Westlaw: Drafting Assistant

To add a Table of Authorities to your Appellate Brief, it is recommended that you use Westlaw’s Draft Assistant tool. The tool will insert a TOA by picking up cases and numbering in your brief. Of course, you also have the option to insert a TOA manually, and you can learn those instructions through the Harnish Law Library’s Word Formatting Page

  1. Log in to lawschool.thomasreuters.com
  2. In the top tab that indicates “Westlaw, TWEN…” click the drop-down arrow. Then click Drafting Assistant Essential.

3. You will be able to upload a word document. Upload your COMPLETED appellate brief. If it is not fully completed, the numbering and cases will be incorrect.

4. After uploading your brief, choose “TOA Builder” from the left-hand tool column.

5. Under the TOA builder you will have the option to add a citation range, and then to “run” the TOA builder.

6. Once the process has run, and you have selected where your TOA should be placed, select “Finish” and save your new document.

7. With your new appellate brief, carefully go through your citations and cases to ensure that the TOA builder assigned pages correctly. Also, check to make sure that spaces between periods are correct based on the local classroom rules you received for double- or single-spaces after periods. The TOA builder will not fix spacing automatically.

Note: If there’s an issue with the Word document that is downloaded from the TOA builder, then you can simply copy and paste the TOA itself into the version of the document the partners have been working on. 

If you have any questions about the information in this article, please feel free to contact Information Services at support@law.pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-7425.

View Your Unofficial Transcript

Your unofficial transcript details cumulative credits and classes taken at Pepperdine, as well as credits from different programs and grades for each class. Some job or post-grad applications even require this document. Please follow the steps below to learn how to access your unofficial transcript.

  1. Go to wavenet.pepperdine.edu and log in using your Pepperdine credentials.
  2. Next, click on Academics in the left column.

3. Then click on View Unofficial Transcripts.

4. A dialogue box will appear, prompting you to click on the link. This will allow you to view your transcript, and email a copy to your school email.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the content covered in this article, please feel free to contact Information Services at support@law.pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-7425.

Reduce Background Noise in Zoom

This guide will show you how to reduce background noise in Zoom, so that your audio will come through crisp and uninhibited for your audience.

Option 1: In the Meeting

If you are already in the Zoom meeting and notice that you are picking up a lot of background noise, click on the small arrow next to your microphone in the bottom left corner. This will open audio settings. Click on Audio Settings.

Option 2: Before the Meeting

Open the Zoom application on your current computer. Since this setting deals with the audio on the computer you are using, you will need to change this setting for different computers and desktops you use.

Next, click on the gear icon at the top right corner of your application. This will take you into your settings.

Once in Settings: Suppress Background Noise

In the Audio tab, there is an option to suppress background noise. The default is Auto, but you may choose High to suppress even loud noises such as typing and dog barks.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the content covered in this article, please feel free to contact Information Services at support@law.pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-7425.

Set Up Automatic Recording in Zoom

The automatic recording feature, found in the setting for your Zoom meetings, is reuired for Law School classes on Zoom this semester. Follow the instructions below to set up automatic recording for your Zoom meetings.

  1. Navigate to  zoom.pepperdine.edu and then log in to your account. Click on Meetings in the left-hand column. Either click on a previously scheduled meeting to alter it to include automatic recording, or if you are creating one from scratch, click Schedule Meeting.

2. Ensure all of the information for the meeting is filled in, then scroll down to the Meeting Options section. Select Automatically Record and In the Cloud.

Please remember to make that change for all occurrences of the meeting, which is automatic if your meetings are automatically recurring.

3. Click Save and you are good to go!

Notes

  • If you would like to come on to Zoom a few minutes before class begins, simply Pause the recording once you enter class and resume when class begins.
  • Unpaused, the recording will continue until it is manually paused or stopped, or you end class, even if you run over scheduled time.
  • Panapto will automatically back up your Zoom recordings. Zoom’s retention period is 6 months and Panapto’s is 5 years. It’s mostly used as an archive. 

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the content covered in this article, please feel free to contact Information Services at support@law.pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-7425.

iClicker: Access Exit Poll

These instructions will allow you to access an exit poll to give feedback at the end of a class through iClicker.

  1. Log into iclicker.com
  2. Click on your course.

3. Click on the bell at the top right corner.

4. Click on the session date you want to provide feedback for.

5. Provide feedback, then click submit.

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

Use iClicker as a Study Tool

These instructions will help you use the iClicker app as a study tool for your courses. Please view the instructions below to take advantage of this helpful function in iClicker!

These study guides are customized by you, the student. Learn below how to locate the study tools section in iClicker, and then how to upload your own content to the study tools so you can begin reviewing.

Locating the Study Tools in iClicker

  1. Log in to iclicker.com as a Student. If you do not have an account yet or need instructions for logging in, please read this article.
  2. Click into the class you wish to study for. For example, I could click into the “Evidence” course listed below if I wanted to study for that class.

3. There is a “study tools” button in the top toolbar. Click on it to enter your study section.

4. You may see that you have no content to review here, if you have not flagged questions. See the below instructions to learn how to flag questions.


Flag Questions for Study Tools

  1. From the top toolbar in your selected course, select “Class History.” Then click on a poll, which will open up the questions that were asked in that poll.

2. You may flag questions that you would like to review here, and the flagged questions will appear in the study tools bar.

3. Now, when you click on the Study Tools button, you will see any questions you flagged. You will now have the ability to use flashcards and practice tests for the questions.

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

ExamSoft: Log In Through Pepperdine

These instructions will show you how to log in to ExamSoft Examplify through Pepperdine as your institution.

  1. Log in to the Examplify application.

In the top right corner, click on the Home Menu. In the drop-down, click Switch Accounts.

2. Select “Add New Account.”

3. Type in “Pepperdine” to the Institution ID box, and select “Pepperdine University School of Law (pepperdinelaw)”

4. You will be directed to a sign-in page. Enter the User ID and Password that was emailed to you. 

Examsoft: Restore Desktop Settings

Changes to your desktop screen (files moved around, missing buttons, replaced wallpaper, etc.) after exiting an exam is a common issue with Examplify, and the changes are part of the system lockdown imposed by Examplify during an exam.

These instructions will guide you on restoring your desktop to its original state if is altered after you have taken a closed Examplify ExamSoft exam.

While we cannot prevent the possibility of your desktop being changed, the Examplify website provides instructions on how to restore your computer in the case of this issue.

For Microsoft

*Examplify must be completely installed on your device before following these steps. You will be running the command:

  1. Open Windows File Explorer, and select “Local Disk (C:)” on the left-hand menu.
    Double-click on “Program Files (x86)”

2. Then double-click on ExamSoft and then Examplify

3. Double-click on “Services”

4. Then right-click on the “EsWinsr” file. Select Run as an Administrator. Allow the pop-up script to run, and it will close automatically.

5. Restart your computer, and your desktop should be restored.

For Mac

  1. Press Command + Space Bar together to open search. Type in “Terminal.” Double-click on the applicaiton.

2. A script box will pop up. Paste the command typed out below into the end of the script and press enter:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool YES
killall Finder
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO
defaults delete com.apple.dock mcx-expose-disabled
killall Dock
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type png
cd /Library/Caches
rm /Library/Caches/com.apple.desktop.admin.png

3. Restart you computer, and it should be restored.

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

Turn on Zoom Transcripts

To turn on Zoom transcripts for your Cloud recordings, please view the instructions below.

1. Log in to zoom.pepperdine.edu (or click this link)

Click the Sign In button, which will take you to the SSO page. 

Then, navigate to the far left panel and choose the “In Meeting (Advanced)” tab to open the settings options.

2. Select All of the Options Below

Ensure that you click all of the boxes, namely:
1. Allow use of caption API Token to integrate with 3rd-party Closed Captioning services,
2. Allow live trascription service to transcribe meeting automatically, and
3. Allow viewing of full transcript in the in-meeting side panel.

Also ensure that both the Closed Captioning and Save Captions tabs at the far right are turned on, as shown below.

During the live recording session, you should now also have the option to “enable live transcripts”, which will insert live, automatically generated closed captions during your class.

3. Do a test Zoom Pro recording

Finally, do a test Zoom Pro recording in Courses to see if the transcripts show up in the Cloud Recording.

You should ideally see the transcript available on the side of the document once the recording is finished uploading.

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

About Us

Meet the staff of the Information Services department at Caruso School of Law!

Phil Bohl

Assistant Dean, Information Services x4813

Dean Bohl is our Assistant Dean of Information Services here at CSOL. He is originally from a small family farm in southeast Nebraska. After graduating from law school in the early 90’s he practiced VERY briefly as an attorney (with a perfect record of wins in court — one motion made, one granted!). Joining the team at Caruso was one of his best decisions ever. What can be better than working with great people serving a great mission? Bohl leads the Information Services team, represents Caruso before various university groups on technology-related issues and also serves as an unofficial mover, janitor, and tech guy depending upon the day and the need. Outside of work he enjoys making sawdust as much as possible.

David Dickens

Director of Information Services Operations x4047

Mr. David Dickens is our Director of Operations for Technology here at CSOL. The two main areas of his work concern computer technology and audio-visual. In addition, when people have the tech and equipment they need but do not know how to use it to its full potential, David likes to train people to use their tech effectively.

David was originally a Seaver student who “never achieved escape velocity,” as he worked for various church departments, communications, business, and central IT at Pepperdine before he was recruited by Phil to work at Caruso. Originally, he applied to Pepperdine as a religion major, and became a music major.

His day to day consists of trying to keep on top of what is coming next in academic computing and instructional technology. Day to day there’s a lot of trouble-shooting, responding to people’s needs and keeping the ball rolling. His favorite part of his job is being able to help people achieve their goals. Outside of work, he enjoys “nerdy pursuits of all kinds,” including books, music, video games, board games, and reading his favorite authors (Jean Wolfe, Frank Herbert, J.R.R. Tolkien, and more.)

Gilbert Marquez

Manager of Server Administration, x7524

Mr. Gilbert Marquez is our Manager of System Administration at CSOL. Originally, he was brought to this position through the 2011 United States v. Scheinberg case.

Gil’s day to day activities include providing timely, effective, and practical technology to the CSOL community. His favorite part of his job (other than getting paid), is working for the best department at the law school! Outside of work he enjoys leisure weekends with his wife, as well as playing with his dogs… and raking in pots.

Scott Woeckel

Audio Visual Production & Instructional Systems Manager x4661

Mr. Scott Woeckel is our Audio Visual Production & Instructional Systems Manager here at Caruso School of Law. His office is located in Room 121A on the library first floor.

Known for his excellent work in audio-visual production in digital libraries and content delivery, Scott works closely with the faculty on course management programming, digital media initiatives such as podcasting, and with anti-plagiarism efforts using Turnitin. He has filmed, edited and produced numerous high profile events, working with world media outlets such as CNN and CSPAN.

Scott is also an accomplished Jazz musician with a Bachelor of Arts/Ethnomusicology from UCLA (Magna Cum Laude) and comes to our group having worked previously as a librarian with a Master of Library & Information Science from San Jose State University.

Seth Hackett

Instructional Technologist

Mr. Seth Hackett is the Instructional Technologist at CSOL: the interface between the law school faculty and the Information Services team. Seth came to the IS department from the Straus Institute, where he worked in admissions, recruitment, and faculty support for over five years.

His day to day consists of technological trouble-shooting and training for various staff and faculty. His favorite parts of his job are getting to know all the faculty and staff at the law school, and having the opportunity to solve many different problems every day. Outside of work, Seth writes songs, sings, and plays guitar. He’s also a gamer, enjoying online games of all types, board games, and tabletop role-playing.

Hong Kha

Director of Learning Systems and Strategic Analytics x7209

Ms. Hong Kha is our Director of Learning Systems and Strategic Analytics for the IS team here at Caruso. She ensures that all the learning technology is working, and helps faculty and students with their instructional tech-related questions and problems. She enjoys thinking creatively about how learning can be administered best in the classrooms through tech, and combines her educational skills with her technology skills to serve CSOL.

Her day to day work includes trouble-shooting whatever comes her way, usually accompanied by a dose of “chaos and madness” when tech concerns flare up quickly. Her favorite part of her job is the people, as she has gotten to know many of the IS staff well. Outside of work, she enjoys watercoloring!

Jeremy Cohen

Information Services, Student Assistant

Mr. Jem Cohen is an Informational Services Student Worker and 2L at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law. He came to Law School after a long career in the music business. After touring for ten years with a semi-successful indie rock band, owning a record store in Nashville, TN, and producing music at local Nashville Recording Studios, he decided to move back to Los Angeles and switch gears to a career in law. Most of his day is casebook reading, and more reading, and then some more reading after that. When he’s not reading he loves playing his bass guitar, doing yoga, or going on walks with his girlfriend and their miniature schnoodle (Schnauzer and a Poodle mix), Hohenwald. His favorite part of this job is getting a chance to help 1L’s with the difficult formatting issues surrounding the LRW memos and brief.

Clara Keuss

Information Services, Student Assistant

Clara Keuss is our Informational Services Student Worker at the Caruso School of Law. She is a Senior at Pepperdine’s Seaver college studying International Studies. She is also currently completing the law school’s Certificate in Conflict Management program through the Strauss institute. Her favorite part of the job is the IS Staff, who are all unique and fun individuals to work with and learn from. Outside of work, Clara plays French Horn for Pepperdine’s orchestra, and enjoys running.

Kenneth Cox

Information Services, Student Assistant

Kenneth Cox is our Informational Services Student Worker at the Caruso School of Law. He is a Freshmen at Pepperdine’s Seaver College studying Economics and Political Science. His day to day work involves helping Information Services staff with administrative tasks and technology support. Outside of work, Ken enjoys playing basketball, hiking and spending time in the outdoors.