January-February 2017

Preserving Government Websites

During presidential transitions, shifting priorities often lead to changes in websites and their content.  Changing climate policy, for example, may have in part led to the disappearance of this document from whitehouse.gov: “A Historic Commitment to Protecting the Environment and Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change.” When accessing this site now, researchers find a message thanking them for interest in this subject. What’s a researcher to do?

First, use permanent urls for any website used in your research, especially if you cite to it. The Moritz Law Library provides access to perma.cc, a tool for creating an archived document with a permanent url. Please speak with your liaison about using perma.cc.

Second, use the Internet Archive to find content no longer available. For example, the document mentioned above was archived a number of times, including on January 20, 2017. Copy and paste the url in question into the search bar to see available archive dates. If you’d like to explore archived government websites, see the previously featured End of Term Web Archive.

The Trial of Queen Caroline – A New Addition to the Moritz Law Library’s Stotter Collection

During a fall visit to the Moritz College of Law, Moritz alum Lawrence H. Stotter ’58 presented the Moritz Law Library with a new addition to the Law Library’s Stotter Collection: five volumes comprising the full report of The Trial of Queen Caroline, published in 1820.

The Moritz Law Library’s Stotter Collection originated in 2006 as a donation of over 200 volumes on family and domestic law that Stotter, a prominent trial attorney and family law specialist, had carefully selected and curated over the course of several decades. The Collection contains works ranging from the 17th century to the 20th, serving, as a whole, to depict the historical development of this area of practice.

Queen Caroline was the wife of King George IV of the United Kingdom, whose reign began in 1820. Prior to his coronation, George requested that Parliament dissolve their marriage. The newly-gifted volumes contain the full report of the proceedings of the ensuing trial in Parliament, including the evidence presented and the opening and closing remarks of the parties’ attorneys.

An in-depth discussion of the trial can be found in Lawrence Stotter’s own work on the history of family law, To Put Asunder: The Laws of Matrimonial Strife. More information on the Stotter Collection can be found in archived articles from All Rise and in a 2015 article for AALL Spectrum written by Sara Sampson.

New Online Access to National Consumer Law Center Material

The Moritz Law Library recently acquired broader online access to the National Consumer Law Center’s Digital Library. This includes 20 consumer law treatises in the areas of (1) debtor rights, (2) deception and warranties, (3) consumer litigation, and (4) credit and banking. Treatises are searchable by keyword, and material can be filtered by subject, type of sample pleading document, and nature of legal claim. Access the National Consumer Law Center Digital Library on-campus. Click on the “Login” link in the upper right corner to be recognized as a Moritz user. Off-campus access will be available soon.

ICLR Online

The Moritz Law Library has acquired access to ICLR Online, the online platform of the Incorporated Council for Law Reporting, which publishes authoritative reports of English law. ICLR Online contains original-image pdf versions of English judgments appearing in such publications as The Law Reports, The Weekly Law Reports, Industrial Cases Reports, and The Law Reports, Appeal Cases. These versions used to be available on Westlaw, but are now no longer. The platform includes a citator showing appellate history and the current validity of cases. Access ICLR Online on-campus or off-campus.

New Books at the Moritz Law Library

See the books below recently acquired by the Moritz Law Library. A complete list of materials acquired in the last month is also available.