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Picture of a book cover that reads: Hello--Mr. Lawyer! I came to help you win Negligence Cases. I can't address the Jury---but here are the Facts to fit your Case---and it is up to you to do the rest.
Photograph by Betty Lupinacci

Hello Mr. Lawyer! – Pic of the Week

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A quick title search of the Library’s catalog found:

  • 2,296 titles containing the phrase civil procedure
  • 2,070 with constitutional law
  • 623 entries under federal tax
  • 413 items with the title banking law
  • 417 entries for bankruptcy
  • 1,560 under estate planning

But I could only find one with the title pictured above.

Ok, so it is not the title, but it is the cover of a 1914 book.

The title is actually Key word index to the notes in the American negligence reports.

When I hear “key” anything in relation to legal materials, I immediately think of the West Key Number System which indexes subjects across titles. This key word index is described in its preface as a means to eliminate cross-referencing as it classifies the material by (among other things) legal principle involved, injuries sustained and causes of injuries within a single title. It indexes the 21 volumes of the American negligence reports. So, sort of the same concept, but not a developed system like West has built.

Whatever the contents, I like that they decided to have a sense of humor about their publication. More proof that not all law material is dry or dull.

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