Review of “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo

If you participated in our Summer Bingo Challenge, then you may have read one the books listed in our Anti-Racism Reading and Resources List. Some titles, like Richard Rothstein’s Color of Law, are available in our Lexis Digital Library. Inspired by the challenge, I read So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo. To find a copy you can go to worldcat.org or search the catalog at your local library website (Riverside city or county).  Ijeoma Oluo is an award-winning, best-selling “writer,...

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Review of “Our Time Is Now” by Stacey Abrams

Considering the recent congressional events making headlines regarding voting rights, it is fortuitous that I happened to be reading Stacey Abrams’ Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America, from our LexisNexis digital library. Abrams may need no introduction, but for the sake of fastidiousness, I’ll mention she is a history-making Georgia politician, author and voting rights activist. Our Time Is Now provides an overview of voting in the United States, from citizenship...

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Review of The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow is here to help you “do the work” of educating yourself on racial discrimination in the United States. In this 2020 edition of The New Jim Crow published 10 years after the first, author Michelle Alexander (lawyer and civil rights advocate) briefly addresses some of the changes that have developed in the United States over the past decade. She also answers some of her most frequently asked questions. Otherwise, the book has remained relatively unchanged from the first edition. Alexander...

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All that Glitters

Picture it.  You’re writing (or about to start writing) a legal document and all of a sudden you get writers block.  What do you do?  Well, if you’re like me, you go take a nap or order up a pizza and drink a liter of root beer.  If pizza and root beer isn’t your thing, maybe you might just head on over to their local county law library for a change of place. Thing is most county law libraries in southern California provide access to either (or both) Westlaw or Lexis for the...

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What was lost has been found

You know what’s great about the new year?  It’s a chance for renewal.  Spring cleaning for the soul, is what it is.  Recently, the RCLL has been working on it’s own soul-searching-spring-cleaning by weeding our collection.  That’s right, weeding.  What that means is that we go through the collection looking for resources that are no longer useful for whatever reason and should either be tossed or upgraded.  While we are finding a lot of weeds that should be pulled and discarded,...

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Rockin’ to the Oldies

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 include: The video game Pac-man was created. Ronald Reagan was elected POTUS. John Lennon is shot to death in December of 1980 by Mark David Chapman outside of his New York apartment. United States–and 65 other countries–boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Soviet Union.  Dallas was one of the...

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We’ve Got Some Great Cheat Sheets

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 something like that to help you get you through your paces? I remember years back when I first graduated from law school I couldn’t get hired to save my life at a law firm so I decided to strike out and start my own little business with area attorneys I had been golfing with.  I started serving process, writing motions...

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It’s a goldmine!

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)) their cases.  While most people generally dive right into California Forms of Pleading and Practice (Lexis) for state matters or Moore’s Federal Practice (Lexis) for federal stuff, it’s the materials they pass by on the way to those resources that can really save the (and their) day. Take, for example, the Newly...

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You need it, We’ve got it

One of the things I like to do, as a law Librarian, is to peruse the book stacks here at the Riverside County Law Library.  Many times I’ll see things I’ve never seen before and, when I have the chance, I’ll read through some of our many offerings (you know, to keep up on the latest goings on).   This morning, as I was working on a research project for a library patron, I happened to glance over at O’Brien’s Evaluator.  O’Brien’s is a kind of like a crystal...

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