Friday, March 29, 2013

April Self-Help Clinics at the Nevada Supreme Court Library

4/9 ETA:  Good news - this previously-cancelled clinic will be held at the Supreme Court Law Library on 4/11 after all.

Nevada Legal Services will be holding two clinics at the Supreme Court Library on Thursday, April 11. The monthly Self-Help Forms Completion Clinic will run from 1:30-3 p.m. and the Education Clinic (Bankruptcy Education) will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. While the forms completion clinics are drop in, you must register for the education classes by calling 775-284-3491 x214.

The schedule of educational clinics for the rest of the year is as follows:
May 9, 2013 - Family Law Education - Adoption
June 13, 2013 - Guardianship Education
July 11, 2013 - How to File a Small Claim Case
August 8, 2013 - Bankruptcy Education
September 12, 2013 - Landlord/Tenant Education
October 10, 2013 - Family Law Education - Changing/Modifying Custody
November 14, 2013 - Sealing Criminal Records
December 12, 2013 - no education clinic will be held in December
NLS will hold forms completion and educational clinics on Thursday, April 25 at the Carson City Library. For information, contact the Carson City Library.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Civil Practice Act of 1911, Crimes and Punishments Act of 1911 and Criminal Practice Act of 1911

The 1911 Legislature passed three acts on civil procedure, crime and criminal practice which legal researchers still occasionally reference.   If you find yourself confronted with 1911 CPA, 1911 C&P or 1911 Cr. Prac. and want to know why you can't find a citation to the Statutes of Nevada or a copy of the act, it is because they were not published.  Here is the explanation from the Legislative Counsel's Preface to the 2011 Nevada Revised Statutes:
In the case of the Civil Practice Act, Criminal Practice Act and Crimes and Punishments Act of 1911, which were omitted from Statutes of Nevada 1911 as authorized by chapter 84, Statutes of Nevada 1911, the reviser has employed the following abbreviations in the legislative history:
  • 1911 CPA—Civil Practice Act of 1911
  • 1911 C&P—Crimes and Punishments Act of 1911
  • 1911 Cr. Prac.—Criminal Practice Act of 1911
(emphasis added)

And because we like to be thorough here at the Supreme Court Library, here is an image of Chap. 84 of the 1911 Statutes of Nevada:

Friday, March 8, 2013

Treatise Spotlight: Automobile Liability Insurance 4th

Title:  Automobile Liability Insurance, 4th

Author(s):  Irvin Schermer, William Schermer
Publisher:  Thomson West
Edition:  Fourth
Last Update:  November 2012 (semiannual supplement)

Description:  Automobile Liability Insurance offers a thorough analysis of substantive law, practice tips, and expert guidance, cutting through complex issues of automobile insurance law. The comprehensive coverage of caselaw and statutes from each state lets you handle practice issues from the initial claim for insurance benefits through every phase of litigation.

This all-encompassing resource is organized to give you instant access to answers on any question about automobile liability insurance. It suggests ways to enforce no-fault claims, explores conflicting laws on automobile liability, and probes issues of bad faith. It contains thorough treatment of:

• Coverages and exclusions

• Bad faith/refusal to settle

• Refusal to defend

• Discovery

• No-fault and PIP

• Medical examinations

• Arbitration

• Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage

• Stacking of coverages

• Subrogation

• Conflict of laws

It also includes state-by-state no-fault summaries. 
(Description taken from publisher's website.)

Picture of the Moment: Federal Depository Library Program

The Supreme Court Library is a selective depository in the Federal Depository Library Program.  Anyone may visit a Federal depository library and access Federal government information free of charge.  The Supreme Court Library selects primary legal materials in print, microform and online formats and staff is available to assist users with the collection

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Treatise Spotlight: Epstein on Intellectual Property

Title: Epstein on Intellectual Property

Author: Michael A. Epstein
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer (Aspen)
Edition: Fifth Edition
Last Update: 2012 Supplement

Description: Packed with insightful analysis, expert guidance, and clear, practical examples, this key resource provide up-to-date, integrated coverage of the law of trade secrets, copyright, trademarks and patents, ideas, and noncompetition agreements.

Epstein on Intellectual Property, Fifth Edition covers the latest legal developments in such hot areas as biotechnology, intellectual property, due diligence, software protection, copyright infringement, ownership of employee inventions, and more.

You will consult this reference for expert answers to questions such as how to:

• Prevent the unauthorized use and disclosure of your company's trade secrets
• Determine what types of materials and information are covered by the copyright laws
• Apply for and enforce patents
• Reduce the risk of claims under the "law of ideas"
• Make effective use of noncompetition agreements
• Deal with the unique problems of biotechnology

(Description taken from publisher’s website)

1040 Instructions Have Arrived

Thanks to the staff at the Nevada State Library and Archives, we now have the 2012 1040 Instructions available for the public.  (NLSA obtains the forms and makes them available at the Supreme Court Law Library as a service to our patrons.)

We do not have all forms obtained by the NSLA, but do have the following:
1040, 1040 A, 1040 EZ, 1040-V, 1040 X, 1040 Schedules A, B, C, C-EZ, D, E, EIC, F, R and SE, 2106, 2441, 3903, 4562, 4868 (First Extension), 5695, 8283, 8812, 8822, 8829, 8863, and 8949.  We have the instructions for forms 1040, 1040 A, 1040 EZ, 1040 X, 1040 Schedule R, 2106, 2441, 4562, 8283, 8812, 8829 and 8863. 
If you need a W-2, W-3, W-4, 1096, 1098, 1099-DIV, 1099-G, 1099-INT, 1099-MISC, 1099-OID or 1099-R, they are available at the State Library.  Also, you can obtain copies of most forms and instructions from the IRS website.

NSLA also has some California State Tax forms:  CA 540, 540 NR and 540 2EZ. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Treatise Spotlight: Legal Opinion Letters: A Comprehensive Guide to Opinion Letter Practice

Treatise Spotlight:  Legal Opinion Letters: a Comprehensive Guide to Opinion Letter Practice
Author: M. John Sterba
Edition: Third
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Description: Legal Opinion Letters provides comprehensive coverage not only of the standard corporate and securities third-party opinion letters, but also real estate opinions, tax, intellectual property, bankruptcy, letters to auditors, international opinions, and liability just to name a few. Special attention is given to exposure to liability, an area of great concern to the opinion practice attorney. It also examines the current content of actual letters used to address these topics. All of this valuable information is provided in light of current case law, the ABA Legal Opinion Report, The TriBar Report and several excellent state bar reports.
It is a contributed work with introductory chapters by M. John Sterba, Jr., and additional chapters by a host of other expert practioners. Description from publisher’s website.

Part of Treatise Spotlight, an occasional series highlighting publications in the law library's collection.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Treatise Spotlight: Law of Defamation

Title: Law of Defamation, 2d

Author(s):  Rodney Smolla
Publisher: West
Last Release:  November, 2012   

Description:  Law of Defamation offers a comprehensive analysis of defamation law, useful to legal practitioners and other professionals, including professors, publishers, and media industry experts. Updated every year, this two-volume set provides step-by-step guidance to all the legal and business complexities posed by modern libel law and addresses topics, such as:
    • Definition of public employee
    • Corporate speech
    • Recipient approach to determining defamatory character of words
    • Criminalization of mere “lies”
    • Preliminary injunctions and the “Occupy Wall Street” protests
    • Right of publicity and the First Amendment
    • Public figure/private figure dichotomy
    • Fault requirements
    • Defamatory meaning
    • Truth as a constitutional defense
    • Opinion and fair comment
    • Special harm
    • Libel and slander rules
    • Common law privileges
    • Damages and other remedies
    • Invasion of privacy
    • Emotional distress
    • Injurious falsehood
    • Negligent publication
    • Litigation
    • Counseling and strategy
    • Defamation in the workplace

(description from publisher's website)
Part of Treatise Spotlight, an occasional series highlighting publications in the law library's collection.