Featured Scholar: Donald E. Wilkes Jr.

By Rachel Evans & David Rutland


Donald Eugene Wilkes Jr. 1944 – 2019

Next week on Wednesday July 17, 2019 the University of Georgia School of Law will hold a memorial service for Professor Emeritus Donald E. Wilkes, Jr. who taught at the law school for more than 40 years before retiring in 2012. The service will take place at the Chapel on North Campus at 3:30 p.m. Professor Wilkes, who passed away on June 7, 2019 at the age of 74, made an immense impact on legal scholarship. He has been remembered fondly throughout the local community:

One of the world’s leading experts on the writ of habeas corpus, his works span the fields of criminal procedure, capital punishment and postconviction remedies. There are also interesting popular media pieces about the JFK assassination, and the relationship between the media, the CIA and Lee Harvey Oswald. Other interesting works he wrote included the use of tasers by law enforcement and electroshock on prisoners. Of Wilkes’ more than 300 published works, close to 70 items are in our library catalog, and our institutional repository Digital Commons contains more than 200 entries, including 19 books, 31 papers and over 150 in popular media.


In honor of his legacy and dedication to legal scholarship, we are highlighting a selection of items from these collections in a display, and wanted to share the following standout items from our repository statistics:

Most downloaded from Popular Media: Intriguing Mystery – The Secret Service and the JFK Assassination

This article, originally published in the local Athens newspaper Flagpole Magazine, has been accessed more than 3,300 times since publication in September 2012. “Based on the information now available nearly 50 years after the assassination, there is a consensus among those who have investigated President Kennedy’s Secret Service protection. The consensus: JFK’s protection was inadequate. Indeed, the protection was so defective that it dangerously increased the likelihood that an assassination plan involving one or more concealed snipers firing into the presidential limousine would succeed. By making the murder of JFK easier and the undetected escape of the assassins more likely, this Secret Service bungling contributed to the assassination.”

Most downloaded from Faculty Scholarship: Postconviction Habeas Corpus Relief in Georgia: A Decade After the Habeas Corpus Act

With more than 1,400 downloads to date from Digital Commons, this article was published in 1978 in one of our school’s own journals, the Georgia Law Review. “Part II of this Article will highlight the grounds for relief from a conviction or sentence that were available to a Georgia prisoner prior to 1967 and the procedural obstacles to relief that existed. Part III will explore the grounds for relief currently available, and Part IV will examine the procedural obstacles to postconviction relief that remain. Part V will briefly summarize the availability of postconviction relief in federal court to determine whether the 1967 Act has in fact eliminated the friction between the state courts and the federal courts.”

Wilkes was also a prominent speaker and several lectures about his favorite topics can be found online for free as well as in our archives by request. Check out the following two videos from 2016 and 2013 talks he gave on the JFK Assassination presented at the Athens-Clarke County Public Library, or stop by our library to watch the videos in person:

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Fourth of July: Library Hours & Project Updates

Holiday Hours for the Fourth

Tomorrow Wednesday July 3rd the Law Library will close early at 5 pm in observance of the holiday, and will remain closed throughout July 4th. We will reopen Friday July 5th with regular summer hours throughout the weekend. For full hours visit our website: www.law.uga.edu/library-hours-operation

Library & Law School Project Updates

Two facility projects, reading room and office lighting and new carpeting, have both completed! Water and toilet access in the library Annex are still not accessible as restroom upgrade work continues. Progress is looking good though, check out these before and after photos from the Annex first floor:

Improvements to sidewalks between the library Annex and law school’s Hirsch Hall are also making great leaps with partial access open to foot traffic. Check out these progress pics taken over the course of the last month and a half:


If you need to pass between buildings (in search of a restroom, for example) the best route is still inside over the Annex bridge. Looking North towards downtown Athens from the Annex bridge you can now see work on the sidewalks is continuing in that direction. Completion of this project is an unknown, but one thing is certain, it will be much brighter without the tall trees which used to shade the paths between these buildings. We hope to keep you updated throughout the summer. Thank you again to all library visitors for your patience!




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Celebrate 50 Years of Stonewall: Items from the Collection

By David Rutland & Rachel Evans


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Today marks the fifty year anniversary of riots at Stonewall Inn. On June 28, 1969 members of the LGBTQ community took a stand against law enforcement at the now iconic Greenwich Village bar. Prior to the uprising at Stonewall homosexuality was mostly underground or behind closed doors. It was still against the law to dress in the clothes then prescribed for another gender. Police officers during the uprising would take individuals who might be cross-dressing into restrooms to confirm if they were male or female and arrest those who were determined to be dressed incorrectly. Although five decades have passed and the movement has traveled a long way, there is still more work to be done, especially in the way of equal rights for LGBTQ members.


On display in the law library foyer and above the DVD collection is a slideshow of photographs from the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn, a timeline of important moments in LGBTQ history with highlighted legal landmarks, and a selection of related items from the collection. Among the items on display available for checkout you will find feature and documentary films, academically written commentaries on laws related to sexual identity and marriage equality, and some practical legal guides for these subject areas. Two items of specific relevance to this 50 year anniversary include:

Stonewall UprisingHQ76.8.U5 A447 2011
Originally broadcast as an episode of the television program “The American Experience”, this documentary explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. When police raided a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.

Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era – HQ76.8.U5 L68 2019  A ragtag group of women protesting behind a police line in the rain. A face in a crowd holding a sign that says, ‘Hi Mom, Guess What!’ at a gay rights rally. Two lovers kissing under a tree. These indelible images are among the thousands housed in the New York Public Library’s archive of photographs of 1960s and ’70s LGBTQ history from photojournalists Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies. Lahusen is a pioneering photojournalist who captured pivotal moments in the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Davies, in turn, is one of the most important photojournalists who documented gay, lesbian, and trans liberation, as well as civil rights, feminist, and antiwar movements. This powerful collection–which captures the energy, humor, and humanity of the groundbreaking protests that surrounded the Stonewall Riots–celebrates the diversity of this rights movement, both in the subjects of the photos and by presenting Lahusen and Davies’ distinctive work and perspectives in conversation with each other. A preface, captions, and part introductions from curator Jason Baumann provide illuminating historical context.

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#CALICon19 Recap

Last week I.T., librarians and faculty headed to Columbia, South Carolina for the CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) Conference to present and take in some fantastic sessions. One great thing about CALICon is that sessions are not only live streamed but videos of each are posted (very quickly!) to CALI’s YouTube. The badge stickers for this year’s conference were fun and hilarious, as well as many of the conference presentation titles and themes. CALICon’s diverse mixture of accomplished law faculty, tech gurus and quirky librarians makes for a truly unique experience. The sharing and exchange of ideas couples well with this crowd’s sense of humor that is tough to find at other conferences. The conference breaks between sessions are nice and long, providing plenty of time to continue discussions related to the content and to grab snacks and drinks (which were a fantastic selection complete with glass bottle Perrier and the most amazing brownies).



Photo by Sharon

There was a bit of rain to walk through, but downtown Columbia and the Vista were charming. The South Carolina State House building was walking distance from the law school with lovely paths and a variety of southern landmarks, historical statues and plaques. Nearby was the art museum, a children’s museum and a large zoo and botanical garden. Some art was even hanging in the law school foyer (this beautiful Chihuly glass sculpture) where CALICon registration and vendor areas were set up. After a conference debriefing it seems we each had our favorite sessions that inspired and energized us including a come-back of gamification, automating institutional repository batch loads with python scripting, and tools for cost-saving measures with student course books and faculty publishing.


Watch all of the #CALICon19 session videos in the playlist embedded below, or visit our three sessions now added to the Librarian’s Presentations playlist.

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Summer Hours & Facilities Projects

Hello Summer! It sure is hot out there. With temperatures hitting record highs for May we are thankful that although many, many projects have changed our routes to and through the library that we still have functioning, comfortable AC inside!

Coming & Going

If you stopped by the library or law school in the past week or so it has been impossible to miss the difficulties of navigating entry and exit for Hirsch Hall, the Law Library and the Library Annex buildings. Passage between the Annex and Hirsch lower floors is presently detoured to the sidewalks that pass by our large reading room windows or to the sidewalks that cut between Hirsch and Rusk. Lower floor entrances on the back side of the law school are closed off until the sidewalk renovations (which unfortunately include several tree removals) are completed to make that area more accessible. Please use second floor library or law school doors (facing Jackson Street and Main Library) to enter the building.

Where is circulation and reference? Why is it so dark?

Once inside, you will soon discover the library foyer dark and blocked. Lighting and carpet projects in the circulation and reading room areas have rendered these doors closed to the public. Please follow the orange sings with arrows through a law school hallway which will lead to our temporary circulation desk, access to restrooms, and reading room and annex tables. Many of these projects have required plastic coverings for large sections of our collection. If you have trouble locating items due to any of the projects, please consult a librarian or staff member for help. The reference desk is also temporarily covered and not accessible to librarians or patrons, but reference calls and emails are being fielded by librarians between 9 am and 5 pm each weekday. Find a staff member or librarian if you need face-to-face assistance and we will be happy to meet with you!

No water? No restrooms?!

When traveling to the library annex please note that all water is shut off while bathroom upgrades are taking place for each of the three floors. As a result there are no functioning restrooms or water fountains in the annex. Patrons and library employees are encouraged to use the restrooms in the main part of the library, or in Hirsch Hall until these upgrades are completed. Facilities projects will continue throughout the summer. We thank you for your patience during this time! The library will remain open with regular summer hours through June, until our next UGA holiday closing on July 4th:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8 am to 9 pm
  • Friday: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday: 9 to 5 pm
  • Sunday: 1 to 9 pm
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Digital Commons 2,000,000th Download Celebration TODAY!


Join us today from 3 to 4 PM in the front of the Law Library as we celebrate our 2 millionth download in University of Georgia School of Law’s institutional repository Digital Commons. As of this morning we were sitting at 1,990,661 downloads!

We will have a big screen downloads map tracking the works in real time, and FREE King Of Pops – Athens popsicles! Can’t make it to the event? Watch the magic from wherever you are: https://digitalcommons.law.uga.edu/readership_map.html#content

Wondering what our most downloaded work of all time is (so far)? It is our very own law library director Carol Watson‘s presentation titled “Blawgs, Podcasts, Wikis? Deciphering the Lingo and Evaluating Current Awareness Tools“, with a total of 56,250 downloads! Other popular collections from the repository include scholarly works, student law journals, popular media and LL.M. theses:



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Summer Access to Library Resources

By Stephen Wolfson

1. Bloomberg Law

All non-graduating student will have access to Bloomberg Law throughout the summer. You don’t need to do anything to extend your access and you can use Bloomberg Law as normal. Graduating students will have access to Bloomberg Law for 6 months after graduation. You also do not need to do anything to maintain your access.  If you have any questions about Bloomberg Law access, email Jennifer L. Gauthier at jgaulthier@bloomberglaw.com. 

2. LexisNexis 

All non-graduating students have access throughout the summer without any restrictions. Graduating students will have access to their student IDs through December 2019. If you have any questions about LexsNexis access, email Brittany Conklin at brittany.conklin@lexisnexis.com 

3. Westlaw  

Westlaw’s summer/graduating student access is a bit different than Bloomberg and LexisNexis. Read below to see what they offer.  

Westlaw Summer Policy for all returning students: 

You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and the Practice Ready solutions, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client.

Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following: 

  • Summer coursework 
  • Research assistant assignments 
  • Law Review or Journal research 
  • Moot Court research 
  • Non-Profit work 
  • Clinical work 
  • Externship sponsored by the school 
  • You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer. 

Westlaw for graduating students:   

Grad Elite – Practice Ready School 

You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for 18 months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60 hours of usage per month, with no restrictions against using them for professional purposes.  

These tools include: 

  • Westlaw 
  • Practical Law 
  • Practical Law Connect 
  • Drafting Assistant Essential 
  • Doc and Form Builder 
  • ProView 
  • West LegalEdCenter -one-year, no CLE  

You should see a pop up when you sign on to lawschool.westlaw.com or click on the below direct link- https://lawschool.westlaw.com/authentication/gradelite 

If you have any questions about Westlaw access, email Sue Moore at sue.moore@thomsonreuters.com. 

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