Monthly Archives: February 2009

Current Legal News & Recent Case Law Summaries

The library has a beta current awareness services homepage at  From this page, you have access to subject-specific current news as well as subject-specific recent case law summaries.  Faculty will find these pages of particular relevance for article topics, or to keep their courses up to date.  Students will find these pages particularly helpful when pondering topics to write about in their paper courses.

Currently there are over forty Web page feeds.  Nearly every current news page consists of headlines from three Web sites and these pages are set to automatically update with the most recent information, making this the one stop legal update service.  Please notify with your suggestions.

MCLE Class on Web 2.0 Tools for Attorneys

Here is the PowerPoint presentation for the February 12th MCLE class on Internet Research Strategies: Web 2.0 Tools for Attorneys.  Questions to Charles Dean, Electronic Resources Reference Librarian,


Library Services for Alumni

Free Westlaw Access for Alumni at the TJSL Campus Library!

The library is happy to offer free alumni access to Westlaw. The program, called Westlaw Patron Access, allows alumni to access case law, statutes, and regulations from all fifty states and all federal jurisdictions, as well as major federal, multistate and California secondary sources. Some California secondary sources include the full range of Rutter Group and Witkin practice guides and treatises, and the Miller & Starr sets. This service also includes access to KeyCite, which allows researchers to determine whether a case or statute is still good law.

TJSL Library Offers Reference Services

Have you ever had trouble knowing how to tackle a new research assignment? Or maybe you need help remembering resources available in a particular area of law. Whatever your reference request is, keep in mind that you may call on the expertise of the reference librarians. We offer a wide range of reference services. Our only limit is that we cannot perform research for you (by law).

Give us a call or e-mail us at:

Patrick Meyer                                                              Jane Larrington
Associate Library Director                                            Reference Librarian                                                

619-297-9700 x1102                                                  619-297-9700 x1101

Survive and Thrive Your 1st Year!

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

February is Black History Month

Drop by the Library and look over our display of books and videos celebrating the achievements and contributions of African-Americans in U.S. history and law. This year’s celebration is especially exciting with the inauguration of Barak Obama as the first black President in U.S. history.