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The Ross-Blakley Law Library’s DACA Resource Guide has been updated. It provides general information and links to resources about DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and is maintained by reference librarians at the ASU College of Law. The guide includes information on the history of DACA, recent DACA developments, ASU resources for students, a list of local agencies offering DACA assistance, and a list of national advocacy groups. You can view the guide by clicking on the link below. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) LibGuide
Racial Justice Resources is a guide to resources provided by the Ross-Blakley Law Library and to external resources to support our community in considering racial justice and reconciliation. The guide’s focus is on resources concerning racial justice in the United States including information about: National Social Justice OrganizationsLocal Social Justice Organizations and Government EntitiesResources for ProtestersResearch Resources including Databases, Books, Law Reviews and JournalsU.S. Federal Government Hearings and Reports We are always here to help you. If you have questions about accessing resources or want to discuss these subjects in more depth, feel free to Ask a
The librarians at the Ross-Blakely Law Library have prepared a video series for you. Our Practical Research Skills Workshop Series will help you get the edge on how to exceed your employers’ and professors’ expectations. We share our expertise on legal research, in a friendly, fast-paced format that you can watch at your own pace. We help you navigate primary law including statutes and regulations as well as help you build your practical skills by sharing our insights on topics like litigation tools and legal search algorithms. Practical Research Skills Workshop Series What the series covers:Federal Statutes & State StatutesLearn how…
Back in October 2019 we highlighted a new (at the time) database hosted at HeinOnline: Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment (“BLASE”). Since then, this database has received industry acclaim by receiving the Joseph L Andrews Literature Award for 2020.  The Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award recognizes a significant textual contribution to legal literature. HeinOnline makes heavy use of the LibGuides platform to provide detailed explanations of their databases and they have a guide for BLASE. What does it contain? 1.3 million pages of sports and entertainment related content. 120 landmark sports law cases.…
For the first time in history, people outside the U.S. Supreme Court’s walls will be able to hear oral arguments as they happen. SCOTUS will be livestreaming ten arguments over the next two weeks. The live audio will begin at 7:00 a.m. Arizona time on Monday, May 4th on C-SPAN and other networks. C-SPAN is making the oral arguments available live on its main network as well as on the C-SPAN Radio app, its radio station, and on its website. Historically SCOTUS has not had cameras in the courtroom or same-day audio. Oral arguments have been open only to the…
Summer is a golden opportunity to fortify the legal skills that will make employers notice you. But 2020 is different, and some opportunities to practice law have drifted away because of lifesaving social distancing to limit the spread of covid-19. But the outbreak doesn’t need to put learning on hold. West Academic can help keep your head in the game even if you are staying home during the pandemic. One series is specially geared toward building practical legal skills by simulating legal assignments. The Bridge to Practice series includes twelve volumes, covering broad doctrinal areas of law such as…
“Terrorism” has many legal definitions, with Black’s Law Dictionary defining no less than a dozen terms including the word. But when the State of Georgia tried to stretch the meaning and label free distribution of state law annotations as an element of a “strategy of terrorism,” the Supreme Court snapped it back. The contentious, 5-4 victory for a nonprofit seeking to provide free access to Georgia’s state code prevents the pay service LexisNexis from claiming exclusive rights to distribution of the statutes and their Lexis-produced annotations. Lexis had agreed to limit the price of the annotated Georgia code and…
The Ross-Blakley Law Library at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research. Brent Bihr is the first-place award recipient for his paper: Dark Patterns, Warcraft, and Cybersex: The Addictive Face of Predatory Online Platforms and Pioneering Policies to Protect Consumers.  Bihr is a second year student. Olivia Stitz is our second-place winner for her paper: Comity, Tipping Points, and Commercial Significance: What to expect of the Hague Judgments Convention.  Stitz is also second year student.Their papers demonstrate sophistication and originality in the…
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended normal life in Indigenous communities as it has throughout the world. And the unprecedented impact to public health, economic activity, and daily life is unique to everyone. To offer news, advice, and resources to help Indigenous people and tribes during the coronavirus response, Arizona State University’s Labriola National American Indian Data Center and the ASU Library have produced a new guide: COVID-19 Resources for Indigenous Peoples. The guide includes a bevy of resources particularly relevant to Arizona tribes. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona provides tips sheets, news, and epidemiology data. The Navajo Epidemiology
A small percentage of criminal cases even reach trial, let alone the appellate courts that produce many of the cases law students are accustomed to reading on Westlaw or Lexis. Students researching criminal law policy will want to reach outside the usual channels to get a deeper perspective of the issues arising from criminal statutes, law enforcement, the court system, criminal law’s effect on society, or the nature of justice and punishment. The big picture of crime extends far beyond the courtroom, and far beyond basic legal research. HeinOnline’s newly expanded and renamed Criminal Justice & Criminology library goes…
The Law Library provides you with unlimited access to a number of premium resources while you are in school but it’s important for you to know the dates that you will lose access (if you graduate) and the limitations that you have while using these platforms outside of school work.  In addition, we have received temporary eBook access to some textbooks from publishers and you should be aware of the tentative dates they will stop providing access. Publishers may choose to continue this access, but we have provided the dates below we have been given at the time of this…
The Law Library has an abundance of resources to help you prepare for your exams. Our online study aids subscriptions will help build your confidence.WK Online Study AidWest Academic Study Aids CALI tutorials are written by law faculty and librarians from American law schools. They are reviewed and revised on a regular basis. The lessons are designed to help you become accustomed to taking multiple-choice examinations and provide feedback to your answers. You may access Law School Past Exams from the Law Library’s web site. Many faculty members make their past exams available to students as a teaching…
Justice Ruth Van Roekel McGregor was among the most successful students at Arizona State University’s College of Law in a time of significant gender disparity in the legal profession. She became a judicial star in her own right and supported the rise of one of the profession’s greatest trailblazing women. In 1981, Justice McGregor became one of the first clerks for the Supreme Court justice who would become the College’s namesake, Sandra Day O’Connor. Although most law clerks are recent law school graduates and she had a lucrative career at the private law firm Fennemore Craig, Justice McGregor…
Graduating from law school is a huge achievement and a new beginning, maybe more so than finishing high school or college. For most students even after they submit their last exams and papers, the ultimate final exam awaits. And bar prep isn’t just for 3Ls. The courses you take and study skills you learn during law school can help you clear the final hurdle on your way to a legal career. Whether you’re a rising 2L or 3L or newly minted grad, the Law Library is here for you. Our Bar Exam and MPRE Resource Guide gathers the resources you’ll…