Farewell, Dean Feliú

Dean Vicenç Feliú with one of his parting gifts

Dean Vicenç Feliú with one of his parting gifts

As most of the Villanova Law community already knows, last week we said goodbye to our beloved law Library Director and Associate Dean, Vicenç Feliú.  Vicenç is off to warmer climates at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law as Associate Dean for Library Services and Professor of Law.

Five years ago, Dean Feliú took the reins at our law library at a shaky time, but through his vision and dedication we have been able to weather the storm and come out much stronger at the end of his tenure here.  Under his supervision, the law library has become much more active within the law school community, helped redesign the law school’s website, created an institutional repository to archive the school’s publications, and has strengthened our relationship with the faculty via our library liaison program. Vicenç has been a tireless advocate for the library, and has pushed all of us to work hard for the law school.

Anyone who has had the pleasure to talk with Dean Feliú knows how much fun he is as well.  Beloved by his students, advisees, members of HALSA, and everyone else he has befriended here, a conversation with the Associate Dean could go anywhere from zombies to “The Big Lebowski” to stories of his time in the Marine Corps.  And although there were times he wanted to “stick a pencil in his eye,” that didn’t stop him from greeting everyone with a smile.

We will miss Vicenç very much, and we wish him all the best in his new position at Nova Southeastern.  To paraphrase the man himself, “he’s a great guy, we don’t care what all those people said about him!”

The library wishes you all the best!

The library wishes you all the best!

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Interested in International Law?


by Robert Hegadorn

“International Law” is not just a buzz-phrase heard on the news, or exclusively the province of the scholars of legal history, poring over dusty documents from the Nuremburg Tribunal.  “International law” issues can find their way into the most domestic, work-a-day legal practice, simply by a client pursing an opportunity to do some business with parties “overseas,” (for example, in Canada, or in Mexico, or in Burkina Faso), or in handing a divorce case, when an angry spouse takes the children and “goes home to Mother” in France or Russia.  A matter of “International law” may entail “public international law,” perhaps dealing with great questions of war and peace; or “private international law,” addressing matters of international child custody and marital status; or, issues of “foreign law,” such as when an multilateral international convention allows for the serving of process in a foreign court, but the filing permitted by treaty must be carried out in accord with the foreign court’s local procedures.

For Villanova Law students interested in International Law, the Law Library provides a number of resources.  The Library maintains a “Foreign, Comparative, & International Law” research guide to help students get started into researching these fields.  Featured within this guide are several popular and valuable research resources, such as Globalex, maintained by NYU School of Law (and featuring a recently updated article by Professor Vicenc Feliu on International Trademark Law); the Foreign Law Guide, recommended as the go-to source to begin research on the legal systems of foreign nations; and the American Society of International Law’s Electronic Resource Guide (e-RG), among many others.  Print material on international legal studies may also be found in the Law Library using the Library’s OPAC (catalog), ARTHUR.  Classes and special programs dealing with international law are also available to Villanova Law students.  As always, for more information on these opportunities at Villanova, and for research assistance in international law, remember to consult your friendly and helpful law librarians.

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The Enid H. Adler, Esq. Collection on the International Criminal Court

Adler CollectionThe International Criminal Court (ICC), an outgrowth of the WWII Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders, is the world’s only permanent, independent, treaty-based international criminal court with jurisdiction over individual culpability for Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, Genocide and the Crime of Aggression. Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law alum, Enid H. Adler ’88, participated in the creation of this historic Court at a Treaty Conference of Nations, held in Rome in 1998. Over the years since Rome, Adler continually has been and is committed to active involvement in the growth and development of this Court, to international human rights and the rule of law. This takes her annually to The Hague, the seat of the Court, for meetings of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) whose membership embodies the 125 countries who currently have ratified the ICC Treaty/Rome Statute.

Adler has agreed to donate to the Law Library her personal, extensive and unique collection of historical materials from the Court’s inception in 1998 to the present plus inclusion of future updates. Among the collection are her copious meeting notes and observations; transcripts, emails and other correspondence produced by non-governmental organizations whose participation is integral to the development and workings of the Court; Court cases; the Trust Fund for Victims; official statements from participating governments; multiple negotiations;  numerous publicity materials, printed session materials, official ICC publications;  and, as an amateur photographer, a narrative of events through her personal photos.

As a participant in the nongovernmental (NGO) Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), Adler represented the Union Internationale des Avocats in Rome and, in succeeding years, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the American Bar Association and ABA Center for Human Rights, Americans for the ICC (AMICC), and continues her work in the Washington Working Group for the ICC (WICC). She was appointed to the CICC negotiating team to partake in eight years of deliberations with country delegates to develop criteria for the Crime of Aggression, not completed in Rome, thus coming under the Court’s jurisdiction through Amendment that was approved by the Assembly of States Parties at the Court’s First Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda in 2010.  At this meeting, Adler’s additional responsibilities included her appointment to the ABA 2010 Task Force for the Kampala Review Conference.

The documents will be preserved by and made accessible in the Villanova Law Library. When completed, they will be digitized on the library’s online digital repository.  Mrs. Adler stated, “I am thrilled to make my historic and comprehensive collection available for use by current, past and future VLS students and alums, researchers and the general public.”

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Local Law Librarians Learn and Practice Storytelling at the GPLLA Institute

On June 3rd, the Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association (GPLLA) held its annual end-of-season institute at Temple University to wrap up the year, socialize, and engage in some serious professional development.  The theme of this year’s institute was “Telling Our Stories: Developing and Presenting Professional Narratives of Law Library Success.”  Storytelling has become a popular trend in business and sales, as people understand more and more how all of our interactions can be enhanced by the power of stories. Continue reading

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Goodbye Karen!

IMG_2866Today we bid adieu to our long time colleague and dedicated librarian, Karen Gause.  Karen has served the law school community at Villanova for 25 years, always with a smile and a positive attitude that puts our librarians and our patrons at ease.  Many people in the law school are familiar with Karen’s excellent work in interlibrary loan, where she has helped countless faculty and students to find those elusive articles and treatises that they so dearly need for their research… in fact, she even won an award for her tireless work in the library!

As invaluable as Karen has been to the law school community, she is even more important to her colleagues Continue reading

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One Million Downloads and Counting!

Digital Commons NumbersLast week, the Law School’s Digital Repository reached an extremely significant milestone as we crossed the one million mark for full-text downloads of materials archived on the site.  Over the last three years, we have been gradually building up the online collection of scholarly articles, historical archives, and federal court opinions available on http://digitalcommons.law.villanova.edu to house over 28,000 electronic documents.  Our mission was to create a repository to preserve and disseminate scholarly and historical information about our law school, and these download counts show that we have accomplished that mission with great success! Continue reading

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A Gnome in the Library

This week, the Villanova University Staff Council recognized one of our law librarians who has made a lasting and extraordinary contribution to the law library and the law school community.  Many of you may not be aware that Karen Gause, our Senior Reference Librarian, will be retiring at the end of this academic year after working in the law library for over 25 years. In that time she has filled many roles as a librarian, and helped countless law students and faculty with crucial research during their time here.

IMG_2783In recognition of her dedicated and tireless service, the University Staff Council, which is comprised of representatives from departments throughout Villanova, awarded Karen with the “Villagnome” award, which is given to those “people and departments on campus who have been caught performing exceptional acts for the good of the community.”  Those who have had the pleasure to work with Karen during her time here will not be surprised that she has been rewarded for performing “exceptional acts,” as that is certainly her hallmark.  Especially in the time she has served as our Interlibrary Loan Librarian, many students have witnessed her resolve to find even the most obscure documents for cite checks and research papers.  You can read more about Karen’s award at the University Staff Council Page (click on the “Villagnome” link).

Please join us in congratulating Karen on this well-deserved award.  Expect a more detailed post soon celebrating Karen’s retirement.

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