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


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.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation is available for free in .epub, Kindle, and .pdf at CALI‘s eLangdell bookstore.


Femi Cadmus

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).

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.

We have posted a video of this event on our YouTube channel.  Read more about The Shareholder Value Myth in Cornell Law School’s Spotlights.

The Law Library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 21.  It will also be closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 22-24, and then reopen on Sunday, November 25, during regular Sunday hours.

Law community, if you need travel reading, we have e-books and audiobooks available for checkout to your mobile device.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re pleased to announce the publication of our annual report, Cornell University Law Library: A Year in Review 2011/2012.  It includes a Message from the Director, reports on Collections, Information Management, Reference and Research Services, and Access Services, an in-depth discussion of our digitization of the Trial Pamphlets Collection, and a list of our librarians’ professional activities.  Some of the highlights from the past year that you can learn more about in the annual report include new librarians and staff, a new popular reading collection (both print and online), library materials on the move, added Sunday reference desk staffing, increased circulation of library materials, and a visit from Cornell Companions, a pet visitation program sponsored by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (a picture of the llama is in the annual report).

For graphs, pictures, and more, visit Cornell University Law Library: A Year in Review 2011/2012.

The new books list for October 16-31 has been posted.  This list includes all the books that are new to the library plus any books that are new to other Cornell libraries that are classified as “law” books.

Some of our new titles this time:

Law’s evolution and human understanding. By Laurence Claus

Regulating multinationals in developing countries : a conceptual and legal framework for corporate social responsibility. By Edwin C. Mujih

Called to justice : the life of a federal trial judge. By Warren K. Urbom

The U.S. Supreme Court and new federalism : from the Rehnquist to the Roberts court. By Christopher P. Banks and John C. Blakeman

Just arrived in the law library–a free phone-charging kiosk!  Located in the scanner alcove, the kiosk has three kinds of charge cords: mini USB, micro USB, and the Apple 30-pin dock connector.  We expect to have the new Lightning charger for the iPhone 5 soon.  (Note that you do not supply the cord–it is part of the kiosk.)

The best part? The kiosk needs only 15 minutes to give your phone a full charge.

If you have questions about the kiosk, please contact Technology Services Librarian Dan Blackaby.

After last week’s blog posting about the Farewell Reception in the Rare Book Room, we received several inquiries about the future of our rare books and other special collections.  We have good news:  These collections will still be easily accessible.  Certain materials will stay here at the law school in a secure, climate-controlled room.  Most of the collection will be temporarily housed near the Cornell apple orchard in the Cornell University Library Annex, which provides 24-hour turnaround access to materials.  The Annex is well equipped for storing material of this kind; in fact, it already houses some of Cornell University Library’s Rare and Manuscript collections.  Users of our rare books and other special collections will continue to request these materials from and use them in the Law Library.

And we have more good news — our library director, Femi Cadmus, has been working closely with the architects for Phase II of the Law School’s renovation project on a new rare book room.  We’re looking forward to having a new, even better space to show off our treasures like the Scottsboro Train, pictured below.

We have posted our New Books List for October 1-15 has been posted:

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