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Law Library News for December 1, 2003


Sarah Hollingsworth, editor

Law Library News Archive


Reminder: Interim Library Hours

The last day of scheduled Law School exams is Friday, December 19.The Law Library will have shortened hours during the interim break.





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Dec. 22, Mon Closed Closed Closed
Dec. 23, Tue 8 am - 5 pm 10 am - 5 pm 8 am - 5 pm
Dec. 24, Wed 8 am - 5 pm 10 am - 5 pm 8 am - 5 pm
Dec. 25, Thu Closed Closed Closed
Dec. 26, Fri Closed Closed Closed
Dec. 27, Sat Closed Closed Closed
Dec. 28, Sun Closed Closed Closed
Dec. 29, Mon 8 am - 5 pm 10 am - 5 pm 8 am - 5 pm
Dec. 30, Tue 8 am - 5 pm 10 am - 5 pm 8 am - 5 pm
Dec. 31, Wed 8 am - 5 pm 10 am - 5 pm 8 am - 5 pm
Jan. 1, Thu Closed Closed Closed
Jan. 2, Fri 8 am - 5 pm 10 am - 5 pm 8 am - 5 pm
Jan. 3, Sat Closed Closed Closed
Jan. 4, Sun 12 noon - 5 pm 1 pm - 4 pm 12 noon - 5 pm
Jan. 5, Mon Winter Quarter begins and regular hours resume.

Alternative Study Locations

Admittedly, our new Law Library provides some of the most inviting study facilities on campus. Notwithstanding, there may arise an occasion in which you simply want a change of pace or scenery, and if so, there are a number of alternative study locations nearby for you to consider.

Suzzallo Library provides a prime example. Did you know that it was originally dubbed the "Cathedral of Learning"? Gather up some law books, walk across Red Square to the heart of the original UW campus, find your way into the Suzzallo reading room, and sit for a while. It will not take you long to figure out why that nickname was (and remains) so apt. If your plans include a visit to Suzzallo Library, you might first want to check out its Autumn Quarter and Interim Hours Schedules at

If you are looking for something a little more down to earth and need a place to study through the night, you might consider Odegaard Undergraduate Library (OUGL). OUGL is literally just a couple of minutes' walk from Gates Hall, on the northwestern boundary of Red Square. It has a large number of study locations and carrels, as well as a Computer Commons with hundreds of computers for word processing, email, and Internet research. OUGL is regularly open 24 hours a day, from Sunday at 1:00 pm through Friday at 6:00 pm, and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday. Importantly, access is limited to UW students, faculty, and staff from 10:00 pm through 6:00 am during the week, so don't forget to bring your Husky card with you. OUGL has posted special weekend (extended) hours during finals, as well as during the Thanksgiving Holidays, which you can find at

Campus maps of all of the UW Libraries are available at the Circulation Desk and Reference Office. Additionally, information about the UW Libraries---including hours and maps---can be found online at

Book of the Week: Be Careful Who You SLAPP

Michelangelo Delfino & Mary E. Day, Be Careful Who You SLAPP. KF4770.D45 2002 at Classified Stacks.

If you are looking for some interesting and law-related reading for the holidays ahead, Delfino and Day's book about modern American corporate shenanigans and Internet hyperbole may just fit the bill.

SLAPP stands for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, and it refers to a corporate (or governmental) strategy to dispel public criticism and deflect attention from possibly unethical or criminal behavior by suing individuals and community groups (usually for nuisance, defamation, conspiracy, etc.) who oppose them on issues of public concern. Defending such lawsuits can be costly for individuals, creating a chilling effect on individuals' participation in public debates.

Be Careful Who You SLAPP is the true story of the authors' resistance to a SLAPP lawsuit that a Fortune 500 company (Varian, the authors' former employer) brought against them for Internet postings that were openly critical of Varian executives. Relying upon a constitutional right to free speech and upon the fact that they were publishing only truth, opinion, and hyperbole, Delfino and Day posted thousands of allegedly derogatory messages about Varian and its executives on the Internet and vowed to continue the postings "until they died."

The litigation involving these parties is slowly making its way up through the California State court system. Interestingly, the California Court of Appeal just handed down its judgment, largely against the authors (Varian Medical Systems, Inc. v. Delfino, ___ Cal.Rptr.3d ___, 2003 WL 22679654, Cal. App. 6 Dist., Nov 13, 2003). Whether the authors will appeal remains to be seen. Notwithstanding the verdict, so to speak, Delfino and Day have brought attention to an issue of growing social and legal concern by recounting their story in Be Careful Who You SLAPP.

Closing Thoughts: On Libraries

I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it.

Now, when I read constantly about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that the door is closing and that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.

I, Asimov. New York: Doubleday, 1994