Saturday April 22, 2017 is Earth Day.
This year’s Earth Day Network campaign focuses on environmental and climate literacy but their Billion Acts of Green campaign, which has already reached more than 2,023,369,565 Acts of Green (with a goal of 3 billion), continues.
Visit their Create Your Own Act of Green page to offer your support. If you’re looking for some easy Acts of Green, how about turning off the library study table lamps and carrel lights whenever you leave. Or use the stairs instead of the elevators between floors. Although Elevator Ed may miss you, he’ll understand, and the Earth will thank you!
Another suggestion: By drinking your coffee, tea, or other beverage from a spill-proof, reusable mug, you can transform a single Act of Green into an ongoing one, helping continually to reduce the volume of plastic, Styrofoam, and paper cups piling up in landfills or requiring energy for recycling. At the same time, you’ll be complying with the Library’s food and drink policy and earning our thanks!
If you don’t have a spill-proof mug, pick one up at the Circulation Desk for $5.00. For every one purchased through the end of this semester’s exam period, librarians will contribute $1.00 to Earth Day Network, which works with over 50,000 partners in nearly 200 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement.
For complete information about Earth Day, visit Earth Day Network.
It’s that time of year again! Are you looking for tax forms? You can find federal forms on the IRS website here, as well as free filing options, tax preparation help, and IRS publications and instructions. Remember: the deadline to file your return this year is April 18, 2017, but you can apply for an automatic extension of time (for filing your return, not for paying any taxes due). For taxpayers whose income falls below $64,000, the IRS also provides tax preparation software to help you file your taxes for free.
Curious to know what the first Form 1040 looked like in 1913? Click here to find out!
Bloomberg Law today released a new, streamlined user interface for its legal research platform. Make sure you check it out. You can access the sign-on page here. Current students and faculty who have not yet activated their Bloomberg Law accounts may do so using the instructions here.
Monday March 20, 2017 marks the beginning of Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch. You can watch the hearings live on PBS beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The University of Virginia Law School Library has collaborated with other libraries to create the Neil Gorsuch Project, a comprehensive set of materials relating to Judge Gorsuch’s career on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, including his majority opinions, dissents, and concurrences, and references to his published work and speeches.
The SCOTUSblog is hosting an ongoing series of posts on Judge Gorsuch’s jurisprudence and views on various topics, with comparisons to the late Justice Scalia.
Given the rising costs of legal research, it pays to use free and low-cost resources. An excellent low-cost alternative to Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law is Fastcase, available to the NYLS community through the Electronic Resources quadrant of our Library homepage.
Fastcase offers full-text searchable access to federal and state primary material and, after a partnership with HeinOnline, access to HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library. The New York State Bar Association provides members with free, unlimited access to Fastcase’s New York Library and the opportunity to upgrade to the Premium Plan at a substantial discount. Many other state and local bar associations also make Fastcase available to members.
Fastcase also offers excellent free apps for your iPhone and iPad, facilitating research on the fly.
It’s worth your while to check out Fastcase! An easy way to start: sign up for one of their free webinars.
Did you know that you now have access to a new, electronic library? The LexisNexis Digital Library is a collection of eBooks that you can check out and read on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Our collection includes dozens of treatises, and study aids, which might come in handy for your exams.
To sign on to the LexisNexis Digital Library, follow this link: http://nyls.law.overdrive.com/
Enter your NYLS network credentials, and you’re in! The service is easy to use, but if you have any questions, just contact a Reference Librarian.
We’ve just received word that our Mendik Mobile app has received a major update for iPhones and iPads. Although updates to iOS apps usually happen automatically and transparently, this one will be different, requiring you to take affirmative steps.
When you use Mendik Mobile on your iPhone or iPad, you will see a banner at the very top of the home screen that says, “Your app is outdated, please update!” Tap on that banner, and you’ll jump to a page on Apple’s App Store where you can download and install the updated app. This will result in your having two Mendik Mobile apps on your device. You should delete the older one, using the iOS deletion procedure.
Functionality of the new Mendik Mobile app will be the same as the old, and the old app will continue to work for the time being. But error messages may appear on the old app, and eventually it will cease to function. Thus, we encourage you to upgrade, as soon as it is convenient. If you have any difficulty with the update process, please contact the Library Reference Desk.
You don’t want to miss this year’s Valentine’s Day Info Hunt! As our Valentine’s Day gift to you, we’re offering another opportunity to be entered into a drawing to WIN research aids, Lexis points, OneCard gift cards, Amazon gift cards, and much more!
To access the Info Hunt, click here.
Each slide includes one question plus helpful guidance on sources and steps to get you to the answer. Answer just 4 of the 6 questions to enter. Answer all 6 questions and receive an additional entry. Click here to access a PDF answer sheet (or pick up a copy at the Reference Desk) and submit your completed before 3 PM on Monday, February 13th to enter the drawing. Deposit your completed entry in the raffle drum at the Library’s Reference Desk .
The drawing will take place outside the library entrance on February 13th at 5:50 pm. (Yes, there will be chocolate.) Although you need not be present to win, winners in attendance will have the opportunity to choose from the selection of prizes. Absentee winners will be contacted by email.
This evening, it was announced that the New York City public schools will be closed tomorrow due to expected significant snowfall. As a result, New York Law School is closing its administrative offices tomorrow and all of tomorrow’s classes, meetings, and events are cancelled. Despite these cancellations, the Law School building will be open for use by community members from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. The Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We expect that NYLS will resume all scheduled classes, meetings, and activities on Friday, February 10. Please watch for emails, texts, and voice messages from our NotifyNYLS emergency communication system to ensure you have the latest updates.
Thank you, and please stay safe and warm.
Born on February 7, 1477, Thomas More was an English lawyer, statesman, author, scholar, dedicated father, early proponent of education for women, and eventually, a saint. Raised in London, he entered the bar around 1501 after studies at Oxford and legal apprenticeship. Politics followed shortly afterwards with his election to Parliament in 1504. He eventually rose to the high office of Chancellor in 1529. More’s strongly held religious convictions brought him into conflict with the king when Henry VIII established the Church of England. More could not bring himself to acknowledge the king as supreme to the Pope, which led to his trial and execution for treason in 1535. He was canonized in 1935 and is the patron saint of a variety of groups, including lawyers.
Douglas Linder, Famous Trials, The Trial of Sir Thomas More.
A Man for All Seasons (Highland Films 1966).
Thomas More, Utopia (1516).