Monday, July 13, 2009

InfoBrief: Demon to Darling new book

To Cornell Law Faculty --

For the oenophiles on the faculty, a new book from the University of California Press –
From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America

By Richard Mendelson, Director of the Program on Wine Law and Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, and wine specialist at Dickensen, Peatman & Fogarty in Napa, California
With foreword by Margrit Biever Mondavi

From his conclusion: "In the end, wine – demon or darling – represents a battle for the hearts and minds of American consumers."
This book is currently on the New Book Truck in the Faculty Lounge.  If someone else borrows it before you get there, drop me a note and we will put you on the list to get it next.


Pat Court
Associate Law Librarian

Monday, July 6, 2009

InfoBrief: Chinese Law Databases

With China as an ever-growing force in the world, the Law Library wants to enable Cornell researchers to find the text of Chinese laws and regulations in English.  You are encouraged to try out the two services we are previewing this month.

        Westlaw China at

         LawInfoChina  at   in English

        And its counterpart:  ChinaLawInfo at    in Chinese

As a civil law country, China relies heavily on laws and regulations, and that is what is available on these services in English.  Because most users around the world are looking at China through a business lens, these services have a strong focus on corporate law, finance, arbitration, patent law, and the like.  If you can read Mandarin, you will be glad to know that both services have caselaw and journal articles, as well as laws and regulations, in Chinese.

Please contact me or your library liaison with your thoughts about the China databases, how they will be beneficial to you and your students, and which one you would prefer to use.  The Law Library would like to subscribe to one of the databases by the time school begins in August.  Let me know if I can provide a closer look or further information on the China law databases.

Xie xie,

Pat Court
Associate Law Librarian

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

InfoBrief: Document Delivery to You

Document delivery of legal information, articles, books, and more has been brought to you for many years through the service of Nancy Moore in the Law Library. With recent retirements, we have bid a fond farewell to Nancy. But the document delivery service will not stop with her departure.

I am happy to introduce to you Kathy Hartman (keh7, 5-5750) who is stepping in to provide the services you have come to rely on. Kathy has been on the Law Library staff for 24 years and has been working with document delivery for 8 years. She is assisted by library staff members Jane Drumheller and Carol Clune, to bring you Interlibrary Loan from libraries around the world, Library-to-Library delivery of books on campus, Borrow Direct rapid service from seven major eastern U.S. universities, and specialized deliveries when you've all but given up.

You can contact Kathy and the rest of the Document Delivery staff at with your document requests, or contact your librarian liaison with any questions.

Pat Court
Associate Law Librarian