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Dec. 5, 2005.
Kristy Moon, editor.


Library Hours & Services During Exam Period

The weekend before the exam period, the Law Library will be open additional hours in the evening for law students only.

  • Friday, December 9, 6-9 PM
  • Saturday, December 10, 6-9 PM

The library closes at 6 PM on both days but your Husky card will give you after-hours access. And remember, law students can always come into the library at 7:30 AM (Mon-Fri) with their Husky cards even though the doors of the library open at 8 AM.

The carrels on floor L1 are reserved for law students during December 5-16. Signs will be posted on the carrels.

The study rooms on floor L2 are reserved for study groups during the exam period, so please do not take exams in these rooms.

Past exams are archived on the Library’s website, accessible with your UW Net ID.

Upcoming Library Hours:

  • During the Interim, the Library is open 8 AM-5 PM.
  • The Library is closed on December 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, and January 1 and 2.
  • Regular hours resume on January 3.

Good luck on your exams, and have a great vacation!

Book of the Week

--Kristy Moon

The New Lawyer’s Wit and Wisdom (K58 N49 2001 at Reference Area). Earlier edition in the Classified Stacks.

Are you looking for interesting quotes to include in your term papers or publications, in presentations, or simply in conversations? Most of you are probably aware of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations (PN6081 B27 1992 at Reference Area), but there are numerous other quotation sources. The Law Library has a great collection of such books with, as you guessed it, a focus on the law.

The New Lawyer’s Wit and Wisdom is a square little book that is fun to flip through. The quotes are organized by broad categories and then subcategories. There is an index of author names at the end. Here is a sampling.

  • There is no better way to exercise the imagination than the study of the law. No artist ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth. (p. 140)
  • If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit. (p. 202)
  • I’ll tell you what my daddy told me after my first trial. I thought I was just great. I asked him, “How did I do?” He paused and said, “You’ve got to guard against speaking more clearly than you think.” (p. 265)
  • Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals. (p. 149)

Quotations for Public Speakers (PN4193 I5 Q68 2001 at Reference Area) is another terrific source. Chapter 29, beginning on page 150, deals with the law. “Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.” “Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law.”

Interested in what Shakespeare had to say about the law and lawyers? Take a look at The Breath of an Unfee’d Lawyer: Shakespeare on Lawyers and the Law (PR2892 B25 1996 at Reference Area).

How about misquotes, fake quotes, or misleading attributions? Check out They Never Said It (PN6081 B635 1989 at Reference Area).

You can locate more books of quotations by doing a keyword search for "quotations and law" in the library catalog MARIAN.

We previously reviewed The Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations in March 2001.