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Category: Legal Commentary

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On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation made all slaves free people, making an official end to legally sanctioned slavery. However, Texas refused to acknowledge this, and thus continued these practices. They continued two years after the proclamation, until Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, and announced that the war was over and that slavery was ended. This landing occurred on June 19th, 1865. Huge celebrations erupted, and continue to be held yearly.

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Librarians know it all

Jun 11, 2015

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Sometimes it may seem like your local county law librarian is wandering aimlessly around the stacks but know that what we're doing is looking and thinking about what you need or just asked us about so that you don't have to look dazed and confused.

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With a resounding NO, representatives of the American people voted 67-32 to repeal section 215 of the Patriot Act effectively ending the bulk collection of Americans' communications records

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Category: Legal Commentary

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Freedom of speech is something that we accept as a guaranteed right in the United States. It is in the very first amendment in our Bill of Rights, and we exercise our freedom constantly, especially in newspapers and the media. We often take it for granted- but there was a time when we had to watch our tongues when talking about the government.

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The purpose of the Patriot Act, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2011, was to provide the federal government with the authority to forestall acts of domestic terrorism through heightened surveillance; to include physical, and all electronic means of communications in which Americans engage. The reality is that the Patriot Act is viewed as a heightened and overly broad surveillance in violation of privacy rights of all Americans. The question, then, is whether, under the Patriot Act, has government become too intrusive in the lives of Americans?

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Lexis vs. West

Apr 30, 2015

Category: Miscellaneous

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It’s no secret that in the world of legal publishing there are two big competitors, LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters (Westlaw). Both have things they do really well. I’d be lost without California Forms of Pleading and Practice (thank you Lexis)! Then we have gems like The Rutter Group sets, also known as Rutter Guides (thank you West)! It really boils down to personal preference, or if you’re thorough, you use both in your research.

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Tags : Lexis, West, databases

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Category: Current Events

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Be honest. What do you remember about the Magna Carta?

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Spring Has Sprung

Apr 17, 2015

Category: Current Events

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Spring time is here and what better time that no (right now) than to visit our new Indio Branch library with new furniture, new computers and that new library smell and is located on the first floor of the County Law Building at 82-995 Highway 111 in Indio, CA

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Category: Legal Commentary

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Utilizing the initiative process, by obtaining the necessary number of registered voters signatures, the citizens of California enacted Proposition 47 by a vote of 58.5 to 41.5 percent signaling the intent on the part of California voters to allow for reclassification and resentencing of certain classes of criminal offenders.

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Category: Current Events

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Once a year libraries throughout the nation celebrate National Library Week and bring awareness to the contributions of all libraries and library workers. In 1954 a National Book Committee was formed by the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Book Publishers in response to a growing concern that Americans were less invested in reading than radios, television, and musical instruments. From this committee with help from ALA and the Advertising Council, National Library Week was born. In 1958 the first National Library week was celebrated with the theme, “Wake Up and Read!”

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Tags : Libraries, NLW, MCLE

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