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We are highlighting two of the latest additions to the law library that both concern skills and strategies of legal advocacy. Both provide key information to budding attorneys that is not usually at the forefront of the law school curriculum.

The Fine Art of Trial Advocacy: A Young Lawyer’s Resource for Success, Paul Mark Sandler, 2021

This book helps make the arduous the lonely journey of developing the skills to make a persuasive argument in a courtroom more manageable, introducing key concepts with solid examples to help budding orators unleash their potential. Much of tapping into that future glory
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Have you ever noticed small bells, envelopes, or concentric semicircular lines when performing legal research? Those symbols can help you make sure that you’re up to date, and our library guide, Keeping Current, makes it even easier to navigate the many ways databases and websites help you track developments.

The law is not a static creature, quietly collecting dust like an ancient tome on a shelf. It’s a hyperdynamic beast constantly reinventing itself as judges rule, lawmakers legislate, and scholars publish.

The Keeping Current guide provides instructions, including video tutorials, on how to make sure the law is not
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HeinOnline, a database that offers unparalleled access to periodicals, government documents, international resources, and more, has launched a new LGBTQ+ Rights database that all Arizona State University users of HeinOnline have access to.

The database opens with an introduction to set the tone for the civil rights struggle on which it focuses, shining a light on a history of discrimination and even capital criminalization before the LGBTQ+ rights movements won battles in society and in the courts.

Social attitudes toward LGBTQ+ people began to shift at a dramatic pace during the 1960s, and the 2000s and 2010s produced a sea change
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The Ross-Blakley Law Library staff was busy over the summer! One of our significant summer projects was an overhaul of what was previously known as the Indian Law Collection, which has been renamed the Indigenous Collection.

The name of the collection is not all that has changed. As part of the summer project, the Law Library staff worked to collocate all of the Law Library’s materials on the topic of Indigenous peoples, regardless of geography or secondary subject, into a single collection. This means that a number of books focused on Indigenous peoples and topics were moved from other parts of
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The Law Library is pleased to make available to you two online study aids services.

The Aspen Learning Library provides unlimited online access to hundreds of titles. Some series that are available include:

  • Examples & Explanations (a law student favorite)
  • Emanuel Law Outlines
  • Glannon Guides
  • And much more!

Use this link to create an account: Aspen Learning Library Online Study Aids.  Click register to create an account. Once you create an account, your login will ensure off-campus access to the study aids.  Creating an account will also allow you to download the Aspen Learning Library app – available for iOS
Continue Reading Aspen Learning Library and West Academic Online Study Aids – Your Keys to Success

The great news is that ASU’s Law Library offers access to dozens and dozens of high quality study aids through its subscriptions to Aspen Learning Library and West Academic. The good news is that if you’re feeling overwhelmed by sorting through so many choices, we can help.

Our new chart, A Look Inside Study Aids, lists the major study aids series on each platform. Each series usually covers the major first year and advanced legal courses, but many do so in different ways. These differences cater to different learning styles. Some students may need extensive reviews of course material,
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Podcasts are a popular form of entertainment, but they’re also an incredibly popular way to learn. They are a convenient and effective way to consume content considering your packed schedules and little free time. Law podcasts can be an important educational tool to learn about case law, historical precedents, current legal events, and the everyday challenges lawyers face. You can find a curated list of legal podcasts in our Keeping Current research guide. Topics covered include:

  • Law School and Professional Development Podcasts
  • Current Legal Events
  • Constitutional Law
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Legal Scholarship
  • Other Podcasts of Import

Pick the ones
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Our new service, Group Research Training, is an opportunity for you and two or more of your fellow students to receive personalized research training on any legal research topic. The Law Library’s expert reference librarians will meet with your group and provide instruction and training to meet your research needs. Topics can include:

• Researching for your 1L Legal Method & Writing memo

• Preparing for an oral advocacy presentation

• Researching a potential employer

• Working on a clinical project

• Starting a research paper

• Learning more about free and low-cost legal research tools

• … and
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The Ross-Blakley Law Library is a dynamic, full service academic powerhouse. The Law Library’s upcoming orientation sessions will introduce you to the reference staff and the many ways the Law Library can help you succeed in law school. The reference librarians have JDs and have been through the wringer of law school before, so we know the best study tools and information resources for law school success.

The orientation sessions will be available on three dates:

August 22 at 3:30pmAugust 23 at 9:00amAugust 25 at 12:30pm

Click here to sign up for your spot!

In addition to introducing the collections
Continue Reading Ross Blakley Law Library Tours: Success is Just a Step Away

The Ross-Blakley Law Library is a dynamic, full service academic powerhouse. The Law Library’s upcoming orientation sessions will introduce you to the reference staff and the many ways the Law Library can help you succeed in law school. The reference librarians have JDs and have been through the wringer of law school before, so we know the best study tools and information resources for law school success.

The orientation sessions will be available on three dates:

August 22 at 3:30pmAugust 23 at 9:00amAugust 25 at 12:30pm

Click here to sign up for your spot!

In addition to introducing the collections
Continue Reading Ross-Blakley Law Library Tours: Success is Just a Step Away

The Law Library has many excellent resources for students preparing to take the bar exam to supplement their bar prep courses: Online Bar Study. And please refer to our Bar Exam and MPRE Resource Guide to assist as you prepare to take the bar exam. This guide highlights important information and services for Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students as they prepare to take the bar examination in Arizona or elsewhere.

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First Place:  Claire Newfeld, Indian Boarding School Deaths and the Federal Tort Claims Act: A Route to a Remedy

Second Place:  Joanna Jandali, Jammed from Justice: How International Organization Immunity Enshrines Impunity

The Ross-Blakley Law Library at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law announces the 2022 recipients of the Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research.

Claire Newfeld is the first-place award recipient for her entry, Indian Boarding School Deaths and the Federal Tort Claims Act: A Route to a Remedy. Joanna Jandali is the second-place recipient for her entry, Jammed from Justice: How International Organization Immunity Enshrines Impunity.
Continue Reading Claire Newfeld, 2L and Joanna Jandali, 2L Honored for Exemplary Student Research

Summer is not a vacation for the librarians at the Ross-Blakley Law Library. The end of spring semester only renews our focus on research and study services. Meet with a Librarian to get professional, expert advice from JD holding research experts on the following:

Summer classes and bar exam prep

  • Study aids for upper level classes. Hornbooks, flashcards, flowcharts, and practice questions aren’t just for 1Ls and bar preppers. Our resources can help you stay on top of your reading for courses such as intellectual property, family law, criminal procedure, and evidence.
  • Study aids for the bar exam. We have been


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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.

West Academic Study Aids

This resource includes a variety of study aids to help students quickly grasp concepts that may have been elusive in class, such as the Acing series. It also features exam prep resources to help you master multiple choice or ease through issue spotters, such as the ExamPro series.

Aspen Learning Library

This resources includes the invaluable Crunchtime series, which tests your mettle in multiple choice and essays while providing flowcharts to
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Earth Day is coming up later this month, and to mark the occasion, the law library is highlighting new additions to its collection that point to ways to protect the imperiled planet for future generations.

Rethinking Environmental Law, Jan G. Laitos

Historically, environmental laws have presumed an unrealistic separation of humans and nature. This has led to grave problems, such as climate change and mass extinction, that could lead to the Earth becoming less hospitable to life. Humanity has modified the Earth itself with overpopulation, fossil fuel use, and greenhouse gas emissions despite a complicated tangle of multitudinous statutes,
Continue Reading New Library Titles Debate Law’s Role in Healing Our Planet

The Law Library’s Mindfulness and Mental Wellness in Law School guide has been newly updated and upgraded to help you succeed even in the most stressful circumstances your studies have to offer.One new library title featured in the guide is Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It (Ethan Kross, 2021).

This book illustrates how Introspection is not always a good thing. Author Ethan Kross discusses how reflection can help us learn valuable lessons, but can also poison our thinking when our inner critic takes up too much of our mental bandwidth.

Negative self-chatter
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