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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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06/03/2016 at 10:54 AM
2016 has been the year of Making a Murderer. For those of you who have not seen or heard of the show, it is ten-part law-related documentary on Netflix about a Wisconsin man named Steven Avery who may or may not be a murderer. It has been compared to the Serial podcast. If you are a fan of Making a Murderer, you may be interested in other law-related stories: The Jinx is HBO’s “six-part examination of the reclusive millionaire at the heart of three killings spanning four decades.”  The man at the center of The Jinx is Robert Durst. Durst was also the inspiration of the Ryan Gosling movie...
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05/27/2016 at 10:16 AM
According to 36 U.S.C. §116, the last Monday in May is Memorial Day. The United States’ most solemn holiday has roots all the way back to the 1800s. On May 11, 1950, Congress passed a joint resolution which requests that the President issue a Memorial Day proclamation each year. This year’s proclamation can be found on the White House’s website. This Memorial Day we ask that you take time to remember the men and women who died serving in our military from all generations and from all wars. Let their sacrifices be honored with peace.
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05/20/2016 at 09:41 AM
Q: Why did the robot go on summer vacation? A: He needed to recharge his batteries. Whether you are spending your summer interning, clerking, or recharging your batteries, if you are away from the RWU Law Library remember that the librarians are still here to take your calls and help with your research. Call us. We can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (401) 254-4547. Use our Ask a Librarian chat service. Email us. We can be reached at LawLibraryHelp@rwu.edu. Not only are the librarians available for research help during the summer, but our LawGuides are...
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05/12/2016 at 09:32 AM
Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw offer summer access to continuing students as explained in our LawGuide Bloomberg/Lexis/Westlaw @ RWU Law: Summer Access. Information about using Westlaw during the summer can be found at https://lawschool.westlaw.com/marketing/display/MI/473. Information about using Lexis during the summer can be found at https://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/lsp/b/weblog1/archive/2016/03/28/summer-access.aspx (login required). In addition, most digital resources will be available to continuing students working remotely this summer. Just use your RWU ID card to log in from...
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05/09/2016 at 08:35 AM
For the graduating 3Ls, this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times. You can take off your backpack, put away your highlighters, relax and enjoy the Commencement festivities. While this is your first time being a law graduate, it is not your first time at a graduation. It is interesting to note that so much about graduation is ritual. For example, the song Pomp and Circumstance is well known as “the Graduation song.” However, it is interesting to note the song wasn’t always associated with graduation and some people think it is associated with “Macho Man” Randy Savage! Another...
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04/26/2016 at 01:49 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 07:25 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 02:21 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 01:11 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 08:52 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...