most dedicated law student requires a respite from
legal study. What better way to unwind than to leaf
through a few pages of Thackeray’s Vanity
Fair or be plunged into the midst of a roiling
sea battle by O’Brian’s Master and
Commander. These and other volumes make up the
Collection, a specially designated set of volumes
dedicated to the memory of Andy Walkover, a much beloved
and deeply admired Associate Dean and faculty member
who lost a battle with cancer in 1988.
The law library recently accepted a substantial donation
of books from Andy’s cousin, Richard Lutz. A
resident of the United Kingdom, Richard made a special
trip this past summer to see the collection and deposit
the new materials.
Beautifully illustrated editions of James Fenimore
Cooper’s Deerslayer and The Plays
of Henrik Ibsen were pulled from the packing
boxes as were striking copies of Dickens’ Hard
Times and Aristophanes’ The Frogs.
These and more than 50 other classic titles reaffirm
the law’s connection with the great literature
that defines our humanity.
here to see the list of materials in the Walkover
Collection. The Library
Map will help you locate it.
wonderful books are this month’s new and notable
Self Checkout Station
library is pleased to announce that we now have a self
checkout station available in the Reserve section of
the library. If you wish to check out a Reserve item,
take the material and your SU ID card to the machine
located near the Reserve circulation desk. Follow the
simple directions on the screen to check out your books,
videos or study guides. The machine will print a receipt
so you can keep track of the due dates and times. Self
checkout has been very popular with students who find
it quick and easy to use.
Reference Librarians gave 28 tours to 280 first year
law students during the week of August 21st (affectionately
known as "the week from hell"). In addition
to covering library layout and policies, the tours provided
students with an introduction to legal research. Librarians
discussed the creation and use of secondary sources,
statutes and annotated codes. Handouts included New
Library Maps (expertly designed by library Administrative
Assistant Jane Draney), our new Washington
Materials Locations Guide and our Library
Legal Research Courses
full back-to-school mode, the librarians are currently
providing both semester long and one-shot research courses.
Kristin Cheney’s Advanced
Electronic Legal Research & Methodology course
is teaching students to evaluate online resources and
manipulate research syntax for optimal and cost effective
results. Down the hall, students are gaining access
to the complex world of international legal research
with Bob Menanteaux’s International
and Foreign Law Research course.
have also provided several research sessions for specific
courses and programs. Bob Menanteaux taught a research
session for students in the international sustainable
development seminar. Kerry Fitz-Gerald led students
to research sources for Professor Chiappinelli’s
course on corporate acquisitions. Kerry also taught
research classes for students participating in civil
externships. Meanwhile, Kelly Kunsch taught the annual
research refresher class for the Legal Writing II students,
a session about the United States legal system for Academic
Resource Center students, and sessions about finding
an article topic for law review and journal students.
As some may be aware, Stephanie Wilson and Kerry Fitz-Gerald
are exploring the applicability of film noir to legal
research instruction. Kerry and Stephanie tested their
research by integrating the edgy 1988 classic Introduction
to Shepardizing into their ten citator classes
for Legal Writing I students.
in having a librarian teach a research class tailored
to your course? Contact your library liaison or Kristin
Law Library Internship Program
Seattle University Law Library has had a long-standing
tradition of providing both formal and informal noncredit
internships to individuals interested in pursuing a
career in library and information science. Interns typically
rotate through the Technical Services and Circulation
Services departments as well as assist the librarians
with special projects tailored to the intern’s
background and interest. Katie Merrill Brown (2005 graduate
of Seattle University School of Law and 2006 MLS candidate
of Drexel College of Information Science) was recently
hired as the Faculty Services Librarian at St. Thomas
University Law Library in Florida. Katie said that her
internship experience at Seattle University Law Library
was instrumental in landing her job. Christopher O’Byrne,
graduate of University of Washington I-School and School
of Law and the new Research Librarian at the University
of Notre Dame Kresge Law expressed his thanks to the
staff of Seattle University Law Library for mentoring
him about law librarianship during his internship.
library interns include:
Graduate of Wake Forest University School
Graduate of University of Wisconsin Law
School and Law Clerk for King County Superior Court
2L at Seattle University School of Law
and graduate of the University of Washington I-School.
Graduate of Berkeley School of Law and
the University of Washington I-School and newly hired
as the Foreign and International Law Reference Librarian
at Southern Methodist School of Law Library.
Seattle University senior majoring in
2006 graduate of Seattle University School
2006 graduate of Seattle University School
of Law and student at the State University of New York
at Buffalo School of Informatics.
New Electronic Journal on Poverty Law
library now subscribes to the online version of Clearinghouse
Review, the preeminent journal of poverty law published
by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.
New Preemption Check FAQ
Library has created a new FAQ which answers many of
the basic questions about conducting a preemption check
including: "What is a preemption check?" "How
do I find out which articles have already been written
on my topic?" "Should I search for books and
book chapters?" The
Preemption Check FAQ is available on the Library's
research portal at: Faculty research assistants may
find it useful in their work.
Barbara’s Baby Announcement
Swatt Engstrom and her husband Kurt welcomed a baby
daughter into their lives at 5:22 a.m. on September
23, 2006. Hazel Seneca Harper Engstrom weighed 5 pounds,
12 ounces and measured 18.5 inches long. She’s
currently sleeping occasionally, eating frequently,
and getting more beautiful every day.