Legal Tech Program Coming in October

Attention all students - Come to a three-session Legal Tech program sponsored by the Law Library that will introduce you to the advanced features of Microsoft Word, with an emphasis on the day-to-day needs of practicing attorneys. After attending these sessions, you’ll be able to format contracts, briefs, and memos with ease. Learn how to automatically insert a table of contents and a table of authorities; vary your page numbering schemes across the document (e.g., some pages as "i, ii, iii" and others as "1, 2, 3"); create multi-level lists, and more! All of these are tasks that new lawyers are expected to know in today’s world.

One lucky participant will be the winner of an iPad Mini! All students who complete the program, which includes an online assessment, will receive a certificate of completion.

The sessions will take place at noon on three Wednesdays in October: 10/14, 10/21, and 10/28. Sessions will be held in Library Computer Classroom 329 and run for 45 minutes. 

Note: This program is now filled. However, we are accepting people for the waitlist. Please click here to join the waitlist.

Prize Winners Announced

Six lucky 1Ls who participated in the Law Library's annual legal research raffle competition were chosen on Monday: Michael Werner, Tiffany Marrow, Robert Berriault, Mary Grasta, Claire Conway, and Frank Brigamo!

If you're one of these lucky few and you haven't yet claimed your prize, please stop by the circulation or reference desk.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Announcing New Fall Displays

The Library is pleased to announce its two new fall displays. In the first display case in the Second Floor Student Lounge, Liza Rosenof and Irene Burkhard have put together a colorful display that explores the issue of organized Nazi looting of art during the Third Reich. This display uses the litigation history surrounding the recovery of one particular piece – “Portrait of Wally” by Egon Schiele (1912) -- to highlight the lengths rightful owners have had to take to recover art stolen during this period. In the display case in the quiet area of the second floor, Renee Rastorfer has put together a display of books written to support law students as they start their law school careers. These books offer tips on striking work-life balance, efficient study habits, how to brief a case, and reminders to keep goodness and kindness in everything that we do, inter alia.

Purchasing a New Laptop?

If you are looking to purchase a laptop for the upcoming academic year, our Office of Information Technology supports both Windows or Mac OSX laptops. You may want to review the system requirements for ExamSoft, if you are planning on using your laptop for exams, which 85% of our law students do.

Access to

Western New England School of Law students, staff, and faculty may now register for digital access to the New York Times via the Law Library's joint subscription with D'Amour Library. To register, please visit Group Passes while on-campus, and be sure to use your WNE email address. Once you have registered, you will be able to access whether on- or off-campus. 

You may also access the link from the Law Library Database page.

Please see D'Amour Libary's New York Times LibGuide for additional information about accessing the New York Times.  

New Intelliconnect Library - Financial and Estate Planning

The Law Library is pleased to announce that our Elder Law and Estate Planning holdings have been enriched with the addition of four new modules available through our Intelliconnect database. Once in IntelliConnect, scroll down and click into "Financial and Estate Planning." There you will find modules for "Estate Planning and Drafting," "Charitable Planning," "Trust and Estate Administration," and "Elder Law Planning."  When you click into these modules, you will find some of the best known names and resources in this area of law. For example, under "Estate Planning and Drafting," you will find Price on Contemporary Estate Planning, and Estate Planning by Casner and Pennell. Under "Trust and Estate Administration," you will find Loring and Rounds: A Trustee's Handbook, and under "Elder Law Planning" you will find the Elder Law Portfolio Series and the Elder Law Forms Manual, just to name a few of the resources now available to our patrons online. If you have any questions about accessing these resources, please give us a call at the Reference Desk, 413-782-1458, for assistance.

New HeinOnline Database - ABA Law Library Collection Periodicals

The Law Library now has digital access to the American Bar Association Law Library Collection Periodicals. With this addition, we now have online access to ABA journals in many areas of law of interest to our faculty and students, such as Dispute ResolutionFamily Law Quarterly, Human Rights, Labor and Employment Law News, and Probate and Property, to name just a few. As is always the case with a HeinOnline product, these periodicals are in pdf and are available from the publication's first issue!

Westlaw Requiring Password Change

We have been notified that all Westlaw academic passwords need to be re-set. There is no exact date scheduled by which the change must be made but why don’t you do it now so that you don’t find yourself shut out of the system when you most need it? To change your password now,  follow these instructions:

  • log in to Westlaw
  • click UPDATE next to your name in the Welcome box
  • click on manage my ONE PASS Profile
  • enter a new password
  • confirm password
  • click SAVE

Please contact a Law Librarian at 413-782-1458 if you need any help doing this. And Happy New Year!

Additional Quiet Zone Added 

Due to student requests, we are adding an additional quiet zone to the Library. Starting November 6, cell phone usage and face-to-face conversations will not be permitted in the carrel section of the third floor of the Library. If you have any suggestions for improved Library service, please let us know or use the online Suggestion Box.

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