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Law Library News for April 28, 2003

Sarah Hollingsworth, editor

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Future Interests

First Alert---Lost and Found

If, during your tenure here at Condon Hall, you have lost or misplaced items of personal property, you might want to inquire at the Circulation Desk about them---soon. Circulation reports the Lost and Found larders have recently been full to overflowing with items that will not be moved to Gates Hall, e.g., textbooks, backpacks, umbrellas, Husky cards, leather jackets, laptop computers, etc. Items still unclaimed at the start of June (or items turned in after that point in time) will be delivered to the Hub Lost and Found on the main campus, meaning recovery of lost items after June 1 will entail, at the very least, a hike across campus.

Orca Is Coming!

One of the exciting new things coming to Gallagher in the next few months will be the merger of Cascade, the combined library catalogs of Washington�s public four-year universities, with Orbis, a comparable but separate, academic library consortium. The end result will be a huge expansion in the breadth of materials that will be available to University of Washington students and faculty. Next week Gallagher interlibrary loan expert, Judy Davis, will describe some of the changes you can expect to result from this merger in inter-library loan systems.

Ode to the Law and to Lawyers

by Colleen Williams, Reference Intern

Should we be surprised to learn that lawyers, by training and craft, attuned to the nuance and power of language, and to the clever deployment of language as rhetoric and drama, write poetry? We may have grown accustomed, in this era of John Grisham and Scott Turow, to the idea of the lawyer as novelist, but there is still some mystery, even a sense of wonderment, at the idea of a person both poet and lawyer.1

April is National Poetry Month. Why write about this in a law school newsletter? Well, many lawyers read and write poetry. There�s even a website on law and poetry---Strangers to Us All: Lawyers and Poetry, by a law professor at the University of West Virginia.

Strangers to Us All has information on lawyer/poets, organized into chronological, alphabetical, and state indexes. There are also sections on poets of the Civil War era, lawyer/poets from around the world, and contemporary lawyer/poets. Also included is a section on poems about the law, which has a bibliography of poetry-related law review articles, including Brady Coleman, Lord Denning & Justice Cardozo: The Judge as Poet-Philosopher, 32 Rutgers Law Journal 485 (2001) and Louis J. Sirico, Jr., Poetry: Future Interest Haiku, 67 North Carolina Law Review 171 (1988). Finally, the site has a section on non-law-related poetry resources.

For a full-length treatment of a lawyer/poet, Thomas C. Grey�s The Wallace Stevens Case: Law and the Practice of Poetry (PS3537.T4753 Z654 1991 at Classified Stacks) addresses the relationship (or lack thereof) between Wallace Stevens� poetry and background in law.

To read specifically about National Poetry Month, visit The Academy of American Poets website,

1. James R. Elkins, Strangers to Us All: Lawyers and Poetry, (September 2, 2001).

Trivialities: Lyrics of the Law


What do the following cases all have in common?

  • Nelson v. State, 465 N.E.2d 1391 (Ind. 1984)
  • Brown v. State, 134 Ga.App. 772, 216 S.E.2d 356 (1975)
  • In re Love, 61 B.R. 558 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 1986)
  • Fisher v. Lowe, 122 Mich. App. 418, 333 N.W. 2d 67 (1983)

Bring your entry (name, email, and answer) to the Reference Office and select a gift from the well-known Reference Office "Treasure Trove." One entry will be drawn at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 30, for a special prize. Good Luck!

and Answers

None of our intrepid trivia experts last week was able to identify Kilkenney Catt v. State, 285 Ark. 334, 691 S. W. 2d 120 (1985) as the lone fake amongst some real gems in the "unusual" case-name department. "Justice" George Rose Smith purportedly authored this tantalizing tale of the legal entanglements of twin criminals. You'll have to go in search of the paper version to learn more, because LexisNexis deigned only to acknowledge it was not an "approved" case and Westlaw elected to ignore its existence altogether. (Who was it that said everything is on the Internet?)

Closing Thoughts: On Poetry

While at sea, I began writing poetry as if poems, to paraphrase Thoreau, were secret letters from some distant land.

---Robert Sward, Poet