Remembering Professor Virginia Darden Meeks


Professor Meeks, or Ginny as she was known to most of us, was a colleague, mentor, friend, teacher and a terrific human being.  She made everyone feel comfortable and welcomed.  She laughed and made us laugh.  Her smile reached her eyes.  When she entered a room, it lit up.  She was beautiful inside and out.

She was a daughter, sister, mother, friend, a South Carolina native, and a devoted TarHeel.  Ginny taught taxes, estate planning and wills at the law school from 2010 onward.  Before then, she practiced law in Charleston at Evans, Carter, Kunes & Bennett.  Ginny had a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, a J.D. from the University of South Carolina, and an LL.M. from the University of Miami.

Despite her numerous professional accomplishments, her family, particularly her children, Nolen and Darden, were her pride and joy.

Yesterday she lost her fight with breast cancer.  Her sister, Sydney Fowler, broke the news on Ginny’s CaringBridge Journal.  Next week, the library will celebrate her life with an exhibit and make a book of condolences available for signature.

She will be missed.





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Immigration Law Resources


Check out the library’s latest libguide here.    It provides access to the statutory and regulatory provisions pertinent to Immigration Law as well as citations to secondary sources such as Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook.  Links to President Trump’s Executive Order and the accompanying litigation are also included.

Check it out here.

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Articles Worth Reading


For your information needs and reading pleasure, check out the following articles:

  1. 3 Ways Associates Can Become Rainmakers;
  2. 4 Different Ways of Measuring Library EResource Usage;
  3. ABA’s Rejection of Stricter Bar-Pass Rule Draws Support, Criticism;
  4. Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources;
  5. Advice for Graduate Students on Presentation Skills;
  6. Discovery, Retention, Research:  3 Ways Legal Can Leverage Social Media Content;
  7. DOJ Tells Judge It Doesn’t Object to Injunction Blocking Obama Policy on Transgender Bathrooms;
  8. How Can Knowledge Management Be Better Applied in Academic Libraries?;
  9. How to Ask a Jury for Money;
  10. It’s Not Just Donald Trump Feuding with the Courts.  States Are Doing It, Too;
  11. Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles the Courts;
  12. Research Tip:  What Is “Permanent” Online?;
  13. State Bills Would Give Lawmakers the Power to Overrule Court Decisions on Constitutional Issues;
  14. The Internet of Things Means a Big Dilemma for Big Law Discovery;
  15. The Vulnerabilities in the Ninth Circuit’s Executive Order Decision;
  16. Tools You Can Use:  Link Preservation Extensions; and
  17. What’s Next in Hot-Button Travel Ban Litigation?

Happy reading!

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Briefings: Upper Level Writing Paper Resources


On Monday, February 13th, the library presented a program, Briefings:  Upper Level Writing Paper Resources.  The program covered various topics, including:

  • Preemption Checking;
  • Research Resources;
  • Research Strategies;
  • Upper Level Writing Requirement;
  • Thesis Statement;
  • Outlining;
  • Drafts; &
  • Sections of the Paper.

The program’s recording can be found here and the accompanying power point is available here.  Librarians are available to help you with research strategies for your paper.  Stop by the Reference Desk.  We’re glad to help.

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2/13/2017 Immigration Executive Order Update


On Thursday, February 9, 2017, a three person panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge James Robart’s (Western District of Washington) temporary restraining order against President Trump’s Executive Order # 13769, popularly known as the Muslim Ban.

On Friday, February 10, 2016, a judge on the 9th Circuit made a sua sponte request that the Court vote as to whether there should be an en banc rehearing on the 3 judge panel decision.

Briefs are to be filed by all of the parties by Thursday, February 16th, at 2:00 p.m. (e.s.t.)

According to a press brief released by the court, “[i]f a majority of the active, non-recused judges vote in favor of rehearing en banc, then the case is reheard by the en banc court. If the vote succeeds, the en banc court assumes control over the case. Ordinarily, oral argument will be scheduled before the en banc court at a time set by the Chief Judge. A decision is issued some time after the judges confer on the case. The en banc court consists of the Chief Judge, and ten non-recused judges who are randomly drawn. Senior judges are not eligible to serve on the en banc court, unless they served on the three judge panel.”

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Update with Links to Court Documents on President Trump’s Travel Ban


Judge James L. Robart of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a temporary restraining order  (TRO) on Friday, February 3rd, against President Trump’s January 27th Executive Order 13769, banning the issuance of visas to individuals from seven countries.

On Saturday, February 4th, the Department of Homeland Security released a statement, saying “… [i]n accordance with the judge’s ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.  This includes actions to suspend passenger system rules that flag travelers for operational action subject to the Executive Order.   DHS personnel will resume inspection of travelers in accordance with standard policy and procedure.  At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the president’s Executive Order, which is lawful and appropriate.  The order is intended to protect the homeland and the American people, and the president has no higher duty and responsibility than to do so.”

Meanwhile in Massachusetts, Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts refused to grant injunctive relief and would not renew a previously granted TRO on Friday, February 3rd.

On Saturday, 2/4/2017, the Department of Justice filed an Emergency Motion for Administrative Stay and a Stay Pending Appeal against W.D. Washington Judge Robart’s order.  This order, referred to as a Muslim Ban by the media,  has been greeted with protests both nationally and internationally.

Judges Canby and Friedland for the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied the request for an emergency stay on February 4th. Briefs about the order and stay are expected in the Court on Monday, February 6th, according to the Court’s docket.

The suspension of the travel ban remains in effect at present.


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