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May 3, 2004
Sarah Hollingsworth, Editor

Joan M. Fitzpatrick: A Tribute to Her Life and Work

On Thursday, May 6, 2004, the UW School of Law's Condon-Falknor Lecture will honor the life and work of former Professor Joan M. Fitzpatrick.  Paul L. Hoffman, one of Professor Fitzpatrick's former colleagues, will speak on the topic, The Rule of Law in the "War against Terrorism." This free program is open to the public and will run from 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm in the Magnuson/Jackson Courtroom (Room 138).

Professor Fitzpatrick was internationally renowned as an advocate for human rights in multiple arenas, such as the protection of refugees, the eradication of torture and the elimination of the death penalty.  She and her considerable body of work have been credited with legitimatizing human rights law as a both a course of study and legal specialty.

In addition to numerous articles, Professor Fitzpatrick also authored or co-authored books on the topic of human rights, including a widely-used textbook on international human rights law. If you are not already familiar with Professor Fitzpatrick's work or with human rights law and research in general, the staff of Gallagher Law Library would like to suggest the following:

The Harry A. Blackmun Papers

-- Tammy Hinderman, Reference Intern

Harry A. Blackmun was appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1970 by President Richard Nixon.  During his twenty-four year tenure on the Court, Blackmun became one of the most controversial and most recognized Justices of his time.  He is best remembered for authoring the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), but he is also remembered for his defense of affirmative action, the First Amendment, and �the right to be let alone.�  Although Blackmun supported the death penalty for most of his career, he changed his mind before his retirement in his famous dissenting opinion in Callins v. Collins, 510 U.S. 1141 (1994).

Two years prior to his death on March 4, 1999, Justice Blackmun donated his papers to the Library of Congress, which also holds the papers of thirty-eight other Justices and Chief Justices.  On March 4, 2004 -- the fifth anniversary of Blackmun�s death -- the Library of Congress released the over 503,800 items in its Harry A. Blackmun Collection.  The collection spans the years 1913-2001 and chronicles almost every phase of Blackmun's legal career.  The majority of the papers concern his service as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1959-1970, and as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, 1970-1994.  In fact, over ninety-five percent of the Blackmun Collection consists of his Supreme Court File.

The documents include case files, videotaped oral history interviews, notes exchanged between the Justices, law school notebooks, diaries, materials for speeches, and correspondence.  The Library of Congress has prepared a 410-page finding aid, which is available online at In addition, the Library has made available online all 38-hours of the videotaped oral history interviews and a small selection of digital images of case materials from some of Blackmun�s most famous opinions.

If you would like additional information on Justice Blackmun and the contents of his papers, you may want to visit National Public Radio�s website,  NPR's Supreme Court correspondent, Nina Totenberg, was the only broadcast journalist granted advance access to the papers, and she has compiled numerous radio broadcasts and summaries of the most noteworthy portions of the collection.  In addition, the website contains a gallery of photos taken by Totenberg when she visited the Library of Congress to review the papers and selected important portions of the videotaped interviews.

For additional information regarding the history of the Supreme Court in general, you may want to review the following books available here at Gallagher:

We Have Winner$!!

Congratulations to the following National Library Week contest participants who were the lucky recipients of $10 gift certificates to a variety of local stores and assorted prizes:

  Stephanie Bird   Laura H. Norton  
Larisa Bosma   Christopher O'Byrne
Kim Cozzetto   Josh Piper
Mari Matsumoto   Christie Walton
Mork Murdock   Peggy Wu
Dawn Noel    

And for the Gummi (Book) Worm aficionados, our traditional statistical blowout:

Correct answer:


Total number of guesses:

Total number of correct answers (drawing was held for the prize winner) 2
Lowest guess:   30
Highest guess: 355
Average (mean): 11.6
Median: 100
Standard Deviation: 72
Number of guesses within � 6 of the correct answer: 19


E Thank you all for making this year's celebration of National Library Week more successful than ever!