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Law Library News for Nov. 8, 1999

Mary Whisner, editor

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Black's Law Dictionary

Have you noticed that a new edition of Black�s Law Dictionary came out this summer? This is the seventh edition of the classic legal reference book, which first appeared in 1891. The new edition is a substantial reworking, under the editorship of Bryan A. Garner.

Why bother with a new edition? Why isn�t the old one good enough? Consider how the law changes. Here are just a few of the new entries in this edition: "cyberstalking," "jurimetrics," "parental kidnapping," "quid pro quo sexual harassment," "reproductive rights," and "viatical settlement." You�ll also find the new edition has a new, clearer layout.

The Law Library has multiple copies of Black�s for your use. There are four copies on dictionary stands in the Reading Room, plus one each on Reserve and in the Reference Office. (Ask for the one on Reserve by call number, KF156.B53 1999.)

Garner is also the author of several books on English usage and legal writing:

  • A Dictionary of Modern American Usage. PE2827.G37 1998 at Reference Office
  • A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, 2d ed. KF156.G367 1995 at Reference Office
  • The Elements of Legal Style. KF250.G37 1991 at Reserve
  • The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts. KF251.G37 1999 at Reserve

If you think you could use some help with your writing -- and who among us couldn�t? -- try out Garner�s books.

Veterans' Day Trivia Contest

In honor of Veterans Day, answer the following questions. To become eligible for a prize, turn your answers into the Reference Office by 2:00 Wednesday. Include your email address so we can notify you if you win.

  1. For many years, the UW had two law professors -- the late Charles E. Corker and Professor Emeritus Robert L. Fletcher -- who had had the same unusual job during World War II (see 64 Wash. L. Rev. 1). What were they?
    1. frogmen
    2. paratroopers
    3. blimp pilots
    4. spies
  2. Which current faculty member was an officer in the Coast Guard from 1975 to 1994?
    1. Mike Townsend
    2. Craig H. Allen
    3. Karen E. Boxx
    4. Patricia C. Kuszler
  3. Match the Supreme Court justices with their military records:
    a. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War and was wounded in three battles in three years.
    b. He served in the Confederate Army, was captured in 1863, and spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner.
    c. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. (He also played professional football.)
    d. He attended Stanford on the GI Bill after serving in the Air Force during World War II.

w. Byron R. White x. William H. Rehnquist y. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. z. Edward Douglass White

Click here for answers.