January 2015

Laptops for Check Out

by Maureen Cahill

Circulation has added two laptops to the devices available for law student checkout.  They are loaded with the basic Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Skype, and shortcuts to commonly used research resources.
Like the two iPads available at circulation, the laptops can be checked out for a 7 day period. After check in, we wipe out any data you have saved to the device.  

Legal Technology Instructional Series

by Jason Tubinis

There’s an enormous skill set you must develop in your journey to become an attorney: an eye for detail and nuance, a critical mind capable of addressing a legal issue from multiple, often contradictory, perspectives, the poise and presence to stand before a court and present your case, the confidence to argue zealously on behalf of your client, the fortitude to work long, hard hours, and so on. One skill that is too often neglected, though, is the ability to utilize technology to ease the burden of all those aforementioned tasks (and more) for the benefit or your firm, your client, and most importantly, yourself.

In fact, In August of 2013, the ABA approved a change to its Model Rules of Professional Conduct to address this very issue. The comments to Rule 1.1 on a lawyer’s “duty of competence” were amended to include that “a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology…” The dilemma being addressed with this change is that as a profession, lawyers tend to be rather inefficient with the technology at their disposal.

Last semester, we introduced you to the Legal Technology Audit, a series of tasks created by Casey Flaherty, corporate counsel at Kia Motors America, Inc., and used to test the competency of Kia’s outside counsel, all of whom failed. The Legal Tech Audit is now a tool available to any firm or client wishing to evaluate their attorney’s technological mettle.

In this instructional series, IT Librarian Jason Tubinis and Web Coordinator Rachel Evans will teach you the skills to pass the tech audit and improve your efficiency as a lawyer. The series consists of three sessions covering Excel, PDF, and Word. We plan to offer this series twice, January 13January 27, and February 10 at 11:30 in Classroom B, and again February 25March 4, and March 18 at 2:30 in Classroom B.

Students who attend all three sessions and complete a brief assessment for each piece of software will receive a certificate in tech audit readiness from the law library. 



Food, Tobacco and Beverage Policies

by T.J. Striepe

As part of the Law Library’s commitment to providing a safe, pleasant and productive environment for research and study, we just wanted to remind students that food and tobacco consumption are prohibited within the library and beverages are allowed if they are in containers with lids.  Please let us know if you have any questions about this policy.

For more information, see Law Library Conduct.


Special MLK Weekend Library Hours


Sunday 1/18/15 8 a.m. - 9 p.m .
Monday 1/19/15 6 p.m. - 2 a.m.


Law Dawg of the Month: Henry

by Anne Burnett

This month's Law Dawg is HenryHe belongs to Associate Director of Career Development and Alumni Laura Woodson (1990).  This adorable photo was staged by another Georgia Law Alumni Kathy Dixon (1990). 

All members of the Law School Community (students, faculty and staff) are invited to submit a photo for possible selection as 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

  Law Dawg Henry