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Oct. 11, 2004
Mary Whisner, editor.

Hot Docs: New and Noteworthy Government Documents

--Peggy Jarrett, Documents & Reference Librarian

Do you ever read the newspaper or a newsmagazine and see an item about an interesting agency or commission report issued on a legal or law-related topic? And do you sometimes notice that the bibliographic information (author, title, URL) is incomplete or missing altogether, making it a challenge to find the document, even with Google and a high-speed internet connection?

If you answered yes, check out Hot Docs, a new feature on the Law Library website.  Hot Docs is a selective list of federal, state, or international government publications of interest to the Law School community. Internet links and/or Gallagher Law Library call numbers are provided.

The latest Hot Docs will be featured on the Law Library’s home page in the right-hand column.

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Book of the Week: Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters: Words of Wisdom from Multicultural Women Attorneys Who’ve Been There and Done That

-- Mary Whisner

We all learn from our elders – whether it’s the grandmother who taught us how to bake a pie, the big brother who taught us to swim, or the teacher who made history exciting. Starting your legal careers, you will learn from many new people – professors, externship supervisors, attorneys in the Professional Mentor program, and more. But maybe you could use some more friendly words of advice.

The ABA’s Multicultural Women Attorneys Network saw a special need for supportive advice among young women of color in the profession. So the group solicited letters and published a book: Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters (Karen Clanton ed. 2000) (KF299 .M56 D43 2000 at Classified Stacks).

The 84 letters are arranged in three groups: Inspiration (what defines you? what is your vision? what is your success?); Path (what did you do when? how did you become a judge? why did you switch from one type of work to another?); and Big Picture (advice to live by personally and professionally).

The book may be aimed at multicultural women, but it would be valuable reading for many others too. Much of the advice is applicable to anyone launching a law career. And those who are not likely to experience the racism and sexism the authors have faced might find it helpful to understand their colleagues better – and perhaps improve the profession.