“Budget-minded lawyers who think they can hire law students for their free access to Lexis and Westlaw should think again, according to a Utah ethics opinion.

A lawyer who uses law students to access free online research violates ethical rules, according to the Nov. 15 opinion by the Utah State Bar Ethics Opinion Advisory Committee. The Legal Skills Prof Blog has the story.

According to the opinion, numerous students have reported that their employment is conditioned on providing free research for their employers. Such research amounts to theft of services because students have signed user agreements restricting free research to educational and nonprofit purposes, the opinion says.”

(via Library Stuff)


NYC Censored History: In 1968 Students Protest Racism And Militarism At Columbia By Taking A Dean Hostage

In early March 1967, a Columbia University Students for a Democratic Society activist named Bob Feldman discovered documents in the International Law Library detailing Columbia’s institutional affiliation with the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a weapons research think-tank affiliated with the U.S. Department of Defense. The nature of the association had not been, to that point, publicly announced by the University.

Columbia’s plan to construct a gymnasium in city-owned Morningside Park also touched off negative sentiment on campus and in the Harlem community. Opposition began in 1965 during the mayoral campaign of John Lindsay, who opposed the project. By 1967 community opposition had become more militant. One of the causes for dispute was the gym’s proposed design, which would have included access for residents of Harlem through a so-called “back door” to a dedicated community facility on its lower level.

The first protest occurred eight days before the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. In response to the Columbia Administration’s attempts to suppress anti-IDA student protest on its campus, and Columbia’s plans for the Morningside Park gymnasium, Columbia SDS activists and the student activists who led Columbia’s Student Afro Society (SAS) held a second, confrontational demonstration on April 23, 1968. After the protesting Columbia and Barnardstudents were prevented from protesting inside Low Library by Columbia security guards, most of the student protesters marched down to the Columbia gymnasium construction site in Morningside Park, attempted to stop construction of the gymnasium and began to struggle with the New York City Police officers who were guarding the construction site.The NYPD arrested one protester at the gym site. Columbia SDS chairman Mark Rudd then led the protesting students from Morningside Park back to Columbia’s campus, where students took over Hamilton Hall, a building housing both classrooms and the offices of the Columbia College Administration.

via Wikipedia

The seriousness on his face says it all… We literally spend the whole week at the library studying and writing papers. This upcoming two weeks are going to be so stressful for the both of us 😔 and there is something worst, the thought of us not seeing each other for almost two months it’s bothering us A LOT… I know it’s bad but we are getting so use to each other so fast that it’s going to suck so fucking much not seeing him and not being able to hug him or kiss him 😞 I’ve got too much going on at once, but one step at a time I guess.
PS: I love seeing him in suits, honestly the sexiest and most handsome men ever💑🙈


Gorilla Sighting in Harvard Law Library

The Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL) provides an annual scholarship to library school students interested in careers in law librarianship, and the deadline for applying is October 14th, 2013.  The application is available online on the SEAALL website at:

Southern California Association of Law Libraries Student Scholarships 2012

The Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL) Library School Liaison Committee is now accepting applications for this year’s student scholarships. Applicants must live in Southern California and be a currently enrolled graduate student in either the UCLA Department of Information Studies or a distance/online library school program.

The purpose of the SCALL Scholarship is to reward current library school students living in Southern California who hold promise of future involvement in the law library profession. Each scholarship awarded varies in an amount up to $1,000. Applications and supporting materials (including two letters of recommendation) must be received by Monday February 27, 2012.  For further information, please see the application form posted on the SCALL website at

Cheryl Kelly Fischer

SCALL Library School Liaison Committee Chair

Reference Librarian and Lecturer in Law

UCLA Law Library

Valentine’s Day Special! What does love have to do with government documents? Come find out on Friday! Other topics explored throughout the day include 30 years of library literacy services, digitizing gold rush era documents, the life of Bernard Witkin, the pre-eminent authority on California law, and 100 years of topographic mapping of California.

It’s all free. 9:30 - 3:45 at 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento.


A couple of weeks ago some SU Librarians had a meeting at the new John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore School of Law, which opened April 30, 2013. It is a 12-story, 190,000-square-foot space that is one of the first law schools in the country to have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. These are some behind-the-scenes pictures of their visit!

More information available via The New Angelos Law Center - University of Baltimore webpage. Also, there’s an interesting article published in the May 2013 edition of the Spectrum, an American Association of Law Libraries publication, titled “Going Green and Repurposing Space.”

“Everyone knows that Google is changing the way college kids write their term papers. What’s less obvious is that it’s also changing the way that judges write their opinions – even America’s most august judges, those on the Supreme Court. In an absolutely fascinating article in the Virginia Law Review, ’Confronting Supreme Court Fact Finding,’ Allison Orr Larsen, a law professor at William & Mary, shows just how prevalent online research is at the Supreme Court. ‘In-house research,’ she argues, much of it done online, is changing the way America’s highest court works. At first blush, it seems like a good thing for judges to search out the facts on their own. But the change, Larsen argues, is not for the better.”

(via Library Stuff)

The term African-American may seem to be a product of recent decades, exploding into common usage in the 1990s after efforts by advocates like Jesse Jackson, and only enshrined in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2001.

The O.E.D.’s entry, revised in 2012, traces the first known occurrence to 1835, in an abolitionist newspaper. But now, a researcher has discovered a printed reference in an anti-British sermon from 1782 credited to an anonymous “African American,” pushing the origins of the term back to the earliest days of independence.

“We think of it as a neutral alternative to older terms, one that resembles Italian-American or Irish-American,” said Fred Shapiro, an associate director at the Yale Law School Library, who found the reference. “It’s a very striking usage to see back in 1782.”[source]

Next week we're learning HTML

Gotta say, I’m pretty excited, because this is the extent of my HTML skills right now:

Look! A table! Oooo…

Anyway, this is just one of many skills I’m hoping to gain. Being able to crack the spiny chestnut of IT is ridiculously valuable these days and grad school is the best chance I have to do it. Plus, my internship supervisors seem really excited to have someone who’s “tech-savvy” and I don’t want to let them down.

On a totally opposite note, we toured the law library in 605 and I was surprised at how invested they are in print resources. Apparently this applies to other law libraries as well. As someone who’s mildly interested in the field, I have mixed feelings about this. The book-lover in me is excited to find a group of librarians still holding onto them, but the practical part of me wonders how wise that is. I suppose if law publishers suddenly stopped making print books, they’d have to update or go under.

Still, my gut reaction upon seeing their huge basement collection was “READ ALL THE THINGS!!”

Kane law library seeks fee increase as use, costs grow

The Kane County Law Library and Self-Help Legal Center wants to increase the fee that supports it, due to increased use and skyrocketing costs of materials.

The county board’s judicial and public safety committee Friday recommended the increase, from $13 to $19, to the board’s finance committee.

The fee is tacked on to filings for new civil cases. It’s been the same since 2004.

The fee pays for salaries, materials, maintenance, capital improvements, utilities and other costs of the library, which is at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles. No general fund money is spent on the library. It does charge for some services.

Director Halle Cox said even though civil filings have decreased since the foreclosure-related high in 2010, use and costs have increased.

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