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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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04/14/2011 at 11:00 PM
The Law Library offers numerous print and online materials for researching LGBT law.  Use the Law Library’s WebCatalog to search by keyword or by subject.  Some subjects are civil unions, gay rights, lesbianism, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage.  Take a stroll and browse the stacks with the call numbers HQ1034 and KF539 to find books. In addition to the Law Library’s collection, other resources of note include: ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Project “The LGBT Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion through the courts, legislatures and public...
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04/07/2011 at 11:00 PM
The Law Library staff congratulates 3Ls Amy Broderick, Robert Cavanagh, and John Meara for receiving the Harrison Tweed Award for the best brief at the National Moot Court Competition. In addition to writing the best brief in the nation, the team also advanced to the round of eight! The team wrote for the respondent in the case of The City of New Amsterdam v. New Amsterdam Business Leader’s Association. The winners took advantage of the Law Library’s offerings of LexisNexis/Westlaw access, quiet study areas, and books to research the issues for their brief. Here are the questions presented...
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03/25/2011 at 09:26 AM
With a phrase like “nuclear meltdown” being discussed in the news over the last few weeks, you might be interested in learning more about the governmental organization responsible for nuclear material safety and safeguards, nuclear regulatory research and nuclear reactor regulation in the United States. This body is called the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and was created by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5841). The forerunner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was the Atomic Energy Commission, which was established in 1954 by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C...
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03/14/2011 at 08:40 AM
Imagine if you were sitting alone in your apartment and a man began banging on your door and calling your name. He then demands you give him your 42" plasma TV for free because you promised it to him in an ad on Craigslist that you don’t know anything about. What would you do? This fact pattern is similar to an actual Rhode Island case as discussed in the March/April, 2011 issue of the Rhode Island Bar Journal.  The article, Cyberbullying - An Age Old Problem, a New Generation, is co-written by the Honorable Brian P. Stern, Esq. and Roger Williams University School of Law...
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03/13/2011 at 11:00 PM
Have your studies kept you in a study room a little longer than scheduled? Have you returned a book after the due date or time? Would you like a chance to clear your fines and help others in need? Your opportunity has arrived! From March 21st to April 1st, the law library is offering students the opportunity to help themselves and help others when paying off their accrued late fines by contributing to the East Bay Food Pantry or the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Students owing fines will receive a notice of their outstanding fines. During this two week period, qualifying contributions =...
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03/04/2011 at 03:57 PM
Connect to the Students1 (Students1 SSID) wireless network, instead of the Public wireless network for better bandwidth. The Students1 wireless network uses the same username and password as the old "Students" Wireless Network. Students who have not previously registered their PC on the RWU computer registration system will be prompted to login and begin the registration/remediation process when connecting to the Students1 wireless network for the first time. Registrations expire at the end of each semester.      
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03/04/2011 at 03:44 PM
Legal research is as much art as science; it calls for strategy as well as serendipity. There are many approaches to legal research, and there is no single, or best way to conduct legal research. Methods vary according to the nature of the problem and depend on the researcher’s subject expertise and research skills. - Fundamentals of Legal Research, 9th Edition by Steven M. Barkan, Roy M. Mersky and Donald J. Dunn(Reserve, KF 240 .J32 2009) The RWU Law Library will be having a series of "prep talks" starting the week of March 21st to help you refresh your research skills in preparation for...
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02/24/2011 at 10:18 AM
If you are thinking about employment with the federal government, the Law Library’s Career collection has several publications worth checking out. These publications contain descriptions of various positions within numerous agencies. Sample resumes and cover letters are included. Detailed attention is given to the required KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) statement and questionnaire and other supporting documents. For federal employment generally: Federal Resume Guidebook: Strategies for Writing a Winning Federal Electronic Resume, KSAs, and Essays (4th ed.) by Kathryn...
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02/17/2011 at 03:48 PM
In the tradition of great word contractions (i.e. Brangelina, spork, bridezilla) comes the blawg, or law-related blog. One place to find over 3,000 blawgs is the ABA Journal Blawg Directory. This website allows you to search these blawgs by topic, author type, region or law school. Every year the ABA Journal ranks the top 100 Blawgs (see 4th Annual ABA Journal Blawg 100). ABA Journal readers also have an opportunity to vote on their blawg favorites (see BLAWG100 Popular Vote: The Readers Have Spoken). The ABA Journal Blawg Directory contains a number of blawgs on various subjects...
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02/11/2011 at 10:40 AM
In addition to the variety of online databases, the Law Library’s collection contains over 225,000 titles in all formats! Materials represented include: Scholarly works on a wide range of topics Topical current awareness services State and federal case reporters State and federal codes Congressional materials Federal agency materials Law reviews and legal newspapers You might be wondering how does one even begin to locate an item in the collection? The answer to this question is to use the Law Library’s WebCatalog. The WebCatalog enables one to look for items by title, by author, by keyword...