Reading Recommendations: Spring Break Edition

By Nina Guzman
Spring Break is the perfect time to kick back, relax and do some fun reading that doesn’t require a two hour limit. I asked some of our hardest working alumnae and faculty from the School of Law what books they recommend reading while catching some rays.
Dominique Holloman, Alumna (JD’04), Attorney and Consultant
I have a light/easy read contribution: Rooster Bar by John Grisham, and I am currently reading Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted Worldby Cal Newport.
Carol Watson, Law Library Director
I’m getting ready for a long air flight to Greece so I needed a page-turner. I’m taking The Woman in Cabin 10 with me to keep me occupied, plus a couple of travel guides.
Mehrsa Baradaran, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
Some of my favorite books recently are Educated by Tara Westover Political Tribes by Amy Chua Locking up Our Own by James Forman Jr. The Power by Naomi AldermanThe Wisdom of Finance Mihir Desai Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee Dreamland by Sam Quinoines Feel Free by Zadie Smith.
Lori Ringhand, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
One of the best books I’ve read lately is Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. I also recommend A Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, which is a fun (and not really super sad) look at life in a digitally-enhanced near future.
Kathleen A. Doty, Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center
A great read for those who can’t actually get to the beach is Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan. It’s a lovely memoir about a life of surfing, and winner of the 2016 Pulitzer in biography.
Eleanor C Lanier, Mediation Clinic Director
Right now I’m working on The Secret Life of the Mind: How Your Brain Thinks, Feels and Decides by Mariano Sigman (a work-ish one) and The Righteous Mind: How Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt (also work-ish). For fun: The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe by Clifford Johnson (quantum physics as comic book type conversation). For a spring break read, I recommend Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Faye Green- a Georgia author and a true legal tale set in SEGA to evoke the beach- Shark Dialogues by Kiana Davenport- an epic tale of several generations of Hawaiian women.
Usha R. Rodrigues, Associate Dean for Faculty Development

 I am currently between Never Split the Distance by Chris Voss, Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, and Robert Caro’s The Means of Ascent.  For Spring Break, I recommend to start with Robert Caro’s Path to Power and Mantel’s Wolf Hall.

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Tech Update: ArchPass Duo

Beginning today, March 12, Employee Self-Service and eLC will require require more than your MyID and password for access. Beginning March 23 Athena will also require this two-step authentication. For these systems and applications, you’ll need to use ArchPass which is powered by Duo. This two-step login process adds an extra layer of security to help protect your UGA accounts. UGA applications protected by ArchPass will ask you to:
  •  Enter your UGA MyID and password.
  •  You can verify your ID with the Duo Mobile app, a text message or a phone call to your Duo-enrolled phone or tablet.
You can enroll a phone or tablet through the Self-Service Portal. You can find instructions for enrolling devices on the Help Desk site.
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Spring Break Hours

By Marie Mize

Monday March 12 through Friday March 16 the University of Georgia will observe spring break! Here are relevant library hours beginning today:

  • Friday, March 9th:  7 am – 5pm
  • Saturday, March 10th:  8 am – 5pm
  • Sunday, March 11th: Closed
  • Monday March 12th through Saturday March 17th: 8am – 5pm
  • Regular hours resume on Sunday, March 18th:  8 am – 2 am
For more library hours, visit our website:
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Ladies of Justice: DVDs for Women’s History Month

IMG_5948By Nina K. Guzman

If truth is stranger than fiction, these movies prove it can also be more powerful and inspiring. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve rounded up DVDs surrounding strong women who sought justice no matter how many obstacles were put in their way. Check out some of these DVDs from our media display before heading out for spring break:


Woman in Gold PN1997 .W66 2015  

The film is based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee, who, along with her young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, fought the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt’s iconic painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was stolen from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War II.



American Violet PN1997 .A49 2009 

When Melody is wrongfully convicted of selling narcotics, instead of pleading guilty she risks serious prison time to fight against a system that has been harassing her community for years.




Erin Brockovich PN1995.9.J8 E7 2000

What begins as a story about a single mother struggling to keep food on the table, turns into a tale about a woman fighting for an underprivileged community against a major company.




The Accused PN1995.9.R27 A33 2002

After a traumatic experience, Sarah Tobias acquires the help of attorney Kathryn Murphy to find justice and in the process brings national attention to horrors that too many women have faced.




Denial | PN1997 .D437 2017

This movie follows the Irvin v Penguin Books Ltd case, in which Deborah Lipstadt, a highly respected Holocaust scholar, was sued by Holocaust denier David Irving for libel after she accused him of being a liar. While the trial is moving forth, not only must Lipstadt fight for her reputation but for the very existence of one of the worst tragedies in history.



Iron Jawed Angels | PN1997 .I75 2004

This movie tells the true story of how defiant and brilliant young activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns took the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.


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On Reserve Podcast Episode 2: Music & Law

In this episode co-hosts Leslie Grove and Rachel Evans are joined by Nina Guzman to bring you discussions about music and the law with:

  • Law faculty member and fellow podcaster Joe Miller
  • Alumnae and entertainment attorney Michelle Davis
  • Former law faculty member, R.E.M.’s legal counsel and manager Bertis Downs
  • Tunabunny member and author Scott Creney of the law school’s Jittery Joes coffee shop
  • Law faculty member Jason Cade of Hog-eyed Man
  • Law librarian and adjunct professor Endia Sowers Paige

Download Episode 3: Music & the Law


Since our last podcast episode aired in October 2017, the law library used a contest in the February issue of our Amicus Briefs Newsletter to find a new name for the podcast. Thanks to law student submissions, we now have a new name for the podcast: On Reserve. This idea was submitted by law student Ben Durfee. You can now find our podcast (including past episodes) in iTunes, in addition to following along with this blog for streaming via YouTube.

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HeinOnline Database on Slavery in America and the World

The HeinOnline Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law collection brings together essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This collection includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery. There are more than 1,500 pamphlets and books on slavery from the 19th century, including every English-language legal commentary on slavery published before 1920, which includes many essays and articles in obscure, hard-to-find journals in the United States and elsewhere. In addition, there are also many modern histories of slavery, including a section containing all modern law review articles on the subject. This collection will continue to grow, not only from new scholarship but also from additional historical material.
Because HeinOnline is dedicated to the dissemination of information on this important subject and they felt it would be inappropriate for them as a company to profit from this resource, the HeinOnline Slavery in America and the World collection is provided at no cost to researchers and institutions requesting access.
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Law Library Podcast Name Contest

What do you imagine a law library podcast should be called? This month the library Public Relations Team is inviting all members of the School of Law community to submit ideas for consideration. An extension of the library’s newsletter, the podcast aims to tackle a different theme per episode, bringing together the law students, faculty and staff for intimate discussions about topics close to their heart. The hosts hope to explore members of the community’s passions and enable them to share their professional expertise. Each episode will also pair library resource recommendations with the field of law most related to the theme.
We encourage you to listen to both the pilot episode about Animal Law and episode one about Technology in the Legal Profession and Legal Education. Until we secure a permanent name, our podcast is available for streaming at: Ideas can be submitted online or at the library circulation desk or through this online form. If your idea is selected you will receive a goody bag!
We hope to secure a new name by way of the contest in time for our next podcast episode which will focus on Music and Entertainment Law. Stay tuned for that episode in March.
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