Recommended Resources: Dealing With A Rambo Litigator in Divorce

Recommended Resources

–Top Picks of Advanced Legal Research Students–

Recommended Resources is a recurring blog that features the top picks of print and electronic resources available in the Charleston School of Law Library as selected by the Spring 2018 Advanced Legal Research students.

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How to Combat Rambo Litigators Without Compromising Ethics: See Dealing With A Rambo Litigator in Divorce

In every practice area, there will be that “very aggressive” lawyer who will be encountered. Dealing With A Rambo Litigator in Divorce is the perfect guide detailing how to deal with “those” types of attorneys in divorce proceedings. This source was written by Natalie Bluestein and was published by the National Business Institute. This source may easily be found in the South Carolina section of the Charleston School of Law library.

Dealing With A Rambo Litigator in Divorce sets out the types of tactics these litigators will use in an attempt to win their case. This source details the mindset of the litigator and the tactics these lawyers will be likely to use.

While it may seem like this is a “how to guide” on becoming a Rambo yourself, it also lays out how to combat these tactics ethically and quickly. The source lays out specific tricks that need to be looked out for, practical tactics for dealing with the litigator, and procedural remedies. It also emphasizes how being a Rambo litigator can be detrimental to your client.

This source has two important features:

First, it sets out specific instances that will likely occur with Rambo litigators and details how to respond. Specifically, it explains how to respond to the Rambo’s likely burdensome discovery, and even how to schedule with them so that they do not always call the shots.

Second, it gives South Carolina rules of procedure to help with dealing with the Rambo. This source gives specific rules to follow so that the Rambo’s tactics are not successful, and you do not face any ethical problems.

Even if you do not encounter a Rambo litigator in the family courts, this source can be a helpful guide to tame any Rambo litigator.

By English Maull

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The Library’s Memorial Day Hours

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The Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library of the Charleston School of Law will be open on Monday, May 28th, Memorial Day, as a study hall only.  It will be staffed by CSOL Security. There will be no Circulation, Reference, or Help Desk services.

Hours will be 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Regular operating hours resume on Tuesday, May 29th.

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Recommended Resources: A Practical Guide to Elder and Special Needs Law in South Carolina

Recommended Resources

–Top Picks of Advanced Legal Research Students–

Recommended Resources is a recurring blog that features the top picks of print and electronic resources available in the Charleston School of Law Library as selected by the current Advanced Legal Research students.

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Have an Interest or Questions about Elder and Special Needs Law in South Carolina?

A Practical Guide to Elder and Special Needs Law in South Carolina, published by the South Carolina Bar is a great resource to start with in this growing area of law. The principal author and editor is Francelle C. Millender, Esq. who is a certified specialist in this area of law and practices in SC.

What is Elder Law?

Elder and Special Needs law is the specialized area that involves representing, counseling, and assisting seniors and people with disabilities, along with their families, in areas of estate planning and long-term care, while creating the highest quality of life for the parties involved.

This guide is a useful tool because this guide has an overview of all the major areas that seniors, people with disabilities, and their families need to know, while guiding the attorney through the steps to meet the needs of the client.

For the practicing attorney, it is important to know that the fastest growing population in the US is people aged 65 and older. This secondary source has the primary sources by way of SC statutes that give a reference to possible legal issues the attorney may encounter. This guide also has forms that can be useful to assist in drafting documents for your client. There are also helpful tips on how to grow your practice in this area while being mindful to be compliant with the Rules of Professional Conduct. If as a practicing attorney, if there is a need for another reason to add this print resource, there are several great references to web sites for many of the government benefits and programs that may be available to the client.

In truth, this resource will sell itself if the reader takes the time to view all of the helpful tips and tools provided in one place for the many areas of law that comprise Elder and Special Needs Law in South Carolina.

A Practical Guide to Elder and Special Needs Law in South Carolina is available in our library both in print and electronically on Lexis.

By Julius J. Gailliard

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Final Exam Study Aids & Library Availability

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We have a vast amount of resources available through the library that can help you prep for final exams. If you need assistance in deciding what study aid may be more helpful, let us know and we will be happy to help.

For practicing multiple choice and essay questions:

  • The Rigos Bar Review series provides access to multiple choice and essay questions for a variety of subject areas such as, torts, civil procedure, evidence, and constitutional law. Find a list of titles by searching the library’s catalog, using (Rigos) in the words search field.
  • The Steven Emanuel’s Bootcamp for the MBE series offers 13 titles, ranging from Constitutional Law to Torts, which include practice multiple choice questions. Find a list of available titles by searching (Bootcamp for the MBE) in the title field of the library’s catalog.
  • With over 30 titles available, the Questions and Answers series includes practice multiple choice and short answer problems and answers. You can look for each title by searching the library’s catalog, using (Questions & Answers) in the series search field.

Other exam prep resources:

  • The Law in a Flash Series is available for check out in the library. It offers 18 titles, ranging from Administrative Law to Wills and Trusts.  Find a list of available titles by searching the series field in the library’s catalogusing the search terms (Law in a Flash).
  • Interactive Online Lessons through CALI are available, with over 1,000 lessons on various subject areas. Contact one of the librarians for the access code.
  • LexisNexis Courtroom Cast supplies you with audio of legal opinions from cases in the various subject areas. Each case has the full text of the opinion, fact summary and the rule of law. You have to create an account, using your charlestonlaw.edu email, to access this resource.
  • Barbri Outlines are available through the law school. They are also available through LexisNexis here. You can get Black Letter Outlines & Gilbert Law Summaries through the West Study Aid Subscription.

There are many other study aids available through the library, such as: Sum and Substance Audio, the Acing Series, Examples & Explanations, Short & Happy Guides, and Emanuel CrunchTime (to name a few). Many are available for check out in the library or online through the West Academic Study Aids subscription. For more information on the West Academic Study Aids subscription, see this announcement.

Finally, remember that the library is open for extended hours during exams, from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. on Friday, April 27th through Saturday, May 12th. The librarians and library staff are also here to assist you during normal hours.

Good luck on exams!

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Recommended Resources: West Academic Study Aids

Authored by Mary Susan Lucas, Reference & Electronic Services Librarian

Exams are Here! Don’t Forget This Resource!

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We are delighted to announce that the West Academic Study Aids online subscription is up and running.

Access is available both ON and OFF campus via the Databases and Catalog page of the Library website.

If you liked the trial version last fall, you are going to LOVE the new and improved edition!

New features:

  • Seamless remote access
  • New Mobile App: download up to 30 titles at a time
  • Read offline
  • Create an account (FREE) to customize your experience
  • Notes and highlighting follow you from device to device

Try it out now!

Want more information?  Check your email for detailed instructional brochures.

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Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw Summer 2018 Access 

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Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw Summer 2018 Access for Returning Students

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There are no restrictions on using Bloomberg Law, and there are no extra registration steps required.  Continue as you have!

Lexis

There are no restrictions on using Lexis, and there are no extra registration steps required.  Continue as you have!

Westlaw

According to the Westlaw account manager, you can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, over the summer for non-commercial research.  You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client.

Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:

  • Summer Coursework,
  • Research Assistant Assignments,
  • Law Review or Journal Research,
  • Moot Court Research,
  • Non-Profit Work,
  • Clinical Work, and
  • Externships sponsored by the School.

To acquire access to these tools, you need do nothing.

Summer access to Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw for May 2018 graduates is different and is separately announced here.

One additional note on Lexis and Westlaw access. Please check that your graduation dates in Lexis Advance and Westlaw are correct. If not, contact Marisa Henthorn at mhenthorn@charlestonlaw.edu.

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Join us in celebrating National Library Week!

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Join the library and IT staff of the Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library at noon on Wednesday, April 11th, in the Barrister to celebrate National Library Week. We’ll have cake and three drawings for students – two gift cards and one grand prize.

We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday.

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