Articles Worth Reading


For your information needs and reading pleasure, check out the following articles:

  1.  15 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions:  2017 ;
  2.  60 Tips in 60 Minutes;
  3.  Can Data Help Lawyers Earn More Money?;
  4.  Google Is Not Generic for Internet Searching–But the Day May Be Coming;
  5.  Handling Law Firm “Waste” to Adapt to a Changing Marketplace;
  6.  Firms Say Tech is Driving Legal Industry to “Tipping Point”;
  7.  How Lawyers Should Use Social Media in 2017;
  8.  In Dissent, Gorsuch Was Tough on Regulators and Skeptical of Legislative History;
  9.  Let’s Not Rush into Disruptive Innovation;
  10.  Legal Trends Report 2016;
  11.  New Era of Digital Accessibility;
  12.  Positive Legal Education:  Flourishing Law Students and Thriving Law Schools;
  13.  Tech Planning Is the Key to Success;
  14.  The Move to Big Data Requires a Change in Campus Culture;
  15.  The Smart Way to Respond to Negative Emotions at Work;
  16.  Three Steps to Help in Handling Mistakes;
  17.  What Businesses Should Know About H-1B Visa Bill; and
  18.  When It Comes to Law Firm Clients, Metrics Matter More Than You Think.

Happy reading!

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May Graduates & Access to the Library, Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw


Access to the Library

You will continue to have access to the library, until the end of the July bar exam, with your SONITROL card. You will be able to use the library’s study rooms, check out materials, and print through the end of July.

If you plan to take a bar in another state or study elsewhere, please alert Lisa Smith-Butler @ .  She will contact the library where you plan to be studying.

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law allows unlimited use over the summer for any purpose.  For May graduates, if you sign up for Bloomberg by the end of April, you will be given access for six months after you graduate, until November.


Lexis Advance is also allowing unlimited access over the summer for any purposes. May graduates will be given the same access through December 31, 2017.  Graduates may extend that access further for another six months if working at non-profits or pro-bono organizations.  To do this, graduates will need to sign up for the Aspire program over the summer on the Lexis home page  .


May graduates are eligible for a six month extension.  The extension is a pop up that appears when you sign on to It only shows up for students graduating in May. You may extend by logging onto .  According to our Westlaw account manager, you have “access to Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for six months after graduation.  Your Grad Elite access gives you sixty hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills.  While you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client, Thomson Reuters encourages you to use these tools to build your knowledge of the law and prepare for the bar exam.”

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Summer Access to Bloomberg, Lexis and Westlaw


Bloomberg, Lexis and Westlaw Summer 2017 Access 

Bloomberg Law

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


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


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
  • Externship sponsored by the School.

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

Remember:  it cannot be used when a client is billed.

Access for May 2017 graduates is different and will be separately announced.

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Articles Worth Reading

articles worth reading

For your information needs and reading pleasure, check out the following articles:

  1.  5 Times You Need to Bite Your Tongue at Work (If You Care About Your Reputation);
  2.  10 Corporate Law Leaders Crushing it on Twitter;
  3.  A New Way to Get Inside a Juror’s Mind;
  4.  AALS Plenary Address:  Microsoft Brad Smith Looks to the Future of Legal Education;
  5.  An Endangered Art:  Can the Legal Industry Keep Trial Advocacy Alive?;
  6.  Lessons to Be Learned from Clickbait:  #4 Will Blow Your Mind;
  7.  Libraries as Innovation Incubators;
  8.  Microsoft and Google’s Cloud Tools Compete for Attorney Attention;
  9.  More than 150 Law Firm Leaders Urge Govt to Continue Funding of Legal Services;
  10.  Oh Snap!  A New Social Dashboard for Higher Ed;
  11.  Raise the Age:  Shifting to a Safe and More Effective Juvenile Justice System;
  12.  The Legal Marketing Process:  3 Key Phases of Marketing;
  13.  The Problem with Saying “My Door Is Always Open”;
  14.  The Evolving Quest for Student Success;
  15.  This App May Forever Change How You Read Legal Documents;
  16.  To Build Your Personal Brand, You Must First Embrace Discomfort;
  17.   Update on the 6 Key Metrics:  Legal Management Trends Report;
  18.   Use These Great Twitter Tools to Manage Your Feed;
  19.   Using Evernote in Your Law Practice:  Five Ways to Start; and
  20.   What Lawyers Can Learn From a Dollar-Store Model.

Happy reading!

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Citations, Articles, Presentations & Accomplishments


Congratulations to the following faculty and staff for recent citations, articles, presentations and other accomplishments!

Professor Paul Lund’s article, Federally Chartered Corporations and Federal Jurisdiction, 36 Fla. St. U.L. Rev. 317 (2009), was recently cited by Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson and Nicholas Datlowe in, Civil Procedure:  Fannie Mae Foreclosure Suits Staying in State Courts, 85 U.S.L.W. 921 9 (1/19/2017.)

Professor Jonathan A. Marcantel’s article, Abolishing Implied Private Rights of Action Pursuant to Federal Statutes, 39 J. Legis. 258 (2012-2013) was recently cited by the D.C. Circuit in  Johnson v. Interstate Management Co., (D.C. Circ. 2017.)

Professor Kathleen, Katie, Brown’s co-authored article, Teaching Legal Technology, was published in this month’s AALL Spectrum.

Dean Lisa Smith-Butler and Professor Kathleen Brown presented Cost Effective Legal Research Resources at the National Business Institute’s CLE in North Charleston on February 27th.

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Welcome to Katie Brown!


Join the law library and technology staff in welcoming Kathleen, aka as Katie, Brown, to the Charleston School of Law Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library as the library’s new Deputy Director. Katie has a B.F.A. from DePaul, a J.D. from Seattle, and a M.S. (LIS) from Drexel.  She has been at libraries at the Charlotte School of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law, and St. Thomas School of Law (FL.)  She teaches Advanced Legal Research, the Art of Lawyering and Acting, Legal Research and Citation, and Legal Writing.

Katie has been very active in local, regional, and national law library associations.  She most recently served on the Executive Board of the American Association of Law Libraries.  She has published and presented nationally.

Please welcome Katie to the law library and the law school!

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Briefings Session: Jump Start Your Summer Clerkship on Monday, March 20th


Please join the library in M101 at noon on Monday, March 20th, for a Briefings session, called Jump Start Your Summer Clerkship.  At that session, we’ll review:

  • approaching a research problem;
  • value & cost of information;
  • resources available such as the school’s databases and Internet portal; &
  • current awareness tips such as alerts, readers, and searching social media.

We’ll have pizza and soda.  Please sign up on TWEN under the sign up sheets at  Charleston School of Law—All so that we can get an accurate head count for food and handouts.

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