Author Archives: Jamie Marie Keller, JD, MLIS

Time Well Wasted!!

Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.

                                                                                                               –Bill Watterson

With the bar and finals approaching, most of you probably view the arrival of yet another weekend with both dread and delight! Dread that there are only a few more weekends between you and the exams; delight that you are almost done. Dread that there is so much more you have to study; delight that you might be able to do something fun or get some much needed rest. Dread that you are going to waste time this weekend, delight that you have time to waste this weekend….While it is important to be prepared for your exams, it is also important to pace yourself and take breaks—both physical and mental so that you do not burn out!!

With a little planning, your time can be both well-spent and well-wasted!

So, here are some fun choices….

For me, this weekend is all about Spidey! Watch the Amazing Spider-Man in action at a theater near you or the IMAX to enjoy spine-tingling special effects and rate your spider senses. However, if a masked superhero is not your cup of tea, how about a crusader of a different mettle? Learn what law and justice really means from Atticus Finch as he takes on the case of his life in the classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Enjoy the hot weather! Go to the beach and get some sun (don’t forget the sunblock), or take advantage of summer deals like the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ offer of tickets at half-price for those days that the temperature is predicted to hit 92 or higher.  Make sure you print the coupon from their website before you visit the Zoo. In addition, the grand opening of the Riverside Arts Market is on Saturday.

No matter what you decide to do this weekend, remember to spend some time well-wasted!!

To Do or Not To Do: Professionalism and the Lawyer

Only one week before summer officially begins! Yes! Yes! Yes!

It’s wonderful to imagine that you’ll spend your time having fun at the beach, travelling, or indulging in various other forms of entertainment.  Reality, however, often falls short. For most law students, summer is the time for externships, internships, clinics, summer school, and bar prep!

One thing to keep in mind this summer, as you work towards your goals, is that the legal world is a small one and that your reputation follows you around.  You don’t want to be either of these “stellar” examples: Vegas Lawyer; Florida Lawyer

While it might be fun to read about or watch these lawyers, do you want to be remembered for being unprofessional?

Weekend Doings – June 1-3

All weekend –

If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, feel free to send them to me to be included in future posts.
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Friday, June 1st –

Saturday, June 2nd –

Sunday, June 3rd – 

Holiday Weekend May 25 – 28

If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, feel free to send them to me to be included in future posts.

Memorial day weekend and the unofficial start to summer! Be sure to check the library hours, as we will be closed on Monday!

All weekend –

  • Theater your thing? After Ashley, a dark comedy produced by the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, is at the Adele Grage Cultural Center Friday and Saturday nights at 8 t. $15 cash or check only.
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Friday, May 25th –

Saturday, May 26th –

  • Sweet Pete’s Bee Palooza is all about the honey! From sustainable bee gardens to honey marshmallows, Sweet Pete’s has bees covered!

Sunday, May 27th – 

Monday, May 28th –

  • The Jacksonville Suns Baseball team is playing the Mobile BayBears (no, that’s not a typo, they are the BayBears, one word) Monday at 6:05 pm. Check the schedule for times, prices, and specials for the rest of the week.

Weekend Happenings May 18-20

If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, feel free to send them to me to be included in future posts.

All weekend –

  • Theater your thing? After Ashley, a dark comedy produced by the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, is at the Adele Grage Cultural Center Friday and Saturday nights at 8 through the end of the month. $15 cash or check only.
To see daily events, click on the Continue Reading link.

Finals Finally Finished! Here’s What’s Going on May 11-13

Of course, the library hours will change, so be sure to check before coming in.

If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, feel free to send them to me to be included in future posts.

All weekend –

  • Local Bluegrass band Grandpa’s Cough Medicine is playing Friday night at Fly’s Tie Irish Pub in Atlantic Beach at 10 pm. They’ll also play Saturday with Fusebox Funk at Mojo Kitchen in Jacksonville Beach at 10 pm.
  • With headliners Erykah Badu and Doug E. Fresh (I think I just dated myself), Funk Fest looks to be an exciting place to be this weekend! Tickets are $65 for both Friday and Saturday, at Metropolitan Park at 6 pm on Friday and 5 pm Saturday.
  • Theatre your thing? After Ashley, a dark comedy produced by the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, is at the Adele Grage Cultural Center Friday and Saturday nights at 8 through the end of the month. $15 cash or check only.

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What are you doing this weekend?

If you’re working on an ALWR or studying for finals, take a look at the library hours and reference hours.

If you’re headed out, here are some things to see and do:

The Agony and the Ecstasy!!

Guts and Glory; or Blood, Sweat, and Tears? With sports, it always depends on if your side is winning or losing, or the level of violence involved. This is the perfect weekend to experience the highs and lows of organized sports; there is something for everyone! Some of the options are the Stanley Cup playoffs (Go Canucks!!), UFC, and the Roller Derby

If you are not into the agony and ecstasy of organized sports, maybe you want to check out all things Turkish at the Turkish Festival, or visit the Tour de Farm event, which showcases Northeast Florida farmers, free food, and more.

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you enjoy the penultimate weekend before finals.

The Government Attic and Other Government Information

What do you get when you start sending FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests to various federal agencies? The Government Attic. With information ranging from a collection of U.S. Supreme Court Legal Maxims compiled by the Department of Justice to a list of CIA Inspector General completed investigations to a report about the use of iPads by the Department of Transportation, the Government Attic is a great way to spend a few hours seeing what administrative agencies do.

See two more sources of equally intriguing government information after the jump…

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The Lighter side of Research!

Hope you enjoyed your spring break and are ready to get back into the swing of things!

Still working on your ALWRs, MSJs, or other legal research projects? Next week, we are offering Workshops in low cost legal research because sometimes Westlaw and LexisNexis do not provide all the answers.

Here is a fun look at legal research: Research tips; Why you should take breaks!; Westlaw vs.LexisNexis