Access to Summer Resources

By Endia Sowers Paige

All law students have full access to Bloomberg Law over the summer.
Bloomberg Law does not have any use restrictions, so you are not only allowed to use Bloomberg Law during your summer employment, but are encouraged to do so.
Additionally, for the 3Ls who will be graduating and studying for the bar, you have access to your Bloomberg Law accounts for an additional 6 months after graduation.
Email Tara Jackson at with any questions.

Your Lexis ID will automatically extend for the summer. You do not need to do anything to have access over the summer months.
You are welcome to use your Lexis ID for school research, intern or externships, or at firms, (including paid positions).
Graduating 3Ls will have access until after the bar.  They also have the option to extend for 6 months afterwards.
3L Lexis Points expire on June 30th.
Email Mark Thompson at with any questions.

Returning students can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build your confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law review or Journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school.

Graduating students can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for 18 months after graduating. Your ‘Grad Elite’ access gives you 60 hours of usage per month. These tools include:

  • Westlaw
  • Practical Law
  • Practice Point
  • Drafting Assistant Essential
  • Doc and Form Builder

Email Sue Moore at with any questions.

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Happy Birthday Hugo Grotius!

Michiel_Jansz_van_Mierevelt_-_Hugo_GrotiusMonday, April 10 marks Hugo Grotius’ 434th birthday and we at the UGA Law Library are excited to get our geeky party on. In case you don’ t know who Hugo Grotius is, he pretty much laid out the foundations for international law as we know it today. For his lasting contributions, the Law Library will hold a birthday party in the Rare Book Room where we will show off recently acquired Grotius materials and have yummy snacks. For more info on Hugo Grotius, below are five fun facts all about the birthday boy.


5 Fun Facts about Hugo Grotius

  1. He entered the University of Leiden when he was eleven years old.
  2. He published his first book when he was sixteen years old.
  3. For his involvement in the intra-Calvinist disputes of the Dutch Republic, Grotius was sentenced to life imprisonment but….
  4. escaped ( with his wife) by hiding in a book chest and fled to Paris.
  5. Apparently you can see the very chest he used to escape in a museum in the Netherlands.

Read more about Grotius at:

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Protect Athens Music 2017


It’s that time of year again when musicians, attorneys, students and community members  meet up to discuss and celebrate the Athens music scene.

Founded in Spring 2010, Protect Athens Music has become an annual tradition in the Athens, Georgia music community. The Protect Athens Music Conference, organized by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society at the University of Georgia School of Law in conjunction with the Terry College of Business Music Business Certificate Program, provides a forum where professional musicians and music industry veterans may speak candidly with local musicians about the most important topics in the ever-changing music industry.



This year’s event will be the 7th year of the conference, and held on March 28th at the 40 Watt Club – the legendary rock venue that has been the home base for beloved local and touring bands for over 35 years. The conference includes a feature panel focusing on copyright law in music, a Nuci’s Space informational presentation and a live performance from Falco Brown. It’s sure to be a fun event for those interested in all aspects of the music industry.

Check out the Protect Athens Music Instagram and website for more info on the conference and their past events.



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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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