Meet Lisa Foster, our new Reference Librarian

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Lisa spent over 23 years as a practicing lawyer before starting a second career as a law librarian. Before joining TJSL she worked as a Deputy City Attorney for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office and as an Associate and Partner for the McDougal, Love, Eckis, Boehmer & Foley law firm, specializing in public agency law. While working for the McDougal firm she served as the City Attorney of Poway, and General Counsel for the Lakeside Fire Protection District, Julian-Cuyamaca Fire District, Borrego Water District and North County Dispatch Joint Powers Authority.  She has also worked as an intern and Librarian for San Diego Law Library.

She received her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law, and will earn her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in March 2014. She is an active member of the California Bar.

Please feel free to stop by the Reference Desk, Lisa’s office (Room 455), or email her at lfoster@tjsl.edu and she will be happy to provide you with research assistance.

Library Mini-Classes This Week

Make a very small investment of time for a very large return by attending the Library’s mini-classes this week, which will be held at the learning center on the 4th floor:

 “Primary Material: Locating a Case and Using a Digest.” Monday, March 3, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to noon. Learn about options for finding case law.

Primary Material: Locating a Statute.” Wednedsay, March 5, 2014, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Learn about finding codes to help you with your research.

Tips on How to Research.” Friday, March 7, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to noon. Learn tips for organizing and analyzing your research.

 

 

 

TJSL Students win with National Library Week!

Celebrate National Library Week, April 14th through 20th

In honor of National Library Week, we are holding a contest for TJSL students.  The prize will be a Black’s Law Dictionary, pocket edition.  You can submit your entry at the 4th floor circulation desk anytime Monday the 15th through Friday the 19th.  To enter, fill out the entry form with your name, email and phone number and answer two questions.

Also to celebrate, we will waive your library overdue fines!  All you have to do is stop by the 4th floor circulation desk during one of the times listed below and present your student ID.  Be prepared with a great excuse.  “My dog ate the book” has already been claimed, so please be creative!

Monday 4/15 – 11:30am to 12:30am
Tuesday 4/16 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday 4/17 – 8:30am to 9:30am
Thursday 4/18 – 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Friday 4/19 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Staff Recommendation Corner: “Because I said so!”

Because I said so

Title: Because I said so! : the truth behind the myths, tales and warnings every generation passes down to its kids

Author: Ken Jennings

Call Number: AG243 .J47 2012 (Popular Reading Collection, 4th floor)  

Reviewed by: Hadas Livnat

Review: Did you know that drinking 8 glasses of water a day can actually be BAD for you? Ken Jennings looks at common myths and parental “wisdom” to divine the truth behind them in short 0.5-1 page examination for each topic. An amusing, sometimes eye-opening read.

4/5 stars

Study Aids: Outlines, Questions & Answers, Flash Cards, Lectures on CD

Study aidsAs you prepare for your exams, remember that the library carries several different types of study aids including:

Books

Black letter Outlines such as the Emanuel series and Crunchtime series

Question & Answer Series

Understanding… Series

Ntushell Series

Recordings

PMBR

Course Lectures

Other Study Aids

Flash Cards

Online Exercises: CALI

Many of these Study Aids are located on the 4th Floor shelves facing the Circulation Desk.

If you want to know if the library carries a specific type of material. eg. Multiple choice questions on property or Outlines for Civil Procedure, ask at the Circulation Desk or the Reference Desk on the 4th floor.

The library also carries books on studying for law school exams.

UPDATED: DVD Film collection website

Popular DVD pink sticker collection

Check out the updated list of DVD films available at the library! http://www.tjsl.edu/library/tjsl-collections/dvds

Library Highlights: Sexuality and the Law

Intersexuality and the law

Intersexuality and the Law

Julie Greenberg

KF478.5 .G74 2012

From the Publisher: In Intersexuality and the Law, Julie A. Greenberg examines the role that legal institutions can play in protecting the rights of people with an intersex condition. She also explores the relationship between the intersex movement and other social justice movements that have effectively utilized legal strategies to challenge similar discriminatory practices. She discusses the feasibility of forming effective alliances and developing mutually beneficial legal arguments with feminists, LGBT organizations, and disability rights advocates to eradicate the discrimination suffered by these marginalized groups.

Loving v Virginia

Loving V. Virginia in a Post-Racial World

Kevin Noble Maillard

KF517 .L68 2012

From the Publisher: In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in Loving vs. Virginia. Although this case promotes marital freedom and racial equality, there are still significant legal and social barriers to the free formation of intimate relationships. Marriage continues to be the sole measure of commitment, mixed relationships continue to be rare, and same-sex marriage is only legal in 6 out of 50 states. Most discussion of Loving celebrates the symbolic dismantling of marital discrimination. This book, however, takes a more critical approach to ask how Loving has influenced the “loving” of America. How far have we come since then, and what effect did the case have on individual lives?

Geography of Love

The Geography of Love: Same-Sex Marriage & Relationship Recognition in America (the Story in Maps)

Peter Nicolas

KF539 .N52 2011

From the Publisher: There is no question that the most prominent gay rights issue in the United States today is the right to marry. Yet accurate, objective information about same-sex marriage and relationship recognition in the United States is difficult to come by. In this book, Seattle-based authors Peter Nicolas & Mike Strong combine their respective training in law and geography to depict the history and current state of marriage and relationship recognition rights for same-sex couples in the United States in words…and in maps.

Gender sexualities and the law

Gender, Sexualities and Law

Jackie Jones et al.

K644 .G459 2011

From the Publisher: This collection of essays offers an unrivalled examination of its various contemporary dimensions, focusing on: issues of theory and representation; violence, both national and international; reproduction and parenting; and partnership, sexuality, marriage and the family. Gender, Sexualities and Law will be invaluable for all those engaged in research and study of the law (and related fields) as a form of gendered power.

Courting change

Courting Change Queer Parents, Judges, and the Transformation of American Family Law

Kimberly D. Richman

KF540 .R53 2009 

From the Publisher: In Courting Change, Kimberly D. Richman zeros in on the nebulous realm of family law, one of the most indeterminate and discretionary areas of American law. She focuses on judicial decisions—both the outcomes and the rationales—and what they say about family, rights, sexual orientation, and who qualifies as a parent. Richman challenges prevailing notions that gay and lesbian parents and families are hurt by laws’ indeterminacy, arguing that, because family law is so loosely defined, it allows for the flexibility needed to respond to—and even facilitate — changes in how we conceive of family, parenting, and the role of sexual orientation in family law.

states of passion

States of Passion

Yvonne Zylan

KF9325 .Z85 2011

From the Publisher: Professor Yvonne Zylan explores the role of legal discourse in shaping sexual experience, sexual expression, and sexual identity. The book focuses on three topics: anti-gay hate crime laws, same-sex sexual harassment, and same-sex marriage, examining how sexuality is socially constructed through the institutionally-specific production of legal discourse.