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Law Library News for November 20, 2000

Ann Hemmens, editor

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The Law Library will be closed Thursday Nov. 23 and Fri. Nov. 24. Regular hours resume Saturday Nov. 25. Holiday and regular hours are posted on our website.

Exams Are Coming

by Mary Ann Hyatt

The Law Library will have extended hours at the end of the quarter so you can study for exams here. We'll be open until 11pm from the last day of class on Wednesday Dec. 6th to the last day of exams on Friday Dec. 15th.

A good way to prepare for finals is to take old exams. These are on the Law Library website, organized by faculty name then course title. Please contact Mary Ann Hyatt at 685-9459, mweber@u., or just drop by the Circulation Desk if you have suggestions for other ways we can help you.

The Wonder of Down Under

Last month, I traveled to Melbourne, Australia and Christchurch, New Zealand to deliver presentations on court website design and content. I spoke at the Technology for Justice program of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration and the New Zealand Law Librarians Group Just Enrichment meeting. Between the two presentations, I enjoyed touring and sightseeing in these two terrific cities.

The Aussies and the Kiwis are extremely friendly folk. They speak our language, use a dollar-based currency, and like Americans! Thanks to the very favorable exchange rates ($1 US = $1.65 AU; $1 US = $2.25 NZ), I made significant contributions to the local economies!

They do use different phrases for some legal and everyday terms. For instance, what we call cases or opinions, they call judgments. Our court rules are their practice directions or notes. Our liquor store is their bottle shop. When driving, you are expected to "give way," instead of "yield" and "stay left unless over taking" instead of "stay right except to pass."

The highlight of my visit was seeing the Little Penguins parade on Phillip Island, about an hour and a half from Melbourne. The world's smallest penguins average one foot tall and are colored a steely blue and white, instead of the standard black-and-white tuxedo look. The Little Penguins return to their burrows or nests after feeding at sea for several days. At sunset, they gather at water's edge in groups of 12-20 and at some invisible signal, begin crossing the sandy beach together. They stop briefly when they reach a grassy area, for a bit of preening, then again following another inaudible signal, they march on to their nests. Little Penguins mate for life and take turns incubating and feeding their young. More information about the Little Penguins at Phillip Island is found on the web at

If you are interested in viewing my PowerPoint presentation for the Australian judges' meeting, it is on the web at The paper that I wrote for the New Zealand meeting will be posted at

I highly recommend both Australia and New Zealand as travel destinations. To learn more about Australia, go to or See for New Zealand tourism information.