Archive for November, 2013

  • Today in Legal History: Committee of Secret Correspondence Formed

    November 29, 1775 The Committee of Secret Correspondence was created by the Second Continental Congress to correspond with, and gather foreign intelligence from, allies including Britain, Scotland and France.  Benjamin Franklin was one of its original members.  The Committee ran spy operations abroad, cracked codes, funded propaganda, set up a courier system, and had its […] Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: Coffee Rationed

    To aid the war effort, the United States rationed coffee on November 28, 1942.  After a long eight months, the ration ended on July 28, 1943.  While Americans generally had it much easier than residents of other Allied countries, rationing was challenging.  To obtain a rationed item, you had to have coupons and hope it […] Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: Thanksgiving

    In 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first official Thanksgiving Day proclamation.  In 1817, New York proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving, soon followed by many other states.  Abraham Lincoln set the day as the last Thursday in November.  FDR changed it to the fourth Thursday in November in 1939 (approved by Congress in 1941). More […] Read more...
  • Job Search Resources

    The Law Library has a number of books that can help you identify possible careers, market yourself as a candidate, and keep your job once you get it. Check out the Researching Legal Careers Guide for more information. Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: President John F. Kennedy Assassinated

    Shortly after noon on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the shooting. Read more...
  • Check it Out: Judgment at Nuremberg

    Judgment at Nuremberg is a fictionalized account of the post World War II Nuremberg trials. In 1948 Judge Hayward and two other American judges are in Nuremberg to preside over the trial of the Ministry of Justice for their involvement in the holocaust. Judge Hayward has to make the most difficult decision of his life […] Read more...
  • New and Notable: Buried Treasure

    Cecil Kuhne, Buried Treasure: Finders, Keepers and the Law (ABA 2013) New Books Collection KF713.T7K84 2013 “The traditional definition of a treasure trove followed the old rule of finders keepers for those lucky enough to discover it. The finder of this abandoned or lost property is often allowed to keep it. But in the case […] Read more...
  • The Green Gold Rush

    The legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has made the west attractive to entrepreneurs seeking their fortune in a new and potentially lucrative industry. See the Yakima Herald Republic article “Washington Prospectors Seek Fortune in Legal Pot” to see some of the faces of this new gold rush. Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: Reagan and Gorbachev Meet

    On November 19, 1985, President Ronald Reagan met with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland.  Reagan was no friend of the Soviet Union, referring to it as the “Evil Empire,” but Gorbachev was newly in power, with great plans for his country.  The two hit it off.  It was, perhaps, […] Read more...
  • Great Expectations for Female Lawyers

    In 2001 the New York Times profiled  “21 women, most just out of law school (where women graduate in roughly equal numbers as men) who were recruited to a big New York law firm. The article asked them to elaborate on the gender gap and on their life and work prospects. ” The paper revisited […] Read more...