Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Save Time, Stay Informed: Read BNA Email Highlights

Trying to keep abreast of certain areas of law and stay informed? Why not use a current awareness tool, such as Bloomberg BNA (Bureau of National Affairs).

I think you will find it is a great time saver! Bloomberg BNA offers daily, weekly, or monthly news services on topics that span corporate law, tax, accounting, employment law, environment, health care, intellectual property, litigation, and more. Bloomberg BNA newsletters keep you up-to-date with news and analysis on the most current developments in a particular practice area and are great for staying current for an ongoing research assignment or to ensure as a practitioner that you remain up to date in your field. These products go beyond case law, providing updates on legislative and regulatory developments, and industry trends and developments.

For example, if you follow developments in the area of criminal law, you may be interested in the following highlight from BNA's Criminal Law Reporter issue dated September 24, 2014, Vol. 95, No. 24:
  • Sept. 18 -- The Fourth Amendment does not require that a search warrant for a mobile phone identify the specific components of the phone that the police have authority to search, the Kentucky Supreme Court decided Sept. 18. (Hedgepath v. Commonwealth, 2014 BL 259813, Ky., No. 2013-SC-000343-MR, 9/18/14)
BNA Snapshot
  • Holding: A search warrant doesn't have to particularly describe the features of the mobile

    phone that officers have authority to search.
  • Potential Impact: Takes a position on an issue raised by the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling on digital privacy.
These types of highlights from Bloomberg BNA can be sent directly to your email and keep you informed. Western New England University School of Law students can access BNA by going to the Library's Databases page, and then choosing Bloomberg BNA Databases from the links listed. From that page, a user can select from one of the many different products that focus on specific areas of law. You will then have the option to sign up for email updates for each service in a given area of law. From the initial Bloomberg BNA homepage, you will see "Create an Account Profile" in the upper left of the screen.

Creating an account profile not only allows you to sign up for email updates, but allow you to take advantage of unique features available to personalize your subscription. For each individual BNA database, you will then have the ability to customize what you see each time you access it. By clicking on the "Customize Topics" tab at the top of the page, you can select specific sub-topics, courts, agencies, and states that you wish to see news and analysis from on the home page.

By personalizing your subscription you also will be able to:
  •     Save search history for 90 days
  •     Create folders to save searches, documents, and more
  •     Email a direct link to a colleague with the Share link
Get started on using Bloomberg BNA to keep you up to date!

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