Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
March 2009, no. 2
In This Issue

Sohn Boxes

Student Services Librarian Maureen Cahill and Circulation Assistant David Rutland move boxes filled with the papers of Professor Louis Sohn
Sohn Papers Moved to Harvard Law Library

Some of you may have noticed nearly 300 boxes stacked on pallets in the Law School's courtyard a couple of weeks ago. These boxes contained the final shipment of the Louis B. Sohn papers to the Harvard Law Library Archives.

Professor Sohn taught at Georgia Law from the early 1980's to early 1990's after a long career at Harvard Law School. When he left UGA, Professor Sohn donated his personal library to our Law Library, allowing us to create the Louis B. Sohn Collection on International Relations, which is housed on the Balcony level of the Law Library. Upon his death in 2006, the Law Library finalized Professor Sohn's previous arrangements to send his papers to the Harvard archive, which already contained a number of his papers from earlier in his career.

With the hard work of a crew of students working under the supervision of Student Services Librarian Maureen Cahill, the papers were removed from their long-time home in the Law Library's Basement and packed carefully into the boxes destined for Harvard. Once processed, the papers will be available to researchers interested in Professor Sohn's work, which involved the establishment of the United Nations and decades of work on disarmament, law of the sea, and developing "world peace through world law" which is also the title of a famous work he authored with Grenville Clarke. Note: the Law Library has copies of multiple editions of Professor Sohn's World Peace through World Law at call number JZ4984.5 .C53 (Basement and Sohn locations).

Harvard provides a Finding Aid to their collection of Professor Sohn's papers up to 1979. When the recently donated papers are processed, the Finding Aid will reflect their inclusion in the collection.

For more about Professor Sohn, please see his obituary in the New York Times and in the Law Library's tribute.

Upcoming Lunch-n-Learns Provide Practical Information

The Law Library has lined up a series of very practical Lunch-n-Learn sessions over the next few weeks.

Friday, March 27, 12:30-1:00pm, Classroom A
"Georgia Legal Research Using Free Electronic Resources" with Faculty and Access Services Librarian James Donovan

Friday, April 3, 12:30-1pm, Classroom A
"Access and Services in Atlanta's Law Libraries" with Cataloging Services Librarian Suzanne Graham

Friday, April 10, 12:30-1pm, Classroom A
"Working the Room" with Associate Director for Information Technology Carol Watson

We hope you can join us for free pizza and free info!

Moving Screening: Introducing the Rule of Law in China
In partnership with the Alexander Campbell King Law Library and the Dean Rusk Center, the Georgia Society for International and Comparative Law will be sponsoring a free film screening of "The People's Court: Introducing the Rule of Law in China."  Prof. Don Johnson, Director of both the Dean Rusk Center and the Georgia Law Summer Program in China, will lead a discussion following the film.

Film:  "The People's Court: Introducing the Rule of Law in China"
Date:  Wednesday, April 1
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Location:  Room F

Free pizza and drinks will be provided!

Movie Description:
Facing mounting domestic and international pressure for a fair and transparent framework of laws, China is racing to reshape the rules of its Communist society. Hundreds of thousands of judges and lawyers have been trained in the past 25 years, but with senior judges under direct control of the state and citizens taking to the streets in record number, this transformation has been anything but easy. This unprecedented Wide Angle report takes viewers inside courtrooms and law schools in China as it follows itinerant judges, law students, a human rights lawyer and ordinary Chinese citizens seeking justice.

After we decided to embrace the mysterious carpet stain in the Law Library Reading room,
said stain mysteriously disappeared!

Well, OK, maybe “mysteriously” is not exactly, precisely accurate – Physical Plant did work on it again – but we contend it was actually the threat of exposure that caused it to disappear.  We KNOW, in our heart of hearts, that stain was supernatural!  

We did have one entry in the contest, from one of the Law Library’s own, Susan Clay. Her entry came in the form of a cartoon, reproduced below. For her clever explanation, she received a nice reusable grocery bag and a book of pretty pictures of Washington, D.C. cherry trees in bloom.
Nothing tacky about that!

Professor Puckett and Susan Clay
Prof. Ann Puckett presents the grand prizes to Serials Associate Susan Clay

Mystery Carpet Stain comic
the prize-winning entry
Law Librarians in Athens

If your friendly local law librarians seem a little busier and more distracted than usual, maybe it’s because we’re branching out into areas of meeting planning we’ve never done before. April 16-18 we are expecting 200 of our closest friends to meet at the Classic Center for the annual meeting of the Southeastern chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL). SEAALL is 69 years old, and this is the first time the annual meeting has been in Athens. 
The SEAALL meeting should have little effect on folks around the law school, except you may see more strangers with name tags wandering around. We will be giving law library tours, as well as tours of other campus libraries during and after the meeting.
The heart of the annual meeting is educational programming that allows librarians to learn cutting edge knowledge and techniques about our profession and to share our own expertise with our colleagues. This year’s theme is

Renew, Refresh, Rethink*

   *and Rock ‘n’ Roll

The idea is we all have to find ways to be “green” (i.e., sustainable) in our libraries, but this being Athens, we also wanted to remind our guests of a couple of other relevant R’s. 
For more information about the meeting, go to:  

Law Dawg of the Month

This month's Law Dawg is Bailey, who shares a home with 3L Bryan Stillwagon and enjoyed our lovely snowfall a few weeks ago.

For all you Law Dawg fans, please keep an eye out for our next issue of Amicus Briefs. We'll be featuring all of the wonderful Law Dawgs submitted over this past school year.

Bailey in the snow
Crossword Puzzle

Dan Coenen's "Fifteen Famous Supreme Court Cases from Georgia," 38(2) Advocate 10-15 (Spring/Summer 2004)

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