Law School exams end today here at the University of Georgia, and we hope our students will enjoy a wonderful break and indulge in much pleasure reading.
Wait. Pleasure reading? What’s that?
If you find yourself highlighting in three colors while reading the latest Pulitzer Prize winner, or even while reading Rolling Stone magazine or the new John Grisham novel, you might want to take a look at a recent ABA Journal piece by Bryan Garner on How to Regain the Joy of Reading.
Garner, president of CLE company LawProse, Inc., an author, and the editor of Black’s Law Dictionary, admonishes lawyers to continue to read nonlegal works and to relish language. He acknowledges that this might require a conscious effort to s-l-o-w down and read every word. He also suggests listening to recorded books as a way of breaking out of legal reading habits. In addition to the sheer pleasure of good literature, lawyers can benefit professionally by reading nonlegal works. Contributors to his piece suggest that reading good writing will improve lawyers’ legal writing, and even popular fiction can aid lawyers in the storytelling component of the legal profession.
So, ask Santa for some varied literature and an audiobook or two for Christmas, grab a hot cocoa, and regain the joy of reading.*
*If you need help deciding what to read, take a look at the top books of 2014 by the editors of the NYT Book Review.
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has just made available the official and authentic digital and print versions of the Report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, together with a forward by Chairman Feinstein and Additional and Minority Views (Senate Report 113-288).
This document comprises the declassified Executive Summary and Findings and Conclusions, including declassified additional and minority views. The full classified report will be maintained by the Committee and has been provided to the Executive Branch for dissemination to all relevant agencies.
The document will appear in our catalog in the near future but you may access the digital version now on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The print version is available for purchase through GPO’s online bookstore.
“I call on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. I call on people to hold their governments to account.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950 with the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Eric A. Posner’s new book The Twilight of Human Rights Law explores the problems of compliance with international human rights laws. He offers ideas for a new approach to human rights that moves beyond a network of treaties that are difficult to enforce. You can request the book from the Sohn Library K3240 .P69 2014 at the Circulation Desk.
Need a break from studying – here is a great option! The Internet Archive recently released the Internet Arcade which is a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s. Play Q*bert, Pac-Man, DigDug, and many more!
Ever want to watch the deliberations during Supreme Court sessions but feel frustrated because cameras aren’t allowed? Check out this ABA Blawg 100 Honoree, courtartist.com, “Going Where Cameras Cannot.” It’s the blog of artist Art Lien, who’s been sketching the courts since 1976, most of that time at the Supreme Court. The daily posts include lively sketches and commentary, yesterday’s, on Justice Ginsburg’s return to the bench after a hospitalization and Elonis v. United States, the Facebook “free speech” case that many are following with keen interest.
Georgia Law alum Kaitlin Ball (J.D. 2014) donated a signed Art Lien sketch of Supreme Court oral arguments for Daimler v. Bauman to the Sohn Library on behalf of Professor Tim Meyer and Associate Dean Bo Rutledge to show her appreciation for their support of her academic and professional pursuits.
The sketch shows petitioner Thomas Dupree with Justices Ginsburg and Alito in the background.
You can follow Courtartist on Facebook, as well.
In honor of World Aids Day, check out the this year’s Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Television Movie, The Normal Heart, produced for HBO. Directed by Ryan Murphy and written by Larry Kramer, based on his Tony Award winning play of the same name, the movie focuses on the early days of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City.
Located in the Television section of the Law Library DVD Collection – right between Night Court and Perry Mason!
The ABA Journal has assembled its 8th annual list of 100 best legal blogs (“blawgs”) and it’s time to for you to vote for your favorites! There are 13 categories, this year, with a number of interesting blawgs in each. Have fun perusing the list! You must register to vote (it’s free) and you get one vote per category. For inspiration, you can check out the Blawg 100 Twitter List, with the handles of this year’s nominees and past Hall of Fame bloggers.
The submission period is open now and ends at close of business on December 19.
After you vote, check out ABA’s Journal’s extensive Blawg Directory which can be browsed by topic, author type, region, law school, and courts. If you’re a legal blogger and don’t see your blawg in the directory, there’s a form to submit your blawg for inclusion.