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Justice in the Kitchen

Finals are over, students are enjoying break, and so I thought it would be a good time for a light-hearted blog post.  In this edition of the Ross-Blakley blog we are adventuring into territory that is not routinely covered by law libraries: gourmet cuisine.
Frog cover

Some Background
A small collection of personal artifacts from our namesake, Sandra Day O’Connor, was generously donated to the law school.  Part of that collection came to the Ross-Blakley law library so that we could display some of the books and artifacts in the law library.  Resident technical services wizard, Karen Scoville, discovered a treasure that I thought I would share.

The Cover of Justice in the Kitchen
This cookbook was created by the spouses of Arizona law students, attorneys, and judges.  However, it also features submissions from law faculty, deans, senators, and judges.  I do not have an exact date of publication but I estimate it to be late 1960’s (Barry Goldwater and Spiro Agnew references).

Besides having an adorable frog-judge on the cover, it’s got some recipes that are prototypical of that time period.  (Note: I have not been able to discover why they chose a frog but there are many frog drawings in the book – frogs with gavels, frogs wearing aprons, frogs with wigs, frogs playing sports, etc.)

Senator Barry Goldwater’s recipe for Black Walnut Stew:

Former ASU President G. Homer Durham provides the “recipe” for his favorite afternoon snack:
People in the 1960’s appreciated gelatin a lot more than we do.Apricot



















My personal favorite because it’s one of the few that I can cook with my limited abilities. 










If anyone has information about this that they would like to share, please feel free to email me at

Sean Harrington, Electronic Resources Librarian

Book Review – “First: Sandra Day O’Connor” by Evan Thomas

In First: Sandra Day O’Connor, hifirstoconnorstorian Evan Thomas describes how Ronald Reagan, who nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court as the first female justice, characterized her as “a person for all seasons.” Thomas’ biography of O’Connor fleshes this description out, chronicling O’Connor’s childhood on an Arizona ranch, her time as a student at Stanford University and Stanford Law School (which included a marriage proposal from fellow student and future Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist), the years she worked as a legislator then as a judge in Arizona, and her groundbreaking role on the Supreme Court. First also provides intimate glimpses in to O’Connor’s private life, including her marriage with John O’Connor and her relationships with her fellow Justices (the civil but cold relationship with Justice Antonin Scalia is amusingly illustrated via the description of a tense doubles tennis match). The book also delves in to O’Connor’s anguish over her cancer diagnosis in the late 80’s and sorrow over the dementia diagnosis in 2018.

First is full of insightful entries from O’Connor’s journals, her late husband’s private memoirs, and excerpts from letters to family, friends, and colleagues. It also contains engaging interviews with O’Connor herself, as well as former classmates, romantic interests, colleagues, and law clerks. Through these unique and private materials we are shown a three-dimensional portrait of O’Connor.

Thomas has written a biography of O’Connor that is distinctive in material and scope. It is an engaging history of a singular woman. We highly recommend it.


The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor

After final exams are over and you have some free time on your hands again, you may be interested in checking out a new exhibit which traces Sandra Day O’Connor’s life through photographs, artifacts, and other visual imagery.  The exhibition, titled “The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor,” examines the intersection and divergence of the ranch life of O’Connor’s childhood and her years spent as a judge in both Arizona and Washington, D.C. It runs through May 23rd at the McClelland Irish Library at the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix.

Diane Humetewa Confirmed to Federal Judgeship

Congratulations to ASU’s Diane Humetewa on her historic appointment to the U. S. District Court for  Arizona.  The  U. S.  Senate voted unanimously to confirm her yesterday, Wednesday, May 14th!

Library Resources for Bar Exam Prep

For many law graduates, studying for the July bar exam has commenced.  We want to remind you that the Law Library is open to ASU law graduates studying for the bar and that there are a number of bar preparation materials in the Library collection that may be helpful to you in the coming months:

Be sure to also consult the resources in the Study Skills Collection, which include books on bar exam subjects and best practices for bar preparation:

  • Emanuel’s Law Outlines: Secured Transactions (2011)
    Another new book in the Law Library, Emanuel’s Secured Transactions outline provides a comprehensive breakdown of the topic into outline format with both summary and detailed versions of the main issues within secured transactions.

Out of Order book reading and signing event with Justice O’Connor

Hopefully you signed up early to attend Thursday’s book-signing event for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s book reading and signing event for her new book Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court. This event is now sold out; Out of Order is out of tickets!

If you’ll miss the event, you can check out the book from the Law Library’s collection or purchase it from event co-host Changing Hands Bookstore or other retailers. We also found this recent NPR interview with Justice O’Connor about the book (39 min).

Sandra Day O'Connor 1981 visit to ASU Law School

From the College of Law archives: Sandra Day O'Connor signs authographs in a 1981 visit to the ASU College of Law













New Books at the Law Library – Manifest Injustice

Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom
By Barry Siegel
Law Treatises KF224.M18 S56 2013

Manifest Injustice, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barry Siegel, details the story of Bill Macumber and the efforts of the Arizona Justice Project, led by lawyer Larry Hammond and Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Professor Bob Bartels, on his behalf.   In 1974 Macumber was convicted for a double homicide that occurred in 1962, despite his assertion of innocence, questionable evidence linking Macumber to the crime, and a confession from a violent criminal.  Manifest Injustice artfully reconstructs the past, detailing the chain of events that led to Macumber’s conviction, and chronicles the present-day fight for his release.

You can learn more about the Arizona Justice Project and its work to overturn wrongful convictions in Arizona at

Update:  The Arizona Justice Project is hosting a conversation with Bill Macumber and Berry Siegel, the author of Manifest Injustice, on March 4th at 4:30pm in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Great Hall.   Autographed books will be available at the event and a reception will follow at 6pm.  See the event flyer for more details.

Law Library Annual Donation Drive for Pets

Since so many of us at the Law School enjoy the company of our furry friends we thought it might be nice to help animals less fortunate than our own pets with a donation drive for the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA.    

Founded in 1971, the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA is Arizona’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter. Their facilities provide a temporary home for nearly 2,000 dogs and cats every year. Their mission is to provide excellent care, protection and loving compassion for the life of the animals and to take a   leadership role in promoting humane values for the benefit of all animals and people. They are supported entirely by private funding.

A box to collect donations is located at the Circulation desk in the Law Library and there is also box located in the Law School near the information desk. Below is a list of items you may wish to donate:

  • Canned pate’ cat food
  • Canned dog food
  • Cat litter clumping and non-clumping
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • New cat trees/towers
  • Litter pans

To see a list of items the Arizona Animal Welfare League especially needs, please click below. 

Arizona Animal Welfare League Wishlist

You can also make an online donation at the following web site: Online Donations

Donations will be accepted until December 28th.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting our furry friends & Happy Holidays from the Law Library staff.