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Attention Bar Studiers: A New Resource!

The Charlotte Law Library now has flashcards.

Law in a Flash: Multistate Bar Exam

This two part set is available for 3 day checkout from the LUX desk.

Come Check Them Out!

~Betty Thomas~

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Know Your Law Library: Reference Carolinas Collection

The Reference Carolinas Collection has resources that are particularly useful for students working in clinics and attorney members of the library. The resources in this area of the library are state specific materials for both North and South Carolina. They are available for use in the library only. They are not available for check out.

The Reference Carolinas Collection can be found on the 5th floor of the library adjacent to the Study Aids Collection.

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The Reference Carolinas Collection includes….

Legal encyclopedias: Strong’s North Carolina Index 4th and South Carolina Jurisprudence are located here.

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State Statutes: Both the General Statutes of North Carolina Annotated (Official) and West’s North Carolina General Statutes Annotated for North Carolina are in this section as well as The Code of Laws of South Carolina.

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Digests: West’s North Carolina Digest and South Carolina Digest.

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Practice Materials: These include everything from Pattern Jury Instructions and Douglas Forms to more specific treatises like Lee’s North Carolina Family Law and Shuford North Carolina Civil Practice and Procedure.

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The collection is arranged in Library of Congress Classification System (LC), so check the Charlotte School of Law Library’s online catalog, ENCORE to find the location of a state specific resource.

Interested in becoming an attorney member? Check the Charlotte School of Law website and complete a Membership Application.

~Betty Thomas~

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Check Out Our New Banned Books Weeks LibGuide!

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After another successful Banned Books Week (September 27 to October 3, 2015) where we celebrated the freedom to read and raised awareness of the issue, the Charlotte School of Law Library has created a Libguide of information about Banned Books Week. Check it out at http://cslguides.charlottelaw.edu/bbw

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The guide provides background information about Banned Books Week and why it is an annual event. For those who may not know, the section Banned/Challenged Books of the guide gives specifics about the who, what and why of challenged and banned books. An Infographics section provides a place to catch the great graphics on this subject. The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom’s list of classic books and the reasons they have been challenged is included in the Classics section.  Many of the challenged or banned books in the Charlotte School of Law Library’s Collection section are highlighted. These books are available for checkout.

This Year’s Activities section highlights the different ways that we celebrated the week this year including blog posts, book displays, a poll in OrgSync, this year’s poster that has been added to our collection on the 4th floor, announcement of the Read Out!, and addition of three favorite banned books to the CSL Library’s collection.

Probably the most important section of the guide is Advocacy. This section highlights the First Amendment to the United States Constitution; what action anyone can take in protecting our right to read; and the organizations and websites that monitor the threats and advocate for our rights.

While we celebrate our freedom to read during Banned Books Week each year, we all should be aware of the challenges that continue to happen all too frequently at other times of the year and be prepared to act in support of the schools and libraries that face those challenges.

 ~Betty Thomas~

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Banned Books Week – New Titles Added to the CSL Library Fiction Collection

The first amendment to the Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . .”.  Every year there are numerous challenges to books on library shelves and in classrooms with requests to remove materials due to content or appropriateness.  This leads to restricted access to the challenged books, which is in direct violation of our first amendment rights.

Thank you to all who participated in our “Which of These Challenged or Banned Books Have You Read?” poll during Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 3).  We recorded 44 instances of people having read challenged or banned books out of the top ten list from 2014.

As a result, the Library is purchasing copies of three of the top ten to be added to our fiction collection.

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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Need a break from studying?  Stop by and check out our ever-growing fiction collection and keep reading!

~ Julie Morris ~

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The New Bluebook is Here!

The Twentieth edition of the The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) has arrived!

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The Charlotte School of Law Library has two copies available in Course Reserves located behind the Library User Experience Desk (LUX). These copies can be checked out for three hours.

There are also two copies located in the REFERENCE collection. These copies are for Library Use Only. The call number is REF KF245 .B58 2015.

More copies have been ordered.

So What’s New about the Twentieth Edition?

That’s the question everyone wants to know, including me. A detailed answer is in the Preface to the Twentieth Edition on page VII. Cynthia Pittson of Pace Law Library has created a really helpful chart of the changes at http://lawweb.pace.edu/library/bluebook_changes_20th.pdf. The twentieth edition is 50 pages longer than the last edition. Some of the more notable changes follow:

  • The Bluepages in the front part of the book now parallel the order of the Whitepages. The Bluepages are the basic legal citation how-to’s created for everyday use by first year law students and practitioners. The Whitepages are detailed for law journal publication.
  • Bluepages table BT2 has been expanded to cover more local court rules. For example, there are changes in citing the rules for the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina on page 39.
  • Rule 12.9.4 combines the previous edition’s section on Uniform Acts with Model Codes, Principles, Restatements, Standards, and Sentencing Guidelines. The citation format for these sources has changed.
  • Rules 14(b) and (d) give more details on citing comments to agencies, more examples of other agency publications, and specifics on citing opinion letters.
  • Rule 15 adds a citation format for e-books.
  • Rule 18 has a number of important changes. This is the section that deals with the Internet, Electronic media, and Other non-print resources. All internet citations are now treated as direct so “available at” before the URL is no longer required. Rule 18.2.1(d) encourages using reliable archival sources like web.archive.org and perma.cc. Rule 18.2.2(a) spells out citing authors in social media feeds. Other sections of this rule detail citations for titles of blogs and other social media. Rule 18.3 now has a chart with guidance on citing different types of sources from commercial electronic databases other than the main legal databases.
  • Rule 21 includes more direction on international sources and includes a new section Rule 21.12 on the International Monetary Fund.
  • Table T13 used to list the abbreviations for most individual law reviews. Now 1 lists common institutional names and T13.2 has common words. To cite a journal correctly, one needs to consult these two tables and T10 which has geographical terms.

The changes are not limited to the ones listed here. There are a lot more. These are just some of the highlights.

So Who Creates These Rules?

In case you ever wondered…. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is compiled by the editors of the Columbia Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. The Harvard Law Review Association publishes and distributes the Bluebook.

~Betty Thomas~

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