Archive for April, 2013

  • Comparative State Court Data

    The National Center for State Courts has published a new website that compiles data from state court systems and allows users to filter, sort and compare data between state courts. An excellent new resource for comparative research. Read more...
  • Copyright and Fair Use: The Second Circuit Decides Cariou v. Prince and the Gagosian Gallery

    On 4/25/2013 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit mostly overturned a lower court opinion on the nature of appropriation, the importance of transformative use and the protection of works of art under the federal copyright statutes. The 2011 federal district court case had found that artist Richard Prince’s appropriation of photographs […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: The Chamber

    The Chamber is based on the novel by John Grisham. Young attorney Adam Hall (Chris O’Donnell) seeks to appeal the death penalty for his racist grandfather Sam Cayhall (Gene Hackman). Cayhill, an outspoken member of the KKK, is on death row for the murder of two children. Hall has 28 days to have the death sentence […] Read more...
  • Copy Machines

    The library has one self-service copy machine located in the reserve area on the 2nd floor. The copy machine accepts change, one and five dollar bills and Seattle University campus cards that have value added to the debit account. Value can be added to your campus card using eAccounts. Additional information is available on the […] Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: First White House Bowling Alley Opens

    Truman opened the first White House bowling alley on April 25, 1947. It was a birthday present from his friends. Truman’s first frame was 7 pins (out of 10). One of these pins is now on exhibition with the Smithsonian. Truman wasn’t much of a bowler, and didn’t use the facility much, but White House […] Read more...
  • Washington State Library to follow the Blue Angels?

    It is big news in Seattle that federal budget cuts have caused cancellation of the Blue Angels’ annual visit to Seafair. In a similar vein, state budget cuts may impact another local institution: the Washington State Library. In recent decades, the library has been moved off of the Capitol campus. Budget constraints threaten additional changes. […] Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: Shakespeare Born

    “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” – 2 King Henry IV, 2 The exact date of Shakespeare’s birth is not known, but based on available evidence, April 23, 1564 was his probable birthday. Admittedly, historians also like the date because Shakespeare died on the same day. Many of Shakespeare’s plays concerned […] Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: Your Two Cents!

    From 1864 to 1873, the United States minted just over 45.5 million two-cent coins. In its history of “In God We Trust”, the Treasury Department notes that in the Act of April 22, 1864 (Chapter 66, 38 Congress, Session 1, 13 Stat. 54 (1861-1864)), Congress authorized the minting of the two-cent coin. The Mint Director […] Read more...
  • Featured Database: Hein Online Congressional

    Many people have used Hein Online to access law review articles that are beyond the scope of coverage for Westlaw and Lexis, but the law reviews are just the tip of the iceberg of Hein Online’s content. One of the most useful collections on our Hein subscription is the U.S. Congressional Collection. The U.S Congressional […] Read more...
  • Rapping librarian?!

    This week we’ve seen parodies of Maroon 5’s “Payphone”, UW librarians take on Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”, an epic quest to return overdue library books à la Lord of the Rings, and even a library parody of the Old Spice commercials. But have you ever seen a librarian rap? YouTube user BradyBoy31 takes suggestions for […] Read more...