Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research

Do you want to win $500?  How about $250?  Would you like to have your work displayed in the Faculty Publications Display Case?  How about all the pats on the back you will get from family and friends if you win this prestigious award?  You better get to work!  The deadline to enter the annual Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research is April 1st.

The purpose of the award is to encourage students to focus on practical skills and to refine their research skills beyond ordinary proficiency to their personal best.  The award also serves as a means to showcase extraordinary student research.

Two award recipients will be selected.  The first place winner will receive $500.00 and a Certificate of Recognition.  The second place winner will receive  $250.00 and a Certificate of Recognition. Winners will be invited to publish their paper in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Faculty Scholarship Repository and winners are further invited to showcase their writing in the Faculty Scholarship Display case located in the Law Library lobby for public exhibition during the year following receipt of the award.

A panel composed of two Law Librarians and one Legal Writing Instructor will judge submissions based on how well they demonstrate the following:

  • Sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in the use of research materials, including, but not limited to, print resources, electronic search engines and databases, primary and secondary legal resources, interdisciplinary
  • resources, and empirical resources
  • Exceptional innovation in research strategy, including the ability to locate, select, and evaluate research materials with discretion
  • Skillful synthesis of research results into a comprehensive scholarly analysis

To learn more about the award including eligibility, acceptable papers, selection criteria and application procedures, please visit:

Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research

The deadline for submission is April 1, 2016.

And remember, if you need help with your research, don’t forget to Ask a Librarian.

Good Luck!

Free Access to Electronic Study Aids and a Promo Code

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The Ross-Blakley Law Library is pleased to provide you with online access to hundreds of study aids to help you prepare for your upcoming exams through West Academic.  Our subscription to these study aids allows you to view hundreds of electronic books 24/7, as well as highlight text, take and save notes, and even print content.

Through January 31, 2016 West Academic is also offering ASU students 25% off any print study aids product ordered through the West Academic Store (store.westacademic.com). Use promo code: UPANDRUNNING

We wish you all the best this exam period!

Discussion with Robert McWhirter: Just What’s So Exceptional About America? Rights, People, and the Bill of Rights

Robert McWhirter is an award-winning, internationally recognized speaker and author on trial advocacy, immigration law, and the history of The Bill of Rights. He is a supervising attorney at the ASU Alumni Law Group, a teaching law firm providing training for new lawyers from the Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and serving clients of modest means. He recently published the book: Bills, Quills and Stills: An Annotated, Illustrated, and Illuminated History of the Bill of Rights.

Robert McWhirter will lead a discussion on Just What’s So Exceptional About America? Rights, People, and the Bill of Rights at Changing Hands bookstore in Tempe on Saturday, November 14th at 7:00p.m.

For more information, please visit: http://www.changinghands.com/event/mcwhirter-nov2015

How Harvard Law Library is Improving Access to Justice

Harvard Law Library’s Free the Law project aims to digitize the entire body of U.S. case law and make it available to the world in an open-access database.  All American case law will be free to search, download, and read.  If you would like to read about this astounding project, click the link below to a New York Times article.

Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions for Digital Age

 

Celebrate The Bar Exam Results: Way to Go Kyle Orne

ASU Law graduate Kyle Thomas Orne scored the highest on the exam, while his fellow graduates   bar-exam-919617  Robert Andrew Clarke and Christopher Jacob Waznik tied for second. All three graduated in May 2015.

“I was very surprised to have the top score — I’m not going to lie,” said Orne, who works as an associate in the Phoenix offices of Quarles & Brady. “Much of the bar exam focuses on what you learn as a 1L (first year). The ASU Law professors I had as a 1L were all really good, and I felt that I was prepared for the exam.”

Orne was also pleasantly surprised to learn that his former classmates tied for second place. “It looks like we studied together, but we didn’t,” he joked.

Among all bar exam test takers, ASU Law had a passage rate of 81.8 percent, far above the state average of 56.6 percent.

Congratulations from the Law Library!

 

 

Fall Break Hours

Temperatures are unlikely to peak above 100 degrees…it’s Fall in Arizona! Time to break up the semester by visiting cooler climes before they get cold, or enjoy a few less than blistering days here before afternoons become truly lovely this winter.

If a school break seems like a silly reason to stop coming to the library, you’ll need to know our Fall Break schedule. The library will be open the following hours:

  • Friday, October 2nd:   7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday – Sunday, October 3rd – 4th:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Monday – Thursday, October 5th – 8th:   8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday – Saturday, October 9th – 10th:    8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 11th:   8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Reference Librarians will keep regular hours during Fall Break, because they are regular people. They are here to help you between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

 

Constitution Day Event: Unalienable Rights: The Role of the Creator in Public Life

ConstitutionCome celebrate Constitution Day at ASU Libraries Constitution Day Celebration on September 17th from 12 Noon to 1 PM in Hayden Library Room 133.  The event will feature Dr. Owen Anderson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious studies in ASU’s New College. In 2013-2014 he was the William E. Simon research fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University and a visiting scholar at Princeton Seminary.  He has published seven books including The Declaration of Independence and God (2015) and The Natural Moral Law (2013) with Cambridge University Press.  His areas of research include epistemology, the ethics of belief, intellectual history, and religious pluralism.  He regularly teaches Philosophy of Religion, Introduction to Philosophy, Applied Ethics, World Religions, Western Religious Traditions, and Religion in America.

The Declaration of Independence famously states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This claim relates human rights and equality to the role of the Creator. As such it is affirming a relationship between human origins and human nature. This talk will look at some of the influence this has had on American thought, including religious freedom and state established religion.

Bring your brown bag lunch and enjoy this free event. For more information contact Dan Stanton at danton@asu.edu or 480-965-1798

Study Aids for You: Print & Online

Online Study Skills Materials
The Ross-Blakley Law Library is pleased to provide you with online access to hundreds of study aids to help you prepare for classes and exams. Whether you are a returning student or it is your first year in law school, you will find study aids for virtually every course you will take. All these titles are available for online viewing 24/7 and you can highlight, take notes and even print.

Please note: The first time you go to access the Study Aids Subscription, you will need to create a West Academic account. Use this link to Sign in or Create an Account

Print Study Skills Materials
Not all study skills materials are online. To help you succeed in law school, the Ross-Blakley Law Library staff has created a print Study Skills Collection. Located in the Reserve Reading room on the first floor of the Law Library, the collection brings together an array of study aids, legal research and writing texts, exam, and bar exam materials.

Books in the Study Skills Collection may be checked out for two weeks and are renewable twice.  Flash Cards may be checked out for one week and are not renewable. Study Skills materials have a seven day grace period, and will be billed the replacement charge and overdue fee on the eighth day overdue.  If you have any questions about or suggestions for the print collection, please contact Leslie A. Pardo, Head of Access Services, (480) 965-3579.

Welcome New Students!

The library staff looks forward to meeting you soon at orientation. Please come visit us at the following events:

Monday, August 17th: 8:30-9:30am
Room 109 – Legal Research Password Distribution

Tuesday, August 18th: 8:30-10:00am
Room 109 – Legal Research Password Distribution

Tuesday, August 18th: 1:00-2:00pm
Law Library lobby – Free Root Beer Floats at the Law Library Open House 

In the meantime, be sure to access our 1L Orientation Guide. This guide provides information on library hours and services, materials to help you prep for class and exams, and instructions on how to access the library’s print and electronic study aids.