On Display: Black History from the Copeland Collection

Thanks to the efforts of Georgia Law alumnus Roy W. Copeland (J.D.’83), the Some of the artifacts on display at the law library during Black History month from the Copeland CollectionLaw Library is presenting a Black History Artifacts Exhibit. 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. Their current collection has over 200 items. Largely handwritten or printed items, the focus is in four areas: the slave era, post-slavery, sports and entertainment, and civil rights. The Law Library will be exhibiting civil rights themed items.

“I really like how the Copeland’s have presented these materials,” remarked Sharon Bradley, Special Collections Librarian. “They’ve taken the authenticated artifact, like a letter, and presented it with a photograph of the notable person along with their history or significance. It really brings context to the items.”

Items will be on display in the school’s second floor hallway and in the library entrance through February. “Display space is at a premium and we will be rotating the items so everyone will want to check back,” said Bradley.

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Featured Acquisition: Laws of Image

41gmerfr1vl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Laws of Image: Privacy and Publicity in America by Samantha Barbas

Americans have long been obsessed with their images – their looks, public personas, and the impressions they make. This preoccupation has left its mark on the law. The twentieth century saw the creation of laws that protect your right to control your public image, to defend your image, and to feel good about your image and public presentation of self. These include the legal actions against invasion of privacy, libel, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. With these laws came the phenomenon of “personal image litigation” – individuals suing to vindicate their image rights. Laws of Image tells the story of how Americans came to use the law to protect and manage their images, feelings, and reputations. In this social, cultural, and legal history, Samantha Barbas ties the development of personal image law to the self-consciousness and image-consciousness that has become endemic in our media-saturated culture of celebrity and consumerism, where people see their identities as intertwined with their public images. The laws of image are the expression of a people who have become so publicity-conscious and self-focused that they believe they have a right to control their images to manage and spin them like actors, politicians, and rock stars.

Find this item on the law library balcony KF1262 .B37 2015. Explore more recent purchases by visiting the library’s featured acquisitions webpage.

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Focus on the John A. Sibley Lecture Series

Georgia Law’s 113th Sibley Lecture will be delivered this Thursday, January 28th. Harvard Law School’s David B. Wilkins will present “The Accountants Are Coming ― Again!:  The Rise and Transformation of the Big 4 Accountancy Firms and What it Means for the Global Market for Legal Services.” Wilkins is widely known as an expert on globalization and the legal profession. For more information about this speaker and his forthcoming visit to our law school check out the press release.

In anticipation of this event it seems only fitting that we share our archive of past Sibley Lectures and reflect briefly on the history of the series:

In 1964, the trustees of the Loridans Foundation established the John A. Sibley Lecture Series. These talks honor the leadership and public spirit of this 1911 Georgia Law graduate. It is hard to place the contributions of John Adams Sibley in any given decade, for his service to the law school and to the state of Georgia extended over a period of almost 80 years.

Video recordings of this lecture series are in the process of being added to the law school’s YouTube channel. Enjoy watching past lectures from our John A. Sibley Lecture Series playlist:

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New HeinOnline Collection on Animal Law


HeinOnline is a great source for law review articles, but it also has books, newsletters, journals, statutes and case law. One of the newest collections is the Animal Studies: Law, Welfare and Rights Collection. With almost 700 titles, including from the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Animal Welfare Institute, this collection aims to establish the foundational laws pertaining to animals and follow the evolution of these animal rights throughout the years. It includes philosophical books dating back to the 1800s, videos, periodicals, brochures, and more.

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Saturday Reference Desk Hours

referencecoThe Law Library is adding Saturday Reference Desk hours to our menu of services this semester! The desk will be staffed on both Saturdays and Sundays from 2-6pm. Please note that weekend reference is not available the weekends before the MLK Holiday and Spring Break, and Saturday reference is also not available the Saturday after Spring Break.

How do you ask for reference assistance? Do what works for you:

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COP21 – The Paris Agreement

Paris Agreement The Conference of Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP21, was held in Paris, France, November 30-December 11, 2015. After two weeks of fierce negotiations, nearly 200 countries adopted by consensus a new plan, known as the “Paris Agreement,” meant to combat the effects of climate change, slow global warming, and aid poor countries in adjusting to its negative impacts.

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Human Rights Day 2015

hrd_englishOn December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.* Since this date in 1950, the UN and other human rights organizations have observed Human Rights Day.

The UN is devoting this year’s Human Rights Day to launching its “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” campaign to commemorate the anniversary of both the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, these covenants form the International Bill of Rights.

Find out more! The Alexander Campbell King Law Library has a strong collection of materials on these international agreements as well as more general international human rights materials. See recent human rights materials available through the Law Library.

*For more information about the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, see today’s blog post from Georgia Law’s Associate Dean for International Programs and Strategic Initiatives & Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, Diane Marie Amann.

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