More On the Contested Convention of 1924

Following up on the previous entry on this subject, national newspapers and magazines have picked up the theme of parallels between the 1924 and 2016 presidential campaigns. The New York Times wrote a piece yesterday and the New Yorker will have a piece in their March 21 edition. Both pieces mention W&L Law alumnus John W. Davis, and the New Yorker comment includes an amusing anecdote involving another of our most distinguished graduates, Newton D. Baker.


If These Tables Could Talk

The tables and chairs in the Main Reading Room have a history all their own. The unit now known as University Facilities was once called simply the “Campus Crew.” This was a group of 30 or so carpenters, electricians, and janitors. The close knit group would sit around the stove in the carpenter shop during lunchtime and play old time music.  In warmer weather, they would pitch horse shoes.
Bruce Agnor, who worked on the crew from 1915 to well into the 1950s, built and mended furniture for the university. After the 1934 fire destroyed the first law school building, he built furniture for the new Tucker Hall.  Though new furniture was purchased for Lewis Hall when it opened in 1976, the Reading Room tables made the journey across the creek.
Agnor was both meticulous and prolific.  Though you may now see the odd fastener added in refurbishing, the Reading Room tables featured no-nail construction. In 1946, ten years after he built the Tucker Hall furniture, Agnor constructed 116 tables for the freshman dormitories.  He was fond of saying, “I’ve built a world of furniture here.” The tables many of you now regularly sit at in the Reading Room, serve as testament to the endurance of Bruce Agnor’s “world.”

Spring Into Summer Success Legal Research Workshop, March 26

Sharpen Your Research Skills! Attend W&L Law Library’s Spring Into Summer Success Legal Research Workshop, March 26, from 9:00am to 1:00pm in Classroom A. Open to all 1L, 2L, and 3Ls – lunch provided.

Learn expert tips and strategies from librarians and lawyers to help you succeed this summer and beyond. Instructional sessions taught by our W&L Law librarians will cover legal research methods and resources useful for firm, court, public interest, and government jobs, including state and practice-area specific materials, legal news resources, public records, legislative and agency info, and more. Efficient use of Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, and alternative online sources is also an important focus.

The program includes a panel discussion with insights and advice on legal research and professional success from three experienced practitioners:

After attending, you are eligible to earn a Certificate in Legal Research to add to your credentials and show value to employers. One lucky attendee will also win a $100 gift card courtesy of Bloomberg Law.

You can find information about previous years’ programs here.

Please contact Andrew Christensen, Faculty Services Librarian, at to reserve your place or for more information.