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Blue Laws

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Have you ever tried to buy a car on Sunday in Colorado only to find the dealership closed? What about buying a 6 pack in Indiana, only to find the liquor aisle blocked off, then begrudgingly driving to nearby Illinois where the sale is permitted on Sundays. Or maybe you were taking a Sunday drive through Bergen County, New Jersey, and wanted to buy a new iPhone but were dismayed to find out that the County prohibits electronic sales on Sundays. I haven’t tried any of these either—but why do these laws exist, and where did they come from?

Blue Law Roots

“Blue” Laws, or laws that mandate certain types of closings on Sundays, go far back in American history. However their true roots extend further back in history to the Fourth Century when Emperor Constantine declared that Sunday would be a day to abstain from work. This decree resonated with the major parties in the Roman Empire, particularly pagan Sun-worshipers and Christians. As Christianity spread and ultimately became the state religion of the empire, Sundays became a combined holy day and civic holiday for drinking and amusements. This combination held steady until the Reformation in the 16th century, when religious bodies demanded that Sunday be devoted solely to worship and contemplation, without frivolousness.

The Salem Witch Trials

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With Halloween right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about some spooky bit of legal history—the Salem witch trials. It all began in 1692 when a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, began having fits and claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused others in the village of witchcraft. In the early 1600s the idea of witches and witchcraft granted by the devil was a long standing belief in Europe from as early as the 14th century. This made it easy for people to believe, especially with the harsh conditions the colonists lived in. They were often distrustful of their neighbors and other outsiders.

Alumni Spotlight - Henry Anderson

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Henry B. Anderson was born May 30, 1918 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania and educated in Edgewood, a suburb of Pittsburgh. He graduated high school with high honors and continued his education at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. After completing his undergraduate degree in 1940, he accepted a position at Wesleyan as assistant to the Director of Admissions, Victor L. Butterfield, who would later become president of the University.

While pursuing a Master’s degree and working under Dr. Butterfield, the war in Europe escalated. Anderson left Wesleyan and entered the U.S. Navy in June of 1941. He served as enlisted personnel officer of Headquarters Squadron Eight, then for Commander Fleet Air. In 1944 he was transferred to the staff of Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, Commander of Task Force 58, to serve as Awards Officer. In 1945 he survived two kamikaze attacks within the same week on the carriers Bunker Hill and Enterprise. He was awarded a silver star for his efforts in organizing firefighting parties aboard the Bunker Hill. Additionally, for services rendered to Admiral Mitscher and his staff as flag secretary he was awarded a bronze star.

Thriving at UConn Law

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Everyone loves Fall- the leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and there are apple cider donuts around every corner. Unfortunately for law students, Fall is also when coursework begins to pile up and deadlines start to feel more imminent than the first hard frost. For 1L’s, this time of year is also means preparing for Mock Trial competitions and the beginning of commitments to other extra-curricular activities. On top of that, first year students might find that sitting down to outline for the first time feels a bit like getting lost in a corn maze.

Luckily for students at UConn Law, the library and administrative staff have seen it all before and have prepared resources to help students power through the tough Fall season.  In addition to exam preparation sessions (keep an eye on your email inboxes) and access to research librarians, “Thriving at UConn Law” is a new LibGuide on the library website that is designed to help keep your academic and personal life on track. The guide is broken down into three simple topics: mindfulness and stress relief, productivity, and healthy living. Each of these pages contains a curated list of quick tips, books, and other practical advice for staying on top of your game. If you checked out the guide at the beginning of the semester, pop back in for updates and even more helpful tips. Check it out at: http://libguides.law.uconn.edu/thrive

Using the Law Library's Catalog

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The UCONN Law Library’s catalog allows you to search and locate materials in the library’s physical collection, as well as access a wide variety of electronic resources.

There is a persistent search bar on the Law Library’s homepage, or you can reach the catalog directly at http://s.uconn.edu/LawLibCatalog.

What’s in the catalog?

  • Print books
  • Print journals
  • Other print sources
  • E-books
  • E-journals
  • Databases
  • Articles
  • Other electronic resources
  • Microform
  • DVDs