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  JUSTICE SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR SPEAKS AT
LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT GRAND OPENING


United  States Supreme  Court
Justice Sandra Day  O'Connor
will speak at the official grand
opening  of the Louisiana Su-
preme   Court on  October  2,
2004. DeNovo  takes this oppor-
tunity to provide a selected re-
view of the material related to
Justice O'Connor   which  the
Law  Library owns, as well as a
brief  introduction to Justice
O'Connor's remarkable life.

by Georgia Chadwick
I remember  vividly the excite-
ment around the country when it
was   reported that  President
Reagan   was   considering  a
woman   appellate court judge
from Arizona to fill Justice Pot-
ter Stewart's seat on the United
States Supreme   Court.  The
facts reported were that Judge
O'Connor   was  raised on her
family's cattle ranch, attended
Stanford University and  then
Stanford's law school and had
finished third in her class, which
had  also included Justice Wil-


liam Rehnquist.   She and  her
husband  John J. O'Connor  Ill,
also a Stanford law school gradu-
ate from the class below hers,
were the parents of three sons.
Judge O'Connor  was known  for


her devotion to her family, her
hard work as a lawyer, state leg-
islator, and judge, and for her
significant contribution to civic
causes. Before her nomination,
the O'Connors led a comfortable
but busy family life in the pros-
perous Paradise Valley neighbor-


hood in Maricopa County out-
side Phoenix, Arizona.

On  July  7, 1981, President
Reagan  announced  his inten-
tion to nominate Sandra Day
O'Connor  to be an associate
justice of the Supreme Court.
The  President submitted the
nomination to the Senate on
August  19, 1981, and on Sep-
tember 9, 10, and 11, hearings
were  held before the Senate
Judiciary Committee.     On
September  15 the Committee
concluded by a vote of 17 yeas
and  one vote of present to
send  the O'Connor  nomina-
tion to the full Senate for con-
firmation. The nomination was
confirmed by  a vote of 99-0
on  September  21,  although
one  senator was absent and
was not able to vote. Sandra
Day  O'Connor  was sworn  in
as the 102nd Justice and the
first woman  to serve on the
United  State Supreme Court
on September 25, 1981.


Moving Days, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Relocating


By Janice Shull
Flashback: May  19, 2004 - the
months of preparation are over
and  the day of reckoning has
arrived. The  question looms-
will the books fit in our new
space?  We  have mapped  each
shelf on Loyola Avenue  to its
new location in the Royal Street
courthouse. We have measured
each shelf with lengths of string
to match the odd sizes of shelves
in Royal Street and the first book
on each shelf bears a color-coded
number to send it to its new shelf


destination.  Our  experienced
team of movers from the Quality
Group  arrives and divides into
four teams  of three people to
begin  loading large gondolas.
They  load the books backwards
from bottom to top in apparently
random  sections. We  hold our
collective breath hoping that the
old, unreliable elevator in the
Loyola  Avenue  building won't
break down (it does not).

Once  the books arrive at Royal
Street more  crews unload  the


gondolas  into each  area of
the  library.  Although  the
obvious disarray of the gon-
dolas gives the appearance of
a jigsaw  puzzle, the color-
coding    and   numbering
scheme  works  well to guide
the shelvers, and they make
very few shelving errors. All
of the books  do  fit with a
small amount of growth room
allowed.  The  entire process
takes only three and  a half
days!
        continued on back page


      IN THIS   ISSUE

Electing the President

A Guide to Dictionaries

Bicentennial ofthe
French Civil Code Exhibit

A Documentary History
of the Legal Aspects of
Abortion in the United
States

De  Novo   Restaurant
Review:   La Boucherie


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Catherine Lemann - Associate Dir.
Georgia Chadwick - Librarian
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Marie Erickson - Librarian
Janice Shull - Librarian

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Jason Kruppa- Library Associate


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