Contest Winner!

by Lidia Koelbel 26. April 2013 10:52

Congratulations to Eric Mollenhauer!

 

Winner of the library’s contest idea for entering an inventive, original, or

creative service or resource that the library can implement or add. Four of his

entries were selected by the judges:

 

a)    Interactive learning games

 

b)    Review room on topics

 

c)    Unique learning space

 

d)   Youtube tutorials

 

Thank, Eric for submitting your ideas! We will be working to implement them

over the next year.

 

In Re Polar Bear

by Alison Ewing 4. April 2013 09:00

The D.C. Circuit recently affirmed the decision to list polar bears as an endangered species. According to the court, “a number of industry groups, environmental organizations, and states challenged the Listing Rule as either overly restrictive or insufficiently protective of the polar bear.” This might be an excellent issue for an AWR! 

 In addition to the legal materials that you can find on Westlaw and Lexis, you should also explore the scholarly, non-legal resources in ProQuest Research Library on endangered species, climate change and the effects of the loss of polar bears on Native Peoples. ProQuest Research Library can be found in the drop-down menu on the Library’s website under Library Databases. If you need help searching ProQuest, you can always drop by the Legal Research Help Desk, Ask a Librarian  or if you are a self-learner, check out this research guide about how to use ProQuest Research Library.

Another Proquest Database, Proquest Congressional has this research guide on endangered species.  

Image from Morguefile.com

 

 

Lance and the Law

by Alison Ewing 22. January 2013 15:40

 

Lance Armstrong’s wealth is estimated to be $100 million but after his confession in Oprah’s interview that will probably need to be recalculated. Read more about the real and potential lawsuits involving Armstrong in this NPR article.

Interested in learning more about Lance Armstrong’s legal woes and his career?  Take a look at ProQuest eLibrary for news articles, transcripts, and pictures. Don’t forget that WestlawNext and Lexis  also have legal and general news files.  Or, for assistance finding other authoritative news sources stop by the Legal Research Help Desk.

 

Image Source (morguefile.com)

Sharpen your Westlaw, Lexis, or FastCase Research Skills

by Kristin Moye 10. January 2013 09:42

Do you need to sharpen your Westlaw, Lexis, or FastCase skills? Each of these databases has a variety of training options.  Here are some highlights:

Earn a WestlawNext certification that you can put on your resume by going here and logging in with your One Pass information. WestlawNext certifications are available in two different subject areas, Research More Efficiently and Research More Productively.  Earning a certificate requires completing lessons online and earning at least a 70% on an accompanying quiz.

If you would rather watch a video to learn more about researching, visit the Lexis YouTube channel.

If you are planning to become a member of the State Bar of Arizona, a benefit of membership includes access to FastCase.  Show future employers that you took the initiative to become proficient in FastCase by completing training like webinars and tutorials.  

Of course, PhoenixLaw students can always get one-on-one training from a librarian including at the Legal Research Helpdesk, by phone, email, appointment, or chat!

Image from Morgue File     

 

Cats and the Commerce Clause

by PSL Law Library 11. December 2012 14:44

Cats substantially impact interstate commerce according to a recent 13 page opinion by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling discussed by the ABA Journal. The court ruled that the cats living at author Ernest Hemingway's museum/home are subject to federal regulation.  In Constitutional Law, law students learn that the Commerce Clause regulates instruments, channels, and things (including cats?) that substantially impact commerce.  The cats are the offspring of the author's famous six-toed cat, Snowball.  Judge Dubina, writing for the majority, reasoned that the presence of the cats draws people to the museum as an exhibition.  Thus, they are an important part of the museum's commercial activity and therefore subject to regulation by Congress.

If you are interested in learning more about constitutional law, take a look in the library catalog.  Or, stop by the Legal Research Help Desk for assistance with formulating a research strategy. 

Meow!

-Kristin

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