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09/17/2008 at 11:00 PM
Second-year student Casey Lee is the new Westlaw student rep with third-year student Katherine “Kathy” Sulentic continuing as a Westlaw student rep for the 2007-08 academic year. Their job involves making sure all the equipment runs correctly, checking the mailroom for any items delivered to Westlaw, helping our Westlaw Academic Account Manager Mark Jackson with any issues he may have, conducting one-on-one training with students, assisting both faculty and staff with any Westlaw products, holding marketing events, and answering student questions.  In order to better acquaint you with...
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09/16/2008 at 11:00 PM
Second-year students Sara Mazzochi and Alexandra “Lexi” Nolin were recently hired as LexisNexis student reps.  Their job responsibilities include helping or training anyone who needs help at RWUSOL in LexisNexis products and research techniques, making sure the LexisNexis equipment, including the printers, run as they should, assisting our LexisNexis Representative Steve Albro with anything he might need and conducting marketing events throughout the course of the year. In order to better acquaint you with them, here is some interesting information about each one! Sarah graduated from...
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09/09/2008 at 11:00 PM
The Main Computer Lab and Training Lab 1 will be used closed for first-year LexisNexis and Westlaw training sessions on the following dates and times: Wednesdays - September 10, 17, and 24 and October 1 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursdays - September 11, 18, and 25 and October 2 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.  for makeup training sessions as needed. During those dates and times, please refrain from sending print requests to the...
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09/02/2008 at 11:00 PM
In addition to the CALI tutorials, the Law Library’s collection has various study aids on numerous legal subject areas.  These study aids include the nutshells and hornbooks published by Thomson/West.  Other study aids are published by LexisNexis and Aspen Publishers.  LexisNexis publishes the “Understanding...” series and Aspen Publishers publishes the Examples and Explanations series.  Foundation Press, an independent affiliate of Thomson/West, also publishes the Concepts and Insights series on various areas of the law. To view available titles in these series, search...
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08/27/2008 at 11:00 PM
With CALI, you get free access to over 700 lessons in 32 legal subject areas.  You can use the relevant lessons during the semester or before finals to help reinforce what you learned in class.  You can access CALI on the internet in addition to using the CD that you received in your orientation packet.  Ask a librarian on duty at the Reference Desk for the School of Law’s authorization code.  For details about using CALI, here is a video from YouTube.
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08/26/2008 at 11:00 PM
During the academic year, librarians are available to provide you with reference/research assistance.  They offer explanations of the process of legal research, show you how to use a particular tool or database, make suggestions about research strategy, and assist you in tracking down items which are not on the shelf. In order to better assist you during the fall semester on the weekends, a librarian will be available for reference assistance from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except for lunch time) on most Saturdays.  Excluded are the Saturdays of August 30, October 11 and November 29....
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08/19/2008 at 11:00 PM
The School of Law Library staff welcomes our new and returning students.  We wish all our students much success in their academic endeavors. For first year students, library tours will be held September 2 through September 4.  Students will receive an email attachment containing the schedule of the library tours.  The schedule will be posted on the glass to the left of the entrance to the library on August 25.  The email will also contain details about the tour such as starting location and length.  Questions about the schedule should be directed to Nan Balliot. Also...
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07/29/2008 at 11:00 PM
In addition to the major commercial websites for legal news such as the ABAJournal.com, FindLaw and Law.com , check out JURIST.  JURIST is the only law school-based website for legal news.  In 1996, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor Bernard Hibbitts created the website as “Law Professors on the Web.” The website was initially a clearinghouse of online legal materials authored by law professors. The website’s current name JURIST was officially adopted in 1997. Contents of JURIST include U.S. and world legal news, opinions of recently decided U.S. and foreign cases,...
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07/24/2008 at 11:00 PM
From July 12 to July 15, several of the RWU School of Law librarians attended the 101st American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting and Conference held in Portland, Oregon.  Founded in 1906, AALL has over 5,000 members from law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies.  AALL was formed on July 2, 1906 during the annual meeting of the American Library Association.  The meeting that year was held in Narragansett, Rhode Island!  Twenty-four librarians responded to the call by A.J. Small, a...
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07/17/2008 at 11:00 PM
“RWU School of Law 2008 Commencement Speaker Linda Greenhouse Retires” Linda Greenhouse, RWU School of Law 2008 Commencement speaker, recently retired from the New York Times as a correspondent covering the U.S. Supreme Court to write and teach at Yale Law School.  Her article in the July 13 issue of the New York Times is a reflection of her thirty years covering the U.S. Supreme Court. Another New York Times item written by Ms. Greenhouse is her selection of three defining opinions issued by the Court.  They are the 1992 opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Bush v. Gore...