Law Library News for the Week of May 12, 2008

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

Talk Back to the Bluebook Editors

The editors of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation are beginning work on the 19th edition. They are inviting members of the legal community to submit suggestions for improving this despised but indispensable tool. Send your comments to or complete the online survey.

Book of the Week: From Law School to Law Practice: The New Associate's Guide

by Amy Ash, Law Librarianship Intern

This handbook was developed by the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association to help new associates adjust to the demands of working in law firms and corporations. The authors offer considerable insight on law as a business, insight gained through decades of experience as practitioners, in-house counsel, and consultants. While law students are skilled at meeting the expectations of professors, they are often less familiar with the values, culture, and expectations of the clients and supervising attorneys with whom they will be working after graduation. This book aims to bridge that gap, explaining common situations faced by new associates from the perspectives of those who will be evaluating their work.


Specific chapters cover topics such as:

  • managing assignments under the pressure of multiple deadlines
  • communicating well with supervising attorneys
  • clarifying expectations and getting feedback
  • interacting with clients
  • participating in meetings and
  • keeping records.

One of the most obviously useful topics-seldom mentioned elsewhere-is the need to translate what clients want and need into appropriate legal services and products. Chapter 4 offers explicit guidance about how to do just that. The differences between the perspectives of clients, in-house lawyers, executives, and law firm attorneys are also highlighted.

The advice is not simply for new associates. It is also intended to help law students make informed career decisions. A student trying to evaluate whether a position would be a good fit needs to be aware of the common problems faced by associates in that role. That same knowledge can also help applicants craft strong interview questions.

This book provides needed career advice, then, both for the new associate who hopes to impress clients and supervisors and for the law student who wants to find and get the best-fit job.

From Law School to Law Practice: The New Associate's Guide (2008). KF300.O54 2008 at Classified Stacks. Online table of contents

Westlaw Summer Access

by Kelly Aldrich

You can register your passwords for summer use if you'll need access for:

  • law school coursework
  • research for law review or moot court
  • working for a law professor
  • unpaid non-profit/public interest internship or externship (or pro bono work) that is required for graduation

To register for Westlaw summer extension, click on the beachy image below

or follow the links from

If you do not fall into one of the above categories and do not register for summer extension, your password will allow you to use Westlaw for only 2 hours the entire summer.

Full access resumes on August 1st (regardless of whether there are any extensions).

Graduating students can extend their passwords for purposes of studying for the bar by completing the Grad Survey.

If you have any questions, please contact Zach Gose,

Website of the Week: Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913

Arson, assault, bigamy, burglary, conspiracy, counterfeiting, forgery, infanticide, kidnapping, larceny, libel, murder, perjury, pickpocketing, rape, shoplifting, sodomy, theft, and treason. Trials on these and other crimes and serious misdemeanors were conducted at London's Old Bailey Courthouse.

A searchable database of the proceedings of 197,745 trials conducted between 1674 and 1913 is now available. Users may search the database by keyword, name, alias, offense, verdict, punishment, gender, age, occupation, and other characteristics.

Called "the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published," the Old Bailey database is a remarkable collection. In addition to the proceedings themselves, the site offers numerous essays to provide historical context, such as:

  • Biographies of executed criminals
  • Descriptions of indictable offenses; gender roles; and London's culture, population, and social structure at the time
  • Explanations of trial procedures and verdicts
  • A glossary of unfamiliar judicial and historical terms

Whether you want to investigate the criminal misbehavior of an ancestor or the crimes for which being drawn and quartered was the punishment, you will find the Old Bailey proceedings fascinating.

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