As April is poetry month, one would be remiss in failing to mention some excellent poems regarding a seminal state case.
In State v. Gunwall, the Washington State Supreme Court created a list of six factors which it uses to determine when the state constitution provides greater protections than the federal constitution. These factors include:
- Language of the state constitution
- Differences between parallel federal and state constitutional provisions
- History of the state constitution and common law
- Pre-existing state law
- Structural differences between the federal and state constitutions
- Whether the subject matter is of particular state interest or local concern.
Though no longer mandatory (after Woodinville v. Northshore United Church of Christ) it is a good idea to brief the factors whenever arguing that freedoms should be expanded under the state constitution!
National Poetry Month was started in 1996 by the American Academy of Poets, to be celebrated in April. For more information, check out the American Academy of Poets, home of the “Poem of the Day.” Poetry often makes its way into legal opinions.
Here is an example:
No evidence had I taken
Sua sponte appeared forsaken.
Now my motion caused me terror
A dismissal would be error.
Upon consideration of § 707(b), in anguish, loud I cried
The court’s sua sponte motion to dismiss under § 707(b) is denied.
In re Robin E. Love, 61 B.R. 558, 559 (S.D. Florida, 1968), written by Judge Jay Cristol. This is an excerpt from a 48-line homage to The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.
Theft can be a problem in any building on campus and we remind you to never leave personal belongings unattended in the library. Remember to take valuable items with you when you leave or ask a colleague to watch valuables if you will be gone for a very short period of time. Study rooms are no exception.
Be sure to secure your laptop even if you plan to just step away for a moment. There are laptop security devices installed on carrels and tables throughout the library to secure your computer. Security cables can be purchased in the bookstore. The library has a limited supply of security cables available for check-out at the circulation desk.
Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week September 27th – October 3rd 2015. 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. The American Library Association compiles a yearly list of the most frequently challenged books.
The top five most challenged books for 2014:
1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
• Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”
• Available in the Lemieux Library collection 5th Floor-Books PS3551 .L35774 A78 2007
2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
• Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”
• Available in the Lemieux Library collection 4th Floor-Books PN6747 .S245 P4713 2003
3. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
• Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”
4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
• Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
• Available in our collection LAW-Culp Collection (3rd Floor-Range 3A) PS3563.O8749B55 1994
5. It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie Harris
• Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “ it’s child pornography”
Everyone knows the 4th of July is Independence Day. Most everyone knows that it is Independence Day because that’s when the Declaration of Independence was signed. But how much do you really know about the Declaration itself? The National Archive houses the Declaration of Independence. It also has an online exhibit that discusses its drafting, preservation and many other fascinating topics related to the document. Law students and lawyers should take a moment to reflect on the Declaration and its relationship to American law . . . and then they should have a hot dog and blow something up.
Congratulations to our Seattle University School of Law Graduates and thanks to our wonderful speakers. While many speakers may have peers review their speech prior to the ceremony, a student speaker at Stanford Law School has taken it to the next level – she is crowdsourcing her speech.
Bike month may be over, but bike laws apply year round. Find out more about bike laws and bicycling in Washington on the Cascade Bicycle Club site.