Looking for Peabody Award Winners? Check out our collection!

Peabody Awards - Awarding Stories that MatterEstablished in 1940, the George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by TV and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals, and the World Wide Web – “stories that matter” in electronic media. The University of Georgia has been the home of the Peabody Awards since the award was founded.

The 74th annual Peabody Awards ceremony takes place Sunday night, May 31, 2015, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The ceremony will be aired on a tape-delayed basis on June 21, 2015, by the cable/satellite channel Pivot, but you don’t have to wait to learn who won. The winners were announced over a two-week period in April and are posted on the Peabody Awards website.

We have number of Peabody Award winners right here in our own video collection at Georgia Law. On display right now in our Reference area and available for checkout are selected winners from the last ten years:

2014 –   American Experience: Freedom Summer

2013 –   Breaking Bad

House of Cards

The Invisible War


Central Park Five

2012 –  The Loving Story

2011 –   Triangle Fire

Freedom Riders

Stonewall Uprising

2010 –  Justified

The Good Wife

The Lord is not on Trial Here Today

2008 – John Adams

2007 – Taxi to the Dark Side

2006 – Why We Fight

For more information about the Peabody Archive or the Peabody Awards, visit www.peabodyawards.com.

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Help decide the winner of the 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

haperleeprize_logo200pxThe University of Alabama and the ABA Journal have announced the finalists for the 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and this year, you get to help decide the winner!

The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction was created five years ago by the University of Alabama and the ABA Journal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird and to honor its author (former Alabama Law student) Harper Lee. The prize has been awarded each year to the novel that “best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.”

This year’s finalists are: Terminal City by Linda Fairstein, My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni, and The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson.

This year’s winner will be decided by a panel consisting of four judges and a public vote. The judges are Roy Blount Jr., author and humorist; Wayne Flynt, author and Alabama historian; Mary McDonagh Murphy, independent film and television writer and producer; and Michele Norris, NPR host and special correspondent. You are invited to cast your own vote at the ABA website on the book you think most deserves the prize. Voting closes on Friday, June 5 at 11:59 p.m.

The 2015 prize will be awarded in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, in conjunction with the Library of Congress National Book Festival.  The winner will receive a signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Google mobile results now include Tweets

twitterStarting this week, “U.S. users searching in English will see relevant Tweets in their search results within the Google app (iOS and Android) and mobile web. When tapping on a Tweet in Google search, you’ll be taken directly to Twitter where you can view the Tweet and discover additional content.”  More information here.

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Memorial Day Holiday Hours

The Alexander Campbell King Law Library will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday on Sunday, May 24th and Monday, May 25th.  We will resume regular summer hours on Tuesday, May 26th.

Fri 5/22:   8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat 5/23:   8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun 5/24 – Mon 5/25:  Closed
Tue 5/26:  8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

View our schedule.

Have a great holiday!

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Brown v. Board of Education – 61st Anniversary

Article re: Brown v. Board of Education decisionThis week, it’s 61 years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (May 17, 1954) that ended legal segregation in public schools. The issues raised in the case remain as relevant today as they were then, and the public dialogue continues.

Want to explore the case?

  • Read four facts you might not have known about Brown v. Board of Education, from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Brown v. Board was the consolidation of five separate cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of segregation in public schools, all of them sponsored by the NAACP-LDF.

Want to do some research on the current state of schools in the U.S.?

Dig into the extensive Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) at the U.S. Department of Education. The CRDC is a biennial (i.e., every other school year) survey required by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The database includes:

  • Data from every public school in the nation (approximately 16,500 school districts, 97,000 schools, and 49 million students).
  • Traditional public schools (preschool through 12th grade), alternative schools, career and technical education schools, and charter schools.
  • Data for every public school disaggregated by race/ethnicity, English learner status, sex, and disability.
  • Data for all schools now disaggregated by seven race and ethnicity categories, including Native-Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and multiracial students.
  • Measures student access to college- and career-preparatory science and math courses, AP courses and tests, SAT/ACT tests, gifted and talented programs, IB programs, preschool programs, and interscholastic athletics.
  • Tracks teacher and resource equity, including teacher experience and salary levels, other personnel and non-personnel expenditures, and access to school counselors.
  • Reveals school climate disparities related to student discipline, restraint and seclusion, retention, and bullying and harassment.

Want recommended titles in print? Here are two in our collection:

A Storm Over this Court : Law, Politics, and Supreme Court Decision Making in Brown v. Board of Education by Jeffrey D. Hockett   CALL # KF228.B76 H63 2013

All Deliberate Speed : Reflections on the First Half Century of Brown v. Board of Education by Charles J. Ogletree  CALL # KF4757 .O35 2004


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Celebrate Europe Day with German & English Candies at Reference

The European Union celebrates Europe Day on May 9 to commemorate the 1950 Schuman Declaration proposing consolidated European coal and steel industries, binding the member nations so closely together that renewed war would be unthinkable. The Schuman Declaration is considered to be the genesis of what is now the European Union of 28 Member States with a combined population of half a billion people.

You can access the documentation of this supranational organization right here in the Law Library, which serves as a depository for official EU documents, including many on EU law. See our Guide to EU Documents in the Law Library and learn more about the European Union on its official site Europa as well as the trans-Atlantic partnership on the site of the Delegacandies_flags_desktion of the European Union to the United States.

Please contact Anne Burnett any time for assistance with using our EU depository material, and drop by the Reference Desk today for some celebratory German and English candies!

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New Book: The Lawyer as Leader

The Lawyer as LeaderThe new book The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice is designed to help lawyers facilitate social change through public policy advocacy. Based on author Dr. Artika R. Tyner’s leadership development and community engagement work, the book shows how attorneys can use their legal skills to work for social change, contribute to communities that foster social justice, and empower and develop new leaders.

Find the book in the Career & Professional Resources section of the Law Library at KF311 .T96 2014.

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