Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Study Abroad 2008 Information

Students interested in OCU Law's summer 2008 study abroad programs should plan to attend an informational session presented by Stetson University College of Law's Associate Dean for International and Cooperative Programs John F. Cooper. The session is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th at 1 pm and repeated at 5 pm in the Homsey Family Moot Court Room (Sarkeys 100).

2008 summer programs are offered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Granada, Spain, The Hague, Netherlands / Freiburg, Germany, and Tianjin, China. The summer programs fill up fast so plan to attend this informational session if you have any interest in studying abroad this summer. OCU Law offers the programs in cooperation with Stetson University College of Law.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Justice Stephen Breyer Materials

Prior to Justice Stephen Breyer's visit to OCU on January 25th, 2008, many students and faculty visited the display of books, articles and speeches written and delivered by Justice Breyer.

If you did not have an opportunity to review these materials and would be interested in doing so, please contact a Reference Librarian.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Let's Go Up In The Goldstar Tower

Last Fall a reporter and photographer were on campus for a story about University President Tom McDaniel. They had some questions about the Goldstar building and mentioned they were going up into the tower to take some photos and invited me to accompany them. The tower has been on lockdown for many years. No one is allowed up there unless it is absolutely necessary and OCU Security must escort them. So I thought I better go now if I ever wanted to see what the tower was like.

We ascended the first fifteen stories or so using a combination of concrete steps and the hanging steel staircase you see in the photos. The steel staircase seems sturdy but as we approached the top it started shaking. The reporter accompanying us got sick and went back down. The final leg of the journey involves climbing the narrow steel ladder. Wasps swarmed in as I neared the small door leading to the top of the tower. Exit the door and you can walk around the top of the tower on a narrow walkway. A low railing is the only thing separating you from the ground, 286 feet below. The view is spectacular. If you have a fear of heights this is definitely not the place for you.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

New Database: Constitutions of the Countries of the World

Constitutions of the Countries of the World provides the authoritative full text of most countries constitutions in English. It also provides historical versions in addition to the current version in force. An Introductory and Comparative Note, written by the experts at Oceana, is included for most countries. The database is full text searchable and is available from the Law Library's page of databases. OCU Law Students and Faculty have access both on and off campus to this database.

Note: For the current year we purchased only 1 user at a time access. If you try and access this database and have problems someone may already be logged on. If there is sufficient demand for more than 1 user at a time we will purchase more subscriptions next year. If you encounter a problem trying to log on please report it here.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

OCU Law Library Launches Blog

Welcome to The Gavel, Blog of the OCU Law Library. The Gavel will keep you up to date with everything going on at the Law Library. You can subscribe to The Gavel by entering your e-mail address in the yellow box in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Subscribers will receive e-mail updates every time a new entry appears.

Alternatively you can always see the most recent entries on the Law Library's Homepage. This blog version of The Gavel will replace the newsletter version previously published only once a semester. Stay tuned for more information about the Law Library.