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News desert: what should law librarians do?

Most local newspapers are rapidly disappearing throughout the country. As law librarians, what do we do when these valuable and unique sources of local/community information are gone? When confronted with the issue of news deserts what should law librarians do: to archive them ourselves, rely on other public/private depositories? Potential speakers could include: a local news librarian, an academic librarian from a ...more »

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Legal information from U.S. Territories: What a conundrum!

Legal information from and on the current U.S. territories is a nightmare to find. Most major commercial vendors do not include this information and local institutions do not have the resources to digitize and make this information more accessible. What should we do? Potential speakers include law librarians from different U.S. territories, law librarian specializing in this area, perhaps a government/court librarian ...more »

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French, Spanish, African and Jewish influences in US Law

New Orleans and Louisiana in general with its rich city and legal history is the perfect set for this panel. Legal experts and historical experts will shed some light on the French, Spanish, African and Jewish influences which might have been present and even created in Louisiana or New Orleans and then made it to US law. This panel is sponsored by the Jewish Law Librarians Caucus and the FCIL-SIS. Potential speakers ...more »

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Legislative research in the age of social media

This is a spin-off from our previous panel on Social Media as Primary Sources of Government Information. Law librarians are tasked with finding sources of legislative intent when it comes to bills and laws. With Congress and government agencies using social media as their primary and sole method of communication, how do law librarians account for the access and preservation of this valuable data? Potential speakers include: ...more »

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Jim Crow in NOLA: Segregated libraries, schools and law schools

As recent as last year, the ALA apologized for its silence on segregated libraries in the 1960s: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2018/06/ala-apologizes-for-silence-on.html This declaration came after Shirley and Wayne Wiegand's book about library segregation in the South: https://www.proquest.com/blog/pqblog/2018/The-Hidden-History-of-Segregation-in-Libraries.html Given the fact that these public libraries also served ...more »

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Sentiment analysis in legal scholarship using R/Python

The digital humanities have been engaged in sentiment analysis for quite some time. However, there is little work being done in this area with legal bibliography. This session will cover the basic tools used for sentiment analysis, how to use them, and whether there was a statistically significant shift in legal scholarship following the 2008 financial crisis and the 2016 presidential election.

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Through the Codes Darkly: Slave Law and Civil Law in Louisiana

In his 2012 book, "Through the Codes Darkly: Slave Law and Civil Law in Louisiana" (https://www.lawbookexchange.com/pages/books/59912/vernon-valentine-palmer/through-the-codes-darkly-slave-law-and-civil-law-in-louisiana), Tulane Law Professor Vernon Palmer challenged the prevailing argument that Louisiana's slave laws were more permissive or protective than those of the other states. The differences between Louisiana's ...more »

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Recent Reforms in the French Law of Obligations

Adapted from a symposium recently held at the Louisiana Supreme Court, this panel will address recent reforms to the French Law of Obligations and what they mean both for France and for French-influenced jurisdictions like Louisiana. Speakers will discuss the need for reforms to adapt the law to modern economic and social environments and to make French law more attractive to international markets. Specific changes ...more »

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LA Civil Code & Other Influences on Civil Law in Latin America

The Louisiana civil code has directly and significantly influenced civil law in Latin America. It is generally believed that Spanish language translations of a mid-nineteenth century digest of world civil codes served as the first introduction of the civil law in Latin America. The Louisiana civil code was included in this digest (along with the codes of France, Sicily, Piedmont, the Netherlands, Bavaria, Austria, and ...more »

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Researching, Publishing, and Collecting the Laws of Louisiana

Most law librarians are aware of Louisiana's unique and "different" legal system. But what does that mean for legal research, legal publishing, and collection development in the Pelican State? This program will cover aspects of Louisiana legal research and collection development, including Louisiana's small and specialized legal publishing industry, the importance of print resources in Louisiana legal research, and ...more »

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Is it Napoleonic? Foreign/Domestic Influences on LA Civil Code

Interpreting and researching modern civil law depends upon an understanding of the historical sources from which those laws evolved. People often say that Louisiana uses the Napoleonic Code, but is that true? Louisiana has been both a French and Spanish colony, and it has been a part of the American legal system for over 200 years; it has also been influenced by Roman Law, Greek Law, Canon Law, and the Germanic Civil ...more »

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How Codes are Made: Creating Laws in Civil Jurisdictions

Is there a difference between a code and a set of statutes? How does the process of codification differ between common law and civilian jurisdictions? What roles do legislatures and law reform bodies play? This panel will help librarians to understand the role that codes play in civilian and mixed jurisdictions and how and whether it differs from that of the "codes" that most of us would recognize as codified statutes. ...more »

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Roller Derby and the Law

From copyright and trademark issues in Derby Names To niche state laws : Members of the Maine Roller Derby league skated to the state house in Augusta, Maine Tuesday afternoon to testify in favor of "An Act to Promote Roller Derby," emergency legislation sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland). The bill would add an exception to a law passed in 1991 that prohibits a skater "attempting to overtake" another skater ...more »

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Gadget World---The Future of Gadgets In the Workplace

What devices are waiting for us to buy, explore and use in the next few years? What gadgets will help us solve problems? Can gadgets help make our life/work easier? What gadgets are trending? Will Alexa still be listening to your conversations? How can I manage my cryptocurrency? All these questions and more will be answered in a fun,fast pace session.

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Twitter as a public forum

recent Second Circuit opinion which addressed several questions that arose from President Trump blocking certain Twitter users from his account: To what extent are Twitter accounts "official" government accounts? What should the law make of the "personal" accounts of high government officials? Is an official's Twitter account a "public forum" to which the general public has a right to access?

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