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HCLL Alert
May 2005

Avoid Weapons Screening!  Use The Book Drop
View of South End of the Government Center's Public Services Level
The Book Drop is at the south end of the Public Services Level.

View of Entrance to Violations Bureau area
It is located by the Violations Bureau and the public computer terminals.

Our lovely Book Drop.
Return books here and avoid Weapons Screening altogether!

The Law Library has a book drop on the Public Services Level of the Government Center that can be reached without having to pass through the weapons screening equipment.  The book drop is located in the southeast corner of the floor behind the Court Tower elevator lobby.  It will save you time, particularly during the busy periods for weapons screening, which are just before 9:00 a.m. and after lunch, when court sessions normally begin.

After Memorial Day, the temporarily installed weapons screening equipment will be moved closer to the walls on the east and west sides of the Public Services Level, resulting in more open space around the reflecting pool.  In August the County Board of Commissioners will decide which of the two locations will become the permanent one for weapons screening.

For more information, see the Hennepin County Weapons Screening Page

HCLL Closed On Memorial Day
The Hennepin County Law Library will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.
Featured Web Site
Find out what the capitol of Tuvalu is.The 2005 edition of the CIA World Factbook is now available online.  It is a good source of information on approximately 270 countries.  It includes maps, flags, geographic information, statistics about the people, and information about the government and economy.  The CIA World Factbook contains hard to find statistics such as mortality rates, military budgets, or numbers of cell phones.
FOCUS ON: Consumer Credit And Sales Legal Practice Series
The Law Library includes a complete collection of all of the titles in this series published by the National Consumer Law Center (also see their Web site at  The series consists of 16 titles, updated annually with pamphlet supplements and arranged into four libraries:  the debtor rights library, the credit and banking library, the consumer litigation library, and the deception and warranties library.  Each title is accompanied by a CD-ROM. Both the books and the CD-ROMs circulate to registered borrowers.  The manuals are designed to be an attorneyÂ’s primary practice guide and resource for the subject covered.

Each title usually reproduces the relevant federal statute and usually the major state laws; often manuals and CDs include sample pleadings and forms, as well as administrative interpretations and hard-to-locate rulings, briefs, and notices.  The Law Library also subscribes to Consumer Law in a Box, a CD-ROM containing all the documents and software from all of the NCLC title-specific CD-ROMs.  Using keyword searches and internet-style navigation, it is possible to quickly locate document you need.

The manuals themselves are well-indexed, with each title containing not only an index to its own contents but also a more general index to the contents of the other titles in the series.  If you have not yet used Fair Debt Collection, Fair Credit Reporting, or Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices or one of the other titles in this consumer law series, try them the next time you want to ensure justice and fair treatment for your client.

See all HCLL volumes published by the NCLC.

Summer Associate Orientation Program 2005
This is what we sometimes feel like.HCLL and the Hennepin County Bar Association will co-host an orientation program to acquaint summer associates with the Law Library and the services we provide.  The program, including a tour and refreshments, will be offered on four different dates.  There is no charge for participating, but we appreciate reservations to help us plan for refreshments and printed materials.
  • Tuesday, May 24
  • Wednesday, June 1
  • Friday, June 3 full
  • Wednesday, June 8

All sessions start at 8:30 a.m.

Call Judy Zetterberg to register (612-348-2903), or register using our Web form.

New Arrivals
You can see HCLL's most recent acquisitions and other featured lists here.

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