Reduce Your Stress

The Law Library would like to help reduce your stress during the upcoming exam period! Please take note of the following services:

l. Coffee/tea service – There will be free coffee and tea each evening in the second floor Library Lounge beginning on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. This service will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. Please come and help yourself.

2. Meditation in conjunction with University Counseling Services. Lore Detenber will offer short guided meditations in various forms on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, from 2:00-2:45 p.m. in Room 108/Library Conference Room. If you are interested in other meditation sessions offered by Lore Detenber, she has a scheduled walking meditation session on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 4:45-5:30 in Rivers.
The University offers this meditation program throughout the semester at this time. Please feel free to join them.
If you are interested in learning about the topic of mindfulness and how it applies to law and law students, please see Lore Detenber’s suggested link. To try an online guided meditation, Lore recommends this link

Additionally, the Law Library has a collection of “Stress Relief” titles on Reserve.

Good luck on your exams!

"The Legal Tech Program Winner of an iPad Mini Is...

In the beginning of October, the Law Library offered a series of three 30-minute Legal Tech sessions that offered to introduce our students to the advanced features of Microsoft Word, with an emphasis on the day-to-day needs of practicing attorneys. Those sessions ended on October 28th and the participating students had until November 4th to complete the required assessments. We started with 15 students and concluded with 8 students who successfully completed the assessments. These eight students will be getting a Certificate of Completion which will be ready for pick up at the Circulation Desk in the Library Friday, November 13th.  From these eight names, Professor Harris Freeman picked one name from a basket and [drumroll please] the winner of the iPad Mini is:  ROMIESHA BRISCOE! Congratulations to all our participants. And for those who could not participate this semester, the Library will be offering this series again in the Spring.  

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.

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