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A follow up to a posting on this blog in July. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in their FDIC Consumer News has a comprehensive look at the new credit card rules. While some of the new laws have already gone in to effect. Others will go into effect early next year and the last parts in...
From a recent posting on LLRX.com.Making it easier to track Congress, GovTrack.us, a free and independent legislative database, has just released a number of new features. Written by Peggy Garvin of Garvin Information Consulting, this article is an interesting read if you are a Congressional...
In a recent article in the NY Times (registration may be required) scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence. The team that has developed this procedure hope to cash in on their find by selling a kit that will tell whether the DNA has been...
From the Third Branch, the Newsletter of the Federal Courts.The Judicial Conference has issued a series of “suggested practices” to assist courts in the use of Internet materials in opinions. The recommendations follow a pilot project conducted by circuit librarians who captured and preserved...
To assist users in finding and accessing helpful resources, the law library adds website resources to Galileo, the online catalog. We have recently added MAPLight.org. The website's name is an acronym for Money And Politics: Illuminating the Connection. According the the site's "About Us" section,...
Last week, the Federal Reserve Board gave final approval to an interim rule requiring creditors to increase the amount of notice consumers receive before the rate on a credit card account is increased or a significant change is made to the account's terms. The amendments also allow consumers to...
“Gang of Four” intelligence notifications generally are oral briefings of certain particularly sensitive non-covert action intelligence activities, including principally, but not exclusively, intelligence collection programs, that the Intelligence Community typically limits to the chairmen and...
A recent Congressionsal Research Service report on decisions rendered by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/R40649_20090619.pdf
Author William R. Mills discusses case citation and the reliability of case reporting in the digital age. His conclusion:"In the digital age, the foundation of trust in our case law reporting system, and in legal citation generally, must be rebuilt. Such a rebuilding effort cannot succeed by...
As we approach the final days of Black History Month for 2009, the law library has added the biography of a judge active in the civil right movement -- Champion of Civil Rights: Judge John Minor Wisdom by Joel William Friedman.Judge Wisdom (1905-1999) is described as one of the least recognized...