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Law Library News for November 5, 2001

Ann Hemmens, editor

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Library Open on Veterans' Day

Although there are no classes on Veterans Day (Monday Nov. 12, 2001), the Law Library is open from 8am to 6pm. Study in the Reading Room, the individual study carrels, or the group study rooms on the upper floors. The Reference Office will be open 1pm to 4pm.

Law Review Symposia

by Mary Whisner

Most issues of most law journals contain articles, notes, and comments on a variety of issues. Perhaps one issue has an article about land use planning, an article about international trade, a case note about a Supreme Court case on the Fourth Amendment, and a comment about domestic partnership benefits. The different pieces are in the same physical issue, but that�s about all they have in common.

Symposia are different. For a symposium, the editors of a law review choose a theme and invite authors to submit articles on that theme. Often they host a conference where the authors speak and discuss their papers.

The advantage for you as a reader is that you have in one place several or a dozen articles exploring the theme from different perspectives. You can read them all or flip from one to another, sampling the pieces. Frequently, the editors provide an introduction summarizing the pieces, to help you in your skimming.

Here are some examples of law review symposia:

  • Symposium: Civil Litigation and Popular Culture: Sixth Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy, 50 DePaul L. Rev. 421-674 (2000) (essays about juries, jokes, movies, novels, etc.).
  • Symposium on the 21st Century Lawyer: Is There a Gap to Be Narrowed?, 69 Wash. L. Rev. 505-677 (1994) (commentary on a controversial report from the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Legal Education and Professional Development � An Educational Continuum (Report of the Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession: Narrowing the Gap, 1992).
  • The Justice Mission of American Law Schools, 40 Clev. St. L. Rev. 277-531 (1992) (Should law schools teach justice as well as doctrine? If so, how?)
  • Symposium: Picturing Justice: Images of Law and Lawyers in the Visual Media, 30 U.S.F. L. Rev. 891-1247 (1996) (includes essays on many movies, including Dead Man Walking, Kramer v. Kramer, and Inherit the Wind).
  • Interpreting Legal Citations: A Symposium Sponsored by the West Group, 29 J. Legal Studies 317-584 (2000) (articles on scholarly influence, most-cited law reviews, most-cited faculties, use of nonlegal information in legal scholarship, etc.).

You will often see symposia if you skim recent issues of the Current Index to Legal Periodicals. If you want to search for a symposium in LegalTrac (an index to over 800 legal periodicals; available from MARIAN), just use a keywords search � for example:

symposium and WTO

symposium and biotechnology

Trivia Contest: Faculty Books & Videos

Can you match seven UW law professors with the books they have written or videos they have starred in? Turn in your answers to the Reference Office by Thursday at Noon to win a prize or email Ann Hemmens.

  1. CP 2 - Judgement Day (video recording). KF292.W325 C63 1992 at Reserve
  2. The Law and American Health Care. KF3825.W55 1998 at Classified Stacks
  3. Asian Laws Through Australian Eyes. KNC79.A84 1997 at Classified Stacks
  4. Administrative Law. KF5402.Z9M37 1997 at Classified Stacks
  5. Most Humble Servants: The Advisory Role of Early Judges. KF8775.J39 1997 at Classified Stacks
  6. The Law of Property. KF561.C86 2000 at Reserve
  7. Computer Assisted Legal Research: The Basics. KF242.A1H49 1993 at Reserve & Classified Stacks
  1. Deborah Maranville
  2. Philip A. Trautman (as the Trautmanator)
  3. Stewart Jay
  4. Patricia C. Kuszler (with Kenneth R. Wing & Michael S. Jacobs)
  5. Penny A. Hazelton
  6. William B. Stoebuck (and Dale A. Whitman)
  7. Veronica L. Taylor (Editor)