Saturday, June 25, 2016

No Printing from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26

Update Saturday, July 25, 2016: Thanks to the speedy work of our carpet installers, printing is now available for  students using webprint. A set of instructions for using webprint is available at the Patron Services Desk.

Carpet on the Library's 3rd floor will be replaced next week starting Friday, June 24th. The work will take three days, ending on Sunday, June 26th. This will prevent access to the Library's 3rd floor north.

While this work is going on, all of our printers will be inaccessible. Patrons will still be able to scan to email or USB, and make copies.

The Fred Parks Law Library apologizes for the inconvenience.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Name Change Edition

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

South Texas School of Law Yearbook Catalog, 1927-1928.

It was announced Wednesday, June 22, 2016, that our name has officially changed to Houston College of Law. It's been a while, but this isn't the first time our name has changed. We started out as the South Texas School of Law in 1923. Our first dean, Judge Joseph C. Hutcheson, Jr., addressed the freshman class which consisted of 5 women and 24 men, telling them that, "we will promise nothing now as to what we will fulfill, for we believe that we can do much more than we can now promise." Now, two names later we find ourselves reflecting back on his sentiment. We began as a "high grade night school" located in the basement of the YMCA with a mission to make legal education accessible and to produce practice ready attorneys that would serve the community and the nation.

Three names and 93 years later, we still have the same mission. We produce some of the best judges, litigators, advocates, negotiators, and transactional lawyers in the country.  As the oldest law school in Houston, our name identifies us with our birth place, the legendary Houston area attorneys and judges who helped found our institution, and reflects our place in this international and diverse city. We're looking froward to the next 90 years!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Remember the administrative law judge who sued his dry cleaner for $65,000,000.00?

Roy Pearson, a member of the D.C. Bar, is back in the news. In 2005, he became famous for bringing a $65,000,000.00 lawsuit against his dry cleaner for losing his pants. Pearson lost at trial, lost at appeal, and lost at a hearing en banc. His conduct during the proceedings led to disciplinary action; and the D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility found that he committed two ethics violations.

For a good summary of Roy Pearson's legal struggles, you can read Kevin Underhill's "Lowering the Bar." The relevant post is here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

No more copy and print cards!

The Fred Parks Law Library is discontinuing the use of copy and print cards. The card vending machines have been removed.
If you have copy and print cards with value on them, don’t worry. We will continue to honor the cards. When the value on them runs out, you can pay for copying and printing by using a PaperCut account. Visitors to the Library can obtain a PaperCut account for their temporary use by requesting a Guest Password at the Patron Services desk. We also have instructions there for adding value to a PaperCut account.
Please feel free to email with any questions or concerns you may have.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Are you traveling to the Schengen area over the summer?

European countries participating in the Schengen agreement will allow you to stay for no more than 90 days in any 180-day period. Adam Bard has created a free online calculator to help you determine if you have exceeded this limit. 

Find the calculator here, and a list of countries participating in the Schengen agreement here.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Access to LexisNexis, Bloomberg Law and Westlaw over the summer.

If you are NOT graduating in May:
LexisNexis and Bloomberg Law both have no restrictions on use over the summer, and you do not have to do anything to extend your password. You can use both of these resources in the course of paid employment over the summer.
Westlaw requires that you extend your password for the summer to have full access to Westlaw. If you don’t extend your password, you will only have access to Westlaw for 10 hours in June and 10 hours in July.
Summer password extension is available only if a student has a permissible academic use for the password this summer (a summer associate position is not considered a permissible use). Permissible uses include:
·         Summer classes / study abroad
·         Law review and journal, including write-on competitions
·         Moot court
·         Research assistant positions
·         Unpaid internships / externships
Information on access to Lexis, Bloomberg Law, and Westlaw for students who ARE graduating in May:
Lexis gives full access to students graduating in May 2016 for six months through the Lexis Law School Graduate Program. Graduates working for a public interest organization may sign up for the Lexis ASPIRE Program, which permits job-related access to Lexis Advance for twelve months.
Bloomberg Law allows access to graduating students for six months after graduation. You do not need to do anything to extend your access.
Westlaw allows graduating students to extend access while studying for the bar by registering for its Grad Program. Registered May graduates will retain access to Westlaw for a limited number of hours through November. Graduating students who do not register for the Grad Program will have their access limited to the West Legal Directory.