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Congratulations graduates of Yale Law School Class of 2013! As YLS alumni, you will continue to have access to the Law Library to study or prepare for the bar exam; however your bowing privileges will end August 23, 2013 (and other campus library borrowing privileges end August 20). Beginning in the fall, your Net ID and password will expire, and you will only have access to Law Library databases from the terminals in the Library.
Your student access Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg will end at various times over the summer and fall.
Westlaw: Access for the Class of 2013 ends November 30, 2013.
Lexis Advance: Access for the Class of 2013 ends July 31, 2013.
Bloomberg: Access for the Class of 2013 ends around November 20, 2013.
Even though you will no longer have access to the Law Library’s databases, as Yale Alumni you will have free access to JSTOR’s extensive collection of online scholarly materials thanks to the Association of Yale Alumni (you can read more about the service here).
The reference librarians are also available to help with your research and reference questions in person, via email, chat, or on the phone at 203-432-1606.
Congratulations and good luck!
In Backlash Politics: How Constitutional Litigation Has Advanced Marriage Equality in the United States, Professor William Eskridge, Jr. offers an account of marriage equality's constitutional success that includes an analysis of the risk that backlash politics poses to successful litigation-driven social movements. As Prof. Eskridge uses the term, the politics of backlash is a politics in which "people invest their identities and often their feelings of disgust into particular preferences." Eskridge warns that when a minority group triggers a politics of disgust, "the polity needs to move slowly and incrementally as it recognizes the just claims of the minority." Prof. Eskridge concludes that although constitutional litigation significantly advanced the cause of marriage equality, such success depends on the ability of litigators to minimize the risk of backlash.
Gerald N. Rosenberg, The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? (2d ed. 2008).
Linda Greenhouse & Reva B. Siegel, Before (and After) Roe v. Wade: New Questions about Backlash, 120 Yale L.J. 2028 (2011).
Scott L. Cummings & Douglas NeJaime, Lawyering for Marriage Equality, 57 UCLA L. Rev. 1235 (2010).
William N. Eskridge Jr., Channeling: Identity-Based Social Movements and Public Law, 150 U. Pa. L. Rev. 419 (2001).
Apologies for the inconvenience, but the reference desk will be closing early today, Tuesday 4/23/2013 and no reference services will be available.
Thanks for your understanding and Happy Researching!
Meet the author, Jonathan Macey, and listen to a conversation about his new book. Why did the financial scandals really happen? Why are they continuing to happen? In The Death of Corporate Reputation, Jonathan Macey reveals the real, non-intuitive reason, and offers a new path forward.
For over a century law firms, investment banks, accounting firms, credit rating agencies and companies seeking regular access to U.S. capital markets made large investments in their reputations. They treated customers well and sometimesendured losses in transactions or business deals in order to sustain and nurturetheir reputations as faithful brokers and “gate-keepers.” This has changed completely. The existing business model among leading participants in today’s capital markets no longer treats customers as valued clients whose trust must be earned and nurtured, but as one-off“counter-parties” to whom no duties areowed and no loyalty is required. The rough and tumble norms of the market-place have replaced the long-standingreputationalmodel in U.S. finance.
This book describes the transformation inAmerican financefrom the old reputational model to the existinglaissez fairemodel and argues that the change came as a result of threefactors: (1) the growth of reliance on regulation rather than reputation as the primary mechanism for protecting customers and (2) the increasing complexity of regulation, which made technical expertise rather than reputation the primary criterion on which customers choose who to do business with in today’s markets; and (3) the rise of the “cult of personality” on Wall Street, which has led to a secular demise in the relevance of companies’ reputations and the concomitant rise of individual “rain-makers” reputation as the basis for premium pricing of financial services. This compelling book will drive the debate about the financial crisis and financial regulation for years to come--both inside and outside the industry.
In his recent article in the Cornell Law Review Professor Jonathan Macey examines the process of "regulation by assimilation", arguing that assimilation is common in the financial world and has negative, unanticipated consequences.
"Regulation by assimilation" refers to the process by which government regulators mandate the use of certain market- and financial sector-generated devices and institutions. Examples of assimilated devices and institutions include credit ratings generated by credit ratings agencies (a.k.a. by regulators as Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations), Value at Risk (VaR) models, advisory and fairness opinions and audits of corporations' financial results by independent auditors.
Prof. Macey explains how regulation by assimilation weakens and corrupts the efficacy of the very devices and institutions that have been assimilated. His analysis indicates that the process of assimilation "was a major cause of the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 because it distorted the ability of firms and markets to measure and assess the riskiness of their activities."
Frank Partnoy, Infectious Greed: How Deceit and Risk Corrupted the Financial Markets (2009).
Helen M. Bowers, Fairness Opinions and the Business Judgment Rule: An Empirical Investigation of Target Firms' Use of Fairness Opinions, 96 Nw. U. L. Rev. 567 (2002).
Jonathan R. Macey, The Death of Corporate Reputation: How Overregulation Has Destroyed Integrity on Wall Street (2013).
Theodore Eisenberg & Jonathan R. Macey, Was Arthur Anderson Different? An Empirical Examination of Major Accounting Firm Audits of Large Clients, 1 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 263 (2004).
Summer Access to Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg
LEXISNEXIS & LEXIS ADVANCE
No registration for summer access is required if you already have a registered Lexis Advance ID.
Students will have unlimited access to be used for your academic, as well as any Summer Associate, Internship and Clerkship purposes. If you aren't a registered Lexis Advance user yet, please be reminded that you will need to be a registered Lexis Advance user to be able to access Lexis.com as well as Lexis Advance to conduct your legal research. Graduating 3Ls will have the same unlimited access to Lexis Advance through July 31st, 2013.
For questions and assistance, please contact Meredith Shuman, LexisNexis Representative.
WESTLAW & WESTLAWNEXT
Students may register for full Westlaw and WestlawNext summer access as long as you are requesting access for one of the following:
- Law Review and Journal Work
- Summer course work
- Project for a Professor
- Moot Court
- Unpaid Non-Profit Public Interest Internship/Externship or Pro Bono Work Required for Graduation
Graduating student passwords will expire end of May 2013. Graduating students can extend their passwords for bar preparation by registering for extended summer access here . If you have questions about Westlaw summer access, please contact Holly Rush, Westlaw representative.
All registered students will have unlimited Bloomberg access during summer. Graduating students will have unlimited and unrestricted Bloomberg access for 6 months following graduation. If you have a questions about Bloomberg summer access or need need to activate your Bloomberg law password, please contact our Bloomberg representative, Pamela Haahr.
For further information, please see the law library Summer Survival Skills 2013 page.
Meet the author, Logan Beirne and listen to a conversation about his new book. With commentary by William N. Eskridge, Jr.
'Blood of Tyrants' reveals the surprising details of our Founding Fathers' approach to government and this history's impact on today. Delving into the forgotten-and often lurid-facts of the Revolutionary War, Logan Beirne focuses on the nation's first commander in chief, George Washington, as he shaped the very meaning of the United States Constitution in the heat of battle.Key episodes illustrate how the Founders dealt with thorny wartime issues: Who decides war strategy? When should we use military tribunals over civilian trials? Should we inflict harsh treatment on enemy captives if it means saving American lives? How do we protect citizens' rights when the nation is struggling to defend itself? Beirne finds evidence in previously-unexplored documents such as General Washington's letters debating torture, an eyewitness account of the military tribunal that executed a British prisoner, Founders' letters warning against government debt, and communications pointing to a power struggle between Washington and the Continental Congress.Vivid stories from the Revolution frame Washington's pivotal role in the drafting of the Constitution. The Founders saw the first American commander in chief as the template for all future presidents: a leader who would fiercely defend Americans' rights and liberties against all forms of aggression. 'Blood of Tyrants' pulls the reader directly into the scenes, filling the void in our understanding of the presidency and our ingenious Founders' pragmatic approach to issues we still face today.
Apologies for the inconvenience, but the reference desk will be closed on Friday 3/29/2013 and no reference services will be available. Regular reference hours will resume Saturday 3/30/2013.
Enjoy your weekend and happy researching!
Library access hours remain the same during Spring Break. However, the Reference Desk has modified service hours (see detailed message below), and the Circulation Desk will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays during the break.
Reference Desk Hours: Spring Break
Monday - Friday: 9 am - 1 pm; 2 pm - 6 pm
Saturdays: 1 pm - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 8 pm
Weekday Reference Services
The Reference Desk will be staffed by a Law Librarian during Spring Break, Monday through Friday from 9 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 6pm. Librarians will conduct reference from their offices, so please consult the sign at the Reference Desk or consult the Circulation Desk for directions. There will be no evening Reference Desk coverage during the week of Spring Break.
Weekend Reference Services
The Reference Desk will be staffed from 1 - 5 pm on Saturday, March 16 and from 12 pm - 8 pm on Sunday, March 17. Likewise, the Reference Desk will be staffed from 1 - 5 pm on Saturday, March 23 and from 12 pm - 8 pm Sunday, March 24.
IM (Instant Message) Reference
Monday - Friday: 9 am - 1pm; 2 pm - 6 pm
Saturdays: 1 pm - 5 pm
Sundays: 12 pm - 8 pm
Schedule a Reference Consultation with a Law Librarian
For More Information on our Services: See the Reference Department.