Did you miss some of the Georgia Law Review Symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of New York Times v. Sullivan? Thanks to C-SPAN, you can now watch two of the panels held here at UGA School of Law on November 6 exploring the legacy of that decision. Available in the C-SPAN Video Library under “50 Years After New York Times v. Sullivan.”
The latest book by recent Sibley Lecturer and Georgetown Law School professor, Robin L. West, has just arrived at the Law Library. Titled Teaching Law: Justice, Politics, and the Demands of Professionalism the book explores ways to improve the quality of legal education. The author address concerns that law schools need to focus more on the study of justice, understand the political sources of law, and offer constructive criticism of the legal profession. The book is available on the Law Library Balcony at KF272 .W47 2014.
80 years ago today, on December 5, 1933, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment prohibiting alcohol. It is the only Amendment to repeal a previous one, as well as the only one to have been ratified using the method of state ratifying conventions. While Georgia took no action to consider the Amendment, you can raise a toast to Utah for ratifying it and putting the number of states over the needed 3/4′s mark! Cheers!
Harvard University law professor Mark Tushnet delves into the current Supreme Court in his latest book In the Balance: Law and Politics on the Roberts Court. He investigates how the Federalist Society and ‘Supreme Court Bar’ networks provide a politicized structure for Court appointments. He guides us through the Roberts Courts decisions on major issues including the hotly debated Affordable Care Act, gun rights, and business-related law. The book offers insight into the judicial philosophies and complex interactions of those at the helm of America’s legal system. Find the book on the Law Library Balcony KF8775 .T87 2013.
The Alexander Campbell King Law Library will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 28th. Our hours for the remainder of Thanksgiving week will be:
- Wednesday, Nov. 27: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 28: Closed
- Friday, Nov. 29: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 30: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 1: 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
As we observed the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, this week, we’ve also had an opportunity to reflect on the late president’s personal and political life, including the many connections he had with our state. If you’re curious about JFK’s Georgia connections, you can explore a number of unique resources in collections right here at UGA and online through the Digital Library of Georgia. Here’s a short sample.
Georgia Senator Richard Russell, Jr., was a member the Warren Commission appointed by Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, to investigate the president’s assassination. The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies has an extensive collection of related artifacts, photographs, books, and audiovisual materials.
For insight into how the president’s death immediately affected those in his administration, listen online to a clip of Kennedy’s Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, describing his announcement of the president’s death to a plane crowded with Kennedy cabinet members (The Dean Rusk Oral History Collection) at the Russell Library.
Access photographs related to presidential candidate Kennedy’s October, 1960, visit to Warm Springs, Georgia, through the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographs Collection in the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG). For political fashion in the 1960 campaign, the DLG gives you a look at what supporters of the Kennedy/Johnson ticket were wearing (from the Tracy O’Neal Photographic Collection).
For historic newsfilm, the Civil Rights Digital Library has Kennedy press conferences and meetings with civil rights leaders, including Atlanta-based WSB-TV newsfilm clips of Kennedy speaking about civil rights demonstrations and the federal government’s support and protection in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963, and his historic meeting with leaders of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the White House, Washington, D.C., in August of 1963.
The State of Alabama granted posthumous pardons yesterday to Charles Weems, Andy Wright and Haywood Patterson. These men were among nine youths falsely accused of gang-raping two white women aboard a freight train in 1931 and convicted by all-white juries in the town of Scottsboro, Alabama. Known as the “Scottsboro Boys,” their legal journey to fight the convictions and win new trials sparked protests over racial injustice and two landmark rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn more about their trials and how their case helped to spur the modern civil rights movement in the PBS American Experience documentary DVD Scottsboro: An American Tragedy available in the Law Library DVD Collection.
The 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. On November 29th, President Lyndon B. Johnson established an official commission to investigate the assassination and the subsequent killing of the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Presidential transcripts later revealed major opposition, even from some members of the commission itself, to the formation of the commission because of fears it would generate “more controversy than consensus.” Those fears proved true.
The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, or the Warren Commission, as it became known (after its chairman, Chief Justice Earl Warren) released its 889-page final report on September 24, 1964. The commission found that Oswald had acted alone, as did Jack Ruby when he shot and killed Oswald on November 24th. The findings, as some had predicted, set off a storm of controversy that has not ended to this day. The “Warren Report” remains one of our nation’s most controversial documents. In observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, the full report – all 26 volumes of it – is on display in the Law Library Reference area, along with Kennedy photographs and two related films in our collection.
Access the Warren Report online
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Georgia Law’s own Professor of Law Emeritus, Donald E. Wilkes, Jr., who has written extensively on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, will be part of two local events, one here on campus and one at the Athens Regional Library.
Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.
Athens Regional Library, 2025 Baxter St., Athens, GA 30606
Professor Wilkes will discuss some of the circumstances he has researched, the facts we know today, and some yet unanswered questions about the assassination of President Kennedy. The event is free and open to the public. In the Appleton Auditorium. More info: http://www.athenslibrary.org/athens or call (706) 613-3650.
Friday, November 22, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Russell Special Collections Library
The University of Georgia, 300 S. Hull St., Athens, GA, 30605
The Willson Center and the Peabody Awards will host a screening of the PBS piece, JFK: A Time Remembered, followed by a roundtable discussion featuring Professor Wilkes with Journalism Department Head Janice Hume, Political Science Professor Trey Hood and history graduate student Ashton Ellett. The panel will look at the political and historical impact of the Kennedy assassination then and now. The event is free and open to the public. More info: http://willson.uga.edu/ai1ec_event/willson-center-peabody-awards-television-roundtable-john-f-kennedy-remembered/?instance_id=173 or call (706) 542-4789.
Today, November 19, marks the 150th anniversary of the speech President Abraham Lincoln gave at the dedication of the battlefield cemetery in Gettysburg, PA in 1863. The Gettysburg Address has become one of the most famous speeches in American history and is considered a milestone document of our government. Read USA Today‘s “5 things to know about the Gettysburg Address” and explore the history at the Library of Congress’ Gettysburg Address Online Exhibit.