Charlottesville is hosting the Virginia Festival of the Book through March 24. The festival brings together a variety of authors and literature lovers for programs that span many interests. A number of the events are free and spread across many venues in Charlottesville. Yesterday the Law School hosted “The Human Face of Modern Slavery – Sex Trafficking at Home and Abroad,” where Law alum Corban Addison ’04 discussed his novel, A Walk Across the Sun. The Law School’s own Molly Shadel discussed her book Finding Your Voice in Law School at the UVA Bookstore and received a glowing notice in the Daily Progress. Law Professor Chris Sprigman will speak about his book, The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation (co-authored with Kal Raustiala), for the program “The Global Economy: Innovations and Transformations” (Friday at 4pm; UVa Bookstore). Other programs on the schedule include “American Icons” at the Paramount with the Honorable John Lewis and Dr. John Carlos ($5 ticketed event on Saturday at 8pm), and “Big Blue Door: True Storytelling Jam” (tonight at 8pm; $5, The Bridge PAI).
Indulge your inner bibliophile and explore the festival!
– Leslie Ashbrook
March Madness is upon us. Every March the best teams in college basketball are seeded in a tournament with the goal to crown the national champion. While we know that the players may go on to successful professional basketball careers, quite a few college basketball stars head off to law school. Jay Bilas (former Duke Basketball player and Duke Law alum) may be familiar to folks as an ESPN analyst and Bill Walton spent two years at Stanford Law during a break in his NBA career. It was UVa’s own Richard Warren “Buzzy” Wilkinson who made headlines in the 1950s.
“Buzzy” Wilkinson turned down Kentucky to play at Virginia and his jersey became the first number retired in the University of Virginia basketball history. Sports Illustrated called Buzzy the “best but certainly the least-known star in the country.” Mr. Wilkinson was recruited by the Celtics (and their famous coach Red Auerbach) in 1955, but turned it down to attend law school at UVa. Mr. Wilkinson graduated law school in 1962 and began a career in banking in his home state of West Virginia. He still holds the season scoring record for UVA basketball with 898 points, and he made “Honorable Mention” on a list of Top Five Lawyers Who Were Great College Hoopsters.
– Leslie Ashbrook
While a number of UVA Law alums have served as clerks in all levels of the judiciary, it is probably a good guess most were not thinking about the documents they generated in their clerkships as providing insight for future scholars into the inner workings of the court. The work clerks do, however, has an effect on jurisprudence as they help their justices research, form positions, and draft opinions that may have a lasting impact. The final product created by the court, the opinion, often obscures the amount of work that was dedicated to creating the document. The University of Virginia Law Library’s Special Collection is fortunate to have the Prettyman Papers, which provides a peek into the behind-the-scenes work done by the United States Supreme Court on the seminal Brown v. Board of Education cases.
E. Barrett Prettyman graduated from the law school in 1953 and served as a law clerk to Justice Robert H. Jackson, and upon Justice Jackson’s death he clerked for Justice Felix Frankfurter. The Brown v. Board of Education cases were a vital part of the Court’s agenda during Prettyman’s clerkships. The archival papers in the library’s Special Collections provide access to the justices’ debates and dialogues as they grappled with how much they would require of the states to end segregation and how quickly they would ask the states to meet those requirements. The Prettyman Papers show the amount of research the law clerks did to help inform the justices on disparate issues involved with the cases, and the papers also highlight the role the clerks played in informing the dialogue between the justices. While the Brown II decision, which implemented the Court’s decision in Brown I, was unanimous, the documents show how much work was needed to bring about unanimity.
UVA Law Professor Risa Goluboff provides insight into the importance of the Brown v. Board of Education decisions and the wealth of information available on the Brown II case from the Prettyman papers. The Prettyman Papers, which are available in the library’s Special Collections and have been digitized on the library’s Special Collections website, highlight the important role of the clerks and provide insight into the behind-the-scenes maneuverings of the Supreme Court, and are a fascinating example of the scope of materials to be found in the library’s manuscript collections.
– Leslie Ashbrook
With finals winding down, summer travel plans may be refilling the nooks and crannies of your mind so recently occupied by the rule against perpetuities. While the law library is a wonderful resource for your study and legal research needs, we also maintain a collection of travel books in the Klaus Reading Room to help you plan an amazing summer vacation. If you’re considering a trip to Kuala Lumpur or just want some information on the best museums in Philadelphia, the library’s collection of Eyewitness Travel books are available to check out. If you are more interested in reviews of trips or inspirational stories of travel, the library also subcribes to National Geographic Traveler. This magazine reviews guided trips, suggests restaurants to visit when traveling in certain locales, evaluates hotels, and provides essays by travelers to inspire your next adventure. Like the guide books, this magazine is located in the Klaus Reading Room. These resources may be exactly what you need to plan your own trip, from Kiev to Carolina. Happy travels.
– Leslie Ashbrook