Archive for January, 2014

  • Check it Out: Night Court

    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 […] Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: Gandhi Assassinated, 1948

    Gandhi was the leading figure in India’s drive for independence.  He studied law in England and practiced for a short time in South Africa where he encountered the racism of the apartheid system first hand.  His first success with political activism and civil disobedience occurred in South Africa.  Gandhi returned to India in 1914 and […] Read more...
  • Borrow a Seattle Public Library Book on your Kindle

    Bet you didn’t know you can do this!  This LibGuide tells you how to send electronic reading material to your Kindle or any device with the Kindle app. Read more...
  • Writing a Paper this Semester?

    Here are some common questions and answers: 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 […] Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: First Librarian of Congress Appointed

    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 […] Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: Brandeis Nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court

    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 […] Read more...
  • Washington Law Help

    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. Read more...
  • Featured Database: BNA

    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 […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: Scenes of a Crime

    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 […] Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: Poll Tax Abolished

    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 […] Read more...