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.

Mini SRU: Library 101

by PSL Law Library 17. August 2010 01:32

 

                    Knowledge Bar on 3rd Floor of Tower and Knowledge Bar in Building D                                          

The law library has created a lighter version of our Special Research Unit (SRU) workshops! We call them Mini SRUs. Only 15 minutes long compared to an hour! They will always be located at one of the Knowledge Bars on campus; either on the 3rd floor of the Tower or in Building D (see pictures above). The Knowledge Bars have Smartboards so we can display our computer screens to help students find resources.

This week's sessions are called, Mini SRU: Library 101, and are aimed at helping the 1L students with registering on Westlaw and Lexis databases, finding our library website, databases page, and catalog! We will also give have Academic Success materials on display for your perusal. Be sure to stop by at the following times:

Tuesday 8/17/10: Noon @Tower; 5:30PM @Building D

Wednesday 8/18/10: 8:15AM @Tower; Noon @Building D; 5:30PM @Tower

Thursday 8/19/10:  8:15AM @Building D; Noon @Tower; 5:30PM @Building D

Friday 8/20/10: 8:15AM @Tower; Noon @Building D

You can also check out the calendar and visit our law library's SRU Workshops page to find out more information about all of our upcoming workshops! If you have any questions, be sure to call us at 602-682-6898 or send us an email!

Welcome Students, New & Returning!

by PSL Law Library 16. August 2010 02:43

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Today is the first day of the 2010 fall semester here at Phoenix School of Law! The Law Library has been busy all summer getting ready for this day. We have implemented several changes to enhance your experience with the Law Library. First off, we're in the process of changing our name from the Information Resources Center (IRC) to Law Library. Please bear with us as we adjust our signs and website with the name change.

We've also moved things around in the library! Our Reference Desk is now located near the Reference collection next to the Teaching/Computer Lab. We've added glass doors to separate our quiet area located on the north side of the library, from the group study area located on the south side. Also, we are temporarily hosting the Academic Outcomes department's offices in the Computer Lab. They also are using four study rooms at this time. Please be patient as we are providing them a home while Building B is being constructed for their new office space.  

And lastly, we have moved some of our collections. The Faculty Scholarship collection is now located where Academic Success used to be, and Academic Success is now located where the Arizona Collection used to be. The Arizona Collection has moved back a bit but still in the general area of where is was before. There are other things that have moved, so check out our revised map.

For the 1L orientation this year, the law library created a video tour. Take a peek at all the changes that have been made!

We wish everyone well on their first day as well as the semester ahead! Don't hesistate to visit or contact the Law Library if you have any questions or need help!

If you have a circulation question/problem (checking materials in/out), contact the Circulation Department at (602) 682-6897 or by email.

If you have a research/reference question, contact a Reference Librarian at (602) 682-6898 or by email.

Have an excellent semester! :)

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