West Study Aids Available Online to All College of Law Students

West Study Aids are available online to all Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students. Gilbert Law Summaries, Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, Sum & Substance Quick Reviews, Exam Pro Series, and others covering more than 350 areas of law are available

To access the online collection, go to http://eproducts.westlaw.com/LearnMore/StudyAidsHome.aspx

You will need to login to your Westlaw account to gain access to the collection. A link to the study aids is also available under the Services for Law Students section of the Law Library’s home page.  Accessing these books through your Westlaw account allows you to personalize use, including highlighting text, full text … Continue Reading

Judges are Movie Lovers Too

The Justices of the Texas Supreme Court must be movie lovers.  In the recent Kinney V. Barnes opinion, Justice Lehrmann quotes Walter Sobchak, a character in the cult favorite The Big Lebowski. Lehrmann states that “The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is similarly suspicious of prior restraints,” and goes on to point out that “This cornerstone of First Amendment protections has been reaffirmed time and again by the Supreme Court, this Court, Texas courts of appeals, legal treatises, and even popular culture.”  The popular culture reference is to Walter’s statement in … Continue Reading

Constitution Day Event: Polarization in the Court?

ConstitutionIf you would like to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th there will be a program at Hayden Library.  Join us for Hayden Library’s Constitution Day Celebration and hear Dr. Valerie Hoekstra speak about Polarization in the Court?  Prof. Hoekstra is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Politics and Global Studies. The lecture will take place on Wednesday September 17th at 10:30am at Hayden Library in room Room C-6A, on the Tempe campus. The lecture is free.

For more information contact Dan Stanton at danton@asu.edu or 480-965-1798

Technology Enhanced Study Room

The Technology Enhanced Collaborative Space (TECS) is located on the first floor of the Ross-Blakley Law Library in room #112D. TECS is intended for collaborative work or study specifically for groups, defined as two or more users actively using the room and its technology. The room has a capacity for five people and includes the following equipment:

Media table specifically developed to promote collaboration
Computer
Laptop Connectivity for 5 laptops
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
Two 37” video displays
Skype Capabilities

Study group participants can share content from their laptops on the two 37” video displays by pressing the corresponding switcher. Analog laptop electrical outlets and audio outlets … Continue Reading

Free Digital Copies of the Federal Rules

Thanks to the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School and the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction’s eLangdell Press, you can download the current versions of the Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for free.  The books are available in .epub format, which is compatible with most e-readers including iPads, Nooks, and Android devices.

Here are direct links to each book:

2015 Federal Rules of Evidence
2015 Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
2015 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

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.