Friday, October 17, 2014

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  In light of the recent hacking incidents at J.P. Morgan Chase, Dairy Queen, and Home Depot, you may not need a reminder that cybersecurity is a growing concern.  However, awareness of the steps you should reasonably take to protect your own data as well as the confidential information of clients is already an expectation outlined by the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.


To encourage you to develop your cybersecurity awareness, the Law Library has prepared a display of law library resources on the topic, including the Presidential Proclamation concerning National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and an Oklahoma Bar Journal article authored by Law Library Director Darla Jackson discussing technology and confidentiality awareness.  Several print books are also featured in the display:

The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law firms, and Business professionals / Jill D. Rhodes and Vincent I. Polley.

Legal Guide to Cybersecurity Research / Jody R. Westby.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. October 2014 marks the 11th Annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center

We encourage you to review the materials on display and to visit the websites of the sponsors of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to learn more.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thanks to All Who Participated in Our September Library Card Sign-Up Month Contest!

The Law Library would like to thank all the students who stopped by the Law Library during the month of September to link their Coyote Cards with their borrowing accounts.  All students who did so were eligible to enter a contest for a jar of Starburst candies.  The winner of the contest was Chad Dotson.  Congratulations Chad!

If you didn't have a chance to stop by during September, it's not too late to come by the Circulation/Reference Desk and have us link your card.  Don't forget that we can also always check out items to you even if you don't have your card with you.  Just provide the desk staff with your name and some other form of identification.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October is Co-op Month - Law Library Display

October is National Co-op Month and the Law Library is now featuring a display which highlights many of the Law Library's resources regarding cooperative associations.  Featured in the display is a recent print issue of the USDA's Rural Cooperatives magazine from the Law Library's Periodicals collection (the publication is also available electronically from the USDA here). 

The display also offers information about the Uniform Limited Cooperative Associations Act (ULCAA) as well as scholarly articles authored by Law School Dean Thomas Geu about the ULCAA.  Dean Geu's articles can be accessed via the Law School's Selected Works site here.

Several print titles from the Law Library's collection are also featured in the display, including:

Agricultural Co-operation / Malcolm Sargent

The Rise of American Cooperative Enterprise:1620-1920 / Joseph G. Knapp

The Law of Cooperatives / Charles T. Autry and Roland F. Hall

The Farmer’s Benevolent Trust: Law and Agricultural Cooperation in Industrial America, 1865-1945 / Victoria Saker Woeste 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Display and LibGuide

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which was first recognized by Congress in 1989 to encourage awareness of the tragedy of domestic violence, to encourage the support of those who are working to end domestic violence, and to promote other efforts toward this important cause.  Legislation designating the commemorative month has passed each year since.

This year, the President's Proclamation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) calls on "all Americans to speak out against domestic violence and support local efforts to assist victims of these crimes in finding the help and healing they need."  It also highlights the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the recent reauthorization of VAWA which "expanded housing assistance; added critical protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans; and empowered tribal governments to protect Native American women from domestic violence in Indian Country." 

In recognition of DVAM, the Law Library has coordinated with the USD School of Law Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, and Stalking Project (DVSVSP) to create a display offering both Law Library resources on Domestic Violence Law as well as community resources available to victims of domestic violence.  Information on Domestic Violence Safe Options Services (a Vermillion-based member program of the South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence) is available, as well as one of the silhouettes and materials from the Coalition's Silent Witness program.  The silhouettes represent South Dakota women and children who were killed by acts of domestic violence.

Throughout the month of October, DVSVSP is welcoming donations on behalf of Domestic Violence Safe Options Services.  Donations can be placed in the bin under the display table in the Law Library.  Suggested donations include any paper products, such as paper towels, toilet paper, and tissues, as well as household cleaning products.  Domestic Violence Safe Options Services can be contacted at (605)624-5311.

The Law Library has also created a LibGuide that offers information and resources to those researching in the area of Domestic Violence Law.

Reminder About Noise Levels in the Law Library

October is here and the fall semester is roaring right along.  However, the Law Library would like to again gently remind our students that "roaring" noise levels are not appropriate for the Law Library.

As we mentioned in our previous post at the beginning of the semester:

1.   Noise on the main floor should be kept at a conversational level.  Out of courtesy to other library users, cell phone calls should be moved outside the double doors of the Law Library and into the lobby area.

2.  Communications on the lower level should also be kept at a conversational level.

3.  The upper level of the library generally receives less traffic and provides a place for quiet study.  Please keep communications on the upper level to a minimum.

If you desire a quieter place to study in the Law Library, study rooms on both the lower level and upper level are available on a first come, first serve basis or may be reserved in the Dean's Suite.

The Law Library staff and your fellow students thank you for your cooperation!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Monday, October 13 is Native Americans' Day - Library Hours and Display

Monday, October 13 is Native Americans' Day, a legal holiday in the State of South Dakota.  In South Dakota, Native Americans' Day is "dedicated to the remembrance of the great Native American leaders who contributed so much to the history of our state" (SDCL 1-5-1.2). 

The McKusick Law Library will be closed to the public on Monday, October 13, and circulation and reference services will not be available.  We will resume our normal public hours of 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14.  Law students can continue to access the Law Library 24/7 throughout the weekend and on Monday, October 13 using their University ID cards. 

In honor of Native Americans' Day the Law Library is currently featuring a display with resources from the Law Library's Native American Law collection.  The Law Library also offers a LibGuide with information on additional resources for researching Native American Law. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Susskind Talk Focuses on Multidisciplinary Approach to Future of Legal Profession

The ABA Journal recently reported on a presentation given by Richard Susskind at the Clio Cloud Conference 2014 held last Monday in Chicago.  Susskind, who is the author of The End of Lawyers? and other books regarding the legal profession, encouraged lawyers to view the profession's challenges as more than simply legal ones, and to enlist the collaboration of professionals in other disciplines, especially information technology.  In his keynote address at the conference Susskind suggested, "there is game-changing technology that could be adopted tomorrow" at the small firm level to ensure small firms' future success. 

For those interested in reading books written by Richard Susskind, the following titles are available in the Law Library's collection:

Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future / Richard Susskind

The End of Lawyers?: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services / Richard Susskind

Transforming the Law: Essays on Technology, Justice, and the Legal Marketplace / Richard Susskind

The Future of Law: Facing the Challenges of Information Technology/ Richard Susskind

Expert Systems in Law / Richard E. Susskind