Tag: Riverside County Law Library

Exploring the Past at the Library

The Riverside County Law Library is a place many history buffs might never think to go. In fact, all three of our locations offer a wonderful variety of historic documents and information that would be appealing whether or not you have a particular interest in the law. Both our Indio and Riverside branches offer the book History and Directory of Riverside County 1893-94. This is a great little book; giving descriptions of settlements within the county in the last decade of the 1800s complete...

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Coulda, Shouda, Woulda

Life is sure full of regrets.  I mean have you ever needed to do a thing but you decided you didn’t have the time or the inclination?  Maybe the issue wasn’t that you were too tired but that it was too much of a hassle to do the thing the right way because, you thought, how hard can it be to do it the way you want it done and when you want it completed? Such was the thought coursing through the mind of a young man we had in here the other day who was looking to sue his landlord for...

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Sneaky. Very Sneaky, Indeed…

The other day I was talking with a friend of mine who was in a book club.  Seems she was on the prowl for a new book for her book club to dissect.  She was looking for something with BITE.  She wanted an intriguing murder mystery with a funny romantic espionage twist.  Well, I told her, I don’t know about, the romantic twist, but I’ve had just the ticket to help her club reach new heights with a resource I was updating just the other day called Criminal Defense Techniques (Lexis). I...

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Calling all Paralegals!

The Riverside County Law Library attracts people across the spectrum of legal research.  In the midst of it all are the Paralegals. They are responsible for a variety of tasks, and are monumental to the day-to-day success of an attorney.  Take a look at West’s Annotated California Business & Professions Code §6450, for the laws governing them.  Also, read some great information on the paralegal life, including salary information, from the Department of Labor. Besides all the fabulous...

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See the trees

What scares you?  Horror movies?  Scary stories around a camp fire?  Those viral videos where the screen is picturesque and then a scary face pops up (I sent one to my boss and she swore vengeance upon my soul)?  Turns out people are equally terrified of law libraries.  Well, not the building, per se, but having to do research in the building.  Good thing your friendly neighborhood law Librarian is waiting there to help you see the forest for the trees (or, in this case, find the resources you...

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Lawyers and the Law Library

On NPR this morning, I heard that the unemployment rate was back down below 6%, a rate that we haven’t seen since about July of 2008 (the rate for that month was 5.8).  By August of 2008, the rate had jumped up to 6.1%.  Click here to see a nifty table from the Bureau of Labor Statistics detailing the information above. I see the signs of recovery in our workplace.  I can see an increase in listings for various types of legal jobs, lawyers coming into the library to research and new lawyers and...

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Litigation by the Numbers

We often have self-help litigants walk in needing some basic information on how to start or respond to a civil law suit.  We could load them up with a copy of the California Rules of Courts, the Code of Civil Procedure as well as a form book for pleadings.  All three resources contain information needed at the beginning of a lawsuit (things only get more complicated from there).  But we don’t want to scare them away from the task in front of them. So what can we do? We can refer them to “Litigation...

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Free and Open Access to the Law

The mission of the Riverside County Law Library is to “enable everyone in Riverside County to perform the highest level of research and practice through free and open access to the law.” Surely, this is a worthy goal but in a more practical sense what does this mission statement require of me as part of this Library organization?  What should I do and how far should I go in order to attain this goal for our patrons?  Also, what is free and open access to the law? I reflect on these questions...

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Law Day 2014 at the RCLL

If you didn’t know, Thursday, May 1, 2014 was Law Day at the Riverside County Law Library.  As part of the festivities, Judge Jackson Lucky was our keynote speaker.  Judge Lucky’s presentation on voting rights and the importance of exercising your right to vote was both informative and very interesting. He mentioned that often times, especially for young people, that the sentiment that every vote counts seems quite far fetched. Some questions that Judge Lucky fleshed out were how can...

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