Monthly Archives: January 2013

Legislative History in Real Time!!

Have you seen the recent development in Florida concerning funeral protests?  There was an article in the Jacksonville Times Union describing a bill that has been passed in the Florida Senate that would affect those protests.  If you notice they give you a citation to that bill: SB 118.  If you want to keep track of how that bill makes its way through our legislature you can head over to the Florida Senate’s website at Once you are there just put the bill number (118) in the search box at the top of the screen and you can see all the exciting things that have happened as the bill makes its way through the senate.  One of the options allows you to view the staff analyses of the bill which can often give you some insight into the legislative intent.  This is a great way to get comfortable with Florida legislative history research. (This can be very tough)  If you want to be notified any time there is activity concerning this or any other bill just sign up for Senate Tracker account. With a Senate Tracker account you can track items throughout the website, view the latest updates on the Tracker tab, and receive email notifications when those items are updated.  You can create an account here.  All you need is an email address.  Did I mention this is all free?  It is!


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In the Library this Week (January 28th – February 3rd)

Researching Federal Legislative History Workshop on Tuesday;
LPII Mandatory Advanced Westlaw Trainings until Friday;
– Possible noise from the atrium on Thursday (31st) from 11am-1pm and 6pm-9pm.

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Career-Building News from the American Bar Association

QuestionsTwo Career-Building Opportunities Coming Soon!

1.      Get answers to your career questions!  Experienced ABA lawyers offer career pointers during “ABA CareerLineLIVE!”  from 5 – 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 7.  This virtual one-on-one, sponsored by the ABA Young Lawyers Division and LexisNexis, is FREE to ABA members so register now.  (LINK –

Registration closes January 31; 200 participants will be contacted by February 4. If you are contacted, you will receive additional information from the ABA and a call from an attorney between 5-7 p.m. ET on February 7.

Not an ABA member? Learn how you might win a FREE ABA membership, courtesy of LexisNexis, beginningMonday, January 21, 2013!

2.      Prepare for a professional position! Starting in February, LexisNexis offers Think Like A Lawyer 2013, a program that will prepare you to:

  • Research cost-effectively for any employer and their clients.
  • Become Professional Research Certified to prove that you’re ready on day one.

Earn Rewards, Too: Up to 2,300 LexisNexis® Rewards points and entry for a $250 J.Crew Gift Card at your school. Check in mid-February for more information

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ExamSoft Workshops for Midterm Exams- Spring 2013

Academic Technology will hold limited workshops the week of February 11th through February 15th. Attendance will be closely monitored at each workshop. Any student who leaves the workshop early will be removed from the attendance list

and must attend another workshop before they are eligible to use ExamSoft. Students are responsible for signing in on one of the attendance sheets prior to leaving the workshop.

To RSVP for a workshop, please click on the link below that corresponds to the workshop you would like to attend, click on the sign-up tab, and input the information requested.  You should receive an email confirming that your RSVP has been

received.  If the links below do not work, you can also RSVP through the website ( by clicking on “Events Calendar” and selecting the workshop from the event date.


Start Time

End Time



Type of Workshop

Reservation Link

Monday, February 11th





Mac Users

ExamSoft Workshop for Mac Users: Monday, February 11th at 5:00pm

Tuesday, February 12th





Windows Users

ExamSoft Workshop for Windows Users: Tuesday, February 12th at 12:00pm

Wednesday, February 13th





Mac Users

ExamSoft Workshop for Mac Users: Wednesday, February 13th at 1:00pm

Thursday, February 14th





Windows Users

ExamSoft Workshop for Windows Users: Thursday, February 14th at 12:00pm

Friday, February 15th





Mixed Users

ExamSoft Workshop for Mixed Users: Friday, February 15th at 4:00pm

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Consider a Real Estate Practice

Real Estate or Property law covers a lot of ground and often overlaps with Contract Law.  It is regulated by federal and state statutes, as well as common law and encompasses more than just land and structures on that land.  It can also involve interests people may have in the land, the air above the land, drilling rights, or rights to live on the property.

While primarily a transactional field, there may be occasions when a real estate attorney may appear in court to handle zoning disputes or to represent a client threatened with foreclosure, for example.  Of course, attorneys in this field also deal with related issues like landlord-tenant issues, title issues, home loans and foreclosures and more.  It is a very complex area further complicated by inconsistent laws throughout cities and states.

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2013 HNBA National Events: The Time is Now. Register Today!

NHBA 2013 Conference
HNBA is looking for reliable, dependable, and resourceful students!

We ask for a commitment of 10 hours minimum, in exchange for the ability to attend all Conference CLEs and events at no charge. A mandatory volunteer orientation will take place on Tuesday, March 15th at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. Law students who fulfill their commitment of hours have the Conference registration fee waived, and may attend parts of the conference during which they are not scheduled to work as our guest. Volunteers report directly to Liz Ugbomah, and may be supervised by other HNBA Staff.

Click here to download the Volunteer Agreement
Please send Volunteer Agreement Liz Ugbomah at

Click 2013 HNBA National Events: The Time is Now. Register Today! for more information about the conference.

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City of Chicago : Volunteer Program

Chicago skyline_nightCity of Chicago: Volunteer Program

City of Chicago Department of Law is a diverse organization and welcomes and encourages applications from diverse candidates.
Volunteer Program
The Department of Law is interested in highly qualified law students, law school graduates or licensed attorneys to participate in our Volunteer Program. This program is designed to provide participants with a challenging volunteer opportunity that reflects the demands and rewards of public service. The Law Department will select well-rounded applicants who have exhibited academic excellence and an interest in public service from law schools across the nation. Participants in the program are not compensated by the City of Chicago, however, some participants may be able to receive school grants.

Typically, the participants will be assigned to one of the practice divisions within the law department. The participant will be assigned a supervisor/mentor who will coordinate the assignments given to the participant. Together, the chosen participant and the supervisor will determine the start date and the date in which the program will end for the individual.

Application Process:

In order to begin the application process, a hard copy of your materials must be mailed or hand delivered to the address below. E-mail applications will not be accepted.

  • Cover letter (In addition to identifying your Division preference, please indicate that your application is for the Volunteer Program)
  • Resume
  • Law School Transcript
  • One writing sample (Writing Sample Policy)

Forward Application Materials to:
Legal Recruiter
City of Chicago
Department of Law
30 N. La Salle – 1640
Chicago, IL 60602

Click City of Chicago :: Volunteer Program for more information.

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The Seau Suit against the NFL is Just the Tip of Icy Implications

“The family of Junior Seau has sued the NFL based on findings by the National Institutes of Health that the linebacker had CTE, a disease from traumatic brain injuries linked to depressions and suicides. Seau, at age 43, committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest. He played 20 seasons in the NFL and allegedly suffered repeated blows to the head. The first reaction seems to be “these guys choose to play a violent game”. So they assume the risk of head injuries like concussions – a natural consequence of playing that violent game.  And therefore there is no basis for the lawsuits against the NFL.”

…read the rest at SportsMoney.

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Do you need to keep track of a research subject?

If you are writing an ALWR this semester, there may be new developments on your ALWR topic before the due date. Your professor will expect that you research your topic diligently throughout the semester, and deal with any new developments appropriately in your paper.

If your ALWR paper concerns doping in sports, you probably heard about Lance Armstrong’s confession as it happened. But what if your paper concerns proposed SEC regulations, or the activity of the Senate Banking Committee? You can’t count on this material being big news, and you do not have the time or inclination to repeat the same searches in the same search engines every day. You might be thinking, “If only I could arrange for news on my topic to be delivered to me automatically!”

Congratulations. You can set up alerts to do exactly that. Go to the Google Altert page here:, and fill out the simple form. Lexis and Westlaw also provide this service. See instructions on how to set up alerts in Westlaw here, and in Lexis here.

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Summer Externship Information Sessions

Externships are a great way to gain legal experience this summer.  To find out what externship are, where you can do one this summer, and how to apply, attend one of these upcoming Externship Information Sessions:

  • January 24 at 5:00 PM in room 465
  • January 25 at noon in room 515
  • January 29 at 3:00 in room 405

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