Archive for March, 2013|Monthly archive page

Digital Tip for March 27th…

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Tip of the Week: for Tablet Users
Those of you with tablets may either complain about attached keyboards, or using the on-screen virtual keyboard. If you are the sort of person who prefers to handwrite notes at meetings or outlines of articles, etc., take a look at 7Notes HD Premium. It costs $7, and it takes a few minutes to get the hang of nuances of formatting, etc., but the cost and effort are well worth it. The handwriting recognition is uncannily accurate. If you pay the extra $2 to get the Evernote Add-on, you’ll be further rewarded with very easy integration with Evernote. 7Notes is available for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Android devices.




STIRring It Up

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

“STIRring It Up” is a distillation of the 15-minute presentations in the law college from the S.T.I.R. Talks series at the law college.
The presentations are recorded and made available on YouTube at the STIR Talks channel.

Please visit the YouTube channel for this and other S.T.I.R. talks.

Professor Jessica Shoemaker
“No Sticks in My Bundle: the Indian Land Tenure Problem”
[Talk given March 12, 2013]

Professor Shoemaker started off her main portion of the presentation with the fastest history overview of federal Indian law ever recorded; in less than 5 minutes. The meat of her presentation covered the special property rules that apply only to Indian lands and Indian land owners in this country and particularly how these special property rules adversely impact the social and economic opportunities in Indian communities, including right here in Nebraska and the Great Plains. Professor Shoemaker pointed out that these special property rules are at the root of many of the social and economic issues that we see on many Indian reservations today – poverty, unemployment, housing shortages, lack of basic services, even health and safety concerns. At least some of this is a legal problem with possible legal solutions.

Some of the issues involved include: lack of any real use/possession right, no realistic access to credit, bureaucratic trust status, and incentives for landowner action. Possible solutions to these are: tribal property norms, authorize informal use and possession, redistribute incentives to prefer local resident landowners in land use, maintain accounting and basic land use services (eliminate appraisals), and tribal financial institutions.
By Brian Striman, Professor of Law Library

It’s Spring Break!

In Check This Out on March 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Schmid Law Library has modified hours during Spring Break, March 15th – March 23rd.

Reference Librarians will be available during the day as usual.

Have a great break!

Spring Vacation
Friday March 15   7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday March 16   9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday March 17 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Mon-Thurs March 18-21   7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Friday March 22   7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday March 23   9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Digital Scholarship @UNL

In Read This on March 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Digital Scholarship @UNL
The faculty at the Law College are very active scholars and write many articles and/or book chapters. Finding and reading their work has never been easier than now with our participation in the University’s Digital Commons. UNL’s Digital Commons is one of the largest and most active in the world. In fact, UNL was a pioneer of the concept.

The UNL Digital Commons is the University’s Institutional Digital Repository, which means that it’s a place where the scholarship of our faculty is also stored online by the University Libraries. Known as Digital Commons, it houses 62,460 works (mostly articles published in various national and international journals) in 676 disciplines! Categories include an Open Access Archive, Peer-Reviewed Journals and Series (open-access), and UNL Dissertations from ProQuest. UNL’s Digital Commons download figures are staggering: to date, it has seen nearly 17 million downloads, and over 6 million in the last year alone!

The Law College has several collections available in the UNL Digital Commons these include: Books by College of Law Faculty, Faculty Publications, Documents on Water Law, Documents on Outer Space Law, Nebraska State Constitution, Space & Telecommunications Law Program Faculty Publications, Schmid Law Library Faculty Publications and The Nebraska Transcript.

The online archive of the Nebraska Law Review is also available in this collection,

To browse any of the College of Law collections or faculty publications, visit

New Books @Schmid Law Library

In Check This Out on March 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

New Books @Schmid Law Library as of March 11, 2013.  The link will direct you to the catalog record for availability, details and more info.  New books check out for two (2) weeks.

Patent Strategy for Researchers and Research Managers, 3rd ed by H. Jackson Knight, 2013

Mental Disability and the Death Penalty: the Shame of the States by Michael L. Perlin, 2013

Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-government, and Political Moderation by Peter Berkowitz, 2013

Communications Law and Policy in the Digital Age: The Next Five Years by Randolph J. May, 2012

Copyright Questions and Answers for Information Professionals: From the Columns of Against the Grain by Laura N. Gasaway, 2013

Global Legal Regimes to Protect the World’s Grasslands by John W. Head, 2012

Cybersecurity: Shared Risks, Shared Responsibilities edited by Peter M. Shane & Jeffrey Hunker, 2012

On Constitutional Disobedience by Louis Michael Seidman, 2013

Justice for Hedgehogs by Ronald Dworkin, 2011

Twitter in One Hours for Lawyers by Jared Correia, 2012

Lawless Capitalism: The Subprime Crisis and the Case for an Economic Rule of Law by Steven A. Ramirez, 2012

Writing to Win: The Legal Writer by Steven D. Stark, 2012

Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements, 3rd ed edited by Michael R. Gray & Natalma M. McKnew, 2012

Civic Fusion: Mediating Polarized Public Disputes by Susan L. Podziba, 2012

Thrive: A New Lawyer’s Guide to Law Firm Practice by Desiree Moore, 2012

Investigating the Workplace Harassment Claim by Beth K. Whittenbury, 2012

Infrastructure from the Ground Up: Civil Engineering Works for Lawyers edited by Buck S. Beltzer, Bruce R. Gerhardt, Kristine A. Kubes & Scoot J. Smith, 2012

Endangered Species Act, 2nd ed. by Sam Kalen & Murray Feldman, 2012

The American Bar Association’s Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking by Michael C. Donaldson & Lisa A. Callif, 2010

Practicing Law in Small-Town America by Richard L. Hermann, 2012

The ABA Guide to International Bar Admissions by Russell W. Dombrow & Nancy A. Matos, 2012

Building Your Practice with Pro Bono for Lawyers by Nelson P. Miller, 2012

A Guide to Federal Agency Rulemaking, 5th by Jeffrey S. Lubbers, 2012

iPad in One Hour for Lawyers by Tom Mighell, 2012

Starting an IP Law Practice: Critical Questions to Ask Yourself by Ann M. Mueting, 2012

Internet Law for the Business Lawyer, 2nd ed. edited by Juliet M. Moringiello, 2012

Times Are a Changin’

In Check This Out on March 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

BNA Publisher Change

You may notice that some familiar titles formerly published under the imprint of BNA (Bureau of National Affairs) will look a little different. BNA and Bloomberg Law have merged and the new company is beginning to roll our new binders that reflect the new company name: Bloomberg BNA. Both companies have assured us that nothing more than the publisher’s name will change. We also encourage you to take a look at the updated list of Bloomberg BNA titles available via electronic subscription. One new title of note is BNA’s excellent Water Law & Policy Monitor.

Lexis Users Take Note
Beginning this summer, Lexis’s new platform, Lexis Advance will become the primary means for using Lexis. All old passwords will be discontinued this summer and you will be required to use your new Lexis Advance password. We recommend that everyone take the time now to register for your new Lexis Advance account now in advance of the switchover next summer. If you have questions about how to do this, please see one of the librarians.