The center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is a non-profit law school consortium whose mission includes to assisting a diverse audience in the effective use of technology in legal education. It was incorporated in 1982 by the University of Minnesota Law School and Harvard Law School. In 2015, nearly every US law school is a member, including RWU Law.
Whether you are snowed in at home this semester (or not!), this email is just a reminder that the RWU Law Library collection and services are here to complement and advance the scholarship, practice skills education, and intellectual life at RWU Law.
According to a New York Daily News article, a Harvard study about seniors “found that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help sharpen cognitive skills.” This is good news for all of you chocoholics and particularly good news this week when the librarians will be staffing an information table and serving hot chocolate outside the Law School Bistro on January 13th and January 14th from 11 am – 1 pm.
Every year around this time we turn on the TV, the computer, and/or the radio and we hear about the war on Christmas. The Legal Beagle is a non-partisan dog and doesn’t want to have political conversations around the holiday table. Instead of blogging about the so-called War on Christmas, instead we will discuss researching the recent war on Christmas lights.
According to the US Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, “The average Thanksgiving long-distance trip length is 214 miles, compared with 275 miles over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday. For the remainder of the year, average trip distance is 261 miles.”
It’s beginning to feel a lot like finals. The end of the semester is always filled with studying and outlining and stress. The Legal Beagle has several suggestions for ways to cope with the end of the semester crunch time:
1. Use the library’s study resources:
If you prefer online study aids, try the CALI lessons available at http://www.cali.org/.
New England is known far and wide for its association with the Thanksgiving holiday. Whether this is your first Thanksgiving in New England or just your most recent Thanksgiving in New England, here is a quiz to give you a break from outlining!
One of the librarians noticed this story about overcoming fear which was recently featured in the online ABA Journal and remarked at how well it handled the issues of lawyer stress and fear.
A frequently debated issue in criminal law is the unreliability of eyewitness testimony. It is also a particularly interesting topic to research because it relates to science, psychology, criminal justice, and law. Our library contains several resources on this topic, both in digital resources and in our print collection, most notably Elizabeth F. Loftus, James M. Doyle, and Jennifer E. Dysart’s Eyewitness Testimony: Civil and Criminal.
According to the United States Courts website, “[e]lectronic media coverage of criminal proceedings in federal courts has been expressly prohibited under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 53 since the criminal rules were adopted in 1946.”