Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Self-Help Forms Clinics in Carson City in April

Nevada Legal Services holds free forms completion clinics twice monthly in Carson City for people who are representing themselves in court.  The clinics are held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Nevada Supreme Court Library (at 201 S. Carson Street - enter using Stewart Street entrance) and the fourth Thursday of each month at the Business Resource Innovation Center (at 108 E. Proctor Street - click on link for map).  The next scheduled clinics are April 10 at the Supreme Court and April 24 at the BRIC.  NLS brings a volunteer attorney, a paralegal, and a notary public.  There is no charge and no income restrictions for these clinics.  Patrons are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additionally in April, NLS is holding a special clinic for seniors at the law library on April 25. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Serving Our Seniors - Nevada Legal Services Clinic

Supreme Court Library is hosting Nevada Legal Services "Serving Our Seniors" on Friday, April 25, from 1-3 p.m.  Sponsored by the ABA Young Lawyers Division and Nevada Legal Services

Please call NLS at 775-284-3491 x214 to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Free WestlawNext Training and CLE at the Law Library

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Room 107 of the Law Library, we will be offering the following two CLE programs:

10-11a - Introduction to WestlawNext (1 hour of general credit)
11a-12p - Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Using Westlaw (1 hour of ethics credit)

Introduction to WestlawNext
*New easy to use interface
*Search from an all-in-one search box
*Customize your display of information
*Browse faster with case summaries
*Track research with visual indicators
*Sort and filter results
*Email and download your search results

Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Using Westlaw
*Research strategies for searching primary and secondary sources of law on legal ethics and professional responsibility

RSVP by calling the Reference Desk (775-684-1640).

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Federal Depository Library eBooks

The FDLP is now offering eBooks in addition to print, electronic (online and CD-ROM), and microformats:
To help meet the needs of the Federal Depository Library (FDL) community, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made eBooks available in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP). These titles are joining the growing number of online resources that have been a vital part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) for over 20 years. Users can download GPO-provided files of eBooks free of charge, for use on various eBook reading devices. GPO’s goal is to expand and provide greater access to U.S. Federal Government content.
GPO eBooks are included in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP).  Check out the eBooks FAQ page and then find one by browsing, or searching (use the search box on the eBooks page).

Note:  as of today, most of the eBooks are related to health and defense, although there is one on medicare:  Medicare & You.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tax Forms Have Arrived

The IRS has a cool email service called IRS Tax Tips.  Today's email message is titled Four Ways to Get IRS Forms and Publications. 

Four Ways to Get IRS Forms and Publications
The IRS offers free tax forms and publications on many topics. Here are four easy ways to get the tax products you need from the IRS:
1. On the Internet.  Get everything you need 24 hours a day 7 days a week on To view and download tax products, click on the ‘Forms and Pubs’ tab. Many products appear online before they’re available on paper.
2. Order by Phone.  Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) Mondaythrough Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. Hours of service in Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific time. You’ll typically receive your order by mail within 7 to 10 days.
3. In IRS Offices.  Get the tax products you need at IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers across the country. Visit to find the nearest IRS Center. Select the ‘Help and Resources’ tab, and then click on ‘Contact Your Local IRS Office.’ Use the ‘Office Locator’ tool to search for the closest office by zip code. You can also select your state for a list of offices and services available at each office.
4. In Your Community.  Many libraries and post offices offer free tax forms during the tax filing season. Some libraries also have copies of common IRS publications.

The Nevada State Library and Archives orders basic tax forms in print for its patrons and as a courtesy provides forms to the Supreme Court Law Library.  The NSLA is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located at 100 N. Stewart St. in Carson City, right next door to the Supreme Court building.  The Supreme Court Law Library is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

As of now, we are awaiting receipt of the 1040 and 1040EZ instructions and 1040 Schedule A.

If you want to visit an IRS office, there are IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers in both Las Vegas and Reno.  Contact information is on the IRS website.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Treatise Spotlight: Law of Electronic Commerce, 4th

Title:  Law of Electronic Commerce, 4th
Author:  Jane Kaufman Winn and Benjamin Wright
Publisher:  Aspen Publishers
Last Update:  2014-1 supplement


The volume of trade done through electronic media continues to skyrocket, and the law evolves at a staggering rate. To keep pace with all the new cases, statutes, proposals, commentaries, and model laws, there is no better resource than the Law of Electronic Commerce - your guide to the implications of communications technology for commercial law and transactions.
The Fourth Edition has been completely revised to reflect the explosive growth of the internet and the one-to-many network model that has replaced older forms of electronic commerce. You'll find practice pointers and in-depth, up-to-the-minute analysis of:
  • Electronic contracting
  • Electronic Payments and Lending
  • Intellectual property rights and rights in data
  • Privacy and collections of data
  • E-business regulation, including antitrust, trade practices, securities and banking
  • Taxation of electronic commerce
  • Computer crime and computer security
  • Electronic records in litigation, including authentication and the best evidence rule
  • Employer liability and electronic communications in the workplace
  • Developing a records management program
  • Liability of service providers
  • and much more
(description taken from publisher's website)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Research Tip: How to Trace Federal Legislation - A Research Guide

There's a great post up today on In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Librarians of Congress, titled How to Trace Federal Legislation - A Research Guide.
Any given provision in the current U.S. Code may be the product of multiple acts passed over a long period of time. So, how do you unpack the provision and discover the different acts that gave rise to a particular section of the Code? Tracing legislation from the Code back to the bills, public laws, and Statutes at Large that created it may seem daunting for the uninitiated, but we hope this research guide will help simplify the process.