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Check Out Our Catalog's New Look

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As I’m sure you all have noticed, the law library catalog has recently gotten a facelift.  On display is the new, sleeker Primo.  Now with less tabs!

All the content you’ve come to expect from our catalog is still there, just repacked to make sure you get the most out of our library’s resources, including from your mobile devices!

Click on the links above the search bar to: obtain results by subject (Browse), be directed to all of our research guides arranged by subject (Research Guides), or search an A-Z list of the databases in our catalog (A-Z List).  New Search will bring you back to the catalog homepage.  Don’t forget to click on the Ask a librarian link below the search bar to contact us!

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New Databases!!!

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We at the UConn Law Library are excited to announce the addition of three new databases from ProQuest, all available through our catalog:

  • Supreme Court Insight is an online collection of full opinions from argued Supreme Court cases, including per curiam decisions, dockets, oral arguments, joint appendices, and amicus briefs.  Content associated with each case is compiled on a dynamic page organized to facilitate understanding of the judicial process, and is also retrievable on a document-by-document basis.

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What is the Logan Act?

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Photograph of X-Men character WolverineIs the Logan Act somehow related to the Marvel Universe’s Wolverine and a prohibition against lacing a mutant’s skeleton with adamantium?  Well, no, Wolverine is Canadian and the actual act wouldn’t apply to him.  But it does have to do with the acts that occur between private US citizens and foreign governments, so the other X-Men may want to read up.

The Logan Act has been in the news a lot lately thanks to the exploits of ex-National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn.  The controversy there surrounds the communications that Flynn had with a Russian ambassador about the sanctions the Obama administration was imposing on Russia for their attempts at influencing the Presidential election.  Is what he did really a violation of the Logan Act?

Turning to the act, it reads:  “Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

Does Red Bull Give You Wings?

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Image of a cartoon-style red bull's head with yellow horns.Not according to two class action lawsuits filed against the company and settled for $13 million in 2015.   The main basis of the suits was the claim that Red Bull misled consumers into paying higher prices for their products by touting the superiority of their beverage to say a regular cup of coffee, in spite of scientific evidence otherwise.  The company’s attorneys have chosen to characterize the payout as a gift to consumers and view the agreement as a nuisance settlement, although the company changed its marketing practices after the conclusion of the case.  So does Red Bull give you wings?  The jury is literally still out but do the research and come to your own conclusion using some of the links below.

Law 360 article for background info:

http://www.law360.com/articles/650701/red-bull-for-everybody-judge-oks-13m-false-ad-settlement

Staff Spotlight - Adam Mackie

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Thank you for reading the inaugural entry of a new series featured on the UConn Law Blog, titled “Staff Spotlight Series.” This series will include a variety of questions that staff can choose to answer. The goal of this series is to better acquaint the law school community to the library's exceptional staff.

This post features one of the new reference librarians at the law library, Adam Mackie. Adam joined us in September 2016. Prior to joining the library, he spent nearly the last decade working and studying in Hawaii and Japan. Adam will be providing reference and research assistance to library patrons, presenting formal and informal research instruction in law school courses, and developing research materials in a variety of formats.

How does your work fit into the core functions of the library/law school?

I think my role here at the law school is to connect patrons with all the valuable resources our library has to offer and to teach something about the research process along the way.