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May 30, 2011

Wireless Password: oasis

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of May 30, 2011 is oasis.

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May 27, 2011

New Title: Utah Legal Research

UtahLegalResearch.jpg The first comprehensive legal research guide for Utah, Utah Legal Research, was recently published by William S. Hein & Co., Inc. This book was written by Utah State Law Librarian Jessica Van Buren, Reference Librarian Mari Cheney, and Justice Court Judge Marsha Thomas.

Topics include legislative and judicial resources, administrative law, Utah practice materials, tips for self-represented litigants and a guide to online legal resources. The appendices include a comprehensive list of secondary sources for further research and a bibliography of Utah judge memorials and profiles.

Stop by the law library to browse or read this title.

May 26, 2011

Library Closed on Memorial Day

2179841898_d33a2df4d5_t.jpgThe library and all Utah State Courts will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

According to Federal law, Memorial Day is a legal public holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday of May. See 5 U.S.C. § 6103.

For more information about the origins of Memorial Day, check out the Department of Veterans Affairs' website and the Library of Congress' page called "Today in History: May 30."

May 23, 2011

Wireless Password: nomad

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of May 23, 2011 is nomad.

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May 20, 2011

Court of Appeals Briefs

The library has received 19 Court of Appeals briefs. The docket numbers range from 20080043-20100253 (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.

June Classes

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

Small Claims Basics
Thursday, June 2nd, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Collecting a Judgment Basics
Thursday, June 9th, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Court Website & State Law Library Basics
Friday, June 10th, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Landlord-Tenant Basics
Thursday, June 16th, 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.

May 16, 2011

Wireless Password: motel

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of May 16, 2011 is motel.

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May 10, 2011

Effective Dates of 2011 Legislative Session Laws

IMG_2702.jpgThe default effective date for laws passed during the 2011 legislative session is May 10th, unless otherwise specified in the law. This is specified in the Utah Constitution at Article VI, section 25, which states, "All acts shall be officially published, and no act shall take effect until sixty days after the adjournment of the session at which it passed, unless the Legislature by a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, shall otherwise direct.

To find out the effective date of a particular law, go to the Utah State Legislature's passed bills page, select 2011 General Session from the drop down box, and click on the Effective Date heading to sort the list by that criteria. The effective dates for the laws passed during the 2011 General Session range from January 1, 2011, to July 1, 2013.

Some of the bills that go into effect today, May 10, 2011, are:

  • H.B. 13, Immunizations for Teen Mothers
  • H.B. 497, the Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act
  • S.B. 124, Leaving a Child Unattended in a Motor Vehicle

May 09, 2011

Wireless Password: lands

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of May 9, 2011 is lands.

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May 06, 2011

Utah Archaeology Week

excavation.jpgMay 7-14 is Utah Archaeology Week, a week celebrating Utah's prehistoric peoples and cultures. Free events will be held throughout the state.

Laws governing archaeological sites in Utah can be found at Title 9, Chapter 8, Section 301 et seq. of the Utah Code. These laws created the Antiquities Section which helps protect sites and artifacts, governs excavation permits, and details the penalties for violating these laws.

If you're interested in learning more about Utah's archaeological history and sites, check out archaeology publications available through the Utah State History website.

May 03, 2011

Law Library Photo Contest Winners

During the month of February law libraries across the country were invited to photograph all aspects law librarianship for the American Association of Law Libraries' 2011 Day in the Life Photo Contest.

A committee selects the three best photos in five different categories:

  • Librarians as Information Evaluators and Managers
  • Librarians as Expert Researchers
  • Librarians as Teachers and Trainers
  • Librarians as Trailblazers in New Technology
  • The Artistry of Librarianship
  • Most Humorous

We were thrilled to learn that one of our entries got second place in its category, and another won its category!

This photo - Running Down the Details - won second place in the Librarians as Information Evaluators and Managers category.

This photo - Preparing for Parenthood - was voted the best photograph in the Librarians as Expert Researchers category.

You can see all the winning entries on the AALL website.

We also submitted several other photos. All of our entries are posted on our Facebook page.

May 02, 2011

Wireless Password: kenya

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of May 2, 2011 is kenya.

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