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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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03/30/2017 at 02:26 PM
Did you know? You can burn from 150-250 calories per 30 minutes of hula hoop moves. Please join the librarians in the Law Student Lounge on Saturday, April 1, starting at 11:30am… * Never Mind -- April Fool!  But seriously, April Fools’ Day is tomorrow, April 1 and is widely recognized as a day to play pranks on your unsuspecting family and friends.  The April Fools’ tradition began in earnest in 1700 with zany British people playing practical jokes. but it may date back to 1582. To date, there have been 38 federal cases that reference April Fools’ Day.  In a case...
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03/23/2017 at 03:29 PM
The comment to Rule 1.1 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct states, “To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.” (emphasis added by Legal Beagle) In the last few years, 27 states have adopted a change to their legal ethics rules which requires some degree of technological competence for lawyers. Massachusetts...
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03/16/2017 at 02:32 PM
Have you ever wondered why friendships aren’t protected by the law? In the book Friend v. Friend: The Transformation of Friendship—and What the Law Has to Do with It, Ethan Leib compares and contrasts the legal regulation of marriage with the lack of regulation over friendship and shows how our transforming society needs the benefits that friendship laws could offer. Even though it is a vital part of our society, Leib contends that friendship as an institution is declining. In this era of increased social media contact, some social scientists are finding our networks of truly...
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03/09/2017 at 05:58 PM
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides the public the right to request access to records from a federal agency. While colloquially requesting information from the government is often referred to as a FOIA request, FOIA is the federal statutory and regulatory scheme and individual states have their own schema. (Rhode Island calls it APRA which stands for the Access to Public Records Act). FOIA.gov provides a significant amount of information about FOIA and the process one could undertake to gain access to government records. Another great resource on FOIA is the legislative...
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03/02/2017 at 03:51 PM
This month the library is highlighting books on the history of environmental law with a new book display! Environmental law encompasses policies, regulations, and principles enacted and enforced to address the effects of human activity on the natural environment. While many early environmental laws find their roots in the law of nuisance and the public trust doctrine, the concept of environmental law as its own specific body of law did not develop until the 20th century.  March is also host to a slew of environmental holidays like International Day of Forests (March 21) and...
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02/23/2017 at 09:46 AM
Some companies, specifically tech companies and start-up companies, use a particular style of interviewing that uses logic games, puzzles, and riddles to test interviewees on creative and analytical thinking. According to Time magazine, “they became especially popular in the 1990s when big tech companies like Microsoft were looking for ways to see if job candidates could think on their feet and offer creative solutions to out-of-left-field problems.” Love them or hate them, these puzzles can be brain-teasing and brain-busting. Author William Poundstone has written two books on this...
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02/16/2017 at 04:19 PM
While having the day off from class is a great way to celebrate Presidents’ Day, it is not the only way! The RWU Law Library will show you many ways to celebrate Presidents’ Day next week: On Tuesday, 2/21, we will be having an event from 10:00 am – 11:30 am called “Puzzling with the Librarians.” The librarians will be pushing together the tables in the Library Lounge and having some good old-fashioned puzzling fun. Playing with puzzles, according to journalist Cassandra Jardine, can be calming and Jardine states, “Jigsaws…are silent, calming and can be combined with a little...
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02/10/2017 at 12:51 PM
While our library’s collection is primarily designed to meet the needs of the faculty and students of the School of Law and also serve the broader academic and legal community, there are other libraries which have an even broader collection policy which includes old love letters and old Valentine’s Day cards. Some of these libraries have put artifacts from their collection online for our viewing pleasure.  The Houghton Library of Harvard University has one collection of 40 hand-drawn valentines probably created in the UK between 1850 and 1860. (http://blogs.harvard.edu/houghtonmodern/...
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02/02/2017 at 10:06 AM
  Are you interested in legal puzzles? Do you want to train your brain to think more like a lawyer or a judge? If so, you should check out this new book in the library!  How Would You Rule? Legal Puzzles, Brainteasers, and Dilemmas from the Law’s Strangest Cases by Daniel Park   Are you interested in legal puzzles? Do you want to train your brain to think more like a lawyer or a judge? If so, you should check out this new book in the library!  How Would You Rule? Legal Puzzles, Brainteasers, and Dilemmas from the Law’s Strangest Cases by Daniel Park gives readers an...
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01/26/2017 at 10:29 AM
Presidents’ Day this year is Monday, February 20th. It was originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, but has become a more general celebration of US Presidents. While some associate the holiday with car sales, some associate the holiday with bicycles, and some associate the holiday with snow, here at the library, we associate the holiday with books! As you enter the library this week, you will find a collection of books which feature presidents generally, but Washington and Lincoln, specifically. To learn more about the books contained in the...