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When Lawyers Go Bad: Law Library Book Thieves: Law and Ethics


The Law Librarian, the Washington County Bar Association, the Law Library Committee, and the Oregon State Bar consider it a serious matter when attorneys do not return borrowed Law Library materials. Please note OSB Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(a) & ORS 164.005, 164.015, 357.975 & 357.990

More about law book page thefts at the Legal Research is Easy blog: This Just Torques my Shorts.

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3 responses to “When Lawyers Go Bad: Law Library Book Thieves: Law and Ethics”

  1. Bret says:

    After watching so many resources fly out of our library, I started wondering if attorneys considered the library a professional perk (snag a resource a week) until I caught a non-lawyer walk out with three books. I followed her down the street for a ways until she turned to me and asked if I was going to follow her to the courthouse. I said yes and that when we get there I would have the police arrest her for theft of library materials. She threw the books at me and stomped away. I have not seen her since.

  2. Laura Orr says:

    Thank you for the excellent story! We had our own Book Thief Chase, across the street to the Courthouse, but it didn’t turn out as well. Luckily it was “only” a statute volume that was soon to be replaced and recycled. But it still cheesed us off. I prefer the satisfactory ending you had. I’ve often wanted to ask Courthouse Security to check if any books brought into the courthouse had Law Library stamps.

  3. Patrick Charles says:

    Two years ago our undergraduate library had a book thief who stole over $130K worth of books. He made his way to the law library and in under two weeks took $7K worth of books. He was caught by the local police department stealing books from the undergraduate library and I worked with the police and we recovered most of the materials ($115K of the undergraduate library books and $6K of my library books). He was a former undergraduate student who was a professional book thief who resold them on the Internet. He was convicted of several felonies and subsequently deported.

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