Labor Day Weekend – Library Hours

Friday, Aug. 29 — 7am-9pm
Saturday, Aug. 30 (home football game) — 10am-5pm
Sunday, Aug. 31 — 8am-9pm
Monday, Sep. 1 (Labor Day) — 6pm-2am

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Acing Law School

Acing Your First Year of Law SchoolIn addition to being a great place to hangout between classes, the Law Library has resources to enhance your law school experience, including access to study aids and books with tips on being a successful law student. One such book is Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won’t Learn in Class available on the Law Library Balcony KF283 .N69 2008.  Another is Hard-Nosed Advice From a Cranky Law Professor: How to Succeed in Law School also on the Law Library Balcony at KF283 .P37 2010.  For more books on law school success, search the Law Library catalog GAVEL.

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A Life Against Cruelty

The Good ListenerNoted human rights campaigner Helen Bamber died yesterday at age 89. She began her life’s work at age 20 working with Holocaust survivors in Germany. She helped to establish the first medical group in the British section of Amnesty International, founded the Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture in 1985, and the Helen Bamber Foundation in 2005. Throughout her life, Bamber worked with survivors of torture, trafficking, kidnapping, and conflict-zones.

You can read about her experiences in the 1999 biography The Good Listener: Helen Bamber, A Life Against Cruelty by Neil Belton. The book is part of the Law Library’s Louis B. Sohn Collection on International Relations located on the Law Library Balcony. To check out the book, just request it at the Circulation Desk.

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1000 Days to the Bar!

1000DaysA featured book in the Law Library Career & Professional Resources Collection is 1000 Days to the Bar, But the Practice of Law Begins Now by author Dennis J. Tonsing.  The book ties law school learning strategies to the strategies practicing lawyers use to understand, analyze, and apply legal concepts in the real-life representation of their clients.  Rather than just studying the law as any other academic field, this book offers an approach to studying the law that will prepare one to practice in the future.

Check out books in the Law Library Career & Professional Resources Collection on the main floor reading room anytime!

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International Resources Collection

world 2The library at San Jose State University has developed a guide that has compiled foreign countries’ national libraries, bibliographies, and union catalogs.  “This guide is intended as a repository of resources specifically for research using materials produced and collected in other countries.”

From Be Specific

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First Reported U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Gilbert Stuart portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Jay, at the National Gallery of Art

First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Jay. Gilbert Stuart portrait at the National Gallery of Art

On this day in 1792, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its first reported decision, Georgia v. Brailsford, 2 U.S. 402 (1792). Georgia was the first United States Supreme Court case where a state appeared as a party.

You can read the opinion online at Cornell Law’s Legal Information Institute

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The New York Times Launches Enhanced Archive Search and @NYTArchives Twitter Account

nyt“Today The New York Times launches search on its interactive digital archive: TimesMachine.  With this newly-developed search technology, users can now use both free text and subject headings from the Times Index to search the 11,298,320 Times articles published across 46,592 issues between September 18, 1851 and December 31, 1980. Unlike previous iterations of search on NYTimes.com, results in the TimesMachine enhanced search not only include headlines and snippets but also images of every matching article in the context of the page on which it originally appeared.  This allows users to identify items of maximum interest at-a-glance.  When a user selects a result, TimesMachine will display the selected article in its complete original context, surrounded by all of the other articles in the same issue.

The Times is also launching @NYTArchives on Twitter, which will present historical content from a variety of archival sources including TimesMachine and the 1980-present text archives on NYTimes.com.  This feed will link current affairs to their historic counterparts, mark significant anniversaries, present historic images and documents from The Times’s Photo Morgue, highlight iconic advertisements and, of course, share odd and amusing articles.  Here are some sample tweets:

In 1976, Health Ministry of Zaire named virulent epidemic virus for local river: The Ebola

100 years ago today, with ominous reference to Lusitania, @nytimes reports dawn of WWI

Decades before being curtained by Jumbotrons, 1 Times Square could have housed your business!

Remember that UGA law students and faculty have a free subscription to the online edition of the New York Times.  You can register this by using a Law School and going to this link.

From Be Specific

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