Justice Sonia Sotomayor has written a new autobiography, My Beloved World. She discussed her life in a Sixty Minutes interview aired Sunday, available here. Also recommended is a 2009 interview with Justice Sotomayor that is part of C-Span’s excellent series: Justices in Their Own Words.
The newly inducted members of the Hall of Fame are:
- Above the Law
- How Appealing
- Legal Profession Blog
- My Shingle
- New York Personal Injury Law Blog
- Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites
- Simple Justice
- The Volokh Conspiracy
And, after online voting for favorites from the top 100, here are the winners in their respective categories:
- Business of Law: Divorce Discourse
- Careers/Law Schools: Inside the Law School Scam
- Corporate: California Corporate & Securities Law
- Courts: SCOTUSblog
- Criminal Justice: Koehler Law
- For Fun: Lowering the Bar
- IP Law: IPWatchdog
- Labor & Employment: The Delaware Employment Law Blog
- Legal Research/Writing: Legal Writing Prof Blog
- Legal Technology: Groklaw
- News/Analysis: Legal As She Is Spoke
- Niche: Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog
- Torts: Abnormal Use
- Trial Practice: The Velvet Hammer
This month marks the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Signed by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863, the document states, in part:
. . . [O]n the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom . . . .
Lincoln invoked his constitutional authority as Commander-in-Chief to institute a necessary war measure against the rebellion of southern states. The “military necessity” was to deprive the rebelling states of labor resources thereby weakening the Confederate Army. (See Act of Justice: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War, by Burrus M. Carnahan, for a detailed discussion of Lincoln’s legal theory).
Some interesting resources about Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation include:
- The Library of Congress Webguide on the Emancipation Proclamation
- National Archives, Our Documents Collection, Emancipation Proclamation
- New York State Library, Virtual Exhibit, The Emancipation Proclamation
Westlaw is hosting a “Welcome Back” table tomorrow, January 8, 11:30 am -1:00 pm. Students can stop by for sweets and Westlaw goodies — and those who show a document on WestlawNext will receive 100 points and entered to win a pack of four top law movies. Questions? Contact our Thompson Reuters Account Manager, Annemarie Milton.
Thursday, January 3 – Saturday, January 5
- Thursday & Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Reference Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursday – Friday
The law library will be closed Friday, December 21 – Wednesday, January 2.
Please note that the Reference Office will be closing at 5:00 PM on December 19 & 20.
Joe L. Allbritton made his fortune in media and banking, including ownership of eight television stations, the Washington Star Newspaper, and Riggs Bank. He also played a significant role in the founding of George Mason School of Law.
Allbritton was a board member of the International School of Law (ILS), which became GMUSL when it merged with the university in 1979. In the mid 1970s, the Kann’s Department Store in Arlington became available for purchase when the business closed. Allbritton signed a personal promissory note to secure a $3 million dollar loan to purchase the building and adjoining 14 acres.
Here is a 1979 photo of then law school Dean Ralph N. Norvell standing in front of the first law school building:
George Mason University , “George Mason University School of Law Dean, Ralph N. Norvell in front of the School of Law building ,” A History of George Mason University, accessed December 13, 2012, http://ahistoryofmason.gmu.edu/items/show/192.
Today the Supreme Court granted certiorari in two gay marriage cases:
United States v. Windsor, Edith S., et. al. (12-307)
Question Presented: ”Does Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 1 U.S.C. § 7, which defines the term “marriage” for all purposes under federal law as “only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife,” deprive same-sex couples who are lawfully married under the laws of their states (such as New York) of the equal protection of the laws, as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States?”
Order: ”The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. In addition to the question presented by the petition, the parties are directed to brief and argue the following questions: Whether the Executive Branch’s agreement with the court below that DOMA is unconstitutional deprives this Court of jurisdiction to decide this case; and whether the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the United States House of Representatives has Article III standing in this case.”
Hollingsworth, Dennis, et. al v. Perry, Kristin M., et. al.(12-144)
Question Presented: “Whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.”
Order: “The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. In addition to the question presented by the petition, the parties are directed to brief and argue the following question: Whether petitioners have standing under Article III, §2 of the Constitution in this case.”
Just a reminder that many local academic law libraries have restricted access during exams. Please be sure to check the library’s access policy before planning a visit.
Law Library exam/makeup hours:
Through December 16:
Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
December 17 – 20:
Monday-Tuesday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Best of Luck on Exams!!