In this issue:
- New Videos Highlight the Value of UM Carey Law
- Mango Premier Offers Language Learning Through Foreign Films
- Research Tip: Finding Transcripts
- Access to Justice Conference to Feature Just Advice®
- Maryland Constitutional Law Schmooze Papers Added to the Digital Commons
Mango Premier, the first and only language and culture learning system that teaches its students a new language through watching a foreign film. Twenty different films are now available in English, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese.
To get started, first go to "Mango Language Learning Center" through the Thurgood Marshall Law Library’s database listing, and create your own profile. Once you have created your profile and logged in, select the "Learn" tab from the main menu and then "Language Learning through film."
Mango Premiere has two modes: "Movie Mode" and "Engage Mode." The movie mode will allow you to play the film with subtitles in both your native language and in the new language that you would like to learn. If you want a more interactive experience, the engage mode will break down the movie scene by scene, with quizzing and lessons along the way. The video below provides an excellent introduction to this new learning tool:
Michael Greenberger frequently appears on NPR’s popular Diane Rehm Show to comment on financial regulation and homeland security issues. Transcripts of these programs are a valuable resource for academic legal researchers.
Transcripts are valuable because experts may engage in debate so researchers can learn about different sides of an issue. Additionally, transcripts are useful because experts may make comments that can be used to support assertions in your own writing.
Transcripts are useful for other reasons as well. They are a source of timely information on breaking events, they can provide a contemporaneous commentary on historical events, they can give researchers an idea about the media coverage of a topic, and they are good resources for finding speeches and interviews with public figures.
Both Lexis Advance and WestlawNext include transcripts of selected radio and television programs. Content comes from ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, Federal News Service, Fox, MSNBC, NPR, NBC, PBS, and more. Transcripts may also be available from network or program websites. See below for screen shots on accessing transcripts on Lexis Advance and WestlawNext, click on the image for a larger view.
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All ACCESS to Access to Justice, on Friday, March 21st at the Frances Angelos Law Center - University of Baltimore School of Law. The conference, which will feature UM Carey Law Professor Leigh Maddox, will offer practical programs that develop access to justice strategies to assist the self-represented litigant. Schedule and speaker information is available here, but highlighted programs include the following:
- Beyond Legal Help with Tamara Moore
- Civil Justice, Inc. with Kat Hyland
- Justice Advice® and Academic Legal Clinics with Leigh Maddox
- A Right to Counsel with Pamela Cardullo Ortiz
- Special Populations: Prisoners with Glennor Shirley
- What is A2J? with Honorable Clayton Greene, Jr.
DigitalCommons@UM Carey Law had 41,515 full-text downloads and 35 new submissions were posted. In addition to new submissions by faculty, papers from the Maryland Discussion Group on Constitutionalism – also known as the Maryland Constitutional Law Schmooze, were recently added to the Commons. Started nearly 20 years ago by Mark Tushnet, the Constitutional Law Schmooze provides leading scholars from the legal academy and political science to gather for stimulating discussions on such topics as "Juristocracy," "The Canon of Constitutional Law," and "The Hardest Question in Constitutional Law." Since 2001 the Schmooze has been organized by Professor Mark A. Graber, and since 2003 has been held at the University of Maryland School of Law. Participation in the Schmooze is by invitation. Traditionally each participant is asked to submit a short paper (10-15 pages) related to the discussion topic which serves as the "ticket of admission."