On the Lighter Side: Should You Check Your E-Mail?

Repeatedly checking messages can wreak havoc with the sustained concentration needed for studying. Here is a handy chart to help you decide whether or not to check a message.

Security Precautions

Theft can be a problem in any building on campus so we remind you to never leave personal belongings unattended in the library.  Remember to take valuable items with you when you leave or ask a colleague to watch books/backpacks if you will be gone for a very short period of time. Study rooms are no exception. Always use the laptop security devices installed on carrels and tables throughout the library to secure your computer. Security cables can be purchased in the bookstore.

Law Clerks Gone Wild?

No, this is not an article about the antics of law clerks on spring break. While most law clerks are quiet, hardworking, and drama-free, there have been a few who have stepped outside the boundaries and gone wild enough to be written about. These are law clerks that have convened court, conducted freelance investigations, and leaked draft opinions to the press. In “Law Clerks Gone Wild,” Parker B. Potter, Jr. offers his research findings on law clerks who have gone astray, and provides advice for future law clerks on what not to do.

Check it Out: Miracle on 34th Street

Begin your holiday by checking out the Oscar-winning classic Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street from the law library. It’s the story of an older gentleman who works for Macy’s as the department store Santa until he is institutionalized for claiming that he is the real Kris Kringle. He is defended in a formal hearing before a judge by a young lawyer who proves that Kris Kringle is the real deal in a story about faith, love, and imagination.

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Volunteer Opportunities through the WSBA

The Washington State Bar Association is a good resource for finding out about volunteer opportunities for lawyers and law students. See the information on their volunteer opportunities webpage.

The Legal Eaglet

The Christian Science Monitor recently addressed the shift in the job prospects for new law graduates and the move that many young lawyers are making toward solo practice.

Student Access to PACER at SU

PACER is the electronic docketing system for the federal courts. If you need a document from PACER contact the reference desk.

A World of Law Students in the News: Law Student Takes on Facebook

Max Schrems wasn’t sure what he would get when he asked Facebook to send him a record of his personal data from three years of using the site. What the 24-year-old Austrian law student didn’t expect, though, was 1,222 pages of data on a CD. It included chats he had deleted more than a year ago, “pokes” dating back to 2008, invitations to which he had never responded, let alone attended, and hundreds of other details.

One of Schrems’ main complaints with Facebook, he says, is that company retains information far longer than allowed under European law, which in most cases is limited to a few months. That issue has been the basis for several of the 22 formal complaints that Schrems and his group have lodged with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner – responsible for Facebook’s Ireland-based European subsidiary, which serves all users outside of the U.S. and Canada.

Austrian Student Takes on Facebook Over Privacy

A World of Law Students in the News: Legally Blind Law Student Wins Her Own Case

Deanna Jones, a third-year law student who’s legally blind and learning disabled, has won her first big court case: her own.

Jones sued the National Conference of Bar Examiners in July, accusing it of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by refusing to let her take a key legal ethics exam using a computer with screen access software that she has used to read in college and in law school.

Deanna Jones, Legally Blind Law Student, Wins Her Own Case

A World of Law Students in the News: A Law Student With Real ‘Seniority’

John, 69, of Marco Island, has passed the exams at Ave Maria School of Law, which makes him a second year law student. John is unique, the oldest law student at Ave Maria and maybe the oldest law student in Florida. It has been tough; just applying was a challenge. The school requires transcripts of all previous college work, vehicle driving records and more.

“My undergraduate degree was finished 50 years ago, my master’s degree almost 35 years ago and my doctorate work more than 20 years ago. Colleges had to search their archives to find my transcripts,” Arceri said. “Driving records were even more challenging. The typical 22-year-old law student only needed to go back four years. I needed driving records from 50 years back. Getting letters from former professors was impossible. Most of mine were deceased.”

The Farmer File: A Law Student With Real ‘Seniority’