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  • Debate Map: Russia’s Use of Force in Ukraine

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    Oxford University Press is hosting a webpage that looks at the arguments surrounding the use of force in both the international and domestic context. Read more.
  • New and Notable: The Good Lord Bird

    9781594632785LJames McBride, The Good Lord Bird (Penguin Group, 2013) LAW – Walkover Collection (2nd Floor) PS3613.C28G66 2013 James McBride, The Good Lord Bird (Penguin Group, 2013) LAW – Walkover Collection (2nd Floor) PS3613.C28G66 2013 Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown […] Read more.
  • National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014

    National Library Week This week, Seattle University Law Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country to highlight the value of libraries and library personnel and to promote library […] Read more.
  • Library Artwork: Kenna Moser and the Art of Collage

    Bainbridge artist Kenna Moser’s unique collage paintings can be viewed throughout the library.  Four of Moser’s pieces are located in the main library stairwell between the second and third floors, and a fifth is located by the Reserve computer workstations.  Originally from Ontario, Moser studied art at Queens University before moving to Palo Alto, CA, […] Read more.
  • Check it Out: Invoking Justice

    In Southern India, family disputes are settled by Jamaats, all male bodies which apply Islamic Sharia law to cases without allowing women to be present, even to defend themselves. To solve this fundamental inequity, a group of women in 2004 established a women’s Jamaat, which soon became a network of 12,000 members spread over 12 […] Read more.
  • SCOTUS Ruling a Blow for Rails to Trails

    medicine_bow_trail_map_wide-e94a16f9cd8b68280b5d83687dbab8582982d4db-s40-c85 The US Supreme Court’s 8-1 ruling in favor of a Wyoming land owner fight the conversion of an abandoned rail track into part of the Medicine Bow Rail Trail.  Justice Sotomayor, lone dissenter in Marvin Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States, said: “By changing course today, the Court undermines the legality of thousands of miles […] Read more.
  • Today in Legal History: Hugo Grotius is Born, April 10, 1583

    220px-Michiel_Jansz_van_Mierevelt_-_Hugo_Grotius Hugo Grotius (10 April 1583 – 28 August 1645), was a Dutch jurist, theologian, and philosopher.  His theories of natural law and seminal works on the law of war and peace and the law of the sea are still influential in international jurisprudence.  He is often referred to as the father of international law. Read more.
  • Featured Book from the Recreational Reading Collection: The Luminaries

    books-1The recreational reading (McNaughton) collection is located on the 2nd The recreational reading (McNaughton) collection is located on the 2nd floor of the library under the staircase Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries, (Little Brown & Co. 2013)  LAW-McNaughton Collection (2nd Floor)  PR9639.4.C39L86 2013 (Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize) “When Walter Moody arrives on a “wild shard of the Coast”—that of the then-remote South Island—in […] Read more.
  • Should Rap Lyrics Be Allowed As Evidence?

    LYRICS-master675With the increasing reliance of police detectives and prosecutors on boastful rap lyrics to arrest and prosecute suspects, courts are having to determine how these lyrics should be treated in court.  Prosecutors argue that the lyrics are essentially confessions but others say that the lyrics use creative license to describe life in ridden areas.  As an ACLU brief put it, “That a rap artist wrote lyrics seemingly embracing the world of violence is no more reason to ascribe to him a motive and intent to commit violent acts than to ... indict Johnny Cash for having ‘shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.’”  To read the full story, click here. With the increasing reliance of police detectives and prosecutors on boastful rap lyrics to arrest and prosecute suspects, courts are having to determine how these lyrics should be treated in court.  Prosecutors argue that the lyrics are essentially confessions but others say that the lyrics use creative license to describe life in ridden areas.  As […] Read more.
  • Featured Book from the Recreational Reading Collection

    Alan S. Blinder, After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response and the Work Ahead (Penguin Press 2013) LAW-McNaughton Collection (2nd Floor)   HB3717 2008.B55 2013 “An experienced economist explains the global financial crisis that began in 2008 and continues. Blinder (Economics and Public Affairs/Princeton Univ.) has accumulated real-world experience in the political realm […] Read more.