Law in the News: In California, a handful of cities begin neighborhood patrols to warn residents of water waste

At least 45 water agencies throughout California, including Sacramento, are imposing and enforcing mandatory restrictions on water use as their supplies run dangerously low. Sacramento is one of the few bigger agencies actively patrolling streets for violators and encouraging neighbors to report waste.

They teach residents to avoid hosing down driveways, overwatering lawns or filling swimming pools. While gentle reminders are preferred, citations and fines can follow for repeat offenders
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Law in the News: $100M suit targets FedEx in fatal Northern Calif. crash

A San Diego attorney who filed the first lawsuit against FedEx after its truck collided with a tour bus in Northern California spoke with 10News Thursday.

Attorney King Aminpour filed a $100 million negligence lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of the family of 17-year-old Jennifer Bonilla of Los Angeles, one of 10 people killed in the crash.
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Jump start your exam review period with Study Aids!

Study aids are an excellent tool to review legal subjects, and may include outlines, practice questions, charts and other useful review tools.  As the final exams approach, you may want to check out our Study Aids Guide . The guide lists study aids available at the UC Hastings library by legal topic. Many study aids are kept at the 4th floor Circulation Desk reserves area, and can be checked out for two hours (or, in some cases, 24 hours).

Website highlight: Ravel Law

Ravel Law is a scholarship tool that analyzes cases with graphical displays. Search for a case by keyword, and the system will display its history in easy to understand visual formats . The Judge search displays opinions written by Supreme Court judges using the visual method.

Registration: Ravel Law is free to .edu users. Students can register with their UC Hastings IDs.

More about Ravel Law: Unraveling Ravel Law blog entry by Ashley Ahlbrand

Legal News: Common Web Encryption Tool Is Flawed, Researchers Say

Common Web Encryption Tool Is Flawed, Researchers Say
An encryption tool used by a large chunk of the Internet is flawed, potentially exposing reams of data meant to be hidden from prying eyes. The bug, nicknamed Heartbleed by researchers at Google Inc. and cybersecurity firm Codenomicon, could have affected two-thirds of active websites when it was disclosed Monday, they said.
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Rent-a-Pet at the Library!

Following the success of our dog therapy program, the library will expand its services to offer a new service to students, Rent-a-Pet. Students will be able to “rent” (borrow) a pet for a period of time between 2 hours and 24 hours. Borrowing is free, but your student ID is required.

While “traditional” animals like dogs, cats and parakeets will of course be offered, the library has some surprises in store. Culminating upon three-month negotiations, the library has teamed up with the San Francisco Zoo to offer students access to more exotic animals like parrots, turtles and monkeys. We are currently working on obtaining permission to bring over baby polar bears!

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This service begins today, April 1, 2014.

photo courtesy of Firstpeople