Thursday, February 15, 2018

Did you forget Valentine's Day?! VaLAWntines, 5 of 5

Did you forget to send someone a valentine? Or maybe you were just so busy that you forgot February 14th was Valentine's Day… It happens. Either way, we have your back. Here are some valentine cards that work well for anyone you may have accidentally forgotten. This post brings us to the conclusion of our VaLAWntine series, but don't forget to save your favorites to use again next year. 

To download any of our law-themed valentine cards, simply click on the valentine, or valentines, of your choice, which will open a full-size version that you can then save and print, text, or email to your friends, family, and loved ones. Even the ones you accidentally forgot. 

If you would like to subscribe to this blog, you can do so via email or RSS by using the links on the right, but don't worry, this is the last of the VaLAWtines, at least for this year!


Vintage valentine of two red hearts, joined together, with an arrow shot through them from the bottom left to the top right. Says "No need to subpoena my heart, it's already yours. Happy Belated Valentine's Day!" in the middle, "To:" in the top left, and "From:" in the bottom right.Vintage valentine of cartoon red stuffed toy kitten, covered in white heart-shaped spots, with a red bow around the neck, holding a gift tag that reads "Sorry for the late filing… Happy Valentine's Day!"


Vintage valentine, with boy sitting on stack of books in the lower left corner and reading one, and a girl facing him holding another stack of books, taking up the right side of the valentine, but mostly the top right corner. There is a red heart in the top left of the valentine, and one on the bottom right. The top heart reads "My affection for you is evident," and the bottom heart reads "even after the fact… Happy Belated Valentine's Day!"

Vintage valentine in the shape of a red heart. Inside the heart is a girl on the telephone. The upper right corner of the heart says "Sorry our attempt to conspire on Valentine's Day fell short!"


Links to our additional valentines: Friday the 9thMonday the 12thTuesday the 13thWednesday the 14th.

Special thanks to Brandy Ellis, Danielle Lewis, and Stephen Richards in the group effort of drafting these valentines, and for images, thanks to www.thegraphicsfairy.com for their large collection of vintage, Valentine's Day images.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day! VaLAWntines, 4 of 5


It's Valentine's Day!

If you don't celebrate Valentine's Day, that's fine. But if you do, this is the fourth of five posts in our VaLAWntine series. If today's valentines aren't quite what you're looking for, we have more! The first set of valentine cards posted on Friday, a second set on Monday (themed to the Multistate Bar Examination topics, and perfect for the poor souls studying hard for an upcoming bar examination), and a third set, themed for Galentine's Day, posted on Tuesday. You may be thinking, Valentine's Day is today, so obviously the valentines are done. Not so! We will have one more post tomorrow, for anyone who may have, shall we say, forgotten?

To download one of the following valentine cards, click on the valentine, or valentines, of your choice, which will open the full-sized version that you can then save to print, text, or email to your friends, family, and loved ones. Feel free to subscribe to this blog via email or RSS by using the links on the right.

Cartoon couple walking and holding hands with "I have loved you ab initio" overhead, and Happy Valentine's Day on the side.

Cartoon couple holding hands, back to viewer, facing a giant heart-shape. Says "I fall in love with you de novo." above, and "Happy Valentine's Day" on the bottom corner.

Cartoon, white-haired, elderly couple, facing each other and touching outstretched hands, heart in the background. Words "Love ad infinitum" above, and "Happy Valentine's Day" on the side.

Cartoon judge facing front, gavel held high overhead. "I promise to never subject you to strict scrutiny." overhead, "Happy Valentine's Day!" below.

Cartoon of a woman standing behind a woman who is holding a rose. The woman in back is embracing the woman in front around the waist. "It would take an ultra vires act to get me to stop loving you." above, and "Happy Valentine's Day" below.Cartoon of two bearded men, standing side by side, embracing. One has his arm across the other's chest. Says "It would take an ultra vires act to get me to stop loving you." above, and "Happy Valentine's Day" to the side.Cartoon of a bearded man embracing a woman, who has one foot popped. The woman is holding a rose and they are kissing. Says "It would take an ultra vires act to get me to stop loving you." on the upper left side, and "Happy Valentine's Day" on the right middle side.

Heart-shaped, vintage valentine with two children baking heart-shaped cookies. Says "Wishing you sweet torts this Valentine's Day!" overhead. Valentine is surrounded by a border of hearts and violets.
Graphic from www.thegraphicsfairy.com
Vintage valentine featuring male youth in Scottish kilt and hose, holding a large heart, with flowers at his feet. Says "Why should you be my valentine? Ipse dixit." above, and "Valentine's Greetings" at his feet.
Graphic from www.thegraphicsfairy.com

Special thanks to Brandy Ellis, Danielle Lewis, and Stephen Richards in the group effort of drafting these valentines. Graphics are individually credited under or on each valentine.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happy Galentine's Day! VaLAWntines, 3 of 5.

HAPPY GALENTINE'S DAY!

What is Galentine's Day? I'm glad you asked. Galentine's Day is every February 13th, and is a day for "ladies celebrating ladies" and female friendships. Created for the television show, Parks and Recreation, and made famous by the character Leslie Knope, portrayed by Amy Poehler, Galentine's Day was introduced to the world in 2010, and I for one have celebrated every year since. This year, I encourage you to join me in celebration by downloading one of these Galentine's Day-themed cards, and sharing them with your galentines.

As a reminder, Valentine's Day is Wednesday. This is the third post of five in our VaLAWntine series. To download, simply click on the galentine, or galentines, of your choice which will open the full-sized version that you can then print, text, or email to your friends, family, and loved ones.

Graphic sourced from Wikimedia.

Graphic sourced from Wikimedia.

Graphic sourced from Wikimedia.

Graphic sourced from Wikimedia.

Graphic sourced from Wikimedia.

This is only our third VaLAWntine post of five, so be sure to keep checking back. You can always subscribe to this blog via email or RSS by using the links on the right. In addition to today's post, we the first posted on Friday, the second on Monday (themed to the Multistate Bar Examination topics), and we will be posting two more: one on Valentine's Day (THAT'S TOMORROW!) and one on Thursday.

Links to our additional valentines: Friday the 9th, Monday the 12th, Wednesday the 14th, Friday the 15th.

Special thanks to Brandy Ellis, Danielle Lewis, and Stephen Richards in the group effort of drafting these valentines. All graphics were sourced from Wikimedia.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Darwin & Lincoln Share Birthday Fun!

Happy birthday to Charles Darwin (Feb. 12, 1809, to April 19, 1882) and to Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12, 1809, to April 15, 1865).

sketch of Darwin, photo of Lincoln, with birthday hats and balloons added


For accounts of some legal battles over Darwin's theory, see
And what about Abe? See

For more great books and a wide range of topics, see Prizewinning Books in Law.

Bonus for fans of evolution and biology: The National Academies Press offers free PDF downloads of Science, Evolution, and Creationism (2008) and Understanding Climate's Influence on Human Evolution (2010).

Graphic:
Portrait of Darwin from page 8 of What Mr. Darwin saw in his Voyage round The World in the Ship "Beagle" (1879), available in British Library's Flickr photostream. Portrait of Lincoln (the last known photograph of him) from National Park Service, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. Portraits decorated by Mary Whisner

VaLAWntines, 2 of 5


Valentine's Day is Wednesday, and this is the second post of five in our VaLAWntine series, where you can download silly law-themed valentine cards and then print, text, or email them to your friends, family, and loved ones. Just click on the valentine, or valentines, of your choice for the full-size version.

There will be an extra special Galentine's Day post on Tuesday the 13th, and don't forget, you can always subscribe to this blog via email or RSS by using the links on the right. In addition to today's post, we posted the first in the series on Friday, and will be posting three more, Tuesday through Thursday (the day after Valentine's Day).


Couple holding cat.

Men in professional suits, sitting at conference table, one offering pen and paper to another.

Two hands shaking over an image of a signed contract.

Pile of gift boxes wrapped in heart-patterned wrapping paper with fluffy bows, and a heart-shaped heart with a smile on its face.

Woman in glasses embracing a woman with blue hair embracing her back.Man with beard embracing another man.


Large dog holding a cut-out paper heart, wagging its tail.

Male holding female on his back, both smiling.

Bonus points to anybody who picks up on today's subtle theme!

Links to our additional valentines: Friday the 9th, Tuesday the 13th, Wednesday the 14th, Friday the 15th.

Special thanks to Brandy Ellis, Danielle Lewis, and Stephen Richards in the group effort of drafting these valentines. All graphics designed by Freepik.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Valentine's Day nears! VaLAWntines, 1 of 5


That's right, Valentine's Day is coming, whether you like it or not. We thought we would help out anyone looking for that perfect law-themed valentine, or should we say, VaLAWntine?! 😆 Yes, we can be quite cheesy around here.
We will be posting valentines that you can download and print, text, or email to your friends, family, and loved ones. There will be an extra special post on the 13th for Galentine's Day, so make sure you keep an eye on this blog, and don't forget, you can always subscribe to us via email or RSS by using the links on the right. In addition to today's post, we will be posting again on Monday through Thursday. And yes, Valentine's Day is on Wednesday this year, February 14th, 2018.

Can't quite remember what some of these legal terms of art mean? It happens. Feel free to check out our LibGuide on legal dictionaries

My heart may have a latent defect. Caveat emptor.





Can't remember what the doctrine of laches is? It's okay, here's a great refresher from LexisNexis!



Links to our additional valentines: Monday the 12th, Tuesday the 13th, Wednesday the 14th, Friday the 15th.

Special thanks to Brandy Ellis, Danielle Lewis, and Stephen Richards in the group effort of drafting these valentines, and for images, thanks to www.thegraphicsfairy.com for their large collection of vintage, Valentine's Day images, and www.vintagefangirl.com


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Legal Specialties & Practice Settings Guide

Have you been puzzling over the paths you might take in your career?
Image taken from page 87 of 'A Pilgrimage 
to the Saga-Steads of Icelandpart of the
British Library's 
photostream on Flickr

You don't have to puzzle all on your own. You can use the books and websites listed in our newly revised guide, Careers: Legal Specialties & Practice Settings. The resources will help you learn about specialties as diverse as criminal law, estate planning, and intellectual property law, and practice settings including solo practice, government work, and biglaw. We even have a section on law librarianship (a fine profession!).

Go ahead: check out some of these books. Our library picked them out just for you (and your classmates).

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Library Closing at 5:50 on Friday, 1/26


The law library is closing ten minutes early on Friday, January 26. The Circulation Desk will close at 5:35 and the library itself will be closed at 5:50.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SSRN for Research & Getting Your Papers Out

SSRN (the Social Science Research Network) is a great tool for researchers and authors. We explain the system's features and offer some tips in our updated guide. Take a look!

Friday, December 15, 2017

New Hours of Operation for Winter Quarter


Starting January 3, 2018, the law library will be closing to the public at 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday, rather than at 11:00 pm as we have done in past quarters.

The library will remain open on Sundays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The Reference Office will be open Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. There are no Reference Office services on Sundays during Winter Quarter.

If you'd like to see all of our current hours, please visit our hours page.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Upcoming Interim Hours


Fall Quarter finals are over on Friday, December 15.

The library is closed to the public from 6:00 pm on 12/15 until 8:00 am on Wednesday, December 20. 

Here's our schedule during interim (12/20-1/1):

Wednesday, 12/20: 8-5 (Reference Office open 9-12; 1-3)
Thursday, 12/21: 8-5 (Reference Office open 9-12; 1-3)
Friday, 12/22: 8-5 (Reference Office open 9-12; 1-3)
Saturday, 12/23: CLOSED
Sunday, 12/24: CLOSED
Monday, 12/25: CLOSED
Tuesday, 12/26: CLOSED
Wednesday: 12/27: 8-5 (Reference Office open 9-12; 1-3)
Thursday, 12/28: 8-5 (Reference Office open 9-12; 1-3)
Friday, 12/29: 8-5 (Reference Office open 9-12; 1-3)
Saturday, 12/30: CLOSED
Sunday, 12/31: CLOSED
Monday, 1/1: CLOSED
Tuesday, 1/2: CLOSED
Wednesday, 1/3: Winter Quarter Starts

For all of our hours, see the law libraries Hours page


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Legal Issues with Pokemon Go

Pokémon GO is an augmented reality video game that lets players catch digital monsters that appear on an in-game map of the surrounding area. You might have heard about this recent unpublished study, which found that drivers playing the game were responsible for a dramatic increase in automobile accidents. This is just one example of the real-word consequences surrounding the game. While the game is not the cultural phenomenon that it was when it came out in July 2016, it is still one of the top grossing according to Google Play and sites like App Annie. The game's popularity and unique connection between game play and a player's surroundings have led to a number of legal issues, which this post will briefly discuss.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Native American Heritage Month

How are you marking Native American Heritage Month this November? This site brings together material from the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Law Library of Congress blog traces Native American Heritage Month's history—via public laws and presidential proclamations—from American Indian Week in 1986 to its current name (1995). For statement from our executives, see Governor Inslee's proclamation and President Trump's proclamation.

We have recently updated our Indian & Tribal Law research guide, listing online and print resources for researching all aspects of federal Indian law and the law created by tribal governments.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Upcoming Library Holiday Hours



The Reference Office is closed all day on Wednesday, November 22. The law library will be open until 3:00 PM that day.

The library will then be closed to the public from 3:00 PM on Wednesday until 8:00 AM on Monday, November 27. You can find all of our current hours on our Hours page.

We hope you have a pleasant and restful Thanksgiving break!


Monday, November 6, 2017

Happy Birthday to John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa was an internationally famous composer and conductor. He also was a copyright activist and was one of the founding members of ASCAP, along with Irving Berlin, James Weldon Johnson, and Victor Herbert. In honor of his birthday today, here's a telegram he sent:

NORTHAMPTON, MASS., May 3, 1906

The  Chairman and Members of Congress, Committee on Patents, Washington, D.C.:

Earnestly request that the American composer receives full and adequate protection for the product of his brain; any legislation that does not give him absolute control of that he creates is a return to the usurpation of might and a check on the intellectual development of our country.

JOHN PHILIP SOUSA.

That telegram is just one small portion of the six-volume Legislative History of the 1909 Copyright Act (1976), available in HeinOnline's Intellectual Property Law Collection.

By the way, the reason we Sousa fans can sing "Happy Birthday" to JPS today (his 163nd birthday) is that a court ruled that the tune was in the public domain. See Ben Sisario, Details of 'Happy Birthday' Copyright Settlement Revealed, N.Y. Times, Feb. 9, 2016. There's a limit to the protection composers receive for the products of their brains.

black & white photo of Sousa next to cartoon of cake with candles


Graphic: photo of John Philip Sousa (circa 1900) from Library of Congress, with a little embellishment.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

#HalLAWeen Art: Gallows Humor

cartoon: condemned person on gallows with clown throwing pie in face


See Wordnik (defining "gallows humor"). See generally Gallagher Blogs series of #HalLAWeen Art posted Oct. 31, 2017.

Graphic: Mary Whisner

#HalLAWeen Art: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

cartoon: two skeletons by fruit stand with sign "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"


"the trial judge must give opportunity . . . to the accused to prove that a substantial portion of the case against him was a fruit of the poisonous tree."

Nardone v. United States, 308 U.S. 338, 341 (1939) (Frankfurter, J.), Google Scholar

Graphic: Mary Whisner

#HalLAWeen Art: Dying Declaration

"...[I]n each case, the prosecution argued that the statement be admitted as a dying declaration."
-Giles v. California, 128 S.Ct. 2678, 2703 (2008), Google Scholar.

#HalLAWeen Art: Severability

"The standard for determining the severability of an unconstitutional provision is well established: `Unless it is evident that the Legislature would not have enacted those provisions which are within its power, independently of that which is not, the invalid part may be dropped if what is left is fully operative as a law.'"
 -Alaska Airlines, Inc. v. Brock, 480 U.S. 678, 684 (1987), Google Scholar.

#HalLAWeen Art: Disgorgement

cartoon: man in suit with dollar bills spewing from his mouth

disgorgement, n. (15c) The act of giving up something (such as profits illegally obtained) on demand or by legal compulsion.

Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed. 2009)

dis-gorge : to empty whatever is in the stomach through the mouth

Merriam-Webster Dictionary App


Graphic: Mary Whisner

#HalLAWeen Art: Poison Pill

"The first relevant defensive measure... would be considered a 'poison pill' in the current language of corporate takeovers — a plan by which shareholders receive the right to be bought out by the corporation at a substantial premium on the occurrence of a stated triggering event."

-Revlon, Inc. v. MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, 506 A. 2d 173, 180 (Del. 1985), Google Scholar. 

#HalLAWeen Art: Claw Back

cartoon: large monster bird grasping human's back with claws and flying


"A new phenomenon has developed in recent bankruptcy proceedings in which trustees are 'clawing back' tuition payments made by debtor-parents on behalf of their children."

Andrew Mackenzie, Note, The Tuition "Claw Back" Phenomenon: Reasonably Equivalent Value and Parental Tuition Payments, 2016 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 925 (2016)


Graphic: Mary Whisner

#HalLAWeen Art: Phantom Defendant

"...[A]nd that the 'phantom defendant' defense was not a viable alternative, given that the defendant's bloody fingerprints were found in the victim's apartment."
- Ex parte Brooks, 695 So.2d 184, 191 (1997), Google Scholar.

#HalLAWeen Art: Dead Hand

cartoon: skeleton hand sticking out of grave

"Is reference to the Framers' intent majoritarian? To the contrary; it amounts to rule by the dead hand from the grave."

Barry Friedman, Dialogue and Judicial Review, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 577, 594 (1993)

Graphic: Mary Whisner

#HalLAWeen Art: Hung Jury

"He asserts that if the Government failed to introduce sufficient evidence to establish his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at his first trial, he may not be tried again following a declaration of a mistrial because of a hung jury."

-Richardson v. United States468 U.S. 317, 311-312 (1984), Google Scholar.