Due to the extreme cold conditions, UW-Madison is canceling classes and suspending non-essential operations beginning today Tuesday at 5 pm through Thursday at noon. The Law Library and other campus libraries are included in this closure. The Law School building will be locked during this time.
According to recently released ABA enrollment figures, law school enrollment increased by three percent nationally in 2018, marking the first measurable increase since 2010.
The University of Wisconsin Law School saw the largest jump with an 82%increase in our first-year class size. See the National Law Journal for more on other schools with large enrollment gains. (subscription required)
Over the summer, the Law Library created a series of videos that highlights the ways that we foster research and learning at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Just in time to celebrate the UW Law School’s sesquicentennial (that’s 150 years if anyone’s counting), the videos highlight not only our beautiful library space but also our collections and research support.
Each 30-second video highlights a different facet of the Law Library:
- The first video is an introduction and welcome to the UW Law Library
- The second video focuses on the library’s broad collection of resources
- The third video highlights the variety of research assistance that we provide
- The fourth video shows off our beautiful library space where students gather for study and collaboration
We hope that you enjoy and share these videos widely. Here is a helpful link to a playlist of all the videos for easy sharing (list appears at the top right).
Many people were involved in the creation of these videos both behind the scenes and in front of the camera, but I would particularly like to acknowledge the work of Reference & Technology Librarian, Emma Babler, who coordinated the project.
Law school admissions have been up almost across the board this year, but Wisconsin law schools have seen even more marked figures.
Marquette Law School has reported record numbers of female law students as well as out-of-state students.
UW Law School boasts its largest group of 1Ls since 2009- 275 students. This is almost twice the size of the 2017 incoming class (151 students).
Both law schools saw more applications this year, with UW seeing 25 percent more applications for the 2018 incoming class.
Check out this Wisconsin Law Journal article for the full scoop.
The Wisconsin Lawyer recently published a wonderful article celebrating the life and career of UW Law School Professor Emerita Margo Melli, who passed away on January 6, 2018.
Prof. Melli graduated at the top of her UW law class in 1949, and eventually became the first female tenure-track law professor in the history of the UW Law School.
As the article states, she was a “trailblazer” for women lawyers in Wisconsin and will certainly be missed.
In yesterday’s post, we were happy to announce Bonnie Shucha as the new Law Library Director of the UW Law School Library, taking over for the retiring Steve Barkan.
On February 15th, the Wisconsin Law Journal held their annual award ceremony honoring Leaders in Law. In addition to the 23 annual winners, Prof. Barkan was the recipient of the Wisconsin Law Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award along with Judge John Dimotto. The ceremony was held at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.
Prof. Barkan is retiring from the UW Law School after 23 years of service. Before joining the UW Law Faculty, Prof. Barkan worked at Marquette Law School, making him the only person who has been a tenured faculty member at both UW and Marquette Law. For more about Steve’s incredible career, check out his profile from the Wisconsin Law Journal’s award issue.
It goes without saying that the UW Law Library, UW Law School and the legal community in general will miss Prof. Barkan. Thank you for all your dedicated years of teaching, supervising, overseeing, collaborating and mentoring!
The Law School recently marked a reunion worthy of the school’s history and its graduates. Pete Christianson, J.D. 1977, is a big Badger booster and avid collector of UW Homecoming commemorative buttons, and other memorabilia. Mr. Christianson has a long family history as one of five generations of Badger lawyers. His interest in UW Law’s history would connect him with the Old West and Henry Frawley, another UW Law School alum from 1876, when Frawley’s diploma was put up for auction this past July. It was in the summer of 1877 Henry Frawley moved to Deadwood in the Dakota Territory, and went on to become a noted rancher and frontier attorney. After the passing of the younger Henry “Hank” Frawley last year, his father’s 1876 law degree from the UW went up for bid. Bidding started at $300 and Mr. Christianson got it for $500.
The plan then was to give the diploma as a gift to the Law School ahead of its 150th anniversary this year. Mr. Christianson spoke and presented the Frawley law degree to the Law School at their Feb. 2nd Faculty Meeting. Speaking with local columnist Doug Moe later, Mr. Christianson said of the time spent on the project, “It was a tremendous amount of fun, and I was just so happy after I bought it to find out they actually wanted it.”
The story gets more interesting. As chance would have it, there is another diploma from 1876 hanging in the halls of the Law Library. Clarion Augustine Youmans graduated in the same class as Henry Frawley. Clarion Augustine Youmans made his fortune in Wisconsin and was a prominent resident of Clark County. He wore many hats with great success during his lifetime as a farmer, lawyer, county judge, district attorney, and state senator.
Original reporting by Doug Moe A UW Law School diploma for the ages : Alum buys Deadwood resident’s paperwork at auction
Readers can learn more about Henry Frawley at the Deadwood Wall of Fame.
Photo by Emilie Buckman, UW Law School Engagement & Outreach Coordinator
Author: Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian
Update 6/6/18: OnWisconsin, the UW Madison alumni magazine, did a story about our two 1876s Law School diplomas.
UW Law Professor Emeritus Herman Goldstein has been awarded the 2018 Stockholm Prize in Criminology, as announced today.
This prize recognizes Prof. Goldstein as “the world’s most influential scholar on modern police strategy.”
Goldstein’s seminal 1977 book, “Policing a Free Society” and its 1990 follow-up, “Problem-Oriented Policing,” discussed police authority and discretion as well as conduct and corruption, and posited strategies for improving police function. His strategy of “problem-oriented policing” has been adopted in various forms by a large number of police agencies in the United States and internationally.
Goldstein based much of his early work on his own experiences in the mid-1950s and early 1960s with city management and policing– he spent two years as a researcher for the American Bar Foundation Survey of the Administration of Criminal Justice, observing police operations in Wisconsin and Michigan, and then was executive assistant to O.W. Wilson, the “architect of the professional model of policing” and superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. After these experiences and subsequent writings, Goldstein received a Ford Foundation grant to continue his work within a law school setting, and he joined the Wisconsin law faculty in 1964.
See the law school’s official announcement here for additional information, as well as this recent oral history interview with Prof. Goldstein (hosted by the UW Law Library’s Digital Repository).
Congratulations, Prof. Goldstein!
This year marks the 75th anniversary of UW Law School’s iconic mural, The Freeing of the Slaves. The mural, which was completed in July 1942, was created by artist John Steuart Curry, who is considered one of the most important American Regionalist artists of the 20th century.
The Law Library invites you to our Quarles & Brady Reading Room to view the mural this anniversary year. We’ve created several displays celebrating the mural, including a nearby display case containing rejected designs and early photos of the mural and a website with a bibliography and photographs of the mural through the decades. UW Law School alumni can look for an article celebrating the 75th anniversary of the mural in an upcoming issue of the Gargoyle.
A few interesting facts about Curry’s The Freeing of the Slaves:
The mural was originally commissioned for the federal Department of Justice building in 1935 but officials rejected it because they feared that “serious difficulties… might arise as a result of the racial implications of the subject matter”
Fortunately, Curry’s design caught the attention of then Law School Dean Lloyd K. Garrison who wanted it for the “new” Law Library reading room dedicated in 1940:
“I felt from the beginning that the mural would be appropriate for the law building… Here is one of the great events in our constitutional history, an event fashioned in the midst of a national crisis by a great lawyer-president. The mural not only symbolizes that event but proclaims in a noble and patriotic setting the dignity and freedom of all persons, however humble, in a democracy whose ideals of liberty are summed up and protected by the constitution.”
The mural was completed in several phases as described by Curry:
“I made a life sized drawing in my studio… then fastened this drawing in place on the wall in the library reading room… I traced through [the drawing] with a pencil… and proceeded to paint from a scaffolding directly onto the linen, which now contained the black and white outline of the design. There are really two complete paintings. The first was in tempera. The second, superimposed on the first, was in oil.”
The library circulation desk was originally located directly underneath the mural. According to then Law Library Director, Maurice Leon:
“a scaffolding was stretched across the north end of the reading room and artist-in-residence, John Steuart Curry, sat or walked on it while painting his giant mural, The Freeing of the Slaves. Underneath, surrounded and enfolded by painter’s drop cloths, the circulation and reserve desk attendants carried on business as usual.”
For more information about the creation of the mural and how it came to be at the UW Law School, see the wall placard on display in the Quarles & Brady Reading Room. The original placard manuscript is also available on our website.