Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
March 2009
In This Issue

Viola Napier

Viola Napier: first woman to argue before the Georgia Supreme Court
Celebrate Women's History Month! courtesy of the Middle Georgia Archives, Washington Memorial Library, Macon, GA
Featured Resource: World Trials Collection

HeinOnline's World Trials Collection offers online access to trial transcripts of famous and important cases and other official court documents in pdf format. It also provides supporting secondary literature, including legal monographs and biographies.

The collection currently spans three hundred years (from the 1700s through the 1900s) of U.S. and British legal history, and it continues to grow. In January, HeinOnline added 91 more documents to the 1813 already digitized.

These documents are searchable in GAVEL ( GAVEL queries for topics as disparate as a contemporary report of Parliament's trial of Queen Caroline in 1820, the U.S. Supreme Court's hearing of Case of the Cherokee Nation against the State of Georgia in 1831, and documents from the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg (1945-1946) will retrieve results in the World Trials Collection.

HeinOnline also offers a search interface accessible through the "Hein Online" link on the Research Resources page (

Out, Damned Spot, Out I Say!

If you spend any time in the law library, you surely have noticed the big ugly stain lying directly in the path of anyone who walks from the reading room across the bridge to the Annex. We first began noticing the stain many months ago. No one knows what it is or how it got there. Physical Plant has tried repeatedly to clean it, bringing in ever more sophisticated machinery for the purpose. Sometimes it seems to fade for a day or two, only to return larger and uglier than before. We despair. It seems the only real cure would be to replace the carpet, a solution that may be elusive in this budget climate.
In the meantime, we propose to deal with the stain, not by removing it, but by embracing it. We invite our public to create a new law school legend about the stain. Tell us what it is, what it means, how it got there. No tale too eerie or too far fetched. Is it the sweat of untenured law professors wondering what the editors are doing to their articles? Is it the tears of frantic first years facing their first moot court argument? Or is it Something Else....??? Give it your best shot. A secret committee of judges will pick the favorite legend and come up with some tacky prize for the winner.

Here are The Rules:

1. Must be a student, employee, or faculty member of the Law School.
2. Must limit entry to 250 words.
3. Must submit entry to the Circulation Desk by 5 p.m. on St. Patrick‚Äôs Day.  

Please be sure we have full contact information so we can get your tacky prize to you. Names of winners and runners up will be published in the April issue of Amicus Brief

Spring Break Hours

Friday 3/6
7am - 5pm
Saturday 3/7
10am - 5pm
Sunday 3/8
11am - 5pm
Monday - Friday 3/9 - 3/13
8am - 5pm
Saturday 3/14
10am - 7pm
Sunday 3/15
11am - 2am
Monday 3/16
regular hours resume

The Library's hours for the entire Spring semester can be viewed at
Law Dawg of the Month

This month's randomly-selected Law Dawg is Josie, a puggle (beagle-pug mix)  who shares a home with 2L Lauren Holtzclaw.

If you'd like your pet to go in the mix for future random drawings to choose the Law Dawg, send your photo to
Law Dawg Josie
March's Interactive Crossword Puzzle
by James Donovan

The Well-Versed Judiciary

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