Recent Grads Don’t Forget: Free Ice Cream Bars & Free Access to HeinOnline

Today from 1 to 4 pm the law library will have a variety of ice cream bars available. Recently graduated law students are especially encouraged to stop by and take a break from studying for the Georgia Bar Exam with a cold treat! Ice cream bars are free for alumni, students, faculty, and staff of the law school.

When stopping by take note of the resources provided to graduates including free access to HeinOnline and Case Law with Fastcase.

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From the Collection: Titles on Women’s Leadership and Women in the Law


“One day in second grade, I was so engrossed in a book that I forgot where I was until the teacher put her hand on my shoulder. Later she told the whole class: ‘Barbara was so interested in reading that she did not even hear the recess bell.’ It was the proudest moment of my life to that point… In a larger sense, however, that thrilling moment stayed with me. Reading has shaped my character, perhaps more than anything else.”

– Barbara Babcock, Fish Raincoats KF373.B23 A3 2016

A love of reading is often one of those early signs in young people that fosters continued education in life and a drive to know and learn more. Tomorrow July 19th as women in academia converge at the School of Law for a conference focused on leadership we in the library hope that some titles from our collection will not only support those attending the conference, but those who visit the library and are interested in the topics discussed over the next few days. Stop by the front of the library and check out items on display. A few choice blurbs from some of the books on display are listed below:

9781479865963_fullStories from Trailblazing Women LawyersKF 299.W6 N65 2018

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a definite philosophy of style: “I never succumbed to the fact that you had to dress like a man… As I became more professionally involved and reached a level where I became respected as a person, I always though it was important never to lose my femininity in order to be successful… I was proud of the fact that, as a woman, I was able to reach a certain level of achievement. On the bench I wore a scarf (often colorful) not a jabot.



Grit, The Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women LawyersKF 299.W6 H64 2017

Although this book is broken down into sections intended for solo practitioners, law firm lawyers and government or non-profit lawyers, the nuggets of advice throughout can be carried over into higher education and any other career goal. The focus is on differentiating “grit” from achievement, dependability and other more common characteristics found in leaders. “Gritty individuals will set long term goals for themselves and will persistently pursue those goals, regardless of whether there is regular feedback and positive reinforcement.”


Legally Mom: Real Women’s Stories of Balancing Motherhood & Law PracticeKF 299.W6 B76 2012

Whether you are a practicing attorney, transitioning to legal education or anywhere in between and you find yourself a mother as well as a legal professional this book offers true gems of advice broken out into little boxes throughout each chapter highlighting other working-mom-lawyer takeaways from their own experiencing climbing their respective career ladders in heels. “Rona was unsure how much time she would be able to devote to her family as she entered legal academia… but her motivation at the time was to secure a position that was meaningful in which she could begin to build a career.”

empower_coverEmpowerment and Leadership: Tried and True Methods for Women Lawyers, KF299.W6 E57 2003

From the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession comes this practical guide which outlines topics including culture, marketing, networking, and compensation. “Of critical importance in navigating through an organization to reach the top levels is having the right mentor. Women from almost every focus group noted that the one factor that was critical in helping them attain leadership roles was having a strong mentor to push and encourage them…you become stronger and more confident.”


Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in LawKF299.W6 V56 2013

Also from the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession comes an easily digested read which attempts to not only illustrate what leadership is but relays through quotes and interviews summarized plans of action that you can incorporate into your own goal setting. In a segment on taking risks, a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt begins the sub-chapter: “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” Followed by insights from Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook and former Google employee on her real-life decision making when confronted with major employment changes: “Learning to face your fears is actually the best part of accepting opportunity… You’ll experience the lightness of being. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, you don’t ask what seat. Get on the rocket ship… It’s the place where you develop. Resist the desire to head back to comfort and you’ll have expanded leadership capacity.”






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Lifetime of Leadership: Edith Elizabeth House


Edith Elizabeth House, a native of Winder, Ga., was one of the first female graduates of the University of Georgia School of Law. She graduated in 1925 and was co-valedictorian of her class. House enjoyed a distinguished career in public service, which spanned over 30 years. View an interactive timeline of her life accomplishments.

edith_scrapbookWomen Law Students’ Association (WLSA) compiled a scrapbook in honor of Miss House. It begins with a newspaper photograph of the senior class which House was a part of (pictured in the back row, far right side next to another first female graduate Gussie Brooks). The scrapbook ends with a news announcement of Miss House’s death in December 1987 and Gwen Wood’s memorial tribute delivered on April 6, 1988. The Law Library chose to retain the arrangement and special character of the scrapbook. Flip through the scrapbook online. In 1983, the Edith House Lecture Series hosted by the law school began inviting outstanding female legal scholars and practitioners to Athens. The most recent instance of the series was a conversation with Sally Quillian Yates, former U.S. Attorney general and was held earlier this year. Watch videos of the lecture series on YouTube:

House’s portrait painted by Alison Free Schneider and presented to the School of Law by the Women Law Students Association in 1984 is on display in the law school’s Hirsch Hall. For more information about House’s life and career visit our research guide.


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Resource Spotlight: HeinOnline’s Women and the Law Collection

Next week the School of Law will be hosting the first Women’s Leadership in Academia conference from Thursday July 19 to Friday July 20th. In addition to the books on display in the front of the library, check out HeinOnline’s Women and the Law Collection.
This historical archive contains nearly 1,000 fully searchable titles.


A truly unique collection of materials, it provides a convenient platform for users to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. The collection brings together books, biographies, and periodicals dedicated to the role of women in society and the law. In addition to the historical materials, the collection features contemporary contributions from the Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project.

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U.S. Supreme Court: Tracking the Confirmation Process

Seal of the Supreme Court of the United States

Last night, President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. The next step in the process is sending the nomination to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

But wait? Who is Brett Kavanaugh? From ScotusBlog:

“After graduating from Yale College in 1987 and Yale Law School in 1990, Kavanaugh spent two years as a law clerk, for Judge Walter Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He followed a one-year fellowship in the office of U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr with a clerkship for Justice Anthony Kennedy during October Term 1993.” [full profile here]

What happens before the hearing? From the CRS Report: Supreme Court Appointment Process, R44236, March 17, 2017:

The nominee fills out a detailed questionnaire and makes courtesy calls on individual Senators in their offices. The Judiciary Committee conducts a background investigation, and the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary evaluates the nominee as “well-qualified,” “qualified,” or “not-qualified.” During this time, public debate on the nominee is ongoing, members of the Judiciary Committee are preparing questions for the nominee, and the nominee is preparing to answer these questions.

What happens during the hearing? From Georgetown Law Library’s research guide:

“During the hearings, witnesses, both supporting and opposing the nomination, present their views. Senators question the nominee on his or her qualifications, judgment, and philosophy.” Then it is time for voting. First, the Judiciary Committee votes on a recommendation to the full Senate. The Senate debates and then votes. A majority vote confirms the nomination, with the Vice President casting the deciding vote in the event of a tie.

What happens after the hearing? From the ABA’s Nominations Process page:

If the nominee is confirmed, “the president issues a written commission to the nominee, who then must take two oaths of office – the Constitutional Oath and the Judicial Oath – before being sworn in and assuming official duties as a Supreme Court justice.”

If the nominee is not confirmed, the process begins again with another Presidential nomination.


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From the Repository: Conferences Hosted at UGA School of Law

The University of Georgia School of Law hosts a variety of events each year. In addition to our multiple annual lecture series, faculty colloquia and other prominent presentations the law school also sponsors several conferences and symposia. Nearly all scholarly events are captured in our institutional repository Digital Commons. Here are just a few highlights of conferences that took place this past spring:

WIPI Working in the Public Interest

2018 was the 8th year of this annual conference. Entirely student organized, WIPI seeks to bring together eminent practitioners in their respective fields, students, and faculty to discuss practical approaches to lawyering which can promote social justice and human rights for all.

Athens, Georgia, USA downtown cityscape.Externships 9: Coming of Age

Held in Athens in March 2018, this conference is hosted at a different location each year. The theme, “Coming of Age,” marked the 20th anniversary of the first Externships Conference in March 1997. Each year the conference assesses the past, present, and future of externship teaching in legal education. Video links for most sessions!

preview-5Rural Healthcare Symposium

2018 saw the third instance of this now annual symposium focused on policy discussions surrounding the emerging rural healthcare crisis in the U.S.. Healthcare policymakers, executives, entrepreneurs and scholars come together to explore a range of issues addressing local and national rural healthcare disparities. Video of all sessions!

red clay 2018 web imageRed Clay Conferences

An annual conference organized by the environmental law student association at UGA School of Law, it aims to increase public awareness of environmental issues of regional, national, and international significance through a series of educational presentations and open forum discussions.

81-og Protect Athens Music

Since 2011 this annual conference has been a joint endeavor between the University of Georgia Music Business Program, the University of Georgia School of Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and Nuci’s Space to support and educate local musicians. It typically includes panels on topics such as copyright law, ticketing, touring, publicity, and intellectual property rights in the internet era.


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Featured Scholar: Anne Proffitt Dupre


Anne Proffitt Dupre joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in 1994 and taught Education Law, Children and the Law, and Contracts. In 2004, she became the fourth woman in our law school’s history to be appointed to an endowed position, a J. Alton Hosch Professorship. She was nationally recognized as an expert in education law and policy. Among her many accomplishments over her lifetime (1952 – 2011), she published many articles and books which are in the law library’s collection and institutional repository. Check out her books and other writings found in our online catalog GAVEL, or read and download from Digital Commons. For more information about Dupre’s life and work visit our Research Guide.

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