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What’s in a Day as a Charlotte Law Librarian?

We are excited to announce that the Charlotte School of Law Library won First Place in the “Best Video” category of the 2014 American Association of Law Libraries 2014 Day in the Life contest!

librarians on patrol: no book left behind

In Spring of 2013, in preparation for our impending move to a high-rise in uptown Charlotte, we began a massive book giveaway initiative to rid the collection of redundant materials, free up space, and share these resources with our law students and local legal community. Through this project over thirteen thousand books found loving families, but in the midst of the madness, a few books ended up scampering away that needed to come back home. Enter the Librarians on Patrol – in October, six of our staff, both strong and brave, took a trip in a U-Haul across state lines to find our babies and bring them back so they could be stored, wrapped and transferred to our new library shelves come January 2014.

Featuring: Aaron Greene, Ashley Moye, Brian Trippodo, Cory Lenz, Kim Allman & Minerva Mims

Filmed October 11, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina and Rock Hill, South Carolina

“Addy Will Know” courtesy of SNMNMNM –

~Ashley Moye~

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I’d Rather Be in Detroit, Michigan

The 2014 Innovative Users Group annual meeting took place in Detroit, MI from May 6-9.  We traveled to Detroit with a modicum of skepticism, due to a lot of negative media attention focusing on the city.  We weren’t sure what to expect, but we were determined to keep an open mind.  And we’re so glad we did, as we were pleasantly surprised at every turn.

Take a look at the REAL Detroit we found on our trip.

All in all, Detroit is a modern city featuring a safe downtown area full of incredibly friendly locals, amazing food, and gorgeous architecture.   We were sad to go, and we’re hopeful that IUG will decide to return to the city for future conferences.

~Brian Trippodo & Ashley Moye~

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I am here to inform you of some of the resources held chaste and secure behind the CIRCULATION DESK.

  • Course Reserves

Voted  the #1 “Subclass of materials you are most likely to know about”, Course Reserves are materials recommended by professors at CSL that you might want to use if you hope to pass the class. They can be checked out for a 3 hour period and if not returned on time, you will be charged $3.00 per hour until the library’s property is returned.

  • Academic Success

Academic Success materials have a long and twisted history that I will not get into at this time; what you need to know is that most of your study guides come from this section.  E&E, Q&A, Emanuel, Horn, Seigel’s, Understanding, Nutshell,  and the almighty FINZ call this section home.  The materials are well loved by students, mostly because they can be checked out for a 3 day period, giving them a chance to actually look over the materials.  Also, late fees for AS materials are $1.00 per day.

  • iPads

That’s right folks – we have iPads! They check out for a 7 day period, and you can even renew them for an extra week. That’s right – an iPad can be yours for two whole weeks. But wait – there’s more!  You are also able to login with your personal apple ID and install any apps you like on your recently checked out iPad. Just make sure to remember that all information will be wiped from the device when the iPads is returned to the library

Be sure to return your iPad before the due date to save yourself from some hefty fees. No shipping and handling. For more information on iPads, or how to catch a monkey using salt, visit the circulation desk at your local law library. Roll credits. Infomercial over.

  • Professor Binder

This item isn’t really behind the circulation desk.  It is actually on the circulation desk.  On display next to the general office supplies you find at circulation, you will find The Professor Binder. The Professor Binder contains professor’s contact information, required textbooks for their course, and suggested study aids. This is a great new resource for students – on your next visit to circulation give it a glace.

  • Course Reserve Permanent

CRP are materials that were on reserve for a previous class but have been deemed worthy of permanent reserve status. Many of the study aides found in AS are also held for you in CRP.   CRP books check out for 3 hours and $3.00 late fees apply.   These materials are mostly treated as a last resort for students cramming for a midterm or final exam when all of the Academic Success materials have been checked out.

  • Flash Cards

Some of you may not know that deep in the bowels of the circulation desk, flash cards covering a variety of subjects await.  The flash cards are a part of the Academic Success materials and can be checked out for three days and also have the $1.00 a day late fees.  (And let it be known that this is the only kind of flashing allowed in the library)

  • Audio Study Aids

Audio Study Aids mostly consist of lectures on one given subject of law.  Academic Success audio study aids check out for 3 days, and late fees are $1 per day.  It is safe to say that you should never listen to these while driving and tired. (I almost injured myself this way because of a long winded and somewhat boring Stephen King novel.)

  • Study room Kit and Headphones

Does your study room need a little color? Do you like the idea of earmuffs that project sound? Is the square root of 49 equal to 7? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the circulation desk should be your next destination.  Each study room kit contains dry erase markers, a dry erase eraser and dry erase board spray.  Each headphone kit contains…uh… a set of headphones.  These items can be checked out any time the circulation desk is open and must be returned before the desk closes for the night.

  • Video Cables

We have a plethora (that’s right, I said it) of video out cables at the circulation desk. We have iMac, iPad, iPhone, Lightning, VGA, and HDMI video out cables.  When I read that list only one word comes to my mind. PLETHORA.  These cables also checkout for the day and must be returned before the circulation desk closes.

Thank you very much for reading!

~Aaron Greene~

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by | May 13, 2014 · 8:00 am

“Dear Karma, I have a list of people you’ve missed” (and other Tee-Shirt Tweets)

teeshirtI’ll be honest.  I don’t Tweet.  This has less to do with my reluctance to use social networking technology (although that may be part of it) and more to do with the fact that the text messages are limited to 140 characters.  Seriously?    Give me Fitzgerald over Hemingway any day.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the witty, often snarky turn-of-the-phrase as much as the next person. I realize, however, being someone who is challenged by having to answer a yes/no question without the embellishment of explanations or context, I won’t be uttering them.

Recently, I found myself flipping the pages of a SkyMall magazine and ran across two full pages of tee-shirts, each with its respective catchphrase.  It occurred to me that Twitter might be the next iteration of tee-shirt messaging.  (“Everything old is new again.”)  How different, really, is a tweet from tee-shirt “speak” or, for that matter, from a bumper sticker, cocktail napkin or coaster?  All require a fairly succinct message.  A tee-shirt encourages a following by immediately alerting others to our sports team preferences, fraternal association memberships, political affiliations and philosophical leanings.  Tee-shirt slogans also provide instantaneous entry into a private club with its own insider language and traditions. Two illustrations spring to mind.

I am, for example, a “Big Ten” girl living in North Carolina and whenever I catch sight of the golden Tiger Hawk logo emblazoned on someone’s shirt, I feel as if I’ve been reunited with family, or at least, with a fellow Hawkeye.  Secondly, not long ago I saw someone wearing an “Opera Carolina” tee-shirt which bore the phrase, “Is She Dead, Yet?” and recognized the joke shared by many opera fans.  (By the way, in case you didn’t know, most operas do not end well for the hero and heroine.)

So with no apologies, I’ve returned to the SkyMall pages and have included some of the slogans, including the one referenced in the title, which resonated with me.

                “If only closed minds came with closed mouths.”

                “It’s my cat’s world.  I’m just here to open cans”

                “Those who can teach; those who can’t pass laws about teaching.”

                “Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.”

                “Contrary to popular belief, no one owes you anything.”

                And, last, but not least, “I’m not a pessimist; I’m an optimist with experience.”

~Susan Catterall~

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The Art of Downtown Charlotte – Part II: A Regular Commentary of Art and the Art Scene in Charlotte

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

The Firebird, or ’Oiseau de Feu Sur l’Arch  (literally, “Bird of Fire on an Arch”) by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) is the center piece to the entrance of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, located on 420 South Tryon Street. The Firebird is perhaps the most photographed piece of art in Charlotte. At one time the Firebird had a Twitter account. The sculpture was created in 1991 and was purchased by Andres Bechtler specifically to be placed in front of the Bechtler Museaum of Modern Art. Bechtler wanted the sculpture to serve as a counter piece to the geometric lines of the museum that was designed by the noted Swiss architect Mario Botta.

The Firebird is over 17 feet tall and is covered in small bits of mirror and colored glass. It is dazzling when sunlight strikes the surface and glows at night reflecting the sculpture’s spot lights while also reflecting ambient light from the nearby shops, offices, and street lights. It is not uncommon at almost any time of day to see people gathered around the Firebird to have pictures taken or just to admire the artwork. Niki de Saint Phalle was a dynamic figure of the modern art world and her works challenged conventional ideals about the role of women in society. Many of her works were controversial while also being whimsical. Her sculptures are wild biomorphic shapes painted with bold primary and secondary colors or painted all white. She was friends with of many other luminaries of the Modern, Dada, and Pop Art moments such as Jean Tinguely. Tinguely and de Saint Phalle would later marry in 1971.

~Kim Allman~

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The Art of Downtown Charlotte: A Regular Commentary of Art and the Art Scene in Charlotte

II Grande Disco by sculptor Arnaldo Parmadoro.  Photo copyright Sarah Womack, all rights reserved.

II Grande Disco by sculptor Arnaldo Parmadoro. Photo copyright Sarah Womack, all rights reserved.

One of the benefits of the Charlotte School of Law relocating to downtown is the plethora of artistic and cultural objects one can encounter just walking about the city. In this new column, I will discuss an art piece or upcoming event/ show that relates to the downtown or near downtown area.

For this first installment, I present to you the II Grande Disco (Second Large Disk) by internationally renowned artist Arnaldo Parmadoro.

Parmadoro started his artistic career as a theater set designer and gold smith in post WW II Italy. His large, abstract geometrical sculptures are what he is best known for, and his works are on display in major cities and cultural centers throughout the world. As you can tell from the title of the work, the disk that is on display at the Bank of America Plaza is the second example of this particular piece. The first version is on display in Milan, Italy.

The sculpture was commissioned in 1973 by North Carolina National Bank and Carter and Associates, who developed Independence Square plaza.  The sculpture was donated to the Charlotte Mint Museum of Art in 1978. In 1980, the sculpture had to be restored because it had been vandalized over the years with magic markers, paint, and had surface scarring.  The piece had to be sandblasted and a clear urethane coating applied to protect it. A new bearing was added to the base to allow the sculpture to turn again.

The Grande Disco is perhaps one of my favorite sculptural works that is on public display in Charlotte. Not only is it striking to look at, its position in the heart of the city provides a focal artistic experience. The way the sculpture is reflected in the more sterile glass and steel edifices around it transforms those structures into an extension of the artwork. I also find the contrast of the smooth, polished gold bronze against the geometric pewter color of block and rod-like shapes fascinating. In many ways, Parmadoro’s Grande Disco is a statement about the urban environment and how we interact with that environment. Of course,with art one can draw their own conclusions about its value and meaning.

The Grande Disco on display in Milan

The Grande Disco on display in Milan

~Kim Allman~

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Book Review — The Law and Harry Potter


2007 was an amazing year. The 110th United States Congress elected Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history. Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs announced the iPhone. The tomb of Herod the Great was discovered. The Dali Lama received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal. Both Argentina and India swore in their first female presidents. NASA launched its Phoenix spaceship. And the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released.

Yes, 2007 marked the end of an era. No longer would grown adults have to shove pre-teens out of the way to claim the last copy of Harry Potter books sold at midnight releases. Organized crime in Las Vegas would have to look elsewhere to bet on which favorite character died by the end of the volume (this actually happened. I hear that now bets are being taken on the Junie B. Jones series). Author J.K. Rowling created a sub-culture with her books about an outcast young boy who discovers he is a wizard. This sub-culture has spawned: hundreds of blogs, a blockbuster movie series, video games, action figures, an attraction at Universal Studios, National Quidditch teams, replica wands sales, replica Death Eater tattoos, several scholarly panels, and legal analysis of the storyline. Now that the frenzy has died down, we are in a good place to reflect upon the world of the Boy Who Lived.

In The Law & Harry Potter (2010) Jeffrey E. Thomas and Franklin G. Snyder bring together a collection of articles that discuss what role the law has within a magical community. In this world, the largest governmental agency is the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, which is under the control of the colossal Ministry of Magic. Within this Department one will find the illustrious Aurors. These individuals are highly trained in counter-Dark Arts measures to investigate and apprehend those who are suspected of using the Dark Arts. Users of the Dark Arts are almost synonymously supporters of the series’ antagonist Lord Voldemort, and are known as Death Eaters. The Aurors can be equated to counter-terrorist organizations in the non-magical world. However, an Auror is given full authority to kill, torture, and coerce suspected Death Eaters. And considering that the Department of Magical Law Enforcement answers to no other department within the Ministry of Magic, here lays the first problem with law and order in the Wizarding world.

In the article “The Persecution of Tom Riddle:  A Study in Human Rights Law,” Geoffrey R. Watson plays devil’s advocate for He Who Must Not Be Named. Watson paints the Ministry of Magic as a totalitarian entity that is made up of individuals who were not elected through popular vote. He claims that there is no separation of powers, and there exists no checks and balances. Watson further argues that the Ministry has violated the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. All this done through its proxy: Harry Potter. One could argue that Wizards are above the common law of Muggles. Yet if Wizards are to be held in a higher regard should not they follow the basic principles of civil rights as well? Watson makes the argument that it was the parental Potters’ involvement in the “state-sanctioned terrorist group known as the Order of Phoenix” that caused injury to Riddle first. I feel compelled to point out that the Order of Phoenix operated outside the scope of the law, such as it is, within the Wizarding world. The members of this organization acted without the consent of the Ministry of Magic, and could be labeled as domestic terrorists. Watson argues that Tom Riddle was simply an idealist who was trying to overcome the injustices of a totalitarian regime. And his actions were merely in self-defense. Riddle was unfairly marked as an enemy of the State, and persecuted without benefit of due process. Watson attacks the credibility of Harry Potter by citing the numerous violations of Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights through use of the polyjuice potion. This potion gives the user the ability to assume the form of another. And this act violates Article 6 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On numerous occasions throughout the series, Harry Potter and his accomplices stole the identities of rivals and engaged in unlawful interrogation. The violation that Watson is specifically citing comes from book 2, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Other articles within this book cover a variety of topics.  Family Law is discussed in “Hogwarts, the Family, and the State: Forging Identity and Virtue in Harry Potter,” by Danaya C. Wright. Evidence of contract law within Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is analyzed within the article “What Role Need Law Play in a Society with Magic?” by John Gava and Jeannie M. Paterson. Geoffrey C. Rapp introduces the issue of wrongful conviction in his article “Sirius Black: A Case Study in Actual Innocence.” And Heidi Schooner discusses the role of banking regulations upon Gringotts, the sole Wizarding bank, in her article “Gringrotts: The Role of Banks in Harry Potter’s Wizarding World.” This just names a few of the fascinating articles within this collection. The Law & Harry Potter is a captivating read that takes a harder look at the implications of a world where problems can disappear with the flick of a wand.

Check this book out from your Charlotte School of Law Library!

~Erica Tyler~

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