Library Workshops for Week of September 27, 2010

by Sarah Prosory 27. September 2010 11:33

The Arizona Revised Statutes as seen in the PhoenixLaw Library!

Hello everyone!

This week it is all about statutes! Join us to learn how to find them and how to read them, with special attention to what’s most important when reading a statute.

Monday 9/27/10:
 Noon, LP1: Statutes
 5pm, LP1: Statutes

Tuesday 9/28/10:
 Noon, LP1: Statutes 
Wednesday 9/29/10:
 Noon, LP1: Statutes
 5pm, LP1: Statutes
Thursday 9/30/10:
 Noon, LP1: Statutes
 7:40pm, LP1: Statutes

Friday 10/1/10:
 Noon, LP1: Statutes
 1pm, LP1: Statutes
 3pm, LP1: Statutes

All workshops are held in the Computer Lab on the second floor of the Tower building, 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.

Future of the Book

by Sarah Prosory 22. September 2010 13:33

Could this be the future of the book? An interactive enviroment with touch screen computers? Would these be helpful with studying or writing scholarly articles? Would these be helpful with sharing ideas and networking? What are the copyright/intellectual property implications? Oh the pondering... Happy Wednesday!

The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.

Celebrity Justice

by PSL Law Library 22. September 2010 11:54

Picture source: MorgueFile

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.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

by Library 22. September 2010 10:34

September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. It is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico also declared its independence on September 16 and Chile declared its independence on September 18.

According to the 2010 Census Questionnaire Reference Book, people of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin are those who trace their origin or descent to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spanish-speaking countries of Central or South America, and other Spanish cultures. Origin can be considered as the heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person's parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States.

Check out some famous firsts by Hispanic Americans, including those in government, military, science and more!

Try out the Infoplease interactive crossword puzzle where this week’s theme is Hispanic Heritage Month!

And for more fun, test your knowledge on Hispanic Americans by taking the Infoplease quiz!

Stop by the Law Library and check out this month’s Hispanic Heritage Display created by Tim Saffles, Faculty & Interlibrary Loan Services Coordinator! The display highlights some books and videos that the library owns, including A Class Apart, a DVD donated to the Law Library by Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association. The DVD is about a small-town Texas murder from which emerged a landmark civil rights case, the little-known story of the Mexican American lawyers who took Hernandez v. Texas (347 U.S. 475 (1954)), to the Supreme Court, challenging Jim Crow-style discrimination.





Upcoming SRU Workshop: Arizona Legal Research

by Sarah Prosory 21. September 2010 12:21

Picture source: Arizona Secretary of State

Practicing in Arizona or planning to? Learn how to find case law, statutes, administrative regulations, and practical guidance to help your Arizona clients.  This workshop will review not only Westlaw and Lexis but free sites such as FastCase (Phxlaw students & faculty can access it through our subscription here) and the State Bar website, as well as CLE Materials and print sources.

Wednesday 9/22/10 @ 4:00 PM
Friday 9/24/10 @ Noon

All workshops are held in the Computer Lab on the 2nd Floor of the Tower.

Please visit our workshop calendar to RSVP. For descriptions of more workshops, visit

Questions? Contact us! 602-682-6898 or email.

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