Jill Sturgeon is the new Access Services Librarian at the Wise Law Library. In her new role, Jill will be responsible for managing circulation services and will participate in providing reference and research services to library patrons, as well as teaching legal research courses. After completing her J.D. at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Jill worked for several years as an attorney in Tucson, Arizona. Jill earned her M.L.I.S from the University of Arizona and previously worked in the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library. Jill has also spent time teaching college composition courses, and enjoys writing fiction in her spare time.
Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and visiting professor at the University of Colorado Law School has been nominated to our nation's highest court. Judge Gorsuch is a truely exceptional member of the Colorado Law community. The Wise Law Library warmly congratuates him on this highest of honors.
The Program in Jewish Studies, the William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado Law School, and cosponsors at the University of Colorado Boulder will honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a public lecture by visiting scholar Professor Nils Roemer and the highly acclaimed international exhibit Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich. Both are free and open to the public.
Professor Roemer’s public lecture, “The Holocaust: Then and Now, Spanning the Void,” will take place Thursday, January 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m., in Wittemyer Courtroom (Room 101) in the Wolf Law Building on the CU Boulder campus, one day before International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27). RSVPs are appreciated as space is limited. Please email CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu or call 303-492-7143.
The Lawyers Without Rights exhibit will be on display January 5 through January 30, 2017 in the William A. Wise Law Library in the Wolf Law Building on the CU Boulder campus. The exhibit is sponsored by the William A. Wise Library at the University of Colorado Law School and the CU Program in Jewish Studies, in conjunction with the American Bar Association and the German Federal Bar.
Professor Roemer’s lecture is the fifth annual event hosted by CU Boulder’s Program in Jewish Studies in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The voids and empty spaces in the Jewish Museum in Berlin evoke destruction and absence. The "Memory Void," one of the symbolic spaces on the grounds of the museum, which was designed by Daniel Libeskind, recalls the Holocaust as well as the many lives that might have been had the millions of people who died in the Holocaust lived to see another day. In his lecture, Professor Roemer will explore absences and voids as important aspects of remembrance. An awareness is apparent in communal and family remembrances but often obscured in public commemorations in museums and on Holocaust remembrance days. Professor Roemer will develop the theme of absence and advance models of remembrance that view the Holocaust as a past event within the context of an annihilated future.
Nils Roemer is the Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor in Holocaust Studies and the Director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his PhD in History from Columbia University in 2000.
In addition to his numerous published articles, Professor Roemer is the author of Jewish Scholarship and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Germany: Between History and Faith (2005) and The Story of Worms: German Cities – Jewish Memories (2010). He is currently finishing a book-length study on Central European Jewish travel writing in the 20th century.
Professor Roemer serves as a board member for the Leo Baeck Institute in London and is an external reviewer for multiple scholarly journals. He has received numerous fellowships, including from the Center for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Lawyers Without Rights exhibit has been shown in nearly 100 cities across Germany, the United States, and other parts of the world. The idea for the exhibit was conceived in 1998 when an Israeli lawyer asked the regional bar of Berlin for a list of Jewish lawyers whose licenses had been revoked by the Nazi regime.
“The regional bar decided not only to research a list of names, but also to try to find out more about the fates behind all those names,” said Axel Filges, past president of the German Federal Bar. “Some were able to leave the country after the Nazis came into power, but very many of them were incarcerated or murdered. The non-Jewish German lawyers of those days remained silent. They failed miserably, and so did the lawyers’ organizations. We do not know why.”
After the Berlin bar transformed its research into an exhibit, other regional bars began asking whether they could show it and add their own research.
“So, like a puzzle, a portrait of the fate of Jewish lawyers in Germany has emerged step by step,” Filges said.
For more information about the lecture or exhibit, please visit Colorado.edu/JewishStudies, or call 303-492-7143.
Our partnership with the CU Art Museum enters its third year with a loan of ten new prints. These works can be found on the law library's interior walls and will remain on display until fall of 2017, at which point they will be returned to the museum's permanent collection.
It's exam time again at Colorado Law, and the Wise Law Library is here to help. New extended hours have gone into effect. The library will be opening at 7am and closing at 2am every day until December 14th. Only law students and certified researchers will be given admittance to the library after 6pm. Consult the law library's Hours Calendar for more details.
The library is also hosting "Paws to Refresh" for the third consecutive year. Volunteers from Therapy Dogs of Boulder County will be bringing in their dogs for law students to play, pet and interact with. You'll find the dogs and their guardians at the south entrance on the first floor of the Wolf Building. The program will run from Dec. 5th to the 9th. Volunteers are typically present between 11am and 6pm.
John Scherrer is the Law Library Fellow for the coming year. In his new role, John will primarily assist with legal research courses and reference services. After completing his J.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, John worked for several years as an attorney in Minneapolis. John earned his M.L.I.S from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and previously worked in the Warren E. Burger Library at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Having lived for decades below 1,000 feet, John is looking forward to exploring the Colorado Rockies.
Today the American Association of Law Libraries announced that the Wise Law Library will be the next recipient of its Innovations in Technology Award . This award was conferred on the law library for its development of the Colorado Session Laws Digital Archive .
The Wise Law Library launched the Colorado Session Laws Digital Archive in the fall of 2015 to support historical legislative research at the law school, in the state of Colorado, and beyond. The collection comprises all enactments, resolutions, and memorials passed by the Colorado General Assembly from the first territorial legislature in 1861 to the close of the second session of the 58th General Assembly in 1992. This digital archive makes available over 27,000 downloadable documents and offers search features that are specially built for the collection's content.
The AALL Innovations in Technology Award is given yearly to an AALL member, library, or organization to recognize outstanding innovation in the development of an application or resource that helps law libraries and legal professionals. The award jury cited careful thought given to usability, extent of metadata, and depth of collection as factors contributing to their selection.
We here at the Wise Law Library are pleased as punch to be receiving this award. To celebrate, we offer you this 1937 act from the archive, which outlawed personal, physical and mental endurance contests for prizes and awards: An Act Relating to Endurance Contests; Providing Regulation or Restriction of All Personal, Physical or Mental Endurance Contests in Public Competition for Prizes, Awards or Admission Fees.
The end of the semester is upon us, which means final exams are looming. But it also signals the return of Paws to Refresh. From December 7th to the 11th, Monday - Friday, 11am to 5pm, we have arranged for therapy dogs (and their trainers) to be available in the lobby on the 1st floor of the law school for our law students. So, come by, pet a pooch and relieve some stress from your day! This event to ease the stress of exams is sponsored by the Law Library. Enjoy!
The Wise Law Library has completed the Colorado Session Laws Digital Collection . The collection contains PDF files of session law volumes from 1861, when the Territory of Colorado was created, to 1992. Session laws from 1993 to the present can be found on the Colorado Office of Legislative Services website .
"Colorado Session Laws" is the law library's largest digital collection to date. It contains over 100,000 pages of information and is the culmination of almost 3 years of work. The collection is highly searchable. Users can retrieve individual enactments with a citation, search by title or subject keyword, or browse the collection as it appears in print by filtering by publication year.
We hope that this resource will aid your research into Colorado's legislative history. A few of the more interesting items one could find in the collection are:
Continuing its partnership with the CU Art Museum, the Wise Law Library is displaying 8 new art prints from the Polly and Mark Addison Collection. These 8 prints will replace the previous 10 prints that the CU Art Museum had loaned to the law library for the 2014-2015 school year. The works will remain on display on the interior walls of the library's 2nd and 1st floors through fall 2016.