August 2017

Welcome Back

By Carol Watson

On behalf of the staff of the Law Library, I am happy to welcome you to the 2017-18 academic year. We are excited to meet our new first year students as well as to hear about the summer experiences of our 2Ls and 3Ls.  We are looking forward to supporting you in the upcoming year and helping you reach your highest potential. 
While you were away for the summer, we have been improving the main floor’s reading room.  A few highlights of the renovation include:
  • Take a look overhead!  We have new and improved overhead lighting.  The new lighting is brighter and is much more energy efficient.
  • The wireless network has been upgraded.  You should experience improved network access when studying in the main reading room.
  • We have two completely new ADA compliant restrooms. Standby for a new water fountain to be installed over Thanksgiving break.
  • There’s new café booth style seating near the new restrooms.  Soon there will be overhead monitors installed at two of the tables so you can work collaboratively with your classmates. 
We have also been busy planning events and acquiring resources to make your upcoming year as successful as possible.  Stay tuned for articles in Amicus Briefs to learn more about our new services and resources
Don’t forget:  Reference Librarians are available to assist you Monday-Thursday, 9am – 6 pm; Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; and Sunday, 2 pm – 6 pm.  You can also reach the reference librarians:
AND…you can get nearly anything you want at the Circulation Desk. In addition to reserve books, we have chargers for every kind of electronic device, headphones, ear plugs, tape, paper clips, calculators, umbrellas, book stands, and even a couple of iPads with keyboards. 
Our most important advice is if you need something, don’t hesitate to ask. Best wishes for a successful year.


Law Library Hours

By Endia Sowers Paige

Monday- Thursday              7:00am- 2:00am
Friday                                    7:00am- 9:00pm
Saturday                               8:00am- 9:00pm
Sunday                                  8:00am- 2:00am
Hours vary for university holidays, home football games, intersession, and summer semester. Please visit our website for daily hours of operation.


Re-Cap of Summer Projects

By Rachel Evans

As Law Library Director Carol Watson highlighted in this month's Welcome Back piece, we have new lighting overhead in the reading room as well as new cafe-style seating. These upgrades and others occurred throughout the summer months, causing both visual and physical disruptions. If you studied in the library over the summer, you may have found it difficult to navigate your way into the annex which remained a quiet refuge from the construction projects both inside and outside the library. We have put together a short photo re-cap of the summer's projects:

Law Library Reading Room Lights

Prior to this project beginning earlier this summer, only those 40 of our 160 canisters were functional. Today as we begin classes and embark on fall semester, all lights are operating!



Café-Style Seating 

Large amounts of books were weeded or shifted to completely clear a selection of shelving on the main floor. The empty shelving was removed completely and replaced by two new ADA accessible restrooms, an ADA accessible water fountain, and café-style seating. The changes have a dual-purpose for both safety and improvement. 



Upgrade of Switchgear Equipment

The safety concerns mentioned above arose from outdated switchgear equipment that was not up to code. Alongside the seating and restroom upgrades inside the library, outside the library portions of the street between the library annex and caldwell hall were dug up to lay the new equipment lines, then re-paved. During this time the library annex door was in-accessible, and sidewalks surrounding the area were closed.


Favorites from Fiction

This new series will feature librarian and library staff sharing their favorite fictional lawyers from television, films and novels. Our first round of favorites highlights four television show lawyers from Acquisitions Law Librarian Wendy Moore, International Law Librarian Anne Burnett, and Law Library Director Carol Watson as well as a classic literary figure from Special Collections Librarian Sharon Bradley.

Perry Mason

"I discovered “Perry Mason” on cable TV reruns when I was in high school. Perry Mason is a criminal defense attorney who always wins his cases and his clients are always innocent. Based on novels by Erle Stanley Gardner, the classic television show ran from 1957-1966 starring Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale and William Hopper." - Wendy Moore


Rumpole of the Bailey

"Horace Rumpole, from the "Rumpole of the Bailey" TV series and short stories. He is an elderly, somewhat disheveled London barrister who often represents underdogs in the Old Bailey. A staunch believer in “innocent until proven guilty,” Rumpole is a fierce advocate who smokes cheap cigars, drinks “plonk” and doesn’t always win his cases."  - Anne Burnett


The Night Of and Billions

"Recently my favorite has been John Stone, the washed up defense lawyer with itchy feet in “The Night Of.” I also have a love/hate relationship with Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), the morally questionable DA in “Billions.” " - Carol Watson


The Merchant of Venice

"Portia from Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice". She had to disguise herself as a man to speak in court. Many of the early efforts to admit women to practice law were referred to as Portia laws or bills. Sadly while she make a famous speech about the quality of mercy she actually shows no mercy to the defeated Shylock." - Sharon Bradley


Stay tuned to the library's blog Library with a View for future installments throughout the semester.

Law Dawg of the Month: Bodie

By Anne Burnett

August’s Law Dawg is Bodie, who belongs to 3L Kaylee Sheppard. He was very excited to dress up for last year’s Barristers’ Ball and to check out the Georgia Theater!

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



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