As the end of the fall semester is fast approaching, more intensive studying begins. Tucked away there are spots to study in the library, if you haven’t discovered them already.
If you are part of a study group and need a centralized placed to work together, there are three group study rooms available for use. You may refer to the Law library webpage under Student Resources, or see the student library assistants at the circulation desk to reserve a room. We ask you use two names of members of your group to reserve the rooms for a 2 hour block of time. If no one else has reserved the same room for the following 2 hours, you may reserve the next 2 hour block as well.
For quieter studying, the two corner rooms, 207 and 208 on the 2nd level, are suitable. These study rooms are equipped with deep study carrels and a small table and chairs. They are not subject to reserving for collaborative group study, but more for those whole prefer quiet, solitary study spaces.
The lower level of the law library is another excellent area for exam preparation. Outfitted with some soft seating, low tables and public computers, it is a fine compromise between the solitude of a quiet study room and the openness of group study.
Please remember to remove all of your personal belongings when you are finished using the room, so fellow students feel comfortable using the vacated space.
Coming soon! Stay tuned for information regarding Solstice, a wireless projection client powered by Mersive, a visual computing software provider. This technology is installed in group study rooms 202, 203, 209.
Penn State Dickinson Law will host Balancing the First Amendment with Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, a two-day symposium on November 17 and 18, 2017 at Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle. This symposium will bring together higher education administrators, law professors, lawyers and students to discuss the challenge of balancing the First Amendment with diversity and inclusion efforts on college campuses. This interdisciplinary conference builds on the Penn State University “All In” campaign for diversity and inclusion and seeks to foster a dialogue around managing diversity and inclusion on college campuses.
The symposium will be held in Apfelbaum Family Courtroom & Auditorium, and will feature University of California, Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky as the Keynote speaker. Dean Chemerinsky co-authored with Howard Gillman the 2017 publication, Free Speech on Campus, which is available in the Law Library’s collection.
A Supreme Court Justice’s exercise routine… Nonprofit law… Pets… Soft skills… The Vietnam War… China… Ethics and the environment… Art law… Privacy and mass surveillance… International social media law…
What do all of these topics have in common? They are just some of the newest resources purchased by the Law Library. Stop in to browse the New Books collection, or click to see more of our Recent Acquisitions.
Popular DVDs! Audio recordings! These are items you may borrow from University Libraries besides research materials for a paper … and they are free! This includes the latest fiction books and the latest movies released on DVD. Our own Law Library also has the ABA list of top 25 legal movies to borrow as well as our own DVD collection.
It is easy to borrow DVDs and CDs by using The CAT. Simply type in the title of a movie and look for video recordings with the entries. Newly released and classic movies can be located by the title of the movie.
Are you driving a long distance for a job interview or to go home? Why not borrow an audio recording for the drive. There are numerous popular books available on CD. Stephen King’s Carrie or author John Le Carre’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.
Click on the “I Want It” button on the left side and choose Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle as your pick-up location. When your selection arrives, you will be notified through email.
The Law library has these movies on DVD: Loving, The Founder, and My Cousin Vinny, as well as others. A few audio titles in The CAT are Squirrel seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris and Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose.
Banned Books Week, promoted by the American Library Association, is the annual celebration of our freedom to read. Started in 1982, this week unites booksellers, librarians, readers, journalists, publishers, teachers, and community that share and support the freedom to express ideas, whether they are unconventional or unpopular. The focus of the week is on materials that have been threatened or removed from places where diverse ideas and viewpoints should be accepted, such as schools and libraries.
This year the emphasis is on the importance of the First Amendment which protects our right to read. This site provides lists of books that were challenged, including the 2016 list. A challenge against reading material or an author is defined as an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon objections raised by a person or group. A ban on such materials is the actual removal of those materials. Some reasons for banning books are racial themes, alternative lifestyles, profanity, sex, and violence. Parents raise the most objections compared to any other group. There was an increase of 17% of censorship complaints for 2016. This number is recorded by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
The American Library Association website provides notable First Amendment court cases, including historic cases, freedom of expression in schools, and freedom of the press as part of the information for Banned Books week. A few of the classic challenged books that appear on the banned book list that we have in our library include:
- The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck PS3537.T3234 G8 2014
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee PS3562.E353 T6 1999
- The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding PR6013.O35 L6 2013
- Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck PS3537.T3234 O2 1993
There are actions to take to halt censorship in the community: be aware of what is happening in the community, go to school board and library board meetings, join a group that promotes the right to read, report the censorship incidents to the ALA. More suggestions are listed here on this website.
Stop in the Law library and take a look at our featured display of materials regarding Banned Books Week.
Today we join the nation in commemorating Patriot Day, the official day of remembrance for the tragic events which occurred from terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The annual day of observance is held in honor of nearly 3000 people who died that day in New York, Washington DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law (Public Law 107-89) on December 18, 2001. Through wide-spread support from the 9/11 community Congress designated September 11th as the “National Day of Service and Remembrance.”
“Proclamation — The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation calling on–
(1) State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities;
(2) all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States and interested organizations and individuals to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001; and,
(3) the people of the United States to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.”.
The moment of silence begins at 8:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time, which marks the moment the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Here’s what the law librarians and staff have read this summer:
Beneath a Scarlet Sky, by Mark Sullivan.
A fascinating true story of heroism and intrigue by a young man, Pino Lella, in Milan and along the Swiss border during WWII. The risks and dangers this young man faced to save others is a remarkable testament to the untold sacrifices made by ordinary citizens to undermine Nazi power and control. — Gail Partin, Law Library Director
Invisible Influence : The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior, by Jonah Berger.
If you think that you are not easily influenced by other people, you are wrong and Jonah Berger can explain why. In fact, refusing to do something because others are doing it, is a powerful form of influence that we often fail to recognize. From what you order in a restaurant to how hurricanes can influence baby names, to why things become popular, you will be shocked to find out how powerful invisible influences can be. Do you want to learn how to be a better negotiator or how to make more money in tips? Then I highly recommend you read Invisible Influence to learn both how you are being influenced by others and how you can learn to be influential in your work and life. — Laura Ax-Fultz, Associate Law Librarian and Assistant Director
The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
I’m currently reading The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand. My husband read it a few years ago and recommended it to me. Commonly accepted as a modern classic, this novel was written in 1943 and tells the story of two architects who display very different characteristics. I’ve only just started reading it, so I have much more to discover! According to an Amazon.com review, The Fountainhead is “the revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism, Ayn Rand’s groundbreaking philosophy, and brought her immediate worldwide acclaim.” — Heather Shumaker, Acquisitions & Budget Specialist
Lamentation, by C.J. Sansom
I enjoy historical mysteries and anything about Tudor England, so the C.J. Sansom novels have been great reads. The series occurs throughout the reign of King Henry VIII. The main character is a lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, who is commissioned over the years by Cromwell, Cranmer, and Queen Catherine Parr to investigate crimes and murders. Lamentation takes place at the end of Henry’s reign, when power struggles over succession and religion are just a small part of the mayhem of court life. I’m really enjoying this series! — Susie Zullinger, Technical Services & Government Documents Manager
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange should be shelved alongside 1984, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451. It follows Alex, the protagonist, through a ubiquitous cityscape where hooliganism, violent crime, drug use, and a curious slang dialect corrupt and define the youth. Alex fights, robs, and ravishes his way through this teenage wasteland until, upon his capture and imprisonment, he faces a medical treatment that removes his capacity to do bad, but destroys his power of choice. Deprived of basic human agency, is Alex a man at all, or merely a tool that others will use to accomplish their devious ends?
Such a philosophically charged novel, which contemplates fundamental questions of authority, free will, and the nature of man, is done a disservice by the ending in the original U.S. release. But the ending differs between editions; read the one that the author intended. It corrects the flaw in the U.S. release (which Stanley Kubrick repeated in his film adaptation) of leaning on nihilism, the classic cop-out of reaching a more salient point. — Sean Kraus, Student Assistant, J.D. Candidate — Class of 2019
Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco, by Bryan Burrough & John Helyar
Recommended — Irene Zeng, Student Assistant, J.D. Candidate — Class of 2018
The Law Library has prepared a guide, Suggested Reading for Law School, which lists selected publications that provide an introduction to the law school experience and beyond: preparing for the intensity of the first year, discovering and honing the skills needed to find success as a law student, and balancing life with studies. Sections included are:
- Preparing for Law School
- Taking Law School Exams
- Legal Writing & Skills
- Legal Education
Take a moment to browse through the guide to find your next reading material before the Fall semester begins!
Here are a few of the new materials the Law Library has acquired this summer. Please stop by and browse the New Books display for more interesting titles!
Legal Ethics and Social Media : A Practitioner’s Handbook by Jan L. Jacobowitz, John G. Browning
Call Number: KF390.5.C6J33 2017
While technology positively impacts the legal profession and improves workflows, a lawyer must also master social media skills and know that all existing rules of ethics still apply while navigating the brave new world of status updates, tweets, Instagram followers, and YouTube uploads. Written to assist lawyers navigate the often slippery slope of digital communication such as Twitter, Facebook, and more, this pertinent book offers necessary guidance for one’s ethical responsibilities in social media.
Effectively Staffing Your Law Firm by Jennifer J. Rose (Ed.)
Call Number: KF318.E34 2017
There are a lot of things you don’t learn in law school—how to staff your law firm is one of them. This book provides everything you need to know about hiring (and firing) employees straight from the mouths of the experts. If you own your own firm, this book is a must-have for your firm’s future success.
Chief Crisis Officer : Structure and Leadership for Effective Communications Response by James F. Haggerty
Call Number: HD49.H34 2017
An organization’s crisis response involves public communications response: ensuring the general public, media, employees and other stakeholders understand (1) what has happened, and (2) what the organization is doing about it. Chief Crisis Officer explains why every company and organization needs to identify a CCO, who will take the lead in preparing the organization for crisis communications response, and responding effectively when the inevitable crisis hits. Using a mixture of real life examples, strategies, and tactics, the book breaks down various forms of crises into their component parts and provides both a strategic approach and the proper tools to enable the Chief Crisis Officer to assemble his or her team, and respond–effectively and efficiently–when the crisis occurs.
Environmental Information : Research, Access & Environmental Decisionmaking by Sarah Lamdan
Call number: GE30.L36 2017
In an ideal world, environmental information would be easy to find and use. But the current state of environmental information access requires additional knowledge and expertise — the kind that this book provides. Designed for legal practitioners, librarians, journalists, advocates, students, and researchers, this book helps environmental information seekers locate, obtain, and make sense of environmental records, documents, and pieces of data. It contains tips and concepts that expand beyond legal research or general research and into the broader realm of information-gathering. The book discusses environmental research tactics and resources and it also covers methods for obtaining information from nontraditional sources like government offices and open meetings.
A Tragic Fate : Law and Ethics in the Battle Over Nazi-Looted Art by Nicholas M. O’Donnell
Call Number: K5219.O36 2017
The organized theft of fine art by Nazi Germany has captivated worldwide attention in the last twenty years. As much as any other topic arising out of World War Two, stolen art has proven to be an issue that simply will not go away. Newly found works of art pit survivors and their heirs against museums, foreign nations, and even their own family members. These stories are enduring because they speak to one of the core tragedies of the Nazi era: how a nation at the pinnacle of fine art and culture spawned a legalized culture of theft and plunder. A Tragic Fate is the first book to seriously address the legal and ethical rules that have dictated the results of restitution claims between competing claimants to the same works of art. It provides a history of Art and Culture in German-occupied Europe, an introduction to the most significant collections in Europe to be targeted by the Nazis, and a narrative of the efforts to reclaim looted artwork in the decades following the Holocaust through profiles of some of the art world’s most famous and influential restitution cases.