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New LibGuide: Fastcase

It’s Halloween, so what could be scarier than legal research?  Luckily, the Library has How-to Guides to our legal databases for those new to research or those looking to brush up on their database skills. Our latest guide is How to Use Fastcase.

Fastcase is a legal research service which provides access to state and federal law documents including federal bankruptcy, tax courts, US Supreme Court, federal district and courts of appeal cases as well as federal and state statutes and regulations. This guide focuses on how to use Fastcase on the Library’s public computers, though there is also a Fastcase mobile app available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone devices as well. Fastcase is available on all of the Library’s computers.

Use this guide to learn the fundamentals of Fastcase, from accessing the database in the Library to finding and saving cases, statutes, regulations, and more. There are step-by-step instructions for:

  • Searching Cases
  • Searching Statutes
  • Refining Search Results
  • Printing/Saving Documents

For more database help, check out our How to Use CEB OnLAW, and look for our upcoming How-to Guides on Westlaw and Lexis.

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New California Law Will Look to “Best Interest of Pets” in Divorce

blur canine close up couplePhoto by Danielle Truckenmiller on Pexels.com

By Richard Schulke, Reference Librarian

Custody gets a new twist in California on January 1, 2019—and that would be custody of the pets after a divorce between humans.

Assembly Bill 2274 adds section 2605 to the CA Family Code and requires judges in a dissolution of marriage case that involves pets to take the “best interest of the pet” in deciding who gets custody of the pet.

The judge has the options of sole or joint custody and assigning visitation rights. The judge will look at factors such as who walks, feeds and takes the pet to the vet. There is also the wags the tail test, which the judge can determine by viewing separately which spouse gets the most tail wagging (I made that one up).

Alaska and Illinois have very similar laws already on the books.

So, if you are a practicing family law attorney you better bone up on this new law!


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Free Immigration Law MCLE December 6

Thursday, December 6, 2018, Noon to 1:00pm
Immigration Red Flags: What Every Attorney Needs to Know in the Age of Trump

**Download Flyer Here**

Presented by Sophie Alcorn, Esq.
Alcorn Immigration Law, PC

1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

Immigrants face new challenges every day under the Trump administration. The implications affect your clients whether your practice area is family, criminal, trust and estate, business law, or beyond. This program will cover the basics of immigration law and recent trends for audits, arrests, and deportations. Learn what to ask every client to make sure they have their immigration law needs met—and learn what red flags to spot if they haven’t.

Dec 6 2018 Immigration MCLE Flyer

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Oct. 11 – Free MCLE on reversing Citizens United

Thursday, October 11, 2018, Noon to 1:30
Corporations, Constitutional Law & Democracy: A Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission?
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1.5 Hours Free Participatory MCLE

Presented by Jeff Clements, President of American Promise; former partner, Mintz Levin; former Asst. Attorney General & Bureau Chief, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office; Author, Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money & Global Corporations
In Conversation with Attorney John O’Grady of O’Grady Law Group

How is the U.S. Supreme Court encouraging global and other business corporations to claim First Amendment and other Constitutional rights to avoid regulation, spend unlimited money to influence elections, claim religious exemptions from health insurance laws, and block government investigations? What are the implications of cases such as Citizens United and Hobby Lobby, for Constitutional law, public policy and American democracy? With a growing movement in the States and in Congress to advance a Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and related decisions, what would a 28th Amendment say, how would it work, and what are its prospects?