Dudley, Stephens and Cannibalism

Heading to the library.Criminal Law begins again and that means many references to the Model Penal Code. It also usually means reading Regina v. Dudley and Stephens, the 1884 English cannibalism case. Did you ever want to know more about the circumstances of the case? If not, that’s fine (and probably normal). But if so, 100 years after the case, A. W. Brian Simpson wrote an entire book about the case. The law library has a copy shelved in the Culp Collection on the 3rd Floor (Range 3A). It’s a book you can sink your teeth into.


New and Notable: My Beloved World

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Call Number: KF8745.S67A3 2013

From the Publisher:

An instant American icon — the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court — tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. She writes of her precarious childhood and the refuge she took with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. She describes her resolve as a young girl to become a lawyer, and how she made this dream become reality: valedictorian of her high school class, summa cum laude at Princeton, Yale Law, prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.’s office, private practice, federal district judge before the age of forty. She writes about her deeply valued mentors, about her failed marriage, about her cherished family of friends. Through her still-astonished eyes, America’s infinite possibilities are envisioned anew in this warm and honest book, destined to become a classic of self-discovery and self-invention, alongside Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father.


New and Notable: Learning From Law Firm Leaders

Learning From Law Firm Leaders by Susan Manch and Michelle C. Nash
Call Number: KF318.M28 2012

From the Publisher:

At its heart, leadership is best understood by what is observed: how leaders behave, think, and make decisions. The purpose of this book is to uncover the essential nature of leadership as it is lived by today’s law firm leaders.

The authors interviewed thirty-one highly effective law firm leaders from firms of all sizes and types, speaking with emerging, current, and succeeding leaders to get as broad a view as possible … This new book illuminates how these professionals lead in the face of obstacles presented by a competitive legal marketplace and the nature of a law firm as an organization.

Learning from Law Firm Leaders imparts what these legal professionals learned from their experiences; and allow you to expand your own thinking on the topic of leadership. The book aims to crystallize views on a number of relevant aspects of leadership that have not been discussed in great depth in the current literature on leadership. You’ll discover how the law firm environment is influencing both current and future leaders and what that may mean for the success of law firms in whatever type of marketplace they find themselves.


The Little Book of Cowboy Law

This book explores the legal history of cowboy culture, including rodeos, criminal cases, and intellectual property issues. Hustle on up to the fourth floor of the law library and check it out for a spell.


New and Notable: The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg
Call Number: LAW-Walkover Collection (2nd Floor) PS3555.I793 A6 2010

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg, a compilation of four volumes, won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. On awarding the prestigious prize to the author, judge Laura Furman related, “From the first to the last of her collected stories, Deborah Eisenberg demonstrates her sharp intelligence, literary inventiveness and her clear understanding of human interconnectedness as it exists in isolation.”


New and Notable: Solo by Choice, The Companion Guide

Solo by Choice, The Companion Guide: 34 Questions That Could Transform Your Legal Career by Carolyn Elefant
Call Number: LAW-4th Floor KF300.Z9E423 2011

From the Publisher:
… insights, tips, first-hand lessons. … inspiration and encouragement.

About the Author:  
Carolyn Elefant keeps quite busy. She’s an attorney, active legal blogger, into sustainable environmental causes, etc.


New and Notable: Lawyers at Midlife

Lawyers at Midlife: Laying the Groundwork for the Road Ahead: A Personal & Financial Retirement Planner for Lawyers by Mike Long, John Clyde, and Pat Funk

Call Number: LAW-4th Floor KF315.L66 2009

From the Publisher:
Lawyers at Midlife
is not the usual, feel-good retirement book. At its core, it’s a workbook; a planning tool intended to help mid- and late-career lawyers lay the groundwork – financial, medical, estate-planning, social, practice-closing – for the next chapter of their lives.

From The ABA’s Law Practice magazine:
The book’s strength is in the stories of struggles of lawyers at midlife. They put a face on the transition process, and help you (understand) that you’re not alone.

About the Authors: 
“Financial/retirement planning for the legal profession” is the expertise and working field of each of this book’s co-authors.


New and Notable: Solo by Choice 2011-2012

Solo by Choice 2011-2012: How to be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be by Carolyn Elefant
Call Number: LAW-4th Floor KF300.Z9E42 2011

From the Publisher:
Now in a 2nd edition, Solo by Choice is the most up-to-date resource for solo and small firm lawyers. Written by Washington DC solo and noted law blogger Carolyn Elefant, this is a comprehensive, hands-on guide to opening and maintaining your own law practice.

About the Author:  
Carolyn Elefant keeps quite busy. She’s an attorney, active legal blogger, into sustainable environmental causes, etc.


Casual Reading Collections

As part of Seattle University’s mission to educate the whole person, the Law Library features three unique, reading collections: The Read Book Collection includes works of significance selected by our Read Poster celebrities during National Library Week. The Read Book Collection is located in the bookcase in front of the Reference Desk. The Walkover Collection, named after popular law school professor and associate dean Andrew Walkover, who died in 1988, consists of books that he would have recommended. The Recreational Reading Collection contains a rotating inventory of current fiction and nonfiction titles. The Walkover Collection and the Recreational Reading Collection are located by the 2nd floor stairwell. We hope you will take a break and enjoy a good read.


New and Notable: From Lemons To Lemonade In The New Legal Job Market

From Lemons To Lemonade In The New Legal Job Market: Winning Job Search Strategies For Entry-Level Attorneys by Richard L. Hermann
Call Number: KF297.H437 2012

If you are looking ahead to those days beyond law school with some trepidation, you might want to stop by the law library and check out from Lemons to Lemonade in the New Legal Job Market: Winning Job Search Strategies for Entry-Level Attorneys (January 2012) written by lawyer/law career counselor Richard Hermann. Hermann offers law students and new lawyers sure-fire strategies for cracking a difficult job market. The tips include ways to enhance your credentials to maximize job and career opportunities, and myriad effective job search techniques to improve your competitive status. Hermann provides insights to jobs outside the mainstream, including an extensive description of “hidden legal jobs” (those jobs that are not advertised through traditional means or not readily known to job seekers). The author provides specific advice in key topics such as networking, resume and letter writing, as well as an extensive appendix listing over 800 law-related jobs in various agencies, companies and branches of government.

The book is currently in “New Books” shelves (next to the reference help desk) with the call number: KF297 .H437 2012, later  it will be on the 4th floor. Come by and see for yourself!

From the Publisher:
Hermann offers law students and new lawyers sure-fire strategies for cracking the toughest job market in 80 years; tips on enhancing one’s credentials to maximize job and career opportunities; 21 effective job search techniques to improve one’s competitive status; and 800+ areas of employment inside, outside and around the traditional practice of law.

About the Author:
Richard L. Hermann is “…co-founder of Federal Reports Inc., AttorneyJobs.com, and Law Student Jobs Online, teaches Legal Career Management at Concord Law School.”