I read The Great Gatsby for English class during junior year of high school. My favorite aspect of the book is how its themes— complicated relationships, changing economic and social circumstances, material excess, and recklessness of youth— remains relevant today even though the book was published nearly a century earlier. The freedom to read is important for everyone since books inspire, advocate, unite, entertain, and inform.
Reasons for being challenged/banned: Language, partying, alcohol
"Challenged because of 'drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group'?! But that's what makes it a powerful, meaningful story; there's not a whole lot that's unsuited for my age group."
Reasons for being challenged/banned: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
I have spent and will continue to spend a significant amount of time in South Africa throughout my life, and I felt it was my duty to understand the ugliness that occurred during Apartheid and is still occurring. I loved the book. It gives you a lot of perspective, especially in regards to the things we tend to take for granted. Once you ban books like Kaffir Boy, people lose sources of information, and that means society loses.
Reasons for being challenged/banned: pornography, prostitution, rape
Submitted by Law Library on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:14am
A new series of From 5 & 6 entries about requesting materials from other libraries!
Part 1: Books
Book and media sharing with SLU Law Library has recently expanded to include Tulsa-City County Library, which has over 1.7 million volumes, and the Colorado Alliance that has holdings from 42 academic, public, and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. What does that mean for you? You will be able to directly request more of the material you need through MOBIUS and the new Prospector catalogs. To help searching and requesting, I have put together a general outline for requesting books. If you have any questions please stop by the circulation desk or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1: Searching the SLU catalog for books
When searching for a book the best place to start is the SLU web-based catalog. It searches Law, Pius, Medical, and Locust Libraries.
If available at Law, you will be able to go to the shelf or the circulation desk and get the material.
If available at Pius, the Medical Center Library, or the Locust Street facility, you may request this item it by clicking on the Request button at the top of the screen
Don’t have a PIN number? Click “Forgot Your PIN.”
Choose the law library as your pickup location.
Pius and Medical Center Library requests typically arrive in 3-5 business days.
Locust Street requests typically arrive in 1-3 business days.
In the MOBIUS catalog, click on the Prospector box at the top of the screen to have your search performed within the Prospector catalog.
If available at a Prospector library you may request the item by clicking on the Request button at the top of the screen.
You will choose the MOBIUS - Saint Louis University as your cluster and the law library as your pickup location.
Prospector requests typically arrive in 3-5 business days.
What happens if I still can’t find the book I need?
Meet with one of our Reference Librarians to check the accuracy of your citation and to ensure you are on the right searching path. Once you have exactly what you are looking for, place a request using ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system.
Submitted by Law Library on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:38pm
Need to do research this summer? Have summer job? A graduate? Taking summer classes? Studying for the bar?
Where are you going to do your research? The answer is: at the Vincent C. Immel Law Library. The Law Library is here for you.
Graduates – working and studying for the bar
After graduation you have access to the library until August 1 before you have to apply for a card. For more information contact Pam Scholl at email@example.com or (314) 977-3301. The card will give you access to the building past public hours.
Bloomberg and Loislaw, both give you access for 6 months after graduation. It is permissible to use both while hunting for a job, working, and studying for the bar. LoisLaw has the Missouri Bar Books. LexisAdvance and Westlaw provide access to 6 months too, but you cannot use either for work.
Soon you should receive an email from the Alumni Office giving you instructions for access to HeinOnline for law reviews only.
Stop by the library and sign on to one of the public terminals, the Law Library has many databases you can use, PrivCo, LexisNexis Academic, Westlaw for Public Patrons, and JStor. If you need assistance ask at the reference desk or call 314-977-1447. The Law Library will help you regardless of your date of graduation.
Current Students, Faculty Fellows, and students with non-school related jobs.
As a current student your ID will get you into the building.
You can use Bloomberg and Loislaw for work, but not Lexis Advance or Westlaw Next. Stop by the library and sign on to one of the public terminals, the Law Library has many databases you can use, PrivCo, LexisNexis Academic, Westlaw for Public Patrons, and JStor. If you need assistance ask at the reference desk or call 314-977-1447.
The regular summer reference hours with exceptions: Monday – Friday , 9-5, Saturday, 11- 5, closed on Sunday.
Library hours with exceptions: Monday – Thursday 8-8, Friday 8-6, Saturday 9-5, and closed on Sunday. It is advisable to call 314-977-3081 to check.
Submitted by Law Library on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:24pm
The Vincent C. Immel Law Library and other faculty and staff within the Law School are here to say #bringbackourgirls.
Over 276 Nigerian schoolgirls have been kidnapped by the terrorist organization Boko Haram due to their purportedly opposition Western education for females. This act of violence has sparked global protest in the streets and social media using the hashtag “BringBackOurGirls."
These sites have been providing up-to-date news about the kidnappings. Read more at any of the links below.
A woman is brutally raped and beaten and the police have not one confession, but multiple... is it time to breathe a sigh of relief? Not if you are one of the boys the police have in custody - your nightmare has just begun. The goal of the author in writing this book was not just to tell the story and explain the facts of this case. Sarah Burns also wanted to prove wrong to those who had any lingering doubts about the unjust events that happened in this case. In doing so she analyzes not just the crime and the trial, but the views of society and the events that occurred to shape those views.
On April 19, 1989 Trisha Meili went for an evening jog in Central Park where she was brutally attacked and raped. The police were pressed to find her attacker not just for reasons of public safety, but pressure from the public and politicians. Police turned up five suspects, who were later charged with the attack: Raymond Santanya, 14; Antron McCray, 15; Yusef Salaam, 15; Korey Wise, 16; and Kevin Richardson, 14.
In the late 1980s there was a phenomenon among the youth of New York City called “wilding”. While the origin of the word is disputed what it came to mean in the media was street slang for going berserk. Because of the unsafe nature of this environment, it was safer for young teens, black men in particular, to travel in groups. The unfortunate consequence of grouping together was it made them a target for police. Such was the case the night of the attack. Witnesses saw the group of young men in the park and because they had assaulted a man on a bicycle, the police assumed they were also responsible for the attack on Meili. Despite the lack of DNA evidence, the physical evidence at the scene of the crime not supporting a group attack, and confessions that were inaccurate, the five young men were convicted.
There was also a fear of “black on white crime” in the late 1980s. This fear led people to assume that if there was a black suspect in a crime against a white victim he must be guilty. This assumption was so strong that in Boston earlier in 1989, a black man named Willie Bennett was nearly prosecuted for the murder of a white woman, Carol Stuart. Bennett was an easy target because he had already done time for shooting a cop, and so when the finger was pointed the cops readily assumed his guilt. Stuart’s husband Charles counted on that assumption when he made his plans to kill his wife. Thankfully for Bennett the police investigated further and realized that he was innocent and the guilty party was Stuart. This blaming of a crime is defined as a “racial hoax”.
Combine the ideas of the “racial hoax” with the fear that was generated from “wilding” and it is easy to see how the events surrounding the Central Park Five spun out of control so quickly. Before reading this book I did not have any ideas regarding the guilt or innocence of the young men. I had no idea of the way police had dealt with these boys while they were in custody or the drive of the prosecutor to garner a conviction. Since reading the book however, it will be harder to take reports of guilt and innocence as reported by the media at face value.
Submitted by Law Library on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:24am
The recent hackings of both Target and Schnuck’s credit/debit card information brought the idea of cybersecurity to the front of the general public’s mind. But what are the effects of cybersecurity on the law? The ABA published a short and insightful article from SLU Law alum Saundra McDavid on Cybersecurity Litigation, which may be of particular interest to business law practitioners. McDavid notes that issues related to personally identifiable information and negligence can be costly to settle or defend and can be a “public relations nightmare.” But with more and more technology being adopted every day and more of our lives dominated by the Web, the legal issues of cybersecurity aren’t going anywhere.
The law library is committed to keeping SLU Law, students, faculty, and alumni on top of legal trends. Without further ado, here are some additional resource suggestions that are available to both current SLU students as well as SLU Law alumni:
In The Nine Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Legal Analyst and staff writer for the New Yorker, paints a fascinating portrait of the justices who served on the Rehnquist Court from 1986 to 2005. The result is an extremely readable account of the inner workings of the Supreme Court. While Toobin has a liberal bent, his discussion of cases dealing with a wide variety of subjects such as affirmative action and separation of church and state should prove riveting for any reader. Using interviews with several justices and more than 75 former law clerks he discusses the backgrounds, personal stories and judicial philosophies of the justices. What Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong did with the Burger Court in The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court Toobin does with the Rehnquist Court.
The author describes in detail the personalities and backgrounds of the justices as well as the rivalries and interactions between the members of this most secretive branch of government. Toobin describes Justice David Souter as being so upset by the politics involved in Bush v. Gore that he considered resigning in protest. But he also brings out the lighter side of the justices. For example, once when Justice David Souter was eating lunch a stranger came up to him and asked “You’re Justice Breyer, right ?” Rather than embarrass him Souter simply nodded. Not wanting to end the conversation the stranger asked “Justice Breyer, what’s the best thing about being on the Supreme Court?” Souter replied, “Well, I’d have to say it’s the privilege of serving with David Souter.”
This book is intended for anyone who wants to go beyond the news headlines and get to know the individual justices who served during this time period as human beings and not just names on opinions, concurrences, and dissents. The Nine was voted Best Book of 2007 by The Economist, Time, Newsweek, and Fortune and is well worth reading. It will also prompt interest and speculation about the personalities on the current Court.
Submitted by Law Library on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:18am
Casey Nygard, '11
Attorney, Corley Law Firm
5&6: How much time did you spend in the library as a law student?
Casey Nygard: I spent at least 15 hours a week in the working library. In my off-hours, though, I usually staked out a spot in the fishbowl for long hours of silent studying next to friends.
5&6: What did you use the library for?
CN: Mostly, the library is where I worked either for the library or for law school. It was a place to learn a skill and I took full advantage of the opportunity. And, in times of desperation, the best chance for osmosis!
5&6: How did the library or librarians help you prepare for work as an attorney?
CN: The biggest advantage of the library is the resources. It could be intimidating, but the librarians made the mound of books and online resources manageable.
5&6: Would you suggest current law students take advantage of the library?
CN: YES, take advantage. The world is moving towards computers and online research but that is still a large firm bonus. Smaller firms still need an attorney who can use the public services that the library offers. Knowing how it works now will be a valuable asset as you enter the work force later.