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Final Exam Study Aids and Wellness Tips

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With just a few days left until the end of this semester's final exams and the start of winter break, we offer some final reminders about studying and self-care. 

The Library's Course Exam Archive hosts a selection of previous final exams.  To access the archive, use your UConn NETID and password.  

Book cover for "What the L? - 25 Thing We Wish We'd Known Before Going to Law School"Our reference librarians have put together comprehensive research guides, which will help you locate sources and give you the issue overview.  Search by subject or keywords. 

Book Cover for "Law School Exams - A Guide to Better Grades"Check out our final exam course book display.  Selected from our Reserve Collection, the books displayed offer a range of topics: strategies to maximize your grades during your first year to a survival manual for the bar exam.  Read some of the firsthand accounts of outline and exam prep in What the L by Elizabeth Shelton, Kelsey May, and Samantha Roberts. 

For practical advice on improving grades, and mastering time-management and case-briefing techniques, refer to Alex Schimel's Law School Exams: A Guide to Better Grades.  

Veterans Day, November 11, 2017

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This year has seen a great deal of heated rhetoric, polarization, and all-around turmoil, in the United States and across the world. No matter your political affiliation, it is important to take a moment to remember that it is because of veterans that we are able to express our thoughts and emotions freely, have meaningful debates on vital issues, strive for positive change, and exercise our rights as Americans. In the words of our President, “Our veterans represent the very best of America. They have bravely answered the call to serve in the finest military force in the world, and they have earned the dignity that comes with wearing the uniform and defending our great flag. On Veterans Day, we honor all Americans who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, both in times of war and peace.”

In the words of Governor Malloy, “On this day we join all of the residents of our state in honoring the service and sacrifices that the men and women of our military have made to protect our freedom. America’s men and women in uniform – and their families – have made immeasurable sacrifices in the course of their service, and we are deeply grateful for their bravery and courage.” 

Blue Laws

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Photo of Blue Laws of Connecticut Book Have you ever tried to buy a car on Sunday in Colorado only to find the dealership closed? What about buying a 6 pack in Indiana, only to find the liquor aisle blocked off, then begrudgingly driving to nearby Illinois where the sale is permitted on Sundays. Or maybe you were taking a Sunday drive through Bergen County, New Jersey, and wanted to buy a new iPhone but were dismayed to find out that the County prohibits electronic sales on Sundays. I haven’t tried any of these either—but why do these laws exist, and where did they come from?

Blue Law Roots

“Blue” Laws, or laws that mandate certain types of closings on Sundays, go far back in American history. However their true roots extend further back in history to the Fourth Century when Emperor Constantine declared that Sunday would be a day to abstain from work. This decree resonated with the major parties in the Roman Empire, particularly pagan Sun-worshipers and Christians. As Christianity spread and ultimately became the state religion of the empire, Sundays became a combined holy day and civic holiday for drinking and amusements. This combination held steady until the Reformation in the 16th century, when religious bodies demanded that Sunday be devoted solely to worship and contemplation, without frivolousness.

The Salem Witch Trials

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Photo of a hanging of a witchWith Halloween right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about some spooky bit of legal history—the Salem witch trials. It all began in 1692 when a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, began having fits and claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused others in the village of witchcraft. In the early 1600s the idea of witches and witchcraft granted by the devil was a long standing belief in Europe from as early as the 14th century. This made it easy for people to believe, especially with the harsh conditions the colonists lived in. They were often distrustful of their neighbors and other outsiders.

Alumni Spotlight - Henry Anderson

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Photo of Henry B. AndersonHenry B. Anderson was born May 30, 1918 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania and educated in Edgewood, a suburb of Pittsburgh. He graduated high school with high honors and continued his education at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. After completing his undergraduate degree in 1940, he accepted a position at Wesleyan as assistant to the Director of Admissions, Victor L. Butterfield, who would later become president of the University.

While pursuing a Master’s degree and working under Dr. Butterfield, the war in Europe escalated. Anderson left Wesleyan and entered the U.S. Navy in June of 1941. He served as enlisted personnel officer of Headquarters Squadron Eight, then for Commander Fleet Air. In 1944 he was transferred to the staff of Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, Commander of Task Force 58, to serve as Awards Officer. In 1945 he survived two kamikaze attacks within the same week on the carriers Bunker Hill and Enterprise. He was awarded a silver star for his efforts in organizing firefighting parties aboard the Bunker Hill. Additionally, for services rendered to Admiral Mitscher and his staff as flag secretary he was awarded a bronze star.