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The Music of Law

Loren Wells, a law graduate from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, decided to combine his interest in law with his love of music, creating  It is a collection of 2,400 court opinions that deal with the music industry in some way.  Are you a lover of music as well as a legal eagle?  If so check it out—and also the write-up about it in the National Law Journal.

Supreme Eggnog

‘Tis the season for eggnog! Ever wonder what the legal description of eggnog is?   Well look no further than 12 CFR 131.170.  For a more simple legally related eggnog, take a look at our post from last year at about this time.  We reprinted an eggnog recipe from former Chief Justice Harlan Stone sent to us from the Green Bag.  In case you have forgotten, here it is again, complete with color text.  Enjoy!

Harlan Fiske Stone and his wife Agnes Harvey Stone hosted a New Year’s Eve reception every year (save one) that he served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice was a respectable oenophile, but he had no objections to egg nog in its season, and the Stones habitually attended several egg nog parties hosted by various government officials on December 31.

Preserved for posterity in the papers he deposited in the Library of Congress is what appears to be the Stone’s own egg nog recipe. It is reprinted – without warranty – below. Harry Parker we have been unable to identify. One unconfirmed suggestion is that Parker may have been a messenger for Justice Felix Frankfurter. In any event, Chief Justice Stone was a great lover of good food and drink, as well as of the law. We are sure he would be pleased that his legacy includes the former as well as the latter.

Egg Nog – Harry Parker (by way of Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone)


12 eggs

1 gallon milk

Ground nutmeg

1 lb sugar

1 quart whiskey

½ pint brandy

1/8 pint rum

1) Separate egg yolks from whites

2) Cream yolks of eggs and sugar together

3) Add whiskey, brandy and rum. Beat well

4) Add milk, stir well

5) Add nutmeg to taste

6) Beat whites of eggs very light

7) Add the beaten whites of eggs and stir in well

Notes: If put in cold place will keep for 30 days. Never use all cream. Cream contains large percentage of fat. If made of all cream the egg nog will become rancid. Be sure to add whiskey, brandy and rum before adding milk.

Holiday Cards from Law Firms

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog has just declared its favorite 2010 holiday card received from a law firm—that of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.  And it is cute!  Above the Law in short order declared its second annual firm holiday card contest, posting last year’s winner from Akin Gump, and two nice ones they got this year from Much Shelist and Gordon & Rees. Have you seen any particularly clever holiday e-cards?  If so, send them on to ATL!

Vote For Your Favorite Legal Blog!

The ABA Journal has just started voting for its 4th Annual Blawg 100.  Editors pick their top 100 law related blogs, and then you can weigh in with your own votes as to which are the best of the best. You do need to register to vote, as there were voting irregularities before they required registration, but once in you can choose your favorites in 12 different categories.  Have a favorite blawg?  Then voting for it is a good way to support it!

John Paul Stevens Speaks Out

Having recently retired from the Supreme Court, Justice John Paul Stevens is speaking his mind about issues he dealt with on the court.  In a forthcoming book review for the New York Review of Books he discusses the death penalty, and why, more than 30 years after he voted to reinstate the death penalty in 1976, he no longer feels that it is appropriate.  The New York Times covers the story, and also suggests that this may be a new trend for retired justices, who tend to stay away from controversial issues in their retirement. On Sunday Stevens appeared on 60 Minutes, talking not only about the death penalty, but also the Bush v. Gore case, the rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees—and about being at the famous 1932 World Series ball game in which Babe Ruth called his shot.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day for relaxing with friends and family and eating monstrous piles of food.  We hope that you have a good one!  If you need any help making the monstrous piles of food remember that the Butterball website is designed to answer Thanksgiving questions, including how much to buy, what exactly to cook, and how to cook it. 

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

On Like Donkey Kong

Nintendo, with its new video game Donkey Kong Country Returns set to hit the shelves shortly, has just started a campaign to trademark the popular phrase “It’s on like Donkey Kong.”  Does the inclusion of the name of one of Nintendo’s most popular characters make this a trademark worthy phrase?  Nintendo certainly didn’t invent the saying—many attribute it originally to rapper Ice Cube—but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a stake in it.  What do you think?  CNN has the story.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is this Sunday, and in honor of it OWLS is hosting its 2010 Halloween trick-or-treating this afternoon.  Come along and bring a child, or just enjoy the costumes as they are out and about.  From 3:30 to 5:00 today there will be trick-or-treating around the Law School and a costume parade for the kids.  Have a safe and happy Halloween, and if you’d like to know more about the holiday, there is, as always, an excellent website devoted to it on

Lunar Law

Property law is a rather tangled web here on Earth, so imagine the difficulties associated with land and resource rights on the moon.  The Wall Street Journal Law Blog has a very interesting entry on moon rights today.  With the recent discovery of water on the moon, it becomes more likely that humanity will hasten its exploration of the moon.  So how will ownership of the moon be decided?  There were a few treaties made back when moon exploration was at its height, but it is still difficult to say who can claim ownership and how.  For more look at this older but still interesting article in Popular Mechanics.  To buy your own little chunk of the moon, try the Lunar Embassy.

How Addicted are You to the Internet?

This morning the Law Librarian Blog pointed out that, the Center for Internet Addiction offers a test to assess your internet addiction.  Not only that, but they also offer a test for your partner to take to assess you, and those numbers could be pretty different (as they turned out to be for the Law Librarian blogger).  How addicted to the internet are you?  If you are addicted, how much do you do you want to change that?

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