Category Archives: Law Library News and Events

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.

Racheal White Hawk ’16 and Glennas’ba Augborne ’16 Honored for Exemplary Student Research

The Ross-Blakley Law Library at the Sandra O’Connor College of Law is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of The Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research. 

Racheal White Hawk is the first place award recipient for her paper, A New Formula for Tribal Internet Gaming and Glennas’ba Augborne earned second-place honors for The HEARTH Act: Implementing UN Indigenous Rights Norms to Reconcile the Limitations of Tribal Environmental Sovereignty. Their papers demonstrate sophistication and originality in the use of research materials, exceptional innovation in research strategy, and skillful synthesis of research results into a comprehensive scholarly analysis.

A review panel comprised of librarians Victoria Trotta and Beth DiFelice and Clinical Professor Kimberly Holst selected the winners from the very competitive entries.

In addition to receiving a monetary award, the winners are also invited to publish their papers in the Law Library’s digital scholarship repository and to feature their papers in the Law Library Display Case.

Congratulations to our 2015 Winners!

Deadline for Award for Exemplary Student Research is Fast Approaching

The deadline to enter is Wednesday, April 1st, 2015.

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, 2015.

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

Good Luck!

Practicing Attorney Research Panel

Join us for a Q&A session with a panel of four practicing attorneys, sponsored by the Women Law Students’ Association, the Ross-Blakley Law Library, and LexisNexis.  The attorneys will discuss strategies for success in summer and post-graduation legal research projects and answer any questions students may have about legal research in practice, including cost considerations. Lunch from Potbelly’s Sandwich Shop will be provided.

Who: All interested students are welcome.  Please RSVP if you would like lunch.

Where: College of Law Room 105

When: Tuesday, March 24th, 12:15-1:15pm

Questions? Contact Tara Mospan (tara.mospan@asu.edu)  to RSVP or for more information.

Research panel info sheet

Spring Break 2015 Hours

Spring Break is just around the corner, and while you all stay home to study or vacation someplace colder (we’re looking at you, Ms. Visiting-family-in-Chicago and Mr. Skiing-in-Utah), the library will be opening a little later and closing a little earlier. Here are our hours for the break:

Friday, March 6:   7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday – Sunday, March 7-8:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Monday – Thursday, March 9-12:   8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Friday – Saturday, March 13-14:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 15:   8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Reference Librarians will be here from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, as usual.

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

– Free take home research guide from the Law Library

Legal research panel flyer (2014) - with panelist photos-page-0

Alumni Legal Research Panel: What to Know Before you Go

Please join us for a lunchtime panel on legal research in the “real world”

Thursday, April 10th

Room 105 at 12:15pm

**Cookies and Starbucks coffee provided **

Kaitlyn Redfield Ortiz ‘12, 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 ‘11, 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 – prepare for your upcoming externship, summer position, or first job as a young attorney
– Free take-home guide from the Law Library

   To ensure sufficient food & guides, RSVP by Friday, April 4th to tara.mospan@asu.edu