“Lawyers Without Rights” in Hitler’s Germany: New Research and Resource Guide

Through mid-April 2017, the traveling exhibition “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich” will be on display at Washington and Lee School of Law, co-sponsored by the German Federal Bar (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer) and the American Bar Association.

The W&L Law Library has prepared an online guide at http://libguides.wlu.edu/lawyerswithoutrights to highlight research materials and information resources relating to the themes of the exhibit, focusing on the Nazi use of law to suppress justice, equality, civil rights, prosperity, and professional practice in World War II-era Germany. Leading books, scholarly articles, films, and online resources are identified, described, and linked for easy access.

Please contact a librarian with any related questions.


Spring Into Summer Success – Legal Research Certification – 3/25 – Register Today!

Sharpen Your Research Skills! Attend W&L Law Library’s Spring Into Summer Success Legal Research Certification, Saturday, March 25, from 9:00am to 1:00pm in Classroom A. Open to all 1L, 2L, and 3Ls – lunch provided.

Learn expert tips and strategies from librarians and lawyers to help you succeed this summer and beyond. Instructional sessions taught by our W&L Law librarians will cover legal research methods and resources useful for firm, court, public interest, and government jobs, including practice-area specific materials, legal news resources, legislative and agency info, and more. Efficient use of Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, and alternative online sources is also an important focus.

The program includes a panel discussion with insights and advice on legal research and professional success from three experienced practitioners:

  •     Tanishka Cruz, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Justice Center, Charlottesville, VA
  •     Jim Pickle ’15L, Associate, DLA Piper, Washington, DC
  •     Christopher Russell, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Buena Vista, VA; W&L Law Adjunct Professor

After attending, you are eligible to earn a Certificate in Legal Research to add to your credentials and show value to employers. One lucky attendee will also win a $100 gift card courtesy of Bloomberg Law.

Contact Andrew Christensen, Faculty Services Librarian, at christensena@wlu.edu to reserve your place or for more information.

W&L Law Community Read Event, Wed. Feb. 8

The Law Library at Washington and Lee University will host the third annual W&L Law Community Read event on Wednesday, February 8 from 5 to 6pm in the Millhiser Moot Court Room. A panel of legal practitioners and scholars will discuss the real-life inspirations and context of John Grisham’s best-selling 2014 novel, Gray Mountain. Set in the coal country of western Virginia, the book brings to the fore unique legal issues related to industrial mining and its impact on the environment, human health, business, and other cultural and social aspects of life in rural Appalachia. All members of the W&L community are welcome to attend this free event. Panelists include:

    • Mary Cromer, Staff Attorney at the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center and advisor to Mr. Grisham for the novel
    • Jill Fraley, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law and History at W&L
    • Timothy MacDonnell, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Advanced Administrative Litigation Clinic (Black Lung) at W&L

Justice Ginsburg and Justice Powell

Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. had been a Retired Justice for six years when Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. They did, however, have some interactions. On learning of the nomination, Powell wrote to her saying, “Your nomination to fill the vacancy on this Court created by Byron White’s retirement pleases me. … I have admired you dating back many years. I look forward to having you here at the Court.”

Justice Powell was no doubt alluding to Ginsburg’s appearances as an advocate before him and his fellow Justices in such cases as  Frontiero v. RichardsonKahn v. Shevin , Weinberger v. WiesenfeldEdwards v. HealyCalifano v. Goldfarb , and Duren v. Missouri.

Nominee Ginsburg replied with the following note.