Archive for July, 2013

  • Featured Database: National Moot Court Competition Library

    Hein Online provides digital access to the winning records and briefs from the 1st- 62nd  annual National Moot Court Competitions.  Documents can be searched from 1950-2012 to find on point discussions from the briefs and records written by the winning teams.  Check out Hein Online on the law library database page. Read more...
  • Check it Out: Dead Man Walking

    Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) acts as spiritual counselor to Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn), who is on death row for the rape and murder of two teenagers. In her search for the truth Sister Prejean empathizes with the victims, their families, and their killer. Check out Dead Man Walking from the law library. Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: President Truman Signs National Security Act

    On July 26, 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, a central document in U.S. Cold War policy. The Act, which took more than a year to craft, directed a major reorganization of the foreign policy and military establishments of the U.S. Government. The Act established the National Security Council (NSC), merged […] Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: Apollo 11 Mission

    President John F. Kennedy predicted in 1960 that by the end of the decade the country would put a man on the moon and return him home safely.  The triumphant Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, began an era of moon exploration that has so far gone unrivaled.  American astronauts Neil Armstrong and […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: Murder in the First

    Inspired by a true story, Murder in the First is the story of a prison inmate at Alcatraz, Henri Young (Kevin Bacon), who spent three years in solitary confinement with nothing – no light, no toilet – for trying to escape. He emerges from the dark hole a confused, vengeful shell of the man he […] Read more...
  • Featured Database: WSBA Deskbooks through Loislaw

    An indispensable fixture in many law offices, Loislaw now offers online access to all of the deskbooks published by the Washington State Bar Association. Loislaw provides access to deskbooks in 14 different topical areas, ranging from Estate Planning to Motor Vehicle Accidents. Coverage of prior editions is quite broad, as it includes all deskbooks published […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: A Question of Silence

    In A Question of Silence a court-appointed psychiatrist examines three women, all strangers to each other, who confess to murdering a shop manager. The women’s hatred of men and the male-dominated society drove them to commit the murder and makes the psychiatrist question her own nature. Read more...
  • New and Notable: My Beloved World

    My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor Call Number: KF8745.S67A3 2013 From the Publisher: An instant American icon — the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court — tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: The Thin Blue Line

    Directed by Errol Morris, The Thin Blue Line is based on the true story of a hitchhiker, Randall Dale, who was convicted of murdering a police officer in 1976. The film was the first movie to solve an actual murder and get a conviction overturned. Read more...