Friday, June 27, 2008

Recent Supreme Court Decisions

The Supreme Court has handed down several interesting decisions in the past week. Two such decisions, both of which are split 5-4 decisions, are District of Columbia v. Heller, No. 07-290, and Kennedy v. Louisiana, No. 07-343. In District of Columbia, Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, found that the Second Amendment provides individuals the right to own a firearm and that gun ownership is not limited to those persons engaged in military service. The Supreme Court’s entire opinion in District of Columbia can be accessed at

In Kennedy v. Louisiana¸ Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, held that the death penalty is unconstitutional as punishment for the rape of a child. The Supreme Court’s opinion in Kennedy, can be accessed at

Friday, June 20, 2008

Summer Associates

The June edition of the New York Law Journal Magazine is dedicated to topics pertinent to summer associates. The magazine provides guidelines on how to succeed as a summer associate, tips on writing business appropriate e-mail messages, a discussion on the business aspect of law firms, and tips from four former summer associates on how to gain the most from the summer associate experience.

A copy of the New York Law Journal Magazine, volume 7, number 3, June 2008, is on reserve in the library behind the Circulation Desk.