29. October 2010 12:13
The Federal Courts produce their own newsletter called The Third Branch. Monthly issues give insights into the workings, struggles, and opportunities within the federal court system. Email and RSS feeds are supported and no registration is required. See The Third Branch web site. http://www.uscourts.gov/News/TheThirdBranch.aspx News feeds and locators are also available, for example the widgets below.
27. October 2010 20:23
This really is as amazing as it sounds. . .LexisNexis one of the leading legal databases in the US has just launched Lexis(R) Advanced for Solo Practioners. The new Reasearch Tool was built for a solo or two person firm & Lexis(R) is offering this new service at an unbelievable price! Lexis(R) Advance is being released on their new platform for the awe inducing price of $175 as a flat rate fee per month for a solo practioner. You can also add an additional lawyer for the the discounted rate of an extra $140 per month. If you would like to get a peek at Lexis(R) Advance for Solos and view a live demo please click LAS.
Here's what you'll get access to for your $175 per month: all federal and state case law, including headnotes and case summaries; statutes and constitutions from all state and federal jurisdictions; Shepard’s Citations; and LexisNexis jury verdicts, briefs, pleadings and motions. For a complete breakdown please click here for the Content Summary in PDF provided by Lexis(R).
25. October 2010 08:00
It is all about Citators this week, as the Law Library presents several workshops for Lawyering Process 1 students that will help you practice KeyCiting & Shepardizing cases in print and electronically. Interested in International Legal Research? The Associate Dean of the Law Library, Rob Hudson, will be teaching a workshop all about International Legal Research (food will be present!) on Tuesday. And be sure to check out the Free Online Legal Sources workshop on Wednesday... which will show you just that, free online legal sources! Whew!
Here are the dates & times for the week of October 25th, 2010:
Noon, International Legal Research (with FOOD!) in room 303
4pm, Free Online Legal Sources
Please visit our workshop calendar to RSVP. For descriptions of these workshops and others, visit http://www.phoenixlaw.edu/libraryworkshops.
Questions? Call (602) 682-6898 or email.
22. October 2010 14:33
While surfing the internet I came across an interesting article regarding a possible city ordinance in San Francisco, CA. If approved this ordinance would place a ban on fast food restaurants, such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, from placing toys in their children’s meals until the meals become healthier. Click here to read the article. As you can imagine this issue has sparked a lot of discussion and it’s easy to name a few pros and cons. Pro, maybe it will help teach kids about proper nutrition. Con, as a parent you are no longer making the decision on what your child can eat.
Reading this article about a city ordinance inspired me to get a little more information using both Lexis and Westlaw. At the top of the research screen in Lexis you will find the legal dictionary search box; this is where I entered my search term (city ordinance). When using Westlaw I entered my search term in the definitions box on the left side of the screen. One database came back with no results, forcing me to change my search term. The other database didn’t have a result for my exact search term but did have 21 results. One of which was exactly what I needed. Another thing I noticed was that one of the definitions was a bit more in-depth than the other. This simple search demonstrated just one of the differences between the “big two” and why both should be used. I suggest trying the search yourself and making your own decision on which database is better.
As for a decision on the city ordinance, a vote was supposed to take place on October 19th but has been postponed until November 2nd, Election Day.
19. October 2010 17:14
Picture source: Fastcase.com
Come learn all about FastCase! This SRU Workshop open to all students, faculty, and alumni, will help you discover an affordable alternative to Westlaw and Lexis that firms use to conduct research of a variety of legal resources including cases, statutes, and secondary sources. FastCase is also free to those who are members of the State Bar of Arizona.
Details: Wednesday, October 20th 2010 at 4:00pm in the Teaching/Computer Lab on the 2nd floor of the Tower.
Questions? Email or call (602) 682-6898.