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Welcome Week By the Numbers: A Wrap Up

It’s been a while since Welcome Week, but we wanted to thank all of you for making it so successful!  While we couldn’t get an exact headcount of the event, we know that 260 of you participated in the water bottle drawing alone!  Let’s extend one final congratulations to the 48 winners:


A lot goes into an event like this, so without further ado, here is Welcome Week by the Numbers:


Supreme Court Justices Go Postal

On September 8 Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan returned to her alma mater, Harvard Law School, and spoke to Dean Martha Minow at length about her time on the Supreme Court. It’s an interview worth watching for a great number of reasons. According to the Washington Post this morning, one of the best reasons is the mental image of Kagan and fellow Justice Stephen Breyer destroying one another in an infamously violent video game—Postal 2. Full Story »

Welcome Week

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This year, the Law Library decided to start a new tradition: Welcome Week!  Stop by any time between 9 and 5, September 1st through 3rd, and look for our table near the computer workstations.

What might you get?

  • Jerome Hall Law Library pens and bookmarks – they’re free!
  • Coffee (a.m.) – that’s free too!
  • Jerome Hall Law Library stress balls, er, books – answer a simple “trivia” question about the Law Library to win
  • Baked goods (cookies, donuts, and more) – follow us on social media (okay, we’ll probably let you have a cookie regardless, but we think you should definitely follow us on Facebook, TwitterYouTube, or Pinterest)
  • And last but not least…
    • Jerome Hall Law Library water bottles – every hour we will have two drawings to win a water bottle.  To enter:
      • Drop your name and email in the fishbowl at the Welcome Week table, or
      • Take a library selfie and share it on our Facebook page or tag us on Twitter (@IUMaurerLawLib) (selfie sticks available at the Welcome Week table)

While you’re at the table, feel free to get to know the librarians (Which one plays in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra?  Who has eaten in the diplomats’ dining room at the United Nations?  Come find out!) and learn more about what the library has to offer (How can you request a research workshop?  What’s Jump Start?  There’s more in store!).  So gear up, because Welcome Week is finally here!

Welcome Back!


It always astounds me how quiet the library gets over the summer.  We are glad to have the lobby bustling again!  We have a lot in store at the Jerome Hall Law Library this year – here are some highlights:

  • Welcome Week: We’ve decided to have a little kick-off to the beginning of the year by tabling in the library lobby to promote library services and answer your questions.  Make sure to stop by any time between 9 AM and 5 PM, September 1st-3rd for baked goods, coffee, and library swag!
  • Get Charged!  You may be wondering where our charging station went.  It’s been sent off to be refreshed with an updated design, and won’t return alone.  Due to the popularity of the charging station, we have ordered a second station to be placed in the Law Library’s computer lab.  Both should arrive later this week.
  • Research Workshops: We’ll be offering a series of workshops in the library throughout the year, covering a variety of research topics.  We’ll be starting with one on IUCAT and others geared toward the LRW curriculum, but if you have a workshop you’d like to request on a particular topic or database, let us know by filling out the Request a Research Workshop form.

Here’s to another great year!

Found in the Stacks: Icons and Aliens

Icons and Aliens: Law, Aesthetics, and Environmental Change by John J. Costonis, University of Illinois, 1989. KF 5692 .C67 1989

Icons and Aliens explores the law of aesthetics. We might not normally think of aesthetics as having its own law, but this book is a reminder that we find legal questions in many places, some of them unexpected. The unusual title refers to the different ways that people can think of landmarks. The Golden Gate Bridge was initially much reviled for being an alien presence in the harbor. Now many years later it has become a celebrated icon of the city.   Costonis examines the legal implications of landmarks, how people react when they are built and when they are torn down.  As aesthetics change, so do our landscapes, and the legal system must respond when these changes cause conflict.  For a look at an unusual way law touches us, check this book out!

Have you found any particularly interesting books lately?  If so, let us know!

Found in the Stacks: Revenuers and Moonshiners

Revenuers and Moonshiners: Enforcing Federal Liquor Law in the Mountain South, 1865-1900 by Wilbur R. Miller, UNC Press, 1991. HJ 5021 .M55 1991

A little slice of history, this book looks at moonshiners in the Reconstruction Era. Moonshiners are often portrayed as fairly romantic figures, but this book is actually looking at federal enforcement of tax laws against said moonshiners. While the setting may be historical, some of the issues are still in question today—like the difficulties inherent in enforcing unpopular laws. If you need a study break, take a look!

Have you found any particularly interesting books lately? If so, let us know!

Found in the Stacks: Banned Films

Banned Films: Movies, Censors and the First Amendment, by Edward de Grazia and Roger K. Newman, R.R. Bowker Company, 1982. KF 4300 .D43

Are you a movie buff? Perhaps you are a little bit of a rebel too? If so you might want to take a look at Banned Films by de Grazia and Newman. The first part of the book is devoted to a history of movie censorship and its run-ins with the law. After that, the authors take a decade or two at a time and mention notable movies that were banned at that time. Interested in knowing which movies were banned in the ’60s, why, and what the legal importance of the ban was? Then this book is for you!

Have you found any particularly interesting books lately? If so, let us know!

Halloween Laws

IUpumpkinIn the spirit of Halloween, I thought I’d share some Halloween-related state laws with you:

Laws about the wearing of masks in public places:

  • Louisiana – La. Rev. Stat. Ann. 14:313
  • Oklahoma – Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, 1301
  • Food laws pertaining to Halloween:North Carolina – N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. 14-401.11

Laws restricting certain conduct on Halloween:

  • Missouri – Mo. Ann. Stat. 589.426 (** Ruled unconstitutional by F.R. v. St. Charles County Sheriff’s Dept., 301 S.W.3d 56)

Special Legally-Declared State Holidays:

  • New Jersey – N.J. Stat. Ann. 36:2-72 (declaring Halloween/Oct. 31st UNICEF Day)

Laws on the Spending Powers of Counties, pertaining to Halloween and other festivities:

  • Wisconsin – Wis. Stat. Ann. 59.56

Laws related to the behavior of sex offenders and violent offenders on Halloween:

  • Florida – Fla. Stat. Ann. 947.1405, 948.30
  • Illinois – 730 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/3-3-7, 5/5-6-3 et seq., 5/11-9.3, 152/122, and 154/105
  • Louisiana – La. Rev. Stat. Ann. 14:313.1

Laws related to parenting timelines for holidays (including Halloween):

  • Utah – Utah Code Ann. 30-3-35
  • (Many other jurisdictions also include Halloween in parenting guidelines, usually in the form of appendices to the code or court rules.


Happy Halloween!



Happy 281st birthday, George!

Happy birthday, George!

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Although we officially celebrate it on the third Monday of February each year, George Washington’s birthday is February 22, 1732.  Many happy returns, President Washington!  If you are interested in knowing more about our first president, Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate, maintains a website devoted to all things George.  You can even subscribe to his daily blog!

As a humble gift to the legacy of George Washington and the men who followed him, we offer a few fun presidential facts.  Earlier this month was the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth; however, the month with the most presidential birthdays remains October, with six.  In addition to being a statesman and lawyer, Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender and co-owner of an Illinois saloon.  Andrew Jackson was involved in over 100 duels and carried bullets from two of them in his body throughout his life. Full Story »

Just Say No Thank You

The Law Library has just added another video to its YouTube channel. It’s called Just Say No Thank You, a public service announcement that warns students about a danger they all face.  You might also see some familiar faces—go check it out!  And while you are there you might revisit our Infomercial and our 50’s propaganda film!

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