Holiday Hours

Dec. 21, 2013 – Jan. 18, 2014*

Monday – Friday:           8am – 5pm

Weekends:                    Closed

 

*Closed:  December 25, 2013- January 1, 2014

homeHeaderLogoImage_en_USThe Journal of Open Access to Law is making its official debut this week. The journal describes itself as “an open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal of international scope. Its purpose is to promote international research on the topic of open access to law.”

The inaugural issue features articles discussing “the governance of new models of legal publishing, projects in open access to law, technical challenges and economic opportunities created by open access to law as well as trends and changes suggested by the globalization of access.”

For a more detailed description of the journal and its aims head over to Legal Information Institute Director and journal co-editor Tom Bruce’s blog B-Screeds.

Every month the Cornell Law Library adds new titles to its collection. The most recent additions for December 2013 are posted, here. A few highlights from this month’s additions are featured below.

Selected Titles

bermanLaw and Language : Effective Symbols of Community – Harold J. Berman; John Witte

 

 

 

wilson International Responses to Issues of Credit and Over-Indebtedness in the Wake of Crisis – Therese Wilson

 

 

 

animal Animal Cruelty :A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding – Mary P. Brewster; Cassandra Reyes

 

 

 

 

Check out a few of the photos from yesterday’s pet therapy event. A big thanks to the Cornell Companions program and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Club for their time and efforts in making this event possible every semester!

What time is it? Llama time! deaconJust a reminder that the therapy pets make their return to student lounge tomorrow from 11a.m to 1p.m.

Four dogs and the aforementioned llama will be available. No sign-up required; drop by anytime.  Spouses, partners, and children are welcome.

consultationWhether you are working on a looming project or paper, or simply want to get a jump on developing the skills you might need for summer employment, research consultations are a great way to get prepared.

Get advice tailored to your research needs on:

  • Advanced research skills and strategies.
  • Jurisdictional sources.
  • Key resources in substantive practice areas.
  • And more!

Appointment forms are available at the circulation desk.

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Many people have their version of the White Whale, that thing they chase but can’t quite acquire or overcome.

For 3L Peter Cavallaro it came in form of Pope Benedict XVI. Well, not the man so much as his signature and the acquisition of it.

“It was very difficult” he said. “I wasn’t able to get it until about a month-and-a-half ago.”

It’s no surprise that Cavallaro would eventually track it down as he is an avid collector of autographs with over 300 hundred signatures from a variety of famous people. Replicas of a portion of his collection are currently on display in the Reading Room featuring figures from the last 50 years of American political and civil rights history. The autographed photos range from civil rights activist James Meredith to astronaut John Glenn and from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush.

Cavallaro said he’s been collecting over the last decade, some in person and some by mail. Regardless of method, he said the process is not unlike law school in that it requires research, planning and persistence in order to achieve success.

“The challenge is doing the research and looking for the right contact,” he said.”Ninety percent of the battle is just getting it in front of them.”

title page report

Check out what we’ve been up to the last 12 months with our 2012/2013 annual report. The report includes a message from our director, highlights of our Collections, Information Management, Reference and Research Services, and Access Services departments as well as updates on the professional activities of the staff and of various projects. Some of the features include the visit of Bitner Research Fellow Priya Rai, the return of ever-popular therapy animals, an update on the law school construction project and the award-winning Trial Pamphlets digitization project.

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This month marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The speech is sometimes referred to as the greatest closing argument in history, in part because Lincoln himself spent his early career as a lawyer in Illinois.

The law library has numerous books available for checkout detailing Lincoln’s career as a lawyer and covering his skill as an orator. One of the more recent examples is Arthur Rizer’s Lincoln’s Counsel: Lessons from America’s Most Persuasive Speaker, published by the American Bar Association.

From the publisher’s website:

Before Abraham Lincoln was called “Mr. President,” he was called “counselor” and “esquire.” Some consider him to be one of the nation’s greatest attorneys and, at the very least, an enormously persuasive speaker. He spent more years practicing law than any other president, and his years in the legal profession were essential to his eventual election to the Presidency.

As a lawyer, Lincoln knew how to craft successful closing arguments. As a president–with his Gettysburg Address, perhaps the greatest closing argument in history–he knew how to persuade a bitterly divided country into ultimately doing what was right for all.

Through examples from Lincoln’s great speeches and closing arguments–included in their entirety are Lincoln’s First and Second Inaugural Speeches, the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and more–this book instructs you in the art of persuasion in two simple ways: by providing lessons from Lincoln’s career as a lawyer and politician, and then by analyzing those lessons and discussing how to apply them to your own life. Lincoln’s Counsel gives important advice about advocacy straight from the very best.

Also, due to Cornell possessing one of the original copies of the address, be sure to check out the commemorative events taking place around campus this month by visiting the university’s events calendar here.

 

The law library has a new resource available designed to help researchers navigate international legislation and case law regarding the acquisition and ownership of artwork.

Art Law & Cultural Property from the International Foundation for Art Research contains resources and information covering legislation that governs the export and ownership of cultural property from dozens of countries with primarily a European focus. Additionally, it covers case law and hard-to-find out of court settlement documents pertaining to art ownership issues in the United States.

The database is available to all Cornell students, faculty, and staff both on and off campus with the link given above.

 

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