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Law Library News for December 10, 2001

Ann Hemmens, editor

Law Library News Archive


Library Interim Hours

  Library Reference Copy Center

E. Asian Law Dept.

December 24 and December 29
(First Mondays of Interim)
Library closed, Condon Hall open
Tuesday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm 10 am - 5 pm 8 am - 5 pm 8 am - 4 pm

New Book Display

Note the new display outside the entrance to the Law Library on the second floor. Included are book jackets from materials recently acquired by the Law Library. The theme of this display is The Future of Law, and the display features new titles on a variety of future-related issues. Thanks to Roberta Williams for creating this display.

Rare Book Display

Check out the new display on the second floor of the Law Library, across from the Circulation Desk. This newest display features items from the Library's Rare Book Collection, housed in the basement. These books are exquisite, and some are over four hundred years old. Take advantage of this opportunity to see a few of the rarest and most beautiful books in our collection! Thanks to Nikki Pike for creating this display.


by Larisa Bosma

Don't let studying for finals turn your brains to mush. Take a few minutes away from the books for some mental calisthenics. Here are a few websites that can give your mind a reason to stretch (and maybe even a fresh perspective): -- The Merriam Webster website offers a word game every day. Click on the Word Game link, then choose a puzzle from their two-month archive. Build your vocabulary! -- Welcome to the Online Journal of Law and Popular Culture. Check this site out for articles and other tidbits on the intersection of pop culture (mostly movies and television) and the law. It's almost like studying. -- Need some culture? Here's a site by the Smithsonian Institution, created to display 450 historical objects that the Smithsonian keeps in storage. To think that the Smithsonian ran out of room to exhibit all of its material. -- Forget what the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are? Remind yourself here. This is one version of that famous list. -- In the mood for some mental fluff? Here you'll find real (and frequently un-glamorous) names of lots of famous people - singers, actors, religious leaders, athletes, and more. -- And what are you going to do with all of your spare time when exams are over? Check out the Seattle Public Library's recommended reading page. Here you'll find links to resources with tons of good ideas for fun or serious holiday reading. Enjoy!

Human Rights Celebration

The Seattle Human Rights Commission was established in 1963 with the mission "to advocate for justice and equal opportunity, to advise the City of Seattle on human rights issues and to collaborate with public and private sectors in order to educate them on methods to prevent and eliminate discrimination city-wide." It consists of 15 representatives appointed by the Mayor and City Council. Activities of the Commission include:

  • Working with the Director of the Office for Civil Rights to end discrimination based upon race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, political ideology, ancestry, age, marital and parental status, disability, Section 8, and retaliation.
  • Hearing appeals based on charges of discrimination that have been filed with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights for investigation.
  • Organizing an annual Human Rights Day celebration on December 10th in commemoration of the December 10, 1948, United Nations adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
    • The 6th Annual Seattle Human Rights Day Celebration includes an address by Loung Ung author of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (HarperCollins Publishers, 2000)(available at Suzzallo/Allen Library Stacks, Call # DS554.8.U54 2000) her memoir of the Cambodian genocide between 1975-1979. For a review of the book see, She is also the national spokesperson for the "Campaign for a Landmine Free World," a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. For more information on this 1997 Nobel prize-winning landmine campaign, see,
    • 2001 Human Rights Day Celebration theme: "Global Humanity: A Personal Commitment"

The Seattle Human Rights Day celebration will be held Dec. 10th from Noon -1:30 pm at the Arctic Building, 700 Third Avenue, Seattle, Third Floor, Dome Room. The evening before, Dec. 9th from 5-6:30pm, you can meet acclaimed writer, Loung Ung, at the Rainier Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska Street, Seattle.

For more information on the celebration and the Commission see,