Heafey Headnotes

The latest developments in legal research, legal news, and Heafey Law Library events and policies.


New research guide on the Fisher v. University of Texas case

If you’ve been following the U.S. Supreme Court this year you’re likely already familiar with the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case regarding the consideration of race in undergraduate admission processes.  The law librarians at the University of

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Guatemalan Genocide Trial

On May 10th, a Guatemalan court convicted former dictator Efrain Rios Montt of genocide and crimes against humanity for his part in the killing of more than 1700 Ixil Mayans in the early 1980s, during the Guatemalan Civil War. This

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The Roberts Court

Adam Liptak, the New York Times’s Supreme Court correspondent, is the author of an article in this Sunday’s edition of the paper: Friend of the Corporation in print; Corporations Find A Friend in the Supreme Court online (May 5, 2013).

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Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

This is a link to today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. In Kiobel, Nigerian refugees currently living in the United States attempted to use the 1789 Alien Tort Statute (ATS) – 28 U.S.C. section 1350

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Tax Time

Even though the Internal Revenue Service no longer mails out income tax forms or instructions, they still expect us to mail them a completed return by Monday. Here is a link to the IRS website, which provides a wealth of

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United Nations Research Guides

To mark the 60th anniversary of Dag Hammarskjold’s appointment as Secretary-General of the United Nations, the library named in his honor has produced several UN research guides, including a guide outlining Hammarskjold’s life and career. The Overview of UN Documentation

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Where the Jobs Are?

In March of this year, the Governor of South Dakota signed HB1096, legislation designed to encourage lawyers to practice in underserved areas of the state. The majority of South Dakota lawyers are now concentrated in four counties — Minnehaha, Pennington,

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Time for a Break

The winners have been announced in the Washington Post’s Peeps Show VII, but there is still time to vote in the ABA Journal’s 5th Annual Peeps in Law Contest.  The San Jose Mercury News also has an annual Peeps Contest.

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Hollingsworth v. Perry

The transcript and audio from today’s Supreme Court argument in Hollingsworth v. Perry are already available at the Supreme Court website.  Also, transcript and audio from Wednesday’s argument in United States v. Windsor.

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Violence Against Women Act

This is a link to the text of the Violence against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, which renews and expands 1994 legislation assisting victims of domestic violence. The enrolled bill, which awaits President Obama’s signature, provides new protection for LGBT

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