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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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04/26/2016 at 02:49 PM
A book came across my desk recently and its title sparked immediate interest. It is called Legally Chocolate: A Confection of Cocoa in the Courts. According to the back of the book, “[e]ach chapter focuses on interesting legal cases or regulations relating to chocolate, using authentic, relevant, and amusing case law and references that are sure to sweeten the reader's experience” (pun intended?). Indeed, if you flip through the pages of this book you will find interesting chocolate-related cases! In particular, I enjoyed reading about the so-called Bunny Wars of Austria. If you think the...
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04/22/2016 at 08:25 AM
The good news is that you have made it to exam time and the bad news is that sometimes exam time can be stressful. The library’s collection contains resources in print and online that provide information on how to help manage exam stress. For example, The Zen of Law School Success discusses how to achieve and maintain balance in law school and includes selections on doing well on final exams, including specific strategies and tips for both essay and multiple choice exams. If you prefer a more straightforward (and less law school-related) resource, the library’s e-book collection includes...
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04/14/2016 at 03:21 PM
If you are not a native of Southern New England, you may not be familiar with the details of the Lizzie Borden case. Lizzie Borden allegedly murdered her parents in 1892. A trial, in which Lizzie was acquitted, followed soon thereafter. Lizzie Borden is commemorated by a nursery rhyme, albeit a bloody one: Lizzie Borden took an axeAnd gave her mother forty whacks.When she saw what she had done,She gave her father forty-one. The crime, and her alleged part in it, have been featured in songs, television shows, movies, books, plays, video games, and graphic novels. There is even a Lizzie Borden...
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04/14/2016 at 02:11 PM
Extended Reading / Exam Period Hours The library’s extended hours for reading and exam period start April 22. They have been posted on the law library website at http://law.rwu.edu/library/about-library/hours .
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04/08/2016 at 09:52 AM
The week of April 10-16 is National Library Week. National Library Week is the one week a year that we stop and appreciate all things library-related. Here at the RWU Law Library we will be taking time out to express gratitude to our dedicated student library workers, our amazing full-time library staff, and our awesome patrons. Thank you all! It is sometimes easy to overlook all that the library does and is in the life of the law school. This is especially true if you are not one of the patrons who come to study in the library every day. The library’s role expands beyond the doors of the...
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04/08/2016 at 09:13 AM
Celebrate National Library Week National Library Week is the one week a year that we stop and appreciate all things library-related. Join us as we take time this week to express gratitude to our dedicated student library workers, our awesome patrons, and our always ready to help you full-time library staff.
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04/01/2016 at 01:43 PM
On Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm the RWU School of Law presents its seventh lecture in the Thurgood Marshall Memorial Lecture Series. Mahzarin Banaji, the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics of the Harvard University Department of Psychology, and co-author of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, will present the keynote address at this event. According to the book’s website, the title of the book is a metaphor. The authors use the term blindspot to “capture that portion of the mind that houses hidden biases” and the term good people to represent those “who...
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04/01/2016 at 01:29 PM
Motivation & Stress Reduction As the semester winds down, remember the new Motivation Wall in the library as a source for quick inspiration. For those needing something more, the Stress Management, Mindfulness and Wellness LawGuide can help you find ways to manage your end of semester stress.
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03/23/2016 at 01:46 PM
According to Examiner.com, March 20th was Extraterrestrial Abductions Day. The idea: Having never heard of this “holiday” and having no idea how one might celebrate it, the Legal Beagle decided to see what would happen if one looked up the same concept in multiple databases. Would Lexis Advance, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law all agree on what case is the “leading case” on this topic? The strategy: To begin, I decided on a search strategy. Instead of searching “extraterrestrial abductions” as the word abduction has legal significance, I decided that I would search “extraterrestrial encounters.” In...
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03/23/2016 at 01:14 PM
Certification Class: Alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw In this class, learn about free legal research products available via bar associations, state or trial court law libraries, and membership law libraries. How do they stack up to Lexis and Westlaw? Should you use them even if Lexis and Westlaw are available? We will answer these questions and discuss Casemaker and Fastcase, the two most popular products. Live class: Monday, 3/28 at 1pm OR Thursday, 3/31 at 10:30am Online class: See the link for information on how to access the course on Bridges. http://lawguides.rwu.edu/alternatives...