Europe Day 2021: Concerts, Games, Cooking Demos!

The European Union typically celebrates Europe Day on May 9 with concerts and speeches and other physical gatherings commemorating the 1950 Schuman Declaration proposing consolidated European coal and steel industries, binding the member nations so closely together that renewed war would be unthinkable. The Schuman Declaration is considered to be the genesis of what is now the European Union of 27 Member States with a combined population of around a half billion people.

As in 2020, the EU’s Europe Day 2021 commemoration activities are all virtual. They span the week leading up to May 9.

The EU Parliament offers a variety of activities ranging from speeches to concerts to a DJ set to a cooking demonstration with a chef and 27 different downloadable recipes!

Play the Game of European Inventions to match the invention to its country of origin.

The European Council and the Council of EU are both providing virtual tours of their facilities, Spotify playlists, interactive games and more on their joint Europe Day 2021 page.

And at the European Commission, take a virtual tour of their headquarters to play games and watch videos and learn more about their work.

In the United States, the European Delegation in Washington, D.C. is celebrating Europe Day with actor Alyssa Milano as Master of Ceremonies for a virtual event streamed live from Europe House in D.C. on Saturday, May 8 at 5pm ET.

The School of Law has a long history of programs abroad and courses focusing on the European Union, and the Law Library supports these programs with access to a rich collection of online and print resources. The library has served as a depository for official EU documents since the 1980s, with a special focus on EU legal documentation.

Please contact Foreign and International Law Librarian Anne Burnett any time for assistance with using our EU depository material and the supplementary material we acquire to support your EU legal research.

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UGA Law Librarians Present at Southeastern Conference

By Savanna Nolan

The Law Library was thoroughly represented at this year’s Southeastern American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, which took place virtually March 17th through 19th.  

The first UGA Law appearance was quite a surprise! For the last session on Day 1 of the conference, “Making Meetings Matter,” Joyce Manna Janto of University of Richmond and Carol Bredemeyer of Northern Kentucky University very patiently walked viewers through proper Zoom meeting etiquette and efficient group management . . . while our Wendy Moore and the Law Library of Louisiana’s Francis Norton proceeded to break all the rules! 

After some mild chaos (including a call to Wendy from the SEAALL president) Joyce and Carol revealed that Wendy and Fran were plants highlighting what NOT to do—including side talking in the chat, not reading the agenda, and not being on time. 

Day 2 of the conference went much more smoothly, with our Director TJ Striepe co-presenting “Navigating Covid-19 as a New Director” with Sara Gras of the University of the District of Columbia, Jennifer L.  Wondracek of Capital University, and Austin Martin Williams of Georgetown University—all of whom have been named as law library directors or interim directors since March 2020. Day 3 was a big day for our librarians, beginning with Wendy and Director of the Law Library Emerita, Carol Watson, participating in an unofficial “SEAALL Leadership Edition” of The Moth, a storytelling podcast you may have heard on NPR.  Carol has long connected leadership with the ability to inspire via storytelling, and she had been wanting to execute this panel for years.

Wendy told a lovely story about trying to lead a group of colleagues to go get tacos while attending a conference in Texas . . . only to have it turn into a multi-mile trek. Though Wendy was sure the restaurant would be on the next block, after getting into a cab the group realized it was actually still several miles away. Wendy related this to leadership and the ability to admit when you have made a miscalculation and need to ditch your original plan and regroup. 

Geraldine Kalim and Rachel Evans then presented “Dapper Design: Using Infographics for Library Marketing and Institutional Data.” In this panel, they used absolutely incredible slide design and discussed how they use tools like Canva and Piktochart to create posters, social media posts, and other graphics to market the library. While creating a sign sounds easy, in order to communicate effectively you need to balance elements like typography, hierarchy, and color, and Geraldine and Rachel gave participants a great overview and plenty of resources to help them get started. Rachel also launched a poll about most hated fonts during the discussion, and SEAALL’s most hated fonts are as follows: (1) Comic Sans (2) Papyrus (3) Times New Roman (4) Courier New (5) Curlz.

At noon, Wendy and I presented with my former Georgetown colleague, Andrea Muto (now at the Department of Justice) about how we had gotten comfortable speaking up in public thanks to our past lives in performance. I spoke about my time at a boarding school where we learned circus arts and my clowning class in college, Wendy spoke about her time in theater and voice groups, and Andrea talked about her experiences with Toastmasters. While there isn’t a recording of this panel due to technical issues, you’re in luck!  AALL has asked us for a repeat performance on June 16th at noon, and you can register now!

Last but not least, Amy Taylor and Jason Tubinis closed out the conference with a TED Talk titled “Our View from the Cupholder: the ‘Frenemy’ Approach to Collaborative Instruction.” In the summer of 2019, Amy and Jason began designing an all-online legal research course for the summer of 2020. This had been a goal for a while, since many of our students leave Athens for the summer, particularly to work in Atlanta. Then, of course, the pandemic hit and suddenly almost all classes became online classes. They discussed their planning process, class execution, and how their competitive working dynamic allowed them to have two equal professors, rather than a “lead” professor and “TA” professor, like many co-teaching arrangements become.

SEAALL is known for its dynamic and engaging programming, and I heartily encourage you to visit the University of Tennessee’s site to view the recordings available. While I’ve focused on the sessions involving UGA librarians, there are so many others, including excellent discussions about diversity initiatives in law libraries, Access to Justice, student stress, COVID, and pacing your instruction.   

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Law Dawg of the Month: Mila!

By Anne Burnett

May’s Law Dawg is Mila, whose person is just-about-to-graduate 3L Sarah Nelson. Mila loves treats, sunshine, and playtime with other pups!

All members of the Law School Community (students, faculty and staff) are invited to submit a photo for possible selection as the Law Dawg.  Please note that honorary Law Dawgs (i.e. those of the feline, equine, porcine, avian, reptilian, etc. persuasion) are eligible as well.

Please send your Law Dawg photo(s) to aburnett@uga.edu.

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Law Day 2021 Goes International: Advancing the Rule of Law Now

The American Bar Association sets the theme for Law Day each year, and this year’s theme is “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.” The ABA will join with the Library of Congress on April 29, 3:30 – 5:00pm ET, to present a virtual program on this theme. The program will explore the rule of law from an international perspective. List of speakers and registration link available here.

 The United Nations recognizes the rule of law as an important component of sustaining global peace. Sustainable Development Goal 16 within the UN’s 2030 Agenda calls for the development of inclusive and accountable justice systems and rule of law reforms that will, in turn, build the people’s trust in the legitimacy of their governments. Included within Sustainable Development Goal 16 is Target 16.10 regarding the right to access to information: “Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.” Librarians and library associations such as the American Association of Law Libraries and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions work to promote access to information in line with Target 16.10, through efforts such as advocating for adoption of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act and promoting the IFLA Statement on Government Provision of Public Legal Information in the Digital Age.

For Law Dawgs researching the topic of rule of law, the University of Georgia Law Library provides access to many materials related to this year’s Law Day theme:

  • A keyword search in GAVEL of rule of law retrieves numerous relevant treatises, both in print and eBook formats.  
  • A phrase search for “rule of law” across the integrated Oxford Public International Law databases retrieves multiple relevant entries in the treatises, cases and reference resources included there.
  • Search for relevant scholarly articles in Westlaw, Lexis, Index to Legal Periodicals, the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, and in the political science periodicals accessible through GALILEO.

Finally, check out this virtual exhibit on the Rule of Law at the Library of Congress which includes images of laws ranging from the oldest German law code, the Sachsenspiegel (Mirror of the Saxons), written between 1220 and 1235 to early Native American legal testimony (1531).

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Law Dawg of the Month: Ruthie!

By Anne Burnett

Ruthie is Law Dawg of the Month for April. She is a 2 year old tiny bernedoodle who lives with 3L Holly Stephens. Ruthie loves long walks, a good sploot, and a strong dissent. 

All members of the Law School Community (students, faculty and staff) are invited to submit a photo for possible selection as the Law Dawg.  Please note that honorary Law Dawgs (i.e. those of the feline, equine, porcine, avian, reptilian, etc. persuasion) are eligible as well.

Please send your Law Dawg photo(s) to aburnett@uga.edu.

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Prepare to Practice with Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law

Around this time each year, our database vendors put together programming intended to prepare you for your summer positions or, if you are graduating, refresh your recollection on legal research before we send you off into the world to practice. Consider registering for some of the upcoming programming below, which is organized by the various types of settings you may find yourself in this summer or post-bar exam.

Westlaw

After logging into your Westlaw account, click on Events to see the full calendar of upcoming webinars with registration information for each.

Lexis+

“Join us for this special webinar, designed for law students, teaching librarians and legal research & writing professors, and gain new insights from a panel of law firm legal professionals. They will share their insights on the skills new attorneys are expected to have in this current legal climate and examine common skill strengths and weaknesses that can change the trajectory of a young associate’s career.

What you’ll learn:

  • The most important research and drafting skills expected from new associates
  • Specific areas of competency and areas in need of more instruction to meet employer expectations
  • New skills required to be ready for the rapidly evolving legal industry
  • Key products that employers expect associates to know”

You can register for this webinar here.

Bloomberg Law

After logging into your Bloomberg Law account, from the homepage click on Live & Recorded Webinars. Scroll down to the Prepare to Practice section.

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Law Dawg of the Month: Bebe!

By Anne Burnett

The Law Dawg for March is Bebe, who lives with 2L Jordana Friedman. She is a 12 y.o. Maltese that we adopted during quarantine. She is cute and she absolutely knows it. The world is her runway – she will dance and strut her stuff everywhere she goes. Bebe is the biggest cuddler in the world and is happiest right by your side. She is the furthest thing from a regular dog (no fetch skills, not friends with other dogs (except JoJo, the pup belonging to fellow 2L Izzy), hates dog food, etc.), but is the best and sweetest pup you will ever meet.

All members of the Law School Community (students, faculty and staff) are invited to submit a photo for possible selection as the Law Dawg.  Please note that honorary Law Dawgs (i.e. those of the feline, equine, porcine, avian, reptilian, etc. persuasion) are eligible as well.

Please send your Law Dawg photo(s) to aburnett@uga.edu.

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Plan Ahead for UGA Network Maintenance Coming Up on March 6

We would like to remind all of you about the upcoming network maintenance on campus so that no one is surprised or inconvenienced this weekend! From EITS:

“This maintenance is necessary to allow EITS to continue to provide ample bandwidth and capacity for the University. This is the first of two regularly scheduled network maintenances in 2021. These are performed twice each year as part of the standard maintenance schedule.  The outages associated with the maintenance will be unpredictable, so the UGA community should assume that network services will be unavailable during the entire day.

Key Points:

  • Systems that use services in the UGA Boyd Data Center will experience outages. This also includes UGA websites hosted in the Boyd Data Center. The University’s primary web site at www.uga.edu is hosted off-campus and will remain available.
  • UGA’s Single Sign-On (UGA SSO) also will experience outages. This means individuals will not be able to log in to many UGA-provided information systems including the following:
    • Zoom, DawgCheck, Athena, Banner Administrative System, Degree Works, eLearning Commons (eLC), UGA Financial Management System, UGA Budget Management System, UGAJobs, UGAmart, OneUSG Connect, and OneUSG Connect Benefits.
  • Individuals will experience outages accessing UGAMail, websites hosted by UGA, the Virtual Private Network (VPN), ArchPass Duo, and information systems hosted by EITS.
  • Wireless networks will also be unavailable including PAWS-Secure, Eduroam, and UGA_Visitors_WiFi.

Additional details and progress reports will be posted at status.uga.edu and on the EITS Twitter feed at @uga_eits.” 

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Resource Spotlight: Librarians Provide Virtual Assistance for the 1L Brief

By Rachel Evans & Geraldine Kalim

February 2020 Clinic

For years the Law Library has provided lunch and learn sessions and one-on-one times to students for help with the 1L Brief assignment, including bluebooking and MS Word formatting. In Spring 2020 the library helped more than 230 students with their 1L brief! Back by popular demand, the two instructors who helped last year are at it again for Spring 2021 to turn the in-person drop-in brief formatting clinic into a one-on-one virtual appointment experience!

Beginning TODAY Heather Simmons and Jason Tubinis are available for individual Zoom meetings. Sign up for a time slot:

PC Formatting Assistance
with Heather Simmons
Associate Director for Instruction and Access Services
Mac Formatting Assistance
with Jason Tubinis
Information Technology Librarian

Appointments are available during the following hours:

9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 25th

9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, February 26th

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 28th

Virtual appointments by Zoom aren’t the only option though, since we understand you may be Zoomed out or unable to make the time for the three dates. The library has also gathered other resources you can read or watch anytime you want! These can be found on our new libguide: https://libguides.law.uga.edu/1L-brief. Here are other items you will find in the guide:

Handouts

Three multi-page handouts created by librarians Savanna Nolan, Jason Tubinis, and Heather Simmons provide step by step assistance to first year students when formatting their 1L Briefs. Handouts are on topics including Table of Contents creation and formatting, setting up your document including Page Numbering, and a Cheat Sheet of tips and tricks to work more efficiently in Word.

Video Presentations & Tutorials

A total of 4 videos are also available in the new guide. The first is an hour-long live session recorded as part of the Spring 2021 Section Y legal writing class on February 23.

The second is a series of 3 short videos recorded by library director TJ Striepe. In these short videos TJ walks students through bluebooking for the 1L brief assignment. These videos may also be helpful to students working with bluebooking for law review journals!

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Art from the Archives: New Stiles Work Honors 60th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA

Earlier this week faculty, staff, students and alums came together virtually for an art unveiling of a new work by William Elliott Stiles Jr. (J.D. 2006). In addition to Dean Peter “Bo” Rutledge speaking at the event, many members of the law school community including representatives of the Black Law Students Association shared comments about the new painting and reflections on the 60th anniversary of desegregation of the University of Georgia. Titled “1961”, Stiles shared notes about this special piece with those in attendance, including depictions of the historic events from that year. Although all of his works are oil on canvas, several include mixed media elements such as “Arms” and “Loving vs. Virginia.” “1961” expands on this collage-style and incorporates imagery inspired by the experiences of Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes. For full notes on “1961”, we encourage you to browse the Stiles Collection catalog online.

“Madam Vice President” 31 x 122 cm, oil on canvas (2021)

“1961” joins more than ten other items in the Concept Collection hanging in the hallway gallery of the second floor of Hirsch Hall. If you are able to visit the school in person, print copies of the catalog booklet are available in the hallway. A second new painting by Stiles also joined the collection this week titled “Madam Vice President”. It serves as a companion piece to the 2018 work “American Presidents“. Although the two paintings share the same dimensions and compositional qualities, the new piece is in shades of blue with a single red mark representing the first female to hold the office of Vice President. In contrast, the first piece is primarily in shades of red with white marks and a single black mark representing the first African-American man to hold the office of President.

“American Presidents” 31 x 122 cm, oil on canvas (2018)

All of the items in the Stiles Collection are available to browse online in our institutional repository Digital Commons. A previous blog post includes more information about artist William Elliott Stiles Jr. and his first piece to join the library’s catalog in 2004 titled “The Common Law“.

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