President George H. W. Bush and Justice Powell

Lewis F. Powell Jr. apparently first met George H. W. Bush around 1974. That is when they began a correspondence that discussed domestic and world politics. National Security was a topic important to both of them, and that is borne out in their letters. They wrote of family and friends, as well.

They and their spouses remained friends after Bush became Vice President and President of the United States. They exchanged Christmas Cards. Even after Powell retired from the Supreme Court, the families stayed in touch through events like a 1991 visit to Camp David by the Supreme Court Justices, which included Retired Justices.

These two important figures of the last part of the 20th century shared a world view and a sense of America’s place in it. They also shared a sense of the importance of  family, the significance of public service, and the primacy of country over party or self interest.

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There’s Still Time!: W&L’s Guide to 1L Study Aids

Hard to believe it’s already Fall Break — and for 1Ls, that means your first law school exams are just around the corner!

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Now freshly updated with new editions for first-semester classes, our online guide to 1L course supplements, Beyond the Text: Study Guides for First Year Classes, is the Law Library’s most popular resource for finding the best study aids: Torts, Criminal Law, Civ Pro, Contracts, even Legal Research and Legal Writing — they’re all in there.

The guide links out to selections from the vast West Academic Study Aids collection online (including Nutshells, Sum & Substance audio lectures, Gilbert summaries, and Legalines outlines), as well as highlights from the Law Library’s study guides in print, located in the Reserve Room across from the all-gender restroom on the third floor.

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