Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver at the end of the term

Another collection I wrapped up at this end of the term was encoding the next three series of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver's papers.

Sulaiman "Suli" Albinhamad processed three series of Justice Weaver:
The Per Curiam series, 1995-2006, 14 cubic feet (28 boxes)
Disqualifications of Judges (DQs), 1995-2009, and undated, 2 cubic ft. (in 4 boxes)
and [Geoffrey] Fieger Articles and Dockets, 1994-2009, and undated, 1.75 cubic ft. (in 4 boxes)

Here's Per Curiam in process
For those of you not current on your Latin and legal terminology, Per Curiam is defined as a decision (or opinion) ruling issued by an appellate court of multiple judges in which the decision rendered is made by the court or at least a majority of the court acting collectively and unanimously. Per Curiam is Latin for “by the Court”. Per Curiam rulings are issued in the name of the Court, rather than by individual judges or a judge. Typically, the Court deals with issues deemed non-controversial.

These three processed series join the Court of Appeals series, 1985-1995, 21.5 cubic ft. (in 44 boxes), processed by Jen Bentley. Her work fills the first five shelves on the right in the photograph below. Suli's work fills the bottom two shelves on the right and the top three on the left.  There remains a lot of Justice Weaver papers to process, but in one year this is a great start. Brian Schamber also partially processed another Weaver series, Probate Court, which he'll conclude in fall.  Processing Justice Weaver's papers required a lot of intellectual thought. It is not for the faint of heart archival processors.





Suli, who is from Saudi Arabia,  came to me in the summer of 2015 with no archival skills at all wanting something to do and people he could talk with and befriend. He learned so much, worked on so many collections of multiple formats, and contributed in many ways to the positive growth of the Clarke, from hauling boxes, repacking the UCommunications audio visuals, to reading in Arabic to children. We also learned about his culture, country, family, and faith. He just graduated from CMU with a M.A. in medieval Middle Eastern history this month.  It was my honor to help him with his thesis. Suli will be sorely missed by all of us who work in the archives. We wish him well as he heads home and towards his Ph.D. in history at another university.

 

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