“Congratulations, Buffs!” – Chancellor DiStefano

Good morning you congratulated Law Buffs and Calves,

With the semester coming to a close, you law librarians at the William A. Wise Law Library want to share 10 possibly interesting articles with all of you fantastic students. The following 10 articles were pulled from either: the AALL Newsletter, the ABA Newsletter, Law360, or the vLex Newsletter.

Introduction: “Is social cohesion possible in plural societies? Philosopher H. L. A. Hart weighed in amid debates on abortion and same-sex relationships.”

Introduction: “Congratulations on another semester of law school in the books! What do you have planned for your break? Make sure taking time to rest and recharge is on the agenda. Listen to psychologist Art Markman and HBS associate Professor Kaitlin Woolley from HBR IdeaCast, How to Use All Your Vacation - And Really Unplug to learn why taking a break is so important.”

Excerpt: “The baby bar exam is officially known as the First-Year Law Students’ Examination, according to Law.com. Those who must pass the exam include those who are “reading the law,” such as Kardashian, and those who attend law schools that are not accredited by the ABA or the state bar.”

Introduction: “Information is power, and if you’re an iPhone user, you can now get more information about how often your apps access your data (for example, your location or your microphone). The App Privacy Report, which became available with iOS 15.2, also lets you know each app’s web activity and what domains they attach to.”

Introduction: “Finally, it’s winter break! Law students get to take a long rest from school, travel to see their family and significant others for the holidays, catch up on the latest television shows and movies, and take their minds off of thick casebooks and legal briefs. But winter break is not just a good time to rest, relax, and recuperate. It is also a great opportunity to take stock and reflect on your law school experience thus far and your plans going forward. Yes, this does involve law school, but it’s also about self-growth.”

“A San Antonio appellate panel has tossed claims against the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. related to spikes in the price of energy during February's winter storm, agreeing that the utility suing ERCOT should have pursued its claims with state regulators before filing suit.”

Introduction: “If your family celebrates Christmas and expects a visit from Santa Claus, you and yours are hoping for a successful visit from the jolly old elf and his reindeer. Local, federal and foreign governments are doing their regulatory best to speed his mail and ease his journey across borders with foreign livestock, regardless of his nationality or the emissions his vehicle produces.”

Excerpt: “A recent article from the Law Library Journal sheds some light on the age-old question: USCA or USCS? The article, "Comparing the United States Code Annotate and the United States Code Service Using Inferential Statistics: Are Their Annotations Equal?" 113 Law Lib. J 207, is available on HeinOnline. Most people assume they are basically the same, but author Emily Marcum concludes that’s not the case”

Excerpt: “Taylor Swift will face a jury trial over accusations that she plagiarized lyrics for her 2014 hit Shake It Off from another song. A US judge refused Swift’s request for the case to be dismissed on the grounds that a jury could find that the song copied Playas Gon’ Play, a song released by girl group 3LW in 2001. Both songs feature variations on the lines ‘players gonna play” and “haters gonna hate.’”