Animal Law Resources with Wendy Moore

moorecrop050217Earlier this month the law library launched the pilot episode of a new podcast series, which will serve as an extension of the longstanding newsletter Amicus Briefs. In this pilot episode, the theme of which centered around animals and the rights and laws related to them, law librarian Wendy Moore shared excellent recommendations of library and other resources on the subject. In addition to being head of acquisitions here at the library she is also faculty advisor for UGA’s Speak Out for Species student organization.

As a follow up to the animals episode, we wanted to further share Wendy’s comprehensive list of resources in full so you can easily click through to the various organizations, websites, books and documentaries mentioned in the podcast. Her comments about the documentaries The Paw Project and A Dog Named Gucci were especially moving, so as an added bonus we have embedded these two movie trailers below. You can be certain that future episodes of the podcast will bring Wendy back to share more of her expertise in recommending library resources, so stay tuned!

Organizations focused on Animal Law:

Resources about Animal Law:

Books to learn more about Animal Law:

Recent Documentary Films with an Animal Law focus

Companion animals:

Animals used as food:

Animals used as entertainment:

Wildlife/Conservation issues:

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Featured Acquisition: The Unbanking of America

51uol2khunl-_sy445_ql70_The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives by Lisa Servon
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
Basement HG2491 .S47 2017

An urgent, absorbing exposé–why Americans are fleeing our broken banking system in growing numbers, and how alternatives are rushing in to do what banks once did. What do an undocumented immigrant in the South Bronx, a high-net-worth entrepreneur, and a twenty-something graduate student have in common? All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream banking and credit system. Today nearly half of all Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, and income volatility has doubled over the past thirty years. Banks, with their high monthly fees and overdraft charges, are gouging their low- and middle-income customers while serving only the wealthiest Americans. Lisa Servon delivers a stunning indictment of America’s banks, together with eye-opening dispatches from inside a range of banking alternatives that have sprung up to fill the void. She works as a teller at RiteCheck, a check-cashing business in the South Bronx, and as a payday lender in Oakland. She looks closely at the workings of a tanda, an informal lending club. And she delivers engaging, hopeful portraits of the entrepreneurs reacting to the unbanking of America by designing systems to creatively serve.

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Featured Acquisition: Free Speech Beyond Words

51meca8wgvl-_sx346_bo1204203200_Free Speech Beyond Words: The Surprising Reach of the First Amendment by Mark V. Tushnet, Alan K. Chen, and Joseph Blocher
New York: New York University Press 2017
Balcony K3254 .T87 2017

The Supreme Court has unanimously held that Jackson Pollock’s paintings, Arnold Schöenberg’s music, and Lewis Carroll’s poem “Jabberwocky” are “unquestionably shielded” by the First Amendment. Nonrepresentational art, instrumental music, and nonsense: all receive constitutional coverage under an amendment protecting “the freedom of speech,” even though none involves what we typically think of as speech-the use of words to convey meaning. As a legal matter, the Court’s conclusion is clearly correct, but its premises are murky, and they raise difficult questions about the possibilities and limitations of law and expression. Nonrepresentational art, instrumental music, and nonsense do not employ language in any traditional sense, and sometimes do not even involve the transmission of articulable ideas. How, then, can they be treated as “speech” for constitutional purposes? What does the difficulty of that question suggest for First Amendment law and theory? And can law resolve such inquiries without relying on aesthetics, ethics, and philosophy?

Comprehensive and compelling, this book represents a sustained effort to account, constitutionally, for these modes of “speech.” While it is firmly centered in debates about First Amendment issues, it addresses them in a novel way, using subject matter that is uniquely well suited to the task, and whose constitutional salience has been under-explored. Drawing on existing legal doctrine, aesthetics, and analytical philosophy, three celebrated law scholars show us how and why speech beyond words should be fundamental to our understanding of the First Amendment.

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Amicus Briefs Podcast: Episode 0

The Alexander Campbell King Law Library has recorded its inaugural podcast in the law school’s new podcasting studio space! This podcast will serve as an extension of the library’s longstanding newsletter, Amicus Briefs. Law faculty member Christian Turner helped make the studio’s existence possible with a recent grant to renovate space in the library annex and fit it with audio and video recording equipment. Turner’s podcast with fellow faculty member Joseph Miller titled Oral Argument is also being recorded in the space.

Each episode will tackle a different topic and will serve as a platform for the University of Georgia School of Law’s students, faculty, and staff to discuss the issues they are passionate about and the events happening in our community.  Co-hosts Leslie Grove, our law school Web Developer, and Rachel Evans, Web Coordinator & Digital Media Specialist, will interview guests from all walks of life, urging them to share their personal interests and professional expertise. Each episode will also contain recommendations for library resources related to the theme.
Our test pilot episode focuses on animals and includes interviews with:
Stay tuned for information about future episodes. If you would like to propose an episode topic, please send your suggestions to
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Try these Stress Busters!


You are almost there! You can practically taste summer but before you can put your feet up and start working on your tan all you have to do is take your finals. No biggie. Whether you’ve been studying steadily all semester or you’re a chronic procrastinator, finals are a stressful time for everyone.

Lucky for you along with all of the wonderful Stress Busters at your disposal at the Georgia Law Library, I’ve decided to round up some of my favorite GIFs and videos for a relaxing break between study sessions.

Here is a satisfying video of chocolate masterpieces being made

Here’s another video of cake frosting, because you can never watch too many

For those who need motivation to write papers, check out  Written Kitten. It’s a website that rewards you with a new photo of a cute kitten for each 100 words you write.

There’s the classic Virtual Bubble Wrap

And if all else fails there’s this video of a corgi belly flop

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Congrats to our Graduating Circulation & Research Assistants

The Law Library would like to congratulate our graduating student workers.  Words cannot express how much we appreciate you.  Without you the Alexander Campbell King Law Library would be unable to provide excellent service to the law school community.  We are grateful for your hard work and your inspiration.  It has been a honor to work with you. We wish you success, joy, and happiness in the future:

1. Marcus Griffin
2. Emily Cox
3. Alec Manser
4. Calvin Webb
5. Danielle Burnette
6. Tayah Woodard
7. Carson Masters
8. Brittni Lucas
9. Lindsay Peterson

In anticipation of graduation our research assistants answered a few questions and reveal some advice for 1Ls as well as plans for their future:

As a graduating law student, what would you tell an incoming 1L about UGA Law? “As a graduating law student I would tell an incoming 1L not to underestimate the great friendships he or she can make at UGA Law. The best thing about this school is the level of camaraderie its students (and faculty) have, and they should be sure to take full advantage of it. There’s more to law school than studying.” – John K. Tomes

As a graduating law student, what would you tell an incoming 1L about UGA Law?“Take the time to appreciate what you have here. Like a lot of law students, you’re getting a top-notch legal education, but at Georgia you’re also getting something else. You are being welcomed into a real community here, full of people who want you to succeed, people who will treat you like a colleague, not an adversary. I have heard some real horror stories from my friends who went to other law schools–stories about cut-throat students and demanding, unfeeling faculty–and I could not be more glad (and proud) about how dissimilar those experiences have been from my own. At UGA Law, the students are collegial, and the faculty and staff are nurturing and dedicated to our success. Through all the stress and chaos of your time here, make sure you keep reminding yourself to be grateful for this. And when opportunities arise for you to contribute to the community, do so. Keep the spirit of UGA alive.” – Kate Ekstrand

What’s next for you? Are you excited? What would you tell an incoming 1L about UGA Law? “Following graduation my wife, three children, and I will head to Alaska to enjoy a “well deserved break” while I clerk.  Besides working standard government hours, I plan on fishing, hiking, and otherwise enjoying the outdoors with my family.  Many valuable resources are available at the library, but I have found that the best resources are the people working in the library.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help.” – Kaden Canfield

Share a special memory about your time here at UGA Law? What is the best resource available for check out or use at the library? What’s next for you? Are you excited? Any advice for an incoming 1L? “This may be underwhelming, but one my favorite moments of the day is walking into the ground floor of the law school past the mural quote by Carl Sanders that no student should have to leave the state of Georgia to obtain a quality legal education. Three years after first reading that quote, I think it rings true. I’ve found the law library’s alphabetical list of research resources and databases ( to be most helpful in tracking down information or tackling legal questions.

After taking the bar this summer, I’ll be joining the intellectual property firm of Meunier Carlin and Curfman in Atlanta. Although I’m excited to put my science-background and legal education to the test, I’m more excited for my post-bar/pre-work adventures that include road tripping from Georgia to California and traveling solo to Ireland.

Have fun and work hard. It’s easy to get caught up in the law school grade contest, but law school is more than that. Take the time to build relationships with your classmates and faculty.  Also try to keep an open mind and absorb information with the idea of using the experiences you acquire during your three years at UGA Law to serve others in the future.” – Ashley Nicole Klein

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Stress Buster Chair Massages

Finals are approaching Pearl in the Pearland we at the Georgia Law Library understand how stressful these next few days can be. To treat all of our wonderful law students, we are bringing back chair massages starting April 26- May 2. They’ll be located right here in the library, a perfect excuse for a quick (and much needed) study break.

Keep an eye out for an email from Student Services Librarian, Maureen Cahill, with a link to schedule a time. Sign up now before all the spaces are filled!

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