Scary DVDs from the Collection


By Nina Guzman

Here at the Law Library, we are big fans of Halloween. And what better way to celebrate the best holiday of the year than with a scary movie marathon! We compiled a selection of our spookiest, ookiest movies to get you in the spirit. The UGA Law Library is not responsible for any popcorn that you throw in the air.

Cape Fear (1962/1991) 
PN1997 .C374 2001  / PN1997 .C374 2005

This is a classic horror film that I recommend any movie fan to watch. A psychotic man is set free from jail and decides his mission in life is to torment and torture the lawyer who convicted him. Don’t let the black and white film strip fool you. The scares are just as good (if not better) than any movie in the theater today. The original is my favorite but the remake comes pretty close. A perfect selection for a late night double feature showing.

Devil’s Advocate
PN1997.D44 1998

Picture this: You’re a big shot young lawyer, and you get the opportunity of a lifetime to work for one of the best firms in the country. Downside: your boss is most likely, probably, definitely Satan. Add Al Pacino to the mix and all hell breaks loose.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
PN1997.E96 2005

Don’t you hate it when one day you’re a normal student walking around campus and you’re biggest worry is getting a good grade on your exam and the next thing you know you’re possessed by a demon. It’s the worst! This movie follows an attorney trying to understand if Emily Rose was sick or if she was overtaken by something far more sinister. 

In Cold Blood
PN1997.I455 2003

Based on the book by Truman Capote, the film follows Perry Smith and Dick Hicock, who in 1959 murdered a family of four in Kansas during a botched robbery. The director’s pursuit for accuracy is haunting as the film sets are the actual locations of the original events and the resemblance of the actors to the real life killers is uncanny. The more you watch, the more the lines between fiction and reality blur.

The Crucible
PN1997 .C8588 2011

Based on Arthur Miller’s incendiary 1953 play, we are taken back to the events that eventually led to the infamous witch trials in Salem. Are there actual witches terrorizing the small New England town? Or is it all a prank caused by a few frustrated teenagers? At the end of the film you might find the true menace are people’s own prejudices.

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Guantanamo, Torture, and Terrorism Resources

By Endia Sowers Paige

Today (October 10, 2017) the Dean Rusk International Law Center will host a lunchtime conversation with Rick Kammen, the lead defense counsel for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. If you would like to read more about Guantanamo, Torture, and Terrorism, the Law Library has several titles to choose from. Here are four to get you started!


Fundamentals of Counterterrorism Law 
Edited by Lynne Zusman
Available in the Basement
KZ7220 .F86 2014



The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay
By: Jess Bravin
Available on the Balcony
KF7661 .B73 2013




United States Migrant Interdiction and the Detention of Refugees in Guantánamo Bay
By: Azadeh Dastyari
Available on the Balcony
KF4836 .D37 2015




My Guantánamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me
By: Mahvish Rukhsana Khan
Available in the Basement
HV6432 .K493 2008



Sketching Guantanamo: court sketches of the military tribunals, 2006-2013
By: Janet Hamlin
Available on the Balcony
KF7661 .H36 2013

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Amicus Briefs Podcast: Episode 1

“You know law is kind of the software that society runs on…
it is the engine for deciding stuff that we have to decide.”

– UGA Law Faculty Christian Turner


From left to right: Rachel Evans, Christian Turner, Lucas Carver, Leslie Grove, Jim Henneberger

After recording our podcast pilot episode in the law school’s new podcasting studio space in May, we recorded Episode 1 over the summer. Finally ready for your ears we are happy to share this episode with you which focuses on technology through the lens of legal education:

In this episode co-hosts Leslie Grove, Web Developer, and myself (Rachel Evans), Web Coordinator, interview the following personalities from our law school’s community:

• Information Technology Law Librarian Jason Tubinis
• Administrative Specialist Tina Whitehair
• Help Desk Manager Brad Grove
• Law Faculty Christian Turner
• Information Technology Services Director Jim Henneberger
• Podcasting Studio Engineer Lucas Carver


Read more about our podcast’s purpose and connection to our library newsletter Amicus Briefs in our previous blog post featuring the pilot episode. Special thanks to the law school’s PR & Communications Director Heidi Murphy for taking our episode photo.

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From Print to Digital and Back Again: 30+ Years of Lessons Learned from our Library Newsletter


UGA Law Library’s longstanding newsletter Amicus Briefs first saw circulation in 1984. At that time it was solely in print and included no more than a couple of items about new additions to the library collection and upcoming library instruction. More than 30 years later, the newsletter has evolved significantly during that period.


After a time of existing only in print(1984 – 1994), and a period of time being distributed both in print and online (1995-2001), it went through another phase of being distributed only electronically (2003-2014).


In the past few years the print version has come back again (Spring 2015), experiencing a resurgence in popularity, especially with students. During its lifetime, the newsletter has not only changed formats and styles, but has also changed editors several times. Each new editor seems to at least partially influence the types of content included and technologies used for publication. Today the newsletter is issued both electronically and physically four times a semester and has even ventured into the realm of podcasting in 2017.

Next week on October 5 I will be presenting a session at Georgia Library Association’s annual conference that will trace the history of the Amicus Briefs newsletter, dating back to its earliest print issues, and every step in between.


So many lessons have been learned over the years that can be gleaned from the newsletter’s rich history including popular content choices, marketing and dissemination, and measuring readership. Past and current tools utilized for the newsletter will be discussed including HTML, Drupal, WordPress, MailChimp, Google Analytics, Facebook and Piktochart. To help illustrate these lessons and the technology used, specific examples will be shown from both past and present. The next issue of Amicus Briefs will be published the second week of October.

For more info about the history of Amicus Breifs, visit my Prezi’s interactive timeline of the newsletter.

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Banned Books Week 2017: Attorney General vs. A Book Named “Naked Lunch”

“The court trials and other actions again Naked Lunch provide a moral benchmark. We cannot fail to recognize, in retrospect, the speed with which we assimilate into the mainstream of American life that which was once unspeakable.”
– Michael Barry Goodman

As stated in our initial post about Banned Books Week, most book challenges occur at local and regional levels – often within school districts as a result of one or a few parents or school authorities objecting to the content in their children’s books. However, some literary expressions make waves on a much grander scale. I wanted to share the court case and final decision of one of my own personal favorite “banned books,” William S. Burroughs novel Naked Lunch.

According to Monstrosity on Trial: The Case of “Naked Lunch,” Frederick Whiting writes:

“Indeed, the initial public response to the US publication of Naked Lunch in 1962 was an almost unanimous interdiction. Interests and authorities as diverse as US Customs, the trustees of the University of Chicago, the US Postal Service, the City of Los Angeles, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and a host of journalists and literary critics were all in agreement that what Burroughs had to say should not be said. Thus the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision that finally cleared Naked Lunch of obscenity charges on appeal in 1966 was a license to speak. In the space of three and a half years the unspeakable had become speakable.”

Declaring it not not obscene, clearing the novel of all charges and finding that it was protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, the highest court of Massachusetts reversed an earlier decision of the Superior Court of Boston and removed the threat of a state-wide ban on the book. In the 1992 edition of Naked Lunch the 26 page supplement titled Naked Lunch on Trial includes the full text of the majority decision of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, followed by excerpts from the testimonies of Mr. Mailer and Mr. Ginsberg, as well as a statement from Mr. de Grazia. From this supplement, the court held that the novel in question was not obscene based on the following three elements:

“…it must be established that: (a) the dominant theme of the material taken as a whole appeals to a prurient interest in sex; (b) the material is patently offensive because it affronts contemporary community standards; (c) the material is utterly without redeeming social value.”

The Supreme Court of Massachusetts continued by stating:

“As to whether the book has any redeeming social value, the record contains many reviews and articles in literary and other publications discussing seriously this controversial book portraying the hallucinations of a drug addict. Thus it appears that a substantial and intelligent group in the community believes the book to be of some literary significance.”

Naked Lunch can be checked out from UGA’s main library PS3552.U75 N3 1992. Like the banned books bookmark above? Pick up one for free in at the law library’s DVD display.

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Banned Books Week 2017: Documentaries

To continue with Banned Books Week, below we’ve compiled a list of documentaries that, while not about banned books specifically, tackle different instances in history where freedom of expression and access to information were fought on a national scale. For more about each movie, click on the title to view in our online catalog:

  1. Larry Flynt: The Right to be Left Alone KF4774 .L3779 2008
  2. Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment KF4772.V64 2009
  3. Tell the truth and run : George Seldes and the American press PN4874.S425 T4 2006
  4. The most dangerous man in America : Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers E855.M675 2009
  5. Citizenfour JF 1525.W45 C58 2015


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Banned Books Week 2017: Titles from the Collection

As a follow up to our first blog post for Banned Books Week, Acquisitions Law Librarian Wendy Moore has shared a list of book titles from our collection which relate to freedom of expression and access to information. For more about each book, click on the title to view in our online catalog:

  1. 120 banned books: censorship histories of world literature Z658.U5 K35 2005
  2. Democracy, expertise, and academic freedom: a First Amendment jurisprudence for the modern state  KF4772 .P67 2012
  3. The First Amendment bubble: how privacy and paparazzi threaten a free press KF4774 .G35 2015
  4. Free speech beyond words: the surprising reach of the first amendment K3254 .T87 2017
  5. Let the students speak!: a history of the fight for free expression in American schools KF4772 .H83 2011  
  6. Congress shall make no law: the First Amendment, unprotected expression, and the Supreme Court KF4772 .O27 2010 
  7. Dirty words & filthy pictures: film and the First Amendment PN1995.62 .G45 2015
  8. Freedom of speech: mightier than the sword KF4772 .S53 2015
  9. Managed speech: the Roberts court’s First Amendment KF8742 .M24 2017 
  10. Students’ right to speak: the First Amendment in public schools KF4772 .S25 2016
  11. Media freedom as a fundamental right K3255 .O88 2015 
  12. The fight over digital rights: the politics of copyright and technology KF3024.E44 H47 2013
  13. After Snowden: privacy, secrecy, and security in the information age JK468.S4 A67 2015  
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