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Monday, April 12, 2021 - 11:42

Have you Heard?Looking for a summer job on campus? Consider applying as a circulation desk worker at the William A. Wise Law Library ("Wise").

The job consists of welcoming patrons, verifying appointments, retrieving items, shelving books, conducting inventory, shifting materials, and performing other duties as assigned. Note, that this summer Wise us working on shifting physical materials into off-site storage. The position requires good customer service, sociability, and computer skills. Other required duties include: dusting, straightening, and cleaning of library stacks. Perspective applicants must be reliable and have effective communication skills. Students with work-study awards are preferred. Click here to access Google Form application. 

The dates of employment are May 15 - August 14. Contact Baylee Suskin for more information.

Monday, April 5, 2021 - 15:32

Law Library Journal Cover

Colorado Law's very own, Susan Nevelow Mart, Professor and Director of the William A. Wise Law Library, has just completed her most recent article: "Hunting and Gathering on the Legal Information Savannah"! The abstract of the article reads as follows:

Research in massive online legal research platforms requires entering a multi-faceted construct, where user-interface design and an array of algorithms guide the experience. What is it like for novice researchers to research real-world legal problems and attempt to come to a legal conclusion in these four platforms: Bloomberg Law, Fastcase, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw? Researchers struggled where they could not find relevant secondary sources. Researchers did not improve their time to complete their research in the second, third, or fourth platform once they had resolved the issue in the first platform. The implications for teaching legal research seem clear: instruction on meta-strategies for entering a research universe are a critical component of what law students and young lawyers need to learn. And legal research platforms need to keep improving user guidance through their research universes.

Susan Nevelow Mart, et al. Hunting and Gathering on the Legal Information Savannah, 113 L. LIB. J. __ (forthcoming 2021) (available at SSRN: 

If you would like to learn more about Professor Mart's writings and research, be sure to visit her faculty profile page. Professor Mart also teaches Research and Writing in the Regulatory State with Professor Gabrielle Stafford.

Monday, April 5, 2021 - 10:02

Library Week 2021


Today marks the first day of Library Week 2021! In celebration of Library Week 2021, and thanks to LexisNexis, the William A. Wise Law Library will be giving out three $25 Amazon gift cards to lucky students. (LexisNexis is sponsoring the Library Week prizes!) To enter, please fill out the "Library Week Prize Form." The "Library Week Prize Form" is located under the "Enter to Win $25" tab inside the 1L Exam Prep Kit.

The 1L Exam Prep Kit is designed to help 1Ls locate all of the resources they may need to help prepare for Spring exams. These resources are available in other location around the William A. Wise Law Library website, but the guide should provide easy access to all of those resources.

Alternatively, students can participate in the Library Week festivities by physically going to the William A. Wise Law Library. We are open to CU Law students, faculty, and staff! And, we offer plenty of safe, sanitized, and quiet study spaces. See this video to get reacquainted with your law library!: .

The library provides law students with access to three subscription-based digital libraries containing study aids: Wolters Kluwer ("WK"), West Academic libraries ("West Academic"), and Lexis Digital Library. For WK and West Academic, students can create their own account using the instructions found here. (Those instructions are also located on every page of this guide that contains one of these resources.) Lexis Digital Library does not require you to create an account, and items can be linked to directly from this guide.

All CU Law students, not just 1Ls, are eligable to enter to win the $25 dollar gift card. And, all of the law librarians at the William A. Wise Law Library hope each of you find the 1L Exam Prep Kit and the physical law library helpful. Good luck as y'all prep for exams!

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 09:28

Steve Elder - who wears many hats as the Wise Law Library's Library Technician, resident poet, and self-proclaimed Head of Tea Service - has published a poem titled "A Spate of Poets" in Boulder Weekly.  Read the poem here.

Friday, March 26, 2021 - 08:30

(Kermit the Frog From Video Still)

Watch Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, interview Kermit the Frog on his induction to the 2020 National Recording Registry.

On the shooting of “The Rainbow Connection” video, which features Kermit playing a banjo and singing the beloved song in a swampy setting, Dr. Hayden asked: “Were Mosquitos a problem?” Kermit replied, with his usual froggy sangfroid, “Not at all, they were delicious.”

Click here to see the full interview and learn more about 2020’s National Recording Registry inductees. The year's inductees also include recordings from Janet Jackson, Thomas Edison, and Louis Armstrong.

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 08:00

According to the Tolkien Society, March 25th is the day that the Ring was destroyed.  So, since 2003, the Tolkien Society and people around the globe have been celebrating the completion of Frodo's quest and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.Here at the William A. Wise Law Library, we're, well, a law library.  So let's read about Tolkien, his works, and the law.  Below is a selection of readings on just those topics:

  • Colin P. Benton, J.R.R. Tolkien Goes to Law School: Exploring Property Law Jurisprudence Through the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy, 2 Tex. A&M J. Real Prop. L. 25 (2014). Available at:
    • "This Article offers J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic stories, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, as useful for Law and Literature scholarship because they have a large audience of all ages, who have either read them in books or seen them as movies. Their widespread popularity makes these stories an effective way to introduce and inspire many to the property law jurisprudence that permeates the texts. While Tolkien’s literature has not been traditionally utilized for Law and Literature purposes, there are several issues of property law jurisprudence that can be elucidated through Tolkien’s writings.This Article begins by briefly assessing the debate regarding the efficacy of Law and Literature, proposes Tolkien’s literature as a legitimate means of stimulating an interest in property law jurisprudence, and concludes by exploring a variety of property law issues using Tolkien’s literature as the background material facts." 
  • Christopher Tolkien, Laws and Customs Among the Eldar, Morgoth's Ring (1993). Available at:
    • In this chapter from book twelve of Christopher Tolkien's 12-volume series, The History of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien discusses the customs and laws of the Eldar (elves), including marriage, divorce, naming, funerals, and rebirth. 
  • Castronova, Edward, The Renaissance of Natural Law: Tolkien, Fantasy, and Video Games (September 18, 2012). Available at SSRN: or
    • "I review the moral systems that designers create inside their video games. There’s much similarity across games, despite wide differences in narratives, backgrounds, target demographics, and mechanics. Using the terms of Dungeons & Dragons morality, most games have three moral factions: Lawful Good, Chaotic Good, and Chaotic Evil. Players usually get to choose between Lawful or Chaotic Good, while the AI plays Chaotic Evil. Now, why does this pattern appear so frequently? I’ll argue it has something to do with Natural Law. Natural Law derives moral judgment from the notion that any reasonably well‐formed human mind can discern what the purpose or end of an item is: What it’s for. It’s a common‐sense morality, which may or may not work well in advanced bioethics but suits the moral world of video games perfectly, where bad guys are really easy to identify but the players fight back and forth about whether to be a rule‐following hero of light or a renegade, rebellious, dark angel. That law/chaos tension is also an aspect of Natural Law. As for how Natural law got into games, the path seems to run through JRR Tolkien – devout Roman Catholic and therefore no stranger to the teachings of Aquinas. From Aquinas to Tolkien to D&D to modern video games, the LG/CG/CE triangle persists as a simple moral world, but one that, judging from player numbers, people very earnestly want to live in. Is this in itself a good thing? Since we’re talking Natural Law, let’s conclude by asking – what is the purpose of fantasy? Does this usage suit fantasy’s purpose?" 
  • Bruce E. Boyden, One Public Domain to Rule Them All, Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog (October 5, 2011). Available at:
    • This blog post discusses the U.S. Supreme Court Case Golan vs. Holder (docket no. 10-545), and whether or not the United States can restore the copyright to the Lord of the Rings novels.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 11:43


West Academic Study Aids is a resource available to students here at Colorado Law!

Simply activate your VPN and check this link: Additionally, West Academic Study Aids offers two incredible apps: West Academic Library and West Academic Audio. Both are available via the Google Play and Apple App Store.

The West Academic Study Aids continues to add resources to their extensive library. Recently added titles includes: 1) "Office Hours on Torts," 2) "Sum and Substance Audio Constitutional Law," 3) "Black Letter Outline on Evidence," 4) "Bridge to Practice on Criminal Procedure," and 5) "Exam Pro (Objective) with quizzing."

Students who need help signing up and navigating the resource should watch this video:

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 09:47

Jill Sturgeon, the Instructional Services and Research Librarian at the William A. Wise Law Library, published an article titled "Researching Colorado Employment Law" for the Colorado Lawyer, the website for the Colorado Bar Association.  Her article presents methods for staying abreast of new developments in Colorado employment law - a particularly pertinent area because of all the new legislation and COVID-19 relief measures.  The article covers primary sources - statutues, regulations, and local ordinances - and secondary sources.  It also provides insight into using subscription-based services for research on employment law in Colorado.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 09:43

Rebecca Ciota, the Technology & Web Services Librarian at the William A. Wise Law Library, co-authored a chapter for Handbook of Research on Library Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (ed. Barbara Holland) with Erika Barber, the Systems Support Specialist at Grinnell College.  The chapter, "A Pandemic at the Library: Lessons from COVID-19 About Technology Needs for Remote Working During a Crisis," details the efforts of Ciota and Barber during the COVID-19 pandemic in providing appropriate technologies to the Grinnell College library personnel in order to work remotely, while the campus shut down to enforce rigorous social distancing protocols.  The authors also discuss lessons learned and best practices for providing appropriate technology for work-from-home for library personnel, in case of another crisis.

Monday, February 22, 2021 - 14:15

The Colorado Bar Exam will begin tomorrow, February 23, 2021!

The William A. Wise Law Library will host bar exam takers on both Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The bar exam is scheduled to take place between 8 AM and 6 PM both days. Signs will be posted to help direct bar exam takers to the appropriate area. Non-bar exam takers are requested to be mindful and respectful in the areas where bar examines are located.

The William A. Wise Law Library wishes all exam takers the best of luck on this exam!