Law Library News for the Week of April 21, 2008

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

National Library Week Cartoons

Celebrating National Library Week last week, the Law Library posted cartoons created by Stuart Rees, a lawyer and cartoonist, who kindly gave us permission to use the cartoons gratis.


Mr. Rees is an interesting guy. As a Harvard Law School student, he published cartoons in the student newspaper and wrote a paper on contracts for cartoonists. He now practices entertainment law in San Diego and specializes in negotiations between cartoonists and authors and the major syndicates.

In addition to his legal cartoon website, Stu's Views, Mr. Rees also maintains, "the launch pad for artists and writers looking for self help legal information."

For more information about Mr. Rees see "Cartoonist-Lawyer Draws on Love of the Art," Los Angeles Daily Journal, Dec. 23, 2002, and "The Right-Brained Attorney," AALL Spectrum, April 2008 .

The History of Moot Courts

This week many second- and third-year law students will be engaged in the Falknor Appellate Advocacy Moot Court competition, displaying their skills in brief writing and oral advocacy. As the Moot Court Honor Board website indicates, this competition is named for former UW Law professor and dean Judson Falknor.

The Falknor competition is just one of several moot courts conducted in the School of Law, carrying on a long andEnglish Inns of Court fine tradition. According to a "Brief History of Moot Court in Britain and U.S.," moot courts "were common practice during the time of the Inns of Court and Chancery in England in the late 14th Century." Their use continued as an essential part of legal education in England and America until the introduction of the case method in 1870.

An article on a 1797 moot court conducted at the Litchfield Law School in Connecticut provides an extensive description of the event: "A Moot Court Exercise: Debating Judicial Review Prior to Marbury v. Madison," 12 Const. Comment. 327 (1995). Read the article on Hein Online. UW Restricted

For descriptions of contemporary moot courts, browse the Directory of Interscholastic Moot Court Competitions. The Law Library has the last edition, 1999-200. KF281.A2 D5 at Reference Office. Mootness: The Moot Court Blog is the best source for competition news and results.

Bridge the Gap

Mark this date on your calendar: Tuesday, June 24th, 2008. On that date, from 12:45-5pm, the Gallagher Law Library will be holding its 13th annual Bridge the Legal Research Gap program. Registration for the program opens this week, on April 23d.

The purpose of this program is to refresh some of your legal research skills. Local law firm librarians tell us that students are generally well-prepared to find caselaw, but are weaker in researching administrative materials and legislative history. Many students are also unfamiliar with materials that focus on the practice of Washington law. This free program focuses on those subjects and highlights cost-saving techniques.

The program will be held twice. You may register for either the May 21st Bridge the Gap, to be held at the Seattle University Law School, or the June 24th program, to be held at Gates Hall.  

Visit the BTG registration page for the complete schedule and other information.  Remember: registration opens on April 23d. And did I mention: the program is FREE!

Attention LexisNexis / Nimmer on Copyright Users

LexisNexis had a technical problem with the online version of Nimmer on Copyright that resulted in the omission of Chapter 8, "The Nature of the Rights Protected by Copyright," from the online treatise between March 20 and March 27. Searches run during this period would not have identified relevant material in Chapter 8.

LexisNexis apologizes for this technical problem and encourages users to re-run any searches in Nimmer on Copyright to ensure that users are alerted to any hits in Chapter 8.

Note: Nimmer on Copyright is available in print and (Chapter 8 is contained in Volume 2. KF2991.5.N5 at Reference Area

Website of the Week: Regulatory Resource Center

OMB Watcher LogoOMB Watch, a nonprofit government watchdog, has launched the Regulatory Resource Center. It is "designed to educate citizens on how they can become involved in the regulatory process (Advocacy Center) and to inform the public about the workings of the regulatory process (Policy Library)."

In the Advocacy Center, you will find step-by-step instructions on identifying and locating proposed rules that are open for comment. In the Policy Library, you will find explanations of the regulatory process and system, along with a history of administrative actions, definitions, and links to related resources.

OMB Watch also offers several blogs, including RegWatch. This online newsletter reports activities and developments in areas such as consumer issues, cost-benefit analysis, enforcement, the environment, industry influence, oversight, and public health.

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