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Thursday, February 22, 2018

UMN Crowdsourcing Project to Decipher Supremes' Notes

very interesting project has recently gotten underway that seeks to crowdsource the transcription of Supreme Court Justices' handwritten notes. SCOTUS Notes seeks to transcribe "a collection of 12,600 pages of notes taken by Justices Harry A. Blackmun and William J. Brennan. This extraordinarily rare collection of papers housed at the Library of Congress provides insights into the Court’s conference in cases decided between 1959 and 1994 with overlapping notes taken by Blackmun and Brennan between 1970 and 1990." As interesting, the project was developed in part by Timothy Johnson, a political science professor at the U, using the Zooniverse platform, also pioneered at the University of Minnesota.  

You too can join in the transcription fun!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Exhibit Open House: Weds., February 14

All are invited to an open house next Wednesday, February 14, for the Law Library's 2018 spring exhibit:

"A Foundation in the Law: Celebrating 40 Years at Walter F. Mondale Hall"

Open House: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
                         12 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
                         Riesenfeld Rare Books Center (N30, Sub-plaza)

                         Snacks and refreshments will be served.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Walter F. Mondale Hall and gives occasion to celebrate the rich tradition of legal education that thrives within its walls. Dedicated in the spring of 1978, the Law School building and the vision behind it have provided the foundation for numerous achievements in the past four decades. During this time, the growth and diversification of the student body and faculty, the inception of new student programs and journals, the growth of the library, and the development of the Law School's clinics, centers and institutes, among other achievements, have contributed in transformative ways to the life of the Law School and its success.

In 2001, with the completion of a major addition, the Law School building was rededicated as Walter F. Mondale Hall, in honor of the Law School's most illustrious graduate and great friend, The Honorable Walter Mondale ('56). The expansion added new spaces for research, teaching, student activities and library collections, in support of the Law School's tradition of advancing and applying challenging, important ideas at the forefront of legal education. This tradition, both practical and theoretical, guided the architects of the project from its early stages, just as it animates the Law School's commitments to education, justice and service today.

This exhibit, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Walter F. Mondale Hall, highlights the development of plans for a new Law School building and its 2001 addition, and pays tribute in photographs to Walter Mondale and his deep involvement in the life of the Law School.

The exhibit was created by Ian Moret, Patrick Graybill and Ryan Greenwood.

The exhibit will be open for viewing in the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center from February 14 through June 8, 2017. For more information or directions, please contact Ryan Greenwood (rgreenwo@umn.edu; 612-625-7323).

Friday, February 2, 2018

Wednesday, Feb. 7: Rare Books Open House!

All are invited to the Riesenfeld Rare Books Center's first rare books open house of the semester, next Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.! 

Come out and enjoy free cookies, snacks and drinks, and see treasures from the library's rare books collection - along with gems from the archives on the history of the Law School.

When: Wednesday, February 7th, 12 p.m - 3 p.m.

Where: Riesenfeld Rare Books Center
What: Rare books, drinks, cookies and snacks!

*The Riesenfeld Center is in room N30 on the Sub-Plaza, down past Sullivan Cafe.