Monthly Archives: August 2010

1L Frequently Asked Questions

1.   CALI:

You were given a CALI CD in your orientation packet.  CALI exercises are interactive tutorials on a variety of subjects including legal research and writing. You need not register to use the lessons on the CD.

You may also access the tutorials online. To do so, register at, using the TJSL student authorization code given to you. Click on the ‘Not a registered user yet?’ link in order to start the process. During the registration process you will create your password. In subsequent visits to use lessons, you will only need to enter your email address and your password.

2.  LexisNexis: You were given a LexisNexis access code in your orientation packet.  Go to to register the activation code.  On the upper right hand side of the screen, you will see this box:

Click on “Students Register Here” and follow the instructions to create your custom username and password.

If you cannot find your activation code, you would first click onto “Students Register Here” as shown directly above, and then click onto the “Get an activation code” link, as shown in the image directly below:

To log onto LexisNexis, go back to and enter your custom ID. If you forget your custom ID (meaning that you created an ID using the activation code, but have misplaced your ID), click on the “Forgot Password” link as shown directly below:

3. Westlaw: You were given a Westlaw code in your orientation packet.   You will need to go to to create a custom username and password using that code. To do so, click on the orange box titled “Register Password” in the lower left side of that Webpage:

You will then be prompted to create a custom username and password during this registration process. You will then use that custom ID to sign on to Westlaw.

To then log into Westlaw, go back to and use your custom login.

If you forget your ID, click the “Forgot your Username or Password?” link located just above the abovementioned orange “Register Password” box. See the image directly above.

If you did not register your initial Westlaw code and cannot find it: See the reference librarians.

Accessing TWEN:
From the Westlaw login screen, shown above, click onto the TWEN link at the top of the screen (white font color on blue background). Use your Westlaw login information to then log in to TWEN.

To Add Your Courses in TWEN:
From the TWEN homepage, click onto the “Add Course” button:

And then check the boxes that correspond to the courses you want to add:

Finally, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Submit.”

The next time you log in, you’ll see the added course(s):

4. Library Access: When you check out a book for the first time, present your TJSL ID card to the circulation assistant and they’ll be sure that your library account is set up. Then you’ll be able to check out study aids, course reserves and our many legal-themed movies. The school’s online catalog, Thomcat, is available through the student web page, on the Library homepage. ThomCat links to thousands of databases as well as to books.

5. ThomChat: You have access to virtual reference with a librarian. Submit your question through the library homepage at This service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00-6:00.

6. Research Databases: The library subscribes to hundreds of electronic titles. To access these databases, go to the library menu at and choose “Research Databases.” Then log into EzProxy using your TJSL network ID.

7. Study Aids: You can access popular study aid titles to the right of the circulation desk and just outside the reference librarian office. Look for the Study Aids sign. These study aids include the nutshell series, Gilbert Law Summaries, and various guides to understand specific topics. We even have flash cards.


Library Highlights: Intellectual Property

Customs Enforcement: Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Across Borders

Timothy P. Trainer, Vicki E. Allums

KF2979 .T72 2010

From the Publisher: This book discusses border enforcement of intellectual property rights, including legal authority, standards, and procedures in the U.S. and other countries. It’s the only comprehensive source of how U.S. Customs protects intellectual property, and it also outlines what to look for in foreign systems. It clearly shows you how to use Customs as your first line of defense against infringing goods, and covers the legal authority to detain, seize, forfeit, and destroy goods. You’ll also find information on how to statutorily resolve Customs enforcement issues, answer infrastructure questions that foreign officials raise, and much more.

The Rhetoric of Intellectual Property: Copyright Law and the Regulation of Digital Culture

Jessica Reyman

KF2994 .R49 2010

From the Publisher: In recent years we have witnessed a rising tension between the open architecture of the Internet and legal restrictions for online activities. The impact of digital recording technologies and distributed file sharing systems has forever changed the expectations of everyday users with regard to digital information. At the same time, however, U.S. Copyright Law has shown a decided trend toward more restrictions over what we are able to do with digital materials. As a result, a gap has emerged between the reality of copyright law and the social reality of our everyday activities. Through an analysis of the competing rhetorical frameworks about copyright regulation in a digital age, this book shows how the stories told by active parties in the debate shape our cultural understanding of what is and is not acceptable in the use of copyrighted works on digital networks. Reyman posits recent legal developments as sites of conflict between competing value systems in our culture: one of control, relying heavily on comparisons of intellectual property to physical property, and emphasizing ownership, theft, and piracy, and the other a value of community, implementing new concepts such as that of an intellectual “commons,” and emphasizing exchange, collaboration, and responsibility to a public good. Reyman argues that the rhetoric of the digital copyright debate, namely the rhetorical positioning of technology as destructive to creative and intellectual production, has profound implications for the future of digital culture.

Property Outlaws: How Squatters, Pirates, and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership

Eduardo Moisés Peñalver, Sonia K. Katyal

K721.5 .P445 2010

From the Publisher: Property Outlaws puts forth the intriguingly counterintuitive proposition that, in the case of both tangible and intellectual property law, disobedience can often lead to an improvement in legal regulation. The authors argue that in property law there is a tension between the competing demands of stability and dynamism, but its tendency is to become static and fall out of step with the needs of society. The authors employ wide-ranging examples of the behaviors of “property outlaws”— the trespasser, squatter, pirate, or file-sharer—to show how specific behaviors have induced legal innovation. They also delineate the similarities between the actions of property outlaws in the spheres of tan gible and intellectual property. An important conclusion of the book is that a dynamic between the activities of “property outlaws” and legal innovation should be cultivated in order to maintain this avenue of legal reform.

Re-thinking Intellectual Property: The Political Economy of Copyright Protection in the Digital Era

YiJun Tian

K1420.5 .T53 2009

From the Publisher: Copyright laws, along with other Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), constitute the legal foundation for the “global knowledge-based economy” and copyright law now plays an increasingly important role in the creation of business fortunes, the access to and dissemination of knowledge, and human development in general.

This book examines major problems in the current IPR regime, particularly the copyright regime, in the context of digitization, knowledge economy, and globalization. The book contends that the final goals of IP law and policy-making are to enhance the progress of science and economic development, and the use and even-distribution of intellectual resource at the global level. By referring to major international IP consensus, recent developments in regional IP forums and the successful experiences of various countries,

YiJun Tian is able to provide specific theoretical, policy and legislative suggestions for addressing current copyright challenges. The book contends that each nation should strengthen the coordination of its IP protection and development strategies, adopt a more systematic and heterogeneous approach, and make IP theory, policy, specific legal mechanisms, marketing forces and all other available measures work collectively to deal with digital challenges and in a way that contributes to the establishment of a knowledge equilibrium international society.

Computer Games and Virtual Worlds:

A New Frontier in Intellectual Property Law

edited by Ross A. Dannenberg

KF3024.C6 C625 2010

From the Publisher: As the uses and ubiquity of video games and virtual worlds expand, the legal issues they raise grow more complex and commonplace. These issues include the traditional areas of intellectual property law, namely, copyright, trademark, patent and trade secrets, as affected by contractual issues arising from the end user licensing agreements (EULA) and terms of service (ToS) promulgated by each video game and virtual world proprietor. This book explores and discusses how to obtain these traditional rights in the non-traditional settings of video game and virtual world environments, and serves as a primer for legal practitioners researching these emerging legal issues. Each chapter addresses, in order, end user license agreements, copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets, as addressed by U.S. law. The book also includes a commentary on international legal issues stemming from the multi-national user-base and foreign operation of many virtual worlds.

IP and Antitrust: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles Applied to Intellectual Property Law

Herbert Hovenkamp … [et al.]

KF3116 .H68 2010

From the Publisher: IP and Antitrust: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles Applied to Intellectual Property Law, Second Edition is a two-volume reference that focuses on the intersection of the areas of IP and antitrust. While intellectual property licensing arrangements are typically pro-competitive, antitrust concerns may nonetheless arise. Licensing arrangements raise concerns under the antitrust laws if they are likely to adversely affect the prices, quantities, qualities or varieties of goods and services — either currently or potentially available. The Justice Department’s rekindled interest in intellectual property licensing arrangements now requires that companies factor antitrust considerations into the drafting and review of intellectual property licensing arrangements. Thus, licensing agreements involving intellectual property must now be drafted with two considerations in mind: maximizing the commercial value of intellectual property rights, and minimizing antitrust risks.

Welcome 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

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

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.

Keep Updated With The Library Blog & RSS Feeds

The 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. If 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

We 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.

The 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

Legal-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.

The 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.