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And Now, the Exciting Conclusion to "Which Justice Said That?"!

The Justice who once said,I do not think the Supreme Court lives in a vacuum. It reads the newspapers. I suppose it is influenced by the reaction of a society to its decisions; at least I hope it is. I think it should be.Is . . .5. Antonin Scalia!!(See Nomination of Judge Antonin Scalia: Hearings Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 99th Cong., S. Hrg. 99-1064, at 34 (1986).)[Make of it what you will.]

It's Time to Play "Which Justice Said That?"!

In this week's episode, a look back at a comment on the desirability of the Supreme Court's responsiveness to public reaction to its decisions.Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this week's exciting installment of "Which Justice Said That?". And, without further ado, let's get right to this week's quote:During the hearings on his nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States of America, this nominee declared,I do not think the Supreme Court lives in a vacuum. It reads the newspapers. I suppose it is influenced by the reaction of a society to its decisions; at least I hope it is. I think it should be.Now:Which . . . Justice . . . Said That?!Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr.Stephen G. BreyerAnthony M. KennedyJohn G. Roberts, Jr.Antonin ScaliaClarence ThomasFeel free to put your guess in the Comments section below. Come back tomorrow for the exciting conclusion to this episode of "Which Justice Said That?"!!

Don't Panic, It's Exam Time!

Law school exams are right around the corner, and there are lots of resources available to help you prepare. This short guide includes just a few these items.

Remember law students, you will survive your law school exams- don’t panic!

UHLC students can search past exams by course name or professor name at You will need your cougarnet username and password to gain access. Taking an old exam can be a great way to prepare, and it is especially helpful to go over your answers with a study group, so you can use each other’s knowledge to fill in gaps.

Also at there are exam tips from Tamsen Valoir. These tips are especially good for preparing for essay exams.

 The O’Quinn Law Library also has a number of books about preparing for exams, many are listed below. If you are looking for a study guide for a specific course, ask a reference librarian, we will be happy to show you what’s available in that subject area.

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O'Quinn Law Library CLE Workshop

To help recently graduated alumni to meet the needs of a demanding legal environment, the University of Houston O'Quinn Law Library will hold its second annual free CLE workshop on April 27, offering special training in Texas legal research, information on free or low cost online sources, and the application of the latest information technology.  This workshop carries three Texas CLE credits.  Law librarians and other attorneys are also welcome.  For details and registration please click here.

iWrite Legal App

Need a little help with your legal writing projects?Try the iWrite Legal app!This app, developed by a legal writing professor at Suffolk University Law School, is intended to help law students and legal professionals become better legal writers.The app includes three different sections: Legal Writing Tips. Legal Writing Checklists, and Additional Resource.The Legal Writing Tips section includes a number of short paragraphs about important aspects of legal writing such as sentence length, transitions, and surplus words.  

The Legal Writing Checklists section of the app prompts authors to think about the important issues related to particular steps in the legal writing process.The checklists cover the initial stages of writing, revising, editing, and proofreading. For instance, if you are at the revising stage, the checklist asks “Did you logically develop your ideas, going from general to specific?” and “Have you used headings and subheadings in a logical order and structure?”
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The Environmental Protection Agency's Website

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is responsible for most federal environmental regulations and enforcement, has a comprehensive website, with information useful for everyone ranging from the general public researching environmental law to businesses interested in environmental compliance. The "about EPA" tab will allow users to access staff directories, responsibilities, and organizational information for the EPA's headquarters offices and the ten regional offices. The main page has a convenient map that allows access to EPA related information for each state.

The "Laws & Regulations" tab at the top of the page will allow users to link to "Laws & Executive Orders," which will provide information and sources pertaining to environmental acts such as the "Clean Air Act" or the "Clean Water Act" and users can get the PDF of the entire act and access related regulations. The "Policy & Guidance" link…