White collar crime is an ever-expanding and complex legal field with very little Congressional guidance and much room for advocacy and judicial interpretation. As such, it is helpful for both prosecutors and defense attorneys to have a resource to share and research different news articles, court decisions, and passage of laws in the field of white collar crime. For those interested in this growing and fascinating field, the Bloomberg BNA offers the White Collar Crime Report™, provides that marketplace for practitioners and lawmakers to see the recent news in the area and tailor either an effective strategy or lawmaking pursuit based on success and failures in other jurisdictions.
To gain access to the Bloomberg BNA White Collar Crime Report™, simply go to the Charlotte School of Law website. Scroll over “Law Library” on the left side of the screen and then select “Electronic Resources.” Next, you will see the ResearchGuides page of the Charlotte School of Law library. Click on the tab titled “A-Z Index of Databases.” Select “B” and click on “Bloomberg BNA Newsletter Package.”
You will then have the option to select whichever Reporter you wish. Scroll down towards the end of the page and select “White Collar Crime Report” which is third from the bottom.
Congratulations! You have entered your white collar crime paradise.
The White Collar Crime Report™ is a wonderful and user-friendly resource. The first thing I did was sign up for the free listserv so I can receive daily updates on current white collar crime news and reports. To do this, scroll halfway down the page and on the far right, click on “Sign Up for E-Mail.”
Type in your E-Mail Address, and click “Submit.” You then get the option to Sign-Up for whatever Bloomberg Newsletters you want. As you can see, I am signed up for the Criminal Law Reporter, U.S. Law Week, and White Collar Crime Report.
While signing up for the email listserv is a great way to stay connected without having to visit the site every day, The White Collar Crime Report™ offers the white collar crime attorneys the opportunity to search for recent news in their particular practice area or area of interest. Let us say that you are a local defense attorney who, after successfully defending your client Ima Crook from a bribery charge, has taken an interest in other bribery cases around the country. If you want to find recent news on bribery, you can search the White Collar Crime Report™ Index. Click on the “Browse Indexes” option under Finding Tools on the right side of the page.
You are given an alphabetical search option for different states and / or practice areas. First, however, you want to select your time parameters. You want to see fairly recent happenings in the world of bribery, so under the dropdown menu in the middle of the page, select Index Jan. 13 – Feb. 24, 2012.
Now that you have set your date parameters, click on “B” and select “Bribery. You now see a list of different issues regarding bribery. Having friends in New York, you have recently heard about the lobbyist who pled guilty back in January for bribes to a certain N.Y. state senator. You can see the story by clicking on the link located next to the story.
You can now read what exactly happened when the lobbyist pled guilty on January 4 in the U.S. Southern District of New York.
However, after reading the article, you are worried that Ima Crook, who has friends who are lobbyists, might be a possible return client. Therefore, you want to search for issues regarding lobbying. At the bottom of the story, there are “Related Articles” by “Topics” and “Courts.” Lobbying happens to be conveniently located at the bottom.
Clicking on “Lobbying” will open up all relevant headlines regarding lobbying. At the very top is a story from March 9, 2012 regarding the White House announcement on March 8 that it has created “ethics.gov.” This resource is meant to provide people easy access to a centralized location regarding lobbying reports. While you are sure that Ima Crook is a respectable citizen, you might want to pass along this information you learned to him, just in case.
The ease of locating topics is just one of the many options that are available on the Bloomberg BNA White Collar Crime Report™. You can also locate Hot Topics off to the left side of the main screen, sort through the news by prominent white collar crime Law Firms, or read some interesting commentary From the Editors. Enjoy the White Collar Crime Report™!
~Allen Souza, L’12~