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Second Floor Display Featuring Class Action Lawsuit against the NFL

It is nearly impossible to pick up a newspaper today without reading something about the National Football League’s continuing litigation with its players over the issues surrounding the long- and short-term effects of a professional football career. At the center of the litigation is how to compensate players for injuries sustained by repeated concussions. The Library's new display on the second floor explains the background of this federal class action suit captioned Easterling, et al. v. National Football League, Inc.  In that suit, Plaintiffs allege that published peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown that 28% of the NFL retirees studied suffer from depression, whereas the prevalence of depression in the general population is 9.5%; 36% of NFL retirees, age 65-75, studied suffer from dementia, whereas the prevalence of dementia in the general population for the same age group is 2.2-6.5%; and that retired players with three or more reported concussions have a fivefold prevalence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and a threefold prevalence of significant memory problems, compared to other retirees.  Please let the Librarians know if you have any questions about anything in this display please contact the Law Librarians at 413-782-1458.

Additional Water Bottle Filling Station

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Thirsty? Stop by our newest water bottle filling station located on the second floor of the Library.

 

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.

Book Stands

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The Library recently acquired two book stands that can be checked out for a four-hour block of time. Our new Librarian, Liza Rosenof, swears by them and claims that they make for very ergonomically-correct reading and note taking.  Other law students reviewing the book stand on Amazon point out that using a book stand helps correct terrible posture, and one student claimed that using the book stand improved the student’s grades by 20%. We think we have to take that last endorsement with a grain of salt. In all events, come check one out at the Circulation Desk and let us know what effect this product has on your life!

   
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