May 16, 2018

Women in the Law Collection turns 15

Dedicated to the memory of Justice M. Dolores Denman on May 21, 2003, the Women in the Law Collection was created to archive speeches, judicial decisions, and other important documents from prominent women jurists along with relevant contemporary and historical books and periodicals. Its purpose is to collect material and information including books, audio, videos, and artifacts that reflect the experiences, issues, concerns, observations, and history of women in the law.

'Nicest room in the courthouse'
Housed in what has been described as the nicest room in
the courthouse, the Women in the Law Room is a comfortable space for reading, research, and small gatherings.
       
Justice Pine
The original modest Women in the Law Collection as it appeared at the time of the dedication.
In addition to a collection of treatises and periodicals, the collection includes a small number of archival materials pertaining to the late Hon. M. Dolores Denman and the late Hon. Elizabeth W. Pine.
Justice Denman
Justice Denman
Justice Pine
Justice Pine

 The Dedication Ceremony
Judge Evelyn Frazee
Judge Evelyn Frazee
The dedication ceremony was held in the courthouse atrium, located just outside of the Women in the Law Room. It was attended by members of the Denman family as well as judges, court staff, and members of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA). The idea for the collection originated with members of GRAWA, and they were instrumental in its establishment at the courthouse. During the ceremony, a limited-edition book on the life and writings of Justice Denman entitled Justice is a Woman was released. The book, authored by Law Librarian Maryanne Clark, received much praise from Presiding Justice Eugene Pigott.


Justice Elizabeth Pine speaking at the 2003 dedication
with Presiding Justice Eugene Pigott and Clerk of the Court Joanne Wahl nearby


Presiding Justice Eugene Pigott and Author Maryanne Clark
at the 2003 dedication. Judge Pigott is holding a copy of the Denman book.


 Renovation & Re-dedication
The collection grew rapidly and necessitated the renovation of the room in which it was housed. The Women in the Law Collection was re-dedicated on September 7, 2006 in front of a large gathering in the courthouse atrium. Custom-built bookcases and Craftsman-style furniture adorned with green leather upholstery illuminated by alabaster and stained-glass fixtures made the room one of the most luxurious in the courthouse.


 The Future
We continue to develop the collection with every round of book ordering. On order this month we have a selection of books on the suffrage centennial in New York State and the historic presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box
Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial
The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State
First Woman: Celebrating the Historic Presidential Campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton
 and Other First Women in Government


Do you have a suggestion for the Women in the Law Collection? We welcome patron requests.

April 18, 2018

Eat up

Photo of pasta by Eaters Collective on Unsplash
It's been a couple of years since we shared our extensive expertise in lunchtime dining options around here. It's time for an update! Aside from the disappointment of the poutine fans at the closing of Vive, we're happy to say that most of our fave lunch spots continue to delight us and several other options have come along that are worth trying. So without further ado, our food reporters would like to offer some new recommendations.

"Branca Midtown serves fresh and hand-crafted Italian food that makes you feel good. Authentic Italian Cuisine and True Neapolitan Pizza, in the heart of Rochester. The prime rib panino is an excellent choice, prepared with provolone, caramelized onion, horseradish, giardiniera, and crema. Delizioso!"

"The menu at City Grill highlights the use of a wood oven. Wood-fired French onion soup has the expected caramelized onions and topping of toasted bread and melted cheese and the Italian Pizza has a thin, foldable crust, with just the right number of leopard-like char spots on the bottom. It’s spread sparingly with tomato sauce and topped with tasty meatball chunks, strips of red onion, sliced fresh tomatoes, and a blend of five cheeses."

“From sushi, Chinese, Indian, American, salads, and comfort food, the East Avenue Wegmans offers a plethora of choice at most any time of day. Amore Italian Restaurant is next door, serving great food and wine in true Italian tradition, using the freshest seasonal ingredients for meals you won’t soon forget."

And one other tip: there's a possibility that it will stop snowing by next week, and if it does, you should take the opportunity to venture out at lunchtime to any of the wonderful local restaurants participating in the inaugural Eat Up Rochester, running April 23-April 29, and enjoy $10 lunch specials. Taking part will be some of our old favorites such as Aunt Rosie's and new favorites such as Branca Midtown.


April 6, 2018

Need a laugh?

Check out our current display, Legal Humor Then & Now. Thumb through the New Yorker Book of Lawyer Cartoons, admire our prized bobbleheads, learn about the common law origins of the infield fly rule ..... you might just find something to make you smile.



March 21, 2018

Traffic & Parking Advisory for this Friday

If you're planning a visit to the library this Friday, March 23rd, please bear in mind that the funeral for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter will occur in the Eastman Theatre Friday morning at 11. According to some reports, there will be a very large Congressional delegation attending, as well as numerous other dignitaries, and a large public presence is also expected. The Eastman School of Music anticipates a completely full Kodak Hall, and will be simulcasting the funeral in Kilbourn Hall and the Hatch Recital Hall.

According to the Eastman School, due to security concerns, the streets around Eastman Theatre will be closed (Gibbs, Main, Swan, East), and considerable traffic is anticipated. Swan and Gibbs Streets will be closing late Thursday, and East Main Street between Chestnut Street and Scio Street will be closing by 7 am Friday morning. Attendees of the funeral are being directed to both the Gibbs Street Lot and the East End Garage.


March 5, 2018

New this month

These books came in today & will be hitting our shelves shortly. Please check our
new book list regularly for more!

Demonstratives: Definitive Treatise on Visual Persuasion
Electronic Payment Systems: Law and Emerging Technologies
Flexible Trusts and Estates for Uncertain Times, 6th Ed.
From the Trenches II: Mastering the Art of Preparing Witnesses
A Handbook on Aviation Law
The Law of Later-Life Healthcare and Decision Making, 2nd Ed.
Money and Divorce: The Essential Roadmap to Mastering Financial Decisions





February 6, 2018

Black History Month event coming up at the Telesca Center

Join the Rochester Black Bar Association and others in the greater Rochester legal community for a reception celebrating the contributions of African American attorneys in Monroe County. Presented in celebration of Black History Month & in honor of the late Judge Roy Wheatley King, the evening will feature brief opening remarks by long-time Rochester attorneys Connie Walker and Paul Richardson followed by an informal discussion and reception including light refreshments.

The event is free and open to the public.


Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Telesca Center for Justice
One West Main Street, 5th Floor
Rochester
Pre-registration: The event is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is strongly recommended due to space limitations. Please RSVP to bfish@vlsprochester.org.
Sponsored by: Rochester Black Bar Association
Foundation of the Monroe County Bar
Harris Beach, PLLC
Barclay Damon, LLP
Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys
Monroe County Bar Association
Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc.

February 1, 2018

February holiday closings

We will be closed

Monday, February 12th,
for Lincoln's Birthday

and

Monday, February 19th,
for Presidents' Day.