Library Hours on Memorial Day, May 30th


The Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library of the Charleston School of Law will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day to facilitate studying for Maymester exams which are scheduled for Tuesday, May 31st.  It will be a study hall only, staffed by CSOL Security.

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Death Penalty for Dylan Roof


This afternoon, May 24, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the Justice Department would seek the death penalty in United States v. Roof.  The complete docket is available here.  For more information, check out news articles in the New York Times, the Post & Courier, and the Washington Post.


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Planning to Take the July 2016 SC Bar Using Your Laptop?


Are you planning to take the July 2016 South Carolina bar exam using your laptop?  If so, you’ll want to complete and return the Request to Participate form by Friday, June 10, 2016 to the South Carolina Office of Bar Admissions.

PC and MAC computer requirements are listed at this site as well as additional fees charged to use the computer software, ExamSoft.

You may either mail or hand deliver the Request to Participate form to the Supreme Court of South Carolina Office of Bar Admissions as long as delivery is made or your form is post marked by Friday, June 10, 2016.  Neither email nor fax will suffice to satisfy this requirement.

The Request to Participate form should be mailed to:

Supreme Court of South Carolina

Office of Bar Admissions

P.O. Box 11330

Columbia, S.C.  29211

The Request to Participate form should be hand delivered to:

Supreme Court of South Carolina

Office of Bar Admissions

1231 Gervais St.

Columbia, S.C.  29201

Again, the deadline to submit the form is Friday, June 10, 2016.

Bar exam resources for Charleston School of Law graduates can be found under the Bar Resources Guide or the Bar Preparation Information Page.

Good luck on the exam.


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Articles Worth Reading

articles worth reading

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

  1.  6 Lessons BigLaw Can Learn From Boutiques ;
  2.  How Do You Handle Phone Calls From Potential Clients? ;
  3.  How to Build Links for Your Law Firm Website ;
  4.  How to Think Like a Judge and Be a Better Legal Writer ;
  5.  Legal Education in a Time of Change: Challenges and Opportunities ;
  6.  Legal Industry Should Scrap Bar Exam, Paper Says ;
  7.  Navigating the ‘Wild West’ of Digital Collections in Schools ;
  8.  Prepared for Practice? Developing a Comprehensive Assessment Plan for a Law   School Professional Skills Program ;
  9.  States Soften Stance on Adult Prosecution of Juvenile Offenders ;
  10.  Ten Steps to Effective Informational Interviewing ;
  11.  Three Trends That Will Define the Next Horizon in Legal Research ;
  12.  Turnaround Time ;
  13.  Vanity Statistics Won’t Help You Grow ;
  14.  Want a Job Law Grad? Use Social Media and Social Networks; and
  15.  Work Drive Matters: An Assessment of the Relationship Between Law Students’ Work-Related Preferences and Academic Performance.

Happy reading!

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Articles Worth Reading


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

  1. 3 Ways Firms Can Create a Happier Work Environment ;
  2. 3 Ways to Boost Your Firm’s Sagging Reputation ;
  3. 4 Secrets of the Most Successful Partners ;
  4. 5 Ways to Improve Cost Recovery for Your Law Firm ;
  5. 5 Times When Arrogance Doesn’t Pay ;
  6. 6 Ways Lawyers Can Enhance Cross-Office Communication ;
  7. 7 Ways to Ensure You Maximize Your ROI from Content;
  8. A Call for Legal Ops to Ditch the Silos and Share ;
  9. Ace Your Initial Client Meetings ;
  10. Challenges for Doing Global Legal History ;
  11. Georgia Governor Vetoes Campus Gun Law ;
  12. It’s the Hard Days That Determine Who You Are;
  13. Overcoming Fixedness: How Thinking “Inside the Box” Can Drive Innovation ;
  14. Stanford Library Leads Collaborative Grant to Use Linked Data ;
  15. The Ethics of “The Tweeting Lawyer”: Powerful Platform or Risky Undertaking? ; and
  16. The HathiTrust Research Center: Exploring the Full-Text Frontier .

Happy reading!

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Thomas Retires July 5, 2016


On Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Thomas will be retiring to be replaced by  Launched in 1995, Thomas provided a generation of legal researchers with federal legislative information. Why is this happening?  According to, there are three primary reasons to retire Thomas and replace it with  They are:  1) single search platform; 2) meaningful, persistent URLs, and 3) refining search results with facets. will continue to provide federal legislative information, including bills and recently enacted public laws .  Bill records are available from 1973 onwards while bill texts are available from 1993 onwards.  This coverage includes committee reports, treaty documents, and executive communications.  The Congressional Record, from 1995 to the present, is also available and includes a digital index.  House and Senate committee information and the names of current Congressional members can also be found here.  A biographical directory of Congressional members, searchable by name, state, party, position, year of service, or Congress, from 1774 to the present is also available.  Lastly a super digital index, named Resources A to Z, is available to help the researcher locate information that s/he cannot find with the above.

A commercial competitor, ProQuest Congressional, also exists and provides more extensive dates of coverage, in some cases from 1789 and 1824, and a more extensive search engine.  The library subscribes to ProQuest Congressional which can be found on its databases page.

If neither nor ProQuest can provide the information sought, check with the nearest depository library.



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Supreme Court Vacates & Remands Zubick v. Burwell


This morning (5/16/2016), the United States Supreme Court issued a per curiam opinion in Zubick v. Burwell, the latest PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at 42 U.S.C. Section 18001) case to reach the Court.  The Court stated that it had asked, at oral argument:  whether contraceptive coverage could be provided to petitioners’ employees, through petitioners’ insurance companies, without any such notice from petitioners.  Post, p. ___.”     It concluded that “…[b]oth petitioners and the Government now confirm that such an option is feasible. Petitioners have clarified that their religious exercise is not infringed where they “need to do nothing more than contract for a plan that does not include coverage for some or all forms of contraception,” even if their employees receive cost-free contraceptive coverage from the same insurance company. Supplemental Brief for Petitioners 4. The Government has confirmed that the challenged procedures “for employers with insured plans could be modified to operate in the manner posited in the Court’s order while still ensuring that the affected women receive contraceptive coverage seamlessly, together with the rest of their health coverage.” Supplemental Brief for Respondents 14–15.

In light of the positions asserted by the parties in their supplemental briefs, the Court vacates the judgments below and remands to the respective United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Tenth, and D. C. Circuits. Given the gravity of the dispute and the substantial clarification and refinement in the positions of the parties, the parties on remand should be afforded an opportunity to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates petitioners’ religious exercise while at the same time ensuring that women covered by petitioners’ health plans “receive full and equal health coverage, including contraceptive coverage.” Id., at 1. We anticipate that the Courts of Appeals will allow the parties sufficient time to resolve any outstanding issues between them.

The Court finds the foregoing approach more suitable than addressing the significantly clarified views of the parties in the first instance.”


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