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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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05/21/2008 at 12:00 AM
When you are given a legal research assignment for which you will be paid, the first thing to do is to take a deep breath and remember to keep it simple!  Keep in mind that legal research is a skill which improves with practice. Here are some survival tips for conducting legal research: Make sure you allow enough time.  Good legal research takes time to thoroughly check all the appropriate sources and to update the citations. If you are researching an area with which you are unfamiliar, use sources such as hornbooks, nutshells, and treatises to obtain background information. ...
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05/14/2008 at 12:00 AM
For those who intend to practice law in Massachusetts or in a neighboring state, membership to the Social Law Library may be of some benefit to you for your legal research needs.  The Social Law Library is the oldest continuously chartered law library in the United States.  Established in 1803, it is also one of the oldest civic and cultural organizations in Boston.  The Library’s membership consists of approximately several thousand lawyers from law firms and corporate law departments in the metropolitan Boston area and outside of Boston.  The annual membership fee is $...
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05/07/2008 at 12:00 AM
For those of you who will be working in a legal job in Connecticut, do not overlook the resources of the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries.  There are fifteen law libraries located in courthouses around the state.  These libraries are for use by legal professionals and the public.  Library staff provide reference assistance, interlibrary loan, and copy/fax services.  Please note that circulation of library materials is limited to officers of the court and pro se patrons.  Check out the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries website for a wealth information...
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05/05/2008 at 12:00 AM
If you are working in Rhode Island for an attorney or law firm this summer and do not want to travel to Bristol, check out the State Law Library!  The State Law Library is located in the Frank Licht Judicial Complex at 250 Benefit Street in downtown Providence.  In addition to the print materials in its collection, the State Law Library provides to all its library patrons free access to electronic resources such as Westlaw for Patrons, Shepard’s citator service, Matthew Bender treatises, and Loislaw.  Westlaw for Patrons has cases, statutes, law reviews/journals, American...
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05/01/2008 at 12:00 AM
LexisNexis offers access privileges during the summer to August 1st.  You will need to register for summer full access through the Summer Access Registration link on the “My School” page or on the LexisNexis Lawschool Portal page.  You are eligible for summer full access for: Summer School School-Related Research Assignment Moot Court Research Law Review or Journal Research Working as a Professor’s Research Assistant Non-Profit Externship Unpaid Internship/Externship Bar Review   Westlaw summer access begins on June 1st and ends on August 1st.  If you do not qualify for...
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04/25/2008 at 12:00 AM
As the end of classes draws near and studying for exams begins, here is reminder regarding the Room Reservation Policy.  Groups of two or more students may reserve one room in advance for one three hour block of time per day.  The names of at least two group members must be legibly printed on the reservation sheet. Reservations will be held for fifteen minutes before the room reservation is canceled.  Room keys will be held for fifteen minutes to accommodate patrons who need to briefly leave the library.  Room keys may be renewed for an additional three hour block if the...
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04/23/2008 at 12:00 AM
Reading and Exam Period Hours (April 23 - May 10) Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - Midnight Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - Midnight Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - Midnight Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Spring Intersession Hours (May 11 - May 17) Sunday, Closed Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Closed The Library will begin summer semester hours on Sunday, May 18.
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04/16/2008 at 12:00 AM
Justice Thurgood Marshall served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1967 - 1991.  Prior to serving on the Court, he was counsel for the NAACP, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and a U.S. solicitor general.  Of interest in the Law Library’s collection is Supreme Justice: Speeches and Writings: Thurgood Marshall edited by J. Clay Smith, Jr. (KF213. M37 S87 2003).  This is a compilation of his public presentations, writings, speeches, and interviews spanning over seven decades from the 1930s to the early 1990s.  Books authored by noted constitutional...
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04/14/2008 at 12:00 AM
For those who listened to Justice Antonin Scalia’s April 7 talk at which he expressed his judicial philosophy, you might want to read his book A Matter of Interpretation: Federal Courts and the Law: an Essay (KF4552. S28 1997).  In addition to his 1997 book, Justice Scalia has a new book scheduled for release the end of this month and he will be appearing on a segment of “60 Minutes” http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/04/08/ap/supremecourt/main4002104.shtml?source=search_story to promote it. The title of Justice Scalia’s forthcoming book is Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges...
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04/10/2008 at 12:00 AM
Now available in The Law Library’s Career Collection is a series of books on internship opportunities for 2008.  They are published by Career Education Institutes of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Recently acquired titles are: The Big Green Internship Book 2008, KF266 .B54 2008 The Congressional Internship Book 2007 - 2009, KF266 .C63 2007 - 09 The Human Rights Internship Book 2008, KF266 .H86 2008 Internships in International Affairs 2008, KF266 .I58 2008 The Sports Internship Book 2008, KF266 .S66 2008 Washington Internships in Law and Policy 2008, KF266 W.37 2008 The Women’s Rights...