Meet the newest justices of the Supreme Court of California

In 2014, for the second time in Gov. Jerry Brown’s historic four-term career, he was presented with the chance to reshape the California Supreme Court.

The first “Jerry Brown Court” became better known as the Bird Court and ended with the disastrous retention election of 1986, in which voters removed three of Brown’s appointees, including Chief Justice Rose Bird.

But decades after that debacle, opportunity knocked again for Brown with the retirements of Justices Marvin Baxter and Joyce Kennard – the two longest-serving appointees of Gov. George Deukmejian. Together with his previous appointment of Justice Goodwin Liu in 2011, Brown appointees are again the largest segment of the seven-member court. Meanwhile, California has seen the mellowing of the remaining appointees of Gov. Pete Wilson (Justices Kathryn Werdegar and Ming Chin) and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Justice Carol Corrigan and Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye).

Read the entire article here.

Need help using the Bluebook? Come to the library for the Bluebook trainings!

The training provides an overview of The Bluebook and and citation rules. Specifically:

  • Introduction/structure of the Bluebook;
  • Tabbing the Bluebook;
  • Elements of basic citation form, rules, and exercises;
  • Use of introductory signals and short form;
  • Citations of other sources and the internet; and
  • Reinforce lesson learned through multiple practice exercises.

For the training to be effective, any student participating must bring his or her copy of the Bluebook (19th ed. or 20th ed.) and different colored tabs or something similar. Here’s the link where you can view an example.

Please sign up through the “Bluebook Training” TWEN page.


New Law Students: Make Friends With A Librarian

New Law Students: Make Friends With A Librarian by Reference Librarian and Lecturer in Law at DePaul University Law Library, Mark Giangrande 

U.S. News & World Report has a short post out for new law students who will start their law school career in the next few weeks. It offers four points for navigating law school:

  1. Come prepared
  2. Focus on finals
  3. Make friends
  4. Remove distractions

I’d like to focus for a moment on the third one. The author suggests making connections within the law school and the wider university through activities and other diversions as a break from the law school routine. That’s great advice as law school can be a highly competitive grind. I’d like to make one other suggestion that may help the new student: get to know a librarian. Why? Because we know stuff that students do not.

Read the entire article here.

Welcome and Welcome back!

The Library would like to welcome the new 1Ls and transfer students, and welcome back our 2Ls and 3Ls.

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Please view this presentation as a reminder of what is available to you in the library and whom to contact about research, jobs, and general inquiries (Leigh Inman, Library Director & Assistant Professor of Law).

To help you along your path to success, we have organized new mini-classes for you. The schedule is displayed below. Please sign-up for mini-classes through the Legal Research Training TWEN page.

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For additional legal research assistance, please explore LibGuides or make an appointment with one of our librarians.

Please be aware of our new noise policy. The noise map will show you where you can expect to find quiet study space (towards the rear of the library on the 5th floor).


Free Legal Advocacy Training Is Available Online Through NITA

NITA – the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Training, is a nonprofit organization that provides legal advocacy skills training and continuing legal education. Although NITA is well known for its fee-based training seminars and publications, NITA also has free online webcasts in a more condensed format that are available on-demand through its website. These “Studio 71 Webcasts” cover a number of trial advocacy related topics such as handling non-responsive witnesses, family court advocacy, persuasive expert testimony and communications skills for lawyers. For more information and to access these free webcasts, go to the NITA website.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Same Sex Marriage

The United States Supreme Court has issued its opinion regarding same sex marriage in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The Court found that the 14th Amendment’s Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses require a State to issue a marriage license to a same sex couple, and to recognize same sex marriages performed in other States. The full opinion can be found on the Court’s website here.

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Opinion Upholding the Affordable Care Act Tax Credit Provisions

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 opinion in King v. Burwell today, holding that the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits are available to individuals in states with a Federal Health Exchange. Noting that this issue is one of deep economic and political significance, a majority of the Court found that the wording in the Act applying tax credits to insurance purchased from “an Exchange established by the state” was ambiguous. Therefore, the Court looked at the broader structure of the Act to determine the legislative intent.  In so doing the Court found that to apply tax credits only to state-established Exchanges, and not to Federal Exchanges, would destabilize the insurance market, creating the very situation that Congress designed the Act to avoid. The full opinion (including a strongly worded dissent written by Justice Scalia calling the majority opinion “absurd”) can be found here on the Court’s website.