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A Study in Environmental Activism

Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness along the Appalachian Trail  by Jay Erskine Leutze.

Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness along the Appalachian Trail by Jay Erskine Leutze.

For anyone who loves the North Carolina mountains, the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains… this is an all too familiar story. Jay Erskine Leutze’s first book is his account of the battle against a large gravel mine set to take down Belview Mountain in Avery County, North Carolina. Not only was the largest surface mine in the South to be located adjacent to homes in the small community of Dog Patch but also within close view of the Appalachian Trail, a federally protected park.

Jay Erskine Leutze is a non-practicing lawyer who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After law school, Leutze retreated to an “intentional” quiet life in Avery County intending to write, fish and hike. His quiet life ended in 1999 with a test blast that shook his home and a call from fourteen-year-old Ashley Cox that got him involved in a legal battle against Paul Brown and the Clark Stone Company. The case became known at the Putnam Mine case.

This book is the story of Leutze’s four year campaign that started with pulling together a legal defense team to a landmark decision upheld by the North Carolina Supreme Court. Along the way, his legal team partnered with advocacy groups such as the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Appalachian Trail Conference, and the National Parks Conservation Association to oppose the mine. In an ironic twist, they were also drawn into supporting the State of North Carolina as the state Division of Land Resources revoked Brown’s ninety-nine year mining permit, an unprecedented decision. The story clearly shows the twists and turns of multiple court battles as the case goes through the legal process.

Just as the case meanders through the court system, Leutze’s story fleshes out the importance of the area, describing in detail the scenic aspects of the mountains and the history of various parts and people like Sugar Top, a condominium complex built on the top of Sugar Mountain that resulted in North Carolina’s landmark Mountain Ridge Protection Act. Leutze’s humble tone and passion for the cause makes this an unusually attractive story. Here is a true guide to environmental advocacy.

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~Betty Thomas~

Note:  Stand Up That Mountain has been added the Charlotte Law Library’s collection and is available for check out.

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Resources for Professional Responsibility Courses and the MPRE

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If you are taking or preparing to take a Professional Responsibility course and/or the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), there are many helpful resources and materials at your fingertips.

The Charlotte School of Law Library has a number of professional responsibility treatises, legal periodicals, study aids, and more.  A part of the CSL Research Guide collection, Professional Responsibility outlines and describes the print treatises and e-books available to CSL students, faculty, and staff.  This collection includes major treatises, such as the Model Rules and the Restatement; study aids, including volumes from the Nutshell series; and several other popular resources.  This Guide also includes links to the CSL catalog, where users can click into full-text journals and electronic databases and search for items and articles of interest.*  The Carolinas tab includes jurisdiction-specific resources for present and future practitioners of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Another CSL Research Guide, Academic Success: Professional Responsibility, includes a listing of study materials, including Emanuel Outlines, CrunchTime, E&Es, Barbri Review, Q&As, and more.  It also provides a brief description of the different types of study aids so you can determine what may work best for you.  These items are available for check out in the CSL Law Library.

CSL students also have access to West’s Study Aids Subscription, which has 13 different e-books on the topic of legal ethics and professional responsibility.  A link to those Study Aids is available on your Westlaw homepage.  You may search by keyword or browse by subject.

Finally, on the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) MPRE website, studiers can view NCBE tips on preparing for the MPRE, a subject matter outline of the MPRE, sample test questions from the MPRE, and more.

*Off-campus access to these electronic journals and databases requires a username and password.  Your username is your Last Name, First Name (e.g., Reid, Shannon), and your password is your Library Bar Code Number, which is located on the sticker on the back of your ID badge.

~Shannon Reid~

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Got Books?

Did you know that your Law Library receives new books on a variety of law-related topics every month? Did you know that you can find out what they are by looking at the online catalog? Within a few clicks all of our new titles are within you reach!  Here’s how:

1. Go to the Encore Online Catalog and select “new purchases.”

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2. Select Featured List # 3 entitled “CSL – New Books – February 2014

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3. Now you can see all the new books we have on display.

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Also, please come see our new books on display in person in the Library. They are located on 5th floor between Circulation and the Library Administrative Suite.

~ Brian Trippodo ~

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Dry Erase Marker Kits Now Available for Checkout

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Signs have recently gone up in study rooms around the buildings informing you all about this wonderful new item available for students to checkout. Each Kit contains four Expo markers, an eraser, and a bottle of white board cleaner. The kits check out for 24 hours at a time and are ideal for all your “study room writing on the white board” needs.

Check one out today from the Library Circulation Department.

To celebrate this new arrival, I present to you a collection of dry erase board art…

Calvin and Hobbes

Dry Erase Comic Book Cover — Iron Man

The Dry Erase Scream

Wonderful Dry Erase Waves

Dry Erase Scar Face (the rhyme… oh save me from the rhyme)

And here are some links to additional dry erase board art:

~Aaron Greene~

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The Future of Libraries?

Photo by Eric Gay/Associated Press of Eric Gutierrez at BiblioTech

Photo by Eric Gay/Associated Press of Eric Gutierrez at BiblioTech

A library without books?

BiblioTech is an all-digital, public library outside San Antonio, Texas run by Bexar County that opened last September.  Designed like an Apple store, the library has two long tables with 48 iMacs, an IPad bar, and a circulation desk.  Through another door, patrons will find a room with Xbox 360s with Kinect and Microsoft Surface video tables loaded with Kaplan educational games.

A tiny café sells coffee, flash drives, and headphones. The back of the area has space for patrons to bring their own devices and connect to the wireless Internet.

The library has 10 MacBook Pros and 40 iPads available for checkout by the hour for use in the library. Bibliotech has 600 e-readers and 200 pre-loaded e-readers for children available for home use. Patrons can select up to five eBooks from a collection of 18,000 titles. After a checkout period of two weeks, the book just disappears from the device.

6,000 people visited the library during its first week, borrowing 180 e-readers.

Judge Nelson Wolff of Bexar County, an avid book collector who is credited with the BiblioTech vision, explained the initiative in an NPR interview in October. First, the County wanted to bring library services to the community at a competitive price. BiblioTech cost $2.3 million to create with a yearly operating cost of $1.1 million. In comparison, a conventional library currently being built in Austin will cost $120 million. Second, another goal was to narrow the digital divide. BiblioTech would bring access to the internet and digital devices to an economically disadvantaged area. While Judge Wolff acknowledged that not every book is in eBook format and that BiblioTech is not fulfilling that role, he points out that the library is providing access to information and other digital resources that are not available in that community. The county plans to extend BiblioTech’s reach to shopping districts, transit stations, and large businesses.

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~Betty Thomas~

References

  • Bookless library in Texas aims to ‘break down the barriers to reading.’  (2013). Washington, D.C.: National Public Radio. Retrieved from ProQuest Research Library database.
  • Cottrell, M. (2013). Paperless libraries. American Libraries, 44(9/10), 11.
  • Electronista staff. (2014, January 4). All-digital Bibliotech library opens in Texas, eschews paper books. Retrieved from http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/01/04/library.offers.48.imacs.ipads.other.tablets.for.client.use/
  • Nawotka, E. (2014, January 19). It’s Here: A Library with Nary a Book. New York Times, p. A27B(L). Retrieved from InfoTrac Newstand database.
  • Sanburn, J. (2013, October 7). Smoked stacks. Time, 182(15), 70. Retrieved from MasterFILE Complete database.

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Does The Library Have My Textbook?

Many students often ask Library staff if the Circulation Desk has a copy of their textbooks this time of year.  While we are happy to help you with this in person, here’s a quick way for you check yourself:

1) First, go to the Library’s online catalog. Links to the catalog can be found on the CSL website.

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2) Next, type in the title of the book you are looking for.

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3) You can narrow your results using the facets on the left hand side.

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4) If the Library owns the book you are looking for, you can also tell where the book is located, if it is on course reserve, and whether it’s checked out or not.

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If you’d like some more information on how to find books or study aids in our online catalog, please take a look at this Slideshare presentation.  As always, please let us know how the Library can help you!

~Brian Trippodo~

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What Study Aids Are Available in the Library?

Wondering how to determine what study aids are available in the library?  Consult this amazing walk-through, created by our Circulation Assistant, Erica Tyler, to learn more about accessing the catalog from the Charlotte Law website, using availability and format to limit your results, determining the location and status of the materials you’re looking for, and even identifying older versions of study aids that allow you longer check-out times.

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ALR Student’s Corner: Lee’s North Carolina Family Law and Its Value as a Secondary Resource

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Lee’s North Carolina Family Law (“Lee’s”) is a valuable secondary source for researching a family law issue.  Lee’s is a treatise bound in a grayish-green cover, organized into a three-volume set.  It can be found in the “Carolinas” section at the Charlotte School of Law Library with the Library of Congress call number KFN7494.L43 (using the search term “family law north carolina” in the Library’s catalog gets you here).

The library’s current copy of Lee’s is the Fifth Edition, published in 1993 by the Miche Company, in Charlottesville, Virginia.  However, Lee’s is kept up-to-date by yearly pocket parts that are located in the back of each volume, to ensure that the researcher has access to the most current rule of law and annotations.

The three-volume set is organized in such a way that pre-marriage – marriage – post marriage situations occur in reality, making it an easy source to navigate even without an advanced knowledge of the law.  Moreover, the volumes consistently flow from one to another, so that there is no confusion between Chapter or Section numbers within each volume.  For example, in the First Volume, there are five main Chapters, while the Second Volume starts with “Chapter 6” to continue the flow of the organization between the volumes.  Additionally, each volume contains a Summary Table of Contents that lists the topics covered throughout the volume by Chapter, as well as a detailed Table of Contents that separates information under each Chapter by Section that then further narrows to multiple Subsections.  The comprehensive Table of Contents provides an excellent tool to help researchers navigate through specific and relevant legal issues.

The treatise also contains a variety of other finding tools to help a researcher efficiently retrieve information.  Each volume contains an index that lists all the relevant terms within that volume and directs a researcher to the relevant sections within the book.  Furthermore, Lee’s contains two other valuable finding tools located in the back of each volume, a “Table of Cases” and “Table of Authorities.”  These contain lists of relevant cases, organized alphabetically, and a list of all the pertinent North Carolina statutes referenced within the treatise.

One of the most helpful finding tools within the treatise are the annotations at the bottom of almost every page, which direct the researcher to the legal authority (both primary and other secondary) for the rules of law discussed in the treatise.

The following illustration demonstrates how one can use Lee’s to help efficiently and effectively research an issue:

You have recently opened your own general law practice, and one of your first clients comes to you with questions regarding what options she has in her current marriage situation.  She separated from her husband and moved into her own apartment in March 2012, and although the couple tried to reconcile the relationship a few times since then (as late as this past February), she has decided that she is done with the marriage and wants a divorce.  After conducting the rest of the client interview, you assure her that you will be in touch shortly with answers, and immediately get to work.

Because you are only vaguely familiar with family law, you decide to start with Lee’s North Carolina Family Law because as a treatise it provides a general overview of the law, as well as a detailed Table of Contents to accurately guide you through the relevant information.  You decide to start in the Second Volume under “Chapter 7 – Absolute Divorce” because your client wants to divorce her husband.

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As you scroll through the very detailed Subsections listed below each Section in the Table of Contents, you come across “Divorce Based on Separation: Elements and Defenses” and decide to start there.  Under that Section, the Table of Contents further subdivides to such subtopics as “Residence” or “Resuming the Marital Relationship”.  These subtopics help a researcher narrow the legal issue.  After reading through the relevant sections pertaining to your client’s divorce situation, you are confident that you have completed all the necessary research to satisfy your client’s concerns.

The demonstration above shows the value of Lee’s North Carolina Family Law as a secondary resource in which to effectively and efficiently research a legal issue.  Because everyone does not have access to treatises, either in print or by subscription, free internet resources about family law, such as the Rosen Law Firm, are available for a general understanding of Family Law in North Carolina.

~ Brittany Tidd, Class of 2013 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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Upper Level Study Aids? We’ve Got You Covered!

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You asked and we listened!

We have new upper level study aids available for check-out in the library. These are some of the new arrivals that can be borrowed for 3 days or 3 hours.

Administrative Law

  • Administrative Law: Examples & Explanations (2012)

Business Associations

  • Business Associations: Questions & Answers (2011)

Civil Procedure

  • Civil Procedure: Examples & Explanations (2013)
  • The Glannon Guide to Civil Procedure (2013)
  • Understanding: Conflict of Laws (2013)

Commercial Law

  • Secured Transactions: Examples & Explanations (2011)
  • Payment Systems: Examples & Explanations (2013)
  • Questions & Answers: Secured Transaction (2011)

Contracts

  • Contracts: Examples & Explanations (2013)

Constitutional Law

  • Constitutional Law National Power and Federalism: Examples & Explanations (2013)
  • Constitutional Law Individual Rights: Examples & Explanations (2013)
  • Questions & Answers: The First Amendment (2010)
  • Questions & Answers: Constitutional Law (2007)

Corporations

  • Corporations: Examples & Explanations (2012)

Criminal Law

  • Criminal Law: Examples & Explanations (2013)

Criminal Procedure

  • Criminal Procedure II From Bail to Jail: Examples & Explanations (2012)
  • Criminal Procedure: Emmanuel (2012)

Evidence

  • Questions & Answers: Evidence (2013)

Family Law

  • Family Law: Examples & Explanations (2013)
  • Questions & Answers: Family Law (2011)

Professional Responsibility

  • Professional Responsibility: Emmanuel (2013)
  • Questions & Answers: Professional Responsibility (2012)
  • Professional Responsibility: Examples & Explanations (2011)

Real Estate Finance & Land Use

  • Real Estate Transaction: Examples & Explanations (2011)
  • Real Estate: Emmanuel (2010)

Remedies

  • Remedies: Examples & Explanations (2013)

Taxation

  • Agency & Partnerships, and LLCs (2012)

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates: Examples & Explanations (2012)
  • Questions & Answers: Wills, Trusts, and Estates (2008)

To view all of our study aids and their current check-out status, refer to our Academic Success LibGuide!

~Erica Tyler~

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ALR Student’s Corner: Law Among Nations – An Introduction to Public International Law for New Researchers

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Law Among Nations: An Introduction to Public International Law
Von Glahn, Gerhard and James Taulbee, Law Among Nations: An Introduction to Public International Law (Pearson Longman, 8th ed. 2007).

This treatise is located in print in the CSL Library. It can be found in the Treatise section of the library. After finding the call number (KZ3185.v6 2007) by using the online catalog, you follow the call number cards to the International Law shelf and find the book in the middle of the left side of the aisle.

Content

Law Among Nations is a single volume that was published in 2007 (the 10th edition, published in 2012, is currently available at online booksellers). There is a Table of Contents, Index of Cases, Arbitral Awards and Advisory Opinions, and Index. These resources allow researchers to efficiently locate their topic and narrow down their research.  Law Among Nations provides an introduction and overview of major subject areas in international law.  Although not visible in the Table of Contents, the chapters are divided by sub-topic to provide structure and help guide researchers as they read.   Each chapter is followed by a list of  “Suggested Readings” that list academic articles as well as relevant authority.

Using the Treatise as a Secondary Source

To better understand how to use this resource, we will walk through a brief research exercise.  Imagine you are taking a course on international law. For one of your assignments, your professor asks you to examine a major current event in light of international law. You recall reading about the Arab Spring and Syria. You decide to research if the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has committed any war crimes in the on-going conflict.

After deciding to start with a secondary source to get an overview of war crimes, you locate Law Among Nations and check the table of contents for “war crimes” and notice Chapter 21 is titled “International Humanitarian Law: War Crimes.” You turn to the first page of the chapter (p. 628) and begin flipping through the pages.  There is a list of types of war crimes on page 633 that provides a broad research map for you to begin.  You continue skimming the chapter and notice there is a list of acts constituting war crimes on page 642 and decide to follow up with the sources listed.  The end of the chapter provides almost two pages of additional readings on war crimes that cite to academic articles, as well as United Nations Treaties and Protocols governing war crimes.

Conclusion

Law Among Nations is a helpful tool for researchers new to international law. It provides a general overview of major international law areas and sub-topics. The suggested reading lists are extremely helpful to guide the reader to more specific instruments of international law.  While the table of contents would be more helpful if it guided readers to more specific topics, the book is generally well-organized and the language is easy to follow.

 ~ Nadia Aziz, Class of 2013 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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