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Director’s Quarterly Update

Director’s Quarterly Update – January 2021.
2020 was a year like no other and I am happy to bid it farewell, along with it COVID19, hopefully. I am optimistic about year 2021 and whatever challenges we had to face and chang… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2021/01/directors-quarterly-update/

Home Sweet Home: the Harada family circumvents racially discriminatory laws to own their own home in the early 1900s

Tagline: Did you know that Riverside is home to the historic Harada House- which involves a historic landmark case back in the early 1900s?
Home ownership is a component of the “American Dream” along with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Home ownership has economic and social advantages that have historical… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2020/12/home-sweet-home-harada-family-circumvents-racially-discriminatory-laws-own-their-own-home-early-1900s/

Rural Libraries Create Pathways to Civil Legal Justice

On September 28, RCLL staff attended the 2020 Association for Rural and Small Libraries conference session: “Rural Libraries Create Pathways to Civil Legal Justice.” The session focused on how public libraries should be mindful of the civil legal justice …
On September 28, RCLL staff attended the 2020 Association for Rural and Small Libraries conference session: “Rural Libraries Create Pathways to Civil Legal Justice.” The session f… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2020/10/rural-libraries-create-pathways-civil-legal-justice/

Review of The Legacy of Lawrence v. Texas | Leaders in Law, Episode 1

Staff review of Fastcase's virtual webinar on the landmark case Lawrence v. Texas featuring speakers Paul Smith and Mitchell Katine.
I attended The Legacy of Lawrence v. Texas webinar presented by Fastcase featuring speakers Paul Smith and Mitchell Katine. Mr. Smith argued the case in the Supreme Court and Mitc… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2020/09/review-legacy-lawrence-v-texas-leaders-law-episode-1/

LITC Tax Assistance from a Fresh Perspective

LITC’s, or Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics, are federally funded programs offered to assist taxpayers. The LITC program at Inland Counties Legal Services was fortunate enough to have law students intern for their program this 2020 summer. Hear what they have …
LITC’s, or Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics, are federally funded programs offered to assist taxpayers who have a tax controversy against the IRS. The services offered are free as long… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2020/08/litc-tax-assistance-fresh-perspective/

Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th amendment at 100

Recap of the National Law Day event held virtually on May 1
Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th amendment at 100 In Nashville, 1920 suffragists anxiously awaited the results of 36 state legislators vote for ratification of th… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2020/05/your-vote-your-voice-our-democracy-19th-amendment-100/

SCALL Institute review: Legal Ethics in Legal Research

Using ethics to provide access to justice
SCALL (Southern California Association of Law Libraries) Institute review: Legal Ethics in Legal Research Using ethics to provide access to justice This year’s SCALL Institute … http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2020/03/scall-institute-review-legal-ethics-legal-research/

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, … http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2019/01/look-what-youve-been-missing/

Welcome 2019!

Introduction to our new Legal Reference & Instruction Librarian.
If you haven’t had the opportunity in a while, come down and visit our law library to meet some new and friendly faces (specifically my own). As your new Legal Reference and Instr… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2019/01/welcome-2019/

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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/08/easy-peasy/

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