February 2016

Black History Artifacts Exhibit

The Law Library is currently presenting a Black History Artifacts exhibit. The materials are on loan from Georgia Law alumnus Roy W. Copeland (’83) and his wife Dr. Cheryl L. Copeland. The Copelands have been active collectors since 1989 and their current collection has over 200 items. The materials, generally handwritten or printed artifacts, focus on four areas: the slave era, post-slavery, sports and entertainment, and civil rights.  The Law Library will be exhibiting many of the civil rights themed items.

“I really like how the Copelands have presented these materials,” remarked Sharon Bradley, Special Collections Librarian. “They’ve taken the authenticated artifact, like a letter, and presented it with a photograph of the notable person along with their history or significance. It really brings context to the items.”

Items will be on display in the school’s second floor hallway and in the library entrance through February.  “Display space is at a premium and we will be rotating the items so everyone will want to check back,” said Bradley.

Georgia Law alumnus Roy W. Copeland (’83)


Transactional Resources on Bloomberg, Lexis and Westlaw

By Maureen Cahill

Each of the three major legal databases has a wealth of valuable material for the transactional attorney, including forms, drafting guides, practice notes, checklists and timelines, sample agreements and clauses.

On Bloomberg, this material is accessed through the Transactional Law tab at the top of the entry page. 
Lexis calls its offerings Practice Advisor. In LexisAdvance, select the Research tab in the top left corner. The drop down menu includes Practice Advisor near the bottom of the list. Another tab at the top of the Practice Advisor front page offers a choice of practice areas.
Two of the choices in the third column of resource types listed on the start page of Westlaw Next offer transactional resources. The Business Law Center focuses on Securities and Exchange Commission filings, forms and news. Practical Law offers the full range of transactional materials for a variety of practice areas.

Meet ALEX: the Law Library's App

By Jason Tubinis

We are proud to introduce the Advanced Legal Exploration app: ALEX! ALEX @ UGA Law is the official app of the Alexander (see what we did there?) Campbell King Law Library, and has a bunch of useful features, including access to the library’s catalog of resources, view course reserves and check on their availability, and up-to-date library announcements, events, and hours of operation.


The app is available on the Google Play Store for Android devices and in the App Store for iPhones now!


UGA Inclement Weather Operations Policy

During periods of inclement winter weather, UGA follows a set procedure for announcing operational changes. By policy, the university makes one of three announcements:
  1. UGA is open and operating on a regular schedule
  2. UGA is closed
  3. UGA will delay opening until a specific time
An all-campus email through ArchNews is the primary means to distribute such announcements. The announcement also is posted to the UGA home page (
Announcements will also be posted to Twitter (@universityofga and @UGAEVENTS) and Facebook ( and 
Up-to-date information is also provided to Athens radio stations.  Atlanta TV and radio stations that have requested to receive UGA weather announcements also are notified.



Law Dawg of the Month: Jessie

By Anne Burnett

February's Law Dawg is Jessie. She is an Australian Cattle Dog who shares a home with Family Violence Clinic Managing Attorney and Clinical Instructor Christine Scartz, Professor Scartz' husband, Ted (J.D. 1995) and their three children.
All members of the Law School Community (students, faculty and staff) are invited to submit a photo for possible selection as the Law Dawg. The featured entry for each issue will be selected at random from all entries received. Please note that honorary Law Dawgs (i.e. those of the feline, equine, porcine, avian, etc. persuasion) are eligible as well. Please send your Law Dawg photo(s) to