Spotlight on Martin Luther King Jr. Titles

By Endia Paige

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 16, 2017, here are three titles available in the Law Library about Dr. King and his legacy.

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Morality of Legal Practice: Lessons in Love and Justice

by Robert K. Vischer

Available on the Balcony-  KF373.K523 V57 2013

This book seeks to reframe our understanding of the lawyer’s work by exploring how Martin Luther King, Jr built his advocacy on a coherent set of moral claims regarding the demands of love and justice in light of human nature.

Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Voting rights act of 1965

By David J. Garrow

Available in the Basement- JK1929.A2 G37

Vivid descriptions of violence and courageous acts fill David Garrow’s account of the momentous 1965 protest at Selma, Alabama, in which the author illuminates the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in organizing the demonstrations that led to the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws that Changed America

by Nick Kotz

Available in the Basement- E847.2. K67 2005

The Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Nick Kotz offers the first thorough account of the complex working relationship between Lyndon Baines Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr. Tracing both leaders’ paths, from Johnson’s ascension to the presidency in 1963 to King’s assassination in 1968, Kotz describes how they formed a wary alliance that would become instrumental in producing some of the most substantial civil rights legislation in American history: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Women’s leadership in academia focus of Georgia Law session January 5 during AALS meeting in San Francisco

houseedithgeorgiawillbanner-copy-e1482376962744“Women’s roles will be the focus of the University of Georgia School of Law Roundtable Discussion on Women’s Leadership in Legal Academia from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017, at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in San Francisco.

This brainstorming session for women law professors, clinicians, or librarians  who are or are interested in becoming administrators within law schools and universities at large. Among other things, we’ll explore whether there’s interest in a sustained project to foster women’s leadership in legal academia, and if so, what should be the contours of that project.

Taking part in the discussion will be 4 Georgia Law administrators: Lori A. Ringhand, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and  J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law; Usha Rodrigues, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and M.E. Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance & Securities Law; Carol A. Watson, Director of the Alexander Campbell King Law Library; and yours truly, Diane Marie Amann, Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives and Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law. Also featured will be Monika Kalra Varma, an executive leadership consultant who served for the last five years as Executive Director of the District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Program.”

This content re-blogged from Women’s leadership in academia focus of Georgia Law session January 5 during AALS meeting in San Francisco. Read the full post at the Dean Rusk International Law Center’s blog Exchange of Notes.

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Featured Acquisition: The Age of Deference

9780199381487The Age of Deference: The Supreme Court, National Security and the Constitutional Order by David Rudenstine
New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016
Balcony KF7209 .R83 2016

In October 1948 – one year after the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate military branch – a B-29 Superfortress crashed on a test run, killing the plane’s crew. The plane was constructed with poor materials, and the families of the dead sued the U.S. government for damages. In the case, the government claimed that releasing information relating to the crash would reveal important state secrets, and refused to hand over the requested documents. Judges at both the U.S. District Court level and Circuit level rejected the government’s argument and ruled in favor of the families. However, in 1953, the Supreme Court reversed the lower courts’ decisions and ruled that in the realm of national security, the executive branch had a right to withhold information from the public. Judicial deference to the executive on national security matters has increased ever since the issuance of that landmark decision. Today, the government’s ability to invoke state secrets privileges goes unquestioned by a largely supine judicial branch.

David Rudenstine’s The Age of Deference traces the Court’s role in the rise of judicial deference to executive power since the end of World War II. He shows how in case after case, going back to the Truman and Eisenhower presidencies, the Court has ceded authority in national security matters to the executive branch. Since 9/11, the executive faces even less oversight. According to Rudenstine, this has had a negative impact both on individual rights and on our ability to check executive authority when necessary. Judges are mindful of the limits of their competence in national security matters; this, combined with their insulation from political accountability, has caused them in matters as important as the nation’s security to defer to the executive. Judges are also afraid of being responsible for a decision that puts the nation at risk and the consequences for the judiciary in the wake of such a decision. Nonetheless, The Age of Deference argues that as important as these considerations are in shaping a judicial disposition, the Supreme Court has leaned too far, too often, and for too long in the direction of abdication. There is a broad spectrum separating judicial abdication, at one end, from judicial usurpation, at the other, and The Age of Deference argues that the rule of law compels the court to re-define its perspective and the legal doctrines central to the Age.

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Law Library Hours for the Exam Period & Beyond

Wed. Nov. 23 7 am – 5 pm
Thanksgiving CLOSED
Fri. Nov. 25 10 am – 10 pm
Sat. Nov. 26 10 am – 5 pm (Home Game)

Beginning Sun Nov. 27 and continuing until Tues. Dec. 13

Mon. – Fri. 7 am – 2 am
Sat. & Sun. 8 am – 2 am
Wed. Dec. 14 7 am – 5 pm
Thurs. –  Sat. (15 – 17) 8 am – 5 pm
Sun. Dec. 18 CLOSED
Mon. – Fri. (19 – 23) 8 am – 5 pm

Sat. Dec. 24 – Sun. Jan. 1  CLOSED

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Featured Acquisition: The Myth of the Litigious Society

9780226305042The Myth of the Litigious Society: Why We Don’t Sue

by David M. Engel
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016
Balcony KF1251 .E54 2016

Why do Americans seem to sue at the slightest provocation? The answer may surprise you: we don’t! For every “Whiplash Charlie” who sees a car accident as a chance to make millions, for every McDonald’s customer to pursue a claim over a too-hot cup of coffee, many more Americans suffer injuries but make no claims against those responsible or their insurance companies. The question is not why Americans sue but why we don’t sue more often, and the answer can be found in how we think about injury and personal responsibility. With this book, David M. Engel demolishes the myth that America is a litigious society. The sobering reality is that the vast majority of injury victims–more than nine out of ten–rely on their own resources, family and friends, and government programs to cover their losses. When real people experience serious injuries, they don’t respond as rational actors. Trauma and pain disrupt their thoughts, and potential claims are discouraged by negative stereotypes that pervade American television and popular culture. (Think Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad, who keeps a box of neck braces in his office to help clients exaggerate their injuries.)

Cultural norms make preventable injuries appear inevitable–or the victim’s fault. We’re taught to accept setbacks stoically and not blame someone else. But this tendency to “lump it” doesn’t just hurt the victims; it hurts us all. As politicians continue to push reforms that miss the real problem, we risk losing these claims as a way to quickly identify unsafe products and practices. Because injuries disproportionately fall on people with fewer resources, the existing framework creates a social underclass whose needs must be met by government programs all citizens shoulder while shielding those who cause the harm. It’s time for America to have a more responsible, blame-free discussion about injuries and the law. With The Myth of the Litigious Society, Engel takes readers clearly and powerfully through what we really know about injury victims and concludes with recommendations for how we might improve the situation.

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Alleviate Exam Stress by Taking a Break (in the Library!)

By Maureen Cahill
Throughout the exam period, the law library will provide access to a number of stress relievers.It’s easy to take advantage:
  • img_4796Ask at the circulation desk for a coloring kit (colored pencils and your choice from a variety of prints).
  • Stop by the reference desk and add the next dozen pieces to the jigsaw puzzle.
  • Grab a putter in the journal aisles on the way to the main floor bathrooms and show off your form on our putting greens.
  • Check out a video and relax for a couple of hours.
  • Roll a strike in the mini bowling aisle in the basement.
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New HeinOnline Database on Slavery in America and the World

heinonlineslavery3By Wendy Moore

The new HeinOnline Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law collection brings together essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This collection includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery. There are more than a thousand pamphlets and books on slavery from the 19th century, including every English-language legal commentary on slavery published before 1920, which includes many essays and articles in obscure, hard-to-find journals in the United States and elsewhere. In addition, there are also many modern histories of slavery, including a section containing all modern law review articles on the subject. This collection will continue to grow, not only from new scholarship but also from additional historical material.

Because HeinOnline is dedicated to the dissemination of information on this important subject and they felt it would be inappropriate for them as a company to profit from this resource, the HeinOnline Slavery in America and the World collection is provided at no cost to researchers and institutions requesting access.


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