Category Archives: Current Awareness

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?

Ballghazi and Sports Corruption around the World

Scandals in sports are about as unexpected as scandals in politics, right? But how often do the skies open and send us a scandal as entertaining as Deflategate? The ball jokes alone are enough to send those of us who have the maturity of a 12-year-old boy into giggles. While we may think that the NFL has a monopoly on bumbling incompetence in the form of Roger Goodell, who likes to hand out punishments that have no actual link to the severity of the crime committed, it turns out that Goodell is just following in the footsteps of his international compatriots. The NFL is no more corrupt than FIFA or the International Olympic Committee. Strong words, but true. Even though Tom Brady will be suspended for twice as long as Ray Rice, a man caught on video beating his then-girlfriend-now-wife, Goodell and co. at the NFL are only engaging in the time-honored tradition of citing to rules that they make difficult for others to find (seriously, stop by NFL.com and try to find the rule book from which the Patriots violated the game; for bonus points, find the exact rule that was violated), and hiding behind the notion that while players may do egregious things off the field, the true crime is doing anything to ruin the sanctity and integrity of the game on the field. The Patriots, while certainly not saints in anyone’s imagination, are being punished because they’ve ruined the game on the field, instead of keeping their misbehaviors off the field like everyone else.

If you’d like to learn more about the wild world of Sports Law, take a look at our research guide on the Olympics and International Sports Law as well as our guide on U.S. Sports Law. Books like Fair Play: The Ethics of Sport are in their 4th edition for a reason.

Of course, it all boils down to one simple thought at the end of the day: if the Patriots hadn’t engaged in shady behavior, none of this would be happening. Enjoy the schadenfreude until it’s your team in the spotlight. *cough* Washington D.C. Professional Football Organization *cough*