Final FastCase Workshop of the Semester This Friday Nov. 5th!

by Sarah Prosory 4. November 2010 12:00

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Are you an alumni of Phoenix Law and a current member of the State Bar of Arizona? Are you a current student at Phoenix Law and plan to be a member of the bar in the future?

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: Friday, November 5th, 2010 at Noon in the Teaching/Computer Lab on the 2nd floor of the Tower.

Please note, this is our last FastCase workshop for the semester!

RSVP is not required, but is available.

Questions? Email or call (602) 682-6898.

Facebook Trial Court Documents on Westlaw

by Sarah Prosory 3. November 2010 16:35


I was doing some research in Westlaw today, and on the "Westlaw" tab they were highlighting some new trial court documents. As quoted from Westlaw (you will need to log-in to Westlaw to view the links): 

"Check out these new trial court documents: Lawsuits featured in The Social Network: Saverin Cross-Complaint against Zuckerberg and Facebook: 2006 WL 6627814; Zuckerberg complaint against Saverin: 2008 WL 8099168 Winklevoss/Connectu Complaint against Zuckerberg and Facebook: 2007 WL 1230524."

I recently saw the movie, The Social Network, so these documents really sparked my interest. I never had heard of the Winklevoss twins until I saw the movie, so this was a treat to view the documents! Thanks Westlaw!

Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think? Tell us in the comments below!

Law Library Workshops for the Week of November 1st-5th 2010

by Sarah Prosory 1. November 2010 09:37


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Hello everyone! Is it autumn yet? It's November for sure!

This week the Law Library presents three different workshops. First, there are several Lawyering Process 1 (LP1) Westlaw and Lexis Q & A workshops at various times, where the session is run by you. Bring any questions you have about Westlaw and Lexis, and we will do our best to help you find the answer.

Next, we have a FireFox Addons workshop, geared for all students as well as alumni. This workshop will help you learn about free legal apps to enhance your web browser and improve your research.

And lastly, we have a FastCase workshop, also for all students and alumni. This workshop 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. Remember, State Bar of Arizona members have free access to FastCase, so brush up on your skills now!

Here are the dates & times for the week of November 1st, 2010:

Monday 11/1/10:
 Noon, Westlaw and Lexis Q & A
 5pm, Westlaw and Lexis Q & A

Tuesday 11/2/10:
 Noon, Westlaw and Lexis Q & A
Wednesday 11/3/10:
 Noon, Westlaw and Lexis Q & A
 4pm, FireFox Addons
 5pm, Westlaw and Lexis Q & A
Thursday 11/4/10:
 Noon, Westlaw and Lexis Q & A
 7:40pm, Westlaw and Lexis Q & A

Friday 11/5/10:
 Noon, FastCase
 1pm, Westlaw and Lexis Q & A
 2pm, Westlaw and Lexis Q & A
 3pm, Westlaw and Lexis Q & A

All workshops are held in the Computer Lab within the Law Library. Please visit our workshop calendar to RSVP. For descriptions of these workshops and others, visit

Questions? Call (602) 682-6898 or email.

Have a fabulous week! Laughing

Celebrity Justice

by PSL Law Library 22. September 2010 11:54

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If you’re anything like me you take a look at TMZ once an hour... oh I mean day. Wink It’s a great way to take your mind off your next class and decompress.  Also, if you find that you still need your law fix you can find it there too.  Mixed among the stories of celebrity hookups and wardrobe malfunctions are the celebrity arrests.

A recent arrest involved heiress Paris Hilton.  Ms. Hilton was arrested on Friday, August 27 for possession of cocaine.  Take a look at the story that TMZ posted, with a link to criminal complaint.  There’s a popular belief that celebrities get softer sentences than your average citizen, I know you’re shocked to hear this.  With this in mind I was curious as to the sentencing guidelines for this charge and unfortunately my friends at TMZ didn’t do their due diligence (at least in this posting) so I had to do the research myself. 

I decided to look up Nevada Revised Statute 453.336 using Westlaw (Directory > U.S. State materials > Statutes & Legislative Services > Statutes Annotated - Individual States & U.S. Jurisdictions > Nevada Revised Statutes (State Version) - Annotated.)  I placed “NRS 453.336” in the natural language search box and selected the first result.  I would tell you my discovery but what would be the fun in that?  Wouldn’t you rather practice your research skills and conduct the search yourself?

On Monday, September 20, 2010 Ms. Hilton plead guilty to two misdemeanors in the cocaine possession case.  You may be asking yourself, how long will Ms. Hilton be behind bars?  The answer: she won’t spend a minute in jail, and instead she will pay $2,000 in fines, perform 200 hours of community service and complete an intensive substance abuse program.  So did Ms. Hilton get off easy? You be the judge.

Upcoming SRU Workshops 9/16 & 9/17

by Sarah Prosory 16. September 2010 11:10

The week has flown by fast! Here's a listing of what workshops are still available for you to attend this week:

For Lawyering Process 1 students: Introduction to Westlaw & Lexis

  • Thursday 9/16 @ Noon
  • Thursday 9/16 @ 7:40pm
  • Friday 9/17 @ Noon
  • Friday 9/17 @ 1pm
  • Friday 9/17 @ 3pm

For all students: Scholarly Writing:Research Sources and Bluebooking

Writing an AWR? Review research sources and The Bluebook! We'll go over databases such as HeinOnline and LegalTrac.

  • Friday, 9/17 @ 2pm

All workshops are held in the Law Library Computer Lab located on the 2nd floor of the tower.

To RSVP visit:

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