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Introducing Westlaw Edge

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As you are returning for the spring semester, you may notice that Westlaw has changed and is now called Westlaw Edge. The most obvious change is the background color, but there are several other differences as well. For the most part, Westlaw will work the same as it did before, but there are several additional features.

Veterans Day

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In declaring November 11, 1919 the first Armistice Day, President Wilson said:  “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”  This year, as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, it is imperative for us to remain committed to principles of peace and understanding, despite the discord and polarization of our current world.

Open Access Week

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October 22-28 is Open Access Week. The open access movement aims to make scholarly work free and immediately available online to all. UConn Law promotes access to legal scholarship in part through its digital repository, OpenCommons@UConn, which makes our faculty’s scholarship available freely online.

Since the repository was launched in 2016, our faculty’s work has been downloaded over 80,000 times. Downloads come from all over the world.

Top 5 Downloads (Current Faculty):

1. Mark Janis, The New Oppenheim and its Theory of International Law

2. Michael Fischl, The Question that Killed Critical Legal Studies

3. Richard Kay, Retroactivity and Prospectivity of Judgments in American Law

4. Stephen Utz, Maine's Ancient Law and Legal Theory

5. Jon Bauer, Buying Witness Silence: Evidence-Suppressing Settlements and Lawyers' Ethics

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

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From September 15 to October 15, our nation observes National Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the histories and the contributions made by of our ancestors who came from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The 30-day period intentionally starts around the anniversaries of independence for many Latin American countries. September 15 marks the independence days of: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico’s independence day is the 16th while Chile’s falls on the 18th, and Belize on the 21st. This observance initially only spanned a week, until President Ronald Reagan in 1988 extended the observance to its current 30-day period, through Public Law 100-402.

Welcome and Welcome Back!

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flyer advertising the use of the student toolkitThe library welcomes all of our new students, and welcomes back our returning students. We are excited to see the campus and library full of students once again!

The library is here to answer your questions (about anything), provide a comfortable study space, provide collaborative spaces and technology, and assist you with legal research and using legal materials. Last year, we answered 1,200 reference questions, checked out 3,000 reserve items, circulated our laptops and other equipment over 4,000 times, and taught 20 classes on legal research and library resources. Whatever your needs are as a law student, we probably have some way to help.