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:

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 

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 

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 or click on the below direct link- 

If you have any questions about Westlaw access, email Sue Moore at 

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Library Research Assistants Share Summer & Future Plans

By Stephen Wolfson

In celebration of our wonderful RA’s we wanted to share with you some of their summer and next year plans. Congratulations to those who are graduating!

“I will be interning at the DeKalb County Law Office of the Public Defender this Summer.”

  •  Kelsey E. Turner
  •  Class of 2020

“I will be working as a law clerk for a boutique law office in Austin (The Cronfel Firm). We basically handle business law, construction law, and debt collection issues.” 

  •  Hamed Moradi
  •  Class of 2020

“I’ll be working for Muchmore & Associates in Brooklyn, NY this summer doing a mixture of construction, employment, and constitutional law.”

  •  James “Jack” Richards
  •  Class of 2020


“This summer I will be working as a Summer Associate at Troutman Sanders in Atlanta.”

  •  Lauren Elizabeth Lisauskas
  •  Class of 2020

“I will be working at Troutman Sanders in Atlanta next year.” 

  •  Christopher J. Kelleher
  •  Class of 2019

“I’m going to be a first year associate at Downey & Cleveland.”

  •  Laura R Golden
  •  Class of 2019



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Law Library Continues to Support Faculty Scholarship with New “Speaker Sidebar” Podcast Episode

The third episode in a faculty podcast series started last fall titled Speaker Sidebar is now available in iTunes, Digital Commons and YouTube. This latest installment features a conversation with UGA law professor Nathan Chapman and Duke Law School’s Stephen Sachs. Professor Sachs visited UGA School of Law on April 1, 2019 to deliver a presentation for our faculty colloquium. The two scholars talk about The Official Story, a draft article Sachs co-authored with Will Baude (University of Chicago). In the podcast Sachs and Chapman discuss the role of precedent and public perception for determining the content of constitutional law. You can find all Speaker Sidebar episodes in our repository at or in Apple Podcasts at

This podcast series is an initiative spear-headed by the Associate Dean for Faculty Development Elizabeth Weeks to give visiting faculty who participate in our colloquium series the opportunity to record a deeper conversation with one of our own faculty members when they visit campus. Episodes are recorded with the help of our wonderful I.T. Services Director Jim Henneberger and with support from Associate Director for Research Services & Faculty Law Librarian TJ Striepe. We in the library love the multi-layered collaboration that is involved in creating each episode and are very excited to be a part of facilitating more in the coming year!

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Reflective Reading: Titles from the Career & Professional Resources Collection


By David Rutland & Wendy Moore

Our latest display in the library includes titles from our Career & Professional Resources Collection to help you get started on the path to mindfulness, balance, relationship management, and even re-framing your lawyer role as a healer:


by Hallie N. Love and Nathalie Martin
KF310.A43 L68 2014
by Kevin Chandler
KF298 .C44 2014
by F. Gregory Coffey, Maureen C. Kessler
K120 .C644 2008


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Mindfulness Resources for Stressful Times

With exams looming over you, wether you are a student, faculty or staff member, reading days always signals a time of increased stress for the law school community. Learning to manage both everyday and uniquely stressful situations now can set you up for a lifetime of healthier skills moving forward. In addition to the Law Library’s own stress buster offerings, we wanted to share University-wide opportunities, apps and other resources to equip you with a mindfulness in the coming weeks – whatever life may bring. Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through contemplative practices and other training.

UGA’s Office of Well-being co-sponsers several events across campus which are free to attend, including:

Don’t have time in your schedule to make it to an in-person event? No problem! Try one of these mindfulness practices on the go with apps, videos, and simple exercises you can do on your own:


Several other law schools have wonderful guides with even more resources for wellness and mindfulness, including:

Still not sold on the benefits of mindfulness? Read this article on the Benefits of Mindfulness for Lawyers or listen to this webinar from the ABA’s Young Lawyer Division on Mindfulness Mediation.

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Stress Busters, VR Escape & Library Hours


Take a photo and tag us on Facebook or Instagram to share what #studybuddy you picked!

By Marie Mize, Szilvia Somodi, Jason Tubinis & Brad Grove

Stress Busters: When you have had enough studying and need a break, bust a little of your exam-related stress with the following activities available this week in the library.VR_online_poster

  • Study Buddy – pick up a free mini companion animal of your choice
  • Jigsaw Puzzle – add a piece or two (or a dozen) as you pass the Ref. Desk
  • Giant Word Search – stop by the big screen on your way in and out of the front entrance to contribute to or complete a word search
  • Coloring – solo or team color-on sheets available at the Ref. Desk
  • Mini Golf – head down to the law library basement for this hidden course
  • Magazines & DVDs – enjoy leisure reading or watching from the library
  • Tai Chi – Mondays at 8 am in MLC’s North Tower, open to all UGA students

Escape with VR: The law library will also host a free drop-in event on Friday April 26th from 12 to 4 PM in Classroom L. Join I.T. Services Librarian Jason Tubinis and Help Desk Manager Brad Grove as they share their favorite VR games with the law school community including tetris, zombies, an underwater experience, and more!

Library Hours: During reading days and exam weeks Monday through Friday hours are 7 AM to 2 AM, while Saturday and Sunday hours are 8 AM to 2 AM.

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