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Law Library News for April 16, 2007

Law Library News Archive

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

Library Lifesavers

To kick off this week’s tribute to Professor Bill Rodgers’ first 40 years of environmental law teaching and scholarship, the first session of Tuesday’s Library Lifesaver will focus on environmental law sources.

The second session will feature Freedom of Information Act resources, including a FOIA letter generator.

Join us in Room 119 from 12:45-1:15p to hear these presentations and enter the raffle for either a $25 UW Bookstore gift certificate or a copy of the Washington Legal Researcher’s Deskbook 3d.

Color My (Research) World:

Continuing in the green theme, let’s move from the cool side of the color wheel to the warm: yellow. As any crayon-loving kid can tell you, blue and yellow make green, which is how we arrive at an environmentally-themed source called The Yellow Book: Guide to Environmental Enforcement and Compliance at Federal Facilities (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).

“The Yellow Book's primary purpose is to provide field-level personnel with environmental responsibilities at Federal facilities with a comprehensive informational tool to both help them comply with environmental requirements and to understand the enforcement and compliance processes used by EPA at Federal facilities.”

Some 15,000 federal facilities are covered, including aircraft, buildings, construction sites, installations, laboratories, manufacturing plants, parks, vehicles, and vessels. Consult the Yellow Book to learn about GOGOs, POGOs, FUDS, and the numerous laws, regulations, executive orders, and other policy statements that federal facility managers are obliged to follow.

Who you callin’ yella? This title shares the yellow book distinction with other government and law-related works, including:

The Silly Side of Law

Consortium, The Journal of Legal Nonsense has published its first issue with articles on . . .  well, they are a little hard to describe. See for yourself.

Current and recently graduated law students are behind this magazine. It “aims to explore the less-than-scholarly side of the law in an entertaining and hopefully humorous way. You're not going to find long diatribes about the recent disposition of some obscure case in some far-off jurisdiction. Instead, the diatribes focus on the social aspect of the law, law school, and lawyering.”