1 Million Downloads: How Sweet It Is

To celebrate the first million downloads from W&L Law’s Scholarly Commons, custom printed M&Ms were made available at a celebratory morning reception on September 22.   In addition  to scholarly faculty works, the Powell Archives is represented in the Commons with over 400 U.S. Supreme Court case files and other documents from Justice Powell’s papers.  If you didn’t make it to the event, sorry; all twenty pounds of the candies were gone by the end of the day.IMillionM&M

James C. Turk Papers Arrive

The papers of the late Judge James C. Turk have arrived in the archives.  Turk, a member of the law class of 1952, was a Senior Judge – Western District of Virginia when he died this summer.  He had served that court since 1972.

Below, some of the Turk papers on moving day.

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1,000,000 and Counting!

The Law Library at Washington and Lee University School of Law is excited and pleased to announce that our institutional repository, Scholarly Commons, has reached an important milestone – 1,000,000 downloads! 

Scholarly Commons preserves and disseminates the intellectual output and history of the law school. It provides unfettered access to our faculty’s scholarship and our student run journals. In addition to the works of our faculty, researchers world- wide may access the comprehensive archives of the Washington and Lee Law Review, Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, and Journal of Energy, Climate and the Environment and the rich materials digitized and made available from the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Archives. Content from Scholarly Commons has been downloaded by users in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Africa and in a total of 74 countries.

Join us in celebrating this exciting milestone and thanks to all that played a part in making it happen!


5 in 5 Schedule for Fall

Mark your calendars! The new schedule for the law library’s 5 in 5 programs is available.  Stop by the magazine lounge (almost) every other Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. for 5 research tips in 5 minutes.   See you there!

5 in 5Sept. 3, Five Must-Knows about the Library Website

Sept. 17, Secondary Research: Google

Oct. 8, Five Ways to Get the Most out of Fall Break

Oct. 22, What to do When Your Internet is Broken (or Your Employer’s Plan is Limited): Great Offline Secondary Resources

Nov. 5, Researching Your Open Memo