Monthly Archives: March 2008

GPO and the Authentication of Online Legal Resources

Law librarians have long been concerned that legal resources appearing on the web are not being “authenticated” (certified as official and authentic), as brought home by the state-by-state report issued by the American Association of Law Libraries is in March, 2007.

But, perhaps the U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO’s) Authentication Initiative will lead the way. The Public and Private Laws for the current (110th) on GPO Access now contain digitally signed and certified PDF files with the GPO’s Seal of Approval (“Authenticated U.S. Government Information”). Check one out!

It will require public awareness, initiative, and, of course, funding for GPO to continue its initiative and for states to follow suit; but, it’s a good start. (post-Terrye)


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Library Easter Hours

The Law Library will observe the following schedule this weekend:

Friday, March 21 – 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 22 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, March 23 – 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Regular library hours will resume on Monday, March 24.

Rebekah Maxwell, Associate Director for Library Operations (Post-david)

PREPARE to PRACTICE with Lexis!!

Earn 800 Lexis points and 3 DAYS of FREE LEXIS TIME to use this summer
*Many firms require this class!

Attend this 30 minute session to learn tips to save you time and your client money. ** 800 points for attending! (800 point offer good for one cost effective class this semester) ** 3 days of FREE lexis time for use this summer for attending.

Thursday 3/27** – 12:45 p.m. – Room 231 (45 mins)

Tuesday 4/1 – 1:00 p.m. – Room 231 (30  mins)

Attend this 30 minute session to learn about tools and sources on Lexis for Litigators! **400 Points for attending (400 point offer good for one Area of Law class this semester) ** 3 days of FREE TIME for attending (one card per student)

Wednesday 4/2 – 01:00 pm -Room 231 (30 mins)

Does your future employer use Lexis? Need to brush up on your Lexis skills? Attend this 20 minute session to increase your comfort level with Lexis! 400 lexis points for attending.

Tuesday 4/1 -3:00 pm -Room 231 (30 mins)

Sign up online at on the USC My School Page.  Questions or want a 1:1 appointment?  Contact your rep:  

WESTLAW Classes March 24th – March 27th

Prepare to Practice – Learn the cost-effective research skills that employers expect you to know. The first 100 students who attend Prepare to Practice will receive a leather padfolio. All students who attend will receive 500 WestlawRewards Points!

Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew as a 1L – Learn 10 helpful tips that ALL law students should know. Earn 200 WestlawRewards Points for attending!

Westlaw Trivia – Test your Westlaw knowledge and win prizes, such as gift cards, Westlaw swag, and WestlawRewards Points. All participants will earn a minimum of 100 WestlawRewards Points.

Monday, March 24th 

Prepare to Practice – 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM (Lunch Provided) Room 231
Prepare to Practice 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM -Room 334       
Prepare to Practice (Large Firm) – 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM -Room 230            

Tuesday, March 25th

Prepare to Practice 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM -Room 230 
Top 10 Things Firms Expect You to Know – 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM -Room 230
Prepare to Practice – 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM – Room 231 (Lunch Provided)

Wednesday, March 26th

Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew as a 1L – 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM -Room 138
Prepare to Practice – 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM – Room 338
Top 10 Things Firms Expect You to Know – 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM -Room 338
Prepare to Practice – 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM -Room 338 (Lunch Provided)

Thursday, March 27th

Top 10 Things Firms Expect You to Know –  8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Room 135            
Prepare to Practice – 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM – Room 231
Westlaw Trivia – 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM -Room 231 -(Lunch Provided) 


 To sign up for classes, click on links above or go to <>  and click the “Westlaw Training” button. Then, click “In-Person Westlaw Training Calendar.” (Post- david)