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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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10/01/2010 at 12:00 AM
With the impending visit by the First Circuit Court of Appeals to the School of Law on October 6, you have received (via email) the appellate briefs filed in the cases scheduled for oral argument on that day. Did you wonder how you could find those and other briefs? Two excellent resources are LexisNexis and Westlaw. Their databases contain numerous, but not all, briefs from the U.S. Supreme Court, federal, and state appellate courts. They provide an option to locate briefs filed in cases by practice area or by topic. The path on LexisNexis is Legal>Court Records, Briefs and Filings. The...
Posted by Library Blog
09/17/2010 at 12:00 AM
Need inspiration to come up with a paper topic? The Law Library offers a variety of resources.  Included are the Law Library’s WebCatalog for locating books in the collection, national or state legal newspaper for major news stories, weekly email notification of news content added to a topical BNA database, or LexisNexis and Westlaw databases.  For more details, consult the Law Library publication, "Selecting a Topic."      
Posted by Library Blog
09/09/2010 at 12:00 AM
It’s that time of year again for One L LexisNexis and Westlaw Training. Training sessions are scheduled in both the Training Lab and the Main Computer Lab at the following times: Wednesdays, September 15, 22 and 29 and October 6: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   Thursdays, September 16, 23 and 30 and October 7:   10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Posted by Library Blog
09/01/2010 at 12:00 AM
Mark your calendars for September 14 - the day on which the statewide primary in Rhode Island will be held.  For information on candidates and voting procedures, check out the Rhode Island Board of Elections' website! 
Posted by Library Blog
08/27/2010 at 12:00 AM
  The Law Library offers free unlimited access to the CVN Law School Audio CaseFiles and Video Training Library. Via the CVN (Courtroom View Network) Law School website, you can download the audio of case excerpts from casebooks in MP3 format. Cases are searchable by casebook title or subject. To hone your trial and appellate advocacy skills, watch the video of civil litigation or trial advocacy video clips. Make sure to use your law school email address when signing up for access!
Posted by Library Blog
08/18/2010 at 12:00 AM
As part of Legal Methods I, librarians will conduct tours of the law library for incoming first-year students during the week of August 23! An email to the first-year students from Reader Services Librarian Nan Balliot contained the schedule. The tour will last approximately a half hour to forty-five minutes. The starting location for the tour is the Circulation and Reference Desks area. The schedule is posted on the glass wall to the entrance of the law library. If you have a conflict with your assigned library tour, please contact nballiot@rwu.edu or call 401-254-4542.
Posted by Library Blog
07/06/2010 at 12:00 AM
Determining if a particular journal is available electronically just became a whole lot easier! The Law Library website now offers the Law Journal Finder. This feature allows you to determine if the journal (title and desired volume) is available via databases such as HeinOnline, LexisNexis or Westlaw. The Law Journal Finder also provides links to web sites for journals where available. Using the Law Journal Finder, you can search for a journal by title or words in the title. If you need assistance with using the Law Journal Finder, do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian!  
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06/28/2010 at 12:00 AM
Established in 1785, the Bristol Fourth of July Celebration is the oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the United States.  There is something for everyone  -  concerts, marching band competition, fireworks, a carnival on the Bristol Commons and a parade! So get out your red, white and blue and check out the Bristol Fourth of July Committee’s website for further information about scheduled events.
Posted by Library Blog
06/21/2010 at 12:00 AM
The Law Library’s WebCatalog now offers features for added information about the thousands of publications in the Law Library collection.  These features include: summary, author notes, excerpt, cover image, reviews, and Table of Contents.  If you need assistance with using the WebCatalog, do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian!
Posted by Library Blog
06/14/2010 at 12:00 AM
CourtListener offers real time precedential opinions issued by the thirteen U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Non-precedential opinions from all of the Circuit courts except the D.C. Circuit are added by 5:10 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). Click Sitemap for searching and creating alerts, accessing feeds from the various courts, and browsing opinions.