Monday, April 14, 2014

What Are We Reading?

To celebrate National Library Week, the Gallagher Law Library staff was again asked "what are you reading? What's on your nightstand, in your backpack, on your e-reader right now?"

It's no surprise that people who work in libraries tend to be people who read outside of work. What may be a surprise is the diversity of what the law library staff reads (or is reading at the moment). We're reading fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, mysteries, sci-fi, and classics. We're reading politics, history, education, sports, and books about animal behavior. And more than one of us likes dogs.

Take a look!

For a list of titles and authors, click on read more . . .

It's National Library Week!

We have some fun activities planned for law students this week!

The Library is hosting TGIT on April 17th from 5:30-7:30 in Room 115 or on the terrace if it's nice.  Don't forget to bring your IDs!

Submit a picture of yourself in the library or your favorite part of the law library on Instagram and tag it with #lawlibraryshelfies.  At the end of National Library Week, we will select the winners of some awesome prizes!

Come by the Reference Office and guess how many pieces of candy are in the jar.  You get to keep the jar and it's delicious contents if you're the big winner!  We also have a jar of candy available in the law student lounge (no contest for that one, just some free sugar courtesy of your friendly reference librarians).

Sunday, April 13, 2014

UW Journals Publishing New Scholarship

Current journal issues from UW Law have a high dose of high tech, mixed with constitutional law and public policy.

The new issue of the Washington Law Review features five articles about different aspects of big data and artificial intelligence:
That WLR issue also includes student pieces on regulatory takings, election law, and public defenders:
 The Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts released a new issue on April 3, with pieces on the Internet and the Constitution, patent law and global health organizations, YouTube as evidence of a threat in a criminal case, and online retransmission of broadcast TV.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vote for your Favorite 2014 Peeps in Law Diorama!

Voting is open for the ABA's annual Peeps in Law contest!  You have until 11:59 p.m. April 21 to vote for your favorite diorama.

And who can forget this masterpiece from our own Peeps contest last year?  You can see past winners here and here.  Enjoy!

(Photo credit: Fernando Gonzalez; Peep placement by Anna Endter)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New HeinOnline Collection--Women and the Law

Although it is no longer Women's History month, continue your celebration by browsing HeinOnline’s new collection,  Women and the Law (Peggy) [UW Restricted]. The collection is dedicated to Ilene N. Hein, who passed away in 2012 and was co-founder of William S. Hein & Co., Inc., and to Margaret (“Peggy”) Marmion, the late mother of Kevin Marmion, William S. Hein & Co.’s current president.

The collection, which includes books, biographies, and periodicals discussing women’s roles in law and society, contains over 800 fully-searchable titles. Since the oldest publication in the collection was published in 1609 and the most recent was published in 2014, the materials in this collection demonstrate the evolution of gender roles in society as a whole and in the legal system.

The Women and the Law collection is divided into subject-specific sections like:
  • Works on Abortion
  • Biographies of Famous Women
  • Legal Rights and Suffrage
  • Women & Education
  • Women & Employment
Additionally, the collection features publications related to Emory University’s Feminism and Legal Theory (FLT) project, which documents scholarship on issues like reproductive rights, children, family relationships, gender, sexuality, religion, disabilities, and sexual abuse and violence.

Women and the Law is located in HeinOnline’s alphabetical list of collections and is fully searchable. More information is available here

More resources related to women and the law may be located by using the subject headings listed below to search the Gallagher catalog.

Feminist jurisprudence
Suffrage--United States
Women lawyers
Women--legal status--United States
Women--law--United States
Women's rights--United States

Civil Rights Act of 1964

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. CNN has produced a short video, 5 Things You Didn't Know About the 1964 Civil Rights Act:


There's terrific footage, including President Johnson's speech when he signed the law on July 2. The accompanying article is Many Doubt 1964 Civil Rights Act Could Pass Today, April 9, 2014.

New books 
Todd S. Purdum, An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Classified Stacks (KF4744.5151964 .P87 2014)
Clay Risen, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, Classified Stacks (KF4749 .R57 2014)

book covers for An Idea Whose Time Has Come and The Bill of the Century

The LBJ Presidential Library is hosting The Civil Rights Summit: We Shall Overcome, April 8-10. See also (or hear also): Don Gonyea, LBJ Legacy: Vietnam War Often Overshadows Civil Rights Feat, NPR Morning Edition, April 9, 2014.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Law of America's Favorite Pastime

It's spring, and you know what that means!  No, not the return of seasonal allergies.  Baseball!  Yes, America's (once) favorite pastime is back, so what better time than now to take a look at the law of baseball?

We here at the Gallagher Law Library have two great books on the law of baseball.  First, The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption, by Stuart Banner, as the name implies, tells the story of how Major League Baseball gained its exemption from American antitrust laws (an exemption no other sport enjoys).

In 1922, in Federal Baseball Club of Baltimore, Inc. v. National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, et al., the Supreme Court ruled that baseball is not subject to federal antitrust law because it is not a form of interstate commerce.  The great Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, writing for the court, stated, "The business is giving exhibitions of base ball, which are purely state affairs. It is true that, in order to attain for these exhibitions the great popularity that they have achieved, competitions must be arranged between clubs from different cities and States. But the fact that in order to give the exhibitions the Leagues must induce free persons to cross state lines and must arrange and pay for their doing so is not enough to change the character of the business."  259 U.S. 200, 208-09 (1922).

In 1972, the Court affirmed its holding in Federal Baseball, and also held that baseball is exempt from state antitrust laws as well because of the necessity for "national uniformity" in the regulation of the sport.  Flood v. Kuhn, 407 U.S. 258, 284 (1972).

Stuart Banner contends that these rulings make no sense and that baseball's unique antitrust status results not from its special place as America's favorite pastime, but from MLB's clever maneuverings through the American legal system.  The book is available in our Good Reads section at KF3989. B36 2013 - come check it out! [Note: Good Reads are located on the short stacks at the west end of the skylight opening on L1, just outside of the Law Student Lounge.]

If you're looking for a briefer discussion of baseball's antitrust exemption, check out Michael Mozes and Ben Glicksman, Adjusting the Stream? Analyzing Major League Baseball's Antitrust Exemption after American Needle, 2 Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. 265 (2011).

Second, The Little White Book of Baseball Law, by John H. Minan and Kevin Cole, provides a number of stories in which baseball has intersected with the law.

Each chapter tells the story of a different court case, on issues ranging from whether liability exists when a batter is hit by a pitch (Avila v. Citrus Community College District, 131 P.3d 383 (Cal. 2006)), to the legality of fantasy baseball's use of player names and information (CBC Distribution & Marketing, Inc. v. Major League Baseball, 505 F.3d 818 (8th Cir. 2007)), to stadium liability for spectator injuries (Benejam v. Detroit Tigers, Inc., 635 N.W.2d 219 (Mich. Ct. App. 2001)).  This book is also available in our Good Reads Section at KF3989. M563 2009.

Or if you're actually looking for the law of baseball - i.e., the rules governing the game - you can find them here.  As an exercise in statutory interpretation, try to parse Rule 2.00's definition of "infield fly" or Rule 8.05's explanation of the "balk."

And if you're looking for a way to kill hours of time, do some baseball research at

With your new found knowledge, get out there and watch some baseball!  You can get $10 tickets with your Husky Card on "College Nights," April 25, May 30, June 13, and September 20.  Or better yet, you can catch UW baseball games at the newly renovated Husky Ballpark for free with your Husky Card!  You can find the schedule here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

University of Idaho Issues Kittens to Entering Students

The University of Idaho plans to improve undergraduate life by issuing kittens to all first-year students. There will be alternative pets for students who are allergic to cats. It's such an exciting project, the university even highlights it with a student video:

Expanded Services in the Law Library

The Gallagher Law Library is always striving to exceed our users' high expectations for service. Today we are pleased to announce some exciting innovations.

Mercedes is now embedding hot stone massage in the seats of its cars, so we thought: why restrict that experience to luxury cars? Starting this month, selected library chairs will also have several massage settings to ease the tension that long hours studying can inflict on shoulders and backs.

Mercedes massage seat (graphic from Tech Hive)
Drawing inspiration from the hotel industry, we will make our library patrons users guests feel more welcome by offering fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies in the L1 lounge and the L2 student collaborative space each afternoon.

Assoc.Dean Hazel Pennington
Says Associate Dean Hazel Pennington, "Nothing says 'We're glad you're here' like warm cookies!" Sensitive to students' dietary preferences and needs, of course we will offer snacks that are (variously) vegan, low-sugar, gluten-free, kosher, halal, lactose-free, and made without contact with tree nuts.

The Law Library already provides students with access to half a million books and extensive online subscriptions, including Bloomberg Law, HeinOnline, LexisNexis, and Westlaw. In addition, we have staff who will borrow materials for students through interlibrary loan and reference librarians who will help students navigate the complex information landscape. We already help students do good work, so why not help the students look good too? To that end, we are converting a corner of the Reference Area to a salon where students can get their hair styled and nails done without having to leave the law school. A presser will even touch up your suit before a mock trial or interview if it got rumpled in your locker.

Our goal is to give you the very best service we can, throughout the year (as well as on April 1).

Friday, March 28, 2014

What Makes Lawyers Happy?

What makes lawyers happy? Apparently people want to know, because an article on that topic was the most downloaded paper on SSRN last week. You can read it yourself:

Lawrence S. Krieger & Kennon M. Sheldon, What Makes Lawyers Happy? Transcending the Anecdotes with Data from 6200 Lawyers, 83 Geo. Wash. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015), available at
Attorney well-being and depression are topics of great concern, but there has been no theory-driven empirical research to guide lawyers and law students seeking well-being. This article reports a unique study establishing a hierarchy of five tiers of factors for lawyer well-being, including choices in law school, legal career, and personal life, and psychological needs and motivations established by Self-Determination Theory.
Data from several thousand lawyers in four states show striking patterns, repeatedly indicating that common priorities on law school campuses and among lawyers are confused or misplaced. Factors typically afforded most attention and concern, those relating to prestige and money (income, law school debt, class rank, law review, and USNWR law school ranking) showed zero to small correlations with lawyer well-being. Conversely, factors marginalized in law school and seen in previous research to erode in law students (psychological needs and motivation) were the very strongest predictors of lawyer happiness and satisfaction.
Lawyers were grouped by practice type and setting to further test these findings. The group with the lowest incomes and grades in law school, public service lawyers, had stronger autonomy and purpose and were happier than those in the most prestigious positions and with the highest grades and incomes. Additional measures raised concerns: subjects did not broadly agree that judge and lawyer behavior is professional, nor that the legal process reaches fair outcomes. Specific explanations and recommendations for lawyers, law teachers, and legal employers are drawn from the data, and direct implications for attorney productivity and professionalism are explained.
(emphasis added)

Graphic: original drawing by Mary Whisner, photograph by Grace Feldman, Civil Procedure Hornbook by Friedenthal, Kane, and Miller

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Law of Comics - this weekend near you!

Logo for Emerald City Comicon 2014

Calling all geeks! Emerald City Comicon is here this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and they're not only bringing the best in entertainment – they're bringing the law. 

On Friday, amidst your celebrity sightings and signings, stop by these sessions:

Copyright Infringement and the Fair Use Defense     
Room: 2B
Time: 1:00PM - 1:50PM

What does copyright protect? What is infringement? When does "fair use" protect me? What happens if I infringe? Join attorney Caitlin DiMotta for a primer on copyright infringement, the fair use defense, & how to understand the difference.

Comics and Healthcare     
Room: HALL C (610)
Time: 3:20PM - 4:10PM

This panel will present works from an online exhibit of comics devoted to the Affordable Care Act and discuss the use of comics to raise consciousness of health insurance, disability, aging and related public health issues.

Ethics in Comics     
Room: 2B
Time: 4:00PM - 4:50PM
Last year we packed out the hall and delivered the goods, and this year our team of ethics experts are back to bring you their latest breakdown on the state of ethics in comics today! Join us as we hit the books on spandex, blood, and reboots...

On Saturday, you can get your fill of contracts: 
How To Read and Understand Your Next Publishing Contract     
Room: 2B
Time: 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Caitlin DiMotta, an attorney dedicated to helping creators protect their rights and get paid fairly for their work, will show you how to read through (and understand!) your next contract with a publisher, client or collaborator.

And on the last day, make time for a talk on terminology:

Creator-Owned vs Work-For-Hire: What Does That Mean, Really?
Room: 2B

Time: 3:00PM - 3:50PM

Join attorney Caitlin DiMotta as she provides a comprehensive look at ownership structures in comics: creator-owned, work-for-hire, and all the variations in between - the good, the bad, and the outrageous.

Have fun, and don’t forget your cape!

Monday, March 24, 2014

King Lear in Law School

Have you heard about the King Lear productions in Prof. Karen Boxx's Transmission of Wealth class?

They're fun, but they also teach some important lessons about estate planning and help students develop some valuable lawyering skills. See Karen E. Boxx, Shakespeare in the Classroom: How an Annual Student Production of King Lear Adds Dimension to Teaching Trusts and Estates, 58 St. Louis U. L.J. 751 (2014).

Prof. Karen E. Boxx William Shakespeare.
Image taken from: Abraham Wivell,
An Inquiry into the History, Authenticity,
and Characteristics of the Shakespeare
Portraits, etc. (A supplement.)
" (1827).
Available via the British Library's Flickr
.See this post.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Video Games in Legal Education

Recently, a class of mine engaged in a debate regarding whether video games have a place in libraries, and in education generally.  While most law students would agree that law school is no game, that needn't be the case.  In fact, Gregory Silverman, the writer of a chapter for Legal Education in the Digital Age, argues that Law Games might be just the way to save an endangered legal education system.  Games are already used to train "doctors, engineers, military commanders, troops, firefighters, first responders, police, policy analysts, airline pilots, fighter pilots, restaurant and wait staff, and business managers."  Professor Silverman argues that games can help to solve the following four criticisms of legal education in its current form:

(Edward L. Rubin ed., Cambridge University Press 2012).
  Classified Stacks, Call Number K100.L45 2012.

Sunshine from the Public Disclosure Commission

The person who asked me about campaign contributions to judges this morning didn't know that it was Sunshine Week, but I do, so I'll share what I learned about what's on the Public Disclosure Commission website.

PDC logo from website

The Public Disclosure Commission enforces the state's campaign finance laws. Candidates for state and local offices have to report who gives them money, how much, and where the donors live and work. Lobbyists also have to file reports.

The PDC Press Kit is a good place to start. It gives statistics for the 2012 campaigns and summarizes the key laws.

The Public Resources page includes "Money Maps," where you can contributions by county. For example, here's the map for Referendum 74 (marriage equality) in 2012:

"Money Map" showing more donations in R-74 more populous counties (King, Snohomish, Spokane)