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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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02/20/2015 at 11:29 AM
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. The Legal Beagle decided to try some Aaron Hernandez trial-related research using the internet and tools available through the library and discovered several items which may be of interest to a law student: While not a court document, the Sporting News website has a handy timeline of the events which is helpful...
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02/13/2015 at 08:33 AM
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. The only question is whether you...
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02/06/2015 at 03:01 PM
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. Luckily, there is a book titled Almanac of the Federal Judiciary available in the library’s reference section....
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01/30/2015 at 08:10 AM
The New England Patriots will be playing in the Super Bowl this weekend and the team is still embroiled in the controversial Deflate-gate. Love them or hate them, you may be interested to know that our law library collection has resources for any football fan. If you are particularly interested in the Patriots, you might want to scrutinize the rules online at http://www.nfl.com/rulebook or you may want to re-read stories about their last Super Bowl victory in Pro Football Weekly (available with some limitations) by signing into LexisAdvance. Also, in our reserves, we have a book titled,...
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01/23/2015 at 05:55 PM
The spring semester is well underway and soon you will head out to summer or permanent placements at law firms, government offices, and non-profits. Perhaps you are thinking of starting your own practice with a few friends or as a solo practitioner. Consider the following scenarios: You have enjoyed unlimited use of Lexis and Westlaw for your research at the law school, as well as a variety of research databases. At your summer or full time placement, you might find only a limited subscription to Lexis OR Westlaw, but you  exclusively use the other product.  You might even be...
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01/16/2015 at 04:26 PM
As we promised in our New Year, New in the Law Library post, we now introduce you to two new librarians whom you might see at the reference desk. Nicole Dyszlewski joined the library staff as Research/Access Services Librarian on January 14. She will provide reference & research services to faculty, students, and staff, coordinate instruction with the Legal Practice faculty, and manage the circulation/access desk. Nicole comes to us from the Maine State Law & Legislative Library where she served for three years as a Senior Law Librarian. Nicole holds a Master’s in Library and...
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01/09/2015 at 01:00 PM
As the New Year starts, we all love new things in our lives that can help us achieve our goals. Here two resources to consider as you work toward your career goals: Almanac of the Federal Judiciary Corporate Counsel Profiler Almanac of the Federal Judiciary is newly available to you in digital format. It a classic for finding biographical information about judges, particularly when applying for internships, externships, or clerkships. The Almanac of the Federal Judiciary provides judicial profiles of every federal judge and key bankruptcy judges and magistrate judges. The profiles include:...
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01/02/2015 at 09:25 AM
From all of us in the library, Happy New Year and Welcome Back!  We hope you had a happy, healthy, and relaxing holiday break.  The phrase “New Year, New You” has become synonymous with the month of January.  In the spirit of that phrase, here are some highlights of new and improved services and activities at the law library.  First up: Prepare for Practice Open House Wednesday, January 14 12-1pm Bay View Room Bring your lunch.  We’ll supply beverages, fruit, and desserts!  The librarians and 2014 certificate recipients will be available to answer your...
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11/21/2014 at 11:54 AM
In addition to Secrets and Scandals: Reforming Rhode Island 1986-2006 (KFR405 .W47 2014), by former executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island Phil West, the Law Library has some great reads on Rhode Island history!  Noted Rhode Island historian Patrick T. Conley is author and or editor of several books covering Rhode Island’s unique constitutional history as well as its significant players.  Among the books authored by Mr. Conley are the following:      Rhode Island Constitutional Development, 1636-1775: A Survey, KFR401.5 .C66 1968 Democracy in Decline:...
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11/13/2014 at 09:14 AM
As you approach the fall end of the semester “Red Zone,” you are now extremely busy completing projects/papers and studying for final exams.  You want to score big for all your hard work!   To make your end- of- the- semester activities more efficient and less stressful, be sure to avail yourself of the resources of the Academic Success Program directed by Kathryn Thompson, the Writing Specialist Kim Baker, and the Dean of Students, Dean Lalli. The Law Library also offers: interlibrary loan if you need an article or book for your paper, CALI Lessons for reviewing course...