Database Spotlight: HeinOnline

Hello! Welcome to the second installment in the Database Spotlight blog series! This month, I want to highlight a database that contains a wealth of information. This database describes itself as the “premier online research platform that provides more than 208 million pages of multidisciplinary periodicals, essential government documents, international resources, case law, and much more [1].” Of course, I’m talking about HeinOnline! I like to tell people that HeinOnline is one of those “hidden...

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Database Spotlight: LLMC Digital

Welcome to a brand-new blog series titled, “Database Spotlight.” In each blog under this series, we will take a deep dive into one of the ten legal databases offered here at RCLL. In this first installment, we’re going to be looking at LLMC Digital. And it just so happens that RCLL recently hosted an informative webinar all about the database! What follows is a brief description of all that was learned during that webinar.   On January 27th, 2023, the Riverside County Law Library held an online...

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A Labor of a Day

Labor Day weekend is upon us. After… well… laboring away for a while without a (state-sanction) 3-day weekend, it’s time to finally kickback and unwind! The typical Sunday dread that accompanies that gradual realization of a return to work the following day is postponed to Monday. A reward for our hard work during the year? Or the result of years of struggle carried out by workers just like us in the late 19th century? One might be inclined to think that there is a reason for the specificity in...

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Social Justice Suite on HeinOnline

HeinOnline is the hidden gem of our database offerings at the Riverside County Law Library. I tend to forget about all that it offers only to rediscover its broad historical and academic content and vanish down a computer rabbit hole once again. I was happy to attend a free webinar introducing their Social Justice Suite of databases. These are available not only to subscribers and law library patrons. Community organizations, schools, and libraries can also sign up for this collection free of...

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Illegal Game Show Practices for $500!

Background  Like many others, I love watching reality competition shows. Survivor, Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Iron Chef, and RuPaul’s Drag Race are some of my favorite “must watch” reality competition shows. Apart from my personal enjoyment of these shows, what really piqued my interest in writing this blog post was a law journal article I recently came across. The article, “Keeping it Real: How the FCC Fights Fake Reality Shows with 47 U.S.C. 509” from the Chapman Law Review, examined a...

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Handling Your Own California Civil Appeal

Representing yourself in court can be difficult the first time you do it. Now, imagine you have (or want to) represent yourself in the appeals process. What do you do now!? For starters, it is good to keep in mind a few key facts about the appeals process. First, an appeal is not a new trial. What this means is that in an appeal you cannot go back to the trial court with a new judge, you cannot present new evidence, and you cannot bring in new witnesses. The appellate court will look at what happened...

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National Indian Law Library: unique, valuable access to Indian Law

November is Native American Heritage Month. November was designated as Native American Heritage month in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. In honor of this heritage month, we’ll be featuring the National Indian Law Library (NILL).  About NILL NILL is located in Boulder, Colorado and is currently offering remote services. It is the only law library that is devoted exclusively to American Indian law and is the only collection of past and present Tribal government documents, which began in 1988...

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Legal Research from Home Series 5: Family Law Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of the family law entry of the legal research from home series. We know family law can be overwhelming and we are here to help. We’ll look at some of online resources available to use when researching family law matters regarding children (custody, support, adoption, IEP etc. IEP stands for the Individual Education Program, which ensures special needs children receive an equal and fair education. Nolo produces guides for parents of special needs children to advocate for them). RCLL’s...

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What is Conservatorship?

The legal topic of Conservatorship has been seen on the news lately as court proceedings regarding Britney Spears proceed. It leaves viewers with a few questions, such as “what is conservatorship?” or “how long does one last?” We’re here to help you learn more about conservatorships! A conservatorship is where a judge appoints a responsible person or organization (called the “conservator”) to care for another adult (called the “conservatee”) who cannot care for themselves or their own finances....

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