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Law Library Is More Bird Friendly

Have you noticed the dots on the windows near the entryway to the Law Library? A film with dots has been installed on the windows to help prevent bird fatalities. Birds seeing the dots pattern will veer away from the windows, and avoid deadly impact. The bird friendly effort was spearheaded by CSU’s director of sustainability, Jennifer McMillan. Read the details on the CSU News and Announcements page.


Standing Desks Available in the Learning Commons

According to a recent U.S. News & World Report article, standing desks may have positive health benefits. Research suggests that using a standing desk can encourage people to spend less time sitting. People who sit with poor posture put themselves at risk for a raft of health problems, including “misalignment of the spine and knees, which can increase stress on the knees; exacerbation of arthritis; poor circulation; fatigue; jaw pain; headaches; sexual function issues; and shoulder and back pain.”

The law library now has two standing desks located in the Judy and Robert Rawson Learning Commons on the second floor. Check them out and let us know what you think! Drop a message in the cardboard boxes at the desk anonymously or send an email to Student Services Librarian Brian Cassidy at

Turning the Pages of Law at the Law Library

What are those bronze pages at the entrance to the law library?

They are a sculpture by artist Jim Sanborn.  The pages are the artist’s visual history of the written law tracing the emergence of systems of justice in many cultures beginning with the sixth century BCE laws of Solon and ending with US Supreme Court decisions from the 20th Century.  Notable excerpts include the Chinese Code of T’ang (600), the Magna Carta (1240), the Iroquois Nations’ Book of the Great Law (1450), Marbury v. Madison (1802), Plessy v Ferguson (1872), and Furman v. State of Georgia (1972).  There are 14 bronze plates in all.  Sanborn is best known for creating the encrypted Kryptos sculpture at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.


Database Trial – Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment

We’re running a trial on a new HeinOnline database through October 11. The Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment (BLASE) database is organized into sixteen tabs that contain important sports and entertainment cases, scholarly articles, books, congressional documents, and legislative histories. Some of the research topics in BLASE are athlete and entertainer representation, gender and race discrimination, contract regulation, injuries and violence, and publicity rights. We encourage you to use the database; if you have comments, please email us at

Law Library Legal Research Seminars – Social Justice Track

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeC|M|Law students interested in cost-effective research or social justice research issues should check out these four Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources
  • Terms & Connectors Searching
  • Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw
  • Cost-Effective Federal Legislative History: and

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students, and are continuously available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform.  [Connect to TWEN, then “add” the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars course.]  You earn points for completing an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar’s quiz.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.  You can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.