Working in the Public Interest Titles

By Endia Paige

The Working in the Public Interest (WIPI) Law Conference will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  Here are three titles available in the Law Library to support your interest in public interest lawyering.

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Beyond the Big Firm : Profiles of Lawyers Who Want Something More
By Alan B. Morrison and Diane T. Chin
Available on the Balcony-  KF299.P8 M67 2007
More than 30 compelling profiles of lawyers who have chosen to follow nontraditional legal careers, in a wide range of subject areas, practice settings, and types of work.

Public Interest Lawyering : A Contemporary Perspective
by Alan K. Chen and Scott L. Cummings
Available in Career & Professional Resources (Main Floor)- KF299.P8 C44 2013
This title examines the lives of public interest lawyers, the clients and causes they serve, the contexts within which they work, the strategies they deploy, and the challenges they face today.

Cause Lawyers and Social Movements
Edited by Austin Sarat and Stuart A. Scheingold
Available on the Balcony- KF299.P8 C38 2006
This book invites scholars to think about cause lawyering from the perspective of those political activists with whom cause lawyers work and whom they seek to serve.

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Reception to Celebrate Complete Upload of GJICL and JIPL to the Digital Commons Repository


This Tuesday, February 21st at 1 PM please join the library in celebration of the complete upload of the Georgia Journal of International Law and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law to the Digital Commons Repository. Coffee and cupcakes will be served at the law library entrance from 1 to 2 PM. Law Librarians Anne Burnett and TJ Striepe have accomplished a great deal in uploading a combined total of 1,721 papers for these two journals. As a result, the journals together have received more than 185,000 downloads from more than 200 countries!

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Featured Acquisition: John Lennon vs. the USA

41rbl9k5wplJohn Lennon vs. the USA: the Inside Story of the Most Bitterly Contested and Influential Deportation Case in United States History

by Leon Wildes
Chicago, Illinois: American Bar Association
Balcony KF228.L47 W55 2016

New York immigration attorney Leon Wildes tells the incredible story of this landmark case –John Lennon vs. The USA — that set up a battle of wills between John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and President Richard Nixon. Although Wildes did not even know who John Lennon and Yoko Ono were when he was originally retained by them, he developed a close relationship with them both during the eventual five-year period while he represented them and thereafter.

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Featured Acquisition: Water Tossing Boulders

511ac1v9yql-_sx321_bo1204203200_Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South

by Adrienne Berard
Boston: Beacon Press, 2016
Balcony KF228.L86 B47 2016

A generation before Brown v. Board of Education struck down America’s separate but equal doctrine, one Chinese family and an eccentric Mississippi lawyer fought for desegregation in one of the greatest legal battles never told. On September 15, 1924, Martha Lum and her older sister Berda were barred from attending middle school in Rosedale, Mississippi. The girls were Chinese American and considered by the school to be colored; the school was for whites. This event would lead to the first US Supreme Court case to challenge the constitutionality of racial segregation in Southern public schools, an astonishing thirty years before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. … By confronting the separate but equal doctrine, the Lum family fought for the right to educate Chinese Americans in the white schools of the Jim Crow South. Using their groundbreaking lawsuit as a compass, Berard depicts the complicated condition of racial otherness in rural Southern society. In a sweeping narrative that is both epic and intimate, Water Tossing Boulders evokes a time and place previously defined by black and white, a time and place that, until now, has never been viewed through the eyes of a forgotten third race. In vivid prose, the Mississippi Delta, an empire of cotton and a bastion of slavery, is reimagined to reveal the experiences of a lost immigrant community. Through extensive research in historical documents and family correspondence, Berard illuminates a vital, forgotten chapter of America’s past and uncovers the powerful journey of an oppressed people in their struggle for equality.

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Resource Spotlight: Practice Point

The Law Library has recently added access to Practice Point. This Westlaw tool designed for transactional attorneys combines Practical Law with Westlaw resources. This database is organized by transactional task, practice area or by content type. It provides attorneys with practice guides, forms, clauses, and checklists that are regularly updated and selected by attorney-editors. Westlaw designed Practice Point to help attorneys with discrete tasks, whether it is selling a private corporation, transferring a license or drafting an executive compensation agreement.

This database is accessible through Westlaw; please contact a Law Librarian if you need any assistance with this resource.

By TJ Striepe

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Resource Spotlight: ACLU Archive Now Available Online


The Law Library has access to the new resource American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990, a part of the Making of Modern Law collection. Drawing from the records of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the collection focuses on civil rights, race, gender, worker’s rights, popular protest, the role of government and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ACLU was involved in an estimated eighty percent of the landmark cases of the Twentieth Century, making this archive an excellent source of information about important issues that affected the United States as well as the hundreds of groups with which the ACLU interacted. The database offers a Term Frequency Search which allows one to visualize the frequency of search terms within the collection, helping researchers identify issues and how they developed over time.

By Wendy Moore

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African-American Contributions to Sports and Law Exhibit & Reception

img_6252For the second year the Law Library is presenting a Black History Artifacts Exhibit. These items are made available thanks to the generosity of Georgia Law alumnus Roy W. Copeland (J.D.’83). Copeland, a professor in the Valdosta State University, College of Business Administration, and his wife Dr. Cheryl L. Copeland, have been active collectors since 1989. Please join the Law Library and The Davenport-Benham Chapter of the Black Law Students Association for a reception on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 9:30am-11:30am in the Law Library Foyer. Coffee and bakery treats will be served.

“Last year we exhibited civil rights themed items, this year we have sports themed items,” remarked Sharon Bradley, Special Collections Librarian. “Sports have often been a mechanism to break down barriers beyond the sport itself; Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe in tennis, Jesse Owens in track and field and the Olympics, Jackie Robinson in baseball. There are several items highlighting Muhammad Ali who broke many social and political expectations. He even has a law named for him, the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, Pub.L. 106-210, 114 Stat. 321 (2000). All of these items are really cool, but the world of sports has had a significant impact on American law. Desegregation, women’s rights, contracts, anti-trust, and labor and employment all have important court decisions or legislation that began in the sports arena.”

The items will be on display in the library entrance through February. “I’ve also included a number of items from our print collection. It was surprising how many things we owned that covered sports, particularly baseball,” said Bradley. “I hope people will view the visual items and then want to learn more.”

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