Monthly Archives: August 2009

Library Highlights — The Practice of Law

“It’s not the heart that compels conclusions in cases, it’s the law”

–Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court Justice

Mastering_Professional_ResponsibilityMastering Professional Responsibility
Grace M. Giesel
KF306 .G544 2009
From the Publisher: Mastering Professional Responsibility achieves the goal of the entire Mastering series by presenting a concise yet understandable explanation of the rules and concepts of lawyer professional responsibility. The author’s straightforward treatment of the subject makes the book easy to use and extraordinarily helpful in simplifying complex issues. This book is designed to be a secondary source for students enrolled in a law school professional responsibility course. The book discusses the rules and concepts covered in the typical professional responsibility course in a step-by-step manner, replete with simple examples in which the rules and concepts are applied. These are also the rules and concepts tested by the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam which is a requirement for admission for most states. Thus, the book is a good preparatory tool for that test as well as being an excellent aid for the law school course.

Law_School_2-0Law School 2.0:
Legal Education for a Digital Age
David I.C. Thomson
K100 .T48 2009
From the Publisher: [...] Since the MacCrate report in 1992, the internet has achieved massive growth, and a generation of students has grown up with sophisticated and pervasive use of technology in nearly every facet of their lives. This book describes how the perfect storm of generational change and the rising cost and criticisms of legal education, combined with extraordinary technological developments, will change the face of legal education as we know it today. Its scope extends from generational changes in our students, to pedagogical shifts inside and outside of the classroom, to hybrid textbooks, all the way to methods of active, interactive, and hypertextual learning. And it describes how this shift can — and will — better prepare law students for the practice of tomorrow.

Ethics_and_the_Legal_ProfessionEthics and the Legal Profession
Edited by Elliot D. Cohen & Michael Davis
KF306 .E84 2009
From the Publisher: Beneficial for law or philosophy students, or practicing lawyers, Ethics and the Legal Profession includes articles by eminent philosophers and lawyers that explore moral problems in legal practice. The text is divided into six sections, each dealing with an important issue: The History and Organization of the Profession in the United States; The Moral Critique of Professionalism; The Adversary System; Conflict of Interest and Professional Judgment; Perjury and Confidentiality; and Making Legal Services Available. Combining in-depth case studies with careful analysis, the editors help students and professionals distinguish between moral and technical judgment, become clearer about the meaning of moral discourse in the workplace, and better appreciate the higher callings of their profession. Raising provocative questions about the rationale and limits of professional responsibility, this text provides insights into the ethics of the legal profession at a time when technology, globalization, and the changing economics of lawyering are reshaping the profession of law in ways still hard to predict.

5_Types_of_Legal_ArgumentThe Five Types of Legal Argument
Wilson Huhn
KF380 .H84 2008
From the Publisher: The Five Types of Legal Argument succeeds both as a work of legal theory and as a practical guide to legal reasoning for law students, lawyers and judges. Huhn introduces each concept separately, and from many parts Huhn develops an intricate and nuanced theory of what law is. Huhn also shows readers how to identify, create, attack, and evaluate the five types of legal arguments (text, intent, precedent, tradition and policy) and how to weave the different types of arguments together to make them more persuasive. [. . .] In this edition Huhn introduces two additional ways of attacking legal arguments, and in a new chapter he utilizes principles of deductive logic to demonstrate the validity of the theory of the five types of legal arguments. The principal strength of this book is its clarity. The book is written in plain language that is easily understood both by lay persons and professionals, and it is organized simply and logically.

Language_of_Law_SchoolThe Language of Law School: Learning to “Think Like a Lawyer”
Elizabeth Mertz
KF279 .M47 2007
From the Publisher: Anyone who has attended law school knows that it invokes an important intellectual transformation, frequently referred to as learning to think like a lawyer. This process, which forces students to think and talk in radically new and different ways about conflicts, is directed by professors in the course of their lectures and examinations, and conducted via spoken and written language. Beth Mertz’s book is the first study to truly delve into that language to reveal the complexities of how this process takes place. Mertz bases her linguistic study on tape recordings from first year Contracts courses in eight different law schools. She shows how all these schools employ the Socratic method between teacher and student, forcing the student to shift away from moral and emotional terms in thinking about conflict, toward frameworks of legal authority instead. This move away from moral frameworks is key, she says, arguing that it represents an underlying worldview at the core not just of law education, but for better or worse, of the entire US legal system which, while providing a useful source of legitimacy and a means to process conflict, fails to deal systematically with aspects of fairness and social justice. The latter part of her study shows how differences in race and gender makeup among law students and professors can subtly alter this process.

Preventive_Law_and_Problem_SolvingPreventive Law and Problem Solving:
Lawyering for the Future
Thomas D. Barton
K212 .B377 2009
From the Publisher: […] The work traces the intricate connections among the risks and problems that people bring to law; the methods available to avoid those risks or redress those problems; the skills that lawyers employ to use those procedures effectively; the ethics with which lawyers and judges are expected to operate those procedures; the vision of truth that guides the system; and the broader human culture within which law, lawyers, and legal methods are shaped. Gradually, this system of mutually influencing parts is evolving a new paradigm for engaging legal problems. The book unravels the historic trends behind this movement, and suggests some of its many implications for judges, lawyers, and students. [This book] is designed for four audiences. First, it introduces a broad, socially connected understanding of legal systems and legal thinking for students who are considering, or just beginning, law study. Second, for those who have completed their first year of legal training, the book reflects on the assumptions that underpin the thinking and methods they have been struggling to master. Third, for those interested in legal theory, the book describes and explains a new paradigm for legal thought. Finally, practicing lawyers are offered examples of using the preventive/ problem solving approach in contract formation, project management, general business representation, domestic violence, and health care delivery.


Chairs for New Building — Your Feedback Needed

Updated Aug. 23, 2009 with new photos and one additional chair for consideration
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Original post from Aug. 20, 2009:

Dear TJSL Community,

It’s time to make decisions about furnishings for the new building! You may have noticed some new chairs in the Library and Faculty Services. We want you to test them out and give us your comments. Please provide as much detail as possible – be sure to explain why you like or dislike a chair/feature.

We need your comments on the chairs regarding their comfort, utility, and style
• Be sure to try out any available features, including adjusting the chair up/down, adjusting the back, arms, etc.
• Don’t worry about fabrics or colors; those decisions are being handled by our excellent interior designers – we refer to the colors/fabrics below simply for purposes of identification

Classrooms
There are 6 chairs currently being considered for the classrooms. Comfort is probably the most important factor here. They are all located in the Library, around the tables near the Copy Center and at the nearby ThomCat terminal. Pictures of each of the chair are posted here and on the Library’s Facebook page.

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Tag #1: Black mesh chair (located in Library near Copy Center). Under consideration for classrooms in new building.

beige_mesh_classroom

Same as Tag #1 (black mesh chair). Beige mesh chair (located in the Library near the Copy Center). Under consideration for classrooms in the new building.


hammock_classroomTag #2: Black chair that swings like a hammock (you’ll see what we mean as soon as you sit down) (located in Library near Copy Center). Under consideration for classrooms in new building.


bubbles_seat_classroomTag #3: Chair with bubbles on the seat fabric (located in Library near Copy Center). Under consideration for classrooms in new building.


black_fabric_classroomTag #4: Black fabric chair (located in Library near Copy Center). Under consideration for classrooms in new building.


black_plastic_back_classroomTag # 5: Black chair with hard plastic back (located in Library near Copy Center). Under consideration for classrooms in new building.


collaborative_classroom


Tag #6: Black/gray, collaboration chair (as you’re sitting, turn to your neighbor and feel the chair adjust)(located in Library near Copy Center). Under consideration for classrooms in new building.


Hallways
There are 4 chairs currently being considered for placement in the hallways outside classrooms. We want them to be stylish, yet comfortable enough for a break between classes.

olive_swivel_table_hallway

Tag #7: Olive colored hall chair with swivel arm for laptop (located in Library Lobby). Under consideration for hallways in new building.

offwhite_barrell_hallway

Tag #8: Off-white barrel chair (located in Academics). Under consideration for hallways in new building.


offwhite_barrell_buttons_hallway

Tag #9: Off-white barrel chair with buttons (located in Academics). Under consideration for hallways in new building.


beige_swivel_table_hallway

Tag #10: Beige chair on casters with swivel table (located in Library Lobby). Under consideration for hallways in new building.


Click Here to take survey and don’t forget to write detailed comments. Feel free to post your comments here on our blog or on our FB page too.

Keep an eye out for future announcements. We may need your feedback again on other furnishings. Thanks!

Mini-Classes on Basic Legal Research

Whether you need a research refresher before you start your paper, or you’d like to be prepared to research your Legal Writing memo topic,  library mini-classes will be of benefit to you. Please join June MacLeod at the library circulation desk to attend these many short and effective research classes.

Mini-Class Schedule
What is a treatise?     Fri, Sept 4 4:00-4:15 pm
What is a digest?     Fri, Sept 4 4:15-4:30 am
What is a treatise?     Fri, Sept 4     5:30-5:45 pm
What is a digest?     Fri, Sept 4     5:45-6 pm
What is a treatise?    Weds, Sept 9   11:15-11:30 am
Deciphering legal abbreviations     Wed, Sept 9     11:30-11:45 am
Using ThomCat, our online catalog     Wed, Sept 9     2:30-2:45 pm
What is a digest?     Thu, Sept 10     10-10:15 am
Why use legal encyclopedias?       Thu, Sept 10 11:30-11:45 am
Research guidelines     Thu, Sept 24     11:30 am-noon
Locating a case     Thu, Sept 24     noon-12:15
Locating a case     Fri, Sept 25     6-6:15 pm
Locating a statute     Fri, Sept 25     6:15-6:30 pm
Locating a statute     Mon, Sept 28     11:30-11:45 am
Research guidelines     Mon, Sept 28     noon-12:30 pm

Welcome Back Students and Welcome New Students!

LibraryLines5_1_HeaderWelcome Back Students and Welcome New Students!

Welcome to the TJSL community! We’re please to have you as entering/returning students. This issue is dedicated to providing you with the most useful information to ensure your success. So read on in order to find information that will help you make this the best year that you can.

Check Out The Library’s Study Aids Section

Crunchtime
Check out our valuable Study Aids section just past the reference librarian office on the first floor. Here you’ll find the most popular and useful study aid materials on a host of subjects — including materials for all first year classes! Materials  include multiple choice and essay questions, subject outlines and topical narration. As a means keeping these materials available to our whole student body, the check out period for all materials in this section is limited to 48 hours.

Find Strategic Help In Your First Year

Succed_Your_First_Year The Library’s “Succeed! Your First Year” display has a number of helpful books with self explanatory titles such as Surviving Law School; 1L Of A Ride; Stress, Tests, and Success. The Ultimate Law School  Survival Guide; and our own Professor Vandvelde’s Thinking Like a Lawyer. There’s even a DVD: All About Law School. TJSL Professor Slomanson helps out with his own Website titled Intro. to Law: First Year Survival and our Professor Steinberg presents Surviving Law School on YouTube.

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Keep Updated With The Library Blog & RSS Feeds

BlogThe library blog, ThomChat, focuses on technology and legal developments. Recent posts include a description of library purchases in the areas of immigration law, law and social justice, law and technology and a comparison of legal research texts in the library.

CurrentAwarenessRSSFeedsIf you want to see recent news on many different legal topics, then the Current News/Recent Cases RSS page is for you. We’ve done all the work for you! Just click onto your topic from the left side table of contents and multiple RSS feeds will populate the right side of the screen.

Study Efficiently: Use Our Course Reserve Materials & Study Rooms

CircDeskWe purchase copies of your required and recommended course books and place them behind the circulation desk in the Course Reserves section. This section exists to benefit every class member, so checkout is limited to two hours. Just ask at the circulation desk for the book by title and by course name.

StudyRoomThe library also provides group study rooms on the second floor. These popular rooms are available for same day use. You may reserve a room for two hours either in person at the circulation desk, or by phone at 619-297-9700 x1100. Only same day reservations are available.

Interactive CALI Exercises Are Invaluable

CALICALI provides hundreds of interactive lessons on most legal subjects, including all first year course subjects. If you’ll recall, the   library orientation packet contained a CALI disk and an online access instruction sheet. Use the sheet to register at CALI. You may also access the lessons from the CALI DVD from your orientation packet, which requires no registration or password.

Relax With Our DVD & Popular Books Collections

DVD_CollectionLegal-themed movies can be a stress reliever, and are also a practical and entertaining way to learn the law. Faculty often assign legal-themed movies, with titles such as My Cousin Vinny, Kramer v. Kramer, and A Civil Action, as mandatory course viewing. Additionally, we have several educational DVDs. You can review the whole list of DVDs in the binder at the Circulation Desk, or you can conduct a search on ThomCat.

PopReadingThe library’s popular reading section offers another chance for you to unwind. This section, located in the soft seating area in the north west corner of the first floor, offers titles such as The Bourne Deception, The Prosecution Rests, Get Real, and Irish Tweed. Many students read a book in the soft seating over the course of several weeks, but you may also check out these books for a two week period.

Orientation Session for Incoming Part-Time Students Tues. 8/18

Remember that there is an Orientation session for all incoming Part-Time Students tomorrow!  Incoming Full-Time students who missed their Orientation session on Monday morning may also attend. You’ll be getting your Westlaw and Lexis log-in information and some important information from the Library.

The session is in the Law Library Building (LLB) rm. 300, 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday 8/18.  Please bring your laptop and your network ID/password.

Bing vs. Google vs. Yahoo

8/17/09 Update — Try out this BlindSearch to learn your true search engine preferences. Enter your search terms and you’ll get back 3 columns of search results (from Bing, Google, and Yahoo) stripped of their branding.  Choose which results you like best, and you find out which search engine you chose.

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8/6/09 Update – Bing vs. Google: Can’t choose default search engine? Want to compare Bing & Google results?
This is the right place to be. Just put your query in the search box and press Enter. You’ll see results from both engines side by side.
Search provider for Internet Explorer 7/8 and Firefox is also available – search both engines from your browser!

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Original post:

Wondering whether to change your browser home page from Google or Yahoo to Microsoft’s new search engine Bing? Check out this succint comparison of various features of the 3 search engines. Tom Spring of PC World gives his well-informed opinion on the relative strengths of each. Which one is best for choosing a local restaurant? For online shopping? For driving directions? Find out here.

Related articles of interest:

Searching for Bing? It’ll Be Baked Into TV and Online Fare

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Bing!

Succeed Your First Year!

Succeed_Your_First_YearDrop by the Library and look over our lobby display of materials that can enhance your first year experience and help you to succeed. Materials include advice on coping with stress, understanding legal reasoning, mastering the basics of legal writing, and how to study for your law school exams. Get off to a good start in law school and visit the Library today!