Law Day – May 1

By Melissa Bernstein for the Quinney Library Blog – Did you know that May 1 is Law Day in the U.S.? This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Read the President’s Law Day proclamation here. Law Day, a national day to celebrate the rule of law, was first proclaimed in 1958 […]

The Donation Ban on Gay Blood

By Travis Walker for the BiolawToday.org blog. Last December the Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to modify regulations for gay blood donors. Under the current rule, men who have had sex with other men since 1977 (MSM)[1] are barred for life from contributing blood in any form.[2] The new proposal would allow MSM […]

Cultivating a culture of dialogue rather than debate

By Danya Lee Rumore for EDR Blog.org. Earlier this month, I attended an MIT campus-wide debate. Watching the event play out, I was struck by the strengths and weaknesses of a debate approach to tackling tricky social issues. On one hand, debates encourage involved parties to arm themselves with facts and statistics and carefully think through […]

Preservation Week

By Melissa Bernstein for the Quinney Library Blog – Sponsored by the ALA’s Association of Library Collections and Services and partner organizations, Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staff assigned responsibility for collections care; […]

Capital Punishment, Medical Science, and 10th Circuit States

By Danny Barber for BiolawToday.org blog: In April of last year, Oklahoma gained unfortunate notoriety when its lethal injection procedures failed to adequately sedate Clayton Lockett. The execution required over forty minutes to complete.[1] It was explained afterwards that one of the drugs in the lethal mixture failed to enter the inmate’s bloodstream, and ultimately failed […]

Law Library Extended Hours

By Melissa Bernstein for the Quinney Library Blog: The law library will be open extended hours from April 22 through May 7. Weekday hours are from 7am to 10pm. Saturday hours are 9am to 5pm and Sunday hours are 12 noon to 10pm. You can view detailed library hours here. Best of luck to all […]

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Clear Error to be the Standard of Review for Factual Findings Underlying Claim Construction

By Austen Paulsen for BiolawToday.org In a decision answering the long-vexing question of what standard of review appellate courts should apply when reviewing a lower court’s construction of patent claims, the United States Supreme Court held that appellate courts must apply a clear error standard of review to a lower court’s factual findings and a de […]

Eco-Friendly Fonts Save Paper and Ink

By The Green Team Sometimes it’s truly the little things that matter. In addition to printing double-sided documents you can further reduce paper and ink use by being conscientious about your selection of fonts. To start, avoid serif fonts, which have little tails on the ends of the letters that use up more ink. Century […]

Library Survey for Law Students

By Melissa Bernstein for the Quinney Library Blog: Attention Law Students: The library is conducting a brief student survey. Participants have a chance to win an Amazon gift card – simply provide your email address in question 10 if you want to enter the drawing. Your participation in the survey will help us improve the […]

Utah Program on Collaboration

By Mara Elana Burstein for EDRblog.com. “We’re bureaucrats and we have tendencies,” but “when there’s a high level of collaboration, there’s trust and decisions can be made quickly and efficiently.” –ENR agency leaders Environmental and natural resource (ENR) issues are scientifically, politically, culturally, and emotionally complex. Government agencies are tasked with navigating these complexities while […]