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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 … Continue Reading

Practicing Attorney Legal Research Panel TOMORROW

What: Practicing attorney legal research panel.  Lunch from Potbelly’s Sandwich Shop 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 flyer - 2015

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

Reset Your Westlaw Password Now

 

With the New Year, you will need a new Westlaw password!  Westlaw just announced that all academic users will be required to update their passwords within the next few weeks.  By changing your password now you can avoid being temporarily locked out of your Westlaw account.

Follow these steps to change your password:
Log into lawschool.westlaw.com
Click the blue “Update” link to the right of your name
Then click the blue “ Manage OnePass Profile” button
Enter and re-enter a new password
Click the “Save” button

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Westlaw Customer Support at 1-800-850-WEST … Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Library Hours

The Law Library will have shortened hours Wednesday – Friday this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday:

Wednesday, November 26: 7 am – 7 pm

Thursday, November 27: Closed

Friday, November 28: 8 am – 5 pm

We will resume regular hours on Saturday, November 29.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor

After final exams are over and you have some free time on your hands again, you may be interested in checking out a new exhibit which traces Sandra Day O’Connor’s life through photographs, artifacts, and other visual imagery.  The exhibition, titled “The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor,” examines the intersection and divergence of the ranch life of O’Connor’s childhood and her years spent as a judge in both Arizona and Washington, D.C. It runs through May 23rd at the McClelland Irish Library at the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix.

Library resources beyond WestlawNext/LexisAdvance/Bloomberg Law

We received a great student question recently: What can I do if I need something for work and I cannot access it on my academic Westlaw/Lexis/Bloomberg account due to use restrictions?

Answer: Each of the legal vendors imposes use restrictions on your academic account.  The restrictions vary, but generally limit use of your account to educational purposes related to law school coursework.  If you need to conduct research for work or for another purpose outside of your coursework, however, the library has a number of resources you can utilize without worrying about violating a license agreement:

WestlawNext Patron Access (accesisble on four public … Continue Reading

The Case for Losing the Laptop

It is standard practice in law school to take notes in class on your laptop, but new research indicates that taking notes by hand can help you learn better and retain more information. Psychologists Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California-Los Angeles conducted the study behind this research and found that students who used laptops in class, even as intended and not for buying things on Amazon, performed worse academically than students who took notes by hand.  Mueller and Oppenheimer hypothesize that the reason for … 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