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Is a Facebook “Like” Protected Speech?

A recent case in Virginia, Bland v. Roberts, 2012, saw employees of the Hampton, Virginia Sheriff’s department fired “for cost cutting purposes”, though the employees believed they were actually terminated for “liking” their boss’s opponent for re-election.

They sued, saying that their First Amendment Rights were violated, but lost the case when the court concluded that “liking” a facebook page is insufficient speech to qualify for constitutional protection.  In this Ars Technica article, lawyer Venkat Balasubramani and law professor Eric Goldman argue that this interpretation of the First Amendment fails recognize the ways that political activism has changed in the past few years, … Continue Reading

Avoiding an Interview Faux Pas

Mispronouncing the name of the law firm you are interviewing at likely will not impress your prospective employer.  To avoid a pronunciation faux pas, Georgetown Law has developed a Law Firm Pronunciation Guide which contains audio clips of the pronunciation of the names of many large law firms across the country.

Other resource that can help you brush up on your interview etiquette include the Career Services guide Preparing for the Interview, which is available online to ASU Law students, and the books Maximize Your Lawyer Potential: Professionalism and Business Etiquette for Law Students and Lawyers and … Continue Reading

Using Physics to Beat a Traffic Ticket


Lacking a legal argument to get out of your traffic ticket?  Try physics.  Dmitri Krioukov, a UC San Diego physicist, submitted a four-page physics paper to a city traffic commissioner arguing that three coincidences occurred at the same time, making a nearby police officer believe that he had seen him run a red light, when really he had not.  Krioukov writes in the paper, “We show that if a car stops at a stop sign, an observer, e.g., a police officer, located at a certain distance perpendicular to the car trajectory, must … Continue Reading

Preparing for the First Day of Exams

Monday marks the first day of Spring 2012 exams, with Criminal Law kicking things off at 8:30am and Evidence getting underway at 1pm.  Check out these new Evidence study skills books and browse through the library catalog for Criminal Law titles which will help you get ready for Day 1 of testing!

Also, if you are looking for ways to use your time during reading week wisely and be more productive as you prepare for exams, read through the study tips on the Law School Academic Support Blog.

Evidence in … Continue Reading

Extended Hours During Finals

The Law Library hours are extended on Fridays and Saturdays beginning this week and through the end of finals.  We will be open until midnight on Friday, April 20 and 27 and Saturday, April 21 and 28.

Good luck on your finals!

Extreme Weight Loss – Law Library Edition

What’s that? We look lighter? Thanks for noticing, we have lost a few pounds. Over 78,000 pounds, actually!

If you were around last week, you may have noticed we were getting rid of a few books. And by “a few,” we mean over 13,000! According to ASU Recycling (our superstar partners in this project), the total weight of the books we discarded was 78,785 lbs (just under 40 tons!). The Law Library and Recycling staff certainly built some muscle as we shed this weight – what a workout! And speaking … Continue Reading

National Library Week – Celebrating Our Staff!

Happy National Library Week! Established in 1958, “National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use.”

We thought we’d take a moment to celebrate our very own Ross-Blakley Law Library, and in particular, the contributions of all the wonderful folks who keep this place running. So who are all these people, anyway?

Public Services
Circulation: If you’re a regular library visitor, you probably know these folks the best. At the front desk, our Circulation … Continue Reading

4th Annual Edward J. Shoen Leading Scholars Lecture

Jack Goldsmith

This Thursday the College of Law will host Jack Goldsmith, who is delivering the 4th annual Edward J. Shoen Leading Scholars Lecture. Goldsmith will be speaking on presidential accountability post-9/11. The Shoen Lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are encouraged.

Goldsmith is the Harry J. Shattuck Professor at Harvard Law School, a position he has held since 2005. He served as the Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel from October 2003 through July 2004, and as Special Counsel to the … Continue Reading

ROTC Training Exercise on the SRC Field Thursday

An ROTC Training exercise will be held on the SRC Field Thursday, April 12, 2012.

The Army ROTC will be landing 2 Blackhawk Helicopters on the SRC East Field on April 12, 2012.   The first will land at 7:30am and the second at 10:00am.  Each pick-up usually last 10-15 minutes.

The noise from the helicopters may carry to the Law Library.  Be sure to ask for earplugs at the front desk!

Some interesting English Legal News

If English Law or English Legal History is among your interests, you may want to check out this amusing article from the South Devon Western Morning News detailing a few of the quirky old laws that are on the books there, and their current questionable status.   Some such old laws, dating from the 16th century and earlier, are the target of a repeals bill, intended to “[rid] the statute book of meaningless provisions from days days gone by and [make] sure [the] laws are relevant to the modern world,” according to the … Continue Reading