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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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02/01/2012 at 03:39 PM
  Because of technological, economic, and market pressures, the way attorneys practice law is rapidly evolving.  Are you prepared? CALI is offering a FREE nine-week, online course on Topics in Digital Law Practice to help address these issues starting Friday, February 10, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. You will need to register for the course.  Use your RWU School of Law email address and type “RWU School of Law” for the organization.  You can join the course for one or all of the sessions. The presentations will be recorded and posted to the...
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01/26/2012 at 05:26 PM
Have you used, been pressured to use, or wondered if it is okay to use your student Westlaw or LexisNexis access to conduct research on behalf of an attorney or law firm with whom you are employed?  If you are doing this, then stop.  If you have been pressured to do this, do not give in.  If you have wondered if it is okay, the answer is “NO.”    The Legal Skills Prof blog recently reported on this very issue. The Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Committee was asked to consider whether it is a violation of the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct for an attorney to...
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01/20/2012 at 04:50 PM
Knowledge + Chance to Win a Kindle Fire!   Explore the Law Library’s e-resources for researching environmental law, international law, and tax materials. Learn how to locate Congressional materials. Discover email alert services to stay informed of developments in your area of interest. Uncover the Law School Helpers which are available to enhance your academic success.   Join us for the Law Library’s Re$earchFe$t on Feb. 7 – 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Main Computer Lab. Attend three 20 minute presentations for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and other prizes!
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01/13/2012 at 10:08 AM
  In addition to CALI’s interactive lessons, audio LibTours, and Free Law Reporter, you can access free e-books via CALI’s eLangdell® Press.  These e-books work with smartphones and e-readers and can also be printed in pdf.   E-books include current Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and Federal Rules of Evidence.  Additional topical e-books are Securities Law: Selected Statutes and Regulations and U.S. Bankruptcy Code and Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. For a quick refresher on legal citation, download the Introduction to...
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11/18/2011 at 11:02 AM
  In addition to the offerings of the Academic Support Program, here are a few resources available to you from the Law Library to help you to prepare for and take exams: CALI lessons to gauge your understanding of the legal concepts discussed in your courses.  If you have not already signed up to access the CALI lessons, you will need to obtain the Law School’s Authorization Code to create your own login. Study aids on numerous subjects.  The main study aids are the West/Thomson Reuters hornbooks and nutshells, the LexisNexis “Understanding ....” series, Aspen Publishers...
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11/09/2011 at 07:11 PM
CASEMAKER, a legal research service available to members of the Rhode Island Bar and 27 other state bar associations, is now accessible to you free of charge in the law school version, CASEMAKERX. CASEMAKERX contains state and federal cases, codes, and rules.  There is even a citator built in to find the cases in which your case has been cited!   Their current awareness service is CASEMAKERdigest.  Begun August 2011, CASEMAKERdigest is updated weekly with summaries of opinions from recently decided court cases. Legal forms on CASEMAKERX are available for a...
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11/04/2011 at 02:16 PM
An April 2009 article in the New York Law Journal contained the results of a survey of practice chairs, hiring partners, and recruiters about what new attorneys most need to know to hit the ground running: Business Skills! Respondents point out that they aren't expecting new attorneys to understand profit and loss statements or to get involved in the billing and collections arm of the business, but to realize that a law firm is a business: that it lives and dies on fees; that expenses have to be monitored; that their time has to be carefully tracked; that the latter is not some torture system...
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10/28/2011 at 11:15 AM
Like HeinOnline?  “There’s an App for That!” iPhone and iPad users can now access the Law School’s HeinOnline subscription anywhere via a dedicated application.  Download the free HeinOnline app from the AppStore and then complete this setup while on campus: Add the RWU proxy server information to your device wireless settings: 1. Go to your iPhone or iPad general "Settings" Tap "Wi-Fi” Log into the applicable Wi-Fi  network (Students1 or Academics) Next tap the blue arrow that appears next to the applicable Wi-Fi  network Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Under HTTP...
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10/21/2011 at 03:49 PM
As you work on your legal and non-legal writing pieces while here at the law school, the law library has excellent manuals you can consult to get a more polished result.  Some of the manuals are: Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed. 2010 and online).  Reference, Z253 .U69 2010 Guide to Legal Writing Style (5th ed. 2011).  KF250 .L435 2011 A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (2d ed. 2008).  Reserve, KF807 .A33 2008 MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3d ed. 2008).  Reference, PN147 .G53 2008 The Modern Rules of Style (2007).  Reference, KF250 ....
Posted by Library Blog
10/13/2011 at 11:54 AM
Using the Law Library databases from home is easy!  The key is to use the database list on the law library’s website, where the links have been proxied for off-campus use.  Bookmark the URL /library/research-resources/databases for the database list so that you will have it handy on your home computer.  Select the database of your choice (excluding LexisNexis and Westlaw, which require individual passwords).  At the prompt, type your name (e.g. Jane Smith) and the barcode number from the back of your law school ID.  Note that the database links begin with http://0-...