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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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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....
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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...