Friday, February 23, 2018

Diversity and the Law - Guide to Related Readings


UW School of Law is wrapping up Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Week, but the conversation doesn't end at the close of the week's programming. If you are interested in learning more about diversity and the law, check out the Gallagher Law Library's guide to Diversity Readings Related to 1L Courses. This guide provides information with links to books and articles that discuss the intersection of diversity with some of the most foundational legal subjects, including Contracts, Property, Torts, Civil Procedure, and more!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Limits of Presidential Power: A Citizen's Guide to the Law

Front cover of the Limits of Presidential Power: A Citizen's Guide to the Law by Lisa Manheim and Kathryn Watts
Image from Amazon.com
News headlines have you scratching your head? Have you or your friends ever wondered why presidents seldom fulfill their campaign promises? Or how a federal district court judge can block a presidential executive order? Or why sometimes a president's power seems limitless?

UW Law's professors Lisa Manheim and Kathryn Watts wrote a book The Limits of Presidential Power: A Citizen's Guide to the Law to provide the answer to these and many other questions you might have, and all in straightforward language. Sound like something you'd be interested in? The book is out and available at the Gallagher Law Library!

Never had a civics class? Unfamiliar with the United States' system of government? Just about to start Constitutional Law and feeling intimidated? Worry not! This book is not just for legal nerds, like yours truly, but for anyone interested in how our government works.

I found the book a quick, pleasant read full of useful information. It is also very affordable, even on a graduate student's budget. Amazon has the book priced at $7.99 for paperback, $2.99 for the Kindle version, and free for those with Kindle Unlimited.

Want to dive more deeply into this subject now that you're back from your Presidents Day holiday? Watch Professor Watts talk about the book on KING TV. And check out our guide on Presidential Power.



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