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Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and members of both the House and Senate. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS is a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill.

CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process — from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities. crs

CRS approaches complex topics from a variety of perspectives and examines all sides of an issue. Staff members analyze current policies and present the impact of proposed policy alternatives to Congressional members.

CRS Reports is a product of this research process. These reports provide detailed analysis on a wide variety of significant legal, scientific, public policy, and foreign policy issues.

Below are a few of the latest CRS Reports obtained by Brooklyn Law School Library.

Integration of Drones into Domestic Airspace:Selected Legal Issues

The 2013 Cybersecurity Executive Order:Overview and Considerations for Congress

Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court:United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry.


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Library Hours for Presidents’ Day Weekend


The BLS Library will be open daily from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm  Friday, Feb. 15th through Monday Feb. 18th.

Enjoy the  long weekend!

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NYS Court of Appeals to Launch New Online Service

On February 1, 2013, the NYS Court of Appeals will launch an online service they developed,  the Court of Appeals Public Access and Search System, aka Court-PASS.   Court-PASS provides an improved method for the filing of records and briefs in digital format on appeals to the Court of Appeals and, for the first time, offers universal online access to these documents through a publicly-searchable database on the Court’s website. nyscoa

Users of this database may view a list of all pending and decided cases listed alphabetically by case name.  In addition, the search function allows users to retrieve pending and decided cases by party name, argument date, decision date, Judge, appeal number, subject matter or a combination of any of the above.

The public will be able to use Court-PASS free of charge to view or download documents from every stage of a case at the Court of Appeals.

Court-PASS  will be maintained as a permanent public archive for documents related to Court of Appeals cases pending on or filed after January 1, 2013.

The Notice to the Bar as well as changes to the Court’s Rules, and revised Technical Specifications are available here.



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Need to Be Plugged Out?

Having a hard time concentrating while you study in the Library? Small noises bothering you? Stop by the library circulation desk and pick up a pair of complimentary ear plugs.Faucet_4

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2012 NYS Judicial Candidate Voter Guide Now Available

For the November 6, 2012 general elections, The New York State Unified Court System has made an online voter guide available for the public with information about candidates for elective judicial office.


The Voter Guide, typically available two weeks before the General Election, covers elected, trial-level judge positions, other than Town and Village Justices. The list of candidates for each position is provided by the State and County Boards of Elections after the judicial nominating conventions take place. The biographical information about each candidate is provided by the candidate.   It is designed to help voters make a more informed decision on Election Day.

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Scheduled Website Outage

This Sunday September 2, 2012, (this weekend) there is a scheduled website outage for website maintenance on the CALI website., CALI lessons, Classcaster, eLangdell and the CALIcon websites will all be affected and offline.

The maintenance is scheduled for 8:00am – 12:00pm (NOON).  After that, all of the websites  should be back and running and “in better shape than ever” according to CALI.

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Interactive HIV/Aids Database


The U.S. Census Bureau today launched an interactive global resource on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths. The database was developed in 1987 and now holds 149,000 statistics, an increase of approximately 10,800 new estimates in the last year, making it the most complete of its kind in the world. The launch comes as thousands of people worldwide meet in Washington, D.C., for the International AIDS Conference this week.

The resource is maintained by the Census Bureau with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The tool is a library of statistics from more than 12,000 articles in international scientific and medical journals, individual countries’ annual HIV/AIDS surveillance reports, and papers and posters presented at international conferences.

The menu-driven access tool permits users to search for statistical information in countries and territories across the world, as well as by subpopulation, geographic subarea (such as urban and rural), age, sex and year (back to 1960).

Statistics for the United States are available separately from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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