SCOTUS and the Grapes of Wrath

If you experienced life in the 1980s or just love nostalgia, you most likely remember the dancing California Raisins or at least you heard about them through the grapevine. It … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

The U.S. Supreme Court: Why 9?

The more I learn about history, the more questions I have. I guess I never grew out of the “why” stage of development, and honestly I hope I never do. … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lawyers Without Rights Exhibit Now at the Ruth Lilly Law Library!

The sepia faces stare back at me, beckoning me to come closer. The display “Lawyers Without Rights: The Fate of Jewish Lawyers in Germany after 1933” tells the story of … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

“Stare Nasum “ or “Let the Nose Stand” : A Courtroom Artist’s View of the Guantanamo Bay Trials

The white prison clothes hung on the thin man as the courtroom light illuminated his long silvery beard. His dark eyebrows cast a shadow over penetrating eyes that studied a … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Quiet Heros

Librarians are quiet heros; in many cases even the most courageous of their deeds go unsung.  How many know of the work of librarian Abdel Kader Haïdara and his band of book … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

United States v. Forty Barrels & Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola

When I think of a government beverage raid in the early 1900s, I envision grainy black and white footage of government men chopping away at barrels and releasing a sudsy … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Tomato Identity Crisis!

In 1893 the United States was in an economic downturn. Prices of goods and stocks fell steadily. Banks were struggling and railroad construction slowed to a crawl. Unemployment rose and … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

The United States Supreme Court Cries… Fowl?

Causby, a farmer, grimaced as he blocked the sun with his right hand as if saluting the airplane flying just over his trees. The military had leased an airport next … Continue reading

February 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

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