Monday, March 30, 2015

LLT Lab Open House Continues this week

LLT Lab Open House
The Research Laboratory is dedicated to inventing and making available to the public the technological tools that can make legal practice and legal education more effective and more efficient.
Learn more about who we are and what we do. Stop by any time during the hours listed below.

Everyone is welcome, especially 1Ls who might be  interested in joining the Lab in August 2015.
Tuesday, March 31 | Noon - 3 p.m. | LLT Lab, Room 113
Wednesday, April 1 | Noon - 3 p.m. | LLT Lab, Room 113

The LLT Lab was  featured in the December 2014 ABA Student Lawyer article Law Schools 3.0.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Research Resources: Family Law Reporter (BNA)

If you are looking for a family law resource, try the Family Law Reporter (BNA).  Family Law Reporter provides access to court decisions, including those before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as legislative and regulatory news, conferences and other developments in key areas of family law from across the country.

You can skim articles by date, topic, or category with the tools on the banner.  By using the Hot Topic link, you can access recent news articles published under a particular category, or create your own using the Customize feature.

For a quick search of the entire collection, use the search box at the top of the page. limit your search by date, focus on specific fields, or use Boolean search operators, access the Advanced Search tool

To the Family Law Reporter (BNA):
  • Go to the the law library's home page.  Click "Topic List."
  • Then, click "Family Law"
  • Scroll down to Family Law Reporter (BNA)

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

RAND Health

If you need to research (or just have an interest in) health law, policy, or other health care issues, RAND Health resources are invaluable.  The RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization focused on policy research and solutions, has gathered more than 280 experts from many disciplines to create its RAND Health division, "one of the largest independent health research groups in the world."

At RAND Health you can explore many facets of the Affordable Care Act, including research briefs on current developments and issues in implementing the Act. The Rand Health menu also links to a broad range of health policy commentary, research articles, and contemporary health care and policy surveys.  Rand Health is one of the best objective health policy resources for exploring these topics.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, March 23, 2015

10 Lessons

The Lawyerist has an interesting post titled "10 Lessons You Weren't Taught in Law School".  I think some law schools actually do teach a few of the items in the list but most are life not legal lessons.  This list is:

1.  How to Handle Conflict
2.  How to Forgive
3.  How to Have Difficult and Uncomfortable Conversations
4.  How to be Present
5.  How to Maintain Physical and Emotional Health
6.  How to be Compassionate
7.  How to Manage Personal Finances
8.  How to Manage Law Firm Finances
9.  How to Create and Sustain Your Own Brand
10.  How to Collaborate with Others (Nicely)

The Lawyerist expands on each item in the list and there are some good comments as well.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This Day In The Law: Earl Warren

Former United States Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren was born on this day in 1891. Warren led the Court through an important period of social change during the 1950's and 1960's.

The President who nominated Warren to the Court, Dwight D. Eisenhower, later famously regretted his choice.

Warren is perhaps best known for his opinion in the case of Brown v. Board of Education.

Acknowledgment to Jurist.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New on HeinOnline: Tax Foundation Archive Publications

The Tax Foundation Archive collection provides convenient access to the complete archive of the Tax Foundation’s publications, which contain information on taxation, fiscal policy, finance and more.  Browse by publication title or subject, or use HeinOnline’s search capabilities to search for specific topics.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Survey: "State of the Legal Field"

You may have heard that the number of students enrolling in law school in 2014 was the lowest in 41 years, while law school debt increased and the job market is still tough.  BARBRI, the bar exam and law student preparation firm, decided to assess the current state of the legal field by conducting the first survey of its kind including all three groups: current law students; practicing attorneys; and law school faculty.  Released this month, State of the Legal Field Survey: Insights from BARBRI's First Annual Survey of Law Students, Law School Faculty and Attorneys, summarizes the results.

Conducted by an independent research firm, the survey asked some key questions. How did 3L's assess their preparedness to practice law?  What did practicing lawyers and law school faculty consider the most important skill for newly graduated attorneys? What were all groups' expectations and experiences of paying off student loan debt? How did attorneys assess expected job openings in the next few years?  Would the new and experienced lawyers choose to go to law school again?  Take a look at the findings. 

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, March 16, 2015

Setting pen to paper

Place your laptop to one side and start taking notes and other writing by hand with pen and paper.  Recent research appears to show that students who take notes by hand comprehend and retain course material better than those who use a laptop for note taking. 

There are other benefits to writing by hand:
1.  It has a calming effect.
2.  It coordinates the left brain and the right brain.
3.  It boosts cognitive skills.
4.  It inspires creativity.
5.  It sharpens aging minds.
6.  It improves memory.
7.  It uses more of your brain.

Check the linked posts for more information.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, March 13, 2015

Chronophilia weekend

This is a weekend for the time lovers among us.  

As a black cat, not only do I not suffer from triskaidekaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th), I celebrate it. Today is the second one in as many months I have enjoyed.  Fear not,  I get one more in November.

And tomorrow, of course, is one of my favorites . . .  Pi Day.  This is no ordinary Pi Day, however.  This is a once-in-a-century Pi Day, since we are in 2015, we celebrate tomorrow as 3.14 15.  And for those true devotees, make sure to set your alarm for 9:26:53 tomorrow morning and evening, so you can celebrate  Pi out to its 9th decimal - 3.141592653.

Have a great time ;) this weekend.  I will.

Hat tip to Lingua Franca.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, March 12, 2015

This Day In The Law: First Female U.S. Attorney General

On this day in 1993, Janet Reno was sworn in as the first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General. Read more here, courtesy of the Wayback Machine.

Acknowledgment to Jurist.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat