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.


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 by Patrick Cariou were not sufficiently transformative to warrant an exception to the fair use provisions. The Second Circuit mostly reversed this position in an opinion that is reverberating around the art world. Get a link to the opinion and a good dose of commentary from the Art Law Blog.


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 commuted and come to terms with who and what his grandfather is.


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 “Campus Card” section of the OIT website. Cost for photocopies is $0.10 when using change and $0.055 when using your ID card.

Contact the circulation staff if you encounter any problems with the copy machine. Circulation staff can add paper and fix minor paper jams but cannot repair the machine. Staff will place a service call if required.


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 the Seattle Times article describing the budget maneuvering that has accompanied the library’s travails.


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 was to develop the designs for these coins for final approval of the Secretary. IN GOD WE TRUST first appeared on the 1864 two-cent coin.


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 Collection on Hein has full text scans of the images for each page of the Congressional Record back to its inception in 1873. The collection also includes the three previous iterations of the Congressional Record: the Congressional Globe Vols. 1-46 (1833-1873); Register of Debates in Congress Vols. 1-14 (1825-1837) and the Annals of the Congress of the United States 1st Congress to 18th Congress (1789-1824).

Both the Daily Edition of the Congressional Record (the “newspaper” like edition that reports the daily events in Congress) and the Bound Edition (the formal edition that has been corrected, revised, and edited and can include later insertions by members of Congress) are available in the Congressional Collection.  Hein’s Daily to Bound Locator is a handy tool that cross-references the pagination between the two editions.

The handiest feature on the U.S. Congressional Collection, however, is that all versions of the Congressional Record going back to 1789 Annals of Congress are full text searchable. When you think that prior to our acquisition of the U.S. Congressional Collection, these materials had to be painstakingly researched using microfiche – this is, indeed, an incredible resource to have at our fingertips.  Hein Online is available through the law library.


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 his “Unexpected Rapstars” series, and in this video he gives us a glimpse at the Rapping Librarian. Awesome!


Study Like a Scholar, Scholar

Old Spice stumbled onto pop-culture gold when it first debuted it’s now famous “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” commercials featuring Isaiah Mustafa back in 2010. There have been countless parodies since, from The Muppets to Skyrim, and libraries have definitely jumped on the viral bandwagon, too. Check out this parody from Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library!


Kiobel Decided by U.S. Supreme Court

In what may be a landmark opinion in U.S. human rights practice, the Supreme Court held that conduct occurring on foreign territory will not be the subject of litigation under the Alien Tort Claims Statute. The court invoked the “presumption against extraterritoriality” in arriving at its opinion. Read an analysis by Prof. Curtis A. Bradley in this ASIL Insight.