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The Legal Beagle’s favorite book and that of dog lovers everywhere is Every Dog’s Legal Guide: A Must Have Book for Your Owner by Mary Randolph (KF390.5 .D6 R36 2005). His favorite movie is about the crime fighting pooch, Underdog! His current hero is Uno, the beagle who won Best in Show at the...



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06/22/2015 at 11:45 AM
Historically speaking, Newport, RI is filled with fun. According to RI.gov, Newport was home to the first circus in the United States (1774), was where Judge Darius Baker imposed a the first jail sentence for speeding in an automobile (1904), is the location of the oldest synagogue in North America which houses the oldest torah in North America (1763), and had the first street in the country to use gas-illuminated streetlights. The Legal Beagle is also happy to report that Newport is the home of the oldest lending library in America. Besides having interesting and unique historical firsts,...
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06/08/2015 at 09:35 AM
Did you know the nickname of Bristol is America's Most Patriotic Town? This nickname probably does not come as a surprise to any of the residents of the town or to the members of the RWU Law community. No one can stop talking about, looking forward to, bragging about, or planning for the culmination of Bristol’s patriotism, the annual 4th of July celebration. This year will feature several evenings of music including Changes In Latitudes, a Jimmy Buffett tribute show; Simply Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute show; and Songs in the Attic, a Billy Joel tribute show.  In addition to the...
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05/18/2015 at 09:12 AM
Q: What do link rot and a Webby Award have in common? A: perma.cc Let’s start with some basics. A Webby Award is an annual international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Looking for an example of a Webby award winning website? Try GoogleMaps’ Smarty Pins. Linkrot is the decay of links over time when websites get updated or become unavailable. Looking for an example of this as it pertains to law? Try this Slate blog post. For a more serious look at link rot and legal citation, check out this article from the Yale Journal of Law and Technology and the website for the 2014 Georgetown...
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05/08/2015 at 08:41 AM
Whether you are at an internship, a clerkship, or the beach this summer, if you are away from the RWU Law Library, remember that the librarians are still here to take your calls and help with your research. • Call us! We can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (401) 254-4547. • Use our Ask a Librarian chat service. • Send us an email at LawLibraryHelp@rwu.edu! Not only are the librarians available for research help during the summer, but our LawGuides are accessible online 24/7. You can also look forward to new postings on our blog, the Legal Beagle, during the...
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05/01/2015 at 03:13 PM
On March 31st, 2015 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a patent law case about Spider-Man’s Web Blaster. This was just one of the sixty-nine cases schedules for argument through April this year. Have you ever wanted to find out information about one of the cases currently before the Supreme Court? If so, there are several websites that can help. The Supreme Court’s website is a treasure trove of information about recent and upcoming cases. In fact, the website also provides easy to understand instructions on how to find briefs, docket information, opinions, oral argument transcripts,...
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04/24/2015 at 08:18 AM
While you may not have been a part of a flash mob recently, you may still have your favorite flash mob clip from a movie, TV, or YouTube. Do you like the Closing Time scene in Friends with Benefits or maybe you prefer the Big Bang Theory’s "Call Me Maybe" flash mob? Perhaps your favorite clip is a law school flash mob video from a contracts class? No matter which video is your favorite, have you ever wondered about the laws behind flash mobs? If so, we have just the book for you. Ruth Carter’s Flash Mob Law is available in the Law Library and can be a starting point for flash mob organizers...
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04/16/2015 at 08:11 AM
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. Information on the repository can be found on the Law Library’s website in the “Research” section under “Archives.” The repository is hosted by the RWU University Libraries as part of the DOCS@RWU digital repository. You may have known this repository existed or even had occasion to peruse the subheadings...
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04/10/2015 at 08:44 AM
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. When in the Law Library, one of the best sources for forms is our print collection. There are form books and treatises with forms available in the library on a great many topics. Look in the WebCatalog or stop by the Reference...
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04/02/2015 at 08:50 AM
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! When asked to write drafts of documents (for example a letter to a client, a clause for a sales contract, or a divorce form) without ever having seen completed documents of that type before, look for...
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03/27/2015 at 08:37 AM
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. Using the University Library’s collection, law students can find print and electronic interdisciplinary research resources.  In addition, the University Library’s collection also contains bestsellers and popular fiction. The University Library is the home of Media.Tech and also hosts special events open to all students....