Why Take Advanced Legal Research?

books-and-glassesAccording to a recent ABA survey, lawyers with less than 10 years of experience spend nearly a third of their time conducting legal research. Becoming an expert legal researcher is one way to become a superstar in today’s competitive legal market. This spring, law librarians will teach two sections of Advanced Legal Research (JURI 4085) as well as Business Law Research (JURI 4087). Join us if you’d like to take your research skills to the next level, but don’t just take our word for it…

“Taking ALR prior to the summer between my second and third year of law school provided me with the skills and confidence to navigate complex legal research questions that were handed to me from assigning attorneys at my summer placement. Without having the foundation that this course provides, I would not have been able to complete assignments as efficiently or comprehensively.”

  • Ashley Klein, 3L
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Introducing Our Newest Addition – Classroom L


By Carol Watson

During the past six months, a former special collections area of the library has been converted to a new flexible, teaching space…affectionately known as Classroom L. A few fall semester courses are moving into the new classroom and you’ll notice some of your spring semester classes are scheduled in the new classroom as well.

One of the best features of Classroom L is its flexible furniture. With 14 trapezoid-shaped tables, the room can be configured in multiple arrangements such as a large circle, small group break-outs, traditional rows, conference-table style or u-shaped. The flexibility provides law professors with the opportunity to easily include group activities as part of their instruction. Two screens and projectors ensures that all participants in the room can view a screen, no matter where they are seated.

We think you’ll enjoy your classes in the newly renovated space and we look forward to hearing your feedback about this new instructional space.

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Discover U.S. Government Information on govinfo.gov

By Wendy Moore govinfopromo2

Launched earlier this year, govinfo provides free online public access to more than a million official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.  Through govinfo, you can use browse and advanced search capabilities to locate and download documents.  This mobile-friendly website makes it easy to share pages and content.  When viewing “Content Details” pages for a document, some selections feature a “Related Documents” tab that makes it easier to discover and link to additional documents on your topic.  The site is still being developed, so new content and backfiles of documents are being loaded frequently.

A service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO), govinfo includes a content management system and a standards-compliant preservation repository.  GPO uses digital signature technology to add a visible Seal of Authenticity to these authenticated and certified PDF documents, which makes govinfo the best place to get official federal publications.

For example, you can find federal court opinions elsewhere freely on the Internet, but the opinions found in govinfo’s United States Courts Opinions (USCOURTS) collection have been provided by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and authenticated by GPO.  This collection of opinions from selected United States appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts goes back to April 2004. Once an opinion is located, all associated opinions within the same case can be accessed from the opinion “Content Details” page.  So, don’t just Google the case you need, go to govinfo and make certain it is official!

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Happy Halloween Legal Research Contest


Happy Halloween from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library! Enter our legal research contest for a chance to win a treat.

  • Find the name of the person who sued Satan for misery, unwarranted threats, and for placing deliberate obstacles in the plaintiff’s path which caused his/her downfall. Name the state where this case originated.
  • Find the Louisiana case where a customer sued a corn maze owner after sustaining injury while running from “Jason” (of Friday the 13th fame) and his chainsaw.  Please provide the case citation. What was the court’s holding?
  • Find the citation for the case involving a couple who claimed their First Amendment rights were violated after being asked to remove tombstones from their yard that listed their neighbor’s names as the deceased parties.

Email your answers to epaige@uga.edu  by midnight on October 31st to enter our prize raffle. Good luck!

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First Monday in October — U.S. Supreme Court October Term 2016

U.S. Supreme Court building

It’s the first Monday in October which means the U.S. Supreme Court is back in session with the justices on the bench today to hear oral arguments. Here are a few resources to help you better follow the 2016 Fall Term and to learn more about our nation’s highest court.

Official Website & Schedule

Official website of the U.S. Supreme Court, including list of cases scheduled for argument and the official calendar for argument, non-argument, and conference days.

Cases for Argument in the October term https://www.supremecourt.gov/grantednotedlist/16grantednotedlist

Visitor’s Guide to Oral Arguments https://www.supremecourt.gov/visiting/visitorsguidetooralargument.aspx

News & Activities

SCOTUSblog – this Peabody Award-winning site is one of the best ways to keep up on the news and activities of the Supreme Court, with daily reporting and analysis. Follow via social media.

Previews of this term from the New York Times and Washington Post

Study & Teaching

Oyez.org – The Oyez Project from the Chicago-Kent College of Law is an authoritative source of the Supreme Court’s audio “since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. Oyez … offers transcript-synchronized and searchable audio, plain-English case summaries, illustrated decision information, and opinions. Oyez also provides detailed information on every justice throughout history and offers a panoramic tour of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of several justices.”

General Info, Case Info & Lesson Plan Sites from the nonprofit organization, StreetLaw.

On Display at the Law Library


Select related titles and DVDs from our collection:

In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices by Todd Peppers, KF8742 .P3353 2012

Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World  by Linda Hirshman
KF8744 .H57 2015

In the Balance: Law and Politics in the Roberts Court by Mark Tushnet
KF8775 .T87 2013

Murder at the Supreme Court by Martin Clancy
KF9227.C2 C525 2013

First Monday in October, starring Walter Matthau & Jill Clayburgh
PN1997 .F57 2004

Thurgood, starring Laurence Fishburne
PN1992.77 .T48 2011

Looking for something you don’t see? Just ask! Our Reference Services staff will be glad to help: http://www.law.uga.edu/reference-services or call (706) 542-6591.

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Featured Acquisition: The Promise of Human Rights: Constitutional Government, Democratic Legitimacy, and International Law

15513By Jamie Mayerfeld
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016
Balcony K3240 .M3834 2016

International human rights law is often criticized as an infringement of constitutional democracy. In The Promise of Human Rights, Jamie Mayerfeld argues to the contrary that international human rights law provides a necessary extension of checks and balances and therefore completes the domestic constitutional order. In today’s world, constitutional democracy is best understood as a cooperative project enlisting both domestic and international guardians to strengthen the protection of human rights. Reasons to support this view may be found in the political philosophy of James Madison, the principal architect of the U.S. Constitution. The Promise of Human Rights presents sustained theoretical discussions of human rights, constitutionalism, democracy, and sovereignty, along with an extended case study of divergent transatlantic approaches to human rights. Mayerfeld shows that the embrace of international human rights law has inhibited human rights violations in Europe whereas its marginalization has facilitated human rights violations in the United States. A longstanding policy of “American exceptionalism” was a major contributing factor to the Bush administration’s use of torture after 9/11. Mounting a combination of theoretical and empirical arguments, Mayerfeld concludes that countries genuinely committed to constitutional democracy should incorporate international human rights law into their domestic legal system and accept international oversight of their human rights practices.

For more highlights of the library’s recent acquisitions, visit: www.law.uga.edu/featured-acquisitions


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Beyond Books: Other Items You Can Check Out


The library has many other items available for check out to law school students, faculty and staff beyond the scope of general library resources. They include:

  • bookstands
  • computer chargers for Mac and PC
  • computer mouse
  • computer keyboard
  • DVDs
  • headphones
  • iPads and iPad keyboards
  • lap desk
  • laptops
  • phone chargers for Android and iPhone
  • portable DVD player
  • umbrellas
  • usb thumb drives
  • usb webcam
  • vga connector

Also available at the circulation desk for free:

  • ear plugs
  • monitor wipes
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