Intersession and Holiday Hours

Intersession has started at the Law School, and our hours have been heavily pruned to reflect that.

 

From Wednesday, December 17 – Saturday, January 10th, our hours will be as follows:

Monday – Saturday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with Reference Librarians available Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

 

To celebrate the holidays, the library will be closed on the following days:

Thursday-Sunday, December 25-28th

Thursday, January 1

 

We will be open until 8pm on Sunday, January 11th to allow incoming students to prepare for the beginning of the semester.

Extended Hours for Finals

Starting today, December 3, the Ross-Blakley Law Library will be open until midnight so that you can study just a little bit longer.  Why don’t you stay, work on an essay, look at some law books, seek hiding nooks, and watch our tweets so you can get some treats?

We open at the usual time (7 am on weekdays and 8 am on weekends), and the reference librarians will be on duty during their usual hours, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays.  This schedule will continue through Monday, December 15, the day before finals end.  Say you will join … Continue Reading

A Sweet Treat from the Law Library During Exams

BananaFinals are approaching and the Law Library wants you to take a break and have a treat.  During the reading and exam period we will send out special Treat Tweets.  When you get the Treat Tweet, come to the Reference office or the Circulation desk in the Law Library and get a treat!  We will have candy and fruit to help you get through the long hours of studying.  Sign-up to follow us on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/asulawlibrary

Good Luck on Your Exams!

 

Thanksgiving Library Hours

The Law Library will have shortened hours Wednesday – Friday this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday:

Wednesday, November 26: 7 am – 7 pm

Thursday, November 27: Closed

Friday, November 28: 8 am – 5 pm

We will resume regular hours on Saturday, November 29.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor

After final exams are over and you have some free time on your hands again, you may be interested in checking out a new exhibit which traces Sandra Day O’Connor’s life through photographs, artifacts, and other visual imagery.  The exhibition, titled “The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor,” examines the intersection and divergence of the ranch life of O’Connor’s childhood and her years spent as a judge in both Arizona and Washington, D.C. It runs through May 23rd at the McClelland Irish Library at the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix.

Library resources beyond WestlawNext/LexisAdvance/Bloomberg Law

We received a great student question recently: What can I do if I need something for work and I cannot access it on my academic Westlaw/Lexis/Bloomberg account due to use restrictions?

Answer: Each of the legal vendors imposes use restrictions on your academic account.  The restrictions vary, but generally limit use of your account to educational purposes related to law school coursework.  If you need to conduct research for work or for another purpose outside of your coursework, however, the library has a number of resources you can utilize without worrying about violating a license agreement:

WestlawNext Patron Access (accesisble on four public … Continue Reading

Halloween Lawsuits: Scary Stuff

Costumes gone awry, haunted houses, and mean-spirited decorations – oh my!  Have care while celebrating Halloween this week, because as these cases show, Halloween is fertile ground for lawsuits:

Mary and Her (flaming) Little Lamb
Susan and Frank Ferlito attended a Halloween party dressed as Mary and Her Little Lamb.  Frank’s lamb costume consisted of hundreds of Johnson & Johnson cotton balls glued to a set of long underwear.  While at the party, Frank tried to light a cigarette using a butane lighter and set his costume aflame, causing significant burn injuries.

Frank sued. A jury … Continue Reading

Indigenous Law Portal Makes finding Tribal Law Easier

Tribal law can be difficult to find for a variety reasons: individual tribes may not have the resources to publish their laws, may choose not to make them available electronically, or even may restrict outside access to their laws.  The new Library of Congress Indigenous Law Portal helps researchers find difficult-to locate tribal law materials by bringing together digitized historic Library of Congress resources with current resources available on tribal websites.  The Portal can be both searched and browsed by geographic region, state, and tribe name.

In addition to this new Portal, when researching tribal … Continue Reading

Free Access to Historical Federal Legal Resources

The Library of Congress and HeinOnline recently announced a unique partnership that makes historical U.S. legal materials now available on the Library of Congress’ web portal, the Guide to Law Online.  While federal materials dating back to the mid-1990s have long been available for free through FDsys, the release of these materials by HeinOnline fills the access gap to the historical documents; generally, the content for each publication extends from its first print edition to the year when free access on FDsys begins.

The newly available content includes:

United States Code (1925-1988)
United … Continue Reading

Cameras and Mobile Devices in Courtrooms: Oct. 17 at the Cronkite School

This Friday, October 17, there will be panel discussion at ASU’s The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in downtown Phoenix. The topic will be:

Cameras and Mobile Devices in Courtrooms — New Rules, New Newsgathering Challenges

The panelists:

 Hon. Robert M. Brutinel, Associate Justice, Arizona Supreme CourtHon. Joseph C. Welty, Criminal Presiding Judge, Maricopa County Superior CourtBill Montgomery, Maricopa County AttorneyJennifer Willmott, criminal defense attorneyCathie Batbie, news director at KVOA-TV (Channel 4-NBC) in Tucson

The panel discussion will run from 9:00a.m. to 10:30 a.m. From 8:30a.m. to 9:00 a.m., there will be a continental breakfast reception, and chance for … Continue Reading