Apr 28
10:50 AM

14th Annual Sister Sally Furay Lecture: Bringing Traffic to a Stop

When: Today, April 28th, 2010 from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where: Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (Soles)
Cost: Free and open to the public

Presented by the Trans-Border Institute and the Center for Community Service:

Featuring a legal and market approach to addressing modern-day human slavery with speakers Carmen Chavez, Executive Director of the Casa Cornelia Law Center, and Killian Moore, Director of Advocacy for the Not For Sale Campaign.

For more information view the flyer here.

Apr 21
12:42 PM

HeinOnline releases World Constitutions Illustrated

HeinOnline's World Constitutions Illustrated: Contemporary & Historical Documents & Resources has just been released and includes documents for 193 countries:

  • The current constitution in its original language format, accompanied by at least one English translation
  • Direct links to specific chapters within the 800 classic constitutional books that discuss the country
  • Links to scholarly articles that discuss the constitutional and political development of the country
  • A bibliography of other select constitutional books about the constitutional development or the history of the government.

USD students and faculty can access this new resource here or from our Legal Research Databases page (off-campus access available with your name and barcode).

Apr 14
6:57 PM
Apr 12
3:17 PM


The LRC is closing to non-law students for finals this semester due to their increasing use of the law library, making it difficult for law students to find seating and quiet study areas.

From April 29 through May 13 the LRC will request that everyone show a current Torero ID as they enter.  Others needing to use legal materials during this time must contact the Associate Dean and Law Library Director, Prof. Karl Gruben, for permission. He can be contacted at kgruben@sandiego.edu .

Apr 7
3:38 PM

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda – Today, April 7th

In observance of the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, a candle-lighting ceremony will be held today, Wednesday, April 7th, at the U.N. Headquarters in New York.  Other U.N. Centers around the world will also be commemorating this event.

To learn more about the 1994 genocide and the international tribunal set up to prosecute this violation of humanitarian law, please visit the website of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwandaor the LRC's Reading Room collection at KZ1201-1203 and KTD 454.

Apr 1
5:03 PM

SCOTUS Phases out PDF — Goes iPad Format-Only for Cost Saving$

This morning, William Knott, a spokesman for the US Supreme Court, made a surprise announcement that the US Supreme Court will phase out releasing court opinions in PDF format and will begin releasing all Court materials to fit Apple’s new iPad format.  The multi-million dollar agreement between SCOTUS and Apple launches a new approach for the Court to push information to the public and at the same time generating much needed revenue to support the Federal Court System.  Knott justified the move by saying, “With the downturn in the economy, and the legislature’s refusal to adequately fund the Federal Courts, we’ve decided to look for additional funding through corporate sponsorships.”

Back in January, the Court handed down the Citizen United decision (Knott apologized that the decision is currently only available in the Court’s old PDF format), which ruled that corporations and labor unions could contribute to political campaigns.  Apparently, the Court has interpreted that decision not only for campaigns, but also for other governmental contributions, including itself.  “Hey, why should some schmoe congressman from New Jersey be able to take money from corporations or unions and the highest court in the land cannot?” asks William Knott.  “We’d be hypocrites if we said it was okay to contribute to politicians, and then tell those same corporations and unions that their 'free speech rights' end at the steps of this courthouse.” 
For more, go to 3 Geeks & a BlogAnd remember what the date of this post is!