Law Library News for the Week of Dec. 3, 2007

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

Same-Day Release of US Supreme Court Oral Arguments

In a rare move, Chief Justice John Roberts has approved a request from CNN for same-day release of the audio recording of the oral arguments on major detainee cases to be heard on December 5th.

C-Span will broadcast the audio minutes after the oral argument concludes.

The cases concern the habeas corpus rights of Guantanamo detainees: Boumediene v. Bush (No. 06-1195) and Al Odah v. United States (No. 06-1196). Facts and questions presented are available on

Scoop Jackson Digital Collections

The UW Libraries holds the papers of Henry M. Jackson, a School of Law alum (Class of ’35) and a member of the U.S. Senate (1953-83). In addition to the finding aid for Jackson’s papers, the Library has compiled a digital collection of photographs.

The photographs depict Senator Jackson throughout his career as a member of Congress.

Specific categories include:

  • * atomic energy and the Hanford site
  • * trips to Vietnam in the 1960’s
  • * Jackson and Senator Warren Magnuson
  • * the 1972 and 1976 Presidential campaigns
  • * the Columbia River Basin Project
  • * and photographs with the Kennedy's, Washington governors, and other U.S. presidents, vice presidents, and First Ladies.

University of Washington Libraries, Special
, HMJ0561

The Public Return

Effective December 1st, members of the public and the rest of the UW community will again have access to the Law Library.

The security restrictions of the last month have interfered with their access to our collections and databases. We have heard from attorneys, School of Law alumni, UW professors, undergrads and graduate students, paralegal program students, and others that the restrictions made their legal research tasks more difficult or impossible.

Sure, the Internet and commercial legal research services offer much legal information. And the King County Law Library and the Seattle University Law Library were available (and provide excellent collections and services!). Still, some of these people found the alternatives unsatisfactory—they wanted to use the Gallagher Law Library.

The Library staff are happy to again serve the legal information and research needs of our public users.

And we extend thanks to our colleagues at the King County Law Library and the Seattle University Law Library (and others in the area) for their good humor and graciousness in helping many of the users who were turned away from Gates Hall.

New Government Report

U.S. Department of Energy, Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States, 2006.

©2011, Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington