- Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal (the team includes many UW participants)
- Voices of Rwanda
- Densho—Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.
- One Voice at a Time (USC Shoah Foundation Institute). Includes 52,000 interviews with Holocaust survivors; organizers are expanding the archive to include interviews from survivors of the Armenian, Cambodian, and Rwandan genocides.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Destroying a culture's historical documentary record can be a war crime. The Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954) obligates parties to safeguard cultural property, including art, manuscripts, museums, and large libraries, but unfortunately, the existence of the treaty has not stopped destruction and looting in this century's wars. The U.S. is the latest country to ratify the treaty -- in 2009.
Intentionally destroying books and libraries in order to suppress dissent or oppress a people has a long history, unfortunately continuing to the present. See:
- Haig Bosmajian, Burning Books (2006). (The author is professor emeritus in the UW Department of Communication.)
- Rebecca Knuth, Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction (2006)
- Rebecca Knuth, Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century (2003)
- Lucien X. Polastron, Books on Fire: The Destruction of Libraries Throughout History (2007)
- James Raven, Lost Libraries: The Destruction of Great Book Collections Since Antiquity (2004)
- Hilda Urén Stubbings, Blitzkrieg and Books: British and European Libraries as Casualties of World War II (1993)
- Fernando Báez, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq (2008)
- Tatjana Aparac-Gazivoda & Dragutin KatalenacWounded libraries in Croatia (1993)
For a list of other symposium speakers, see UW Center for Human Rights.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Consider browsing MOHAI's extensive Photo Archive collection as well.
Within this digital archive, you will find a number of images you perhaps have not seen before, such as the Federal Courthouse under construction in 1939 and fascinating images of the Space Needle during its construction in 1961. There is even a portrait of Dean John T. Condon, the University of Washington School of Law's first dean.
In 2012, MOHAI is moving to the historic Naval Reserve Armory Building in Lake Union Park.
You can still visit MOHAI in its current location on the Lake Washington Bicycle Loop, south of Husky Stadium (just off SR 520 and south of Montlake Bridge). Directions and hours can be found here.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
For Preservation Week, we're highlighting some ways to mark places and pointing out their impact on books.
|Paper bookmarks are useful in the short term. |
Left in books for a long time, though, their acid
can cause damage.
Sticky notes (including Post-it® notes) also should not be left in books because the glue can damage the paper. And once you remove the note, a little glue remains behind and attracts dirt. If you leave a sticky note on a page for a long time, you'll find that it often tears the page when you pull it off.
|Sticky notes' glue can damage paper. Pulling off the note can tear pages.|
Metal bookmarks, sometimes given away as promotional items, look nice, but their sharp edges can dent and tear pages.
|Metal flags can damage pages.|
|Metal bookmarks can damage pages (and bindings, too).|
|It's nice to have an angel to look over you, but this|
one is on a thick metal stick that would damage
your book's binding.
Paperclips are handy, but they damage and tear pages. Have you ever come across a rusted paperclip in a book?
Sometimes people grab whatever is around to mark a spot. When it's thick, like a pen or pencil, it can really mess up the book's binding.
|Pencils and pens are NOT gentle bookmarks!|
Preservation is not a set of rigid rules that apply in all circumstances. We all need to make judgments balancing cost and convenience with the importance of preserving an object. You might be a lot more careful with a book you inherited from your great-grandmother than you would with a paperback you plan to read once and then give away.
The statutory supplement for your tax class will be out of date in a year, so use all the tabs and paperclips and highlighting you want. But the library plans to hang onto its books for the use of future researchers, so please don't fill them up with paperclips, sticky notes and other damaging bookmarks. Use scratch paper to mark pages, and then remove it when you're through. Thanks!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
One service, Backupify, offers free personal accounts allowing you to archive and search up to 2 GB of your online data from a number of websites. (If you're interested in saving just your tweets, Backupify also has TweetBackup - also free, although you must follow them on Twitter @Tweetbackup to use it.)
If you're leery of storing your data online (a.k.a. "in the cloud"), given the recent Amazon outage that caused numerous sites to crash, there are ways to save your online data to your computer hard drive. Gmail Backup, for example, is a free program that you can download and use to store your emails in a folder on your computer.
|WIPO's poster for World IP Day|
This year's World Intellectual Property Day, Designing the Future, "celebrates the role of design in the market-place, in society and in shaping the innovations of the future." Visit the World Intellectual Property Day Facebook page to see comments from participants around the world.
|Canada's posters for World IP Day|
|A World IP Day poster from Ecuador|
Speaking of IP, did you know that the law library has several research guides to help you get your bearings in this field?
- Trademark Law Resources: Primary Sources (follow the links in the upper right corner for Foreign & International, Online Sources, and Secondary Sources)
- Patent Law Resources
- Research in Copyright Law
Monday, April 25, 2011
- Standard Mileage Rates
- Corporate Tax Rate Schedule
- Individual Tax Rate Schedules
- Standard Deductions/Personal Exemptions
- Capital Gains and Dividends Taxed as Net Capital Gain
- Income Tax Rates for Estates
- Trusts/Estate and Gift Taxes
- Tax Code Pension
- Retirement Plan Limits
But walking to the shelf and picking up a volume hasn't always been easy. In fact, even as early as 1892, an author wrote that it was nearly impossible to find a complete set.
(The author mentioned "the disastrous fires occurring in the principal cities of the Territory in the year 1889." I didn't know about any besides Seattle's Great Fire, but fires also ravaged the downtowns of Cheney, Ellensburg, Spokane Falls, and Republic in 1889, the year Washington became a state.)
By now, there are even fewer complete sets, and many of those are showing the effects of time.
|Territorial Session Laws volume with missing cover.|
This week is Preservation Week. Watch for more posts about preserving library materials–and your own!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
And so this week, we'll blog about various types of preservation, in the law library and in your homes and laptops.
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), a commercial database to which the Gallagher Law Library subscribes, is now another source for finding Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports.
Some recent CRS reports available on BNA are the following:
- Tax Reform: An Overview of Proposals in the 112th Congress (April 20, 2011)
- Overview of Health Care Changes in the FY2012 Budget Proposal Offered by House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan (April 13, 2011)
- Appropriations and Fund Transfers in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (March 31, 2011)
- The Proposed U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement (March 29, 2011)
- Should the United States Levy a Value-Added Tax for Deficit Reduction? (March 22, 2011)
- Advertising by the Federal Government: An Overview (March 10, 2011)
- Religious Exemptions for Mandatory Health Care Programs: A Legal Analysis (Feb. 23, 2011)
- Intellectual Property Rights and International Trade (Feb. 17, 2011)
To locate CRS reports, click on the Search My BNA logo located on the navigation bar of a BNA publication site. Then enter "CRS report" in the search box. You may limit your search to a specific topic area at this point. Some of the results will be summaries of the reports, but others will provide the entire contents of the reports themselves. Still others will provide a link to the PDF of the CRS report. (These links are usually located at the very bottom of an article page.)
Remember to sign in to the proxy server if you're accessing BNA from off-campus.
See the Library's CRS research guide to locating CRS Reports via other sources.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A distinguished group of legal practitioners from the leading Japanese and foreign law firms in Tokyo will engage in a panel discussion to examine the current state of the legal profession in Japan following the 2008 financial crisis and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
To register for this free seminar (offering 2.0 CLE credits), see the UW School of Law's Continuing Legal Education site. See the brochure for information about the speakers. Pre-registration by May 3, 2011 is required.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Extreme as this growth appears, it would be even greater if one took into account the increased page size. The 12th edition (1976), which was current when I began law school, was just 6 inches high and slipped easily into a coat pocket. The 13th edition (1981) was 8 3/8 inches high. And the 19th edition (2010) is a smidgen taller, at 8 1/2 inches.
The growth isn't all bad. The newer editions are easier to use -- better indexing, more examples, thumb tabs, etc. -- and that 12th edition would never lay flat because of the way it was bound.
Blackman suggests that law reviews experiment with having one Bluebook-free issue per year and see how much time it saves.
Practical Law Company (PLC) is an online database providing resources for transactional lawyers. PLC is now available--free--to law school faculty, staff and students. Graduates may even continue their access up to six months after graduation.
- Model documents with legal, drafting and negotiating tips
- Step-by-step checklists, time lines and flowcharts
- Handy overviews of transactional practice areas
- Updates on the latest legal and market developments
- Resources on doing cross-border deals and conducting business internationally
- Access to Practical Law The Journal
Also available is a Summer Associate Survival Guide offering over 50 step-by-step corporate, securities and finance resources designed to help you complete assignments you may be given. You'll need to sign up for your free account to access this material.
- federal and state cases, codes, & regulations;
- law reviews;
- Shepard's citation service;
- Matthew Bender treatises
Students and graduates must work directly for a non-profit or charitable organization. For more information and a list of exclusions, log in to Lexis for Law Schools and click on the "Career Help" tab. You may also click here.
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama promised that this year, for the first time ever, American taxpayers would be able to go online and see exactly how their federal tax dollars are spent. Just enter a few pieces of information about your taxes, and the taxpayer receipt will give you a breakdown of how your tax dollars are spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, or health care.You are asked to enter your 2010 payments of social security, Medicare, and income taxes. You then click on the "calculate receipt" button to see the breakdown of the total you paid. Even without entering any information, however, you can see at least the percentage distribution of your income taxes. For instance, over 26% of one's income taxes is used in the broad category of national defense. Most of that 26% is spent on military salaries and benefits, operations and equipment, and research and development. Over 24% is spent on health care and over 7% of your income taxes goes to pay interest.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
- foreign law compilations
- the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea
- the United Nations and other organizations
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I. Frivolous Tax Arguments in General
II. Frivolous Tax Arguments in Collection Due Process Cases
III. Penalties for Pursuing Frivolous Tax Arguments
One example, "Contention: The IRS must prepare federal tax returns for a person who fails to file" provides the reader with the law as well as supporting case law. In other words, this contention is shown to be false.
The information is also available in PDF printable format.
More information about the project, the collection, the Scholars' Residence and to take a virtual tour, see the Mount Vernon site.
When: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21, 2011
Where: Room A-114 Physics-Astronomy
The Forum on Science Ethics and Policy is a multidisciplinary organization of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The forum's goal is to promote "dialogue among scholars, policy experts, and the public about the role of science in society." See the forum's site for more information.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Every time you sign on to LexisNexis or Westlaw, you're using the library. Although law school subscribers don't pay as much as commercial subscribers–they want students to learn their systems–law schools do still have to pay for these services, and the subscriptions are paid and managed by the library.
And of course, you're using the library whenever you use other licensed databases we subscribe to–for instance, LegalTrac, HeinOnline, BNA, RIA Checkpoint, CCH Intelliconnect, ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional).
Even if you stick to free government websites, you might be using the library to get to those sites. If you aren't, you should consider using the great set of links to Free Law Online that the library maintains–it can save you a lot of time!
We're always happy to see you in person in the Reference Office, but remember that you can also send us questions using the "Ask Us!" link on our website.
According to the article, the American Library Association reports that the nation's public and academic librarians answered almost 5.7 million questions each week in 2010. So, remember that we here in the Gallagher Law Library welcome your questions: stop by the reference office, call at 543-6794, or email us for help. With your help, those statistics could reach 6 million questions per week in 2011!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
If you would like to view all forty dioramas, go to the Peeps Gallery. There you will find such legal depictions as a skydiver's Peepsumption of the risk, Matthew McConaughPeep in the Lincoln Lawyer, a day in the life of a Peeplic Defender, and a case involving zombie Peeps.
The Peeps in Law contest typically starts in early March. Contestants submit a photograph of their diorama, including its title and a short (no more than 150 words) description. Refer to this ABA Journal article for information about the 2011 contest.
This year the ABA Journal visited the Peeps team during its tour of cities in the Northeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic. The Journal article describes the Peepster, a bright yellow VW topped with a yellow Peep and the crowds that greeted it. For pictures from the tour, visit the Random Acts of Sweetness website.
MyApartmentMap is an apartment search engine that allows users to find apartment listings all over the United States. Searchers can view pictures, maps, rental data, find deals, post rentals and contact property owners. MyApartmentMap also has specific search features for college students, pet owners, and military families.
You can search (by city and state or zip code) or you can browse (there are lists of states and "popular cities"). If you click on a state link, you are taken to a webpage that groups that state's cities by size. Click on a city link, and you can also limit to specific zipcodes or, depending on the city's size, to specific neighborhoods. Other cities that are close by are linked as well.
Apartment lists include a thumbnail picture of each apartment building. Some listings have a link to a 360-degree streetview (however, the address is only "approximate"). A more useful option may be to click on the "map" link. That shows the location of the apartment, and you can add to the map nearby grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and other points of interest.
Each apartment listing shows prices for the different sizes of apartments. There is even a tab for that city's "deals and specials." If you just want some general information about prices, rental data is available for states and cities. So, even if you do not find the perfect apartment at MyApartmentMap.com, this website is a good place to start your research!
Monday, April 11, 2011
- Louis Wolcher, Annotated Contracts Haiku, 42 J. Legal Educ. 141-42 (1992), HeinOnline (UW Restricted)
- Douglass G. Boshkoff, Constructive Haiku and the Law of Contracts: Raintree County Memorial Library Occasional Paper No. 3, Ariz. St. L.J. 135-43 (2007), HeinOnline (UW Restricted)
- Federal Jurisdiction Haiku, 32 Stan. L. Rev. 229-32 (1979), HeinOnline (UW Restricted)(highlights of Prof. Kenneth Karst’s 1978 and 1979 Federal Jurisdiction Haiku Festivals)
- Gil Grantmore, Constitutional Law Haiku, 18 Const. Comment. 481-83 (2001), HeinOnline (UW Restricted)
- Nancy B. Rappaport, Decanal Haiku, 37 U. Tol. L. Rev. 131-33 (2005), HeinOnline (UW Restricted)(series of verses on the life of a law school dean).
- Louis J. Sirico, Jr., Supreme Court Haiku, 61 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1224-30 (1986), HeinOnline (UW Restricted)
Share your love of libraries with the world by composing a library themed twaiku for National Library Week! You might win a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.National Library Week meets National Poetry Month meets Web 2.0!
What’s a twaiku, you ask? Simply put, a twaiku is haiku sent via Twitter. Twaiku use the same basic structure of 3 lines with 5-7-5 syllables respectively. Unlike a true haiku, a twaiku can only be 140 characters, or 130 with our #nlwtwaiku tag.
The National Library Week twaiku contest kicks off at the beginning of School Library Month (April), and continues through Wednesday of National Library Week (April 13). All submissions must be tagged #nlwtwaiku.
The staff of atyourlibrary.org will post a selection of the best twaiku here on atyourlibrary.org, where everyone will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite through the end of National Library Week (Saturday, April 16).
The most highly rated twaiku will receive an Amazon gift certificate!
Take a look at the Reading Recommendations: you'll learn a little more about the professors and staff you see every day. And whether you want thought-provoking works related to law, literary fiction, or something light to give you a break from your studies, you'll find something to pique your interest.
Friday, April 8, 2011
To access these dictionaries, go to LexisNexis Academic, click on Sources, and then click on Browse Sources. You can then search the Dictionaries folder where you'll also find other useful, but slightly dated, resources:
- Ballentine's Law Dictionary, 3rd ed.
- Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations, 5th ed.
- Good Quotes for Speakers, 3,500
- Modern Dictionary for the Legal Profession
TrustLaw Connect, launched in July 2010, is a feature of the Thomson Reuters TrustLaw site which helps non-government organizations (NGOs) and social entrepreneurs find free legal assistance.
Requests for legal help for individuals or for private litigation matters will not be considered. Instead the service is intended to provide assistance for other projects serving the public good. Among the examples of appropriate pro bono requests are the following:
- research projects on topics such as human rights, environment, equal rights, or land rights issues
- advice on governance structures
- guidance on expanding operations into another country and legal issues arising in a new environment
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) program that allows pre-approved travelers to speed through arrivals from international destinations by using automated kiosks. Not all U.S. airports have these special kiosks, but the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport does.
All travelers using this program must first apply and receive an interview before the CBP will approve them as trusted, low-risk travelers.
The program is intended for frequent international travelers, but any U.S. citizen, lawful permanent U.S. resident, Dutch citizen or Mexican national is eligible to apply. Other programs, such as the Fast Low Risk Universal Crossing (FLUX) into the Netherlands, are described here.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The ABA Section of International Law has partnered with the Law Library of Congress and Thomson Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw website to launch a new website called IMPOWR (International Models Project on Women’s Rights). The website will be composed of country pages that cover topics such as: CEDAW status, civic life, healthcare, marriage and family relations, economic and social life, crimes and violence, and access to justice. These topics will be further divided into several subtopics such as current state of the law, law reform efforts and projects, effect of local customs and traditions on implementation and enforcement of law reforms, and the role of local NGOs in obtaining and implementing law reforms.
The project is still in the very early stages and the ABA is seeking volunteers to assist with providing links and other information. Volunteers will be able to choose a jurisdiction or possibly a topic over several jurisdictions, so those with foreign languages skills are especially welcome!
There are several ways to become involved as a volunteer, such as serving as a contributing editor (conducting research for the database) or content reviewer, writing articles for the IMPOWR virtual journal, or helping with outreach.
This would be a great opportunity for law students interested in women's rights and international law to gain research experience and to deepen substantive knowledge of these areas of law while also contributing to a legal research database that will be available for free to the public. To sign up, click here.
Hat tip to Mabel Shaw, Assistant International & Foreign Law Librarian at Georgetown, for bringing this announcement to our attention.
- the total number of tax returns filed (230 million returns, including individual income, corporation income, and employment income tax returns);
- the amount of money collected ($2.3 trillion);
- the activity at the IRS website, IRS.gov (305 million visits); and
- the percentage of individual tax returns filed electronically (of the 141 million individual income tax returns processed, almost 70 percent were filed electronically).
There are over 30 tables that provide such details as a breakdown of the returns filed and refunds issued, numbers and types of taxpayer examinations, collections and criminal investigations, and taxpayer assistance.
If you are interested in tax and think you might like to work for the Chief Counsel's office, you will want to check out Tables 26 and 27 on pages 59-60. Here is a description of what Chief Counsel attorneys do, taken from the introduction to those tables:
Attorneys in the Chief Counsel’s Office serve as lawyers for the IRS. They provide guidance to the IRS and to taxpayers on the correct legal interpretation of Federal tax laws, represent the IRS in litigation, and provide all other legal support the IRS needs to carry out its mission.
Once that funding is exhausted, however, the federal court system faces serious disruptions. Following their own contingency plans, federal courts would limit operation to essential activities.Essential activities all relate to the resolution of cases. All other personnel would be suspended and payments to jurors would be deferred.
Monday, April 4, 2011
- Al Capone
- Aristotle Onassis
- Aryan Nation
- Anna Nicole Smith
- Albert Einstein
- Amelia Earhart
Most of these documents have been scanned into PDF images. The handwritten and typed documents are often hard to read. Many documents have been heavily redacted.
Still, browsing The Vault for information about people in the Popular Culture category might provide some interesting trivia.
Of greater legal interest will be the files under the Supreme Court category, where you can find material about Hugo Black, William Brennan, Fortas, Thurgood Marshall, and the Court generally. The Supreme Court file is large, with 34 parts (each part consists of 100 pages or more).
Time will tell if the contents of the FBI's vault prove more interesting than Al Capone's secret vault.
- surveys, e.g.:
- Attorney Satisfaction with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Report to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules (Federal Judicial Center March 2010)
- Legal Needs and Civil Justice: A Survey of Americans: Major Findings from the Comprehensive Legal Needs Study (ABA 1994)
- Mary R. Rose, Christopher G. Ellison & Shari Seidman Diamond, Preferences for Juries Over Judges Across Racial and Ethnic Groups (2nd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, 2007), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=998050.
- observation and analysis of legal events, e.g.:
- Mary R. Rose, Shari Seidman Diamond & Beth Murphy, Revisiting the Unanimity Requirement: The Behavior of the Non-Unanimous Civil Jury, Northwestern U. L. Rev. (forthcoming), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=825125
- Rafael I. Pardo & Michelle R. Lacey, Undue Hardship in the Bankruptcy Courts: An Empirical Assessment of the Discharge of Educational Debt, 74 U. Cin. L. Rev. 405 (2005), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=706761.
- Peter B. Oh, Veil-Piercing, 89 Texas L. Rev. 81 (2010) (dataset of 2,908 cases, 1658-2006), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1557972
- simulations, e.g.:
- economic modeling, e.g.:
- John Armour et al., Shareholder Protection and Stock Market Development: An Empirical Test of the Legal Origins Hypothesis, University of Cambridge, CBR Working Paper ECGI - Law Working Paper No. 108/2008, available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1094355
- Valerie P. Hans et al., Science in the Jury Box: Jurors' Views and Understanding of Mitochondrial DNA Evidence, Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-021, available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=998529 (mock trials)
- General Materials
- Statistical Software and Instruction
- Survey Research
- Courts, Judges & Lawyers
- Crime and Criminal Justice
- Economics, Business & Finance
- Foreign & International
- Intellectual Property
- Social Science Statistics
- State Statistics
Update (May 22, 2011): see also this guide from Georgetown's law library.