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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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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....
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03/19/2015 at 02:19 PM
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. On March 27, 2015, Roger Williams University School of Law is hosting a symposium titled Sounding the Alarm on Mass Incarceration - Moving Beyond the Problem and Toward Solutions. This symposium aims to be the forum for collective conversation and examination of the problems of mass incarceration and mass probation. More information, including...
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03/11/2015 at 11:45 AM
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. Recording equipment is available to law students through RWU’s Media Services Department for checkout at the Media∙Tech desk located on the first floor of the University Library.  Available equipment includes: Video cameras,...
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02/27/2015 at 04:24 PM
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). On a recent trip to meet with Architecture/Art Librarian John Schlinke, the Legal Beagle discovered several resources about or related to the study of...
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02/20/2015 at 12:29 PM
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 09:33 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 04:01 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 09:10 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 06:55 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...