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May 31, 2005.
Kristy Moon, editor.

Library Hours During Exam Period

During the study and exam periods, law students can continue to gain access into the library beginning at 7:30 A.M. (M-F) using their keycards. This will end after June 10 and restart in the fall quarter.

On Friday and Saturday immediately preceding the exam period (June 3-4), additional hours of keycard access will be offered to law students from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

All carrels on L1 will be reserved for law students during the study and exam periods, May 30 through June 10. Tables on L1 south of the skylights will become open to all patrons after June 10.

And if you’re planning ahead, you may want to mark your calendar for the upcoming library closures: June 12, 13, 18, and 19. Summer hours will begin on June 20.


Need a Break from Studying?

Relieve stress by getting fresh air and exercise! The library has two Frisbees for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Just be careful not to hit the library’s south wall of windows with the Frisbee – your fellow students will appreciate it.


Bridge the Legal Research Gap – Reminder

This tremendously popular program will take place in Gates Hall on June 21 from 1:00-5:00 P.M. Students who attended this program (same topics, same speakers) at SU on May 25 said:

  • "Valuable, time well spent. Do this more often."
  • "Great location. Great presenters. The fact that it is free is great, everyone should attend."
  • What is the single best thing about this event?
    • "The amount/scope of material covered. Thanks!"
    • "The quality of oral presentations - all well done and very well capped by Kelly’s [Kelly Kunsch] presentation."

Register now for the program:


Abortion Case in the U.S. Supreme Court

--Camilla Tubbs, Law Library Intern

For the first time in over six years, the U.S. Supreme Court is re-entering the abortion debate – it has agreed to review a decision striking down New Hampshire’s parental notification law. The civil rights action, Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (No. 04-1144), challenges New Hampshire’s "Parental Notification Prior to Abortion Act" which requires that a parent or a guardian be notified at least 48 hours prior to an abortion if it is to be performed on a woman under 18. In 2003, the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law was unconstitutional because it didn’t provide an exception to protect the minor’s health in the event of a medical emergency. The U.S. Supreme Court’s last major abortion decision was in 2002, when a 5-4 majority ruled that a Nebraska law banning partial-birth abortion must provide an exception to protect the mother’s health. Stenberg v. Carhart, 530 U.S. 914 (2000).

For more information see the following (with links to Westlaw):

  • Planned Parenthood of Northern New England v. Heed, 296 F.Supp.2d 59 (D.N.H., 2003).
  • Affirmed by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England v. Heed, 390 F.3d 53 (1st Cir. 2004).
  • Certiorari granted by Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, No. 04-1144 (May 23, 2005).
  • Parental Notification Prior to Abortion Act, N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 132:25 (2005).
  • Secondary source: William H. Danne, Annotation, Validity, Construction, and Application of Statutes Requiring Parental Notification of or Consent to Minor’s Abortion, 77 A.L.R.5th 1 (2000).
  • Petitions, motions and filings currently available on Westlaw for Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England:
    • Petition for Writ of Certiorari (Feb. 22, 2005). 2005 WL 474024.
    • Brief Amicus Curiae of New Hampshire Legislators in Support of Petitioner and in Support of Reversal (Mar. 23, 2005). 2005 WL 699612
    • Respondents' Brief in Opposition (Apr. 13, 2005). 2005 WL 899477

Just as a reminder, briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court are available in the Gallagher Law Library in print and in microform, although there is a slight delay in the receipt of these materials. See Briefs and Oral Arguments and Court Briefs: Law Library Holdings for more information. The briefs are also available on commercial databases and on free Internet sites such as the Yale Lillian Goldman Law Library’s Curiae Project,