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Law Library hours: Thanksgiving break

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Here is the Law Library’s schedule for the upcoming Thanksgiving break:

Wednesday 11/26: open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 11/27 (Thanksgiving): Closed
Friday-Saturday 11/28-11/29: Closed
Sunday 11/30: open 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

We hope you have a very happy holiday and enjoy your time off!

Donation Opportunity: Hat, Glove, & Scarf Drive

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The post below is posted on behalf of the Women of SUNY Buffalo Law School

As the weather turns colder, please consider donating to Women of SUNY Buffalo Law’s first annual Hat, Glove & Scarf Drive!

Collection boxes will be set up in the first floor lobby of O’Brian, as well as in the Law Library, November 17th – 21st from 9am to 5pm, to collect donations—preferably newly purchased.

Help make someone’s holiday season a little warmer!

Donations will be made to Buffalo City Mission—and we’re not just taking winter clothing. Feel free to bring in any of the following:
- Winter: newly purchased hats, gloves, scarves
- General: tissues, pillows, twin flat and fitted sheets
- Women: bras, newly purchased underwear (sizes 7 – 12), socks, slippers, stiff bristle hairbrushes
- Children: diapers (sizes 1 – 5), baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, sippie cups
- Men: newly purchased boxer briefs, t-shirts, socks, deodorant, disposable razors

Not sure where to pick up an inexpensive pair of gloves, or a scarf? Here’s a short list of where to look:
- JoAnn Fabrics
- Target
- BJ’s
- Walmart


Heeeeeeelp! Do you need help with Research Papers?

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Now that it is paper writing time, don’t forget that the Law Library reference librarians are available to show you how to do research for seminar and other research papers and projects. We will help you discover the treasure trove of information in databases, books, and on the internet and assist you with search techniques.

Our reference desk hours are:
Monday – Thursday 9 am to 9 pm
Friday and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm

Also, you can call the reference desk (716-645-2047) to get help or set up an appointment.

Gone Batty

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


Last week I had the unfortunate luck of having a fly buzzing around me during my reference shift. After hours of it dive bombing my head, making me flail about trying to keep it away which only made me look insane to the studying students, I thought that the fly was the worst torture one could experience. Then I heard about a certain courthouse in Utah.

The day before Halloween—my dear Jersey readers know it better as the lead up to Mischief Night—employees in the 5th Judicial District Courthouse in St. George, UT discovered they had some winged company, Brazilian free-tailed bats. Though over 50 bats were removed on Thursday and Friday, reports say that there was only “minimal disruptions in court operations.” (Check out the story from the St. George News for pics.)  Because that particular species of bats is a species of special concern in Utah, there was a catch and release operation to put them back in the wild.

The take away from this is perspective. A certain fuming law librarian who may or may not have put a bounty on a fly’s head could have had it far worse.

New Human Rights Database

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

The Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review has launched the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Project database. This free database currently has seventy-four summaries of Inter-American Court cases that are searchable by case name, date of judgment, country, judge, and violations. When possible, the database includes links to case facts, procedural history, merits, and state compliance with the judgment.

The Title Shot

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

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I’ve heard tell there’s some kind of big baseball thing going on now. As someone who really doesn’t have a stance on professional sports other than to root against any Boston team on principle, the entire series might have passed by without my having taken notice. That is until a few unlikely players partook in a virtual bench clearing brawl.

It all started when the Kansas City Public Library offered the San Francisco Public Library a reading suggestion which happened to be So You Think You Know Baseball by Peter E. Meltzer. After that, it was, as the kids say, on with SF thanking KC and offering their own suggested reading, The San Francisco Baseball Experience by Dan Frost.  The two libraries kept up the good-humored exchange last week proving that while sports teams may throw down over titles, librarians throw down with titles.

Knock It Off With The Knockoffs

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


If there is one piece of my wardrobe that I consider a staple, hands down it’s my chucks. If you need to ask what color, clearly you don’t recall my philosophy from the Law Library’s fashion exhibit. Generations have enjoyed the classic sneakers, and they even managed to work their way into pop culture (perhaps you had the eye of the tiger and noticed them on a certain boxer from Philly during an iconic training montage). With such a history, you can image that Converse is none too pleased that there are other companies edging onto its turf and is now looking to KO the knock-offs in court. (See what I did there?)

On Tuesday, Converse filed 22 separate lawsuits that accused 31 companies of trademark infringement.  You may recall some of the intricate footwork required when Christina Louboutin tried to trademark its red sole  or the Beyonce/Jay-Z fail to lock down the name Blue Ivy. Converse claims that its trademarked designs include the black stripe on the mid-soles as well as the “logo-crested heel bumpers.” Converse tweeted out a diagram explaining what “makes a Chuck a Chuck” on October 14.  On top of the 22 lawsuits it filed in the United States District Court in Brooklyn, Converse is also looking overseas since it filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission.

Best of luck, Converse. You’re looking at a Drago of a challenge.