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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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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...
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10/23/2015 at 10:20 AM
Halloween is a time for all things spooky, even court cases and law books. In fact, a magazine called NWLawyer compiled a top ten list of cases to spook you. More locally, there was a court case a few years ago which was Halloween-themed! A review of our catalog uncovered several scary titles in the law library collection, including The Sleepy Lagoon Murder Case, Of Murder and Madness, and Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America's Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes. Possibly the scariest law book title of them all is Body Parts: Property Rights and the Ownership of Human Biological...
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10/16/2015 at 09:24 AM
As we all learned in elementary school, Haiku is a form of traditional Japanese poetry with a 17-syllable verse form (5, 7, and 5). What you might not have learned in grade school is legal haiku. Haiku Decisis is a website created by Joshua Auriemma which features haiku extracted from a random Supreme Court opinion. It is like a random Supreme Court haiku generator. The haiku were identified using a computer algorithm and some of them are awesome. If you want to try your hand at writing haiku, the ABA’s Young Lawyer Division and ABA Law Student Division sponsor an annual haiku contest where...
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10/09/2015 at 08:36 AM
On Friday, October 2, the RWU Law Library hosted the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) Fall Meeting. The theme was Successfully Supporting & Igniting Innovation and the meeting was a great success. We gathered with law librarians all over New England and discussed innovations in law, in libraries, in legal education, in legal practice, and in organizational culture. The event’s plenary speaker was Stanford’s Margaret Hagan who dazzled us with her insights about promoting and supporting innovation. In preparing for the event, one of the librarians downloaded and tried out one of Hagan’s...
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10/05/2015 at 11:26 AM
There is a lot of talk about fracking these days. In fact, one well-known professor commented, “[t]here are few issues as polarizing and divisive as fracking…” Considering all the talk and polarity, below are some resources about fracking and how to research fracking and law. The BBC News website has a simple explanation of fracking for the beginner. This story is particularly useful to a law student researching fracking for the first time (even though it focuses primarily on the UK) because it explains that fracking is shorthand for “hydraulic fracturing” which may help you craft a search in...
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09/25/2015 at 01:41 PM
While the cartoon Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law may be humorous, it might not teach you everything you need to know about law or the legal system. Have you ever wished that some of the cases or concepts in your textbooks were turned into useful illustrations? Whether you have or haven’t wished this, educational illustrations of major cases or concepts can be found online at the Visual Law Library. This website, a project of Stanford University’s Legal Design Initiative, contains graphics to help students, lawyers, and the general public better understand legal doctrines and practices....