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Supreme Court in the News

Were you surprised by the United States Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act?  Does it make you curious about the sort of cases they’re going to be looking at and how they may vote in the upcoming year?  If so, here are a few articles that take a look at the most well-known cases that will come to court:

Above the Law:  A Preview of the upcoming Supreme Court Term (OT 2012)

New York Times:  Supreme Court Faces Weighty Cases and a New Dynamic

Thompson-Reuters: Affirmitive Action, Rights Cases Await U.S. Supreme Court

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Bloomberg Law Training Next Week

We’ve mentioned it before – interested in learning more about Bloomberg Law?
Will Thompson, ASU’s Bloomberg BNA rep, will hold three training sessions next week on efficient searching using Bloomberg Law.  
If you’re interested in learning how to use this slick new legal research tool, pick a session below (lunch will be served!):

Location (Armstrong Hall)

Tuesday, October 2nd
Room 105

Wednesday, October 3rd
Room 116

Thursday, October 4th
Room 105





You can sign up for … Continue Reading

Homeowner Rights


The ASU Homeowner Advocacy Unit at the College of Law is hosting a free conference on homeowner rights October 19th. The conference will feature Joseph A. Smith, the National Mortgage Settlement Monitor, as well as representatives from the Offices of the Attorneys General of Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Laws concerning homeowner rights can be complicated, so the Law Library has developed research guides related to the subject. The guides include information for homeowners, attorneys representing clients, and students researching this area of the law. They list both primary and secondary sources, with … Continue Reading

New Books at the Law Library – America Votes!

Periodically throughout the semester we will be highlighting new books in the Law Library collection on the Library Blog. Today’s focus is on America Votes! A Guide to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights, edited by Benjamin E. Griffith.

America Votes!  is an excellent resource for lawyers, professors, and election officials in advance of the November elections as it offers a snapshot of current key election and voting rights issues.  The book is divided in to three parts: the first part focuses on redistricting, the second on the Voting Rights Act, and the third on … Continue Reading

Citation Sanity Savers

As promised in yesterday’s blog , “Beating the Bluebook Blues,” today we’ll be sharing some tips on how to keep track of all your citations and some Bluebooking shortcuts.

When you’re writing a paper or doing a research project or assignment, it can be difficult to keep track of all the resources you may want to cite.
Have you ever:

Realized you read the exact thing you needed several days ago, but then can’t find it again?
Gotten to the end of writing a paper and remember you still have to do a works cited/bibliography?
Wish there was a way to have all … Continue Reading

Beating the Bluebook Blues

We think the Georgetown Law Library says it best:
 “Few books cause law students as much dread, pain, anger and frustration as the Bluebook.”
If you don’t have a personal copy of the Bluebook, we have extra copies at the front desk that you can borrow. Or if you prefer electronic format, the Bluebook is also available online, and most recently in an app for iPhone and iPad.

We know that 500 pages of citation rules are not easy to master. Fortunately there are lots of resources in the Law Library to help! Such as:… Continue Reading

What the Law Library Did During Your Summer Vacation

Thank you to everyone who took the Law Library Student Survey during the 2012 spring semester. The Law Library staff worked very hard this summer to implement your suggestions and take care of your concerns.  Here are a few highlights of the improvements we made for you:

Whiteboards and garment hooks have been installed in all the study rooms.
The first floor restrooms have been power washed and sealer has been applied to the tiles which will help block odors and keep them cleaner. (Yes, the smell in the first floor men’s room has been exorcised.)
Carrel light bulbs have been replaced
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Reference in the Rotunda?!

You read that right!  Beginning this Monday (Sep. 17th), the Law Library will have a Roving Reference service available in the Rotunda of the College of Law twice a week.  Librarians will be available from Noon to 1:30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays through October to answer your reference questions.  Please stop by our table to say hello and ask a question!

Thanks to the Man in Black,we’re shedding some light on finding articles

This day in history, it was lights out for the Man in Black; music legend Johnny Cash died September 12, 2003.
Mr. Cash, of course, was no stranger to the law. He kept lawyers busy with arrests for drug smuggling, setting a forest on fire, and more. Through his legal adventures, he developed compassion for prisoners, performing free concerts in prisons and advocating for prison reform.
While learning a little about Mr. Cash, we found a nifty journal article titled: “Social Justice and Social Context in the Music of Johnny Cash”  (2009 J. Inst. Just. Int’l Stud. 53), which is available on Westlaw and HeinOnline.
If you ever see … Continue Reading

Help for Choosing a Paper Topic

Having difficulty choosing a topic for the seminar paper you will be writing this semester?  Then check out the new How to Choose a Paper Topic research guide on the Law Library’s website.  The guide is designed for law students who are writing a substantive legal research paper and are looking for guidance on how to begin. It details sources for help in selecting a paper topic and offers insight in how to check whether your paper will add new information to the field of law.