New Exhibit on SU Law Journals

Come visit our new exhibit highlighting Seattle University’s law journals.

Seattle University Law ReviewSeattle University has a long history of publishing legal scholarship. Seattle University School of Law began as the University of Puget Sound School of Law (UPS) in 1972 (here’s an article detailing the history of UPS’s law school). In 1975, the University of Puget Sound Law Review published its inaugural issue. After the law school transferred, the law review began publishing as the Seattle University Law Review. The law review has continuously published since its origin, with 2016 ringing in the law review’s 40th volume.

Law Review Fun Fact: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas cited the Seattle University Law Review in the landmark case Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466 (2000).

Seattle Journal for Social Justice

One of a handful of interdisciplinary law journals, the Seattle Journal for Social Justice (SJSJ) began in 2002 and regularly hosts symposiums around

pressing social justice issues. Each issue features unique cover art. There have been many notable contributors to SJSJ, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker, Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Derrick Bell, and Sherman Alexie.

SJSJ Fun Fact: During the journal’s founding, there was a discussion over whether the journal would the Seattle Journal for Social Justice or the Seattle Journal of Social Justice. The intentional use of for is highlighted in the introduction of SJSJ‘s inaugural issue.

Picture of Downtown Seattle EnvironmentThe Seattle Journal of Environmental Law (SJEL) was the first environmental law journal in Washington State. Its roots date back to the 1980s, when the Environmental Law Society published newsletters. After experimenting with a traditional journal format and a new name in 2009, Bellwether: The Seattle Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, the journal changed to an online format and adopted the name Seattle Journal of Environmental Law.


SJEL Fun Fact
: Before its current home on Seattle University’s Digital Commons, from 2012 – 2015 SJEL published its articles and blogged on a now defunct website: If you’re interested in visiting the website, this can be done through the power of the Internet Archive’s WayBack Machine.

Running Eagle Takes Her Enemy by Terrence Guardipee

In 2012, the American Indian Law Journal (AILJ) released its trial issue. AILJ’s innovative online format is affordable and readily available to Tribal advocates. The AILJ is supported by Seattle University’s Center for Indian Law & Policy which opened its doors in 2005.


AILJ Fun Fact: Today, there are only two active journals dedicated to the topic of Indian Law: the American Indian Law Journal and the American Indian Law Review.

View the exhibit in the second floor display cases.


Read a Good Book Lately?

rec reading

Need a break from reading legal textbooks?  On the main floor of the law library (near the stairs) is the law library’s recreational reading collection. The collection has an eclectic assortment of fiction and non-fiction and includes recent best sellers, mysteries and cookbooks.

Featured Book from the Recreational Reading Collection

Dave Eggers, The Circle (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013) LAW-McNaughton Collection (2nd Floor)   PS3605.G48C57 2013

“Most of us imagine totalitarianism as something imposed upon us—but what if we’re complicit in our own oppression? That’s the scenario in Eggers’ ambitious, terrifying, and eerily plausible new novel. When Mae gets a job at the Circle, a Bay Area tech company that’s cornered the world market on social media and e-commerce, she’s elated, and not just because of the platinum health-care package. The gleaming campus is a wonder, and it seems as though there isn’t anything the company can’t do (and won’t try). But she soon learns that participation in social media is mandatory, not voluntary, and that could soon apply to the general population as well. For a monopoly, it’s a short step from sharing to surveillance, to a world without privacy. This isn’t a perfect book—the good guys lecture true-believer Mae, and a key metaphor is laboriously explained—but it’s brave and important and will draw comparisons to Brave New World and 1984. Eggers brilliantly depicts the Internet binges, torrents of information, and endless loops of feedback that increasingly characterize modern life. But perhaps most chilling of all is his notion that our ultimate undoing could be something so petty as our desperate desire for affirmation.” Starred Review (Review by Keir Graff from Booklist via Amazon)


Banned Books Week 2013

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.

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National Library Week Read Posters Go Digital (April 2013)


The highlight of the National Library Week festivities is the Library’s annual display of celebrity “Read” posters featuring law school faculty and books that hold special significance to them. This year, the entire exhibit is available online.


Children and Libraries Exhibit (April 2013)

Children and Libraries Exhibit

For those who have early memories of visits to the library, it may come as a surprise to learn that allowing children in libraries is a relatively recent historical development. This exhibit celebrates the libraries and librarians who fought to open libraries to children. View the materials on display to explore the many ways librarians sought to create welcoming spaces containing age-appropriate materials available to children. This exhibit was created by Donna Turner, library Collection Maintenance/Preservation Specialist, for National Library Week and Children’s Book Week. (2nd floor)


Banned Books Exhibit

Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week. For 30 years, libraries, publishers, booksellers, journalists, teachers and readers have been coming together to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. Our new exhibit on the second floor highlights three recent book challenges and invites viewers to join the conversation.


Celebrate Children’s Book Week, May 7-13!

Beginning in 1919, Children’s Book Week was established to promote children’s literacy as well as quality children’s books, supported by librarians, booksellers, and publishers. Every year young and old come together to engage in storytelling, author and illustrator visits, and events at schools, libraries, and bookstores across the country. For more information on events and the history of this celebration of children’s literacy, check out Book Week Online.

To celebrate this year’s Children’s Book Week (May 7-13) we’ll be featuring some of our favorite faculty and staff recommendations. Usually we feature a physical display, but this year we’re going to take a look back at some previous faculty and staff memories of their favorite books from when they were children. So keep an eye out this week as we’ll have two featured each day!


Ancestry is not a Crime: A Tribute to Gordon Hirabayashi

The exhibit, located on the Law Library’s second floor, portrays Gordon Hirabayashi’s life through photographs, his journal, letters, news clipping, and other materials. Stephanie Wilson (Law Library) and Ryan Barnes (Communications) were responsible for the research, creation, and design of this unique display.

For additional information, please see our Hirabayashi Exhibit page.


History of Voting Exhibit

Come and visit the library’s History of Voting Exhibit, located on the 2nd floor. This exhibit provides information relating to the gradual expansion of voting rights as well as an overview of the technology of voting.


Banned Books Exhibit

This exhibit features authors that have been recently challenged or banned, along with excerpts from some of the authors regarding their thoughts and perspectives on book banning and censorship. (2nd floor)

For more information about Banned Books Week see the American Library Association.