Law Library Notes

April 7, 2015

National Beer Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 2:50 pm

April 7 is a day celebrated nationally by beer lovers as a big anniversary near the end of Prohibition in 1933, when legal beer sales returned in the United States for the first time in 13 years.

Read the full article in the Constitution Daily blog here.


March 25, 2015

You Gotta Pay the Pig

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 10:02 am

During a meeting with the Creighton Law School staff, dean-elect Paul McGreal mentioned an article entitled “You Gotta Pay the Pig.” It begins as follows:


Once upon a time, there was a young, optimistic dean.


Different ideas-terrific, embrace them!


New challenges; bring them on.

Personality-open-minded, charitable, prepared to think the best of others’ motives – a true boychik in brutish world.

Colleagues-a chance for celebrating with enthusiasm every eccentric brilliant moment.

Students-nothing but bright futures, each one a budding Darrow, Tribe, Harlan, or O’Connor.

Staff-nothing but professionals, dedicated fully to institutional goals.

Alumni-motivated troopers, prepared to give, give again, and then give until nothing is left to give.

The university-guaranteed to fund every good idea.

The Board (of Regents or Trustees)-full of trust, ready to delegate to us the authority to become the best, and upbeat about the great days ahead.


Somewhere along the line she or he (or is it I) changed.


Doubts crept in.

Cynicism felt comfortable,

Sarcasm had a wonderful tonal quality.

Others’ motives-bad!


Paranoia-a necessary survival skill because colleagues, students, alums, universities, legislators, regulators, and everyone else is out to get us.


You can read the full article by Richard A. Matasar, former President and Dean of the New York Law School, here.


March 5, 2015

A Legal Hail Mary

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 2:51 pm

In one of football’s last-gasp comeback plays, the “Hail Mary” pass, the losing team’s quarterback rolls back and launches the football as far as possible hoping one of his receivers can—as in the answer to a prayer—haul in the toss and win the game.

In Oklahoma last December, a high school district attempted the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary, seeking a court order to replay a portion or all of a high school playoff game. The court, however, deferred instead to the state high school athletic association, which ruled the game complete and upheld the high school team’s loss.

Read the rest of the article here.


February 28, 2015

Carrying a Gun on Campus

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 3:20 pm

Several states already allow students to carry guns on college campuses and several more are considering it. What do you think?

Read an article on the subject here.


February 26, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Cites Dr. Seuss

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 9:07 am

The case, Yates v. United States, was published February 25th. The citation occurred in the dissent which was written by Justice Kagan. You can read the case here.

The specific citation is to Dr. Seuss, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960).


February 25, 2015

A Case Study in Controlled Implosions

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 12:48 pm

When the government has a dog of a case, someone has to draw the short straw and argue it. In Henderson v. United States, Assistant to the Solicitor General Ann O’Connell drew that straw. It seems clear that the Court will side with petitioner Tony Henderson – a felon seeking the right to sell or otherwise dispose of firearms that he owns but can no longer legally possess. In offering concession after concession and various fallback options, the government offered a case study in controlled implosions.

Read the rest of the article here.

Whoof, whoof.


February 24, 2015

Texas v. United States

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 4:06 pm

Texas v. United States is the recent case where an injunction was granted against President Obama’s immigration directives. It is an interesting case that illustrates how three different types of primary authority (cases, statutes, and regulations) are referred to and become an integral part of the opinion.

A free copy of the opinion can be downloaded here.


February 12, 2015

Punxsutawney Phil: Fugitive From Justice

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 10:26 am

An arrest warrant has been issued for Punxsutawney Phil. Be on the lookout.

“The suspect is furry. Only a couple of feet long. Two big teeth. And, it would seem, he has it in for the people of the American Northeast.  He’s Punxsutawney Phil, and he’s a wanted groundhog, according to police in Merrimack, New Hampshire.”

Read the rest here.


August 11, 2014

When a Monkey Takes a Selfie

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 3:11 pm

When a monkey takes a selfie on your camera, who owns the copyright? This is being discussed here.


July 31, 2014

Bar Exam Snafu

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 8:37 am

New law graduates in many states experienced a technology snafu at the worst  possible time Tuesday night: as they were attempting to upload bar examinations  just before deadlines in their states. Many reported spending hours trying and  failing to upload their answers.

Read the full article here.

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