July 2010

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York Courts

September 2013

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York courts

April 2008

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York Courts

In front of the Women in the Law Room, June 17, 2013

A most appropriate setting for the reception honoring the 2 newest Court of Appeals judges (Pictured, l. to r.: Justices Pigott, Smith, Rivera, & Abdus-Salaam)

Judicial Portrait Collection

Row of oil paintings at the entrance to the library

Hands-on learning

The School Without Walls Summer Law Camp visiting the Rare Book Room & staff workroom during a tour of the library August 15, 2013

International visitors

A legal delegation from the Ukraine with library staff members September 25, 2013

UB law students visit the library

Students begin their tour of the library on January 23, 2014

Spring 2014

Colorful patches from the library's display on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

2015 Black History Month display

Celebrating a new generation

Through November 2015

800th anniversary of Magna Carta

November 16, 2015

Front page news

You'll find quite a good article on the NYCRR Digital Archive in the Buffalo Law Journal today. The reporter does a nice job of capturing the collaboration it took to get it done, as well as its usefulness to legal researchers. We're so thrilled to have helped make the project happen!

If you need help using the database, please call our reference desk at 585-530-3251. If you've already used it, we'd love to hear your feedback!

Update (November 17, 2015): the Buffalo Law Journal story was picked up by national library news! (Look for the picture of "Team Green.")

October 30, 2015

The NYCRR Digital Archive is up and running!

After three years of concerted effort the Appellate Division Law Library, the Charles B. Sears Law Library at the University of Buffalo Law School, and the State Supreme Court Law Library in Buffalo are pleased to announce the "greatest thing since sliced bread" is now available free online.

The New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) is where you would find environmental rules about car emissions or the guidelines for what a stop sign should look like. Like most law, the NYCRR is constantly changing. Although it is easy to find the current version, finding past versions was very difficult. If you needed to know what regulations governed the mortgage you took out in 1991, your only option was to travel to one of the few libraries that kept the old print versions and sift through hundreds of binders until you found what you were looking for. The process could take hours, even days to complete.

This is no longer the case, thanks to the NYCRR Digital Archive. This free online database allows anyone to search through past versions of rules and regulations that were in effect from 1945-2001.

If you need help using the database, please call our reference desk at 585-530-3251.

October 27, 2015

Salem Witch Trials

The Daily Record today featured a review by Christine Bowersox, Collection Management Librarian at Harris Beach, of resources on the Salem Witch Trials. That piqued our curiosity: did we own any of the works on her list? We do have one, "Trials for Witchcraft Before the Special Court of Oyer and Terminer." It's in Volume 1 of American Criminal Trials, in our Rare Book Room. You can find a free electronic version of American Criminal Trials in the Hathi Trust Digital Library.

We also have books on the subject from two excellent series:
The Salem witchcraft trials : a legal history
from the series Landmark law cases & American society
Narratives of the witchcraft cases, 1648-1706
from the series Notable Trials Library.

Also worth mentioning is the University of Virginia's Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project, an impressive collection of primary sources, historical maps, and contemporary commentary.

October 14, 2015

Villain or victim?

The Wolf: villain or victim?
The Three Pigs: innocent or at fault?
The Jurors, Miss Muffet, Bo Peep, Cinderella and Humpty-Dumpty: solid citizens or characters with a past?

RAPA Family Theatre promises fun-filled proceedings in The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf, running October 23 through November 1. By the author of The Trial of Goldilocks.

For details, please visit the website of the Kodak Center for Performing Arts.

September 29, 2015

Westlaw now available for public use

Westlaw Next, the latest legal database platform from Thomson Reuters, is now available to the public. It can be accessed from any of the library's public computers, along with a "getting started" help guide.

Westlaw Next is available in addition to Lexis.com, and includes a robust selection of New York and federal legal materials.

September 1, 2015

Labor Day

They were cleaning the windows across the street on this fine late-summer afternoon.

We will be closed Monday, September 7th for Labor Day. Have a safe and happy holiday.

August 5, 2015

Legislative history tips

We had occasion this week to compile a guide to doing legislative history for some new court staff.
We hope others may also find it handy.

 Legislative History Tips
Identify the chapter or section to be researched.

Consult the latest McKinney’s/CLS for historical notes for the year and chapter of the legislation and references to other documents.

Consult McKinney’s/CLS Session Laws for the law as it was sent to the governor for signing and the McKinney’s Session Laws for its accompanying legislative memorandum.

Check the governor’s bill jackets for memoranda using the year and chapter of the law in the 2nd floor microfiche collection. Governor’s bill jackets from 1995 to 2012 are also available at: http://digitalcollections.archives.nysed.gov/index.php/Detail/Collection/Show/collection_id/3723.

See the New York State Legislative Annual as well as the New York State Legislative Digest on the balcony for additional information.

Check http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/ for summaries, actions taken, votes, memoranda, or text of the bill itself.

For assistance contact a librarian at 585-530-3251 or ad4ref@nycourts.gov, or stop by the reference desk.