Saturday, August 09, 2008

Olympic Justice

While millions of spectators enjoy the 2008 Olympic Games, lawyers are ready in the host city to handle the sports-related disputes that always arise. This is the domain of the Tribunal for the Olympic Games in Beijing, which will operate as an ad hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) through August 24. Disputes involving doping, eligibility and other matters brought by athletes and sports organizations are heard by 3-member panels selected from the twelve arbitrators on the Tribunal--all lawyers, judges and professors with expertise in arbitration and sports law. The panels work fast to provide a hearing and an impartial result, usually within 24 hours. David Rivkin, a litigation partner in the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, is the Tribunal member from the United States. Check out the CAS web site for news and press releases about the disputes, and for answers to "20 Questions about the CAS."

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Friday, August 08, 2008

Library Hours next week

It has come time for me to step up my prowling duties. With the new students arriving on Tuesday, I will be prowling (and the Library will be open) longer hours for orientation, as listed below. As always, you can check the Library's web site for our hours and for other Library related information.

Monday, August 11 - Thursday August 14
8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Friday, August 15
8:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, August 17

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008


One of my favorite free online newsletters is Culture. As a forum for "exploring the complex of meanings that informs and shapes our social world", Culture offers great articles about contemporary culture. Past subjects include: the history of the work cubicle (Fall 2007); the disappearance of shop class (Spring 2007); and individualism in social networking sites (Spring 2008). Culture is published by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and is published in PDF format.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

American Lawbreaking

American Lawbreaking by Timothy Wu is a series of articles published on in 2007. Wu explores what he calls "the black spots in American law: areas in which our laws are routinely and regularly broken and where the law enforcement response is... nothing." The articles are an interesting examination of how law and society interact.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat