Exam Hours & Stress Busters

Thanksgiving: Wed.  11/25 7am – 10pm
Thurs. 11/26 CLOSED
Fri.     11/27 10am – 10pm
Sat.    11/28 10am – 10pm

Beginning Sun. 11/29, the Library is open until 2am EVERY night, including Friday and Saturday, until the end of exams. M-F opening: 7am; Sat & Sun opening: 8am.

puzzle_iconsThroughout the exam period, the law library offers a variety of stress relieving activities. When you need to re-charge your tired brain, try one of these:

  • Jigsaw puzzles at the reference desk
  • Putting greens in the law review stacks
  • Nerf bowling in the basement
  • Puzzle and coloring books at circulation

AND, on Monday 11/30; Wed 12/2; and Friday 12/4, 10 minute chair massage upstairs off the balcony. Sign up for a session:


By Maureen Cahill

Posted in Lost in the Stacks (Reference)

Stress Buster Chair Massages

Massage Poster

Beginning today you can sign up for a free ten-minute chair massage. The Law Library and the Office of Student Affairs have teamed up this semester to bring UGA Health Center’s therapeutic massage staff to our law students! Massages will be hosted on the balcony of the Law Library Reading Room. Space is limited. Slots are available in 10 minute increments on the morning of Monday 11/30, morning and afternoon of Wednesday 12/02, and afternoon of Friday 12/04.

You must reserve a time in advance to take advantage of this free stress buster. To view exact time slots for each date and to sign up, visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4aaeae2da1ff2-stress. Don’t wait, or you could miss out on a well-deserved relaxing massage.

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Featured Acquisition: Lessons in Censorship

41sa-0l-7ml-_sx329_bo1204203200_Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students’ First Amendment Rights 

American public schools often censor controversial student speech that the Constitution protects. Lessons in Censorship brings clarity to a bewildering array of court rulings that define the speech rights of young citizens in the school setting. Catherine J. Ross examines disputes that have erupted in our schools and courts over the civil rights movement, war and peace, rights for LGBTs, abortion, immigration, evangelical proselytizing, and the Confederate flag. She argues that the failure of schools to respect civil liberties betrays their educational mission and threatens democracy. From the 1940s through the Warren years, the Supreme Court celebrated free expression and emphasized the role of schools in cultivating liberty. But the Burger, Rehnquist, and Roberts courts retreated from that vision, curtailing certain categories of student speech in the name of order and authority. Drawing on hundreds of lower court decisions, Ross shows how some judges either misunderstand the law or decline to rein in censorship that is clearly unconstitutional, and she powerfully demonstrates the continuing vitality of the Supreme Court’s initial affirmation of students’ expressive rights. Placing these battles in their social and historical context, Ross introduces us to the young protesters, journalists, and artists at the center of these stories. Lessons in Censorship highlights the troubling and growing tendency of schools to clamp down on off-campus speech such as texting and sexting and reveals how well-intentioned measures to counter verbal bullying and hate speech may impinge on free speech. Throughout, Ross proposes ways to protect free expression without disrupting education.

Lessons in Censorship… is authored by Catherine J. Ross and published by Harvard University Press. You can find this featured acquisition on the balcony: KF4155.5 .R67 2015. For more featured acquisitions from November, visit http://law.uga.edu/featured-acquisitions-november-2015.

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Book Repair Week

Last spring the library’s book repair clinic was such a hit that library staff have extended the clinic this fall to a full week! Students and faculty are encouraged to drop off any damaged books between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. any day between November 16th and 19th. Books can be left at the library’s circulation desk. Allow 24 hours for repairs to be made and for glue to dry. Library staff will email you once your book is ready for pick up.

Posted in Lost in the Stacks (Reference)

Discover PLUS from PLI

Discover PLUS is an ebook library with treatises, course handbooks, answer books, program transcripts and legal forms in 22 practice areas from Practising Law Institute, a non-profit continuing legal education organization.  In addition to areas such as Corporate and Securities, Litigation, Health Care Law, and International Law, there is also a section on Professional Skills.  For example, one can find in the ebook Basic Negotiation Skills 2015 a chapter by attorney Anthony Grumbach on “Tips for Successfully Launching Your Legal Career.”  You do not need to create an individual account to use Discover PLUS, but if you do, you can then save ebooks to your bookshelf, make notes, and utilize their iOS based app.

By Wendy Moore

Posted in Lost in the Stacks (Reference)

Professional Skills

NetworkingOn Wednesday, November 4, the Law School Career Development Office is hosting a workshop with legal profession networking expert Mary Crane. You can find helpful books by Ms. Crane in the Law Library Career & Professional Resources Collection located in the main reading room. Available books include Networking, Business Etiquette, Time Management, and Starting Work: For Interns, New Hires, and Summer Associates.

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Remembering the Nuremberg Trials

November 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Nuremberg trials. When the Nuremberg trials are mentioned most people are aware of the first trial. The one which included Herman Goerring and Rudolf Hess. This trial of accused war criminals was held by the International Military Tribunal (IMT). The IMT proceeding, between November 14, 1945 and October 1, 1946, was held under the aegis of an international court with judges and prosecutors from the United States, Great Britain, the Provisional Government of France, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The proceedings were conducted in four languages with simultaneous voice translations and documents translated into four languages. The IMT prosecuted those major war criminals who were the leaders of the Nazi regime.

Rare colour photo of the trial at Nuremberg, depicting the defendants, guarded by American Military Police.

The Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT) began in October 1946 and continued through May of 1949. These trials focused on many of the actual perpetrators of the war crimes. These trials were held before U.S. military courts, not before the IMT, but took place in the same rooms at the Palace of Justice. The judges and prosecutors of these war criminals were exclusively American.

Georgia Law has a direct connection to the trials. Major Eugene Phillips (ABJ ’39) was the Public Information Officer, Office of the Chief of Counsel for War Crimes. The University of Georgia School of Law became one of 12 repositories in the United States where complete records of the trials were deposited. Major Phillips presented the records to Chancellor Harmon W. Caldwell.

Read more about the trials and the collection and view available documents: http://libguides.law.uga.edu/phillips

By Sharon Bradley

Posted in In the Building