Tuesday, January 29, 2013
1. Laws & Sausages: Texas Legislative History and Bill Tracking
Tuesday, 2/5, Wednesday, 2/6, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Matthew Mantel, Reference and Research Librarian
2. International and Foreign Law Research
Tuesday, 2/12, Wednesday, 2/13, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Dan Baker, International and Foreign Law Librarian
3. Texas Administrative Law Research
Tuesday, 2/19, Wednesday, 2/20, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Emily Lawson, Reference and Research Librarian
4. Environmental Law Research
Tuesday, 2/26, Wednesday, 2/27, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Chris Dykes, Reference and Research Librarian
5. Researching Insurance Law
Tuesday, 3/5, Wednesday, 3/6, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Katy Stein, Reference and Research Librarian
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued the landmark decision, holding that certain laws prohibiting abortion are unconstitutional. Even though the decision is 40 years old, the controversy surrounding the case and the issue of abortion persists.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
It seems that talk of Abraham Lincoln is everywhere these days. Steven Speilberg's movie "Lincoln", which includes an incredibly powerful performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president, is a front-runner for several Academy Awards. Many organizations are holding special events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Even our current president, President Obama, is getting into the act, announcing he will take his second oath of office on bibles owned by President Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Since President Lincoln is getting so much attention, I thought now would be a good time to share my favorite words of his. These lines come from a speech Mr. Lincoln gave before he was even 30 years old:
"In the great journal of things happening under the sun, we, the American people, find our account running . . . . We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty than any of which the history of former times tells us. We, when mounting the stage of existence, found ourselves the legal inheritors of these fundamental blessings. We toiled not in the acquirement or establishment of them; they are a legacy bequeathed us by a once hardy, brave, and patriotic, but now lamented and departed, race of ancestors. Theirs was the task (and nobly they performed it) to possess themselves, and through themselves us, of this goodly land, and to uprear upon its hills and its valleys a political edifice of liberty and equal rights; 'tis ours only to transmit these — the former unprofaned by the foot of an invader, the latter undecayed by the lapse of time and untorn by usurpation — to the latest generation that fate shall permit the world to know. This task of gratitude to our fathers, justice to ourselves, duty to posterity, and love for our species in general, all imperatively require us faithfully to perform.
"How then shall we perform it? At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years.
"At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, If it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."
Friday, January 11, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The ten interviews in the book also include Austin Sarat on law and society, Drucilla Cornell on postmodern legal theory, and Jules Coleman on law and philosophy. Each interview not only gives insight into the construction of each scholar's legal theories, but also insight into how their personal and formative experiences have shaped their ideas as well. The scholars comment candidly about their own professors, their feelings about other scholars in the book, and their predictions of where legal thought is headed today. For all their intellectual revelations, what is most satisfying about Legal Intellectuals in Conversation is how human these larger than life scholars truly are, and that it is their own humanity and thoughtfulness that has inspired them to do their life's work. Hackney's Legal Intellectuals in Conversation is highly recommended for anyone curious about the life and work of legal academics, whether familiar with their scholarship or not.