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!

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.

You must have an account … Continue Reading

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

Summer Use of Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law

Westlaw
Your Westlaw password will remain active over the summer for a limited number of research hours.  Westlaw does allow full summer access for the following permissible uses:

  • Law school class
  • Law Review or Journal work
  • Moot Court work
  • Project for a Professor
  • Unpaid, nonprofit public-interest internship/externship pro bono work required for graduation

To extend your Westlaw access
Eligible students will need to register for a password extension and must agree to only use their password for permissible purposes.  To register for a password Summer Extension visit    http://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/summerextension.asp.

Access to Westlaw for graduates
Graduating students can register for the Westlaw Grad Elite Extension … Continue Reading

Alumni Legal Research Panel – TOMORROW at 12:15pm

Please join us tomorrow for a lunchtime alumni panel featuring Kaitlyn Redfield Ortiz (’12) and Masha Shmukler (’11) to learn how your legal research skills can help you in your upcoming summer or post-graduation legal position

Thursday, April 10th

Room 105 at 12:15pm

**Cookies and Starbucks coffee provided **

Kaitlyn Redfield Ortiz will discuss her research experiences as a Judicial Clerk (U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit) and as a current Associate at Lubin & Enoch

Masha Shmukler will discuss her research experiences as an Associate at Greenberg Traurig LLP (corporate and securities law)

- Ask questions and get answers about “real world” legal research

- … Continue Reading

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