Monthly Archives: February 2012

Devilpalooza on the SRC Field

The Devilpalooza Concert is being held on the SRC Field Friday, February 10, 2012.  Sound checks for the concert begin Thursday afternoon, with the actual event starting Friday at 2pm (the main concert is at 6:30pm).

Due to our proximity to the SRC Field, it’s going to get noisy in the Law Library.  Stop by the Circulation Desk for earplugs or take a break from studying and get out there and boogie!

Intellectual exploration, brought to you by the library!

If you’re attending tomorrow’s Dr. Noam Chomsky lecture ( in person or online), you may be inspired to read some of the abundant writings from the man who said that, “(e)ducation must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment; it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way.”
Libraries have long been champions of intellectual freedom, so if
you’re up for some intellectual exploration, the ASU Libraries Catalog is a great place to start. It contains many items by and about Dr. Chomsky.
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If an item is not located in the Law Library, you can request to have it sent here by clicking on the Place Request button.


If you’re looking for articles from an author like Dr. Chomsky, whose work spans many disciplines, a multi-disciplinary database, such as Academic Search Premier (EbscoHost) is a good place to start.

And if ASU doesn’t have what you’re looking for, remember you can request any item through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) form (sign in with ASURITE ID and password required).

Need more help? Let our super-sleuthing librarians and staff help you secure whatever you seek!

Introducing the Law Library’s New Mobile Website

Have a smartphone?  Many popular Law Library services are now available through the Law Library’s New Mobile Website.

 You can:

  •  Book a Study Room
  • Search the ASU Libraries Catalog
  • Find Ask a Librarian contact information
  • View Law Library Hours & Directions

 What else would you like to see on the mobile web site?   Please let us know. 

 Leslie A. Pardo


New Books at the Law Library – MPRE Prep

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is coming up on March 17th!  The Law Library has many materials to help you prepare for this test, including four new study aids:

MPRE Review for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam
Law Reserve KF303 .M67 2010

This title provides a comprehensive outline of the model rules of    professional responsibility, gives you access to an online lecture which corresponds to the headings in the printed outline, and contains over 200 actual MPRE practice questions with explanatory answers.


MPRE Study Guide: Study Outlines for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination
Law Reserve KF303 .M93 2011

This AmeriBar publication contains a thorough outline of the substantive law for all topics tested on the MPRE.


Professional Responsibility Flash Cards
Law Reserve KF306 .E47 2010

The Emanuel’s Law in a Flash 2-part professional responsibility flashcard set is great for reviewing legal topics point by point.  Each card contains a question on one side and an explanatory answer on the reverse side.


Professional Responsibility: Examples & Explanations
Law Reserve KF306 .W46 2011

The Professional Responsibility E&E covers the entire law governing lawyers, and structures its content around concepts.  The text provides examples that work through progressively more complex issues.

Highlighting New Books at the Law Library

Lawyer: A Brief 5,000 Year History
By R. Blain Andrus
Law Treatises K183 .A53 2009

R. Blain Andrus opens his book Lawyer: A Brief 5,000 Year History by theorizing how a legal team might have represented Adam and Eve before God, and whether a good lawyer could have “saved” them.  He argues that the Book of Genesis is the best beginning for his romp through legal history, as it is in Genesis that God brought order out of chaos—and what better place to start looking for lawyers than in a swirling mass of chaos?   Through six parts (Biblical Times, Pagan Times, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Medieval Times, and Modern Times), Andrus goes on to address such topics as the origins of black robes and white wigs, the establishment of common law, the function of English inns of court, the development of the modern-day law school, and the rise of the billable hour.

Andrus’ book is a hysterical and scholarly narrative chronicling the history of lawyers.   The author, a lawyer himself, has made a diligent effort to explore the dark corners of history in search of the beginnings of the legal profession, and to follow the vocation through the centuries to its present-day manifestation.  He also explores the deep question of “whether lawyers have been and continue to be a social good or are simply an uncomfortable fact of the human condition” in the book, making this both an entertaining and an enlightening read.

Super Bowl Sunday Legal Fun!

This Sunday, the New England Patriots and the New York Giants will face off in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. In honor of the event, we thought we’d look at some of the legal issues, past and present, surrounding this annual clash of the titans.

First a trip down memory lane:

  • It’s been 8 years since Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime “wardrobe malfunction,” that lead to an FCC revamp of fines and regulations. The incident is still being discussed in the courts; it came up last month at the Supreme Court hearing FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc. (read the transcript of this amusing discussion here or listen to audio here ).  
  • Dallas Cowboys season-ticket holders were promised prime seats for Super Bowl XLV, but were given “folding chairs and obstructed views,” so they filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL, Cowboys ream and owner Jerry Jones.
  • Check out Bleacher Report’s 7 Most Shocking Arrests in Super Bowl Week History to see some of the players’ pre-Bowl shenanigans. 


And in preparation for Sunday’s big game: