Stop by the Law Library this week and help us celebrate National Library Week! For our celebration this year, we have put together a number of activities including a legal research contest, displays, a Facebook welcome, and, of course, our faculty READ posters. This year's posters feature, Anuj Desai and Keith Findley & John Pray. Want to star in your very own READ poster? Then head over to the CIMC this week with your favorite book. They'll take your photo and create a poster for you. National Library Week is also an ideal time to discover some library resources of which you may not be aware. Look for the Reference Book of the Day on display at the reference desk. You might just find a few hidden gems in our collection. And did you know that the Law Library has a Facebook page? Students - sign our wall this week and score some Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis points. Thanks to their generous support, we're awarding 5 Westlaw points for every UW law student who signs the wall, plus one lucky person will receive 1500 Lexis/Nexis points from a random drawing. Now for the Legal Research Contest Think you're pretty good at legal research? Now is your chance to test your skills. Submit your answers to the following questions before 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 17 for the chance to win one of three gift bags donated by the Wisconsin Law School Alumni Office, Lexis/Nexis, and Westlaw. Send your answers to email@example.com The winner will be drawn from those submitting the most correct responses. The contest is open to all UW Law School students, faculty, and staff. Winners will be notified by email. Good luck everyone!! 1. What U.S. Supreme Court Justice is considered the foremost American legal writer (i.e. published the most law books)? 2. Using the Law Library's guide to Public International Law identify an index that can be used to find and / or check the status of a treaty to which the U.S. is a party. 3. Decipher this abbreviation: Halligan, 49 LRA (NS) 112-120n 4. Whistle blowing can be dangerous, as depicted in a 1983 film about safety practices at a nuclear plant. Name the film and the actress playing the lead character. 5. Use Thomas, a website for accessing legislative documents, to answer the following questions: locate Public Law No. 106-249. What is the name of the Act? What is the bill number that passed into law? Who was the main sponsor of the bill? When did the President sign the bill? 6. The only copy of the Magna Carta in the United States was recently sold at auction. How much did it sell for? Name the former presidential candidate who once owned this copy? In which language is the Magna Carta written? 7. Who wrote the quote? "The profession of the law is the only aristocratic element that can be amalgamated without violence with the natural elements of democracy, and which can be advantageously and permanently combined with them." 8. What well-known First Amendment lawyer participated in the Pentagon Papers case, won an unanimous decision from the U. S. Supreme Court in Landmark Communications v. Virginia, and prevailed for NBC after the "King of Las Vegas," Wayne Newton, filed a libel suit against the network? Name the title of his 2005 book in which he recounts the First Amendment battles these cases presented? 9. Identify the book published in 2006 that chronicles the women who have served as members of the U. S. Congress? Next, name the first woman to serve in Congress? Hint: Use the title referenced above. Per her voting record, what distinction does she hold that no other member of Congress can claim?
Submitted by Bonnie Shucha on April 14, 2008
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