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.

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 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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It’s Crunch Time!

What have I done!?

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How can it be? Do exams really start a week from today? The spring exam period is so short compared to the fall so you may be wondering how you’re going to cram in all of that studying into just one week? Well, you don’t have to go it alone-let the Law Library give you a helping hand!


  • Listening to free podcasts from Lawdibles on your commute or while at the gym. These 10 minutes or less lectures cover narrow subjects of law including things like character evidence and causation in criminal law. Available via iTunes or download from the blog.
  • Taking old exams to practice your skills. They are available online and in print (ask at the Circulation Desk for the list)
  • Answering some shorter sample questions to test yourself on specific topics. The Examples & Explanations series is great for this as is the Questions & Answers series!
  • Reviewing concepts using the CALI online tutorials—completely free and gives you a chance to answer questions as you go through the lesson. Click on Lessons to browse by subject. Many different topics are covered, everything from Contracts to Evidence even Tax! There’s even a list of what lessons correspond to what chapters in particular textbooks—see if your casebook is included!
  • Checking out headphones at the Circulation Desk if you want to re-watch a recorded class lecture or listen to one of the Lawdibles podcasts
  • Organizing your notes using outlining software

You can find many other study aids and exam prep suggestions on our Study Aids & Exam Prep online research guide.

And if you’re finishing up a research paper, check out some of these resources or stop by the Library Reference Desk for some last-minute help. We also have other research guides chock full of resources!

And take a deep breath—the good news is that this will all be over in 2 weeks!

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Get Up, Stand Up – Standing Desks in the Library!

standing desk 2In response to numerous requests from library visitors over the past few months, the law library has converted some of our carrels into standing desks to keep you on your feet while studying.

Currently we have two standing desks on the third floor of the library in the Northwest corner.  Coming from the main stairway, turn right as soon as you reach the bookshelves and you’ll see them.  One of these carrels has a functioning monitor that you can plug your laptop into to reduce neck strain while you work (Mac users will need a VGA/Displayport adapter to connect to the monitor).

Unfamiliar with the benefits of using a standing desk while you work?  It has been quite a growing trend over the last few years, as research has shown the health risks involved with extended sessions of sitting and sedentary life.  For a glimpse at the upside of standing desks, see this article on

Although we are starting with two converted desks, we will certainly consider adding more depending on demand from the student body.  If you are excited about this new development and would like us to add more or make improvements, come by the desk or use our online suggestion box!

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