Documenting Illinois History in the Library

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On December 8,  1969, the Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention first met to begin work on what would ultimately become the 1970 Illinois Constitution. To commemorate the 45th anniversary of this occasion, on display on the library’s sixth floor is a poster featuring the signatures of the delegates to this convention. The poster also notes participants associated with John Marshall, including a number of alumni and faculty, one of whom is current professor Ann Lousin.

Swing by the sixth floor at the main elevators to check out a piece of Illinois history.

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There’s Still Time . . . Sign Up for ALR Now!

After three years, we’re bringing back the Advanced Legal Research class. Taught by our very own legal research experts, the JMLS librarians, this course will cover topics far beyond what you learned in LS I and LS II (including legislative history, administrative law, foreign & international resources, and IP).

In this 14-week course, you will discover a world of resources that will prepare you for practice. It will meet on Thursdays from 12:00 to 2:00. Check out the course description (JD-057) for more information, and if you have any questions please feel free to email us at library@jmls.edu. Register now!

 

 

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 12/15

Here’s a Supreme Court-heavy D&F to close out the year:

Other jurisdictions give us these items:

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Take Advanced Legal Research this Spring and Be More Practice Ready than Ever

In the Spring 2015 semester, the John Marshall librarians will be offering a two credit course, Advanced Legal Research. This course will cover topics far beyond what you learned in LS I and II, including legislative history, administrative law, foreign & international resources, and intellectual property, to name a few.

The 14 week course will expose you to a world of resources that will be valuable in practice that you might not otherwise use before leaving school. Check out the course description for more information, and if you have any questions please feel free to email us at library@jmls.edu.

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 12/8

The semester maybe winding down, but the world of the law is as hustle-bustle as ever. Get a taste of what’s going on here:

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Coffee & Snacks During Finals!

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Swing by the 6th floor of the library to refuel with coffee and snacks on the following dates:

  • Monday, December 1 at 8:00 am
  • Tuesday, December 2 at 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 3 at 8:00 am
  • Wednesday, December 10 at 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 11 at 12:00 pm

Good luck on finals!

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 12/1

As we trek through finals and toward the end of the year, take a break with and check out some of last week’s legal news and items of interest:

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 11/17

We span the globe (relative to other editions) in this week’s Detours and Frolics:

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Lexis Advance and Westlaw Apps Let You Take Your Research on the Go

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Have you ever been on the train and wanted to go over your notes on that case you’re using for Herzog? Or maybe your laptop’s busted and you need to access a treatise on copyright. If you find yourself in a situation in which you need to research away from a computer, Lexis and Westlaw have apps that can help as long as  you can access WiFi or use data. Note that some features, such as browsing topics in Lexis, are not available in the apps.

Also, while Lexis only has a dedicated iOS app (not Android), its mobile site is fairly robust and worth checking out if you run Android. While Westlaw offers iPad and Android apps, it does not offer an iPhone app. It also has a mobile site. You can find links in the table below:

 

Lexis Advance Westlaw Next
iPad iPad
iPhone Android
Mobile Mobile

 

If you have any questions, visit the reference desk or send an email to pjohnso@jmls.edu

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 11/10

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“Detours and Frolics” may have been out of the office on Monday, but it’s back on Tuesday to clue you in to what happened last week in the world of law:

  • A big week for same sex marriage. Courts in Missouri and Kansas struck down marriage bans there, while the 6th Circuit almost certainly assured the Supreme Court will take up the issue of such bans by finally creating a circuit split and upholding the bans in four states (Buzzfeed, Buzzfeed, SCOTUSblog)
  • A bankruptcy judge approved Detroit’s debt plan, which will hopefully get the financially beleaguered city back on track (Detroit News)
  • Is there an 18-year-old state lawmaker in West Virginia? After the midterms, yes, yes there is (NPR)
  • A man in the apparently bizarro world of Western Australia drove his plane down the street and right up to the bar (Legal Juice)
  • The drummer for AC/DC was charged with attempting to buy a murder, then had the charge dropped (Buzzfeed)
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