Today in Legal History: Women Get the Vote in Wyoming

On September 30, 1889, the Wyoming legislature approved its state constitution with a provision giving women the right to vote (Wyoming was admitted to the union in 1890). Before becoming a state, Wyoming had been the first territory to give women the right to vote in 1869, followed by the Utah Territory in 1870 and the Washington Territory in 1883 (Washington’s Supreme Court later found that legislation unconstitutional). Washington’s Territorial Legislature had actually introduced the first women’s suffrage bill in 1848, but that bill was narrowly defeated.

While most of the activism for women’s suffrage was on the east coast, the western states were far more responsive to passing laws to enfranchise women. By 1914, most of the western states had given women voting rights while Kansas was the only state east of the Rockies to do so. In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, giving all female American citizens the right to vote.

To find out more see:
• Suzanne M. Marilley, Woman Suffrage and the Origins of Liberal Feminism in the United States, 1820-1920 (Harvard U. Press 1996) LAW-Culp Collection (3rd Floor-Range 3A) JK1896.M37 1996
• Ellen Carol DuBois, Woman Suffrage and Women’s Rights (NYU Press 1998) LAW-Culp Collection (3rd Floor-Range 3A) HQ1236.5.U6D83 1998
• Anne Firor Scott, One Half the People: The Fight for Woman Suffrage (U. Illinois Press 1982) LAW-Culp Collection (3rd Floor-Range 3A) JK1896.S36 1982
• Eleanor Flexner, Century of Struggle: The Woman’s Rights Movement in the United States (Harvard U. Press 1996) LAW-3rd Floor HQ1410.F6 1996


Check it Out: A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons is the story of Sir Thomas More, Chancellor of England, and his struggle between acting on his conscience and his duty to the crown, when King Henry VIII breaks from the Catholic Church so he can procure a divorce from his wife in order to marry Anne Boleyn.


Librarians Recreate “Sabotage” Video

You probably wouldn’t expect librarians to use music to make a point about breaking library rules, but that is exactly what librarians Anne Duncan, Cathy Connelly, and Stephanie McMurry did. They made a brilliant music video, starring in their own remake of the Beastie Boy’s Sabotage videoCheck out these awesome librarians, and remember to keep your voices down in the library and don’t forget to check out that book.




New Books in the Library

recreational reading

What do Ivan Doig, Stephen King and Jhumpa Lahiri have in common?  All have new books out this fall and you can find them in the Law Library’s recreational reading collection. When you need to take a break from reading casebooks, you’ll find a rotating selection of new novels and non-fiction works just under the stairs in the Library.


Need Drafting Guidance?

Bloomberg Law has a wealth of transactional resources, including a number of drafting tools and guides. Sign up for a password using your .edu email, and you’ll gain access to all of the tools Bloomberg provides. Click on the tab for Transactional Resources to find a searchable database of over 200,000 publicly available agreements, browse the annotated checklists and timelines, or use the numerous transactional law treatises.


Reprographics Guide for Law Students

Need to scan documents or photocopy handouts?

The Law Library does not have an in-house copy center, so for students looking to photocopy, scan, or fax documents we’ve created a guide to help you locate these services on campus. The guide documents where you can find these resources as well as the contact information and any fees charged. We’ve also included the information for the nearest off-campus copy center in case you can’t make it to one of the on-campus providers.


Banned Books Week 2013

Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week 2013. For over 30 years libraries, publishers, booksellers, journalists, teachers and readers have been coming together during Banned Book Week to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. Our new exhibit on the second floor highlights the top 5 most challenged books from 2012 and their authors’ reactions to making the list.

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Today in Legal History: Morality Clauses Added to Contracts

On September 21, 1921, movie studios started adding morality clauses to film actors’ contracts.  This was in response to the Fatty Arbuckle scandal. The comedian had been arrested for manslaughter of 25 year old Virginia Rappé, a starlet that he had been accused of assaulting at a party. Arbuckle was eventually acquitted, although his career as a comedian was over. He was able to work under a pseudonym as a director until he died of a heart attack in 1934.

A morality clause allows termination of the contract if an employee engages in morally offensive conduct or does something to damage the reputation of the employer. Morals clauses are common in both entertainment and sports contracts.

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Check it Out: Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory is the film adaptation of Humphrey Cobb’s novel directed by Stanley Kubrick. French General Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) sends his troupes on a suicide mission, seeking to sacrifice his men to boost his own reputation. When several of his men refuse to leave the trenches after most of their comrades are killed, he decides to make an example of them – blaming them for the failure of the mission. In an anti-war statement, this film brilliantly depicts military politics, and recreates actual events that took place during World War I.


Washington Apples, the Law and other Miscellania

It is apple harvest time in Washington and everyone knows that the apple is the official state fruit.  Did you ever wonder why?  It’s because there is a law making it so.  In fact, there is an entire chapter of the Revised Code of Washington devoted to adopting certain items as the “official” whatever:  tree, fish, song, dance, folk song and endemic mammal are a few of the recognized adoptees.  The chapter is RCW 1.20.  It even specifies that the proceeds from the official state song, “Washington My Home” shall be placed in the state’s general fund.  That should eliminate any budget shortfalls.  According to Wikipedia’s list of best-selling songs, the Legislature should have gone with “White Christmas.”