DRAGNET stands for "Database Retrieval Access using Google's New Electronic Technology," a specialized search engine that was developed by librarians at the New York Law School. This feature enables you to "drag the net" through a group of free law-related Web resources. A DRAGNET search is like a Google search, except that it runs in only a select group of websites, produced by the organizations and entities listed below. The sites were chosen by library staff for their reliability and utility to legal researchers. Your search retrieves the top 100 hits, ranked for relevance by Google's search engine.
How to Use
The search box at the top of the page searches all sites listed on the page. If searching for state law information include the state name in your search. For instance, if you are searching for the residency requirement for divorce in Ohio, type -> ohio divorce resident. For national level information just type your words. Try searching -> Guantanamo.
The student chapters of the Federalist Society and the American Civil Liberties Union are hosting a debate at the University of Akron School of Law tomorrow entitled "Battle at the Border: Is Arizona's Immigration Law Constitutional?" More information about the debate and links to sources of information about the subject are below the fold.
The student organizations have invited Hans Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and Gary Daniels of the American Civil Liberties Union to debate the constitutionality of the Arizona law. The program will be held at noon tomorrow in Room 151 of the law school.To read more or comment...
Akron Law in conjunction with the Akron Bar Association will present a continuing legal education (CLE) program titled 'Brief Writing and Oral Advocacy' on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 8 ' 11:45 a.m. at the Akron Bar Association (57 South Broadway, Akron).
The program will address how to be most effective in court. Ninth District Court of Appeals Judge Beth Whitmore and Director of the Legal Clinic and Appellate Review Office and Professor of Law J. Dean Carro will provide insight on written and oral advocacy.To read more or comment...
The principles of Constitutional Law are expressed in many voices.
I begin with the individual. Americans accept as fundamental the principle that all persons are endowed with certain inalienable rights ' that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness ' and that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Individual rights are not an exception to the rule, an anomalous conceit that society and the rule of law must sometimes reluctantly acknowledge. Instead, the first duty of government is to protect the inalienable rights of the individual from both public and private interference. Each of us has the right to think what we want, to say what we think, and to act in accordance with those thoughts so long as we do not harm other individuals or interfere with their lawful rights.To read more or comment...
How do countries' values and political system shape citizens' access to online content?
If you have been following the Google and China struggle this year, you saw the Internet giant attempting to offer their search engine to the people of China but having to filter/censor to abide by China law. In the end, Google kept Google.cn (China) alive but offers a link to unfiltered Hong Kong! July update here.To read more or comment...
The National Conference of State Legislatures has created a web site called the 'Immigrant Policy Project.' It pulls together on one page lists to hundreds of state immigration laws. Arizona is not the only state to take on immigration enforcement. You can see a list by state or by subject. Check out Ohio's efforts.
'With no federal immigration reform in the foreseeable future, state legislatures continue to step up to the plate to address the complex and challenging issue of immigration. In the first six months of 2010, every state in regular session considered laws related to immigrants or immigration. State legislators introduced 1,374 bills and resolutions in 46 states relating to immigrants and refugees. The number of bill introductions is comparable to the first half of 2009, when 50 states considered more than 1,400 bills and resolutions pertaining to immigrants. Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas are not in regular session in 2010.To read more or comment...
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