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The Law Is Made Of Stories: Erasing The False Dichotomy Between Stories And Legal Rules, Stephen Paskey Oct 2014

The Law Is Made Of Stories: Erasing The False Dichotomy Between Stories And Legal Rules, Stephen Paskey

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When lawyers think of legal analysis, they think chiefly of logic and reason. Stories are secondary. As Michael Smith explains, our legal system “is not founded on narrative reasoning” but on “a commitment to the rule of law.” The article suggests that this dichotomy between “rule-based reasoning” and “narrative reasoning” is false, and that narrative and stories are central to legal reasoning, including rule-based reasoning. In doing so, the article uses literary narrative theory to show that every governing legal rule has the structure of a “stock story”: the elements of the rule correspond to elements of a story. It ...


On The Receiving End Of Influence: Helping Craft The Scholarship Of My Students And How Their Work Influences Me, Angela Mae Kupenda Jan 2014

On The Receiving End Of Influence: Helping Craft The Scholarship Of My Students And How Their Work Influences Me, Angela Mae Kupenda

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My essay is divided into two parts. In part one I share about the struggle I had to endure to even allow myself the opportunity to be influenced by my students. Institutional struggles and professorial expectations as to how the academy should operate were hurdles I had to clear. Also, I had personal hurdles of making the commitment that I did for over five years. In part two, I primarily focus on some of my law students’ scholarship over the past five years and reflect on the life changing influence they have had on me. Their work and dedication have ...


Before They Even Start: Hope And Incoming 1ls, Barbara Brunner Jan 2010

Before They Even Start: Hope And Incoming 1ls, Barbara Brunner

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Newly-accepted law school 1Ls often express interest in how they should spend the summer before starting their fall courses in order to be best prepared for success in their first semester. This desire to have a "leg up" on law school success leads those of us teaching first-year courses to think more deeply about what constitutes a "good preparation" for the unique experiences that new law students will face, and what skills are really necessary to increase their possibilities of success, especially in the first semester.

Over the past few years, I have compiled a list of activities which I ...


Profiling Minority Law Librarians: An Update, Dwight B. King, Rhea Ballard-Thrower, Grace M. Mills Jan 2009

Profiling Minority Law Librarians: An Update, Dwight B. King, Rhea Ballard-Thrower, Grace M. Mills

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This is a 2007 update of a survey of minority law librarians first conducted in 1992. It offers a recent profile of our minority colleagues, enabling one to see how things have changed - or remained the same - over the course of fifteen years.


A Tribute To Robert L. Oakley: Remembering Bob Oakley, Roger F. Jacobs Jan 2008

A Tribute To Robert L. Oakley: Remembering Bob Oakley, Roger F. Jacobs

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A tribute to Robert L. Oakley, Professor and Law Librarian (1945-2007).


Cali Lessons In Legal Research Courses: Alternatives To Reading About Research, Elizabeth G. Adelman Oct 2006

Cali Lessons In Legal Research Courses: Alternatives To Reading About Research, Elizabeth G. Adelman

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Redefining Open Access For The Legal Information Market, James G. Milles Jan 2006

Redefining Open Access For The Legal Information Market, James G. Milles

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The open access movement in legal scholarship, inasmuch as it is driven within the law library community over concerns about the rising cost of legal information, fails to address - and in fact diverts resources from - the real problem facing law libraries today: the soaring costs of nonscholarly, commercially published, practitioner-oriented legal publications. The current system of legal scholarly publishing - in student-edited journals and without meaningful peer review - does not face the pressures to increase prices common in the science and health disciplines. One solution to this problem is for law schools to redirect some of their resources - intellectual capital, reputation ...


Researching Georgia Law, Nancy P. Johnson, Nancy J. Adams, Elizabeth G. Adelman Jan 2006

Researching Georgia Law, Nancy P. Johnson, Nancy J. Adams, Elizabeth G. Adelman

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Fahrenheit 451on Cell Block D: A Bar Examination To Safeguard America’S Jailhouse Lawyers From The Post-Lewis Blaze Consuming Their Law Libraries, Evan R. Seamone Jan 2006

Fahrenheit 451on Cell Block D: A Bar Examination To Safeguard America’S Jailhouse Lawyers From The Post-Lewis Blaze Consuming Their Law Libraries, Evan R. Seamone

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No abstract provided.


User Surveys: Libraries Ask, "Hey, How Am I Doing?", Dwight B. King Jan 2005

User Surveys: Libraries Ask, "Hey, How Am I Doing?", Dwight B. King

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Mr. King offers suggestions on how to create and use surveys effectively to assess the quality of a library.


In The Mountain/Green Eggheads And Old Hams, Thomas L. Shaffer Jan 2005

In The Mountain/Green Eggheads And Old Hams, Thomas L. Shaffer

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Leaky Boundaries And The Decline Of The Autonomous Law School Library, James G. Milles Jan 2004

Leaky Boundaries And The Decline Of The Autonomous Law School Library, James G. Milles

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Academic law librarians have long insisted on the value of autonomy from the university library system, usually basing their arguments on strict adherence to ABA standards. However, law librarians have failed to construct an explicit and consistent definition of autonomy. Lacking such a definition, they have tended to rely on an outmoded Langdellian view of the law as a closed system. This view has long been discredited, as approaches such as law and economics and sociolegal research have become mainstream, and courts increasingly resort to nonlegal sources of information. Blind attachment to autonomy as a goal rather than a means ...


The University Of St. Thomas Law Library: A New Library For A New Era In Legal Education, Edmund P. Edmonds Jan 2002

The University Of St. Thomas Law Library: A New Library For A New Era In Legal Education, Edmund P. Edmonds

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Empirical Work In Family Law, Margaret F. Brinig Jan 2002

Empirical Work In Family Law, Margaret F. Brinig

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Until fairly recently, researchers have not done much theoretical work on the subject of family law. Although the move towards theoretical work is a positive one, unfortunately, most of the latest reforms in family law have been uninformed by empirical studies. Furthermore, the few empirical studies that have been conducted are replete with intractable problems.

In this essay, Margaret Brinig discusses some of the problems researchers have encountered in their attempts to conduct empirical work in the area of family law. For example, most researchers have used state cross-sectional data for their experiments. Reliance on this type of data can ...


Legal Writing In The New Millennium: Lessons From A Special Teacher And A "Special Classroom", Kenneth Ripple Jan 1999

Legal Writing In The New Millennium: Lessons From A Special Teacher And A "Special Classroom", Kenneth Ripple

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"Meet My Mentor": A Collection Of Personal Reminiscences, Frank G. Houdek, Edmund P. Edmonds Jan 1999

"Meet My Mentor": A Collection Of Personal Reminiscences, Frank G. Houdek, Edmund P. Edmonds

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Contributors describe the mentoring they received as law librarians. Individually the pieces offer fascinating glimpses of individuals and relationships. Collectively, they demonstrate how important - and how varied - the process of mentoring has been and continues to be for the growth and evolution of the profession.


Meet My Mentors -- Janet Wallin And Caroline Heriot, Edmund P. Edmonds Jan 1999

Meet My Mentors -- Janet Wallin And Caroline Heriot, Edmund P. Edmonds

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In this article, Dean Ed Edmonds describes his relationship with two people who mentored him in his career as a legal librarian.


Catholic Faith And Legal Scholarship, Gerard V. Bradley Jan 1997

Catholic Faith And Legal Scholarship, Gerard V. Bradley

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"A Day In My Law Library Life," Circa 1997, Dwight B. King, Frank G. Houdek Jan 1997

"A Day In My Law Library Life," Circa 1997, Dwight B. King, Frank G. Houdek

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Contributors describe their lives as law librarians by recounting what they did during a single day at their jobs. Given the wide range of positions and libraries represented by the authors, the pieces collectively represent a snapshot - and a historical record - of the law library profession in 1997.


From The Bramble Bush To The Web: How The Internet Is Changing The Practice Of Law, James G. Milles Jan 1997

From The Bramble Bush To The Web: How The Internet Is Changing The Practice Of Law, James G. Milles

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No abstract provided.


Profiling Minority Law Librarians: A Report On The 1992-93 Survey, Dwight B. King, Rhea A-L Ballard, Helena Lai, Grace M. Mills Jan 1995

Profiling Minority Law Librarians: A Report On The 1992-93 Survey, Dwight B. King, Rhea A-L Ballard, Helena Lai, Grace M. Mills

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The authors present a demographic and professional profile of AALL minority law librarian members based upon responses to a detailed survey that elicited information about work experience and skills, professional activities and participation, and career aspirations. The results lead the authors to suggest some recruitment strategies to increase diversity in law librarianship and the level of minority participation in AALL.


Abortion/Reproductive Rights, Sandra S. Klein Jan 1994

Abortion/Reproductive Rights, Sandra S. Klein

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The issue of a woman's right to choose whether or not to continue with a pregnancy has proven to be complicated for many reasons, not the least of which is the implications for a person's right to do with her body as she sees fit. The bibliography that follows provides the researcher with an in depth look at this issue, with an emphasis on the privacy aspects.


Drug Testing/Use, Sandra S. Klein Jan 1994

Drug Testing/Use, Sandra S. Klein

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Drug testing is one of the most controversial of recent privacy issues. The bibliography which follows provides the reader with access to a wide range of discussion on this topic which is, or should be, of interest to everyone. Whether in our private lives, or on the job, drug use and drug testing will have an impact on every one of us.


Employee/Employer, Sandra S. Klein Jan 1994

Employee/Employer, Sandra S. Klein

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The issue of privacy as it relates to employment in general is one of great concern, both to employers and employees. Both groups are faced with increasing threats to their individual or corporate privacy. Given that such threats carry personal, economic and social consequences, it is not surprising that many people are concerned. The bibliography which follows provides the reader with many sources which should prove useful to those well-versed in the subject, as well as to those who are looking at this issue for the first time.


Sexual Freedom And Your Right To Privacy: A Selective Bibliography, Sandra S. Klein Jan 1994

Sexual Freedom And Your Right To Privacy: A Selective Bibliography, Sandra S. Klein

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Like so many other privacy issues, concern over sexual freedom took on more than intellectual overtones with the advent of greater public discussion. As courts and government appeared to enter the most private domain of all, the bedroom, the public's interest in privacy issues dealing with sexual freedom increased dramatically. This bibliography should serve as a valuable tool for researchers who have an interest in this highly controversial area of social concern.


The Right To Die As An Issue Of Privacy: A Selective Bibliography, Sandra S. Klein Jan 1994

The Right To Die As An Issue Of Privacy: A Selective Bibliography, Sandra S. Klein

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The issue of whether or not an individual has the right to choose when he or she will die, is a very controversial one for many reasons. Further complicating the issue is the question of who, if anyone, has the right to decide for those who are unable to choose for themselves. The bibliography which follows includes articles which discuss this topic from a right to privacy perspective, and should prove useful to those researchers who are new to the subject, as well as to those who are already familiar with the many complex issues involved.


Your Right To Privacy And Children's Rights/Family Law: A Selective Bibliography, Sandra S. Klein Jan 1994

Your Right To Privacy And Children's Rights/Family Law: A Selective Bibliography, Sandra S. Klein

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In a society increasingly aware of real or perceived social inequities, it is not surprising to note a greater concern for the rights of children and their families. It is also apparent that privacy issues are an integral subset of the larger social sphere of interests. Privacy aspects can be seen to be involved pervasively throughout the area of law dealing with children and families, especially in view of the fact that there is obvious potential for conflict not only between families and the state, but between children and the families of which they are a part


"Mastering The Lawless Science Of Our Law": A Story Of Legal Citation Indexes, Patti J. Ogden Jan 1993

"Mastering The Lawless Science Of Our Law": A Story Of Legal Citation Indexes, Patti J. Ogden

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Ms. Ogden presents a history of American legal citation indexes, covering early nineteenth-century attempts, the development of modern citator systems by Frank Shepard and others, online citation systems, and the potential for future improvements in an essential tool of legal research.


Cataloging Reform: An Overview For Academic Law Librarians, Joseph W. Thomas Jan 1993

Cataloging Reform: An Overview For Academic Law Librarians, Joseph W. Thomas

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Mr. Thomas explains the issues involved in cataloging reform and suggest methods for streamlining procedures without destroying quality, with particular reference to academic law libraries.


Your Right To Privacy And The Aids Virus: A Selective Bibliography, Sandra S. Klein Jan 1993

Your Right To Privacy And The Aids Virus: A Selective Bibliography, Sandra S. Klein

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The AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) virus has had a profound impact upon the lives of people everywhere. One aspect of this impact can be seen in the invasion into areas that had hitherto been believed by most to be private: sexual activity/preferences, medical records/testing, etc. An intensely personal and private tragedy has become, because of its nature~ a matter of public concern. The bibliography which follows addresses the privacy concerns of those infected with the AIDS virus.