The library has a variety of study aids located in our reserve section including: Nutshells, Hornbooks, Examples and Explanations, Emanuel Law Outlines and Gilbert Law Summaries. Search our catalog for specific titles on the library catalog at: http://library.seattleu.edu/search~S1/ or see our Finding Study Aids Guide at: http://lawlibguides.seattleu.edu/studyaids. Remember, study aids are just that: aids to your regular study. They are not a substitute for attending class and reading required material!
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). 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.
Ironically, though 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.
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.
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 video. Check out these awesome librarians, and remember to keep your voices down in the library and don’t forget to check out that book.
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.
Sandra Day O’Connor Joins the Supreme Court, September 25, 1981
On September 25, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor joined the Bench. She had been nominated by Ronald Reagan, and was the first woman ever to become a Justice. O’Connor would become a very important swing vote on many decisions, such as Lawrence v. Texas and Bush v. Gore. She retired in 2005, her seat taken by Samuel Alito.
For more information, check out the following resources:
Sandra Day O’Connor, The Majesty of the Law: Reflections by a Supreme Court Justice, Law Library 4th Floor @ KF 8742.O274 2003
Joan Biskupic, Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became its Most Influential Member, Law Library 4th floor @ KF8745.O25B57 2005
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.
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.
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.
Like Westlaw and Lexis, Versus Law provides an excellent source of information for researchers interested in looking for information on primary sources of law. Versus Law covers appellate cases, statutes and administrative regulations at both the state and federal levels. Additionally, the database covers Federal District Court cases from 1950 to the present. Finally, Versus Law includes a collection of tribal cases from selected tribes located throughout the United States.
Unlike Westlaw or Lexis, Versus Law does not include any annotations in the cases or statutes. While there is no editorial commentary, Versus Law does provide the full text of opinions and statutes, including footnotes.
Information is very easy to access on Versus Law. Researchers can begin by simply clicking on the search tab and then clicking on the type of information that they are looking for. Versus Law allows researchers to search through primary materials by entering terms into a search engine. Additionally, Versus Law allows researchers to search by citation.
Versus Law is a great place to start for researchers without access to Westlaw or Lexis due to cost issues. Full access to all of the databases on Versus Law costs a mere $39.45 per month. Thus, Versus Law is an excellent source for researchers on a budget.