Winner of the Poetry Contest – Bryce Gray

Prof. Wexler chose Bryce Gray as the winner of this year’s Library poetry contest.  Here is his winning entry – a poetic synopsis of Regina v. Dudley and Stephens, 14 Q.B.D. 273 (1884):


“Why Dudley and Stephens
Did manage to escape!
After their yacht sank
Off of the Cape.”

“Pray tell me, Sir,
Just how did they survive?”

“Why, they stabbed the cabin boy, Brooks,
and feasted on his hide.”

“How absolutely atrocious!
That’s murder, I’m sure.”

“Indeed the result is unfortunate,
But is it murder de jure?

They have killed poor Brooks,
No one doubts that it’s true.
But they’d run out of turtle,
Now, what would you do?”

“It matters naught whether
I’d choose my own life to protect.
The law is the law and”
It demands our respect.”


To read some of the other entries please click on the following:

Williamson v. Lee Optical Co., 348 U.S. 483 (1955) by Alex P. Garens

Nahrsteadt v. Lakeside Village Condominium Assoc. Inc., 33 Cal. Rptr.2d 63 (Cal. 1994) by Christine Han

Regina v. Dudley and Stephens, 14 Q.B.D. 273 (1884) by Hyun Clive Lee

Abdul-Jabbar v. GMC, 85 F.3d 407 (9th Cir. 1996) by Max Lee

Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893) by Christopher Mireles

Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965) by Scott Moore


History on the Internet

In a project is sponsored by American Heritage and the American Association for State and Local History a National Portal to Historical Collections has been created.  The National Portal aggregates data from historical institutions as provided by their curators, registrars or archivists. At present, data is exported from collection management systems and transferred to the National Portal’s servers. Automated systems for harvesting data are currently under construction.  This is not a digital collection, but rather a catalog to what is available from various historical collections.


LATCamp Deadline Extended

LATCamp Deadline extended

Too busy prepping for finals and let the registration deadline for LATCamp pass you by?  Good news – we’re extending the deadline another two weeks!  You now have until Friday, May 6 to submit your registration form.  We’re halfway to maximum capacity of 75 and would love to top it off!  Wondering who else will be there?  Check out the Participants page to read brief biographies.  Also, keep an eye on the Session Proposals page, as it will be populated by participants in the coming weeks.  Don’t miss your chance to participate in the inaugural LATCamp, which is sure to be filled with energizing and thought-provoking discussions about the intersection of legal information and technology.



Hot New Case: Apple sued for iPhone location-data collection

Two customers filed suit against Apple for collecting location-data on iPhones and iPads. The plaintiffs allege that Apple violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(2)(C) as well as the Unfair or Deceptive Acts of each state. View the complaint at

See Bloomberg and for more news regarding the case.



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Senate Report on Financial Crisis

The Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has issued its final report, Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: Anatomy of Financial Collapse. This 650-page report is “the product of a two-year, bipartisan investigation … into the origins of the 2008 financial crisis.”

From the introduction:

Using internal documents, communications and interviews, the Report attempts to provide the clearest picture yet of what took place inside the walls of the financial institutions and regulatory agencies that contributed to the crisis. The investigation found that the crisis was not a natural disaster, but the result of high risk, complex financial products; undisclosed conflicts of interest; and the failure of regulators, the credit rating agencies and the market itself to reign in the excesses of Wall Street.