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January 31, 2011

Wireless Password: xyris

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of January 31, 2011 is xyris.

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January 28, 2011

Court of Appeals Briefs

The library has received 28 Court of Appeals briefs. The docket numbers range from 20080903 to 20100031 (list not inclusive).

If you're looking for a specific brief, contact the library by phone (801-238-7990) or email to make sure we have it. If you can't come in to make copies yourself, we offer a document delivery service for 25¢ per page and will scan the briefs and email them to you.

January 25, 2011

February Classes

columnsHere is the list of free classes the Utah State Law Library is offering in February:

Small Claims Basics
Thursday, February 3rd, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Collecting a Judgment Basics
Thursday, February 10th, 4:30-6:00 pm

Court Website & State Law Library Basics
Friday, February 11th, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Landlord-Tenant Basics
Thursday, February 17th, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

All classes are held in the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City.

Class size is limited, so registration is required. To reserve your spot:
call 801-238-7990 or email library@email.utcourts.gov.

Please Be Prompt!
As a courtesy to our volunteer instructors, please be on time. Classes may be canceled if students are not present at the scheduled start time.

January 24, 2011

State of...2011

State_of_the_Union.jpgThree "State of..." addresses will be delivered this week: today, the State of the Judiciary address will be made by Chief Justice Christine Durham to the Utah Senate at 2 p.m. and to the House of Representatives at 2:40 p.m. On Tuesday night, President Barak Obama will deliver the State of the Union address to the nation at 7 p.m. MST. Then on Wednesday night, Governor Gary Herbert will deliver the State of the State address at 6:30 p.m. in the Utah House chambers.

Court rule gives the duty of presenting the State of the Judicary address to the presiding officer of the Judicial Council, who is the Chief Justice, unless she is unable to perform her duties. Governor Herbert is required by the Utah Constitution to make an annual report to the legislature about the condition of the state. The President is required by the U.S. Constitution to give a report to Congress about the State of the Union - the fact that it happens every year is tradition and not mandated by law.

Wireless Password: water

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of January 24, 2011 is water.

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January 21, 2011

Opening Day of the 2011 Legislative Session

capitol winter.jpg The 2011 General Legislative Session begins Monday, January 24th. The legislative session lasts 45 days and ends on Thursday, March 10th.

There are a number of ways you can keep track of what's happening during the legislative session:

Photo Credit: Utah State Senate

January 20, 2011

2011 State of the Judiciary

capitol with flowers.jpegOn Monday, January 24 at 2 p.m., Chief Justice Christine Durham will present the State of the Judiciary address to the Utah State Senate on the opening day of the state legislature.

Listen or watch live; after the speech, you can also read a transcript of the address.

Transcripts of previous State of the Judiciary addresses are available online from 1998 to 2010.

January 17, 2011

Wireless Password: vines

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of January 17, 2011 is vines.

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January 13, 2011

Library Closed January 17

mlk.gifThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, January 17, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular library hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) resume on Tuesday, January 18.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of this federal holiday. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights leader in the 1950s and 1960s. He won the Nobel Peace Prize and was influential in the peaceful protest movement to abolish segregation. To read more about him, check out the Library of Congress' page Today in History: January 15. More information about Dr. King is available online at the federal government's MLK Day of Service site and at The King Center's site.

January 12, 2011

New Statistical Abstract of the United States

2011statisticalabstract.jpgThe U.S. Census Bureau recently released the 2011 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States. This annual publication is a comprehensive collection of demographic, economic, and social information about the country. The publication of this title is mandated by the U.S. Code. 44 U.S.C. §1343, for example, specifies the number of copies of the Statistical Abstract to be printed.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States has been published nearly every year since 1878, and was originally prepared by the Bureau of Statistics, which was under the U.S. Treasury Department. This agency was transferred to the Department of Commerce and Labor when that department was created in 1903 (Public Law 57-87). and renamed the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce in 1912 (P.L. 62-299). According to the notes following 44 U.S.C. §291 (1964 edition), the Bureau of the Census became the publisher of the Statistical Abstract prior to the 1950 Reorganization Plan under the authority of 5 U.S.C. §601.

Nearly all of the older editions are available online. These older editions provide interesting historical trivial, such as the number of post offices in 1882 (46, 231) or the number of Utah divorces in 1948 (2,199).

January 10, 2011

Wireless Password: uncut

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of January 10, 2011 is uncut.

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January 05, 2011

112th Congressional Session Begins This Week

congress.jpgAmendment XX, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires Congress meet at least once per year, starting on January 3rd or another designated day. A new Congressional session begins every other year on odd-numbered years. This year, the 112th Congress convenes on Wednesday, January 5th.

The first day held by both the Senate and House of Representative are fairly routine. It includes the swearing-in of new members and the selection of officers and leaders. The Oath of Office used for swearing-in Congressional members appears at 5 U.S.C. §3331.

The Congressional Research Service has written excellent guides to first day proceedings of both the Senate and House of Representatives.

January 04, 2011

January Classes

columnsHere is the list of free classes the Utah State Law Library is offering in January:

Small Claims Basics
Thursday, January 6th, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Collecting a Judgment Basics
Thursday, January 13th, 4:30-6:00 pm

Court Website & State Law Library Basics
Friday, January 14th, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Landlord-Tenant Basics
Thursday, January 20th, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

All classes are held in the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City.

Class size is limited, so registration is required. To reserve your spot:
call 801-238-7990 or email library@email.utcourts.gov.

Please Be Prompt!
As a courtesy to our volunteer instructors, please be on time. Classes may be canceled if students are not present at the scheduled start time.

January 03, 2011

Wireless Password: turfs

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of January 3, 2011 is turfs.

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