In the sitcom Night Court, Judge Harold T. Stone presides over an unconventional Manhattan night court which deals with petty crime. The cases appearing before the court are bizarre, and Judge Harry Stone is assisted by an interesting group of clerks and District Attorneys who create as much chaos as the criminals on trial. Check out the complete first season of Night Court from the law library.
How do I go about selecting my paper topic?
Current awareness sources like topical newsletters (e.g. BNA reports) and legal newspapers (e.g. National Law Journal) are very useful. See also our Journal Staff Legal Research Guide for Tools for Finding a Topic. You may also want to check out these useful books: Scholarly Writing for Law Students, Reserve KF250.F34 2011; Academic Legal Writing, Reserve KF250.V65 2010.
On January 29, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson appointed John J. Beckley as the first Librarian of Congress. Beckley was a political supporter of Jefferson and campaigned on his behalf. Beckley served as both the Clerk of the House of Representatives and as the Librarian of Congress. His salary as Librarian could not exceed two dollars a day.
On January 28, 1916, President Wilson nominated “the people’s attorney,” Louis D. Brandeis, to the Supreme Court. Brandeis was a legal giant, widely recognized for his weighty influence on the law, his championing of liberal ideals, including the right to privacy, and his creation of the “Brandeis” brief in which factual data was incorporated into legal argument. Brandeis believed in utilizing the law to shape politics, society and economics, and championed many progressive causes. He also became a leader in the Zionist movement and confidante of Franklin Roosevelt.
Washington Law Help, a website provided by the Northwest Justice Project and Pro Bono Net, provides comprehensive information regarding a variety of Washington legal issues. On the site you’ll find discussions (and forms) for dealing with everything from family law to landlord tenant law, all with a low income/self-help perspective.
The over 100 titles in the BNA library provide news, analysis, and cases on legal and regulatory developments on a variety of subjects. BNA newsletters can also help with interview preparation because they are aimed at working professionals, with concise information in specific practice areas. Interviewing for an IP position? There are a variety of reports on different facets of intellectual property, including international. There are dozens on tax topics, health law, and corporate law. Read up before the interview and you will be able to talk intelligently about current developments in specific practice areas. For those of you writing articles, BNA newsletters are also helpful for identifying possible paper or article topics. BNA newsletters are available through the library’s Databases page.
This film explores a nearly 10-hour interrogation that culminates in a disputed confession and an intense, high-profile child murder trial in New York state. In this true-crime documentary the directors Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock examine police video recordings to depict the complicated psychological dynamic between the police interrogators and the suspect. Check out Scenes of a Crime from the law library.
On January 23, 1964, South Dakota ratified the 24th Amendment, abolishing the use of the poll tax as a requirement to vote in federal elections. The 24th Amendment was the work of Senator Spessard L. Holland of Florida, who took up the cause in 1949. Poll taxes were a discriminatory means of preventing newly enfranchised African Americans from voting by requiring voters to pay a fee to cast a ballot. The fees were set high enough to keep poor African Americans from voting, but not high enough to be a hardship on middle class and affluent whites.
January 21, 1895. The Sherman Anti-Trust Act was passed by Congress in 1890 to stop large monopolies from controlling commerce. The justification for the Sherman Act was the Commerce Clause. In US v.E.C. Knight, 156 U.S. 1 (1895) the ability of the Sherman Act was heavily curtailed. The Supreme Court made a distinction between commerce and manufacturing. If the manufacturing was done within a single state, the Commerce Clause did not apply. Until the Clayton Act in 1916, sugar and other processing monopolies like the one in US v. E.C. Knight could not be controlled by federal powers.