Monthly Archives: June 2012

Restroom Maintenance this weekend

This weekend (Saturday, June 30 – Sunday, July 1), the main Women’s and Men’s Restrooms on first floor (near the front entrance) will be shut down for some necessary maintenance.

All other restrooms in the building will be available. Restrooms are located in the following areas:

  • Room 122 (All Night Study Room) – unisex restroom
  • Second floor – women’s and men’s restrooms
  • Third floor – women’s and men’s restrooms


We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Supreme Court Decision on Health Care Law

The Supreme Court’s decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was issued this morning.  While news coverage of the decision has been extensive, we want to point out a particularly interesting resource you can use to learn more about the Supreme Court’s opinion: the Interactive Health Care Ruling feature on NPR’s website.  This interactive version of the Court’s opinion enables you to easily navigate to specific portions of the opinion and the dissent, and read annotations from SCOTUSblog staff.  The Interactive Health Care Ruling feature will be updated throughout the day.

Medical Marijuana Coming to a CHAA Near You

Arizona’s medical marijuana law is on its way to being implemented, as litigation challenging the law has failed.  On January 4th U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton dismissed the case brought by the State of Arizona and Governor Jan Brewer against the United States, the Arizona Association of Dispensary Professionals, and the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association.  Just a few weeks later Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Richard Gama ruled that the state cannot restrict who operates medical-marijuana dispensaries based on where they live or their financial history.

Since these rulings nearly 500 applications for medical-marijuana dispensaries have been filed with the Arizona Department of Health Services.  126 dispensary licenses are expected to be awarded in early August, one per designated geographical Community Health Analysis Area, or CHAA.  This Department of Health Services map provides a visual of the number of applications received per CHAA.

You can read more about the Department of Health Services’ implementation of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act on the Department’s Medical Marijuana website.

Free CLE Featuring a Presentation from Iraq’s Chief Justice

The Arizona Bar Association is hosting a free “Rule of Law Reform in a World of Conflict” CLE at the upcoming State Bar Convention.  The CLE will feature a panel of lawyers exploring the role of law in the reconstruction of Iraq and Kosovo.   A presentation will be given by the Honorable Medhat al-Mahmoud, the Chief Justice of Iraq, as well as by Tom Monaghan, a Nebraska judge who led legal reform projects in Kosovo.  Dean Sylvester will introduce the panel and Professor Daniel Rothenberg will moderate.

CLE details
When: Friday, June 22nd, 2-4pm
Where: Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa
Who: This program is open to both registered attendees and lawyers who will not be attending the convention




New! Legal Apps Research Guide

If you’re a Smartphone or tablet computer user, you know there’s an app for just about everything!

Here at the Law Library, we may have a lot of books, but we love technology, too! So, we put together a list of some of the apps we think are useful to the legal community in our new Legal Apps Research Guide.

There are lots more legal apps available out there, so have fun exploring! 

And here’s one of our favorite tricks: add your favorite websites to your Smartphone or tablet computer home screen so you can access them by touching an icon – just like an app! Find your favorite website (such as the Law Library’s mobile site) with your web browser, bookmark it, then add a shortcut to your home screen for one-touch access.

The Most-Cited Law Review Articles of All Time


An article in the June 2012 Michigan Law Review titled the Most-Cited Law Review Articles of All Time presents an updated study of the law review articles most often cited within other articles.  The author, Fred R. Shapiro, says of the 1985 study which this brings up to date, “Such a project falls somewhere between historiography and parlor game, and I will not claim any more significance for it than is warranted. It is my hope, however, that by listing these articles I will draw attention to writings that, by virtue of their objectively measured impact, deserve to be called classics of legal scholarship.”

The study lists both the 100 most cited articles of all time and the articles cited most within the last twenty years, as well as provides other rankings.  It offers an interesting look at current and historical trends in legal thought, as well as at characteristics of authors and law schools.  You can read the full article on the Michigan Law Review’s website and peruse various tables printed in the journal here.