New Law Library Services

Welcome to a new school year.  The Law Library staff is excited to see all the new faces and our returning students. We were very busy over the summer developing new services to make your life easier.  Three of the new services are:

Scan on Demand
Delivery on Demand
20 – Minute Trainings

You can read more about our new services below.

Scan on Demand
Do you need help gathering your research? Strapped for time? Let the Law Library HELP! We will scan and email to you print materials you need from the Law Library or any of the ASU Libraries for free. … Continue Reading

Free Root Beer & Orange Floats to Welcome the 1Ls!

RootBeerFloats

On Wednesday, August 20th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, 1Ls and all our new students can stop by the Law Library lobby to enjoy a refreshing root beer or orange float compliments of the Law Library. Learn how the Law Library can help you have a successful first semester and help you throughout your law school endeavors.

4th of July

The Law Library will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014 in observance of Independence Day. Have a safe and happy 4th!

Supreme Court Decisions Are Not as Final as You Think

A new study from Harvard Law professor Richard J. Lazarus has revealed that the Supreme Court Justices routinely make changes to Court opinions that extend beyond fixing typographical errors and spelling mistakes.  In fact, Lazarus asserts that the Justices “correct mistakes in majority and separate opinions relating to the arguments of the parties, record below, historical facts, relevant statutes and regulations, opinions of their colleagues, and Court precedent.  The Justices also, even more significantly, sometimes change their initial reasoning in support of their legal conclusions.”  This is major news, because while every Supreme … Continue Reading

Building Maintenance Impedes Access to Certain Collections

The Foreign & International and English Legal History Collections of the Law Library will be closed June 14-15 due to building maintenance.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Diane Humetewa Confirmed to Federal Judgeship

Congratulations to ASU’s Diane Humetewa on her historic appointment to the U. S. District Court for  Arizona.  The  U. S.  Senate voted unanimously to confirm her yesterday, Wednesday, May 14th!

National Native American Bar Association statement
Indian Country Media Network article
Statement from the National Congress of American Indians
Senator Heitkamp Statement on Humetewa confirmation vote of 96-0
Today’s Arizona Republic

What Summer Break?

While students and faculty are largely absent from campus over the summer, we at the Law Library are here all summer long!  That means we are available to help you with any research project you tackle this summer, whether it be for a job, externship, or professor.  You can contact a librarian via phone or e-mail if you are off campus, or come see us in person in the Reference Office (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm).  We want to support both your academic AND professional success, so please contact us this summer so we can help you ace your research projects and … Continue Reading

Access to Westlaw Classic ends July 1st

 

 

 

Westlaw recently announced that access to Westlaw Classic for academic users will end July 1, 2014.  If you use WestlawNext exclusively this change will likely not affect you, but if you conduct any research on Westlaw Classic please take note of the July 1st cutoff.  WestlawNext will still “bridge” users into Westlaw Classic databases that are not available on the new interface, and non-academic users (firms, courts, etc…) will continue to have access to Westlaw Classic for a while longer.

If you have questions about the change or need help utilizing WestlawNext please contact … Continue Reading

Using CALI to Study for Exams

At some point in the coming weeks you will probably reach the point where you feel like you simply cannot look at your course outline one more time.  At this point (and even before!) reviewing for your exam via a CALI lesson is a great idea. CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials published by the non-profit Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction.  With our school’s CALI membership you have access to over 900 interactive lessons in over 30 legal subjects.  You can find them all at cali.org/lesson.

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Jeremiah Chin ’14 and Jennifer Walston ’15 Honored for Exemplary Student Research

The Ross-Blakley Law Library at the Sandra O’Connor College of Law is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of The Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research. Jeremiah Chin is the first place award recipient for his paper, Red Law, White Supremacy: Cherokee Freedmen, Tribal Sovereignty and the Colonial Feedback Loop and Jennifer Walston earned second-place honors for, Arizona’s Domestic Violence Victims Need a More Safety-Centered Approach in Their Pursuit of Family Court Orders. Jeremiah Chin and Jennifer Walston’s papers demonstrate sophistication and originality in the use of research materials, exceptional innovation in research strategy, and skillful synthesis … Continue Reading