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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!

IUCAT Unicode Upgrade (December 18 – January 3)

Over the winter break some major enhancements will be made to IUCAT. Unicode conversion will allow patrons to display and print catalog records for the world’s alphabets and users will be able to search using non-Roman scripts. During the upgrade there may be some limited catalog functionality and the following services will be unavailable:-

  • My Account – Patrons will be unable to renew materials through IUCAT.
  • Recall – You will not be able to recall books that are checked out during this period.
  • Request Delivery – This service will be unavailable. Patrons should be sure to request delivery of items from another IU campus by December 17th.

The good news is that patrons will still be able to check out and return library materials. Items may be renewed either at the Law Library circulation desk, by phone (812-855-6404), or by email ( Interlibrary loan and ALF requests may be made as usual. If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Bertoloni Meli at or drop by the circulation office.

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!