New Database of Product Safety Information

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has rolled out a new searchable database of safety information about consumer products such as toys, cribs, power tools, and household chemicals. This site allows consumers to submit reports of harm and read reports submitted by other consumers. One can also read manufacturer responses to complaints, and recall information.


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!


New and Notable: When Is Separate Unequal? A Disability Perspective

When Is Separate Unequal? A Disability Perspective
By Ruth Colker
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009
KF480.C655 2009

From the Publisher:
This book does not start from the premise that separate is inherently unequal. Writing from an “anti-subordination perspective,” Ruth Colker provides a framework for the courts and society to consider what programs or policies are most likely to lead to substantive equality for individuals with disabilities. In some contexts, she argues for more tolerance of disability-specific programs, and, in other contexts, she argues for more disability-integrated programs. Her highly practical investigation includes the topics of K–12 education, higher education, employment, voting, and provision of health care. At the end of the book, she applies this perspective to the racial arena, arguing that school districts should be given latitude to implement more use of racial criteria to attain integrated schools because such environments are most likely to help attain substantive equality from an anti-subordination perspective.

About the Author:
Ruth Colker is the Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law in the Michael E. Moritz School of Law at The Ohio State University. She is one of the leading scholars in the United States in the areas of constitutional law and disability discrimination. Colker is the author of eight books, two of which have won prizes. She has also published more than 50 articles in law journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Journal, Pennsylvania Law Review, University of Virginia Law Review, and University of Michigan Law Review. She has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio to comment on disability and constitutional law topics.

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New and Notable: Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School

Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success
By Ruta K. Stropus
Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2009
KF283.S78 2009

From the Publisher:
This popular book helps students make the transition from their undergraduate experience to law school learning. Unlike other “introduction to law school” texts, Bridging the Gap provides students with the context necessary to understand why law school is taught in a certain manner. It also sets out a step-by-step process that will help students adapt to the law school setting and gives students the opportunity to practice the problem-solving process by providing numerous exercises in a variety of subject matter areas.

Bridging the Gap provides the context, the process, and the problems. Written by two former law school professors who used these techniques with thousands of students, Bridging the Gap is a guide to what really works in law school.

About the Authors:
Ruta Stropus is the Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development at the Illinois Attorney General’s office.

Charlotte Taylor is the Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs at DePaul University College of Law.

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