Author Archives: Chuck Marcus

Register to Vote!!

Click here and you can register to vote online right now

 Registration Deadline

The deadline to register or re-register to vote in the upcoming November election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on October 15th, 2016. If you submit an application after this time, your application will still be processed for future elections.

What You Will Need

To register online you will need

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number,
  • The last four digits of your social security number and
  • Your date of birth.

Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote by completing the online interview by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on October 15th, 2016.

July 2017 CA Bar will have a different format

The State Bar of CA made it official:

Effective July 2017: The California Bar Exam is a two-day test with three components:

Sixth Floor is Back Open

Construction on the the Sixth Floor of the 200 McAllister St. building has been completed. The Sixth Floor is now available as a quiet space for Bar Study. There are six individual study rooms and several open tables for student use.

Westlaw – Lexis – Bloomberg – Summer Access 2016


Continuing Students: In order to have full summer access to Westlaw, continuing students will need to extend their passwords. Look for the registration banner once you log in to Westlaw.

Summer password extension is available only if a student has a permissible academic use for the password this summer such as:

  • School-related work or for school credit
  • Law review and journal, including write-on competitions
  • Moot court
  • Research assistant positions
  • Unpaid internships / externship

Students who do not register for extended summer access will get 60 hours of access per month in June and July and full access in August.

Graduating Students: Graduating students may extend access while studying for the bar by registering for Grad Elite program. Look for the registration tile once you login to Westlaw.

Registered students will retain Westlaw access for 60 hours through November 30th 2016.


No registration for summer access is required if you already have a registered Lexis Advance ID.

Continuing students: Continuing students will have free and unlimited Lexis Advance access this summer.  Registration is not required and there are no restrictions on the use of your law school IDs.

Graduating Students: Graduating students will have access through their law school IDs through December 31st 2016.  You may register for Lexis ASPIRE Program (link is external), which will permit job-related access to Lexis Advance for the duration of your public interest work, even if beyond December, 2016.


All registered students will have unlimited BloombergLaw access during summer. Graduating students will have unlimited and unrestricted Bloomberg access for 6 months following graduation.

SPCA Dog Therapy Program April 2016

GetFileAttachment The SPCA Dog Therapy program is coming back to the Law Library beginning Monday, April 25th. Dog therapy is designed to be a fun stress-reliever for our busy students, a gift of some happy-go-lucky play with a furry friend as relief from studying. So take a break and let one of these trained, friendly dogs help you forget all about the law for a few minutes.photo22

Our doggie “therapists” will be located on the fourth floor of the 200 McAllister building in the Library. Students are welcome to sign up for 10-minute stress break sessions. All dogs are friendly and trained and accompanied by experienced SPCA volunteers. Sign-up sheets and more information can be found at the Library circulation desk.  Read here about the science of eye to eye contact between humans and dogs.

Dogs therapy is being offered in Study Room 412 in the Library at the following times:

Monday, April 25th, 2016 10:30-12:00  Lola Pomeranian / Chihuahua
Monday, April 25th, 2016 2:00 – 3:30 Sammie Yorkie / Bedlington Terrier
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 10:30-12:00 Dasher and Prancer King Charles Cavalier Spaniels
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 2:00 – 3:30 Jacee Golden Retriever / Labrador
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 10:30-12:00 Hank German Shepard / Terrier
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 2:00 – 3:30 Brixton Golden Retriever
Thursday, April 28th, 2016 10:30-12:00 Jackie Sussex Spaniel
Thursday, April 28th, 2016 2:00 – 3:30 Sierra Golden Retriever


Chuck Marcus
UC Hastings College of the Law Library

What’s the California Supreme Court thinking? One justice gives us a clue

Full story from the  Los Angeles Times

During the last several months, CA Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, a former law professor, has written two lengthy dissents from the majority’s refusal to hear cases. The first, in October, protested the court’s vote against hearing a case in which a 10-year-old was deemed capable of waiving his right to remain silent. The second came Friday. Liu protested that the court should have considered an appeal from two marijuana growers sentenced to life for a killing a jury found they did not personally commit.