enacted by Congress in 2010, the new Title is an “editorial reclassification” that will relocate provisions on voting and election-related laws from existing titles 2 and 42 into the new Title 52 (a chart of the Code section changes is available at the Office of Law Revision Counsel website). Title 52 took effect on September 1 for the electronic version of the United States Code, and will be included in Supplement II to the 2012 print edition of the Code.

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel recommended more than five years ago that Congress enact a proposed new Title 52 into positive law. However, Congress failed to take any action on the proposal, so the Law Revision Counsel created Title 52 as an editorial reclassification, which is considered a routine transfer of existing Code sections that the editors can undertake unilaterally.

The Law Revision Counsel editors have proposed additional potential new titles of the Code. These titles await congressional action in the future:

  • Title 53: Small Business
  • Title 54: National Park System
  • Title 55: Environment

Below please find a list of select environmental reports published in August 2014.

Congressional Research Service Reports

Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

National Academies Press

Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD)

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

  • Global Environment Outlook: Small Island Developing States
  • Our Planet: Small Island Developing States
  • Forests in a Changing Climate: A Sourcebook for Integrating REDD+ into Academic Programmes
  • Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa: Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making  Difference

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

United States Government Accountability Office (GAO)

World Bank

World Resources Institute

The Pace Law Library is proud to share that our very own Institute of International Commercial Law at Pacethat founded, developed and has maintained the CISG Database(the largest collection of primary and secondary materials on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods) is among the signatories of the Lyon Declaration.

The Lyon Declaration, On Access to Information and Development, is an advocacy document drafted by IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) and a number of other partners in the library and development communities in the first part of 2014. It is intended to positively influence the content of the United Nations post-2015 development agenda.

Read more about the declaration here, where you can learn why signing such declaration is a good idea, how to sign it, and the overall purpose of the declaration.

To view the growing list of signatories, click here. Additionally, the declaration is available in seven languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic, with the English version wording prevailing.

We, the undersigned, believe that increasing access to information and knowledge across society, assisted by the availability of information and communications technologies (ICTs), supports sustainable development and improves people’s lives.

We therefore call upon the Member States of the United Nations to make an international commitment to use the post-2015 development agenda to ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to understand, use and share the information that is necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies.

We are pleased to announce the prize winners for our 2014 Pace Law Library orientation scavenger hunt. The winners have all been informed via their Pace email accounts. Winners may pick up your prize at the Circulation Desk in the Law Library, and we ask that you present your Pace ID when you come in to pick it up.

Thanks to all for participating in the scavenger hunt.

$50 Amazon Gift Card (donated by Lexis)

  • Britny Auletti
  • Ryan Kelly
  • Katrina Koerner
  • Marisa Michaelsen

Black’s Law Dictionary 4th pocket edition (donated by Westlaw)

  • Roshanica Cassie
  • Lenny Cohen
  • GianCarlo Cullaro
  • Courtney Day
  • Alicia Neal
  • Ashley Stilson

$10 Starbucks Gift Card (donated by Bloomberg BNA)

  • Cassandra Castorino
  • Samantha Colon
  • Francheska Martinez
  • Christina Oddo
  • Jeshica Patel

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has recently announced some changes being made to its PACER database.

On August 11, a change was made to the PACER architecture in preparation for the implementation of the next generation of the judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system. NextGen CM/ECF replaces the older CM/ECF system and provides improvements for users, including a single sign-on for PACER and NextGen CM/ECF. As a result of these architectural changes, the locally developed legacy case management systems in the five courts listed below are now incompatible with PACER; therefore, the judiciary is no longer able to provide electronic access to the closed cases on those systems. The dockets and documents in these cases can be obtained directly from the relevant court. All open cases, as well as any new filings, will continue to be available on PACER.

Courts affected by this change have updated their websites providing information on how users can now request docket information that has been removed from PACER. Here is the list:

We are happy to announce that Pace law students can now reserve Law Library study rooms using an online reservation system. Along with the new online system, we are instituting new study room reservation policies which will make it easier for you to make a reservation:

  • Each student is entitled to reserve 2 hours of study room space per day.
  • Reservations are accepted by the system on a first come, first served basis.
    • Use your @law.pace.edu email address when making a reservation.
    • When you receive an email confirmation request, you must reply to this email and confirm the reservation within 30 minutes or the room will not be held for you.
  • Cancellations: Students who need to cancel a study room reservation must do so at least one hour before the starting time for that reservation. Reservations that are not cancelled at least 1 hour before the starting time for the reservation count toward the 2 hours of study room time available to each student on that day.


The new system will accept reservations only during the Law Library’s regular business hours. At all other times, Pace law students are welcome to use the study rooms, but will not be able to reserve them. The system is mobile optimized, so all students may use their mobile phones to reserve a study room. The Circulation Desk is no longer making study room reservations. We know that returning students are used to calling the Circulation Desk to reserve study rooms, and we look forward to helping everyone to transition over to the new online reservation system.

Reluctantly admitting, the summer is coming to an end and the fall semester is approaching fast. Pace Law School community is preparing to welcome its Fall 2014 incoming class next week and looks forward to another successful year working with new and returning students. Law School is a new and exciting experience and the Law Library collects materials that help students navigate these new waters. The following is a list of resources available at Pace Law Library providing guidance on analyzing case law, succeeding on a law school exam, academic writing, law review competition, succeeding in the first year, and more.

Check out the following (all available at Pace Law Library): 

As you come closer to the end of the first semester, you will start preparing for final exams. To help you study, the library has an extensive collection of the following materials:

  • Strategies and Tactics by Walton and Emanuel
  • Strategies and Tactics by Finz
  • Questions and Answers Series
  • Examples and Answers Series
  • Hornbooks, Nutshells, and Understanding Series

Additionally, the US News recently published an article titled 7 Tips for Surviving the First Week of Law School by Shawn P. O’Connor (Aug. 18, 2014) and the Pace Law Library has its own Guide to First-Year Law Students

Good Luck, Learn a Lot, and Enjoy Yourselves!

On August 13, 2014, Pace Law Library was honored to host a three member delegation from the High School of Justice, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, one of the premier training centers for judges. The Director of the High School, the Deputy Director and the Head of Administration expressed their goal to ‘enrich and modernize’ their library.

Georgian Delegation VisitThe delegation toured the library with a focus on our impressive human rights collection, print and digital. The group discussed the relevant portions of our collection development policy and cooperation with publishers and vendors when purchasing new acquisitions. The presentation, over lunch, comprised of an overview of library’s services including our Digital Commons depository (faculty publications, law reviews, and thesis and dissertations), our extensive collection of subject specific research guides, the library’s overall online presence, and a short overview of additional services, including faculty liaison program, research assistants training, and our online reference system. The visit concluded with an overview of our technical services with a special focus on the functionality of the library catalog in its public and staff modes.

We thank the Georgian delegation for their visit and look forward to our continuous cooperation!

Below please find a list of select environmental reports published in July 2014.

Congressional Research Service Reports

International Energy Agency (IEA)

Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

National Academies Press

Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD)

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

  • UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment  (2014)

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

United States Government Accountability Office (GAO)

World Bank

World Resources Institute

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