New Books in the Library

The library is constantly adding new books to the collection. Many of those titles can be found (for a short period of time) on the New and Notable shelf just in front of the reference desk. Feel free to stop by to peruse the new books or check them out for more in depth reading.


Do Not Reshelve Books

5507336692_712b314c8a_nHave you ever searched for a book on the shelf and it is not where it belongs?   Help us minimize some of the frustration by letting library staff reshelve the items you are browsing or reading.  Patrons can leave books on tables or in the carrels or place them in the red reshelving bins located throughout the library.  Library staff will collect and return them to the correct locations.  Remember to check out any library material that leaves the library or the reserve area.  Always return checked-out material to the book drop at the circulation desk to avoid fines or fees.


Setting Off the Security Gates

Self Check out station
Books purchased at the university bookstore contain magnetic strips that activate the security gates in the library. If the alarm sounds each time you enter the library, chances are you have textbooks that need “de-magnetizing”. Stop at the circulation desk and ask a staff member to assist you.   Also, please make sure that all your library books have been checked out.


Washington Deskbooks

The Washington State Bar Association publishes a number of valuable deskbooks covering a variety of legal areas, including the Washington Real Property Deskbook, the Family Law Deskbook, the Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook, and the Washington Legal Ethics Deskbook. All are available in print in the library.


Book Review Libel Suit Dismissed by a French Court

Just when you thought you couldn’t get sued for a critical book review. Earlier this year a French court dismissed a case against a U.S. law professor, Joseph Weiler. Editor of both the European Journal of International Law and Global Law Books, Weiler published a review of a text authored by Karin Calvo-Goller, which she claimed defamed her. The reviewer, a German law professor, was not sued. A dual national of both Israel and France, Ms. Calvo-Goller brought suit in a French court. Although the suit was dismissed with an 8,000 Euro damage award for Weiler, it offers an interesting view into the world of forum shopping and academic book reviewing. See the article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Legal Information Buyer’s Guide & Reference Manual

This book is intended to help librarians and lawyers make financially sensible purchasing decisions, but it’s also useful for identifying possible legal research sources. The bulk of the book is organized by subject area. Within each subject area (say, insurance law or nonprofit corporations), the author Ken Svengalis lists major treatises (both scholarly and practitioner-oriented) and briefly describes what makes the treatise valuable or unique. He also gives pricing information and suggestions for minimizing purchase costs. For example, given that the 8 volume Sutherland Statutory Construction costs $1,596 to purchase, and in 2009, $1,277 to supplement, Svengalis recommends that one purchase a new set every 2-3 years while foregoing supplementation.


Fun with the Catalog: A Search for Beauty

Run a catalog search for “beauty” and one of the first hits will be to The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law, by Stanford Law Professor Deborah L. Rhode. This book explores discrimination against people who do not conform to mainstream notions of beauty, and describes the use of law to protect individuals from discrimination based on their appearance. The book is available on the 4th floor at KF478.R48 2010. You can also read the New York Times book review online.


New and Notable: Family: A Novel

Family: A Novel
By J. California Cooper
New York: Anchor Books, 1992, c1991
PS3553.O5874F36 1992

From Professor Natasha Martin:

Some topics and problems are just too heavy to confront, let alone to solve. Thank goodness for writers like J. California Cooper. She weaves a story about slavery with grace, at times beauty, and remarkably, with little bitterness. It is a testament to the healing power of a gifted storyteller.

From the banks of the Nile to the bowels of the pre-Civil War American south, Family is a masterfully woven multi-generational story about brutality, survival, and resilience. It is also a powerful exhortation on the meaning of family, identity, and belonging. Narrated by Clora, it is the story of a black slave woman who takes her own life and attempts to take the lives of her children. No longer inhabiting the earth, Clora’s gaze is on her progeny as they navigate the horrors of slavery and move toward freedom. The reader accompanies Clora along her supernatural travels through time following the lives of her descendants as they endure the savagery of oppression. Family reflects the heart wrenching fervor and expanse of a mother’s love.

The power of this novel lies in the author’s ability to offer hope – a space to imagine, to resist devastation, and to affect change. I am deeply moved, for example, at the sheer courage of those who, faced with the horrors of slavery, managed to live, to love, and to find kinship in spite of physical, spiritual, and psychic torture. Love was often forbidden, excised through violence, fear, and domination. Yet, these characters transcend traditional familial boundaries and create community wherever they land. As an adoptive mom, this work resonates because it captures the essence of belonging – kinship is not about bloodline or place, but the shelter of love and the sanctuary of unconditional acceptance. This book reminds me that we are all connected.

Family is a cautionary tale about the chains that constrain our hearts and minds. We live in a world of immeasurable social and legal problems. Amid this complexity, lies a web of seemingly irreconcilable forces and contradictions. How do we more fully appreciate the dilemmas and remedy the suffering of the human condition? Perhaps the antidote is ‘deceptively simple’ – Love conquers all. We must use our heads and hearts to solve the world’s complex problems. As J. California Cooper writes towards the end of Family, “History don’t repeat itself, people repeat themselves! History couldn’t do it if you all didn’t make it.” She reminds us that the “future has a past.” So we have a choice – to love and to embrace our interconnectedness. This relational stance paves the way for justice to prevail. (more…)


Summer Law School Reading for 1L’s has a short list of summer law school reading for 1L’s. Recommended reading lists are always subject to debate so keep that in mind when perusing the list. And also, you will be reading law-related works for the next three years so you might just want to enjoy some non-law books for one last time.


New to the Walkover Collection

The Walkover Collection is named for a popular law school professor and associate dean Andrew Walkover who died of cancer in 1988. The collection was created by Professor Walkover’s family and friends, who decided that the best way to keep his spirit alive in the law school was to provide a selection of books that he would have liked and recommended to the law school community. Due to a generous donation from his wife, Barbara Walkover, and his daughter, Lily Walkover, the library has recently added the following titles to the Walkover Collection:

2666: a Novel by Roberto Bolaño
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Telex from Cuba: a Novel by Rachel Kushner

The Walkover Collection is located on the 2nd floor of the library, near the soft seating by the stairwell. Enjoy!