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Is rewriting the U.S. Constitution really that much of a “dangerous idea?”

See, e.g. Op-Ed Contributor, Louis Michael Seidman, “Let’s Give Up on the Constitution,” New York Times, December 30, 2012.

If business and labor models are changing, why aren’t government models?

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Link to report from FGI: “Gun Control Legislation,” by William J. Krouse, Specialist in Domestic Security and Crime Policy, Congressional Research Service, RL32842 (November 14, 2012)

How does your member of Congress know what to think about complex issues?

Members of Congress, and their staff members, have access to CRS Reports and many, many other sources of information, thanks to the expert research services of the Library of Congress. Members of Congress also receive briefings and reports from administrative agencies, colleagues, PACs, nonprofits, advocacy groups, and individuals who write or telephone their elected officials.

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We try to keep an eye out for any updates to our How to Find U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit briefs posts.

You can visit our previous post and also see the official United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit website.

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CALI and the Legal Information Institute join forces to provide free ebooks of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence.

From CALI/LII:

The 2013 Editions (effective December 1, 2012) as well as the 2012 and 2011 editions can be found on the eLangdell Bookstore.

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For those of you following the first sale case currently being heard in the Supreme Court, the transcript from yesterday’s oral arguments is now available (Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. from 10/29/12).  It makes for some pretty interesting reading (especially the discussion of “horribles”), as the Justices do not go easy on any of the attorneys.  For more information on the case, see our past blog post from October 19th and the SCOTUS blog’s posts on the case

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Librarians and lawyers are watching this U.S. Supreme Court case on copyright law:

Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (11-697)

You can link to filed documents from SCOTUS Blog (and at PACER for the full docket).

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