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Law Library News for December 9, 2002

Ann Hemmens, editor

Law Library News Archive


Good Library Karma

by Larisa Bosma

Do you hate getting overdue notices? Do you hate wasting the resources that production of those notices involves?

SOLUTION: Renew your materials before going away for the holidays. Go to the Library's catalog and click on View Your Library Record, the link in the lower lefthand corner of the page. You'll be prompted to enter your name and barcode (from your Husky Card). At the next screen you can choose to view a list of items checked out to you. Here you can renew any (non-Reserve) items not already renewed twice and identify any items you won't need next quarter which you can then return to the Library.

Also, it's especially important to return Reserve items promptly since overdue notices (and bills) are generated much more quickly for these items. With your library materials in good standing, you can enjoy your holidays with good library karma!

Library Hours in December

The Library will be closed December 21 (Saturday) through December 25 (Wednesday) and December 28-29 (Saturday and Sunday). The King County Law Library in downtown Seattle will be open in late December if you need access to legal materials; but they will be closed December 21 (Sat.), December 25 (Wed.), and December 28 (Sat.). If you are desperate for a law library check out the addresses and hours for various law libraries in Washington state.

Book of the Week: Tempered Zeal

Tempered Zeal: A Columbia Law Professor's Year on the Streets with the New York City Police, by H. Richard Uviller (Contemporary Books, 1988). HV6795.N5 U95 1988 at Classified Stacks

The subtitle says it all! This law professor, who taught constitutional law and criminal procedure, spent eight months of his sabbatical riding around Manhattan with the detectives and patrol officers in the Ninth Precinct's Robbery Identification Program. Professor Uviller had been teaching law for fourteen years and felt removed from the reality of the streets that he had known as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City. He wanted to see how the cops understood the rules about warrants, interrogations, etc.

One book reviewer commented, "[s]killfully woven through the stories are the strands of law that govern the actions of the police in the relentless pursuit of the elusive perp ... Uviller's description of the cops' struggle to do the job well and do it right has the ring of truth." According to another reviewer, "[t]he anecdotes and observations offer a compelling though necessarily partial picture of the atmosphere and setting of police life and the ways in which police respond to the constraints of the Constitution as judicially interpreted."

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

SEC Releases Rules of Conduct for Lawyers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released proposed rules for regulating the conduct of securities lawyers. These proposed rules were promulgated by the SEC in response to the mandate within the Sarbanes Oxley Act. The proposed rules are open for public comment until December 18th.

Text of the Proposed rules: "Implementation of Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys,", to amend 17 CFR Part 205.