Tuesday, July 10, 2018

President Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Yesterday, President Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for the United States Supreme Court.  Kavanaugh was once a law clerk for Justice Kennedy, whose seat he will fill if confirmed.

There have been many articles written recently about the nomination and Kavanaugh, however, students at Gonzaga Law have access to resources where they can read about Kavanaugh’s work straight from the source.  Check out our recent post on the Chastek Library Facebook page for instructions on how to research and read Kavanaugh’s opinions for yourself using Westlaw.   

Lexis Advance also provides a good overview of Kavanaugh’s career as a judge with links to dockets, opinions, secondary sources, and an “In the News” section.  There is also a data visualization of his ruling history.  To access this, log into Lexis Advance, click on the box in the upper-left corner of the screen and select “Litigation Profile Suite.” Change the drop-down menu to “Judge” and search for Kavanaugh. 

Now would be a great time to read up on Kavanaugh’s professional history as we await his confirmation hearing in the coming weeks.  If you would like additional assistance in researching Kavanaugh or other judges, please come visit us in the library.  We are happy to help!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Library Closed for Independence Day

Chastek Library will be closed all day Wednesday, July 4 for the holiday. We will reopen Thursday, July 5 at 7:30am.

Bar prep hours go into effect this Thursday, July 5. The library will be open for students to use until midnight Sunday-Thursday until July 22. Hours for the library can be found at http://libguides.law.gonzaga.edu/hours

Faculty Scholarship

Professor Ann M. Murphy authored Chapter 4 of Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tax Opinions (2017). The judgment Professor Murphy authored is Lucas v. Earl, 28 U.S. 111 (1930). 
The book is available in the Chastek Library at KF6289 .F46 2017 - New Books.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Civil Rights Act of 1964

On July 2, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Pub. L. No. 88-352, 78 Stat. 241. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the nation's premier civil rights legislation. The Act outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, required equal access to public places and employment, and enforced desegregation of schools and the right to vote.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Announces Retirement

Justice Anthony Kennedy
Today, June 27th, United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement effective July 31st, 2018.  Nominated by President Ronald Reagan, Justice Kennedy was sworn in to the Supreme Court in 1988.  He became the swing vote, often serving as the pivotal vote in many close cases.  Read more about Justice Kennedy and explore some of the cases he presided over here.

Justice Kennedy’s retirement will provide President Trump with his second Supreme Court nomination since taking office.  Possible nominees include names considered for Justice Gorsuch’s seat such as federal appeals court judge and former Kennedy law clerk, Brett Kavanaugh and federal judges William Pryor, Thomas Hardiman, and Amul Thapar.  

Read more about Justice Kennedy’s career and retirement here and here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Supreme Court Rules on Trump Travel Ban and Free Speech

In two 5-4 decisions, the Supreme Court has upheld the Trump Travel Ban and sided with pro-life pregnancy centers.

Trump, President of the United States, et al. v. Hawaii et al.

President Trump signed his first travel ban just one week after taking office in 2017 and it was immediately challenged in the courts. A new version was issued months later and was blocked as well. In September, President Trump wrote a presidential proclamation which restricted entry to the United States by emigrants from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela, and North Korea. After this latest ban was challenged, the Supreme Court decided to take the case and heard arguments in January 2018. 

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. wrote that there was ample authority to make national security judgments which led to restricted travel from the eight nations and forbid nationals from working, studying, or vacationing in the United States. To read the opinion, visit https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-965_h315.pdf

National Institute of Family and life Advocates, dba NIFLA, et al. v. Becerra, Attorney General of California, et al.

In 2015, California passed the FACT Act (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency Act), an act that requires clinics that primarily assist pregnant women to provide notices of free or low cost state issued services, and also provide patients with a phone number to call. The state-sponsored services being advertised can range from prenatal care, family planning services, and abortion. According to the FACT Act, these unlicensed clinics, or pregnancy centers, must also provide written notice that they are not a licensed medical facility through the state of California. The Act's stated purpose is to "ensure that pregnant women know when they are receiving health care from licensed professionals."

Oral arguments were held in March 2018 and, in a 5-4 decision, the court sided with the pregnancy centers who argued that the FACT Act violated their right to free speech; Justice Thomas writing, "the dangers associated with content-based regulations of speech are also present in the context of professional speech" and that "if California's goal is to educate low-income women about the services it provides, then the licensed notice is 'wildly underinclusive'." To read the whole opinion, visit https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-1140_5368.pdf

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Supreme Court says "Yes!" to online sales tax

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has decided that online retail spaces can be required to collect sales tax even in states where they have no physical presence. When overruling Quill Corporation v. North Dakota, the Supreme Court opined that the 1992 decision had caused states to lose billions in annual tax revenues.

To read the Court's opinion, please visit https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-494_j4el.pdf

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Zag Law Library News

Enjoy the first issue of the bi-monthly Zag Law Library News newsletter. The next issue will be released in early August 2018.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Bar Exam Preparation Guide Now Available

 Studying for the bar exam this summer and looking for some additional resources to help you prepare?  The library has a variety of study aids including Multistate Bar Exam flashcards, practice questions from past administered exams, and books with some general advice for taking exams.  Many are located at the circulation desk for 2-hour checkout, but you can also find some older editions located on the 3rd floor to check out for a longer period.

Check out our new LibGuide for Bar Exam Preparation to find the right resource for you.  As always, if you have any questions, or just need a pep talk to get you through, come talk to us at the circulation desk!

Friday, June 15, 2018

E.U.'s New Privacy Regulations

Have you noticed updates to the privacy policies on your mobile apps recently?  Many apps have been updating their privacy policies to comply with the new EU privacy legislation that recently took effect May 25th

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is one of the toughest privacy laws in the world today.  One of its effects will require companies doing business online in Europe to obtain express consent from users and be more upfront with the use of personal information.  Although this law only protects the 28 member countries of the European Union, many companies operating globally will need to comply with the regulation, which will protect customers around the world.  Depending on its success in Europe, this law may serve as a framework for a similar law here in the United States.  California’s proposed Consumer Privacy Act may be one of the first U.S. laws to contain GDPR inspired provisions. 

So next time you see one of those privacy notices pop up on your phone, take a closer look at how your privacy is protected, and be on the lookout for new cybersecurity laws coming in the near future.