2007 AALL Annual Meeting in New Orleans

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2007 AALL Annual Meeting in New Orleans, July 14-17


Legal History & Rare Books Business Meeting
Tuesday July 17, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15:00 p.m.

Legal History & Rare Books SIS Roundtable:

Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Cowell’s Interpreter
Monday, July 16, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Outcomes: Participants will be able to:
1.  Describe the history of legal dictionaries from 17th to 20th centuries
2.  Evaluate the use of legal dictionaries in judicial decisions

From Chancellor Coke to Justice Scalia, jurists have long resorted to legal dictionaries to fix the meanings of legal terms of art.  Cowell’s Interpreter (1607) was one of the first major English legal dictionaries.  King James I banned the work for its contents countered some of the divine right theory of kings held by him.  The work was later reprinted early in the 18th century.  To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Cowell’s Interpreter, this program will provide a history of legal dictionaries in Anglo-American law and their use in legal literature.  Discussion will highlight Giles Jacobs, John Bouvier, Henry Black, and Bryan Garner, each of whom contributed major dictionaries that have been quoted in a wide variety of legal sources.  Additional focus will be made upon the use of legal versus nonlegal dictionaries and modern linguistic problems associated with the use of dictionaries by current American courts.

    Coordinator and Moderator: Joel Fishman, Assistant Director for Lawyer Services, Duquesne University Center for Legal Information / Allegheny County Law Library.
    Speaker: Warren Billings, Emeritus Professor of History, University of New Orleans


A-6 Taking Up the Gauntlet: The Duel in Southern
Legal History

Sunday, July 15, 1:15 p.m.

Level: Introductory 75 Minutes
Competency: Reference, Research and Patron Services
Target Audience: Academic librarians and others interested in legal history and rare books
Learning Outcomes:
1) Participants will be able to explain the practice of dueling in history and its development from a legal to an illegal institution.
2) Participants will be able to discuss why the duel was significant in Southern culture and how legal and cultural factors caused its demise.

New Orleans was considered the most active dueling venue in 19th century America, where as many as 12 duels were fought under the Dueling Oaks in one day.Why did people engage in dueling, and what were the legal and social results? Why was dueling mostly confined to the South? How could an illegal activity continue unchecked by the law over the course of generations? The duel originally was a legal means of dispute resolution in early Europe; the judicial duel evolved into the duel of chivalry, and ultimately,
to the duel of honor. Professor Bertram Wyatt-Brown, a leading historian of the American South, will discuss the history of the duel, how the duel of honor became entrenched in Southern culture, why it flourished, and how it died.

    Jennie C. Meade, Coordinator and Moderator, George Washington University, Jacob Burns Law Library
    Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Johns Hopkins University

D-6 Rome: The Power of Film to Teach Foundations
of Roman and Civil Law

Monday, July 16, 8:45 a.m.

Level: Intermediate 90 Minutes
Competency: Reference, Research and Patron Services
Target Audience: Individuals using audiovisual materials to enhance education, as well as librarians and legal professionals interested in Roman or civil law
Learning Outcomes:
1) Participants will be able to explain how audiovisual materials can facilitate the achievement of complex learning objectives.
2) Participants will be able to identify Roman and historical civil law elements.

Legal and historical scholars have long recognized Roman law
foundations in European and other civil law systems, as well as the importance of the Roman Monarchy and Republic legal institutions and procedures in the development of classical Roman law. This program will demonstrate the educational opportunities afforded by audiovisual materials, as it draws upon the powerful images of the HBO series Rome, to explain key elements of Roman Law. It will review the relationship between, and government powers of, Senators,
Consuls, Praetors, Magistrates, Tribunes and other officials, as well as law-making authority and procedures, election procedures, the court system, trial proceedings and emergency government procedures.

    Laura E. Ray, Coordinator, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library
    Bernard Keith Vetter, Loyola University College of Law Library

Co-sponsored by the Micrographics/Audiovisual SIS and Foreign, Comparative & International Law SIS.

F-3 Huey Long and the Press: Louisiana’s Contribution
to Modern Constitutional Law

Monday, July 16, 2:00 p.m.

Level: Introductory 75 Minutes
Competency: Reference, Research and Patron Services
Target Audience: All law librarians interested in Louisiana’s legal history or in freedom of the press
Learning Outcomes:
1) Participants will be able to trace the development of modern constitutional law regarding freedom of the press.
2) Participants will review a unique era in Louisiana’s legal history, focusing on one of the state’s most colorful and controversial politicians and his continuing legacy.

In 1934, Huey Long, then a U.S. Senator from Louisiana, used his local political machine to push through legislation in Louisiana, which taxed advertising in newspapers with weekly circulations of more than 20,000.Widely regarded as an attempt to control and destroy the vocal urban newspapers that were against him and his politics, Long’s action energized a unified press to fight back with a lawsuit. The case, Grosjean v. American Press Co., resulted in a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision that ultimately led to a much-expanded concept of the constitutional protection of freedom
of the press. The program will examine the unique situations and personalities that led to the legislation, as well as the Grosjean case and its influence on the modern development of freedom of the press in the United States.

    Stacy Etheredge, Co-coordinator and Co-moderator, University of South Carolina, Coleman Karesh Law Library
    Etheldra G. Scoggin, Co-coordinator and Co-moderator, Loyola University College of Law Library
    Michael L. Kurtz, Southeastern Louisiana University
    James E. Viator, Loyola University College of Law Library
    Richard D.White, Jr., Louisiana State University