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Law Library News for Nov. 20, 2006

Law Library News Archive

Cheryl Nyberg, editor.

Note to Early Birds

Early risers who can’t wait to begin a day of studying and researching can enter the Law Library with their Husky cards beginning at 7:30am weekdays. But don’t allow anyone who is not a UW law student try to worm his or her way in behind you, please.

Library Hours During the Holidays

The Law Library will close a 5pm on Wednesday, Nov. 22 and will remain closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24. After Thanksgiving, regular hours resume on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 11am.

Adjustments to Law Library hours of operation for December and early January include:

  • Dec. 16-18, Saturday-Monday: Closed
  • Dec. 19-22, Tuesday-Friday: 8am-5pm (Reference Office: 10am-4pm)
  • Dec. 23-25, Saturday-Monday: Closed
  • Dec. 26-29, Tuesday-Friday: 8am-12noon (Reference Office: 10am-12noon)
  • Dec. 30-Jan. 1, Saturday-Monday: Closed
  • Jan. 2, Tuesday: 8am-5pm (Reference Office: 1-4pm)

Regular hours resume on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 when School of Law classes begin.

Library Lifesavers

This week’s installment of our 735-part “Better Know a Law Librarian” series* will feature more Google tips and law school exams on the web. These short sessions will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 12:45-1:15pm in Room 119.

* With apologies to Steven Colbert, famous for his “Better Know a District” interviews with members of the U.S. Congress.

Under New Management

Careful readers may have noticed that this column has a new editor, Cheryl Nyberg. Previous editor, Kristy Moon, is leaving Gallagher for a position at the law library of Morrison and Foerster, LLP, in San Francisco.

We are sad to see her leave. In addition to the Law Library News column and work in the Reference Office, Kristy has managed our LexisNexis and Westlaw contracts and services. This hugely important job involves almost daily trouble-shooting (passwords, printers, training, etc.). Kristy’s calm demeanor and organized work habits made it seem effortless. Best Wishes and Happy Trails, Kristy!

Succeeding Kristy as the Library’s CALR coordinator is Ann Hemmens, a reference librarian with 6 years of excellent service at Gallagher. Ann is now your go-to person with LexisNexis and/or Westlaw password/ID problems. Please send email reporting problems to the student email address. Of course, you can also consult the vendor’s law student reps in Room 222 and/or the vendor’s full-time reps: Aaron Meyers (LexisNexis) and Randy Widdison.

The Law of Turkey Stuffing

Looking forward to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, let us consider the following question: Does serving turkey stuffing to a prisoner who is a member of the Hindu religion constitute a violation of the prisoner’s right to religious practice?

Answer: “This is a frivolous appeal from a frivolous case . . . . [T]he turkey stuffing had turkey in it. Of course it did. If it did not have some part of the turkey in it, it would not be turkey stuffing. Milkshakes have milk. Egg noodles have eggs. Chili has chili powder. The state's dietician was not being deceptive or intruding on [the prisoner’s] religious freedom by making turkey stuffing, putting turkey in it, calling it turkey stuffing and serving it to the prisoners.” Karmasu v. Hughes, 654 N.E.2d 179 (Ohio App. 1995).

Editor’s note: A single serving is a poultry excuse for crying fowl. The litigant didn’t have a leg (or drumstick) on which to stand. Wattle they think of next?