America’s Forgotten Constitutions

This Friday, April 25, the only surviving signed manuscript of the permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America will be displayed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Jr. Building Special Collections Libraries. Displayed only one day each year due to its fragility, it is a rare chance to see an important document from U.S. history.
America's Forgotten Constitutions
Then you can check out the new book, America’s Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community by Robert L. Tsai to learn more about it and other constutitions created by discontented citizens who drafted their own constitutions to live by.  Find it on the Law Library Balcony KF4541 .T73 2014.

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Happy Birthday Digital Public Library!

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The Digital Public Library of America is celebrating its 1st birthday.  This online resource brings “millions of items from America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.”  The Digital Library of Georgia, based here at UGA, is a Service Hub for the DPLA, collaborating with Georgia’s Libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources about the history and culture of the state.

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Supernatural Law!

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Tales of Supernatural Law is a comic strip, comic book, and web comic series written and illustrated by Batton Lash. The series features the law practice of Alanna Wolff and Jeff Byrd, who specialize in serving the legal needs of monsters and other supernatural beings, or those who find themselves in conflict with such beings. In 2009, the collection of Wolff and Byrd stories, The Soddyssey, And Other Tales of Supernatural Law, won the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award. The series tagline is “Beware the creatures of the night — they have lawyers!”

The Law Library has these books thanks to a 3L over a decade ago who met the author Batton Lash and asked him to donate his books to our library. You can find the Law Library’s collection of 10 of these Tales of Supernatural Law graphic novels in the Basement at PN6728 .W595 L345 2004 – PN6728 .W595 L377 1992 and currently on display by the Reference Desk.

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App of the Week: Kaplan Bar Review

Icon for Kaplan Bar Review app Graduating soon? Planning to take the Bar Exam? This week’s featured app is for students enrolled in Kaplan’s Bar Review online program. Use the app to personalize your study strategy and tactics. Track your assignments, download audio/video lectures, use the fleX Flashcards to prepare for both the Multi-state and State law as they’re tested on the exam, test yourself with the MBE Qbank’s exam-like practice quizzes, and analyze your scores. The app covers Constitutional Law, Contract/Sales, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

Cost to download: Free for enrolled Kaplan students.

Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (optimized for iPhone 5) and Android 2.1 or later.

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App of the Week: Black’s Law Dictionary

Logo for the Black's Law Dictionary AppThis week’s featured app is Black’s Law Dictionary® 9th Edition. Black’s, of course, is widely considered to be the definitive legal dictionary, but at $54.99 to download, this might be the most expensive app you ever consider loading onto your iPhone or Windows Phone (it’s not yet available for Android devices). Depending on how you prefer to access information, its utility and portability may make it worth the expense. It does cost considerably less than the print version and you can carry it with you everywhere (access on or off-line). In addition to more than 45,000 terms, you can access alternate spellings or equivalent expressions for more than 5,300 terms, West key numbers, definitions of more than 1,000 law-related abbreviations and acronyms, the Featured Word of the Day, and nearly 3,000 quotations drawn from sources over five centuries. Hyperlinked cross-references make related terms easy to find, and you can bookmark terms for quick reference. The app also features audio pronunciations for thousands of hard-to-say legal terms. We invite you to pick up an app card at the Circulation or Reference Desk and investigate further.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (optimized for iPhone 5) and Windows Phone 7.8/8

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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013

ImageThe 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices published by the U.S. Department of State is now available.  This online resource lets researchers build a report based on selected criteria for mulitple countries. 

From the website: “As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices highlight the continued pursuit of “free and equal dignity in human rights” in every corner of the world. Based on factual reporting from our embassies and posts abroad, these Congressionally mandated reports chronicle human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories. The reports draw attention to the growing challenges facing individuals and organizations as governments around the world fall short of their obligation to uphold universal human rights.”

As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices highlight the continued pursuit of “free and equal dignity in human rights” in every corner of the world. Based on factual reporting from our embassies and posts abroad, these Congressionally mandated reports chronicle human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories. The reports draw attention to the growing challenges facing individuals and organizations as governments around the world fall short of their obligation to uphold universal human rights. – See more at: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper
As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices highlight the continued pursuit of “free and equal dignity in human rights” in every corner of the world. Based on factual reporting from our embassies and posts abroad, these Congressionally mandated reports chronicle human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories. The reports draw attention to the growing challenges facing individuals and organizations as governments around the world fall short of their obligation to uphold universal human rights. – See more at: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper
As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices highlight the continued pursuit of “free and equal dignity in human rights” in every corner of the world. Based on factual reporting from our embassies and posts abroad, these Congressionally mandated reports chronicle human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories. The reports draw attention to the growing challenges facing individuals and organizations as governments around the world fall short of their obligation to uphold universal human rights. – See more at: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper
As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices highlight the continued pursuit of “free and equal dignity in human rights” in every corner of the world. Based on factual reporting from our embassies and posts abroad, these Congressionally mandated reports chronicle human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories. The reports draw attention to the growing challenges facing individuals and organizations as governments around the world fall short of their obligation to uphold universal human rights. – See more at: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper
As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices highlight the continued pursuit of “free and equal dignity in human rights” in every corner of the world. Based on factual reporting from our embassies and posts abroad, these Congressionally mandated reports chronicle human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories. The reports draw attention to the growing challenges facing individuals and organizations as governments around the world fall short of their obligation to uphold universal human rights. – See more at: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper
As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices highlight the continued pursuit of “free and equal dignity in human rights” in every corner of the world. Based on factual reporting from our embassies and posts abroad, these Congressionally mandated reports chronicle human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories. The reports draw attention to the growing challenges facing individuals and organizations as governments around the world fall short of their obligation to uphold universal human rights. – See more at: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper
As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices highlight the continued pursuit of “free and equal dignity in human rights” in every corner of the world. Based on factual reporting from our embassies and posts abroad, these Congressionally mandated reports chronicle human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories. The reports draw attention to the growing challenges facing individuals and organizations as governments around the world fall short of their obligation to uphold universal human rights. – See more at: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper
As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices highlight the continued pursuit of “free and equal dignity in human rights” in every corner of the world. Based on factual reporting from our embassies and posts abroad, these Congressionally mandated reports chronicle human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories. The reports draw attention to the growing challenges facing individuals and organizations as governments around the world fall short of their obligation to uphold universal human rights. – See more at: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper
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Census Data Mapper – Beta

The United States Census Bureau has recently launched a new resource to assist researchers, the Census Data Mapper.  The Census Data Mapper is a web mapping application intended to provide users with a simple interface to view, save and print county-based demographic maps of the United States based on the data from the 2010 Census. Image

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