West Academic Study Aids Desktop App Now Available!

Students, take advantage of the new update to West Academic’s Study Aids subscription!  Not only are your study aids available through West Academic’s website, they’re also available through the West Academic Library App (available for free) and newly added West Academic Desktop App.  The Desktop App allows you to download and read any available titles offline on your desktop or laptop.

Check out the linked flyer for more information:  Online Study Aids – Winter Update

If you haven’t already downloaded the mobile Library App to your phone, here are some instructions: Online Study Aids Mobile App

Happy studying!

Law Library Position for Law Students – apply today!

This reference associate position is open to any student that has completed LARW I and II by the end of Fall semester 2018.  Deadline is Monday, December 17, 2018.  The student should be available to start by the week of January 14, 2019, although the student could potentially work over Winter break if they are available.

The Law Library Reference Associate should be available for an average of  7.5-10 hours per week during Spring semester and must be available to work one weekday evening (specifically Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.  A permanent weekly schedule will be set up at the beginning of each semester.  Once the semester schedule is established, the Law Library Associate is responsible for the hours assigned to them.  The student may continue employment in the Summer and in subsequent semesters.

The Law Library Associate will be compensated $10/hour. The Law Library Associate is supervised by a dual-degreed librarian (JD, MLS) who will provide reference training.

Duties include providing informational, directional, reference and research assistance to Law Library patrons.  The Associate will also have circulation duties include answering the phone, answering directional questions, and checking out library materials.  The Law Library Associate will also assist the reference librarians with teaching functions, faculty research projects, creation and maintenance of online library guides, and other projects.

Those interested in applying should email a current resume, your GPA, and your LARW grades to Sue Altmeyer (saltmeyer@uakron.edu) by December 17, 2018 .

New Westlaw Drafting Tools

Akron Law students, faculty and staff have access to these time-saving drafting tools:

Drafting Assistant Essential – Upload your document (such as a brief) and automatically Keycite all the cases cited, check citation format, hyperlink citations and automatically build a table of authorities!

Westlaw Doc & Form Builder – Find current forms,  type in answers to questions and voila! your document is created! It even saves client data for future use.

Westlaw Edge Coming September 1

Akron Law will be given early access to Westlaw Edge on September 1, 2018. Westlaw will look a little different, but will have the same search functionality as always – with some exciting new features:

  1. Westlaw Search Plus – Improved artificial intelligence searching helps to quickly find answers to legal questions. Westlaw Search Plus gives you predictive research suggestions as you type.
  2. Litigation Analytics – Compiles docket data to create a history and graphs of: a judge’s ruling tendencies, opposing counsel’s experience, win-rate of a law firm, and lots more.
  3. Overruling Risk Keycite Symbol – A new orange triangle with an exclamation point indicates a case may have been implicitly overruled -e.g., your case relied on another case that has been overruled.
  4. Statutes Compare – Easily compare different versions of a statute to see how the language changed over time.

More information.

If you have any questions, please ask the library staff, or our Westlaw Representative, Sam Berbano, samuel.berbano@thomsonreuters.com

Cheetah: New Platform for CCH Intelliconnect

The law library now provides access to Cheetah, the new platform for CCH Intelliconnect. All the resources on Intelliconnect are available in this new, easier to use platform. The new platform also works well on mobile devices.

Cheetah contains primary and secondary sources for intellectual property law, tax law, banking & consumer finance, health care law, labor and employment law, and many other topics.

For help, visit Cheetah’s training site or ask a librarian.