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Law Library News for April 29, 2002

Ann Hemmens, editor

Law Library News Archive


National Library Week Follow-Up

Thanks to everyone for participating in our National Library Week celebration (April 15-19). Law School faculty, students, staff, Library staff, library school students, and attorneys responded to the daily trivia questions and the Legal Research Crossword Puzzle. We gave away dozens of prizes and lots of candy! Several students and attorneys attended our research classes and learned about new online resources. In the celebratory words of the American Library Association�s Proclamation, �America's libraries are the cornerstones of our democracy; . . . Libraries are for everyone, everywhere; . . . libraries are places of opportunity, education and self-help.�

Puzzle People

by Cheryl Nyberg

Fourteen intrepid cruciverbalists met the challenge of our Legal Research Crossword Puzzle, celebrating National Library Week. The following attorneys, law students, and staff submitted complete and (mostly) correct puzzles, in the order of their submissions:

Eric B. Martin  Devo Garner  Bruce Paddy  Jessica Tang  William P. Logan  Nikki Pike  Corey Niles  Tanja Harm  Dana Tumenova  Julie Napier  Vickie Northington
Andrea Lee Larisa Bosma  Megan Blomquist 

Thanks for playing along. In a random drawing (supervised by Pryce Waterlouse) Eric, Bruce, and Dana won better-than-average prizes.

Correct answers are posted on the bulletin board adjacent to the Reference Office on the 2d floor.

Trivia Contest: Name That (Constitutional) Clause

by Cheryl Nyberg

Actually, we will provide the names. Your mission (should you decide to accept it) is to match each of the popular names of these Constitutional clauses with their correct article/section or amendment.

1.Commerce Clause a. 6th Amendment
2.Full Faith and Credit Clause b. Article 4, Section 2
3.Speedy Trial Clause c. 1st Amendment
4.Interstate Commerce Clause d. Article 4, Section 1
5.Establishment Clause e. Article 2, Section 2, Clause 2
6.Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause f. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3
7.Privileges and Immunities Clause g. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3
8.Advice and Consent Clause h. Article 1, Section 7, Clause 1
9.Indian Commerce Clause i. 8th Amendment
10.Origination Clause j. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3

Submit your answers by email to Deadline: May 6, 8am. Answers will be posted in the Law Library News column in the May 6th Condon Crier.

Professional Dilemmas in Law Practice

by Mary Whisner

When I was a law student, I did not have a very good idea of what the practice of law was like � even after my summer job in a law firm. Perhaps that is why some of the topics in my Professional Responsibility class seemed abstract and distant.

Recently I came across a book that uses fiction to illustrate many of the tough situations lawyers can face in practice. The author, Lawrence J. Fox, is a member of a large firm in Philadelphia, where he has practiced since 1968. He has written many articles about ethics in legal newspapers, bar journals, and law reviews. In some he used narrative to make his point � and that is the tool he uses in the book, Legal Tender, published by the ABA Section of Litigation (KF306.Z9F69 1995 at Classified Stacks).

The stories cover many situations � conflicts of interest when lawyers change firms, internal firm politics, pressures to bill more hours, a client�s displeasure when the attorney is helpful to opposing counsel. One interesting story involves a lawyer�s decision whether to tell a wife about her husband�s decision to change his will shortly after they had gone to the attorney as a couple to make their wills together.

The book�s subtitle � �A Lawyer�s Guide to Handling Professional Dilemmas� � is a bit misleading. The book does a very good job showing how professional dilemmas arise and how lawyers experience them, but it does not always provide a guide for resolving them. You can read the stories as they come � not necessarily knowing what ethical issues they will address � or you can use the brief �Story Summaries� at the back of the book. These summarize the stories and sometimes cite a Rule of Professional Conduct or ABA Formal Opinion to give you a lead to the relevant law. Reading and discussing the stories might be a good way to get yourself thinking about what it will be like to practice law. It might also be a helpful review for your PR exam � or the bar exam.

For additional descriptions of selected books see the Book of the Week Archive.