Law Library

News and Reports for November 2016

The Law Library welcomes a new Law Center Archivist

Carole Prietto started in the on Monday Nov. 14th as our new Law Center Archivist, where she will be working with Law Center faculty and staff to ensure that records and other materials of enduring value make their way into the Law Center Archives. Carole can be reached at 202-662-9149 and her email is

Faculty Publication Display Cases

The Law Library maintains three display cases across the law campus to showcase our faculty’s scholarly publications. On the 2nd floor of McDonough Hall, next to room 207, is a display case dedicated to the most recent faculty books from the current academic year. These titles may be displayed for up to three months, after which they are rotated into the 5th floor display case and replaced by newer faculty books.

5th Floor bookcaseThe largest exhibit of faculty books is located near the Dean’s Office on the 5th floor of McDonough Hall.The collection includes not only recent titles rotated out of the 2nd floor display, but also those from prior academic years. When books from the 2nd floor display case are rotated into this collection, older copies are then returned to the Library to be shelved in the stacks or archived in Special Collections.

The Hotung display case exhibits an assortment of donated offprints from our faculty’s most recent law review and journal articles from the current academic year. Standing next to the Faculty Dining Room entrance on the 2nd floor, this is the latest addition to the cases on our campus, further highlighting the scholarly publications by our faculty. Many offprints are received each year in response to the call for updates and donations for the annual Spring Scholarship Luncheon. This rotating exhibition is updated every one to three months.

Comparative Constitutional Law

Working with international and foreign legal materials, it often helps students to compare their reference queries to U.S. legal materials.  Just this morning, I had a telephone call asking about public comments on Canadian legislation.  By first discussing the American process, the patron realized that s/he was really thinking about the proposed regulatory process and not the parliamentary legislative process. 

One thing that surprises students are foreign constitutions.  First, there are never official translations of foreign language constitutions.  Second, foreign jurisdictions often amend and change their constitutions.  It isn’t uncommon for countries to propose and ratify entirely new constitutions. For example, Kenya has had three constitutions (1963, 1969, 2010) and Mexico has amended Article 4 of its constitution (and only article 4) fourteen times!  Newer constitutions tend to be lengthy.  The most recent South African constitution is almost 200 pages long.

Constitutions can be found in several places and here are a few favorites. HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated has a comprehensive database collection of current and historical constitutions.  It is usually the first stop when searching for constitutions.  The Constitute Project is a free website originally developed at UT-Austin. By clicking on “explore constitutions,” you can view specific country constitutions.  More useful is the ability to select topics such as “right to health care” and the website pulls out all the foreign constitutions that have that topic and displays the specific article addressing that topic. The researcher can then select specific constitutions to compare in a side-by-side display.

Check out these foreign constitution resources, or contact the Wolff Library for more assistance.

New Database - HeinOnline Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

This HeinOnline collection brings together, for the first time, all known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on

Additionally, hundreds of texts, addresses, hymns and convention proceedings are included in this comprehensive collection. UNC Press features 50 full-color, current titles on slavery in this collection as well.

Researchers can search the full text of all documents included in the collection, or search for a specific title using the Advanced Search page.

For further information, refer to the quick guide prepared by HeinOnline.

Faculty Scholarship Report

Links to some materials are available below. Following is a list of what the links represent:

  • [HEIN] = Available on Hein Online
  • [W] = Available on Westlaw
  • [L] = Available on Lexis
  • [Gtown Law] = Available in Georgetown Law Scholarly Commons
  • [SSRN] = Available in SSRN Working Papers collection
  • [WWW] = Available for free on the Internet
  • [BOOK] - More information available in law library catalog

Anthony Cook

Journal Articles

Anthony E. Cook, The Moynihan Report and the Neo-Conservative Backlash to the Civil Rights Movement, 8 Geo. J.L. & Mod. Critical Race Persp. 1-34 (2016). [W]

Brian Galle

Journal Articles

Brian Galle, Pay It Forward? Law and the Problem of Restricted-Spending Philanthropy, 93 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1143-1207 (2016). [L] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]

Margaret Krause

Journal Articles

Margaret Krause, How Library Discovery Platforms Have Changed Teaching Interdisciplinary Research, Law Libr. Lights, Fall 2016, at 1-3. [WWW]

Gary Peller

Journal Articles

Gary Peller, The Moynihan Report, Self-Help, and Black Power, 8 Geo. J.L. & Mod. Critical Race Persp. 39-56 (2016). [W]

Neel Sukhatme

Journal Articles

Neel U. Sukhatme, "Loser Pays" in Patent Examination, 54 Hous. L. Rev. 165-208 (2016). [L] [W] [WWW]

Jessica Wherry

Journal Articles

Jessica L. Wherry, Dear Student Editors, We Need Your Help, 24 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 433-443 (2016). [L] [W]

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