Friday, September 01, 2006

Labor Day Weekend Prowling Hours

The Library is open during our regular hours on Saturday (10am-8pm) and Sunday(10am-midnight). On Labor Day Monday, we will be open from 10am-6pm.

You will find a Reference librarian available, as usual, on Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday, 12pm-8pm. On Monday, a Reference librarian will be available 10am-6pm. You can also check our Reference Librarians' hours link on the right (scroll down).

Have a great weekend!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, August 31, 2006

High Court Opinions From Around The World

In keeping with last Thursday's "global" theme, this week I invite you to take a look at Global Courts. The aim of this Web site is "to serve as a guide for researchers and legal practitioners seeking information on Supreme Court decisions from around the World." It offers either direct access to decisions, or ways to find them. Although I discovered some broken links in my wanderings on this site, this fact should not deter those of you who need quick access to high court opinions world-wide.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Great Websites for Law and its History

During three (or four) years as a law student, almost everyone takes a course, writes a paper, or tries to track down information that involves an aspect of legal history or law and society in historical context. For links to over 1000 history websites, including nearly 100 annotated "Legal History" sites dedicated to subjects ranging from the history of American taxation to school integration to the U.S. Supreme Court, History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web is an outstanding portal for law students to explore and bookmark for future reference.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

So much to do, is 3 years really enough?

Law school is a very intense 3 years and will pass more quickly than expected. Our students are offered activities and opportunities above and beyond what is found in the class room. Be involved! Join an organization that interests you. Study abroad in Nice, France; Sorrento, Italy; Sydney, Australia; or CuraƧao, The Dutch Antilles. Attend the workshops and lectures and ask questions. Have pizza with the Dean! Law school is so much more than presence in the class room. Go for it and enrich your law school experience.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, August 28, 2006

Law & Humanities Blog

For those of you that like to mix your legal knowledge with your love of literature, movies and other artistic forms, the Law & Humanities Blog may be just to your liking. The Blog began in September of 2005 and is sponsored by the Law & Humanities Institute. Postings are made by five different contributors.

Some sample postings have been "Criminal Law and the 'Beggar's Opera' ", Harry Potter Goes to Law School" and "Melville's Billy Budd and Security in Times of Crisis".

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Does Pluto Have a Cause of Action?

The following was posted on the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog ( "on law and business, and the business of law", a true favorite of the Ernster) :

"Does Pluto have a cause of action? We posed the question to Dan Hull of Hull McGuire, who writes the “What About Clients?” blog and has always, well, seemed a little out there. Here are his thoughts:

1. I think Pluto’s claim sounds in equity: quantum meruit. If Pluto no longer is part of the celestial contract, and apparently never really was, it at least has a beef for services rendered all these years.

2. Eminent domain: “Cosmic taking” damages under the Fifth Amendment is another theory since Pluto got bulldozed out of a long-standing scientific model.

3. Fraud, misrepresentation, or at least a detrimental reliance theory under the Restatement of Ks (2nd).

4. Even Justice Scalia might give standing to an aggrieved planet. We wait for Pluto’s phone call.

Click HERE for the entire post. The comments are a really good read!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat