Security Precautions

Theft can be a problem in any building on campus so we remind you to never leave personal belongings unattended in the library.  Remember to take valuable items with you when you leave or ask a colleague to watch books/backpacks if you will be gone for a very short period of time. Study rooms are no exception. Always use the laptop security devices installed on carrels and tables throughout the library to secure your computer. Security cables can be purchased in the bookstore.

Portraits in the Law Library

Justice John Marshall

In addition to the caricatures and engravings in study room 306, the library is also home to three more traditional portraits of important figures in legal history: Judge Thomas Burke, St Thomas More, and Justice John Marshall.  (more…)

Check it Out: The Dark Knight

Just when Batman, Lieutenant Jim Gordon, and District Attorney Harvey Dent begin to make headway in their battle against crime in Gotham City, a new criminal element appears on the streets to terrorize the citizens. Check out The Dark Knight from the law library and watch the great performances by Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Heath Ledger’s brilliant performance as the Joker.

Baseball and the Law

It’s October so what do Americans care about? Certainly not nine eggheads who attended Harvard or Yale law school pontificating on laws that have no personal significance to them. No, October is the time of baseball playoffs and the World Series. Does this have any relationship to law? Apparently it does. One law librarian compiled a 36-page bibliography on baseball and the law — and that was eight years ago. There are numerous works on the infield fly rule alone. No wonder Tony LaRussa was so successful as a major league manager: he was a lawyer. Read some of these works and maybe you will be successful too — as a lawyer or a baseball manager.

Damage to Library Material

4558635016_5c2e11ce18_nIn the past, library personnel have uncovered materials that have been damaged (e.g. barcodes, call numbers, and reserve stickers removed from study aids).  We have also found sections of popular legal treatise ripped or removed from books.  The library’s mission is to provide the broadest possible access to material for our patrons at the lowest cost.  Please help us ensure access to resources for everyone by handling materials with care.  Let us know if you run across any material that is missing or needs to be replaced or repaired.

Tired of Study Aids?

Review a substantive area of law with a CALI lesson. There are hundreds of interactive, computer-based lessons covering over 40 subject areas. You can obtain the law school authorization code at the Reference Desk or by emailing the reference librarians. Once you have the code, fill out the registration form at the CALI website to receive your password. CALI DVDs are also available at the Reference Desk.

Law Firms and Social Media

Steven Matthews has a great post on Slaw (Canada’s online legal magazine) on how law firms fail at social media. His observations (along with his recommendations) should be required reading for anyone thinking of using social media to advance their legal practice.

Check it Out: Cape Fear

In this remake directed by Martin Scorsese, the convicted rapist Max Cady (Robert De Niro) is released after serving a 14 year prison sentence. Cady, a sadistic psychopath, is seeking revenge on the public defender, Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte), who defended him. Cady goes to great lengths to stalk and terrorize Bowden and his family. Check out Cape Fear from the law library.

Pro Bono Net

Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. Their website holds a wealth of information, from free webinars and guides to job and pro bono opportunities.

Supreme Court Previews

If you’re interested in following the U.S. Supreme Court Docket this year, consider reading or signing up for emails from the LII Bulletin. This eJournal from Cornell Law School provides docket information, as well as previews and summaries of upcoming Supreme Court cases.