Sunday, September 23, 2007

Featured Book of the Week

After a short break, the Featured Book of the Week is back. This week's Featured Book is The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions by Kermit Roosevelt III and published by Yale University Press.

“This carefully considered book is a welcome addition to the debate over “judicial activism.” Constitutional scholar Kermit Roosevelt III offers an elegantly simple way to resolve the heated discord between conservatives, who argue that the Constitution is immutable, and progressives, who insist that it is a living document that must be reinterpreted in new cultural contexts so that its meaning evolves. Roosevelt uses plain language and compelling examples to explain how the Constitution can be both a constant and an organic document. Recent years have witnessed an increasing drumbeat of complaints about judicial behavior, focusing particularly on Supreme Court decisions that critics charge are reflections of the Justices’ political preferences rather than enforcement of the Constitution. The author takes a balanced look at these controversial decisions through a compelling new lens of constitutional interpretation. He clarifies the task of the Supreme Court in constitutional cases, then sets out a model to describe how the Court creates doctrine to implement the meaning of the Constitution. Finally, Roosevelt uses this model to show which decisions can be justified as legitimate and which cannot.” - Book Description

“A graceful and compelling account of constitutional decision-making. Roosevelt shows how judges shape workable legal rules from constitutional meanings when reasonable minds can and do disagree. As learned as it is accessible, this book is a welcome antidote to today’s overheated constitutional rhetoric.”- Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School

The Myth of Judicial Activism will be available to borrow after Friday, September 28, 2007

Sunday, September 16, 2007

ASU Ross-Blakley Law Library Blog and Podcast Launched

News from former SIU Law Library Reference/Web Services Librarian Diane Murley:

We have launched the Ross-Blakley Law Library Blog and podcast. You can visit the Ross-Blakley Law Library Blog at or subscribe to our feed at In addition to library news and announcements, we will post research tips, reviews of legal information sources, library podcasts, online tutorials, animal photos of the week, and more. See our About page for more information.

You can find previous podcast episodes and subscribe to our podcast, the Ross-Blakley Law Library Channel, on iTunes or our feed at Future episodes of the podcast will introduce you to the people who work in the law library, share research tips and tools, and cover library services and events.