Great News From Germany: Legal Publisher Beck Verlag is Renaming the Palandt Civil Code Commentary

It’s an historic day in the world of German law following the announcement that the Beck Verlag, a prominent legal publisher, is renaming one of its most well-known titles, the Palandt Civil Code Commentary. I spoke and wrote briefly on this topic in my presentation and paper at Yale Law Library’s legal citation symposium this past spring. The …

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Legal Research Strategy: help is on the way!

You have a legal research project … now what do you do? Your friends at the HLS Library are here to help. Check out librarian AJ Blechner’s newly updated guide, “Legal Research Strategy.” You’ll learn how to tackle a legal research project step-by-step, and how to create a strategy that will save you time, avoid mistakes, and improve …

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On This Day in 2001: A Judge Meets an Artist

On July 5, 2001, Judge Deborah Anne Batts (HLS ’72) sat for the artist Simmie Knox, who painted this portrait. It was given to the HLS Library in 2001 by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Alumni(ae) Committee of the Harvard Law School Association, and is on view in Pound Hall. Deborah Anne Batts (1947-2020) was sworn in as a …

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Cohen v. Cowles Media and the Quill Pen Tradition

Thirty years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Cohen v. Cowles Media Co., 501 U.S. 663 (1991), a leading freedom of the press case in which the Court decided that freedom of the press does not exempt journalists from following generally applicable laws. Learn more about the background and significance of Cohen v. Cowles in our blog post …

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Newly Updated – Legal Research Guide for India

Librarian for Foreign, Comparative & International Law Jennifer Allison has recently updated a legal research guide, “Introduction to Researching Indian Law.” The guide now includes a quick overview of India’s legal system, including links to websites for the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the Indian government. It also provides instructions to access and use the the law …

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Ready for your summer job? HLS Library can help!

Looking to brush up on your legal research skills, and perhaps learn some new ones, for your summer job? Help is on the way! Research Librarian and Library Instruction Coordinator AJ Blechner has created a new research guide, Prepare to Practice: Advancing Your Legal Research, with you in mind. The guide will walk you through advanced legal research …

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Update to New York Times Online

Dear Colleagues, As of June 1, the HLSL NYT account is transferring to Harvard Library. All Harvard University students, faculty, and staff will now able to sign up for a Harvard-sponsored nytimes.com account by visiting Harvard’s registration page.  Already have a Law School NYT account? You will need to sign up again as we transition to the University NYT account. Your current …

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State-Specific Legal Research Guides: CA, MA & NY

If you will be doing legal research in California, Massachusetts, or New York this summer, we’ve got you covered! Members of our Research Services team have created guides to introduce you to legal research resources for these three states. Here are links to the guides: California Legal Research by Jennifer Allison Massachusetts Legal Research by Michelle Pearse New …

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