New Year, New Resolutions

By Nina Guzman

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.” – Anne of Green Gables

2018 is here and it is shiny and new. A clean slate full of possibility. It’s only natural to want to take this as an opportunity to create resolutions to make this new year the best one yet, and all of us working at the law library are no exception. We asked our hard working staff and faculty what their 2018 resolutions are; this is what they answered:

  • Alexander Scherr, Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning: I want to finish reading Lincoln in the Bardo and to start reading histories of the Vietnam and the Gulf Wars.
  • Destiny Crimes, 3L: I’m looking forward to the post-graduation (and post-bar) adventure that has so patiently awaited my arrival!
  • Sumar Deen, Law Library Student Worker: Don’t worry as much about future events that I can’t control, focus on the immediate future that I can control.
  • Amanda Shaw, Grants Coordinator: To do more to connect with my friends and family. Send letters, make more phone calls – really connect and communicate. Facebook has made me a lazy friend and I want to show people I love that I care.
  • Nina K. Guzman, Circulation Assistant: This is the year I want to work with my hands more. So much of what I work on is abstract so this year I want to try my hand at ceramics and gardening, starting with reviving the philodendrons on my desk.
  • Leslie Grove, Web Developer: My goal for 2018 is to record an album of electronic music.
  • Lucas Carver, Podcast Studio Engineer: Think about my future occasionally, but try to focus on the present as much as possible.
  • Zoie Hashim, Law Library Student Worker: 1. Get a job before I graduate. 2. Go out and party every weekend before I graduate.
  • Rachel Evans, Web Coordinator: I’d like to read more novels for leisure this year, especially novels that have since become films I have seen.
  • Jenna Jackson, Admissions: I want take care of my body and learn to cook the best foods in the best manner.
  • Carol Watson, Law Library Director: To strive for a healthy work-life balance.
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Legal Listening: 10 Best Podcasts

library_listening_squareIn our previous blog post we shared about the recent Artist’s Rights Symposium hosted earlier this week at UGA’s neighboring Terry College of Business. That symposium featured School of Law Faculty Joe Miller as a panelist. Joe Miller happens to also co-host one of the podcast’s we recommend listening to below which is often broadcast from our very own podcasting studio here at the Law Library: Oral Argument.

What do you listen to while studying? Here are a few suggestions culled from the vast sea of podcasts available with a legal theme:

1. Oral Argument

First up is a podcast from two of our very own faculty: Christian Turner and Joe Miller . In their own words, it is a “a weekly-ish podcast…We sometimes talk among ourselves, often host guests from academia or practice, and are even more often goofy.”

2. This Week in Law

Interested in technology law, including patents, and copyrights? Check out this podcast with legal blogger (and trained attorney) Denise Howell along with J. Michael Keyes, Matt Curtis, and Emory Roane discussing breaking issues.

3. Opening Arguments

Known to be an entertaining podcast, legal expert Thomas Smith and comic relief Andrew Torrez aim to help make sense of popular legal news so that you can sound like you know what you’re talking about (even if you don’t!).

4. ABA Law Student Podcast

Looking for a student centered podcast? This podcast presented by the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division might be just right. It covers issues that affect law students, law schools, and recent grads. From finals and graduation to the bar exam and finding a job, this show can be a good resource.

5. The Digital Edge

If technology is your thing, this monthly podcast hosted by Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and Jim Calloway, shares the latest in legal technology news while providing legal professionals the tips and tools that are needed to be successful.

6. The Lawyerist

This weekly show is about the future of lawyering and law practice. Hosted by Sam Glover and Aaron Street, they include conversations with successful lawyers and other creative people helping to shape the future of our legal landscape.

7. Entertainment Law Update

Interested in entertainment law? This podcast is for you! Hosted by Entertainment Attorneys Gordon Firemark and Tamera Bennett, it covers the latest in entertainment law news, analysis, and commentary for lawyers and other professionals in the entertainment industry.

8. Life of the Law

If technical discussions of the workings of law aren’t your thing, Life of the Law might be. This podcast explores the relationship of law to American culture and society by documenting how legal concepts affect individual lives and cases.

9. Oyez

Are you a Supreme Court of the United States nerd? Then check out Oyez, which provides access to recordings of past oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

10. Amicus

For more Supreme Court topics, check out Slate Magazine’s podcast Amicus which examines U.S. Supreme Court cases via host Dahlia Lithwick, a courts reporter for the online magazine. She interviews lawyers, law professors and prominent legal experts, including attorneys who have argued before the court. You may even find our own law school faculty interviewed from time to time. For an example, check out Episode 65 featuring our own Dean Lori Ringhand…

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Artists’s Rights Symposium at UGA today!

As a follow-up to our recent Music Law Resources spotlight last week, it is almost perfect timing that our neighbors here at UGA, the Terry College of Business, are hosting an Artist’s Rights Symposium. Today the inaugural event is taking place which examines resources available to music creators beyond copyright infringement lawsuits. According to the symposium webpage:

“The rapid change in the digital music industry has left music creators and music industry rights holders confused, unaware of the extent of their intellectual property rights, and often unable to enforce those rights. Traditionally music creators and rights holders have resorted to federal copyright infringement lawsuits to rectify these problems. Unfortunately, these lawsuits are expensive, time consuming and inefficient. The purpose of this symposium is to examine other tools that are available to enforce music creators’ rights beyond federal copyright infringement lawsuits.”

Five panels and one keynote are taking place, including:

  • What Would Satchmo Do? Cultural Diplomacy and Importance of Artists’ Rights
  • Does the Antitrust Status Quo Harm Artists? (including our own school of law faculty Joe Miller as a panelist)
  • How Artists Can Fight the Internet Monopolies – Keynote
  • Who you Gonna Call? Law Enforcement and Artists’ Rights
  • An Overview of the State of Grassroots Artists’ Rights Advocacy
  • State And Federal Legislation

Panelists include Georgia and U.S. Representatives, Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights scholars, Anti-Piracy Legal Affairs and Police IP Crime Unit officials, and FBI agent, as well as several musicians, songwriters, and performers.

For full symposium panel and keynote descriptions, visit: The conference lasts until 5 pm today and should be extremely interesting to any law students in who plan to focus on Entertainment or Music Law in their future careers.


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Resource Spotlight: Music Law

By Endia Sowers Paige & Wendy Moore

Have you heard about the Georgia Music Investment Act? This law recently went into effect and will allow Georgia musicians and music producers to receive the same tax credits that have grown the state’s film industry into one of the most lucrative in the nation. With this in mind, our resource spotlight for the month focuses on Music Law items from the collection:

Music Law for the General Practitioner

By Leavens, Thomas R.

KF4291 .L43 2013


The 11 Contracts That Every Artist, Songwriter, and Producer Should Know.

By Gordon, Steve R.

ML3795 .G753 2017


The Evolution and Equilibrium of Copyright in the Digital Age

(Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law)

Frankel, Susy, editor

K1447.95 .E96 2014


Hip Hop and the Law

Bridgewater, Pamela D., editor

Professor Andrea L. Dennis contributed an article to this book entitled “Poetic (In)justice? Rap Music Lyrics as Art, Life, and Criminal Evidence.”

KF389 .H537 2015

Balcony, Faculty Writings Coll

Entertainment Careers for Lawyers

Career series (Chicago, Ill.)

By Henslee, William D

KF299.E57 H46 2014

Career & Professional Resources (Main Floor)

Democracy of Sound: Music Piracy and the Remaking of American Copyright in the Twentieth Century

By Cummings, Alex Sayf

KF3035 .C86 2013


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CLOSED Wednesday 1-17-18 at UGA


Frozen at Herty Field

Whenever UGA closes for any emergency, such as inclement weather (, the Law Library will close.

Due to the winter weather advisory, the University of Georgia Has closed the Athens campus on Wednesday, Jan. 17, until noon.

As a reminder, on weekends the official policy of UGA central administration is to permit individual units to decide whether to close for inclement weather or other emergency situations. The Director of the Law Library, in consultation with the Dean of the Law School, decides whether to close the Law Library in such circumstances. Announcemlents about any changes in the library’s weekend hours will be sent to the law school community via email.

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MLK Law Library Hours

As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, many of us are looking forward to a long weekend. Although the University of Georgia is officially closed for the holiday on Monday January 15th, the law library will observe special hours so that our law school community can still access the building.

  • Saturday, January 13th    from  8:00 am – 9:00pm
  • Sunday, January 14th       from 8:00am – 9:00pm
  • Monday, January 15th      from 1:00pm – 10:00pm   MLK Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 16th      from 7:00am – 2:00am
For more library hours, visit:
For the law school’s academic calendar, visit:
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Louis B. Sohn Honored with Conference and Plaque in Lviv

The Alexander Campbell King Library has long been proud of our connection to Professor Louis B. Sohn, whose personal library comprises the core of our Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations. So it will come as no surprise that we are excited about a new commemorative plaque and recent conference honoring Professor Sohn’s work as an international law scholar and lawyer.


For more about this recent honor for Professor Sohn, see Diane Marie Amann’s (Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center) recent post to the Exchange of Notes blog titled “Fitting tribute for Georgia Law Prof. Louis B. Sohn (1914-2006): Conference and Plaque in Lviv, City of His Birth.”

The Sohn Library is located in the Dean Rusk International Law Center, and we encourage you to visit the space and use these rich resources.

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