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Aug 28 2015

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Welcome New Students!

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If you have questions, we in the library are here to help!

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Aug 26 2015

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Library Tours

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Learn about important resources that will help you get a quick start in law school.  These tours will be held:

Monday, August 31 @ 1 & 4 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 2 @ 1 & 4 pm

Thursday, Sept. 3 @ 1 & 4 pm

Tuesday, Sept.  8 @ 1pm

Wednesday, Sept. 9 @ 4 pm

Friday, Sept.  11 @ 12 & 1 pm


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Aug 25 2015

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Register Your Passwords

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Did you get an e-mail with your Lexis Advance, WestlawNext and Bloomberg Law registration codes?  If not contact Stefanie Weigmann.  Now that you have them register them.  They will be important for your entire law school career.  And we will be using them in research classes in a week or two.  So register them now.

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Aug 25 2015

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New Reference Offices

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Welcome back!  Over the summer, the reference librarians changed offices.  Our new spaces are located on the third floor of the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries in the following rooms:

  • Steven Alexandre da Costa – Room 319
  • Steve Donweber – Room 320
  • Jenna Fegreus – Room 322
  • Stefanie Weigmann – Room 323

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If you have any questions as the semester approaches, please feel free to visit us at the reference desk, stop by our offices, or chat with us online.

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Jul 22 2015

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The Importance of Being…Earnestly Connected.

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Having just returned from the annual conference of the American Association of Law Libraries in Philadelphia I am in a reflective mood about the importance and benefits of “connection.” While in today’s hyper-socially interactive world where we are incessantly bombarded by postings, tweets, and other digital messages, this may appear obvious, what perhaps is less-so is the value that professional organizations and associations may have for you as future legal practitioners and as professionals more generally.

Now, deciding which organizations to join and which to truly dedicate oneself to is an important distinction to draw. For future lawyers it seems obvious that the American Bar Association is a worthy choice. Do not stop there, however, as the multitudes of committees, divisions, forums and sections will surely be of interest and will in many ways help you feel more connected and integral to your newly chosen (noble) calling. (Author’s Note: Student memberships are free.)

Putting your legal education into practice  doing pro-bono activities will likely become one of the more satisfying aspects of your new career. Find something that inspires you as this will make you feel part of something bigger than yourself and provide perspective when studying and the stresses of law school are giving you the blues.

If you need assistance finding organizations and worthy associations, please feel free to stop by the Reference Desk to chat.

Enjoy the rest of your Summer!


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Jul 06 2015

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20th Edition of the Bluebook

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We have just gotten our copies of the new edition of the Bluebook on our desks.  Most of the changes look to be tinkering with the existing rules.  Changes we hoped might be coming, like more flexibility in citing to online versions of statutes, did not materialize.  Probably the most interesting addition is the format for citing to archived versions of websites at and the Internet Archive.  Law librarian Janelle Beitz compiled a complete list of differences between the 19th and 20th editions on Google Drive [Hat tip GT].

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Jun 09 2015

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Hello RAs – Remember that you can communicate with us all summer via LiveChat, M-F, 9-5.

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Jun 09 2015

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Zivotofsky v. Kerry

Now that we are well into June, the “major” cases that the Supreme Court has taken up in the current Term are beginning to be decided. For dates when opinions will be released, see the Mondays marked in blue on the calendar on the Court’s home page.

One such case is Zivotofsky v. Kerry, a/k/a the Jerusalem passport case, decided on Monday. The Court struck down §214(d) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003, which directed the secretary of state, upon request, to record “Israel” as the place of birth of a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem. In a 6-3 decision, the majority held that Congress had intruded on the power to recognize foreign nations and governments, designated to the President by Article II of the Constitution.

Numerous commentators have written about the decision.

Still to come this month are the highly anticipated King v. Burwell (which challenges IRS regulations extending tax credits to coverage purchased through exchanges established by the federal government, involving the health insurance of millions  of Americans) and Obergefell v. Hodges (the same sex marriage cases).

Stay tuned.

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Jun 01 2015

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Summer Reading

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With Memorial Day past and the first day of summer fast approaching, summer reading lists and suggestions are beginning to appear. If nothing else, these can serve as reminders
to reclaim a pleasure that may have been consumed by the busyness of law school.

The New York Times has published its Summer Reading section, with lists of titles in TravelThrillers, Humor, Cooking, Science Fiction & Fantasy and other categories.

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Below are some of the other interesting lists we have seen so far. We’ll add to list of lists as interesting new ones appear.


And there are the programs designed by schools and libraries for young people, such as these from the Boston Public Schools and the American Library Association.

Whatever your reading interests or genre: enjoy!

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May 27 2015

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Research Assistant Webinars

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If you are a research assistant, the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries have a variety of helpful resources that you may want to check out. On our Research Assistant library guide, for example, you can find information on how to borrow books, contact your library liaison, and receive summer access to LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg.

Next week, the Libraries will also be offering the following webinars:

To register for these webinars, simply click on the links above, or visit our Research Assistant guide.


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