Resources Available for May 2016 Graduates

graduationCongratulations to all of you!  Graduation will be a milestone.

In just a week or so, you will begin to prepare for another milestone:  the bar exam.  There are resources available from the library to help you.

As you prepare for the bar exam this summer, here is some information.  Remember to check out the library’s information resource guides on the bar exam and job hunting! A Bar Prep Information page is also available here.

Don’t forget that the library has two iPads with Bar Max loaded on them. Please stop by the Reference Desk to check these out. They have practice multiple choice questions. You can also browse bar review materials in this office. To locate bar review materials in the library’s catalog, use bar as a keyword search and limit the search to the bar review collection.

South Carolina Advance Sheets are available in print in Row 39A or adjacent to the Circulation Desk; they are available in electronic format too.

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. 

Summer library hours will be posted here and are as usual. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th, the library will be open, as a study hall only, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  It will be open on Monday, July 4, 2015, Independence Day, as a study hall only from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bar prep class videos from Spring 2016 can be here. If you are taking Professor Sabin’s July 2016 Bar Prep course, the materials are available on TWEN under CSOL July 2016 Supplemental Bar Passage Program. Your Westlaw password should provide you with access but if you have any problems with accessing this site, please contract Professor Melissa Strickland.

Again, congratulations, and study hard for the next two months.  Good luck!

 

 

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Exam Break: Pizza at Noon & 5 Today

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The library is sponsoring Exam Break today at noon and again at 5:00 in the Barrister.  Stop by for pizza and soda.  Enjoy and good luck on exams!

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Articles Worth Reading

download-google-books-freeFor your information and reading pleasure, check out the following articles:

  1. 5 Reasons to Make Lawyering More Mobile;
  2. 5 Ways BigLaw Is Changing How Attorneys Work;
  3. 5 Ways Firms Can Add Value Without Increasing Costs;
  4. 7 Tips for Protecting Your Online Reputation;
  5. A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher: Envisioning the Future of the Research Library;
  6. Attorney New Hire Tips: How to Attract and Keep Clients;
  7. Five Ways to Market Your Law Practice with Video;
  8. HP’s New Laptop Is a Whole Lotta Chromebook for $550.00;
  9. Has the Library Outlived Its Usefulness in the Age of Internet? You’d Be Surprised;
  10. Lawyers at Work: A Study of the Reading, Writing, and Communication Practices of Legal Professionals;
  11. The Four Ways to Maintain Your Sanity During the Job Search; and
  12. Why Facebook is Killing It–Even When Nobody Else Is.

Happy reading!

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South Carolina Supreme Court’s Opinions

125px-SCSupreme_CourtSealOn Wednesday, the South Carolina Supreme Court published two opinions: Gibbs v. State and Hueble v. SCDNR

In Gibbs v. State, the Court affirmed the post-conviction relief (PCR) court’s dismissal of Gibbs’ PCR application, finding Gibbs was not prejudiced by trial counsel’s failure to object to evidence of witness intimidation.

In Hueble v. SCDNR, the Court examined the issue of whether a plaintiff who obtained a Rule 68, SCRCP judgment in his favor was a prevailing party within the meaning of, 42 U.S.C.§  1988 (2006), and therefore entitled to attorneys’ fees.  In this case, the Court reversed the appellate court’s decision and found Hueble was a prevailing party and special circumstances do not exist to deny attorney’s fees. The Court remands the issue to the trial court to consider the award of attorneys’ fees.

Justice Kittredge dissented in a separate opinion.

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Opinions from the South Carolina Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals On Wednesday, the Court published one opinion. In State v. Wright, the jury convicted Marcus Wright of murder, trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. On appeal, Wright argued that the trial court erred in : 1) admitting evidence from the search of his residence, 2) admitting SCDMV records without proper foundation, 3) admitting evidence that was the fruit of an illegal search of his motel room, 4) excluding evidence of his co-defendant’s prior inconsistent statement, 5) denying his request to testify at trial, 6) sentencing him to a statutory sentence of life imprisonment without parole without making express factual findings and where the record did not clearly support a sentence of statutory life without parole, and 7) refusing to give his requested jury charges on voluntary manslaughter and self-defense.

The Court affirmed the trial court’s decision on first and third issue raised finding that the trial court did not err in admitting evidence from the search of the residence, and that the search of the motel was allowable due to the evidence showing  exigent circumstances justified the warrantless entry into Wright’s motel room. On the issue raised of Defendant’s right to testify, the Court found that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to allow Wright to testify after the defense had rested. The court had a legitimate ground for refusing to reopen the record for Wright’s testimony out of concern that Wright would alter his testimony to fit within the lesser chargers after having the opportunity to hear the court’s rulings on the jury charges for voluntary manslaughter and self-defense.

Additionally, the Court affirmed the trial court’s decision to not charge the jury on voluntary manslaughter or self defense finding that the evidence did not show he killed the Victim in a sudden heat of passion nor that the Victim verbally threatened Wright.

The Court did not address the following issues of admitting SCDMV records and excluding evidence of co-defendants statements.

For the foregoing reasons, the Court affirmed the decisions of the trial court.

Judge Geathers concurred in a separate opinion.

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Exams creating stress? Check out our color station.

color  Are you feeling stressed by exams?  If so, the library has chocolates, a color station, a puzzle palace, and stress balls to help.  Stop by the library’s coloring station or puzzle palace located upstairs on the 2nd floor.  Chocolates and stress balls are available on the first floor across from the Reference Desk.   Good luck on exams!

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April Issue of the Four Corners Now Available

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The April 2016 issue of the faculty newsletter, The Four Corners, is available here.  Coverage includes PACER, Bloomberg Law, the Indigenous Law Portal, and faculty publications.  Enjoy!

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