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October 6, 2003
Sarah Hollingsworth, Editor


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--- Penny Hazelton and Nancy McMurrer
 When you registered your LexisNexis ID and Westlaw password, you agreed to certain restrictions in your use of those products. Specifically, you agreed to limit yourself to "academic" or "educational" use only. But what does that mean, exactly? 
Research for a class for which you will receive academic credit
Research in connection with unpaid work for a non-law school entity for which you will receive academic credit, e.g., an externship
Research for a law school professor as a research or teaching assistant, even if you receive pay for such work
Research in connection with a law-school-approved law journal
Research in connection with activities relating to the law school's Moot Court program
Research in any volunteer or unpaid work (unless you are receiving academic credit for it)
Research in connection with any paid work (unless you are working as a research or teaching assistant for a law professor).  














 By law, the Term of the United States Supreme Court begins on the first Monday in October---this year that falls on Monday, October 6, 2003---and the Term continues until the first Monday in October of the following year. According to the Supreme Court’s official website, at,  there are approximately 8,000 petitions filed during the course of a typical Term, not counting approximately 1,200 applications that can be disposed of by individual Justices.  Some of the important issues the Court will be deciding during this term include: 

The gold standard for Supreme Court news and analysis is BNA’s United States Law Week (USLW) at KF105.1 .U5 (current issues in Reference Office and Reference Area; older issues in Classified Stacks).  Another important resource for Supreme Court news is the Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, which can be found in the Reference Office at KF101.1 P7.   In this monthly (September through April) newsletter, legal scholars analyze all cases given plenary review by the Court during the current Term.   The Preview is also available online, through both LexisNexis (PRE-VU) and Westlaw (SCT-PREVIEW) and on the Internet at   

Needless to say, there is a wide assortment of online Supreme Court resources. 


Query:  There were fifteen 5-to-4 cases decided by the Supreme Court in the 2002-2003 Term.  Of those, on how many were Justices Rehnquist, O’Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas aligned?  The first person to give the right answer to a Reference Librarian has the honor and good fortune of winning this school year’s first fabulous Trivia Prize.  Good luck!










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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

--- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935)
Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court