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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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Legal Beagle's Archive for October 2015

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10/30/2015 at 10:21 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.” Starting in July, 2011, fourteen federal trial courts voluntarily took part in an experiment to evaluate the effect of cameras in courtrooms. The data collection portion of the pilot concluded this summer with the videos posted online until the Judicial Conference considers recommendations regarding the pilot. More information about the project can be found...
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10/23/2015 at 09:20 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! A review of our catalog uncovered several scary titles in the law library collection, including The Sleepy Lagoon Murder Case, Of Murder and Madness, and Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America's Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes. Possibly the scariest law book title of them all is Body Parts: Property Rights and the Ownership of Human Biological...
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10/16/2015 at 08:24 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. Haiku Decisis is a website created by Joshua Auriemma which features haiku extracted from a random Supreme Court opinion. It is like a random Supreme Court haiku generator. The haiku were identified using a computer algorithm and some of them are awesome. If you want to try your hand at writing haiku, the ABA’s Young Lawyer Division and ABA Law Student Division sponsor an annual haiku contest where...
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10/09/2015 at 07:36 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. The event’s plenary speaker was Stanford’s Margaret Hagan who dazzled us with her insights about promoting and supporting innovation. In preparing for the event, one of the librarians downloaded and tried out one of Hagan’s...
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10/05/2015 at 10:26 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. The BBC News website has a simple explanation of fracking for the beginner. This story is particularly useful to a law student researching fracking for the first time (even though it focuses primarily on the UK) because it explains that fracking is shorthand for “hydraulic fracturing” which may help you craft a search in...