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Supreme Court Bobbleheads

The Green Bag has just announced the release of its latest Supreme Court Justice bobblehead-Justice David Souter.  These prized bobbleheads are funny, well-made, and decked out with references to important cases decided by the justice in question-“annotated” in Green Bag parlance.  In Souter’s case, a gold necklace, a life guard chair, and a recording of part of Modest Mouse’s Float On.  We don’t yet know if the library will be lucky enough to receive one of these bobbleheads (they don’t make very many) but if we do it will be added to the collection that currently graces our rare book room.  If you have the time, you might want to take a look at our collection-it includes Anthony Kennedy, Sandra Day O’Connor, John Paul Stevens, and Antonin Scalia.

Legal Research Done Dirt Cheap

It’s nice to have Lexis and Westlaw while you are in law school, but in anticipation of your legal career, or even just your summer job it is not a bad idea to acquaint yourself with some of the more cost efficient alternatives.  There are many out there, but fortunately there is guidance.  There are a few good research guides to free and cheap internet legal resources.  You might want to look at the Georgetown guide, the one at the University of Washington (you can scroll past the Washington-specific materials if that isn’t your cup of tea) or Duke Law research guide.  These guides can point you to good databases, tell you about the cost (if there is any), let you know what kind of searching is allowed, and give you an idea of coverage.  It is never a bad idea to know where to get free things, and legal research can become quite expensive if you let it.  Cheap research not only makes your life easier, but it also looks good to people interested in hiring you.

Happy April Fools’ Day!

We hope that you haven’t been the subject of too many ridiculous pranks today, but today is the day to play tricks.  To keep up with this year’s hijinx you might want to take a look at this CNN article. Elsewhere CNN is also soliciting stories of pranks played on coworkers

For a more historical look, take a look at this list of the top 100 April Fools’ pranks of all time.  The same page also offers a list of the top ones year by year, including this one.  Do you have any particularly good gags you want to share?

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