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National Law Day – Judicial Independence Panel Discussion

Judicial Independence in a Politically Divided Society - A discussion
In honor of National Law Day, our library will be holding a judicial panel discussion with three esteemed justices from the Fourth Court of Appeal and two Riverside County Superio…

The Supreme Court Has The Last Dance

Interesting development to my blog post from last month regarding copyright of dance moves that appeared in video games.  For more information read the blog:  On March 4th of t…

Look What You’ve Been Missing

The three branches of the Riverside County Law Library have so much to offer. We have a wealth of legal information available – State and Federal Statutes, Codes and Regulations, …

New Law Would Eliminate Bail

On August 28th of last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB10, better known as the bail reform bill, into law. Originally scheduled to go into effect in October 2019, the new law …

Technology Competency in Legal Practice

As much as it might be true that the legal field was slow to accept technology, I think it’s equally true that now we are working hard to make up for lost time. From the use of Artificial Intelligence to conduct legal research to chatbots that help fight…
For the record, I am not a technophobe, but I sometimes feel like a technosaur.  That feeling is not uncommon in the legal field.  Until a couple of years ago, most articles about…

Moving Day

Life and stress seem to go hand in hand. There's the stress over losing a loved one, having to deal with a job change or having to move. All good stressers, to be sure. Goog thing there are county law libraries that can help you learn about and how to …
Stress really gets to some people.  When I was young(er) I thrived on it.  Stress got me through the day.  Then I got married, kids, mortgage, and now....well, stress has a way of…

What was lost was (almost) found

Sometimes when you look long and hard enough you can find whatever it is you are looking for. Sometimes, however, even if you look long and hard and have a great library assistant at the Riverside County Law Library helping you, you can't find whatever i…
Isn't it amazing what you can find if you look hard (or long) enough?  Take for example the gentleman recently visited our Indio branch with a very straight forward request (well,…

So, we meet again

Being a well rounded legal researcher means being able to put aside your prejudices and being able to use resources you don't like when you have a job to do.
I really don't like Google.  Well, it's not so much that I don't like Google as a company so much as it is what it has done to the legal system.  Well, it's not so much what it's …

A New World of Selfies, Part III

Latest Developments in a monkey taking a selfie copyright decision.
In 2011 an Indonesian monkey allegedly took a selfie.  There ensued a battle for who owns the copyright. PETA filed suit in the Northern District Court in California stating it wa…

Can I have it back, please?!

Not all relationships end in marriage. While the offering of an engagement ring can be a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, sometimes stars get crossed and a frequently researched question at the Riverside County Law Library is what happens to enga…
February is right around the corner and as Valentine’s Day approaches, many feel stirred to make the ultimate romantic gesture and propose to their loved one. An engagement ring c…

Rockin' to the Oldies

While the RCLL does have a number of great up-to-date materials available to be used and perused, the we also have a number of titles that, while awesome and helpful, are a bit on the geriatric side.
What were you doing in 1980?  While many who are reading this post weren't even born yet, I had just started my freshman year in high school.  Other things that happened in 1980 i…

We've Got Some Great Cheat Sheets

Some of the best cheat sheets in life can be found at your local county law library. So come on over and let us help you help you.
Do you remember the first day of the first job you ever had?  Were you a wizard at what you were doing?  Was there a learning curve?  Did you wish you had a cheat sheet or somethi…

Barking Dogs

Having problems with your neighbor's dogs barking at 3 AM? The Riverside County Law Library (Indio Branch) has what you need to help solve your problems.
One year, a neighbor’s dog kept jumping over the fence onto my backyard. Normally, I would not be upset because who does not love dogs? The problem was my tied-up Rottweiler, Rosc…

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…

Everything you need in one place

The Riverside County Law Library has everything you need to help you research the laws of California including both print and online versions of the California Codes.
At the Riverside County Law Library, we try to provide help to every patron who comes through our door. Occasionally, we also receive questions from the public over the phone. The…

Ransomware- what is it??

Hacking has been in the news for the last few years. There was the Sony Hack, DNC emails and US Olympic athletes medical records released via hacking. There is a great tv show called Mr. Robot that shows various levels of hacking techniques. But there is…
Hacking has been in the news for the last few years. There was the Sony Hack, DNC emails and US Olympic athletes medical records released via hacking. There is a great television …

It's a goldmine!

Sometimes, it's the resources that no one uses that proves to be the most worth. AmJur Proof of Facts is one of those full of actual proofs presented in court, POF offers users everything practitioners need to develop a case and offer evidence into court…
Having served as a public services law Librarian for going on 13 years, I have discovered some pretty cool resources that help people win (or not lose (there is a difference)) the…

Skateboarding at the Library

Skateboarders flying off the steps in front of the Law Library.
A few weeks ago, a skateboard rider flew off the concrete border in front of the Law Library steps and almost hit a patron who had just stepped out of the building.   As I was yell…

Summer Legal Scholars

On August 9, 2016, the city of Temecula as part of the Summer Legal Scholars hosted State Bar President David J. Pasternak. Mr. Pasternak spoke to the undergraduate students about the bar exam, state bar services and networking.
On August 9, 2016, the city of Temecula as part of the Summer Legal Scholars hosted State Bar President David J. Pasternak.  Mr. Pasternak spoke to the undergraduate students abou…

Using “smart” devices are not so smart: a recap of the 2016 AALL Annual Conference and Meeting

While “smart” technology is great and fun and fun to use, it can also be used against you in a court of law. So, best to play safe and be sure you’re not doing something that your “smart” devices can be used to tattle on you.
Do you own a Fitbit?  For those who are unfamiliar, is a physical activity device that records your physical condition, how many miles you walked, your blood pressure and other pe…

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