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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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01/22/2016 at 03:20 PM
The center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is a non-profit law school consortium whose mission includes to assisting a diverse audience in the effective use of technology in legal education. It was incorporated in 1982 by the University of Minnesota Law School and Harvard Law School. In 2015, nearly every US law school is a member, including RWU Law. When someone talks about CALI he/she may be referring to: • CALI Lessons (online interactive tutorials in legal subjects) • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards (given to the highest scorer in a law school course) • The State of...
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01/15/2016 at 12:26 PM
Whether you are snowed in at home this semester (or not!), this email is just a reminder that the RWU Law Library collection and services are here to complement and advance the scholarship, practice skills education, and intellectual life at RWU Law. If you are doing research this semester, connect with us via our website, our blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account, or our Pinterest page. We hope our information connects with our students, faculty, and alumni. There are the many ways in which the RWU School of Law Library can help you have a successful spring semester. The...
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01/07/2016 at 10:32 AM
According to a New York Daily News article, a Harvard study about seniors “found that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help sharpen cognitive skills.” This is good news for all of you chocoholics and particularly good news this week when the librarians will be staffing an information table and serving hot chocolate outside the Law School Bistro on January 13th and January 14th from 11 am – 1 pm. The librarians will be distributing information about the Prepare for Practice Certification Program. The Prepare for Practice Certification Program is designed to refresh and enhance...
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12/15/2015 at 12:39 PM
Every year around this time we turn on the TV, the computer, and/or the radio and we hear about the war on Christmas. The Legal Beagle is a non-partisan dog and doesn’t want to have political conversations around the holiday table. Instead of blogging about the so-called War on Christmas, instead we will discuss researching the recent war on Christmas lights. According to a 2014 press release, “The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there were 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating seen in emergency departments nationwide during November and December 2012. “ The...
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12/04/2015 at 12:28 PM
According to the US Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, “The average Thanksgiving long-distance trip length is 214 miles, compared with 275 miles over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday. For the remainder of the year, average trip distance is 261 miles.” While there are many stories about air travel travails (missing baggage, delayed flights, unruly passengers, etc.), there is one book a law student can read to soothe any fears about upcoming travel plans. Cancelled, Delayed, Grounded: Law for the Frustrated Air Traveler by Cecil C. Kuhne III is available in the...
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11/17/2015 at 12:38 PM
It’s beginning to feel a lot like finals. The end of the semester is always filled with studying and outlining and stress. The Legal Beagle has several suggestions for ways to cope with the end of the semester crunch time: 1. Use the library’s study resources: If you prefer online study aids, try the CALI lessons available at http://www.cali.org/. If you prefer print resources, the Law Library’s staff has prepared guides to the major study aids in the library’s collection. The guides are by subject area, keyed to the curriculum and available at http://law.rwu.edu/library/research/study-aids....
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11/13/2015 at 10:29 AM
New England is known far and wide for its association with the Thanksgiving holiday. Whether this is your first Thanksgiving in New England or just your most recent Thanksgiving in New England, here is a quiz to give you a break from outlining! 1. True or False: Cranberries bounce.2. What percentage of the pumpkins processed in the United States in a year are grown in Illinois?3. 2008 was the International Year of the ________4. True or False: There has been a Nantucket Sea Monster balloon in the Macy’s parade.5. Who has the most rushing yards in a NFL Thanksgiving Day football game? Whether...
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11/13/2015 at 10:05 AM
One of the librarians noticed this story about overcoming fear which was recently featured in the online ABA Journal and remarked at how well it handled the issues of lawyer stress and fear. It states, “Fear has become part of the legal culture because lawyers, like soldiers, often feel engaged in battle.” Not only do lawyers feel the pressures of stress and fear, but law students do, too. Have you noticed the sign on the law school television display screens (with unicorns!) about coloring with the librarians? If so, we hope you have stopped by to color with us! If not, we hope you will...
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11/06/2015 at 10:40 AM
A frequently debated issue in criminal law is the unreliability of eyewitness testimony. It is also a particularly interesting topic to research because it relates to science, psychology, criminal justice, and law. Our library contains several resources on this topic, both in digital resources and in our print collection, most notably Elizabeth F. Loftus, James M. Doyle, and Jennifer E. Dysart’s Eyewitness Testimony: Civil and Criminal. The Criminal Law Reporter (Bloomberg BNA) allows you to identify and track the most recent news and cases on the subject. On November 2, this publication...
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10/30/2015 at 11:21 AM
According to the United States Courts website, “[e]lectronic media coverage of criminal proceedings in federal courts has been expressly prohibited under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 53 since the criminal rules were adopted in 1946.” Starting in July, 2011, fourteen federal trial courts voluntarily took part in an experiment to evaluate the effect of cameras in courtrooms. The data collection portion of the pilot concluded this summer with the videos posted online until the Judicial Conference considers recommendations regarding the pilot. More information about the project can be found...