Did you know that the law school has a digital repository for scholarship? The Roger Williams University School of Law Digital Repository was created by the Law Library to collect, preserve, and highlight the scholarly contributions of the law school community since its inception in 1993.
As was discussed last week, law students are sometimes asked to draft documents (a letter to a client, a clause for a sales contract, or a divorce form) without prior experience. In addition to the TimeSaver on legal forms and resources previously described, the Law Library has other resources which can help you find sample forms or sample language for your documents.
Have you ever been asked by a professor or supervising attorney at an externship, internship, or law firm to create the first draft of a document? What did you do next? Did you Google it? Did you ask for a sample document? Did you break out into a sweat and panic? Using forms will help reduce this stress by reusing work that has already been created and recycling it into the product needed now!
A few weeks ago, the Legal Beagle visited the RWU Architecture Library and its exciting collection. Not only do law students have access to the collection at the Architecture Library, but also to the collection of the University Library, located in the Learning Commons.
Have you noticed the new display of books in the law library? The books being displayed are about or related to the topic of mass incarceration. The displayed collection also contains books written by two of the speakers at an upcoming symposium.
In Larry L. Teply’s Successfully Competing in U.S. Moot Court Competitions, the author recommends practicing oral arguments with a partner or by recording the practice session. If you are competing in a moot court competition this Spring and want to follow Teply’s advice, you might be interested to know that (free!) resources exist on the RWU campus to assist you.
Despite the nearly-arctic temperatures, you may want to venture out beyond the walls of the law library and over two buildings to RWU’s School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation (SAAHP). The SAAHP building is home to the Architecture Library which has many interesting art and architecture-related resources in its collection (and what is considered one of the best, if not the best, historic preservation collection in New England).
While the Aaron Hernandez trial may not be capturing the attention of the nation in quite the same way that the O.J. Simpson trial did, it is getting some attention, at least locally. There are many news outlets, especially sports news outlets, who are covering the trial extensively.
In Matthew Butterick’s 2010 book Typography for Lawyers: Essential Tools for Polished & Persuasive Documents, the author presents several compelling arguments for why typography, the art and technique of arranging printed material, should and does matter to readers, especially to readers of legal documents. He analogizes the typography of a legal document to the dress of a lawyer for an oral argument further stating, “In the same way that good speaking skills matter during an oral argument, good typography matters in a written document…Typography matters.
Did you ever wish there was a website for reading candid ratings of federal judges? Maybe a Rotten Tomatoes-like site for the federal judiciary? Well, there is such an entity. There are at least two of them, in fact. The problem with these websites is that although they may be humorous and entertaining, they may not be reliable and trustworthy. Selecting a movie based on anonymous reviews can be a good idea but perhaps that is not the best way for anyone to learn more about judges.