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Monday, March 6, 2017

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

Announcement for the Ninth Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition:

The Legal History and Rare Books (LH&RB) Section of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Cengage Learning, announces the Ninth Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. The competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, late Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School.

The competition is designed to encourage scholarship and to acquaint students with the AALL and law librarianship, and is open to students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, and related fields. Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. The winner will receive a $500.00 prize from Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for expenses to attend the AALL Annual Meeting. 

Winning and runner-up entries will be invited to submit their entries to Unbound, the official journal of LH&RB. Past winning essays have gone on to be accepted by journals such as N.Y.U. Law ReviewAmerican Journal of Legal HistoryUniversity of South Florida Law ReviewWilliam & Mary Journal of Women and the LawYale Journal of Law & the Humanities, and French Historical Review.

The entry form and instructions are available at the LH&RB website: www.aallnet.org/sections/lhrb/awards 

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m.April 17, 2017 (EDT).

Friday, February 24, 2017

Wednesday, March 1: Rare Books Open House

All are invited to the Riesenfeld Center's second rare books open house this semester, next Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.! Come out to enjoy free snacks and drinks, and see more treasures from the Library's rare books and special collections!

Rare Books Open House

When: Wednesday, March 1, 12 p.m - 3 p.m.
Where: Riesenfeld Rare Books Center (N30, on the sub-plaza past Sullivan Cafe).
What: Treasures from the rare books and special collections, and free snacks and drinks.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Wednesday, February 8: Spring Exhibits Open House

All are invited to an open house this Wednesday, February 8, for the Law Library's 2017 spring exhibits:

"Rights Writ Large: Between the State and the Individual in International Law" and "Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective"

Open House:    Wednesday, February 8, 2017
                         12 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
                         Riesenfeld Rare Books Center (N30, Sub-plaza)

                         Snacks and refreshments will be served.

 “Rights Writ Large: Between the State and the Individual in International Law,” explores the rich history of rights discourse in international law, from early modern treatises on the laws of war and peace, to contemporary international humanitarian law, to highlight interrelated origins and important contemporary questions.   

Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective,” consider a question as enduring as conflict itself - by what means, and how far, are deep violations of law and justice to be redressed in the wake of conflict - with reference to interesting examples and practices of transitional justice in history. 

For more information about the exhibits, please see the links above.  The exhibits will be open from February 8 through June 2, 2017, in the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center.  For more information or directions, please contact Ryan Greenwood (rgreenwo@umn.edu; 612-625-7323).





New 2017 Spring Exhibit: "Rights Writ Large"

Hugo Grotius, Mare liberum (1633)
The University of Minnesota Law Library and Riesenfeld Rare Books Center are pleased to announce the 2017 spring exhibits:

“Rights Writ Large: Between the State and the Individual in International Law” together with “Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective”

“Rights Writ Large: Between the State and the Individual in International Law,” highlights the rich history of rights discourse in international law.  The rights of nations – primarily the right of war to maintain territory – were framed as the basis of their relations by Hugo Grotius and others in the early modern period.  At the same time, and drawing on the same sources, the rights of individuals began to play a larger role in national political movements, as the foundation of legitimate government.  In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the rights of individuals took on increasing importance in international law, first in the context of war, and finally as universal human rights defined by international conventions and protocols.


Sir Hersh Lauterpacht (1897-1960)
This exhibit, drawn from the rich Arthur C. Pulling Rare Books Collection, considers the historical “dialogue of rights” between states and individuals in international law, and sources that have influenced that dialogue, to highlight interrelated origins that still inform important questions in contemporary international law.

Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective,” is also on display through the spring.  This exhibit explores a question as enduring as conflict itself: by what means, and how far, are deep violations of law and justice to be redressed in the wake of conflict?  The exhibit showcases volumes that touch on theories and moments of transitional justice and post-conflict reconciliation: from the first legal commentary on a peace treaty, to the trial of Charles I of England, and the notebook of a Dachau war crimes prosecutor, the exhibit invites visitors to consider transitional justice from its foundations in history and comparative practice. 

“Rights Writ Large: Between the State and the Individual in International Law,” and “Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective,” are on display from February 8 through June 2, 2017, in the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center.  For more information or directions, please contact Ryan Greenwood (rgreenwo@umn.edu; 612-625-7323).

The exhibits were designed and curated by Ryan Greenwood, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections, Pat Graybill, Digital Technology Specialist, and Ian Moret, Special Collections Assistant. 

   - Ryan Greenwood, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thursday, February 2: Rare Books Open House

All are invited to the Riesenfeld Center's first rare books open house of the semester, next Thursday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.! Come out to enjoy free snacks and drinks, and see more treasures from the Library's rare books collection!

Rare Books Open House

When: Thursday, February 2, 12 p.m - 3 p.m.
Where: Riesenfeld Rare Books Center (N30, on the sub-plaza past Sullivan Cafe)
What: Treasures from the rare books collection, and free snacks and drinks! 







Friday, December 16, 2016

New Digital Exhibit: "Equal Caricature Under Law"

The Riesenfeld Center and Law Library have released a new digital exhibit:

"Equal Caricature Under Law: Supreme Court Bobbleheads by The Green Bag"

"Equal Caricature Under Law: Supreme Court Bobbleheads by The Green Bag," showcases a complete collection of Supreme Court bobbleheads, produced by The Green Bag and its editor, Ross Davies. Artful, whimsical, and informative, the Supreme Court bobbleheads depict the "Supremes" in miniature bobbling form, with witty (and annotated) references to their notable opinions. The Law Library's online exhibit also features over 40 volumes drawn from the Riesenfeld Rare Book Center's Arthur C. Pulling Rare Books Collection. From John Jay to John Roberts, Jr., and from the Federalist Papers to Brandeis's dissent in Olmstead v. United States, the exhibit highlights the justices' careers and their contributions to American law.

The new digital exhibit memorializes the Law Library's popular 2016 exhibition of bobbleheads, which was on display in the Riesenfeld Center's gallery.   

   - Ryan Greenwood, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections 



Friday, December 9, 2016

Finals Study Break: Wednesday, Dec. 14

Come out next Wednesday for a study break during finals!  Grab coffee and fresh-baked donuts outside the Riesenfeld Rare Books Center.

When: Wednesday, December 14, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Outside the Riesenfeld Rare Books Center (N30 - on the sub-plaza past Sullivan Cafe)
What: Coffee and donuts!

Good luck on finals, and best wishes for the holidays from the Law Library!