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Via In Custodia Legis, the Library of Congress announced that through an agreement with William S. Hein & Co., it will now offer free online access to historical U.S. legal materials, which include the following:

These titles are available through the Guide to Law Online: U.S. Federal compiled by Library of Congress.

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Check this article from the ABA Journal “Ten Tips for Better Legal Writing” to help you produce better legal papers through research, understanding, and proofreading.

The New York Board of Law Examiners (BOLE) has recommended to the New York Court of Appeals that New York adopt the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), effective with the July 2015 bar exam. This proposal is open for comments until Nov. 7, 2014. From the request for public comment:

The UBE is prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and passage of the test would produce a portable score that can be used to gain admission in other states that accept the UBE, provided the applicant satisfies any other jurisdiction-specific admission requirements. As the UBE is accepted by more states, the portable score will facilitate lawyer mobility across state lines, resulting in expanded employment opportunities for lawyers throughout the nation and facilitating multi-state law practices.

Persons or organizations wishing to comment on this proposal should e-mail their submissions to UniformBarExam@nycourts.gov or write to: Diane Bosse, Chair, New York State Board of Law Examiners, Corporate Plaza, Building 3, 254 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203-5195. Submissions will be accepted until November 7, 2014.

Anyone can comment on the proposal, but the comment period closes on Nov. 7, 2014.

New York Court of Appeals Request for Comment

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

Congressional Research Service Reports

Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

International Energy Agency

National Academies Press

Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD)

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

United States Government Accountability Office (GAO)

World Bank

World Resources Institute

World Wildlife Fund

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)
Reports

  • 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:

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