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Roving the Repository: War Trials and Tourism

The Jerome Hall Law Library’s Institutional Repository has a growing collection of Historic Documents.  The most recent added document came from the family of the late local Bloomington business woman Linda Prall, whose grandfather (Floyd J. “Jack” Mattice) was a University of Michigan Law School graduate and served as an American Associate Counsel during the Tokyo War Crimes Trials.  The scrapbook she donated is believed to have been compiled by Mattice’s secretary during his time in Japan and then presented to him upon his return to the United States.


(A typical page in the Scrapbook)

Upon receipt of the gift, the Library’s Technical Services Department digitized the scrapbook and placed the original in the archives.  The scrapbook contains both personal and professional papers documenting Mattice’s time in Japan.  Among the miscellaneous contents are official orders; memoranda; newspaper clippings; photographs; souvenirs; maps; telegraphs; and handwritten personal letters to and from Mattice.

Additionally the scrapbook contains several typed manuscripts, assumed to have been written by Mattice.  These include, “Causes of the Pacific War,” “International Military Tribunal for the Far East,” “Observations Anent Japan,” and “A Weekend in Tokyo.”


(First page of “The Causes of the Pacific War” manuscript”)

The scrapbook measures 14” x 10.75” and contains twenty-five leaves.  The book is bound between two red cover boards with ribbons holding the boards in place.  A three dimensional origami figure rests on the cover.


(Cover of the Mattice Scrapbook)

To view the digitized scrapbook, click here; to see the actual scrapbook, contact a Reference Librarian.

Halloween by the Numbers

What are your Halloween plans? Maybe you are going to join the estimated 41.2 million trick or treaters? After all, trick or treating is a great way to sample the products of the 1,337 manufacturing companies that produce chocolate or other cocoa products in the US.

And where to celebrate Halloween? Sleepy Hallow, NY seems like a good choice, but then you might also try Slaughter Beach, DE.

You could go to a scary movie in one of the 4,471 theaters in this country. Possibly wearing a costume you got at one of the 1,148 costume shops.

Whatever you decide to do this Halloween, have fun! And if you’d like more spooky statistics, check out the US Census’ annual Facts for Features Halloween report!

Digital Repository Update: 2 Million Downloads and Counting!

Around this time four years ago the Digital Repository, the institutional repository for the Maurer School of Law was launched by the Law Library.  I thought this was a good time to offer a brief report on its progress during this past year.  The repository now contains over 9,000 items and on September 30th passed the 2 million mark for downloads by users around the world!

The content of the Repository is constantly expanding, and this year two significant collections were added:

Portrait Gallery – The Law School is filled with portraits of notable people from our rich history. These can be found in our classrooms, the library, and in our hallways. In fact, the Library frequently receives requests from relatives to see a portrait of their ancestor, which they have been told is in the Law School, but they don’t know where. This portrait gallery contains a photograph of each portrait along with information about its location in the Law School, artist if known, and other information that might be available.  Access the Portrait Gallery here.  I would like to thank Lara Little, the Library’s Archive and Digital Preservation Specialist, for the work she has done on this gallery.

Books by Maurer Faculty – Unlike many articles from law journals, copyright considerations make it difficult to place the content of entire books written by our faculty in the Repository. However, we did want to represent this body of scholarship in the Repository. We have created a gallery of books written by Maurer faculty with pictures of the cover, information on finding the book in our library and how to purchase the book, and links to an electronic version if available. Click here to check out this gallery.  Dick Vaughan, the Law Library’s Acquisitions Librarian, has done a wonderful job putting this collection together and will be continuing to add to it.

Here are a few additional highlights from the past year:

Most Downloaded Faculty Scholarship:The Relative Bargaining Power of Employers and Unions in the Global Information Age: A Comparative Analysis of the United States and Japan,” by Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt and Benjamin C. Ellis, 20 Indiana International & Comparative Law Review 1 (2010), 434 downloads.


Most Downloaded Student Scholarship (article): “Unlocked and Loaded: Government Censorship of 3D-Printed Firearms and a Proposal for More Reasonable Regulation of 3D-Printed Goods,” by Danton L. Bryans, 90 Indiana Law Journal 901 (2015), 325 downloads.


Most downloaded Student Scholarship (Theses & Dissertation): “Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Public Procurement System of Iraq Through Reforming the Bid Protest Processes,” by Ali Ahmed Rahman, (Dissertation), 444 downloads


And, last but not least, the most downloaded Faculty Scholarship article since the Repository has been in existence is Dan Cole’s article “Liability Rules for Surface Water Drainage: A Simple Economic Analysis,”, 12 George Mason University Law Review 35 (1989), with  5,227 downloads!


If you wish to read more about the Repository, Dick Vaughan has written an annual report which can be found in the Digital Repository here. Please let me know if you have any questions.



Brevier Legislative Reports

The Brevier Legislative Reports are a verbatim transcription of the proceedings of the Indiana General Assembly from 1858 to 1887. The set was digitized in a joint project between the Jerome Hall Law Library and the Digital Library Program at the Wells Library, and it is available via the Law Library’s webpage.

When the Brevier Legislative Reports website was released in December, 2011, I was quoted in a press release that legislative bodies are a reflection of the society in which they operate. I was reminded of that recently when I was working on some additional markup of the some of the indexes in the Brevier. Under a list of the names of the members of the 52nd General Assembly, for the representatives from Marion County, it says “I. N. Cotton, J. W. Furnas, Vinson Carter, T. McSheehy and J. S. Hinton (colored).” Anytime you have a representative, senator, or anyone else (for example, a minister who offers the prayer before the daily session) who is not white, the Brevier is careful to tell you that the individual is “colored.” For example, on Friday, February 11, 1881, the Senate opened its session with these words: The LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR commanded attention while Rev. Mr. Broyles (colored) offered prayers.”

The word “colored” appears 129 times in the Brevier Legislative Reports, usually in the context of debating the establishment of schools for black children, or identifying individuals who are black. Examples like this illustrate how language usage has changed in the last 150 years.

Register to Vote!

The election is coming up fast and the deadline to register to vote even faster! If you want to be able to vote in the next election you need to register in Indiana by October 5th. For information on registering to vote, your polling place, and to see your ballot try the Indiana Voters website. Once you are registered, you might want to take a look at the Elections 2015 section of the Bloomington Herald-Times website. It keeps track of all local political news, and also includes things like candidate profiles and opinion pieces. Come by the library if you would like to know how to get access to the Herald-Times online.

There are also several excellent resources for people who are registered or wish to register in other states. provides a host of information about the election process, how to find your local election office, and the process of registering to vote nationwide.

So get out there and make your voice heard!

Researching the Law of Foreign Jurisdictions

Are you interested in researching the law of a foreign jurisdiction? In our increasingly globalized world, law students, and students outside the law school, often find it necessary to locate and analyze the law of foreign countries. It has even become commonplace for courts in the U.S. to consult foreign law in determining the substance of U.S. law. It is likely that the interpenetration of municipal legal systems will only become greater in the future, increasing the need for access to foreign legal materials.

The Jerome Hall Law Library collects legal material from many foreign jurisdictions, especially from English-language jurisdictions, including, e.g., England and Wales, Canada, Australia, Nigeria, India, and South Africa. To assist patrons in using these materials, the Library has prepared a series of foreign law research guides: The Law of Australia, The Law of Canada, The Law of Great Britain, and The Law of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These research guides typically provide information about printed statutes and cases, electronic access to primary source material, and important secondary sources.

The Library has recently published two additional research guides: The Law of South Africa and Searching Manupatra. Manupatra is a comprehensive database of the law of India. In contains federal Supreme Court decisions, state high court decisions, court rules, decisions of various administrative tribunals and commissions, federal and state statutes, rules and regulations, pending federal bills and parliamentary committee reports, databases of materials related to business enterprises and corporate taxation, secondary materials comprising commentaries and e-books, as well as cases and statutes from a variety of other countries, including Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka, among others.

In addition to Manupatra, the Library provides access to several other proprietary databases of foreign statutes, including Korean Statutes in English, published by the Korean Legislation Research Institute (KLRI), and two Chinese databases, Westlaw China, and (formerly ChinaLawInfo). Westlaw China contains 8,500 laws and regulations in English, as well as 5000 English-language case summaries and summaries of articles from law reviews. Case summaries are in the areas of intellectual property, competition, arbitration, and civil law and procedure. contains over 5,000 national and local laws and regulations translated into English, together with judicial interpretations issued by the Supreme People’s Court. It also includes over 500 judicial decisions translated into English, as well as news articles from 2000 onward.

Happy Labor Day!

We hope that you are enjoying your day of rest and relaxation this Labor Day! Labor Day has been around since 1882. First celebrated in New York City, the popularity of Labor Day spread quickly around the country, and it was formally adopted as a nationwide holiday in 1894. Interestingly enough, there is a mystery surrounding Labor Day—who invented it? Full Story »

Brace Yourselves…Bar Exam is Coming

You made it through three years of Socratic method, issue-spotting, and cite-checking, only to be plunged, post-graduation, right into the longest study hall you’ve ever attended.  But here we are, two months later, and the bar exam is almost here.  It’s exciting.  It’s nerve-wracking.  It’s almost done!  There are many articles out there to offer last-minute bar exam tips.  Here are some of the most commonly agreed upon:

  1. If you haven’t yet, try to simulate a full day of examination.  A big part of success on the bar is stamina, and it’s hard to know what you’ll experience if you’ve just been outlining essays rather than writing them out completely.
  2. Don’t focus entirely on one portion of the exam.  Your grade comes from a combination of the MBE, the MPT (where applicable), and the essays, so make sure you’re getting practice in all three.
  3. In the last days leading up to the exam, try to just go over your outlines.  You’ve been looking at them all summer, you know them front and back.  Don’t suddenly switch to some new resource you just found.
  4. Try to relax the day before.  I know that sounds ridiculous, but you need to give your brain a rest so it’s in top shape for the actual exam.  If you don’t want to sacrifice an entire day, try to at least take off the afternoon.
  5. Get some sleep.  In the days leading up to, and especially the nights of, the exam, make sure you’re resting.  You cannot perform your best when you’re worn out.
  6. Correspondingly, eat well and stay hydrated.
  7. Come prepared.  Some people even scope out the bar exam location beforehand to make sure they know how to get there and how long it’ll take.  Read and re-read the list of items you can bring and make sure you have everything you need.
  8. Do NOT talk to people about the exam before, during, or after.  This is my favorite piece of advice.  It will only psych you out, and that’s not going to help.
  9. Afterward, try to forget about it.  The cruelty about the bar exam is you get about three months to convince yourself you failed.  I had myself so convinced of failure that I almost didn’t even check the results when they came out!  (I passed.)  Chances are, you did way better than you think you did, and all you have to do is pass!
  10. Finally, trust yourself.  These are all fantastic tips, but you know yourself better than anyone else does, and you have to do what’s best for you.  Take care of yourself, stay focused, and soldier on.  It’ll be over soon!

And once you’ve passed, remember this: Every other summer, no matter how swamped you are with work, you’ll be able to think, at least I don’t have to study for the bar again!  Best of luck everyone!

bar meme

Legacies Captured in Art

When you think of art, one of the last places that probably comes to mind is the law library. Yet, it is replete with artistic touches – an old panoramic print of the graduating class of 1913 in Dunn’s Woods hangs over the copy machines, an oil painting beautifies the Rare Book room, and, a more modern addition, the digital sign, strikes a balance between utility and aesthetics at the library’s entryway. The artwork in the law library falls into three main categories: works that are historically or institutionally significant, those that are topically relevant, and others which are simply artistic. Furthermore, much of the art on display straddles more than one of these distinctions. Read on to learn a little bit more about the wonderful art which surrounds you…

Platonic Geometry: the Morton Bradley, Jr. sculptures

One of the most striking art features in the law library are Morton C. Bradley’s Jr.’s sculptures. Showcased and individually suspended from the ceiling of the reading room, they serenely float in the five-story atrium far above the patrons below. Morton Bradley’s connection to Indiana University spans several generations. He was a relative of the University’s first president, Andrew Wylie, and Bradley’s grandmother (Elizabeth Louisa Wylie) grew up in the historic Wylie House. In addition, Bradley’s father – Morton C. Bradley Sr. – was a proud graduate of Indiana University. Upon his passing in 2004, Bradley gifted his entire body of artwork to Indiana University, which included over 300 distinct pieces of art.

The law library houses nine of Bradley’s geometric sculptures. Rooted in the principles of Platonic geometry, Bradley was fascinated with the five Platonic solids: tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron. His sculptures vary these basic solid forms by manipulating their faces, edges, and angles to create entirely new structures. The nine sculptures hung in the law library are: Untitled, Constellation series (1971); Interlace (1975); Recessions (1976); Sixty Circles (1976); The Great Machiavellian Knot, from the Knot series (1983); Staccato (1986); Kahlil Gibran: A Portrait, from the Pattern series (1987); and from the Polylink series, both Festival (1988) and Chrysalis (1989).

Size varies from piece to piece, but most of the law library’s Bradley sculptures are several feet in diameter, with the largest having a diameter of over five feet. The materials used to create these pieces include aluminum, steel, brass, Lexan (a plastic composite used in impact-resistant objects) and wood. Each is finished with paint in an array of soft colors designed to highlight the shadows and angles of the multidimensional designs. Full Story »

Jumpstart Returns!

The extremely popular Jumpstart research program returns to the Law Library. Jumpstart sessions will be available April 7th-April 14th. The program, designed by the reference librarians, will again work towards preparing law students for summer internships, clerkships and the first year of practice. During last year’s sessions, a number of students learned the necessary research skills for dealing with materials such as legislative history, administrative law and the regulatory process, and computer-assisted legal research.

Following the formula established in previous years, each of the Jumpstart sessions will begin with a brief review of the basic legal resources so that every student has a complete grasp of the legal research process. The librarians will also provide information about more specialized types of reference books, including practice aids and form books. The Jumpstart sessions will then focus on individual student problems and questions about legal research, with an emphasis on the type of practice student participants will be seeing in the summer.

If you have any questions about the Jumpstart programs, be sure to drop by the Reference Office and speak to a reference librarian. We’d especially like to hear from those of you who already know in what jurisdiction you’ll be working this summer and any special areas of law with which you’ll be dealing. We tailor the Jumpstart sessions to your particular needs in order to make the program a continuing success.

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