Author Archives: Clare Willis

1L’s! Join the pizza and beer tradition

Four years ago, the library started something that became a tradition.  We ordered a few pizzas, picked up some beer, and opened the 10th floor event space to our 1L’s.  We had an amazing turn out and a great time. … Continue reading

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Required listening

As summer winds down and school looms on the horizon, I have two podcast recommendations to get you excited to get back to learning about the law. SCOTUS Podcast One is More Perfect, a podcast from WNYC’s Radio Lab.  This … Continue reading

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Summer reading…had me a blast…

Ready to read for fun?  Well, then your first stop should be our Law and Popular Culture collection.  We have all of the ABA’s top law novels, a bunch of John Grisham titles, and other titles.  We also have DVD’s, … Continue reading

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I Have Met the Leader, and He is Us

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the American Association of Law Libraries’ Leadership Academy.  The most profound and interesting takeaway from the conference was the idea that we can all be leaders, even if we are not the … Continue reading

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Three Secret Weapons

You can ask a research librarian a seemingly impossible question and get an answer in minutes.  How?  Well, practice and the ability to remember questions I’ve answered before.  But there’s something else.  Librarians have secret weapons, and today I’m lifting … Continue reading

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Extra! Extra! Finding newspaper articles behind paywalls and dead links

Newspapers on the internet are designed to give readers the latest news.  Publishers also put some material behind a paywall for subscribers only.  That sometimes makes the old stories hard to find.  The first place to look is the newspaper’s … Continue reading

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Test your pronunciation “uh-KYOO-muhn”

If there is one thing that lawyers, law professors, law librarians, and law students can all agree on, it’s that we all hate to be wrong and love to be right.  That is why I bring you the ABA’s two … Continue reading

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Of Class Actions and Cranberries

The Chicago-Kent Law Library is here this week to give you some dinner conversation for the upcoming holiday.  The word for you to casually drop into conversation on Thursday is “monopsonization.” Every Thanksgiving, Americans buy (and eat) incredible amounts of … Continue reading

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Three things to do with a case

So you found a case.  First of all, one hopes that you found this case using a secondary source.  Why?  Why the librarian obsession with secondary sources?  Because secondary sources explain the law.  Judges write cases in large part to … Continue reading

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Form Follows (Legal) Function

It’s the second week of class.  You’ve met your professors, classmates, and the syllabus.  You might be starting in a clinic or continuing with a part-time (or full-time) job.  No matter what these two weeks have introduced you to, there’s … Continue reading

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