Yale Law Library - News and Events
December 2010 - Posts
Library Holiday & Recess Hours 2010 - 2011
December Recess Period
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Circ & Ref Services until 12:00 Noon
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fri - Sun
CLOSED - Christmas
Mon - Thu
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Reference e-mail checked daily 12/27-30
12/31/10 - 1/1/11
Fri - Sat
CLOSED – New Year’s Day
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Regular Library Hours & Services
8:00 am – 12:00 midnight
Extended library hours for Law students starts on
Monday, January 3rd and ends on Tuesday, January 18th
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Book talk: Before Roe v. Wade
Pulitzer-Prize winning Greenhouse (Becoming Justice Blackmun) who has covered the Supreme Court for nearly 30 years; together with Yale Law professor Siegel (Processes of Constitutional Decision Making) discuss their new book, "Before Roe v. Wade: the voices that shaped the abortion debate before the Supreme Court's ruling." Bringing to light key voices that illuminate the case and its cultural context, the authors look back and recapture how the arguments for and against abortion took shape as claims about the meaning of the Constitution—and about how the nation could best honor its commitment to dignity, liberty, equality, and life. The book is available at the Law Library and you may watch the video online in our catalog.
New Law Library Acquisitions for November 2010
The Law Library's list of new acquisitions for November 2010 are now
Or, as always, you can visit the library's new acquisitions web page:
"Representing Justice": Exciting Book & Website
The Yale Law Library is happy to announce an exciting book publishing
event connected to our library, and an engaging web site created by our
library related to the book. The book is the long-awaited "Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms" by Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis, two of our
faculty members. It is the third book in the Yale Law Library Series in
Legal History and Reference, published by Yale University Press with
Yale Law Librarian Fred Shapiro as the series editor. Resnik and Curtis
trace the development of public spaces dedicated to justice, and how
this development has reflected and shaped the evolution of adjudication
itself and the intimate relationship between the courts and democracy.
The book is visually stunning, with over 200 magnificent color
To support "Representing Justice," Camilla Tubbs, Jason Eiseman and
Mike Widener of the Yale Law Library have created a website, the first
component of our Document Collections Center: <http://documents.law.yale.edu/representing-justice>.
This website brings the work of Resnik and Curtis to life by
connecting readers to fascinating images from the book and from related
rare volumes in our library collection, links to library events and
videos, and information about a "Representing Justice" course being
taught this spring by Resnik and Curtis at the Law School.
This project is one of many developed in the wake of the Yale Law Library's Strategic Plan
to increase the importance of the library in the digital age. Faculty
and students here are deeply engaged in scholarship which requires
library support, and in turn, the Law Library benefits from the
expertise and knowledge base of the researchers who use, identify and
support our collections. The Yale Law School Library Document
Collection Center will publish discrete collections of research material
collected by the library. Some collections are related to faculty
publications the library worked on, some collections come from in-house
digitization projects, and others have been collected as part of other
law school projects. All digitized collections are intended to make
our unique content available to a wider audience. We look forward to
adding additional collections and enhancements in the future, including a
powerful cross-collection search.
You may also view faculty and
student publications in the YLS Scholarship Repository.
Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms by Professors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis, with critical commentary by Emily Bazelon
Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis
Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms
Wednesday, December 15, at 6:15 p.m
290 York St., New Haven, CT
The Lillian Goldman Law Library invites you to a discussion of an important new book by Professors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis, with critical commentary by Emily Bazelon.
Representing Justice is both a visually stunning book and an impressive work of scholarship. It maps the remarkable run of the icon of Justice, a woman with scales and sword, and by tracing the development of public spaces dedicated to justice, the authors explore the evolution of adjudication into its modern form as well as the intimate relationship between the courts and democracy. The authors analyze how Renaissance rites of judgment turned into democratic rights, requiring governments to respect judicial independence, provide open and public hearings, and accord access and dignity to every person. With over 220 images, readers can see both the longevity of aspirations for justice and the transformation of courts, as well as understand that, while venerable, courts are also vulnerable institutions that should not be taken for granted.
Judith Resnik is the Arthur Limon Professor of Law at Yale Law School.
Dennis Curtis is Clinical Professor Emeritus and Professorial Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.
Emily Bazelon is Senior Research Scholar in Law and Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School.
“The scope of the book is breathtaking. Through the iconography of justice, Resnik and Curtis chart the history of courts and public justice and compellingly make the case for the central role of adjudication to democracy. The combination of haunting and often visceral imagery with powerful analysis makes the book both a joy to read and an inspiration.” —Dame Hazel Genn, Dean of the Faculty of Laws, University College London “
Restricted Access - December 3, 2010 - January 19, 2011
Responding to requests from law students, we will restrict non-law student access during
undergraduate and Law School reading/exam periods.
Effective the evening of Friday, December 3 and continuing through the afternoon of
Wednesday, January 19, admission to the Law Library will be limited to Law School affiliates,
University faculty, and Law Library pass holders.
(Passes will be given to non-law students doing legal research and presenting a letter from a faculty member or college dean.)
During this restricted period, law students must show their ID card with the Law School sticker
every time they enter the library to gain admission to the Law Library.
The library monitors will be intending conscientiously to enforce this policy so please help them
by having your card when you come to the library. If for some reason you do not have the Law School sticker
on your card, you can get one from the Registrar's Office. In general, we ask for your cooperation with staff
who will be implementing the rules in the stressful environment that exams create for all of us.
Restrictions must always be implemented with caution because we are committed to participating in the University community.
If you have suggestions about these policies, please feel free to communicate them to me.
Associate Librarian for Collections and Access
Lillian Goldman Law Library
Yale Law School
Book Talk: Before Roe v. Wade by Professor Reva Siegel and Linda Greenhouse, with critical commentary by Professor Jack Balkin
Linda Greenhouse and Reva Siegel
Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling
Thursday, December 9, at 6 p.m
290 York St., New Haven, CT
The Lillian Goldman Law Library invites you to a discussion of an important new book by Professor Reva Siegel and Linda Greenhouse, with critical commentary by Professor Jack Balkin.
Before Roe v. Wade offers compelling review of the societal conditions, incidents, and cases that led to the Supreme Court's historic decision legalizing abortion, which recaptures how the arguments for and against abortion took shape as claims about the meaning of the Constitution—and about how the nation could best honor its commitment to dignity, liberty, equality, and life.
Reva Siegel is the Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Professor of American Studies at Yale University.
Linda Greenhouse is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and long-time Supreme Court reporter who is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.
Jack Balkin is the Knight Professor of Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School.