Eyewitness Misidentification

Posted by Library Blog on 11/06/2015 at 09:40 AM

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.

Cameras in Courts

Posted by Library Blog on 10/30/2015 at 11:21 AM

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.”

Happy Halloween!

Posted by Library Blog on 10/23/2015 at 10:20 AM

Halloween is a time for all things spooky, even court cases and law books. In fact, a magazine called NWLawyer compiled a top ten list of cases to spook you. More locally, there was a court case a few years ago which was Halloween-themed!

Legal Haiku?

Posted by Library Blog on 10/16/2015 at 09:24 AM

As we all learned in elementary school, Haiku is a form of traditional Japanese poetry with a 17-syllable verse form (5, 7, and 5). What you might not have learned in grade school is legal haiku.

Innovation: The Path to Becoming a Better Lawyer (Part II)

Posted by Library Blog on 10/09/2015 at 08:36 AM

On Friday, October 2, the RWU Law Library hosted the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) Fall Meeting. The theme was Successfully Supporting & Igniting Innovation and the meeting was a great success. We gathered with law librarians all over New England and discussed innovations in law, in libraries, in legal education, in legal practice, and in organizational culture.

Fracking: A Primer

Posted by Library Blog on 10/05/2015 at 11:26 AM

There is a lot of talk about fracking these days. In fact, one well-known professor commented, “[t]here are few issues as polarizing and divisive as fracking…” Considering all the talk and polarity, below are some resources about fracking and how to research fracking and law.

Innovation: The Path to Becoming a Better Lawyer (Part I)

Posted by Library Blog on 09/25/2015 at 01:41 PM

While the cartoon Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law may be humorous, it might not teach you everything you need to know about law or the legal system. Have you ever wished that some of the cases or concepts in your textbooks were turned into useful illustrations?

Legal News Using Law360

Posted by Library Blog on 09/18/2015 at 01:51 PM

Law360 is a digital resource which specializes in legal news and analysis. Although Law360 has the searchability of a database, it also functions like a daily newsletter on topics of your choosing. It is provided by LexisNexis and is probably best known for how quickly it delivers updates.

New in the Library: More ABA Specialty Publications Now Available on HeinOnline

Posted by Library Blog on 09/11/2015 at 01:21 PM

Over 90 ABA periodicals are now available on HeinOnline. HeinOnline is an expansive resource which provides access to many specialty publications. Now the ABA Journal, Student Lawyer, and TYL Magazine are among those offerings.

Vaccine Nation by Elena Conis

Posted by Library Blog on 09/04/2015 at 11:57 AM

Have you ever wondered why vaccines are so often a very trendy topic of discussion on Facebook, Twitter, the news and talk shows? A new book at the law library may help answer this question.