29th Annual Red Clay Conference: Emerging Issues In Environmental Law

The Red Clay Conference is an annual student run conference at the University of Georgia School of Law established to increase public awareness of environmental issues on a regional, national, and international level through a series of educational presentations and open forum discussions. It’s put on by the Environmental Law Association (ELA), an organization of Georgia Law students who seek to further the development and advancement of environmental law through awareness raising activities and events throughout the year. The Red Clay Conference is their biggest event of the year and it is sure to draw out both students, seasoned attorneys and curious members of the Athens community.


This year’s conference will focus on emerging issues in environmental law. Specifically, it consists of one keynote speaker and three panels, which will address the following topics: Management of Coal Ash in the Wake of Changes to EPA and EPD Rules Pertaining to Solid Waste Management, Transboundary Water Issues Stemming from the Florida v. Georgia Litigation, and the Future of the Clean Power Plan & Other Air Regulatory Issues.

To celebrate this great event, the Law Library will have a display of environmental law books and periodicals for those wanting to learn more about this exciting branch of law.

Visit the ELA page for the full schedule and more info on the event.

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Featured Acquisition: Fatal Fictions

51ceebhqntl-_sx327_bo1204203200_Fatal Fictions: Crime and Investigation in Law and Literature edited by Alison L. LaCroix, Richard H. McAdams, Martha C. Nussbaum
New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017
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Lawyers and fiction writers have always confronted crime and punishment. This age-old fascination with crime on the part of both authors and readers is not surprising, given that criminal justice touches on so many political and psychological themes essential to literature, and comes equipped with a trial process that contains its own dramatic structure. This essay collection explores this profound and enduring literary engagement with crime and criminal justice. The essays in this collection span a wide array of genres, including tragic drama, science fiction, lyric poetry, autobiography, and mystery novels. The works discussed include works as old as fifth-century BCE Greek tragedy and as recent as contemporary novels, memoirs, and mystery novels. The cumulative result is arresting: there are “killer wives” and crimes against trees; a government bureaucrat who sends political adversaries to their death for treason before falling to the same fate himself; a convicted murderer who doesn’t die when hanged; a psychopathogical collector whose quite sane kidnapping victim nevertheless also collects; Justice Thomas’ reading and misreading of Bigger Thomas; a man who forgives his son’s murderer and one who cannot forgive his wife’s non-existent adultery; fictional detectives who draw on historical analysis to solve murders. These essays begin a conversation, and they illustrate the great depth and power of crime in literature.

For more of the library’s recent purchases visit our Featured Acquisitions page.

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Featured Acquisition: Stop and Frisk

stopfriskStop and Frisk: the Use and Abuse of a Controversial Policing Tactic by Michael D. White and Henry F. Fradella
New York: New York University Press, 2016
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No policing tactic has been more controversial than “stop and frisk,” whereby police officers stop, question and frisk ordinary citizens, who they may view as potential suspects, on the streets. As Michael White and Hank Fradella show in Stop and Frisk, the first authoritative history and analysis of this tactic, there is a disconnect between our everyday understanding and the historical and legal foundations for this policing strategy. First ruled constitutional in 1968, stop and frisk would go on to become a central tactic of modern day policing, particularly by the New York City Police Department. By 2011 the NYPD recorded 685,000 ‘stop-question-and-frisk’ interactions with citizens; yet, in 2013, a landmark decision ruled that the police had over- and mis-used this tactic. Stop and Frisk tells the story of how and why this happened, and offers ways that police departments can better serve their citizens. They also offer a convincing argument that stop and frisk did not contribute as greatly to the drop in New York’s crime rates as many proponents, like former NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have argued. While much of the book focuses on the NYPD’s use of stop and frisk, examples are also shown from police departments around the country, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Newark and Detroit. White and Fradella argue that not only does stop and frisk have a legal place in 21st-century policing but also that it can be judiciously used to help deter crime in a way that respects the rights and needs of citizens. They also offer insight into the history of racial injustice that has all too often been a feature of American policing’s history and propose concrete strategies that every police department can follow to improve the way they police. A hard-hitting yet nuanced analysis, Stop and Frisk shows how the tactic can be a just act of policing and, in turn, shows how to police in the best interest of citizens.

For more highlights of the library’s recent purchases, visit our Featured Acquisitions page.

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Women in the Profession: 100 Years of Georgia Women Lawyers Exhibit

georgiawillTo celebrate Women’s History Month, the Law Library is presenting the display, Women in the Profession: 100 Years of Georgia Women Lawyers. The exhibit is part of the law school’s year-long Georgia Women in Law Lead (Georgia WILL) initiative.
The materials in the exhibit were created by the Women in the Profession Committee which is part of the Young Lawyers Division of the Georgia Bar. “They did such a great job on this exhibit,” commented Sharon Bradley, Special Collections Librarian. “I’m really pleased they let us borrow these materials and that more people get to see the exhibit.” 
The library was not able to borrow everything. women_exhibitFor instance there was a display of professional wear for women lawyers loaned by the Atlanta History Center that could not be brought to Athens. Copies of the exhibit guide will be available so visitors can read about all of the items in the original display.
Two important individuals in the history of women lawyers in Georgia are Minnie Hale Daniel and Edith House. “I’ve created research guides so everyone can learn more about these inspiring women,” said Bradley.

Research Guides:

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HeinOnline’s Women and the Law Collection

heinwomenlawnolineIn honor of Women’s History Month in March, this month’s featured Law Library resource is the Women and the Law collection in HeinOnline. This unique collection of materials provides a convenient platform for users to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. The collection brings together over a thousand books, biographies, and periodicals dedicated to the role of women in society and the law. In addition to the historical materials, the collection features contemporary contributions from the Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project.

By Wendy Moore

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Meet our new Circulation Assistant Nina Guzman!

nina_wideTell us a little about yourself.
Hi everyone! My name is Nina and I am so excited to be working at the UGA Law Library as the new Circulation Assistant. I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico but have been living in the states from a very young age. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Florida State University and I moved to Athens, GA the day after graduation. Since then I have tried my hand at different jobs around town while working as a freelance writer.

Before working at UGA, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had
The most unusual job I’ve ever had was a couple of years ago when I was living in Western Australia and the only work I could find was as a server in a catering company for funerals. Fun fact: the cemetery the catering company was based in (Fremantle Cemetery) is the resting place for none other than Bon Scott, the lead singer of AC/DC.

What book did you read last?
Reading is a favorite hobby of mine so choosing just one book to talk about is pretty much impossible for me. Lately I’ve been enjoying ‘Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will’ by Judith Schalansky and ‘Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life before Ted’ by Andrew Wilson. If you ever want to talk about books or need recommendations, I am your gal.

Interviewed by Endia Paige.

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Spring Break Library Hours & Freedom of the Press DVDs

Next week is spring break at UGA! For those of you staying close to campus, here are the library hours during break:

Saturday 3/4 8 am to 5 pm
Sunday 3/5 Closed
Monday 3/6 – Saturday 3/11 8 am to 5 pm
Sunday 3/12 8 am to 2 am

For more library hours, visit the Hours of Operation webpage.

Unsure what to do over the break? The Law Library DVD Collection features movies, television shows, and documentaries exploring freedom of the press. The Law Library DVD Collection is located near the front of the Library behind the computers. We also have electronic versions of films available for streaming online.

Peruse the collection of documentaries including:
If you would prefer a suspenseful evening on the sofa munching on popcorn check out:
Finally, for the binge-watcher in you, the library has the complete seasons 1-4 of “House of Cards.”
Enjoy your time away from campus but never too far away from the law!
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