Law

The Homeschool Phenomenon

Not every child today learns in a big building with lots of other students all studying the same things at the same time. In the past twenty years, the homeschool phenomenon has caught fire across America.

It Takes Three: Learning About the Branches of Government and How Laws Get Made

It takes three sets of people -- the president, the judges, and the Congress -- to make our government work. If the president does something wrong, it's up to the judges and Congress to hold him accountable. If laws are made by Congress that people think are not really fair, the judges can strike them down, or the president can choose to veto them before they become laws. Supreme Court judges are appointed by the president, but they usually stay on long after the president has left office, so as time passes we have a mix of different political views.

Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow

book cover for pirate cinema by cory doctorow

Leave it to Cory Doctorow, author, blogger, and technology activist-extraordinaire, to weave a story that successfully blends coming-of-age woes, homelessness, national politics, copyright law, cooking, gadgetry, love, overcoming homophobia, civil disobedience, film-making, mashups, public speaking, the judicial system, beer and coffee brewing, cryptography, and oh so, so much more into a wonderfully geeky, heart-wrenching, page-turning bang-up novel that people of all ages should read.  This book is full of such big, exquisite ideas to learn about that you’ll be Googling your fingers off through the entire story and I mean that in the best way possible.  You will learn reading Pirate Cinema and you will love this as much as you love the characters. 

Federal worker's annuity checks shrinking

Federal worker's annuity checks shrinking

Due to increased federal withholding, federal workers will see a lower number on their annuity checks. Higher health insurance premiums and no cost-of-living adjustments for two years make this change even more noticable.

Retirees can affect the amount of their checks bu adjusting their federal tax withholding deductions at www.opm.gov/retire or by calling 1-888-767-6738. Be aware that changing the amount of withholdings will not change your tax liability.

Tax Time Is Around The Corner

It's that time of the year again: The IRS wants our money, or, if we are lucky, will send us a check to give back some of those hard-earned dollars. But let's be honest: Tax time can be stressful, and tax forms can be quite confusing.

That's why the library offers free instruction booklets for your 2010 Federal Income Taxes as well as the Form 1040EZ.

Westlaw – Start Your Legal Research at the CRRL

Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you would like to know what the law says about a certain topic. But where to start? And how? Law and everything related can be so intimidating: it seems complicated, overwhelming, unorganized, contradicting …
But fear not! Your law library is here to help.
In addition to important and up-to-date print resources, the CRRL offers its patrons access to Westlaw, one of the leading legal research databases.

Locating Government Information from the Government Printing Office

The Government Printing Office (GPO) publishes and distributes official and authentic government publications to Congress, Federal Agencies, Federal Depository Libraries and the American public. The GPO is currently migrating their information from GPO Access to a new system called Federal Digital System or FDsys. FDsys is an advanced digital system that will allow the GPO to manage Government information from all three branches of government. Advantages to the new system include the ability for Congress and Federal Agencies to submit files and orders electronically to the GPO, Government information will reach a wider audience through the internet based system, preservation of information will be ensured even as technology changes, and the GPO will have greater control of the format of the information they receive. Movement from GPO Access to FDsys will be completed on a step by step basis, finishing in 2010.

There are several ways to conduct a search using FDsys. From the homepage in the left menu click on GPO Access - FDsys. On this page you can type a keyword in the text box and conduct a simple search. There is also an advance search option which allows you to select the publication and limit dates. You can also limit your search to full text, branch of government, category or citation. Selecting the help link provides you with information on conducting searches.

Free Legal Forms

 Need a form for business or legal work? We do not have fill in the blank forms, but we have resources available for you. Our resources include both online and print resources. When you are looking for legal forms, Virginia Forms and the Virginia Practice Series are good places to start. The Virginia Forms multi-volume set is available at the Headquarters Branch, Porter Branch, Salem Church Branch and Snow Branch. The Virginia Practice Series is available in the Law Library at the Headquarters Branch. It is also available online through the Westlaw database available in the Law Library. In the Law Library you will also find CLE (Continuing Legal Education) books. These are the three ring binders located on the spinner in the Law Library. These notebooks contain information and examples of forms as provided for continuing education classes for attorneys. In the Quiet Reading Room at the Headquarters Branch, browse the Nolo Press books located on the wall under the window. If you need help finding forms, sign-up for Training on Demand with the Law Librarian!

Finding Legal Opinions on the Web Using Google Scholar and Lexis One

A wealth of free legal information is available on the Internet. When searching for legal opinions or law journal articles, there are two sites that I would like to recommend: Google Scholar and LexisOne.

Resources For Guarding Against Identity Theft

Questions and concerns about identity theft? Check out these web sites:

Onguard On Line
Find tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you guard against internet fraud, help you secure your computer and protect your personal information.

Identity Theft Center
Nonprofit group that provides information to help you understand identity and prevent identity theft. It includes a section for teens.

Identity Theft 911
Provides research, newsletters, and alerts about scams.