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Boley Blog: Summer New Books at the Law Library

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-28 22:51

undefinedEach month the Law Library adds new books to our collection. Check out our monthly guide for a selection of ebook titles added over the summer. You'll find them online via the Primo Catalog, for remote access, anytime.

From the New Titles list, click on a book title to find links to full text.  Enter your L&C username and password when prompted.

Boley Blog: Book Talk with Professor Ozan Varol (with recorded video link)

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-21 21:01

undefinedJoin L&C Professor Ozan Varol on July 28th, 2020, at 12:00 as he discusses his new book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist, with the Boley Law Library.

Professor Varol’s book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist, reveals the playbook that rocket scientists use to turn the seemingly impossible into the possible. In the book Varol, a former rocket scientist himself, explains how you can use nine simple strategies from rocket science to make your own giant leaps in work and life.

Professor Varol will give a brief presentation on some of these strategies followed by a question and answer interview with Boley law librarian, Meredith Kostek.

Details and sign up can be found on the event website.

If you missed the event, you can watch the video recording through this link. You must be logged in to your Lewis and Clark account to have access to the video.

Boley Blog: American Enterprise Institute Database Now Available through HeinOnline

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-15 22:58

American Enterprise Institute logoThe American Enterprise Institute (AEI) was founded in 1938 for the purpose of "bringing about a greater public knowledge and understanding of the social and economic advantages accruing to the American people through the maintenance of the system of free, competitive enterprise." A public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C., AEI scholars conduct original research that advocates for free enterprise and focuses on the world economy, U.S. foreign policy and international security, and domestic political and social issues. AEI documents are now available through the library's subscription to HeinOnline and include nearly 1,500 titles covering 20 different policy areas.

The American Enterprise Institute database brings AEI's collection of scholarship to HeinOnline, providing access to works published by the Institute in HeinOnline's fully-searchable image-based format. Unique to this collection is the ability to search by Policy Area, a subject identifier assigned by AEI to each of their publications that organizes their works into the following areas: economics, foreign and defense policy, society and culture, health care, politics and public opinion, poverty studies, and education; additional Policy Areas within each of these main categories further organize publications into more specific areas of scope. More information on the American Enterprise Institute and their work can be found on the Institute's website: https://www.aei.org/

Boley Blog: New L&C Protest Resource Guide

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-10 18:40

undefinedNew to our Special Topics Subject Guides is a protest resource guide. This guide has legal resources, bail and pro bono information for protestors, websites and links on getting involved in anti-racist causes, nonfiction and fiction book lists on anti-racism and living in the US as a black person, media information, and a safe space for students and faculty.

Have more ideas for this LibGuide? Email Meredith Kostek with suggestions.

Boley Blog: PowerNotes Now Available

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-08 18:26

undefinedPowerNotes is an online tool that provides an easy way to organize your online research and is now available for the Lewis & Clark Law School community. 

Sign up for PowerNotes using your @lclark.edu email address and then get started with your research. PowerNotes is especially useful for law students because it works easily with Westlaw and Lexis, as well as other academic databases. Check out the instructions on how to get started on PowerNotes. 

Boley Blog: Fourth Issue of Boley Law Library News

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-08 14:59

undefinedThe fourth issue of our library newsletter is live! Do you have suggestions for our next issue? Leave them in the comments or send us a message at lawlib@lclark.edu

We look forward to hearing from you. 






v1i4may2020 by Mari Cheney

Boley Blog: No Summer Job? Spend Time Focusing on These Skills

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-07 17:56

Your summer job plans may be on hold or even canceled due to COVID-19, but that doesn't mean you should spend entire your summer break watching bad TV. We asked your L&C Law School faculty members what activities they recommend for making your summer productive. Read on for their suggestions. undefined

  • Brush up on your research/writing skills by watching podcasts of some of the great library/writing center programming you might not have been able to attend during the year. The library's Digital Badge program is available for you to complete, too. 
  • Research and read some law review articles in areas you are interested in to expand your knowledge of recent developments in those fields. If you need help locating law reviews in your area of interest, ask a librarian for help.
  • Learn or refresh your technology skills with a legal technology assessment. This includes Microsoft Word, Excel, and PDF. 
  • If you are planning to write or are considering writing a Capstone as an independent study, this might be a good time to get a jump on the often time-consuming process of doing some initial research to find a topic so that you are in a good position to find a topic/thesis. Another professor echoes this: read up on the background of the area you are interested in writing a capstone about, to better enable you to find a topic. Some students might even be able to work on the capstone itself. 
  • Pick a topic you want to learn about and write at least five blog posts about it. It will help you develop expertise, organize ideas into discrete topics, build on a previous argument, and write concisely. It may also get you noticed. 
  • Watch free CLEs in areas of your interest. These may be available from the Professional Liability Fund, the Oregon State Bar, the Multnomah Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, or in the state where you hope to practice. Ask a librarian if you need help accessing these for free. 
  • Look for volunteer opportunities, even if non-legal, if it is for an organization doing work you are interested in. 
  • Work on your Westlaw and Lexis skills.
  • Learn Spanish, unless you know it already, in which case learn to cook. You will never regret having both skills. Many public libraries provide access to Mango Languages, which provides basic and advanced lessons in more than 40 languages. 
  • Volunteer your time with a legal organization in a field you are interested in - if they don't have any work that they can easily hand off to you, offer to write blog posts or other content for their website.
  • Consider writing short explanations of legal issues on topics that your non-lawyer friends and family have been asking you. Not only will it help refine your writing skills, but the best way to make sure you know a topic is to teach someone else about it! 
  • Get experience by volunteering at one of the OSB pro bono approved programs, such as the Small Business Legal Clinic, or another nonprofit organization in your area of interest. Or, volunteer in a new area to see if that is of interest to you. Nonprofits may have a variety of projects, such as research, drafting FAQs, presentations, following up on survey responses, data entry, grant applications, delivering food or other supplies, etc.
  • Watch or listen to online court hearings at the trial or appellate level.
  • Expand your network by virtual meetings with alumni, attorneys, and others in your area of legal interest. Set yourself a goal of one meeting every week.
  • Volunteer to write a blog or newsletter for an OSB Section or other organization in your area of interest.
  • Work on your resume, cover letter, and writing sample and ask Career Services to review it.

Boley Blog: L&C Faculty and Staff Summer Book Recommendations

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-05 19:09

Now that exams are over, it's time for some fun summer reading. Read on for our eclectic book recommendations from your Lewis & Clark Law School faculty and staff. There's something on this list for everyone! Happy reading. 

The Body
by Bill Bryson
Recommended by Carra Sahler, Director of Public Interest Law 
A good reminder of the amazing things our bodies can do, told in an accessible and entertaining fashion.


Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators 

by Ronan Farrow
Recommended by Hadley Van Vactor, Assistant Professor of Lawyering

Though most of us already know quite a bit about the downfall of Harvey Weinstein, the story behind the story--about how the investigation unfolded and all of the obstacles it faced--is riveting.  
by Madeline Miller
Recommended by Melissa Powers, Professor of Law
Epic Greek mythology told in a gripping novel from the perspective of a lesser (oh really?) goddess. Really fun and engaging.
Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction
y David Enrich
Recommended by Toni Berres-Paul, Emeritus Professor of Lawyering
It's non-fiction but reads like a novel. It tracks the sordid history of Deutsche Bank from financing robber barons, Nazis, and rogue states to laundering Russian money to underwriting Donald Trump when no other bank would touch him.
Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy
by Mike German
Recommended by Tung Yin, Professor of Law
This is a frightening book because it's a non-stop catalog of FBI abuses by a whistle-blowing former FBI Special Agent; the victims of FBI abuse include Muslim-Americans, Asian-Americans, African-Americans, white females, political activists, and native Americans -- about the only group to escape relatively unscathed are white supremacist groups!
A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water 
by Patricia Nelson Limerick
Recommended by Karen Russell, Adjunct Professor and Budget and Finance Manager, Earthrise
A history of Denver, Colorado, and its perpetual search for water supplies.


Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life beyond Our Solar System
by Michael Summers and James Trefil
Recommended by Bill Chin, Professor of Lawyering

Be transported to rogue planets, ice worlds, and other planetary marvels.


The Gene: An Intimate History

by Siddhartha Mukherjee  
Recommended by Susan Mandiberg, Lewis & Clark Distinguished Professor of Law

A well-written page-turner about the history of genetics that provides thought-provoking insights into what it means to be human.










How Long 'til Black Future Month?
by N.K. Jemison
Recommended by Janet Steverson, Douglas K. Newell Professor of Teaching Excellence
Although the stories are in the sci fi/fantasy genre, all of the stories are completely different from each other. Plus, Jemison writes from perspectives that sci fi/fantasy books often overlook.
The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America
by Louis Menand
Recommended by Susan Mandiberg, Lewis & Clark Distinguished Professor of Law
This history of the transition from 19th-century to 20th-century intellectual trends reveals many of the influences that shaped the law and the legal profession that we experience today.
My Sister, the Serial Killer
by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Recommended by Mari Cheney, Assistant Director, Research and Instruction 
Both dark and funny, this novel will keep you guessing on how it will end, and also make you laugh out loud. 
New York 2140 
by Kim Stanley Robinson
Recommended by Melissa Powers, Professor of Law

This novel imagines NYC after 2 major sea level surges caused by climate change. The story is fast-paced, and the descriptions of what life would be like are captivating.

The Overstory 
by Richard Powers. 
Recommended by Joyce Tischler, Professor of Practice, Center for Animal Law Studies 

I love this Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of 9 humans whose lives are touched and changed by the overwhelming presence of trees. The descriptions of trees are exquisite.










Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
by Mary Roach
Recommended by Tung Yin, Professor of Law 
Roach is my favorite non-fiction science writer: she's funny, self-deprecating, curious, and unflappable; this book covers all of the scientific and engineering challenges in sending a human mission to Mars in her delightful style.
The Perfect Gentleman: A Muslim Boy Meets the West
by Imran Ahmad
Recommended by Juliet Stumpf, Professor of Law
An immigrant coming of age novel that's hilarious, wise, exasperating, and fundamentally human.
The Pickwick Papers 
by Charles Dickens
Recommended by Jim Kite, Research and Instruction Librarian
A very long, funny book about all of the silly and tragic situations you can get into by simply walking out your front door and talking to the people you meet. It also provides a not-so-subtle critique of class privilege.

Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic
by Tom Holland
Recommended by Nick Fromherz, Staff Attorney, 

International Environmental Law Project

Punchy, crisp prose and timeless subject matter combine to make this a must-read for lovers of history and political drama alike.  









Talking to Strangers
by Malcolm Gladwell
​Recommended by Lydia Loren, Henry J. Casey Professor of Law
This book is best experienced as an audiobook (much of the quoted language uses audio from the actual subjects, or actors reading transcripts). If you haven't experienced Professor Gladwell's podcast "Revisionist History," you're missing out, but this book as an audiobook is well worth your time.  Examining underlying assumptions and learned behaviors through a variety of "deep dives" into important legal cases and events in history, this book explores interactions between strangers -- and why they often go wrong. It will change how you think about a variety of major issues facing society in general and the justice system specifically. 
Turtles All the Way Down
by John Green
Recommended by Robert Doeckel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering
Sixteen-year-old Aza tries with mixed success to manage her worsening anxiety, her school work, and her relationships while being pulled into investigating the disappearance of her hometown’s most notorious billionaire businessman. A zippy, insightful, and tender story about, among other things, coming of age while coping with mental illness.


by Barbara Kingsolver
Recommended by Erica Lyman, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, International Environmental Law Project
Kingsolver works her talent for teaching lessons in her storytelling, weaving together the story of a science teacher in a transcendentalist community in post-Civil War U.S. with a journalist living in the same town during the 2016 election. 
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
by Kelly Jones
Recommended by Natasha Richmond, Associate Director of Admissions

The book is about twelve-year-old Sophie Brown who moves from an apartment in LA to a farm her parents inherited in Northern California and now Sophie is the owner of some...unusual chickens. It is such a great read that we read it twice back-to-back, and it is also an OBOB book for 2020-2021 for the 3rd-5th grade division










Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
by Debby Irving
Recommended by Susan Felstiner, Clinical Professor of Law, Small Business Legal Clinic 

Ms. Irving's premise is that white people can't begin to dismantle racism until they begin to see and understand the role of white culture on race in our society. Ms. Irving tells personal stories of her journey of "waking up,"  and realizing and understanding this role. She gives suggestions on how to have difficult conversations and work toward disrupting the social construct of race.  Exercises at the end of every chapter prompt the reader to explore the foundations of their beliefs.






The Woman in White (1859)
by Wilkie Collins 
Recommended by John Parry, Edward Brunet Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Faculty
Admittedly, the book starts a bit slow and is long (it's Victorian, after all) But the sudden appearance of the woman in white early on is a bit creepy. And the plot twists, and twists, and twists, in a story that is presented as the narrative of the testimony of the participants. Also, Count Fosco and Marian Halcombe are truly memorable characters. The others do their parts well. Collins is the person who basically invented the detective and sensation novels. This isn't quite a detective novel, but one of the characters risks it all to unravel the nefarious actions of the villains, and it definitely has its sensational moments.


Boley Blog: Summer & Graduate Access to Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-29 14:36

Unlimited Summer Access on LexisLexis Advance, Westlaw Edge, and Bloomberg Law all provide summer and post-graduation access provisions. Read more about each database below, and find out how to register for summer or post-graduation access.


Continuing Students

Every student with a registered Lexis Advance ID will automatically have summer access and can use Lexis Advance for educational and commercial purposes.

Graduating Students

Graduating students retain access for 6 months after graduation, regardless of whether you graduate in December or May. If you’re working in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work, access extends for 12 months after graduation through the Aspire program. More information is available here. Questions? Contact our LexisNexis representative, Jackie Steeh, at Jackie.steeh@lexisnexis.com.


Continuing Students

L&C Law students may use Westlaw during the summer, as long as it relates to one or more of the following:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law review or journal research
  • Moot court research
  • Non-profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by L&C

Note: Passwords may NOT be used for your work for law firms, government agencies, corporations, or other purposes unrelated to law school coursework. 

Graduating Students

Westlaw’s Grad Elite program provides access to Westlaw for 6 months after graduation. Grad Elite gives you access to Westlaw, Practical Law, and Practice Ready solutions for 60 hours per month with no restrictions on use, including for professional and commercial purposes. Questions? Check out the Grad Elite information page or contact our Westlaw Account Manager, Scott Wilson, at scott.wilson@thomsonreuters.com.


Continuing Students

Continuing students have full access to Bloomberg Law during the summer with no restrictions on use.

Graduating Students

Graduating students retain access for 6 months after graduation. You do not need to register for an extension. Questions? Contact our Bloomberg Law account manager, Terry Stedman, at tstedman@bloomberglaw.com. Update: 2020 graduating law students will have unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law through June 1, 2021. 


Legal Research Databases

Even if you cannot use your Westlaw password this summer, don’t forget about our many other databases. You have continued access over the summer to HeinOnline, ProQuest, and more.

All are welcome to use these databases on campus via your own computer, or the public computers in the law library. Plus, continuing students may access all of these databases via our off-campus links.

For more information or with any questions please contact a Boley reference librarian.

edited 4/29/2020

Boley Blog: Research Refresher Appointments Now Available

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-27 16:28

undefinedWant a refresher on the big 3 databases we use, or maybe you want to know the ins and outs of a lesser used legal resource? Now is the time to sign up for virtual research refresher appointments with Boley's law librarians.

Sign up to meet with a research librarian to answer your questions about legal research as you get ready to start your summer job, internship, or externship. We can review state and federal legislative history tips and tricks, provide guidance on how to research specialized areas of law, find practice material, and more. Sign up here. Need to meet at a different time? Email lawlib@lclark.edu. Worried about bandwidth? Zoom calls can be made with or without video. Research Refresher appointments run now through May 22nd.