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American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference

We can use the law to do the things that motivated us to want to be near the law in the first place which is to create justice. But to do so, it requires us to be proximate, it requires us to work on the narratives, it requires us to stay hopeful, and it …
Waking up early on a Sunday morning for me is brutal.  Somehow, my brain is ingrained with the idea that if I must wake up early on Sunday, there better be a good reason for it, a… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2017/08/american-injustice-mercy-humanity-and-making-difference/

Bag and Tag the "Perfect" Christmas Tree

Want to cut down your own perfect Christmas tree this year? Avoid the misery and take a tip from our Intern, Dominique, about the how to do it right and you all have a merry holiday season.
Are you interested in cutting your own Christmas tree this year?  Well, don’t cut it just yet!  There are some legal guidelines you must follow. Sure, there are.  The first ste… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2016/11/bag-and-tag-perfect-christmas-tree/

Leave Granny Alone!

The term “elder abuse” refers to the physical and financial attack on elderly people (65 years and older) and dependent adults (18-64). Perpetrators of elder abuse are most likely to be adult children or spouses, more likely to be male, to have a history …
Once a person asked  me why I work at a law library.  As he put it, "It must be the most boring place in the world!"  Turns out, it is the most dichotomous career I know of which … http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2016/07/leave-granny-alone/

Parking privilege changes at RCLL

Starting July 1, 2016, parking in the lot immediately next to the Victor Miceli Law Library in downtown Riverside will cease to be free
Changes, they are a comin'.  On July 1st, 2016, the parking lot immediately next to the Victor Miceli Law Library in downtown Riverside will no longer be a 2-hour free parking lot… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2016/05/parking-privilege-changes-rcll/

Law School Basics

Whether you’ve been dreaming of being a lawyer for years now or you’re just now considering if a career in law might be the right choice for you, this guide will give you foundational knowledge of need-to-know information on getting into law school.
Whether you’ve been dreaming of being a lawyer for years now or you’re just now considering if a career in law might be the right choice for you, this guide will give you foundati… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2016/01/law-school-basics/

Free LSAT Resources

For those preparing to take the Law School Admissions Test ("LSAT"), you know the difficulty finding resources to supplement my studying and are always on the lookout for free sources. While prep courses sell for upwards of $2 per section, follow are some…
As someone who is currently preparing on my own for the LSAT, I’ve had to find resources to supplement my studying and ones that are free are all the better. For instance, while l… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/09/free-lsat-resources/

Inspiration

I’ve been in a slump lately. I’m not sure if it’s because it is summer and the law library is quiet or if it’s just general ennui but I have plenty of projects to work on and not a whole lot of drive to get it done.
I’ve been in a slump lately. I’m not sure if it’s because it is summer and the law library is quiet or if it’s just general ennui but I have plenty of projects to work on and not … http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/08/inspiration/

We've got that

If it's law or legal or even a distant cousin to something that was once legal, odds are your local county law library has what you need somewhere inside its four walls.
I don't know if you know but did you know that the top three questions at most any county law library are Were are the bathrooms? Where are the copiers? Where are the forms … http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/07/weve-got/

Librarians know it all

Sometimes it may seem like your local county law librarian is wandering aimlessly around the stacks but know that what we're doing is looking and thinking about what you need or just asked us about so that you don't have to look dazed and confused.
Have you ever had the experience where you find yourself standing somewhere and you can't remember why you're standing there?  See, the other day, I was helping no less than 8 peo… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/06/librarians-know-it-all/

Lexis vs. West

It’s no secret that in the world of legal publishing there are two big competitors, LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters (Westlaw). Both have things they do really well. I’d be lost without California Forms of Pleading and Practice (thank you Lexis)! Then we ha…
It’s no secret that in the world of legal publishing there are two big competitors, LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters (Westlaw). Both have things they do really well. I’d be lost with… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/04/lexis-vs-west/

Easy Peasy

There are two ways to do legal research: do it yourself or find someone who knows how to do it (like your friendly neighborhood law Librarian).
The thing with legal research is that once you know the basics, it is pretty easy.  I mean you have two primary tools for finding things (which you have been using for like foreve… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/08/easy-peasy/

Mine Today, Yours Tomorrow

Even if you own the land, it can still be taken from you if you are not a vigilant land owner. Protect your land and yourself and keep that grass mowed (so that people at least think you live there).
Few things bother me more that when people come up to me asking about "squatter's rights."  I don't know.  Maybe it's because I own a home and the thought of coming home after a v… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/03/here-today-gone-tomorrow/

SCALL Institute

This year, the Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL) held its 43rd Annual Institute on February 27 and 28 at the historic and majestic Mission Inn located in downtown Riverside. The idea behind this year’s institute, neatly encompassed …
This year, the Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL) held its 43rd Annual Institute on February 27 and 28 at the historic and majestic Mission Inn located in dow… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/03/scall-institute/

Don't Do It

Just because the front door to your local county public law library says the word "PUBLIC" on it doesn't mean you can walk out the front door with anything you want. If you didn't buy it or it wasn't given to you, it's not yours to do as you wish.
Love my job, I do.  What I don't like all that much is seeing materials walk out the library.  Well, I mean, it doesn't just sprout legs, get up, and walk out the front door of it… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/02/dont-do-it/

Oldies but Goodies

Your local county law library has some powerful about the United States and California Constitution(s) in its stacks for you to use and peruse
In a recent delivery to our Indio Branch, a small yet powerful paperback arrived.  It was The Constitutions of California and the United States, Ref. KFC 679.U55. Yes, you can fin… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/12/oldies-goodies/

It's all here for you

Even if you don't think you'll every use a law library, we'll be where when you do
The other day as I was getting my law librarian groove on, a guy comes up to me and announces that never in a million years did he ever think he would ever be found in a law librar… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/03/its-all-here-you/

Privacy in the Library: what you need to know

In this world of internet hackers and identity thieves, privacy has become an important issue
In this world of internet hackers and identity thieves, privacy has become an important issue.  I learned privacy basics that go beyond our digital ID, medical records, personal  … http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/12/privacy-library-what-you-need-know/

Elf on the Law Library Shelf

It’s that time of year where getting online will probably cause you to encounter images of an elf in strange and even comical situations- why is that?
It’s that time of year where getting online will probably cause you to encounter images of an elf in strange and even comical situations- why is that? The Elf on the Shelf has … http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/12/elf-law-library-shelf/

Sneaky. Very Sneaky, Indeed...

Sometimes the best books are the ones that no one thinks to read. Sometimes the best books are the ones that sneak up on you and help to expand your horizons. Sometimes the best place to find a good book is at your local county law library.
The other day I was talking with a friend of mine who was in a book club.  Seems she was on the prowl for a new book for her book club to dissect.  She was looking for something w… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/11/sneaky-very-sneaky-indeed/

Coulda, Shouda, Woulda

If you know what you should do or know that you don't know what to do but think you can wing it because you think no one will notice that you didn't do what you should have done the way it should have been done in the first place, odds are everyone will n…
Life is sure full of regrets.  I mean have you ever needed to do a thing but you decided you didn't have the time or the inclination?  Maybe the issue wasn't that you were too tir… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/01/coulda-shouda-woulda/

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American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference

We can use the law to do the things that motivated us to want to be near the law in the first place which is to create justice. But to do so, it requires us to be proximate, it requires us to work on the narratives, it requires us to stay hopeful, and it …
Waking up early on a Sunday morning for me is brutal.  Somehow, my brain is ingrained with the idea that if I must wake up early on Sunday, there better be a good reason for it, a… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2017/08/american-injustice-mercy-humanity-and-making-difference/

Bag and Tag the "Perfect" Christmas Tree

Want to cut down your own perfect Christmas tree this year? Avoid the misery and take a tip from our Intern, Dominique, about the how to do it right and you all have a merry holiday season.
Are you interested in cutting your own Christmas tree this year?  Well, don’t cut it just yet!  There are some legal guidelines you must follow. Sure, there are.  The first ste… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2016/11/bag-and-tag-perfect-christmas-tree/

Leave Granny Alone!

The term “elder abuse” refers to the physical and financial attack on elderly people (65 years and older) and dependent adults (18-64). Perpetrators of elder abuse are most likely to be adult children or spouses, more likely to be male, to have a history …
Once a person asked  me why I work at a law library.  As he put it, "It must be the most boring place in the world!"  Turns out, it is the most dichotomous career I know of which … http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2016/07/leave-granny-alone/

Parking privilege changes at RCLL

Starting July 1, 2016, parking in the lot immediately next to the Victor Miceli Law Library in downtown Riverside will cease to be free
Changes, they are a comin'.  On July 1st, 2016, the parking lot immediately next to the Victor Miceli Law Library in downtown Riverside will no longer be a 2-hour free parking lot… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2016/05/parking-privilege-changes-rcll/

Law School Basics

Whether you’ve been dreaming of being a lawyer for years now or you’re just now considering if a career in law might be the right choice for you, this guide will give you foundational knowledge of need-to-know information on getting into law school.
Whether you’ve been dreaming of being a lawyer for years now or you’re just now considering if a career in law might be the right choice for you, this guide will give you foundati… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2016/01/law-school-basics/

Free LSAT Resources

For those preparing to take the Law School Admissions Test ("LSAT"), you know the difficulty finding resources to supplement my studying and are always on the lookout for free sources. While prep courses sell for upwards of $2 per section, follow are some…
As someone who is currently preparing on my own for the LSAT, I’ve had to find resources to supplement my studying and ones that are free are all the better. For instance, while l… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/09/free-lsat-resources/

Inspiration

I’ve been in a slump lately. I’m not sure if it’s because it is summer and the law library is quiet or if it’s just general ennui but I have plenty of projects to work on and not a whole lot of drive to get it done.
I’ve been in a slump lately. I’m not sure if it’s because it is summer and the law library is quiet or if it’s just general ennui but I have plenty of projects to work on and not … http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/08/inspiration/

We've got that

If it's law or legal or even a distant cousin to something that was once legal, odds are your local county law library has what you need somewhere inside its four walls.
I don't know if you know but did you know that the top three questions at most any county law library are Were are the bathrooms? Where are the copiers? Where are the forms … http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/07/weve-got/

Librarians know it all

Sometimes it may seem like your local county law librarian is wandering aimlessly around the stacks but know that what we're doing is looking and thinking about what you need or just asked us about so that you don't have to look dazed and confused.
Have you ever had the experience where you find yourself standing somewhere and you can't remember why you're standing there?  See, the other day, I was helping no less than 8 peo… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/06/librarians-know-it-all/

Lexis vs. West

It’s no secret that in the world of legal publishing there are two big competitors, LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters (Westlaw). Both have things they do really well. I’d be lost without California Forms of Pleading and Practice (thank you Lexis)! Then we ha…
It’s no secret that in the world of legal publishing there are two big competitors, LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters (Westlaw). Both have things they do really well. I’d be lost with… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/04/lexis-vs-west/

Easy Peasy

There are two ways to do legal research: do it yourself or find someone who knows how to do it (like your friendly neighborhood law Librarian).
The thing with legal research is that once you know the basics, it is pretty easy.  I mean you have two primary tools for finding things (which you have been using for like foreve… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/08/easy-peasy/

Mine Today, Yours Tomorrow

Even if you own the land, it can still be taken from you if you are not a vigilant land owner. Protect your land and yourself and keep that grass mowed (so that people at least think you live there).
Few things bother me more that when people come up to me asking about "squatter's rights."  I don't know.  Maybe it's because I own a home and the thought of coming home after a v… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/03/here-today-gone-tomorrow/

SCALL Institute

This year, the Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL) held its 43rd Annual Institute on February 27 and 28 at the historic and majestic Mission Inn located in downtown Riverside. The idea behind this year’s institute, neatly encompassed …
This year, the Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL) held its 43rd Annual Institute on February 27 and 28 at the historic and majestic Mission Inn located in dow… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/03/scall-institute/

Don't Do It

Just because the front door to your local county public law library says the word "PUBLIC" on it doesn't mean you can walk out the front door with anything you want. If you didn't buy it or it wasn't given to you, it's not yours to do as you wish.
Love my job, I do.  What I don't like all that much is seeing materials walk out the library.  Well, I mean, it doesn't just sprout legs, get up, and walk out the front door of it… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/02/dont-do-it/

Oldies but Goodies

Your local county law library has some powerful about the United States and California Constitution(s) in its stacks for you to use and peruse
In a recent delivery to our Indio Branch, a small yet powerful paperback arrived.  It was The Constitutions of California and the United States, Ref. KFC 679.U55. Yes, you can fin… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/12/oldies-goodies/

It's all here for you

Even if you don't think you'll every use a law library, we'll be where when you do
The other day as I was getting my law librarian groove on, a guy comes up to me and announces that never in a million years did he ever think he would ever be found in a law librar… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/03/its-all-here-you/

Privacy in the Library: what you need to know

In this world of internet hackers and identity thieves, privacy has become an important issue
In this world of internet hackers and identity thieves, privacy has become an important issue.  I learned privacy basics that go beyond our digital ID, medical records, personal  … http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/12/privacy-library-what-you-need-know/

Elf on the Law Library Shelf

It’s that time of year where getting online will probably cause you to encounter images of an elf in strange and even comical situations- why is that?
It’s that time of year where getting online will probably cause you to encounter images of an elf in strange and even comical situations- why is that? The Elf on the Shelf has … http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/12/elf-law-library-shelf/

Sneaky. Very Sneaky, Indeed...

Sometimes the best books are the ones that no one thinks to read. Sometimes the best books are the ones that sneak up on you and help to expand your horizons. Sometimes the best place to find a good book is at your local county law library.
The other day I was talking with a friend of mine who was in a book club.  Seems she was on the prowl for a new book for her book club to dissect.  She was looking for something w… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/11/sneaky-very-sneaky-indeed/

Coulda, Shouda, Woulda

If you know what you should do or know that you don't know what to do but think you can wing it because you think no one will notice that you didn't do what you should have done the way it should have been done in the first place, odds are everyone will n…
Life is sure full of regrets.  I mean have you ever needed to do a thing but you decided you didn't have the time or the inclination?  Maybe the issue wasn't that you were too tir… http://rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/01/coulda-shouda-woulda/

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