Category Archives: Current Awareness

“A Proper Job” Will be Necessary: Lawyers and Researchers After the EU Exit by Britain (Brexit)

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While the UK Independence Party leader, Brexit advocate, and Member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage has undiplomatically  asserted that his European Parliamentary colleagues have  “never done a proper job” , there will be a great deal of work to be done by the many British and European bureaucrats recently under scrutiny by the victorious  “Leave” movement. The EUBusiness News Service, an independent but well-established reporting service for EU commercial and legal matters, provides a useful Article 50 Factsheet on what should happen once the UK notifies the EU of its intention to leave (whenever that may be, but from that point negotiations must conclude within a two-year period or depart without negotiated terms). While much is undecided, the text of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is provided succinctly at this site; it begins by stating that “…Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.” The official text of the Lisbon Treaty and news on Brexit are available at the EU’s Europa web site.

Numerous news outlets and blogs will teem with information, but just a couple to follow might include the Global Government Forum, a blog for civil servants across jurisdictions (and featuring Sir Paul Jenkins, former head of the UK Government Legal Service, warning of the massive task ahead to undo 40 years of a constitutional arrangement), and the Global Legal Post, a news summary source that warns of a possible British exit from the European human rights regime and court in Strasbourg as well- one that is NOT part of the EU but of a different European body, the 47-member Council of Europe.

In addition to the resources in a previous post just prior to the vote, you may wish to look at UC Berkeley government documents guide on Brexit; there may be other similar guides to this event as the post-referendum process unfolds.

 

Want to be a Judge?

The Judicial appointment process can be confusing at best, but a recent Congressional Research Service report explains the process in detail. It focuses on U.S. Circuit and District court appointments and clarifies the role of the President and the Senate in this process.

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For information on current members of the Judiciary, consult the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary on Westlaw or BNA’s Directory of State and Federal Courts, Judges and Clerks on Bloomberg Law.

Happy National Library Week!

Every April, libraries across the country celebrate National Library Week, thanks to the American Library Association. There are over 119,000 libraries in the United States, serving cities, counties, schools, colleges and corporations.

The Georgetown University library system has over 3.4 million resources for members of the Georgetown community and you can access them through our new OneSearch catalog search. Remember that by using the Request button for main campus items, you can enter your netID and password and ask that the items be delivered to the law campus.

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Celebrate your library this week and thank a library employee!

Introducing Govinfo.gov

The U.S. Government Publishing Office recently introduced their replacement to FDSys.gov. Govinfo.gov provides access to the U.S. Code, Congressional bills, hearings, committee reports, court decisions, the Federal Register, CFR and many more government publications.

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You can search in the Google like box and then use the facets to find your results. Alternatively, you can choose a category to search, limiting your search to just bills, or just regulatory documents, etc. If you are only looking for documents from a specific Congressional committee, you can choose that selection.

Govinfo.gov is currently in beta, so feel free to share suggestions with the U.S. GPO for further improvements. Georgetown Law Library’s research guides are being updated to include this new website and phase out  FDSys.gov. Please ask a reference librarian if you have any questions about the new site for U.S. government information.

2017 Presidential Budget now available

The Presidential budget for 2017 was recently released on Govinfo.gov, the new platform for all info from the U.S. Government Publishing Office. The full report is available to download as a PDF.  Analytical Perspectives and the Appendix, as well as other sections must be downloaded separately. For more information on the President’s Budget Process, feel free to check out the National Conference of State Legislature’s page on the topic.

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2015 Year End Report of the Federal Judiciary

Historically, each year on the last day of the year, the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court releases a year end report highlighting the case load of the federal courts. Chief Justice Robert’s report can be found here. While the workload of the court can be found in the Appendix of the report, this year’s report also focuses on the changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which took occurred in 2015.

Pew Research on Public Opinion of the Supreme Court

The Pew Research Center recently released an article  and report on public perception of the U.S. Supreme Court. As the Court reached the end of another term, Pew conducted a survey of over 2,000 adults and found that 61% of Republicans have an unfavorable opinion of the court as opposed to 31% of Democrats. The article also looks at perception based on religion and race.supremecourt

Summer Reading & Movies

Now that the pace has slowed down a bit, is there time in your schedule for a novel or a movie? Check out our leisure reading section on the left hand side of the Reading Room Reserve section in the Williams Reading Room. Our movie DVD collection is on your right after you exit the Reading Room Reserve section. Here are some of the recent additions:

tomb     Was the Tomb Empty?  by Graeme Smith

                                                               Until She Comes Home, by Lori Roy            home

god    God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison

                                                                                 House of Cards, First Season       cards

 

Come visit the library for your summer reading pleasure!

Sports Corruption, Part Deux (the FIFA edition) UPDATED!!!

It would appear that FIFA got jealous at all the attention the NFL was getting for their corrupt practices and has decided to pull the spotlight back to the other football. The one the rest of the world likes. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice issued indictments for 14 individuals within FIFA. Seven of those individuals were arrested in Switzerland on Wednesday, May 27. The Swiss officials are working with the U.S. in their investigation into FIFA’s alleged corrupt practices, which include (but are most likely not limited to) receiving $150 million worth of bribes from the early 1990s for football tournaments in the US and Latin America via US and Swiss bank accounts. Another case against FIFA officials is for money laundering in association with the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Somehow, despite all of this, Sepp Blatter managed to be re-elected for a fifth term as president of FIFA and began his newest term by ingloriously blaming others for the corruption that runs rampant in the organization, stating that he couldn’t be expected to monitor everyone all the time. While no one expects that, it is apparently too much to ask him to monitor anyone any time. Meanwhile, one of the officials arrested in last week’s raid showed the rest of the world how competent FIFA officials can be when he made a video in which he claimed the arrests were evidence of a US conspiracy to get a World Cup bid. His proof? An Onion article. Not everyone understands satire.

It is thought that more arrests are likely to be made and Sepp Blatter would be wise to refrain from getting too comfortable in his fifth term as president, as the inquiries seem to get closer to him as time goes by. Could it be that the U.S. has finally done something on the international stage that others support (excluding Russia)?

It’s clear that FIFA’s corrupt practices have grown tiresome for some of the countries involved. Perhaps the party is finally ending for FIFA, though one wonders if such systematic corruption can really be remedied with a couple of cases, even if they are brought by powerful countries like the U.S. Still, this is a start.

But don’t just take it from us. John Oliver knows all about FIFA corruption.

UPDATE! Sepp Blatter has resigned! Will miracles never cease?