Check it Out: Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Once a third-rate superhero, Harvey Birdman is now a third-rate lawyer. His cases always involve legal disputes between cartoon characters, many from Hanna Barbera cartoons. Harvey Birdman, created by Michael Ouweleen & Erik Richter, was originally broadcast during the 2000-2001 television season on Adult Swim, and is based on the characters created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Check out the complete first season of Harvey Birdman from the law library.

Featured Database: ProQuest Congressional: Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a branch agency within the Library of Congress.  At the request of members of Congress (House and Senate) or legislative committees, CRS will provide policy and legal analysis on issues under consideration.  CRS reports provide a wealth of (non-partisan) information and can be an excellent starting point when researching a topic.  In the past, access to CRS Reports was difficult; generally one would have to contact one’s member of Congress to request a report.  Fortunately, there are now several databases that have amassed wide ranging collections of reports. The ProQuest Congressional database has a collection of full text CRS Reports from 2004 to present.  ProQuest Congressional is available on the law library database page.

Links to Government Research Resources

From THOMAS to FedWorld, here’s every link you’ll ever need to do governmental research online for free. The Federal Government puts most of this information online at no charge; this research guide tells you where to find it.

Today in Legal History: First African-American Member of Congress Sworn In

On February 25, 1870, Hiram Rhodes Revels, R-Miss, became the first African-American member of the Senate.  Revels was a college-educated minister who had helped with the formation of black troops for the Civil War, started a school, and had been a chaplain in the Union Army.

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The Read Collection

Each year during National Library Week a member of the law school community is asked to choose with a favorite book and explain why the book is meaningful to him or her.  These books form the library’s Read Collection.  The Read Collection is an eclectic mix of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, mysteries and even children’s books.  The Read Collection is located on a bookshelf in front of the reference desk.  See the complete archive of the read collection here.


Today in Legal History: Florida Purchased by the United States

Of all the great deals that have been made by U.S. Presidents, John Adams did pretty well for himself. On February 22, 1819, in return for the U.S. assuming some $5 million in claims of U.S. citizens against Spain, Spain ceded all control of the Florida territory to the U.S. under the Adams-Onis Treaty. In exchange, the U.S. ceded claims for Texas and California. Florida was not the only gain for the U.S.; Spain also gave up all its claims north of Texas to the United States (including the Oregon Territory, which included Washington State). And, of course, the United States took back both Texas and California in the Mexican-American War.

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Check it Out: Law & Order

On Law & Order: The Fourteenth Year, Police City Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green are working the streets of New York City in relentless pursuit of criminals. Once the criminals are caught by Briscoe and Green, it is up to Executive ADA Jack McCoy and his assistant ADA Serena Southerlyn to bring them to justice. Check out the fourteenth season of Law & Order from the law library.

Recommended Title from the Walkover Collection

297673Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead Books 2008) [Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for fiction]

“Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú — the ancient curse that has haunted the Oscar’s family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, is only its most recent victim – until the fateful summer that he decides to be its last.

With dazzling energy and insight, Junot Díaz immerses us in the uproarious lives of our hero Oscar, his runaway sister Lola, and their ferocious beauty-queen mother Belicia, and in the epic journey from Santo Domingo to Washington Heights to New Jersey’s Bergenline and back again. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humor, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and the endless human capacity to persevere – and to risk it all – in the name of love.

“A true literary triumph, this novel confirms Junot Díaz as one of the best and most exciting writers of our time.” Review from


Commercial Law and the Uniform Code

Oh yes, there’s much more to the UCC than you learned in Contracts; the law school has excellent classes in Commercial Law and Payment Systems, but this research guide can help you get going with basic UCC questions and how they apply to Washington law.  The guide, by Kelly Kunsch, also features a carefully curated list of hornbooks and secondary sources for various aspects of commercial law in case you want to know more but aren’t quite ready to take Payment Systems … yet.

Today in Legal History: President Roosevelt Authorizes Internment of Japanese Americans

jam001On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which required the internment of people of Japanese ancestry. Seattle and the west coast were particularly affected by the order in which over 100,000 people from the west coast were forced from their homes and businesses.  On March 30, 1942 the first group of Japanese Americans in the nation to be forcibly removed and interned came from Bainbridge Island. Many people now commemorate February 19th as a Day of Remembrance of the Japanese American Internment.

More information is available at:

  • Eric Yamamoto Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment  LAW-Reserve (Faculty Collection)  KF7224.5.R33 2013
  • Peter Irons ed., Justice Delayed: The Record of the Japanese American Internment, LAW-4th Floor  KF7224.5.J87 1989
  • Greg Robinson A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America LAW-3rd Floor  D769.8.A6R64 2009 c.2
  • Eric Muller Free to Die for Their Country: The Story of Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II, LAW-Culp Collection (3rd Floor-Range 3A)  D810.C82M85 2001
  • Jamie Ford Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Lemieux Library 5th Floor Books PS3606.O737 H68 2009b