February 2017

African-American Contributions to Sports and Law Exhibit & Reception

For the second year the Law Library is presenting a Black History Artifacts Exhibit. These items are made available thanks to the generosity of Georgia Law alumnus Roy W. Copeland (J.D.’83). Copeland, a professor in the Valdosta State University, College of Business Administration, and his wife Dr. Cheryl L. Copeland, have been active collectors since 1989. Please join the Law Library and The Davenport-Benham Chapter of the Black Law Students Association for a reception on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 9:30am-11:30am in the Law Library Foyer. Coffee and bakery treats will be served.

“Last year we exhibited civil rights themed items, this year we have sports themed items,” remarked Sharon Bradley, Special Collections Librarian. “Sports have often been a mechanism to break down barriers beyond the sport itself; Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe in tennis, Jesse Owens in track and field and the Olympics, Jackie Robinson in baseball. There are several items highlighting Muhammad Ali who broke many social and political expectations. He even has a law named for him, the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, Pub.L. 106-210, 114 Stat. 321 (2000). All of these items are really cool, but the world of sports has had a significant impact on American law. Desegregation, women’s rights, contracts, anti-trust, and labor and employment all have important court decisions or legislation that began in the sports arena.”

The items will be on display in the library entrance through February. “I’ve also included a number of items from our print collection. It was surprising how many things we owned that covered sports, particularly baseball,” said Bradley. “I hope people will view the visual items and then want to learn more.”

ACLU Archive Now Available Online

By Wendy Moore

The Law Library has access to the new resource American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990, a part of the Making of Modern Law collection. Drawing from the records of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the collection focuses on civil rights, race, gender, worker’s rights, popular protest, the role of government and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The ACLU was involved in an estimated eighty percent of the landmark cases of the Twentieth Century, making this archive an excellent source of information about important issues that affected the United States as well as the hundreds of groups with which the ACLU interacted. The database offers a Term Frequency Search which allows one to visualize the frequency of search terms within the collection, helping researchers identify issues and how they developed over time.

Working in the Public Interest Titles

By Endia Paige

The Working in the Public Interest (WIPI) Law Conference will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  Here are three titles available in the Law Library to support your interest in public interest lawyering.

Beyond the Big Firm : Profiles of Lawyers Who Want Something More

by Alan B. Morrison and Diane T. Chin
Available on the Balcony-  KF299.P8 M67 2007

More than 30 compelling profiles of lawyers who have chosen to follow nontraditional legal careers, in a wide range of subject areas, practice settings, and types of work.


Public Interest Lawyering : A Contemporary Perspective

by Alan K. Chen and Scott L. Cummings
Available in Career & Professional Resources (Main Floor)- KF299.P8 C44 2013

This title examines the lives of public interest lawyers, the clients and causes they serve, the contexts within which they work, the strategies they deploy, and the challenges they face today.


Cause Lawyers and Social Movements

Edited by Austin Sarat and Stuart A. Scheingold
Available on the Balcony- KF299.P8 C38 2006

This book invites scholars to think about cause lawyering from the perspective of those political activists with whom cause lawyers work and whom they seek to serve.


Resource Spotlight on Practice Point

By TJ Striepe

The Law Library has recently added access to Practice Point.  This Westlaw tool designed for transactional attorneys combines Practical Law with Westlaw resources.  This database is organized by transactional task, practice area or by content type.   It provides attorneys with practice guides, forms, clauses, and checklists that are regularly updated and selected by attorney-editors.  Westlaw designed Practice Point to help attorneys with discrete tasks, whether it is selling a private corporation, transferring a license or drafting an executive compensation agreement.  

This database is accessible through Westlaw; please contact a Law Librarian if you need any assistance with this resource.

Honorary Law Dawg of the Month: Piccolo

By Anne Burnett

February’s Law Dawg is Piccolo, a Bearded Dragon who keeps 1L Rebecca Wackym company. Bearded Dragons are found throughout eastern Australia and display their “beard” when threatened and as a mating behavior. More about Bearded Dragons.
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, reptilian, etc. persuasion) are eligible as well. Please send your Law Dawg photo(s) to