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The Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School is hosting this Virtual Symposium on Citation and the Law – April 22 and 23, 2021.

This FREE symposium will highlight the scholarship of law librarians and faculty interested in issues ranging from the US News and World Reports rankings for scholarly productivity, to link rot, to empirical research in the use of citations, and more. Keynote speaker Fred Shapiro will set the stage with his paper “The Most-Cited Legal Scholars Revisited” to be published in the University of Chicago Law Review. All the papers will be published in a book by the Hein Company….

Link to the schedule and registration page from Symposium on Citation and the Law.

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Ring in 2021 with Law Library of Congress U.S. Law Webinars

Orientation to Legal Research: U.S. Case Law: Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

Orientation to Law Library Collections: Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

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Oregon’s Classroom Law Project (CLP) has created a list of: Civics Digital Resources for Remote Learning

During this unprecedented time when teachers must adjust to providing digital resources and connections for their students, Classroom Law Project is committed to providing and curating links to sites, lessons, ideas, and resources that might help you teach remotely. We will update this page as we continue to find resources….” [Link to CLP Civics Resources page.]

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Guest post, from Lee Van Duzer, Washington County Law Librarian, Hillsboro, Oregon:

As we socially distance ourselves and physical spaces are increasingly closed, it is important to revisit online legal research options. The following are free general legal research tools to help you work from home.

Case Law & Statutes

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Official articles of impeachment are voted upon by the U.S. House of Representatives. Look for House Resolutions and House Reports at Congress dot gov.

You can find them in print in large law or government document libraries and usually, though not always easily, online. Some online Congressional research resources are fee-based databases and some are free.

For example, see previous post from September 26, 2019: What Does an Article of Impeachment Look Like? Read Presidents Nixon and Clinton Articles

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One of my favorite Robert Mankoff (New Yorker) cartoons has this caption (and you can search the Cartoon Bank for a copy): “One question: If this is the Information Age, how come nobody knows anything?

Few non-librarians know about the hundreds (thousands, probably) of hidden document treasure troves, which go by many names: libraries, archives, repositories, databases, among others.

You’ve probably heard about Gutenberg and maybe even HathiTrust, but what about SCRIBD, SCETI, Feedbooks, BASE, Unglueit, and many, many, MANY more, including our intrepid public records warriers, at Public Resource and PlainSite.

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The official PDF of the Mueller report has been updated in a subtle but important way,” by Zachary M. Seward, April 22, 2019.” (Qz dot com)

See also:

“Delivering the Mueller Report in Eleven Links,” May 2019 (Jill O’Neill is the Director of Content for NISO dot org.)

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Every federal employee knows about the Hatch Act, which dates back to 1939:

Wikipedia Hatch Act article

You can Google the following searches to find out more about the Hatch Act:

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There are print versions of the April 18, 2019, Mueller Report (“Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election“) in the marketplace (although one publication has virtually unreadable tiny print) and there are multiple online versions so take your pick.

Many public libraries have the e-book and some may have the print.

Link to a PDF copy of the report from, among other places, the Wikipedia Mueller Report article, e.g. from the “External links” section of the article.

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