Creativity Explained

by Rob 30. September 2010 15:33



Banned Books Week 2010

by Patrick Lopez 30. September 2010 09:14

The week of September 25th through October 2nd 2010 is banned books week.  Banned books week was first celebrated in 1982 in response to an increasing number of books being challenged in schools, bookstores and libraries.  Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of College Stores. Banned Books Week is also endorsed by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress.

According to, the 10 most challenged books of 2009 were: 
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
   Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, drugs,
   and unsuited to age group

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
    Reasons: homosexuality

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
   Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually
   explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: racism, offensive language, unsuited to age group
Twilight (series), by Stephanie Meyer
 Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
   Reasons: sexaully explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
   Reasons: sexism, homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group, drugs, suicide, violence

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn  Mackler
   Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
   Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
   Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Phoenix School of Law Library is supporting Banned Books week by presenting a special Banned Books Display (see pictures below) featuring a selection of Books that have recently been challenged or banned.  The display features several of the titles above plus many others with brief explanations of where and when these books were challenged.  Join the celebration of our freedom to read by visiting our display, or finding out about banned books activities at other libraries and bookstores.  To find out more about Banned Books Week go to,



Teen Court

by Rob 29. September 2010 11:30

Real cases and crimes are adjudicated by the Teen Court system. Phoenix School of Law recently hosted a Teen Court Summit.

Teen Court is a diversion program for young people to avoid Juvenile Court by volunteering to go to a court of their peers for the purpose of not building up a criminal record, and steering clear of prison. Teens serve as advocates, bailiffs, as well as juries for the teen accused. Some teens achieve Advanced Attorney Training certification. Sometimes an adult judge is involved.

Teen Courts are closed to the public but parents and victims usually may attend. A guilty plea is often required.  The teen jury renders punishment that is enforceable.  Teen juries are often tougher than adults on the accused. The consequence of failure in Teen Court for the accused is being sent back to the juvenile justice system for proceedings.  Currently there are 81 Teen Courts in the state of Arizona.

The Arizona Teen Court Association has more information.

Supreme Court to Provide Audio Recordings

by Sarah Prosory 28. September 2010 16:18

Picture source: MorgueFile

This just in... the Supreme Court announced today that they will soon be providing audio recordings of all oral arguments freely on their website. You will be able to download the recordings or simply listen through the court's website. This will begin with the October Term 2010, with audio recordings being available at the end of each argument week. The first arguments are heard on the first Monday in October, which for this year will be October 4th.

Read more here about how oral arguments are heard in the Supreme Court. View the Court's calendar of days they will hear arguments. Also, a Yahoo article explains about broadcasters requesting same-day release recordings in the past, which may provide some reasoning as to why the Supreme Court will be providing the recordings now.

If you're curious, you can currently hear audio recordings from the Supreme Court provided by the website They have been providing audio from the Supreme Court since around 1993.

The Trial

by Lynn 27. September 2010 14:58


Any Franz Kafka fans out there?  Did you know Kafka was a lawyer? 

According to Wikipedia, Kafka obtained the degree of Doctor of Law in 1906 and performed an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts.  He then worked at an insurance firm handling claims for work related injuries.  In his free time Kafka wrote, and in 1925 one of his best-known novels, The Trial, was published.

 Many have tried to interpret the symbolism of Kafka’s story with ideas ranging from Kant’s Philosophy of Law and the Austrian legal code, to man’s fight against authority and evil.  One particularly interesting interpretation is Orson Welles’ 1962 nightmarish film The Trial, starring Anthony Perkins as the tortured main character Josef K. and Orson Welles as his law advocate.  Some say this is the worst movie ever made by Orson Welles, yet ironically in his 1962 BBC interview with Huw Wheldon, Welles states, “say what you like, but The Trial is the best film I have ever made.” A remake of the film was also done in 1998 starring Kyle MacLachlan, Anthony Hopkins and Jason Robards.

So, you be the judge …..come into the Law Library and check out The Trial by Franz Kafka -in book or DVD format.
PT2621.A26 P713 1998 Book
PN1997 .T75 1962         DVD
PN1997 .T7421 1998    DVD

The eBook can also be downloaded for free to your eBook reader or mobile phone from Project Gutenberg’s digital library.

Watch the bizarre court scene from Orson Welles’ movie on YouTube:

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