UW Law Faculty Contribute to Book Series on New Legal Realism

Thanks to UW Law School Professor Elizabeth Mertz for alerting me that a new two-volume book series on New Legal Realism is available from Cambridge University Press.   Numerous UW Law School professors were involved in the project.

The first volume, The New Legal Realism, Volume I: Translating Law-and-Society for Today’s Legal Practice, is co-edited by Mertz, Stewart Macaulay, professor emeritus at the UW Law School, and Thomas W. Mitchell, professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, formerly also of the UW Law School.

The second volume, The New Legal Realism, Volume II: Studying Law Globally, is co-edited by Heinz Klug, professor at the UW Law School, and Sally Engle Merry, professor at New York University.

From the press release:

The goal of the New Legal Realism (NLR) project is to develop rigorous, genuinely interdisciplinary approaches to the empirical study of law. The New Legal Realism volumes introduce readers to NLR scholarship, while demonstrating the value of thoughtful interdisciplinary translation between law and social science. This scholarship charts a new course for interdisciplinary legal research by synthesizing theory, empirical research, global perspectives, and law in action. The volumes together demonstrate the importance of the NLR project, not only for legal scholarship, but for law schools and practices.

Recent UW Law School Faculty Scholarship

Here is the latest faculty scholarship appearing in the University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Studies Research Papers series found on SSRN.

The University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Studies journal contains abstracts and papers from this institution focused on this area of scholarly research. To access all the papers in this series, please use the following URL: http://www.ssrn.com/link/u-wisconsin-legal-studies.html

Copyright Issues for Artists Discussion & Reception

The UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, in collaboration with Absolutely Art, is sponsoring a discussion on copyright issues for artists on Tuesday, June 28th, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  The discussion will be followed by a reception showcasing five talented local artists.

Featured artists include: Doug Hoffman, Jesy Grose, The Moxie League, Dane Arts Mural Arts & SAIL West Students, Monica Urbanic and Magda Bowen. There will also be a jewelry trunk show featuring Phrannie Lyons.

The Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic is located in the @1403 building at 1403 University Ave, 2nd floor.  Please RSVP on this event page.  Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Digitize Your Old Photos, Home Movies, Etc. at Madison Public Library

Do you have a collection of analog materials (like home movies, video tapes, audio cassettes) or paper documents (photographs, etc.) that you’d like to digitize but don’t have the equipment to do so?  Then check out the Madison Public Library Central Branch’s new Personal Archiving Lab.

The Personal Archiving Lab supports the following formats:

  • VHS tapes
  • VHS-C tapes
  • DVDs (not BlueRay)
  • Audio cassettes
  • MiniDV tapes
  • Hi-8 tapes
  • Photographs / negatives / slides
  • Paper-based documents

Recent UW Law School Faculty Scholarship

Here is the latest faculty scholarship appearing in the University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Studies Research Papers series found on SSRN.

The University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Studies journal contains abstracts and papers from this institution focused on this area of scholarly research. To access all the papers in this series, please use the following URL: http://www.ssrn.com/link/u-wisconsin-legal-studies.html

The Indigo Book – a Free Legal Citation Guide Based on the Bluebook

A free alternative to The Bluebook legal citation guide is now available.  The Indigo Book, formerly called “Baby Blue,” is available online without charge in PDF or HTML.

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To make legal citation more accessible, the team behind The Indigo Book, led by Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org, separated the widely used system of citation codified in The Bluebook from its particularized expression thus avoiding infringement of that work’s copyright.

The blog, Citing Legally explains:

Working under the guidance of NYU copyright expert, Professor Christopher Sprigman, a team of students spent over a year meticulously separating the “system of citation” reflected in The Bluebook from that manual’s expressive content – its language, examples, and organization.  The Indigo Book is the result . . .

As the work’s forward explains, providing “pro se litigants, prisoners, and others seeking justice but … lack[ing] resources … effective access to the system lawyers use to cite to the law” was, for its creators, an important goal.

New Legal Realism Blog Features Reminiscences by UW Law’s Galanter & Macaulay

New Legal Realism Conversations is a website devoted to the Law-and-Society movement approach to interdisciplinary legal studies:  “We believe that all of the social sciences have a contribution to make to our understanding of law. ”

Since January, the NLRC blog has featured reminiscences by UW Law School Professors Marc Galanter and Stewart Macaulay.  Most recently, Macaulay responds to Galanter’s comments about the University of Chicago Law School in the mid-1950s.

Hat tip to UW Law School Professor Elizabeth Mertz.