Archive for the ‘other’ Category

  • Banned Books 2014

    Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week 2014. 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. […] Read more...
  • Self Defense Against Robots?

    What are the legal implications of shooting down a drone that is trespassing on your property? What about disabling a peeping Tom drone? In their paper “Self Defense Against Robots”, Michael Froomkin and Zak Colangelo examine “when, under U.S. law, humans may use force against robots to protect themselves, their property, and their privacy.”     Read more...
  • That Thing in Your Hand

    The highlighter. Every law student has one . . . or two . . . or more. But before most of today’s law students were born, law students underlined important passages in their casebooks (and probably some unimportant ones too). A few years back, the New York Times Magazine section wrote an article about the […] Read more...
  • Printing

    Network and Lexis printouts can be picked up in the Document Delivery Center (DDC) on the second floor of the library. If you forget to pick up a print request the day that you print it, don’t reprint it until you check the DDC. Print requests are held for a week before being recycled. If […] Read more...
  • John McKay Headed to Palestine

    John McKay, former US Attorney, has been with SU Law school since 2007. He teaches very popular courses on National Security Law and the Constitutional Law of Terrorism. He also works with the externship program and helps students connect with attorneys, judges and other leaders in the legal profession. He will be moving to Ramallah […] Read more...
  • Washington State Library to follow the Blue Angels?

    It is big news in Seattle that federal budget cuts have caused cancellation of the Blue Angels’ annual visit to Seafair. In a similar vein, state budget cuts may impact another local institution: the Washington State Library. In recent decades, the library has been moved off of the Capitol campus. Budget constraints threaten additional changes. […] Read more...
  • April is Poetry Month!

    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 […] Read more...
  • Something about Fools and the Legal World

    Sure there are plenty of foolish aspects to the law, but this April Fool’s posting is about foolscap. Foolscap is (among more obvious things) a type of paper used in writing and printing. It’s longer dimensions made it antiquity’s equivalent to today’s legal paper. Read the first paragraph of chapter 10 in Charles Dickens’s Bleak […] Read more...
  • Who is Paying Taxes and How Much?

    There are many claims about who is paying taxes and how much they pay.  As far as individuals and federal income tax, you can look at the statistics yourself. You can sort by state, tax rate and other characteristics.  Judge for yourself rather than relying on the talking heads at Fox News or the Huffington […] Read more...
  • One Dollar President Coins

    In honor of President’s Day, we look at the Presidential $1 Coin Program. Initiated by the Presidential Coin Act of 2005, minting and distribution was suspended in 2011 due to excessive inventory. So if you want you McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, Taft or Wilson coin, you will need to work directly with the U.S. Mint. Read more...