Nov 30
6:00 PM
Nov 30
4:38 PM

Test shows the majority of S.D. County students are out of shape:
This is about elementary school and junior high students, but doesnt it apply to you as well? 

Bummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmer, especially at finals. 🙁


Nov 25
12:08 PM

The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison Outside the Law

New title in the LRC!  Just released from NYU Press, "The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison Outside the Law," contains the stories of the Guantanamo detainees as told by their lawyers.  It is edited by Mark P. Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz, who represented Guantanamo detainees themselves, and who collected stories covering life and the ensuing litigation at Guantanamo. Earlier this year we posted about the online archive of Guantanamo material put forward by these two scholars, and hosted by New York University Libraries.

From the publisher:

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the United States imprisoned more than seven hundred and fifty men at its naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. These men, ranging from teenage boys to men in their eighties from over forty different countries, were detained for years without charges, trial, and a fair hearing. Without any legal status or protection, they were truly outside the law: imprisoned in secret, denied communication with their families, and subjected to extreme isolation, physical and mental abuse, and, in some instances, torture.

These are the detainees’ stories, told by their lawyers because the prisoners themselves were silenced. It took habeas counsel more than two years—and a ruling from the United States Supreme Court—to finally gain the right to visit and talk to their clients at Guantánamo. Even then, lawyers were forced to operate under severe restrictions designed to inhibit communication and envelop the prison in secrecy. In time, however, lawyers were able to meet with their clients and bring the truth about Guantánamo to the world.

Available in the LRC Reading Room at KZ6495 .G83 2009  

Nov 23
6:48 PM

LRC Resources for Finals

Finals are quickly approaching, and the LRC can help!  We have plenty of resources for you.

LRC's 1L LibGuide – The LRC has created a LibGuide (subject based webpages) especially for 1L courses!  This is an excellent place to start.

PREVIOUS EXAMS –  The LRC has gone green, so all previous exams can now be found online!  There is a link on the left side of the LRC home page, or you can click here.  Just type in your professors' last name and print out the pdfs.  Keep in mind not professors have exams up.

FLASH CARDS – We have flash cards for Civ Pro (parts 1&2), Community Property, Con Law, Corporations, Crim Law, Crim Pro, Evidence, Federal Income Tax, Future Interests, PR (parts 1 & 2), REal Property, Remedies, UCC Sales, Torts, and Wills and Trusts. Click here to check availability.

STUDY AIDS – Why pay when our reserve room is filled with study aids for you to use?

REFERENCE LIBRARIANS – There are no stupid questions.  The Librarians are here to help you!

LAPTOP LOCKS – Don't leave your belongings unattended!  Unfortunately we do have the occasional theft.  These can be checked out at the Circulation desk.

Nov 20
5:14 PM

The Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review is publishing a new online supplement that will provide information on recent significant legislation and cases, articles that discuss policy proposals as they relate to current local and national civil rights issues, and articles that are comprised of dialogues among scholars and practitioners on hot issues. Check it out at:

Nov 20
3:13 PM
Nov 19
7:43 PM

Latest Sentencing Guidelines Manual Available (For Free)

The United States Sentencing Commission has released its 2009 Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual.  It's available free of charge on the Commission's website in HTML and Adobe formats for viewing, downloading and printing.  The LRC hasn't yet received the print format, but does have the 1987-2008 editions.  If you prefer electronic, the commission provides them back to 1994.  Current training materials and worksheets are also available. 

Nov 18
11:23 AM

Using Foreign and International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two companion cases regarding whether it is cruel and unusual punishment within the meaning of the Eighth Amendment to sentence a juvenile to life in prison without the possibility of parole for committing a non-homicide offense.  The two cases are Graham v. Florida, No. 08-7412, in which Terrance Graham was sentenced to life for armed burglary at age 16 and a probation violation at age 17, and Sullivan v. Florida, No. 08-7621, in which a 13-year-old was sentenced to life in prison for the rape of an elderly woman.

The Petitioner, Respondent, and numerous amici on both sides raise international and comparative law issues (see e.g., the amicus brief filed by Amnesty International).  In the past, the U.S. Supreme Court has frequently turned to international and foreign law to inform its Eighth Amendment jurisprudence. Graham, Sullivan, and their supporters argue that there is a consensus among states and among nations of the world that life imprisonment without the possibility of parole is an inappropriate sentence for juveniles convicted of non-homicide offenses.


Nov 17
1:32 PM
Nov 16
6:00 PM

Wait, how did you do that?

Have you ever spent too much time trying to explain a website or excel function via chat? Wish that you could just show them what you are talking about?  The Jing Project is an excellent solution.  Jing is a free downloadable program that allows you to capture your monitor to share with others using screenshots or video.  Both modes allow you to add audio, text, and/or free-hand drawing to make your instruction clearer.  Once you create your screen capture or video, Jing automatically generates a URL that you can send to your friend.  Simple as that.  So now you can show your classmate exactly how to print Lexis docs to the printers in the LRC, the process you used to find a particular resource, or how you change your FB language to Pirate.

Sound like a good tool for your next group project?  Click here to check it out.