I have often claimed that I make friends wherever I go. Since that’s not really always true, I find it immensely reassuring to know that there is one place I can go where I’ll be identified as a “friend.” No, it’s not a certain bar in Boston where everyone knows my name—it’s a bar of a different sort.
There’s a lot to be said for the Supreme Court, home of the Highest Court in the Land and where its justices can look forward to a bobbleheaded future. It even has the ability to turn adversaries into friends. How? By identifying them as such, of course.
In a distinct shift from the Rehnquist Court of yesteryear, in the Roberts Court, you’re far more likely to hear lawyers from either side using the word “friend” instead of “opponent” when addressing each other or Justices making reference to “your friend.” There are a couple reasons for this. One being that the D.C. bar is a small, small world, where it’s pretty likely that those lawyers facing off are actually friends or at least know each other. Another could be the Chief Justice’s desire to adjust the tone of oral arguments. Some might find that reason to be a bit faux . Granted, it could be a play right out of Mean Girls to call your adversary your friend, but it appears to be catching on with Justices Kennedy and Scalia hopping on the bandwagon. However, both Justice Alito and Justice Sotomayor are firmly in the camp of not letting fetch—I mean friend—happen. To that I say, Justices Alito and Sotomayor, why can’t we be friends?
All I have to say after skimming the news this Tuesday morning is that I clearly was not loved enough as a child. Back in the day when I announced my intentions to become a princess, all I got was laughter. But when seven year old Emily Heaton wanted to become a princess, her father tracked down a disputed tract of land and claimed it for his own kingdom. Yep you heard me. One little girl in Virginia indicated her desire to become a princess and within a year her father kinda sorta made it happen.
Now all you international law people out there know that there’s more to creating a kingdom or country than following the Eddie Izzard method of country claiming. So before you go off trying to earn your #1 Mom or Dad titles, you might want to pop on over to the Law Library to check out some of our international law sources to make sure you cross those t’s and dot those i’s before establishing your dynasty. Might I suggest consulting the Encyclopedia of Public International Law (it’s only available on site) or one of our international law study aids (such as Murphy’s Principles of International Law)? As one quoted expert pointed out, diplomatic recognition is kind of a big deal and should probably be worked out before one goes ordering new letterhead. In other news, I’m currently working on my own flag so I can claim the reference area as my own fiefdom and become the Empress of All Knowledge.
I will admit to a slight obsession with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge since the royal wedding, but just as there is one fictional lawyer for me (who you can now take to the beach in ebook form—thanks, Harper!) there is only one Duke. Do I need to give you three guesses, Pilgrim? Obviously I’m talking about Marion Robert Morrison, better known as John Wayne. Fun fact—John Wayne starred in the “print the legend” masterpiece, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, which contains my second favorite fictional lawyer, Ransom Stoddard. So when I hear that certain institution of higher learning is putting its dukes up against the legend who brought Sean Thornton and Rooster Cogburn to life, its’ going to catch my attention.
Duke University and John Wayne Enterprises—Wayne passed in 1979, but his heirs are keeping up the legacy—have been squaring off over the word “Duke” for years now. (Back in ’05, the University objected to the heirs’ trademark application to use the name Duke for a restaurant.) Now the University is objecting to John Wayne Enterprises’ plans to expand into the bourbon market. The heirs have taken the University to court, arguing, “Duke University does not own the word ‘Duke’ in all contexts for all purposes.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, Seneca Falls. Courtesy National Park Service
Did you ever drive by Exit 41 on the NYS Thruway, and say to yourself, “hmmm…someday I should stop and visit the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls”? Well, this month is a great time to act! Upstate NY is at its summer best, and you can witness history in the making.
Please join the Charles B. Sears Law Library staff as we welcome Brian Detweiler and Peggy Lyons as the Student Services Team.
Brian is the law library’s Student Services Librarian. He holds a JD from Notre Dame Law School and an MLS from UB’s Library School. He has worked as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Rochester and, most recently, as the Faculty Services Librarian at St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio, TX. Brian will develop and coordinate programs and services to enrich the law school experience and transition into overseeing the Passport Office.
Peggy holds an MLS from UB and worked for UB’s Department of Visual Studies and, most recently, for the Department of Urology. Peggy will be staffing our Passport Services Office, will work on projects in partnership with the Student Services Librarian, and will work at the circulation desk.
Near the entrance of the Law Library you may notice a new display. This faculty spotlight display is in honor of Lynn Mather’s article “Language, Audience and the Transformation of Disputes” (co-authored by Barbara Yngvesson) that won the American Political Science Association’s Law and Courts Lasting Contribution Award. When you stop in the Law Library, be sure to check it out!
Law Library hours have shifted to accommodate bar study programs. We are open Monday through Thursday from noon until 9:00 and Friday from noon until 5:00 through July 27. From July 28 through August 24 we will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00. Reference hours are 1:00 – 5:00 and by appointment.
If you are interested in a study carrel for bar study, the policy for carrels at the Law Library is the same in the summer as it is for the academic year—first come, first serve for law students. There is also an option to apply for a carrel in Lockwood. Lockwood study carrels are appointed for the entire summer. The application is now open and will close on May 25. Lockwood carrel assignments will be announced on May 27.
Want to a brush-up on your legal research skills before your summer job or your first year of law practice? The Law Library reference librarians will help you improve your research skills in our Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Refreshers.
Dates: May 20 through May 22, 2014. The Refreshers are for Law Students ONLY.
Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Refreshers Schedule:
12 – 1 Shepard’s Citations and Keycite 630A
1:15-2:15 Lexis and Westlaw (segment and field searching) 630A
12 – 1 Federal basics (statutes, regulations & cases) NY Alcove
1:15- 2:15 New York basics (statutes, regulations & cases) NY Alcove
12-1 No Lexis, No Westlaw, No Worries – Free Websites 630A