We have a new exhibit in the Reading Room about the Second Amendment, with books and articles about the interpretation and history of gun control in the United States. If you’re in the area, stop by and see it!
Monday is the federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. His birthday was this past Tuesday, January 15.
If you are interested in finding out more about Dr. King, you’re in luck! Eric Kofi Acree, the Director of Cornell University’s John Henrik Clarke Africana Library, has created a research guide. For more information about the Law Library’s holdings about Martin Luther King, Jr., search the library catalog or contact Cornell Law Library Reference for assistance.
To get you started on your research, here is a video clip from an interview with Dr. King:
Happy new year — welcome to 2013!
We’ve made a few changes in the law library’s database offerings:
- We now subscribe to Oxford Bibliographies: International Law. This database includes 48 articles guiding researchers to the best scholarship available in international law. Examples of topics include Genocide, International Criminal Law, and International Organizations. This database is available for use both on and off campus for the entire Cornell community.
- While we’ve subscribed to PKULaw for quite some time, until now it has been available only at the law school. We’re pleased to announce that it is now available for use by the entire Cornell community, both on and off campus, in its English and Chinese versions. PKULaw is a comprehensive and authoritative database of Chinese legal information, which contains all the laws, regulations, and cases in Chinese since 1949. It also includes all issues of 35 domestic law journals, with over 100,000 full-text articles in Chinese. (Note that not all Chinese-language materials are available in the English database.)
- We have expanded our holdings in Oxford Reports in International Law to include decisions not only on International Law in Domestic Courts but also International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law. This database is available only using law school computers.
- We no longer have a separate subscription to Getting the Deal Through. The resources in that database are now available via Bloomberg Law. Members of the law school community who would like a Bloomberg Law password should contact Cornell Law Library Reference.
A panel discussion of Green Card Stories, the recent book telling the stories of 50 immigrants to the United States, is now featured in the Book Talks playlist of Cornell Law Library’s YouTube Channel. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr, the book’s co-editor and Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, moderates the discussion held at Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre in April 2012.
Green Card Stories features essays by Saundra Amrhein, photographs by Ariana Lindquist, and an introduction by Professor Yale-Loehr and Laura J. Danielson. The book has been honored with several awards, including
- the 1st place award from NPPA: Best of Photojournalism 2012 in the Non-Traditional Photojournalism Publishing category for photographer Lindquist;
- the Silver Medal for the 2012 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award in the Multicultural category;
- the 2012 Nautilus Book Awards Silver Medal in the Conscious Media/Journalism/Investigative Reporting category,
- the Bronze Medal for the 2012 Independent Publisher IPPY Award in the Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult category;
- an honorable mention for the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award in the Culture category; and
- the shortlist of the 2011 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards for essayist Amrhein.
Peter Martin, Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law, Emeritus, and co-founder of the Legal Information Institute, has released a new edition of his Introduction to Basic Legal Citation. With clear explanations of the basic rules of legal citation and cross-references to the most recent editions of both The Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manual, Professor Martin’s guide will help you solve your vexing citation problems.
Congratulations to Femi Cadmus, the Edward Cornell Law Librarian and Associate Dean for Library Services at Cornell Law School, who has been elected to the Executive Board of the American Association of Law Libraries. AALL is the primary professional organization representing law librarians and related professionals in United States law libraries
Femi’s new role as a leader of AALL complements her interest in the evolving role of the 21st century law library and its administration. To learn more about her views on this topic, see her recent article (with Julian Aiken and Fred Shapiro), Not Your Parents’ Law Library: A Tale of Two Academic Law Libraries, 16 Green Bag 2d 13 (2012).
As classes end and we begin the exam period, access to the Law Library is restricted from Saturday, December 1, through Friday, December 14. During restricted access periods the law library is open to law school affiliates, university faculty, and non-law students conducting legal research. The law library continues to be sensitive to the needs of the university community during exams, and non-law students who need to retrieve books or obtain research assistance are welcome to visit the library for those purposes.
On Monday, December 3, 2012, the Law Library will host Cornell Companions, a pet visitation program sponsored by the Cornell University veterinary community. From 11:00am to 1:00pm, three dogs and a llama will be available to law students in the Student Lounge. Interested students are invited to sign up for this event at the Circulation Desk in the Library starting at 8am on Monday, November 26, until slots are filled. Up to 25 students may attend each twenty-minute session. The animals are vaccinated, free of parasites, trained in obedience, and screened for the proper temperament. Enjoy this opportunity to relax before exams in the therapeutic companionship of an affectionate pet!
Co-Sponsored by the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and GPSAFC.
Yesterday, November 19, Lynn Stout, Distinguished Professor of Corporate & Business Law at Cornell University Law School, gave a talk about her new book, The Shareholder Value Myth: How Putting Shareholders First Harms Investors, Corporations and the Public. William W. Bratton (Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School), James Cox (Duke Law School), and Todd Henderson (Univ. of Chicago Law School) spoke with Professor Stout.