A new book edited by Widener’s Andrew Strauss is now available in the law library. Climate Change Geoengineering: Philosophical Perspectives, Legal Issues, and Governance Frameworks, co-edited with Wil C.G. Burns, was recently published by Cambridge University Press.
A new book by Widener’s Erin Daly is now available in the law library. Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person was recently published by University of Pennsylvania Press.
NOTICE: THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED Monday,October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 due to Hurricane Sandy.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its opinion in the case New Jersey v. Delaware. This case was brought by the State of New Jersey when Delaware refused to grant permission to the energy company BP to build an Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on the Delaware River. A 1934 decision of the court found that Delaware’s jurisdiction covered the entire Delaware River up to New Jersey’s shore line. The LNG terminal would have been built on a pier that extended into the Delaware River.
The court found that New Jersey does not have exclusive jurisdiction over the area which allows Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act to stop BP from starting construction. The case is Original No. 134.
The report of the Special Master appointed to review the case can be found here.
A transcript of the Oral Arguments before the Supreme Court can be found here.
Today’s opinion can be found here.
Analysis of the case from BNA’s US Law Week is available here. [External link to US Law Week is only available to current Widener Law students, faculty and staff- off campus access requires users to input their name and Widener barcode number.]
Law Lit: From Atticus Finch to The Practice: a Collection of Great Writing About the Law. New York: New Press, 2007. PN6071.L33 L39 2007
From the publisher: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ayn Rand, Martin Luther King Jr., and Johnny Cash
have all written it. Joseph K., Hurricane Carter, Portia, and Bigger
Thomas have starred in the most timeless examples of the genre. And
now, law school professor and noted novelist Thane Rosenbaum has
collected the crusaders and casualties of the law, both real and
imagined, in one handsome volume of “law lit.”
Some of the
finest writers in the world have been tantalized by the law and the
nature of judgment, justice, and revenge. With dozens of selections,
including prose, poetry, essays, and even TV and film scripts, Law Lit
is a dazzling collection that transcends place and time, from ancient
Greece to foggy London to the narrow streets of Prague and the
spectacle of an Alabama courthouse, offering an enlightening look at
the legal system and its practitioners and at how lives can be laid
bare before the bench.
Kerry Max Cook. Chasing Justice: My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn’t Commit. New York: William Morrow, 2007. KF224.C66 C66 2007.
From Publishers’ Weekly:
Despite some amateurish prose, this
depressing account of an unfair criminal justice system that almost
claimed the author’s life deserves a wide readership alongside John
Grisham’s The Innocent Man.
After being arrested in 1977 for a brutal mutilation murder in Tyler,
Tex., that he did not commit, Cook, then 21 years old, was repeatedly
railroaded by corrupt police officers, prosecutors and judges bent on
ignoring all the rules to get him convicted. After his first trial,
Cook ended up on death row and underwent a hellish ordeal behind bars;
two subsequent trials ended in a mistrial and another conviction and
death sentence. The subtitle notwithstanding, Cook’s eventual freedom
was largely due to a team of dedicated attorneys, working from the
Capital Punishment Project or pro bono, who fought tooth-and-nail to
obtain his freedom in the late 1990s. Readers familiar with similar
travesties, such as the Randall Dale Adams case chronicled in Errol
Morris’s documentary The Thin Blue Line, will be outraged anew,
especially at the authorities’ deliberate disregard of another suspect,
linked to the crime by an eyewitness and DNA evidence.
BNA’s weekly newsletter, U.S. Law Week, is available electronically to
all Widener Law students, staff and faculty. Sign up online (here) for email delivery of this and other BNA titles by entering your email address and
selecting the titles you wish to receive.
U.S. Law Week is a current awareness service that focuses on a wide
variety of legal topics. Other BNA publications cover narrower topics
such as Environmental, Securities, Health and Family Law.
In this week’s issue of U.S. Law Week, the editors have created a chart
of notable circuit splits across the country. Circuit splits are a
great source of topics for seminar papers and other writing
assignments because they expose an unsettled area of law. View the
Circuit Splits report from the 4th quarter of 2007 here:
The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on November 27,
2007 in the ongoing dispute between the State of Delaware and the State
of New Jersey. The issue is a boundary dispute brought in 2005 by New
Jersey who would like to allow the company BP to build a
Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on the New Jersey side of the
Delaware River. Delaware opposes the construction of the terminal for
environmental reasons and claims the right to halt the project because
Delaware controls the entire river up to the low-tide mark on the New
Jersey side of the river.
A special master appointed by the court sided with Delaware in his ruling in April of this year.
The U.S. Supreme Court has original jurisdiction over disputes between states.
The case is Original No. 134, New Jersey v. Delaware. The special masterís report can be viewed online at:
Briefs filed in the case can be found here:
The Litigation section of the Delaware Bar Association has just released a new
booklet, Delaware Uniform Citation. According to the author of
the booklet, Blake Rohrbacher, it was produced with three objectives:
ï To clarify which citation format is actually preferred and used by Delaware courts.
ï To provide guidance on citing Delaware sources not addressed in The Bluebook.
ï To provide helpful information on Delaware sources and citations in general.
Read more about Delaware Uniform Citation on page 27 of the October
2007 issue of InRe: The Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association.
Download your own copy of DUC at:
Don’t forget to check out the CALI lessons.
you are unfamiliar, CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based
tutorials provided by the non-profit Center for Computer-Assisted Legal
Instruction (www.cali.org). There are over 625 lessons available to help you study 32 different legal subject areas at www.cali.org.
are completely free for our law students. They are great for mastering
material during the semester and for studying for exams.
When registering a new account at cali.org, you must use our schoolís authorization code to create the account. Please contact the reference desk to get the CALI authorization code for Widener.
only need to use this authorization code once. After that, you may use
the email/password you used to sign up in order to login at cali.org.
If you need a CALI CD stop by the reference desk, we have plenty of CDs available (The CDs are optional but can be great for using CALI when you can’t get internet access).
Good luck with the rest of the semester!
The Delaware campus library’s archive of old exams is now available online. To access the exams visit the library web site: http://law.widener.edu/LawLibrary/Services/ExamArchive.aspx. To get the username and password for the exams, please contact the reference desk, by phone 302-477-2114, in person, or by email at Law.LibRef@law.widener.edu
The exams are now only available online. You can no longer get them from the library circulation desk.
Allan M. Brandt. The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America. New York: Basic Books, 2007. HD9130.8.U5 B72 2007
At the Harrisburg campus library, two new books about the Dover, Pennsylvania intelligent design case.
Gordy Slack. The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything: Evolution, Intelligent Design, and a School Board in Dover, PA. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007. KF228.K589 S59 2007
Matthew Chapman. 40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, Oxycontin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania. New York, NY : Collins, c2007. KF228.K589 C58 2007
The Dean’s Leadership Forum Speaker, Kyle Bowser (’91), suggested that
students interested in entertainment law keep up with developments in
Hollywood through the publications Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Although the library does not subscribe to either of these publications
in print, Widener law students and faculty have access to these
publications through the subscription databases Westlaw and Lexis.
Variety is available in Westlaw as abstracts only (Westlaw database=
VARIETY). Lexis has the full text of the most recent two weeks
(Lexis database= DLYVTY).
The Hollywood Reporter is available in Westlaw as selected full-text
(Westlaw databases= HOLLYWDR). Lexis has the most recent 2 weeks
available (Lexis database= THR).
Please contact a reference librarian if you have trouble accessing
these titles or would like help setting up email alerts from these