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Free Online Resources: Freedom of Information Act “FOIA” Electronic Reading Rooms: Civil Rights Division of DOJ

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Charlotte Law Library is beginning a series of blogs about FOIA Electronic Reading Rooms available for free on the web.

Before you make that FOIA request, check if the information is available in the FOIA Reading Rooms on the internet.  According to the FOIA Guide, “The Electronic FOIA amendments embodied a strong statutory preference that electronic availability be provided by agencies in the form of online, Internet access — which is most efficient for both agencies and the public alike — and this expectation has been met by the development of agency FOIA sites on the World Wide Web.

Under the Electronic FOIA amendments, all federal agencies have FOIA sites on the World Wide Web to serve this “electronic reading room” function, as well as for other FOIA-related purposes.  This is a matter of great and growing importance to the processes of FOIA administration.  Agencies of such size that they contain sub-agencies or major agency components that administer the FOIA on a decentralized basis and have their own Web sites may maintain multiple “electronic reading rooms,” so long as they are linked together clearly and efficiently for Web site users.”

Today we will look at the FOIA Electronic Reading Room for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.

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Frequently Requested FOIA-process Records

Frequently Requested Documents and Records Likely to Become the Subject of FOIA Requests

Policy Statements and Other Significant Guidance and Technical Assistance Letters

Enjoy exploring this FOIA Electronic Reading Room and look for this symbol for future blogs on free online resources:

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Come see us in the library for more resources in print and online.

~Mary Susan Lucas~

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North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions – No Longer Available Through NCBA

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The Charlotte School of Law library maintains copies of the North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions (Civil, Criminal and Motor Vehicle Negligence) in print, in the Reference Carolinas section. These pattern jury instructions are useful as a starting point for anyone creating jury instructions for a specific case. The instructions have been drafted by the N.C. Conference of Superior Court Judges and have been coordinated by the University of North Carolina School of Government.

Until Monday, October 6th, the North Carolina Bar Association had provided electronic access to these instructions by means of a licensing agreement involving FastCase, the North Carolina Bar Association and the University of North Carolina School of Government.  The NCBA’s license is not being renewed.

The School of Government has licensed the exclusive electronic rights to CX Corp.  Subscription access to the electronic editions of the Pattern Jury Instructions are available directly through CX Corp at www.ncpji.  Members of the North Carolina Bar Association may be entitled to a discount for a one-time subscription and annual updates.  Questions regarding how to secure the discount should be addressed to Joyce Brafford (jbrafford@ncbar.org or 919-996-4377).

~Susan Catterall~

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MyHein — A HeinOnline Tool

HeinOnline is known for their extensive journal collection and historical volumes of Federal documents, but did you know that they have more valuable tools to offer?

MyHein is a complimentary tool designed to create and organize bookmarks to documents and search queries, as well as create eTOC (table of contents) and search query alerts using your own personal research account.

To take advantage of this great tool you need to click on the “MyHein” tab from your HeinOnline home page and register for a new account.

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Once you create a MyHein account you are all set to use the personalized research features. Keep in mind that you still need to access HeinOnline through the school’s IP address or by using your student ID badge, and your MyHein account is NOT your log-in to HeinOnline.

Some of the features of your MyHein account are:

Bookmarks:  save your research documents to your MyHein account and access them at a later time without searching for them again.

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Saving Search Queries: How many times do you create the perfect search string, which yields the perfect results, and can’t remember the search terms used when you need them at a later time? Well worry about this no more because MyHein has you covered. With the “save search queries” feature HeinOnline will keep a record of each search query that you save in your account. This feature takes it a step further and emails you every time new results are found for your search (after new content is added to HeinOnline).

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eTOC Alerts: With this new feature you get an alert every time a title of interest is updated.

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Notes: bookmarked a document, saved a query, or created an eTOC for a specific reason? Well make note of it with the MyHein notes feature. Notes remain attached to the document/search until you delete it.

Export: You can export your saved bookmarks to email, CSV file, RefWorks, or EndNote.

~Minerva Mims~

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How to Register for Bloomberg Law?

Go to bloomberglaw.com

Click on “Register for a law school account.”

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You do not need an activation code. Leave this box blank and continue filling in the required information.

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Fill in all the required information.

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Click on “I agree with the terms and conditions,” type the text that appears in the window below, and press the “Submit” button.

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You will now see the message below thanking you for requesting a Bloomberg Law account. You may need to wait 24-48 hours until your registration is processed.

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Once you registration is processed you will receive an email from Bloomberg Law. Go to the Bloomberg Law webpage provided and use your email address & temporary password to log on.

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Once you are at the Bloomberg Law website, log on with your email and temporary password.

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After you sign in, you will be prompted to create a new password. Please enter your new password, confirm your new password, and press “Submit.”

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You will now be directed to Bloomberg Law.

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Download the instructions by clicking here, and as always, feel free to contact the library with any questions!

~Brian Trippodo~

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CSL Library Academic Success Collection Guide

The CSL Library’s Academic Success Collection is located behind the circulation desk on the 5th floor.

This collection includes resources like hornbooks, practice exams, flashcards, audio CDs, and law school success books. Students may browse available titles by subject using the online library catalog, or they can discuss with an Academic Success Counselor which resources might be best suited to their purpose.

The Academic Success Collection contains high-use materials of interest to a large number of students, covering a wide variety of subjects, which is why the materials are on reserve and have limited loan periods. The Academic Success resources are available for a 3 day checkout. Some of the Academic Success resources listed below are also available as a reserve item. Reserve items are limited to a 3 hour checkout.

The following is a general description of the types of Academic Success resources available for each of the 1L classes and for many of the upper level courses:

  • Black Letter Outlines – These outlines summarize the basic black letter rules of each topic in a way that allows students to appreciate how different parts of their course material fit together.
  • Concise Hornbook Series – Discusses specific problems and illustrations, focusing on topics covered in a typical course on civil procedure, tied to no particular casebook.
  • Crunch Time Series – Crunch Times include a summary of about 100 pages, summarizing all the key concepts in easy-to-read outline form, Exam Tips, drawn from analysis of exactly what has been asked on hundreds of past essay and short-answer law exams, Flow Charts short-answer and multiple-choice questions , and complex issue-spotting essay questions. 
  • Emanuel Law Outlines – Emanuel Law Outlines support your class preparation, provide reference for your outline creation, and supply a comprehensive breakdown of topic matter for your entire study process. Also included are exam questions with model answers, an alpha-list of cases, and a cross reference table of cases for all of the leading casebooks.
  • Examples & Explanations – Examples and Explanations are written in clear text and contain many concrete examples as well as questions and answers with detailed explanations for help in reviewing concepts.  Certain legal concepts are explained with the aid of charts and graphics, and sample examination questions are provided with their model answers.
  • Hornbooks – Hornbooks cover a single legal subject and are written expressly for law students by law professors.  These condensed one-volume overviews are written in clear, accessible language.  They contain discussion of courts’ interpretation of the law, explanations of the application of the law today, and may contain hypothetical questions and model answers.  
  • Nutshells – Nutshells are small, paperback texts that present concise overviews of areas of law. Nutshells are considered the most basic secondary source on a legal topic.
  • Q&A Series – These LexisNexis study guide series feature hundreds of multiple-choice and short-answer questions arranged topically, plus an additional sets of questions comprising a final “practice exam.”  For each multiple-choice question, authors provide a detailed answer that indicates which of four options is the best answer and explains thoroughly why that option is better than the other three options. 
  • Siegel’s Series – The Siegel’s Series works through key topics in Q&A format, providing an additional source for self-quizzing. Titles in this exam-prep series contain essay questions with model answers, as well as multiple-choice questions and answers. 
  • Understanding Series – The Understanding the Law series of hornbooks covers the central concepts and issues students encounter in the basic 1L law course, as well as the leading cases.  Topics that typically cause the most confusion are covered in-depth.

Additional Material Types Available from the Library

  • Bar Prep Materials – In the final Stretch? Check out the Bar Prep Materials your library has to offer.
  • Audio CDs – Designed for Audio Learners, or students with long commutes, these convenient audio CD’s present legal topics in a clear, succinct, timesaving format.
  • Flash Cards – For reviewing legal topics point-by-point, Law in a Flash Card Sets contain hundreds of short questions and provide precise answers on the flip side.

~Aaron Greene~

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Free Online Resource for Immigration: Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in North Carolina

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Charlotte Law Library is continuing a series of blogs on the free online resources available on the website of the North Carolina Court System Office of Indigent Defense Services (NCIDS).

This blog will focus on the Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in North Carolina available for free online as a pdf.

“Using a step-by-step approach to the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction, this essential guide explains the different types of immigration status and the various criminal convictions that trigger removal (deportation) in light of a person’s immigration status. Included is a detailed chart of immigration consequences of various North Carolina offenses as well as a removable, laminated checklist [print version] highlighting the key consequences.”

Here is the Table of Contents:

Immigration Consequences Manual

Title Page, Table of Contents, and Preface
Chapter 1: Overview
Chapter 2: Determining Your Client’s Citizenship and Immigration Status
Chapter 3: Criminal Grounds of Removal
Chapter 4: Conviction and Sentence for Immigration Purposes
Chapter 5: Determining Possible Immigration Consequences Based on Your Client’s Immigration Status
Chapter 6: Options for Minimizing Adverse Immigration Consequences
Chapter 7: Procedures Related to Removal
Chapter 8: State Post-Conviction Relief
Appendix A: Selected Immigration Consequences of North Carolina Offenses
Appendix B: Legal Resources for Indigent Defense Attorneys and Noncitizen Clients in North Carolina
(revised April 2008)
Summary Checklist

This manual is an invaluable resource for those who work in immigration law.  Just look at how this resource is packed with practical information!

Here is the Table of Contents of a typical chapter:

Chapter 6:

Options for Minimizing Adverse Immigration Consequences

6.1 General Rules 70

A. Offenses That Do Not Carry Adverse Immigration Consequences

B. Deferred Prosecution

C. Record of Conviction

D. Pleading Not Guilty

E. Post-Conviction Relief

6.2 Cases Involving Aggravated Felonies 72

A. Aggravated Felonies Triggered by a One Year Term of Imprisonment

B. Aggravated Felonies Triggered by More than a $10,000 Loss

C. Crime of Violence Aggravated Felony

6.3 Cases Involving Drugs 74

A. Possession of 30 Grams or Less of Marijuana

B. Simple Possession of a Controlled Substance

C. Accessory after the Fact

D. Non-Drug Charges

E. Admissions Involving Drugs

6.4 Cases Involving Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude 76

A. Offense That Is Not a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude

B. One Misdemeanor CMT

C. One Felony CMT for Noncitizen Admitted to the U.S. for More Than Five Years

6.5 Cases Involving Firearms 77

A. Weapons Offenses That Do Not Specifically Involve a Firearm

B. Non-Aggravated Felony

C. Accessory after the Fact

6.6 Cases Involving Domestic Violence 78

A. Offense That Is Not a Crime of Violence

B. Offense That Is Not Against a Person

Look for this symbol for future blogs on free online resources:

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Come see us in the library for more resources in print and online.  And for immigration research, check out our Research Guide on Immigration Law.

~Mary Susan Lucas~

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Westlaw Webinars: Transition from Westlaw® Classic to WestlawNext®

Make the transition from Westlaw Classic to WestlawNext smoother in August with two upcoming webinars: “From Westlaw Classic to Next” webinars, Basic and Advanced.

Basic webinar:

  • Where to find your favorite aspects of Westlaw Classic on WestlawNext
  • Information on Finds and Searching
  • Boolean Searches
  • KeyCite®
  • Key Numbers

Advanced webinar:

  • Alerts on WestlawNext
  • Custom Pages (similar to tabs on Westlaw Classic)
  • Folders
  • Practical Law

Both webinars will review how to save the Research Trails you use the most on Westlaw Classic so you have them available for WestlawNext.

Upcoming Webinar Dates

  • Basic
    August 4th — 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, Noon MT, 11am PT — Register Today

    Advanced
    August 7th — Noon Eastern, 11am CT, 10am MT, 9am PT — Register Today

    Basic
    August 13th — 1pm Eastern, Noon Central, 11am MT, 10am PT — Register Today

    Advanced
    August 15th — 1pm ET, Noon CT, 11am MT, 10am PT — Register Today

    Each of these classes will be held weekly through August; therefore, if the above times do not fit into your schedule, check the webinar page for more dates and times.

Online Trainings Available

Not able to attend? The topics covered in these webinars, as well as additional topics, are available through Westlaw in short, online trainings.

Visit the From Classic To WestlawNext training page for access and for more information.

Contact the reference desk if you have any questions or need any assistance!

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