A diverse panel of law students share what makes a legal education at UM Carey Law special in a series of YouTube videos, entitled: "Why UM Carey Law?" Each student highlights a different aspect of Carey Law's strengths: to practical and engaging educational opportunities, vibrant teaching, and a collaborative atmosphere, to a strong professional network of colleagues built to help students succeed.
The Law Library subscribes to 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:
Legal experts are often invited to radio and television news programs to give their opinions on the issues under discussion. For example, our own 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.
The Law Library Association of Maryland (LLAM) is offering a day-long symposium called 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
Last month, 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."