Current Issue: Vol. 19, no. 6 (February 24, 2014)
A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library
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Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
The website of the Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center at Penn State Law School provides information on agricultural law to the public. The site's most useful feature for students and researchers is the collection of excellent and thorough bibliographies on the Resource Areas page. These research guides on topics such as dairy pricing and regulation and agricultural zoning contain links to federal and state statutes, legislative hearings, regulations, Congressional Research Reports, information pages on federal agency websites, case law, law review articles (some of which are behind pay walls), and even foreign and international websites. The Center's Publications Library provides links to articles written by students and staff at Penn State. The Publications Library is not keyword searchable, but the articles are organized by topic. The News page is updated regularly, and recent updates focus almost solely on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). The website's page on Current Issues in Agricultural Law is useful for laymen looking for information on topics such as the farm bill, food security, climate change, and even urban chickens.
[Author: I. Haight]
The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law is located at Columbia Law School, home to the nation’s first Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic. The website states that “The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law has established Columbia Law School as the preeminent law school for the study of and specialization in the law of gender and sexuality.” The Center’s website provides links to a variety of information resources including GENDER & SEXUALITY LAW ONLINE, a webjournal published by the Center. It is also home to the Gender and Sexuality Blog that reports regularly on news pertaining to sexuality and gender law. There is information about scholarly projects at the Center such as the Family Diversity Initiative and the Engaging Tradition Project, with links to scholarly articles For students, the website provides information about Columbia’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, the certificate program in Gender and Sexuality Law, the curriculum, faculty, visiting scholars and research fellows. Social media links to the Columbia pages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and an RSS feed are also available.
[Author: S. Leers]
In 1999, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence created the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) with funding from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. Through advocacy and education, NCALL strives to challenge and change the beliefs, policies, practices, and systems that allow abuse to occur and continue. NCALL also aims to improve victim safety by increasing the quality and availability of victim services and support. NCALL has added several features to their website with their target audience in mind. First, there are three icons at the top of the top of every page that allow the user to increase/decrease the size of the print on the page, an especially helpful feature for the elderly who have visual impairment issues. Second, there are safety features built into the site that bring victims quickly to information from organizations that provide a variety of resources to victims. This includes a “Get Help” tab, and the “Safe Exit” tab at the top of every page. The “Get Help” tab provides the user with links to organizations that help abuse victims, while the “Safe Exit” tab allows the user to quickly get off this site if they feel they are in danger—jumping to the Google home page with just a click of that tab. A third link, labeled “Web Safety Warning,” provides the user with techniques and advice on how to safely search the web without detection by potential abusers. Information on the site is easily accessed via the tabs that run across the top of the screen: Information, Advocacy, Justice, Community, and All Grant Program. Through the “Information” tab the researcher will find information about the dynamics of elder abuse, forms of elder abuse, training materials, survivor stories, and other resources. The most useful resource found under the Advocacy tab is the “National Policy and Legislation” link. Here the researcher will find links to a listing of laws that impact elder abuse policy, information from the General Accounting Office regarding elder abuse victims and offenders, and “Take Action” resources for contacting legislators and advocating for older victims. Under the Justice tab, the researcher will find resources for those who work in the legal and judicial communities. This is limited to a single PDF document, “The Collaboration Toolkit for Community Organizations: Effective Strategies to Partner with Law Enforcement. This site has the makings to be an excellent resource. Currently, however, it seems to be lacking in content. I expect more in terms of judicial opinions on the topic, and national legislation and regulatory material from a site that bills itself as a "clearinghouse."
[Author: C. Hepler]
InSITE contributors: I. Haight, C. Hepler, S. Leers, J. Pajerek (editor)
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