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Archive for April, 2021


Lexis and Westlaw’s Lawyering and Professionalism Titles

Lexis and Westlaw both have a number of titles and resources that address lawyering and professionalism. Below is a small sample:

What is an NFT? Does It Have a Copyright?

NFT stands for Nonfungible Tokens: “An NFT is a digitized, authenticated token linked to a digital asset, and the NFT is recorded on a blockchain, most commonly the Ethereum blockchain. Typically, the blockchain does not store the actual work that is tokenized because it is too large.” NFTs are used in the digital universe and are common in the arts (images, videos, music, etc.). A recent article from JD Supra lays out the basics on NFTs and copyright considerations.

NFTs are unable to be duplicated (or faked) due to a unique serial number (or hash) that can be used to prove its ownership and authenticity. The hash also provides the provenance of an item, including payment history.

Generally, purchasing an item does not grant copyright of the item to the purchaser and the same is true of NFTs.  Copyright issues related to NFTs are sure to land in the courts in the near future since the technology only began in 2015. See the linked article above for more information on copyrights as they relate to NFTs.

Lexis and Westlaw Summer and Graduate Access

Lexis Summer Access Program:  

Students will automatically have free unlimited use of their law school Lexis+ ID this summer. This includes workplace related research though students should check with their employer. Many firms prefer summer associates use a firm issued Lexis ID. No registration required for summer access, students sign in as usual.

Lexis Graduate Program:

Whether it’s the bar exam or a legal job search, LexisNexis has graduates covered. Spring graduates will be able to continue using their law school Lexis ID through December 31, 2021. No registration required.

Westlaw Summer Access: 

You can use Westlaw and Practical Law over the summer for non-commercial research. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law Review or Journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school

You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer.

Westlaw Graduate Access: 

You have access to Westlaw and Practical Law, for six months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60 hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. You cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client.

 YOU MUST OPT IN TO GRAD ELITE Access:

Go to www.lawschool.tr.com; Log in; Use the drop-down menu by your name to go to Grad Elite Status.

Extended Law Library Building Hours for Reading & Exam Period

photo of C|M|Law Library interiorFrom Friday 4/30/2021 through Friday 5/14/2021, the C|M|LAW Library will have extended building hours for the Reading & Exam Period.  Here is the Law Library building schedule:

Friday, 4/30:  10am-6pm

Saturday, 5/1:  10am-6pm

Sunday, 5/2:  10am-6pm

Monday-Thursday, 5/3 – 5/6:  8:30am-9pm

Friday, 5/7:  8:30am-6pm

Saturday, 5/8:  10am-6pm

Sunday, 5/9:  10am-6pm

Monday-Thursday, 5/10 – 5/13:  8:30am-9pm

Friday, 5/14:  8:30am-6pm

Check Out Professionalism and Lawyering Titles

It’s a good idea to start thinking about the practice of law early, even when you’re still a student. The law library has you covered! Check our catalog Scholar for all titles. When you find a title of interest, look at the items with call numbers surrounding that one to find titles on the same or similar topics.

Here are a few titles of interest on the topics of lawyering, professionalism, and law firm management selected from Scholar:

Law Office Policy and Procedure Manual

Law Office Guide to Purchasing Legal Malpractice Insurance 

Law Office Procedure Manual for Solos and Small Firms 

Professionalism Law Office Management Client Funds Management and Ohio Notary Law 

Ethical Considerations of Law Office Accounting and Practice Management