Detours and Frolics: Week of 5/18

If you’re not done with finals yet, at least you know the finish line is near. Here are a few bits of legal news to keep you connected to the outside world for the next few days:

  • Dzokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death, though there will no doubt be a lengthy appeals process (The Atlantic)
  • “Is DNA the Next Frontier in Privacy?” (Al Jazeera)
  • A federal judge is considering the release of John Hinkley, the would-be assassin of President Reagan (Washington Post)
  • A dean at the University of Virginia has sued Rolling Stone for how she was portrayed in now discredited story about a rape on the campus (NPR)
  • A retired police officer recalls the Miranda decision and an ensuing DWI arrest (Law Library of Congress)
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Coffee & Snacks During Finals!

coffee

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

  • Monday, May 11 at 8:00 am
  • Wednesday, May 13 at 8:00 am
  • Thursday, May 14 at 3:30 pm
  • Friday, May 15 at 8:00 am
  • Monday, May 18 at 8:00 am
  • Wednesday, May 20 at 3:30 pm

Good luck on finals!

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Using Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg this Summer

If you’re a current student and need access to the major research services this summer, here’s a breakdown of how you can use them:

  • Westlaw Next – You may extend your access through the summer by following the procedure here. If you do not complete that procedure your access to Westlaw will automatically be reduced to just two hours per month for the rest of the summer. As you’ll see, you may only use Westlaw through the summer for certain academic purposes, including law journal work and certain non-profit jobs.
  • Lexis Advance – You may continue to log in and use Lexis Advance for any purpose, including work, throughout the summer.
  • Bloomberg Law – You may continue to access Bloomberg Law for any purpose, including work, throughout the summer

If you have any questions on this matter, please contact pjohnso@jmls.edu.

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 5/11

If you can pry yourself away from your outlines and would like a brief distraction, here’s some recent legal news and miscellany of note:

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New York Times Online Now Available to JMLS Community

The JMLS library has joined a consortium of law libraries to provide access to the New York Times online. Access is now available to current students as well as full time faculty and staff.

For more information, visit the reference desk during normal reference hours in person on the 6th floor, by phone at 312-427-2737 x729, by e-mail at library@jmls.edu, by text at 312-854-2752, or via chat from the library homepage.

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 5/4

It’s the last day of classes, which means exams are . . . impending. If you need a moment to distract yourself, catch up with recent legal news and miscellany here:

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Do You Have Suggestions for Us?

Suggestion Box

We always want to do what we can to make sure your experience at the library is as pleasant and hassle-free as possible. To that end, the library has an online suggestion box that you can use to let us know what we can do, big or small, to improve your time in the library.

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 4/27

If you need a break from exam prep, here’s some recent legal news and items of interest to distract you for a bit:

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Prepare to Practice: Legal Research Workshop (April 23/April 29)

A Refresher Course on Inexpensive and Efficient Legal Research

Thursday, April 23 at 2:00 in room 531
or
Wednesday, April 29 at 10:30 in room 528

Are you graduating this semester? Will you be doing legal research at your job this summer?

If so, consider joining us on either Thursday, April 23 or Wednesday, April 29 for an hour-long workshop that will cover research tips and low-cost (or free) resources that will allow you to wow supervising attorneys with your impressive research acumen.

To RSVP, email pjohnso@jmls.edu. Please indicate which date you would like to attend in your response.

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Detours and Frolics: Week of 4/20

Are you ready? Do you think you can handle this week’s collection of legal news and miscellany? I’m sure you can. Here it is:

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