April 2017

Reflections from the Library Director

By Carol Watson

You made it!  Or should I say we made it?  It’s the end of the academic year.
All of us here at the UGA Law Library would like to congratulate our 3L students who are graduating.  It seems like only yesterday that you arrived here as newbies, but your transformation has been dramatic. We are proud of your accomplishments and confident that you are ready to tackle the future.
At the other end of the spectrum, we have enjoyed getting to know the 1Ls more personally as we taught our inaugural legal research course this past year.  Thank you for your patience, attentiveness, and diligence.  You have been an inspiration to us.
2Ls, it’s time for you to become the senior leaders of our school.  We have no doubt that you are prepared and we look forward to hearing the details of your summer experiences and working closely with you in your final year.
LLMs and M.S.L. students…thank you for enriching us.  Your varying perspectives challenge us to test our assumptions and enhance our educational experiences.  
As I write this final farewell note, I find myself humming You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story.  If you haven’t heard it, I encourage you to give it a listen.  In the meantime, remember you’ve got a friend in the Law Library.  You are always welcome to drop by, call, email, chat, or otherwise reach out to us whether you’re chatting with us about the latest events in your life or you need our assistance with a research question.
We wish everyone a relaxing, successful, and productive summer, no matter what type of endeavor you are pursuing.   Farewell from your friends in the Law Library.


Final Exams: Stress Busters & Library Hours

With exams approaching, the law library will once again make a number of stress relievers available. It’s easy to take advantage:
  • Keep an eye out in your email for the massage event 4/26 through 5/2 - spaces are limited and you must sign up to reserve a time slot!
  • Take a short break as you pass through the law library entrance to participate in the word search on our large touch screen.
  • Ask at the circulation desk for a coloring kit (colored pencils and your choice from a variety of prints). 
  • Stop by the reference desk and add the next dozen pieces to the jigsaw puzzle.
  • Grab a putter in the journal aisles on the way to the main floor bathrooms and show off your form on our putting greens.
  • Check out a video and relax for a couple of hours.
  • Roll a strike in the mini bowling aisle in the basement.
  • "PAWS and Relax" with therapy dogs and puppies on Monday May 1st from 11 am to 1 pm outside the following UGA buildings: Main Library, Science Library, Miller Learning Center, Aderhold and Ramsey Center.
Also, be sure to take note of the library's hours during reading days, final exams, graduation and beyond:

Last Day of Classes (April 25th)

Tuesday 7 am to 2 am

Reading Days (April 26th - May 1st)


Monday - Friday

Saturday & Sunday

7 am to 2 am

8 am to 2 am

Exams (May 2nd - May 16th)


Monday - Friday

Saturday & Sunday

7 am to 2 am

8 am to 2 am

Summer Hours (May 17th - 31st)

Wednesday May 17th - Thursday May 19th

All other Monday - Thursdays




8 am to 5 pm

8 am to 9 pm

8 am to 5 pm

9 am to 5 pm

1 pm to 5 pm


Congratulations to our Graduating Circulation Assistants

By Marie Mize

The Law Library would like to congratulate our graduating student workers.  Words cannot express how much we appreciate you.  Without you the Alexander Campbell King Law Library would be unable to provide excellent service to the law school community.  We are grateful for your hard work and your inspiration.  It has been a honor to work with you. We wish you success, joy, and happiness in the future:

1. Marcus Griffin
2. Emily Cox
3. Alec Manser
4. Calvin Webb
5. Danielle Burnette
6. Tayah Woodard
7. Carson Masters
8. Brittni Lucas
9. Lindsay Peterson

Advice & Future Plans from our Graduating Research Assistants

By Zanada Joyner

In anticipation of graduation our research assistants answer a few questions and reveal some advice for 1Ls as well as plans for their future:

As a graduating law student, what would you tell an incoming 1L about UGA Law?

"As a graduating law student I would tell an incoming 1L not to underestimate the great friendships he or she can make at UGA Law. The best thing about this school is the level of camaraderie its students (and faculty) have, and they should be sure to take full advantage of it. There’s more to law school than studying."

- John K. Tomes



As a graduating law student, what would you tell an incoming 1L about UGA Law?

"Take the time to appreciate what you have here. Like a lot of law students, you're getting a top-notch legal education, but at Georgia you're also getting something else. You are being welcomed into a real community here, full of people who want you to succeed, people who will treat you like a colleague, not an adversary. I have heard some real horror stories from my friends who went to other law schools--stories about cut-throat students and demanding, unfeeling faculty--and I could not be more glad (and proud) about how dissimilar those experiences have been from my own. At UGA Law, the students are collegial, and the faculty and staff are nurturing and dedicated to our success. Through all the stress and chaos of your time here, make sure you keep reminding yourself to be grateful for this. And when opportunities arise for you to contribute to the community, do so. Keep the spirit of UGA alive."

- Kate Ekstrand

What’s next for you? Are you excited? What would you tell an incoming 1L about UGA Law?

"Following graduation my wife, three children, and I will head to Alaska to enjoy a "well deserved break" while I clerk.  Besides working standard government hours, I plan on fishing, hiking, and otherwise enjoying the outdoors with my family.  Many valuable resources are available at the library, but I have found that the best resources are the people working in the library.  Don't be afraid to ask for help."

- Kaden Canfield



Share a special memory about your time here at UGA Law? What is the best resource available for check out or use at the library? What’s next for you? Are you excited? Any advice for an incoming 1L?

"This may be underwhelming, but one my favorite moments of the day is walking into the ground floor of the law school past the mural quote by Carl Sanders that no student should have to leave the state of Georgia to obtain a quality legal education. Three years after first reading that quote, I think it rings true. I've found the law library's alphabetical list of research resources and databases ( to be most helpful in tracking down information or tackling legal questions.

After taking the bar this summer, I'll be joining the intellectual property firm of Meunier Carlin and Curfman in Atlanta. Although I'm excited to put my science-background and legal education to the test, I'm more excited for my post-bar/pre-work adventures that include road tripping from Georgia to California and traveling solo to Ireland.

Have fun and work hard. It's easy to get caught up in the law school grade contest, but law school is more than that. Take the time to build relationships with your classmates and faculty.  Also try to keep an open mind and absorb information with the idea of using the experiences you acquire during your three years at UGA Law to serve others in the future."

- Ashley Nicole Klein


Summer Access to Library Resources

By Endia Sowers Paige

All law students have full access to Bloomberg Law over the summer.
Bloomberg Law does not have any use restrictions, so you are not only allowed to use Bloomberg Law during your summer employment, but are encouraged to do so.
Additionally, for the 3Ls who will be graduating and studying for the bar, you have access to your Bloomberg Law accounts for an additional 6 months after graduation.
Email Tara Jackson at with any questions.

Your Lexis ID will automatically extend for the summer. You do not need to do anything to have access over the summer months.
You are welcome to use your Lexis ID for school research, intern or externships, or at firms, (including paid positions).
Graduating 3Ls will have access until after the bar.  They also have the option to extend for 6 months afterwards.
3L Lexis Points expire on June 30th.
Email Mark Thompson at with any questions.
Returning students can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build your confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law review or Journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school.

Graduating students can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for 18 months after graduating. Your ‘Grad Elite’ access gives you 60 hours of usage per month. These tools include:

  • Westlaw
  • Practical Law
  • Practice Point
  • Drafting Assistant Essential
  • Doc and Form Builder

Email Sue Moore at with any questions.

Law Dawg Round Up

By Anne Burnett

Congratulations to Nacho, Frodo, Will, Ollie, Binx and Brandy, all of whom helped their law student companions through countless hours of studying throughout their years in law school. We’re also proud to designate Stormy, Bear, Buck, Chesney, Bo and Hazel as Law Dawgs as they share homes with members of the faculty and staff at the University of Georgia School of Law.  Go Law Dawgs!

Hazel is a shy wire-haired dachshund mix rescued by Associate Director of Career Development Laura Woodson (J.D. ’90) and Kathy Dixon (J.D. ’90) over 8 years ago. Hazel is very studious and knows how to rock the reading glasses.

Chesney (brown pup in front) and Beau (black pup in the back) enjoy soaking up the sun and guarding the yard of Administrative Associate Cathy Dasher from intruders and strangers...except squirrels. Squirrels are their friends.



This beauty is Nacho, who hangs out with 3L Chloe Owens.

Meet Buck. This gorgeous hunk resides with the family of Tony Waller, Associate Director, Career Development Office.

Will does not appreciate it when 3L Shelly Crochet takes away his sunny spot so that she can read an article.

Frodo the pug is the dearest pet of LL.M. Urvashi Jain. He’s a perfect companion for all the happy and sad times and is best described by “a thing of beauty is a joy forever.”

Ollie is 3L Ron Chicken and his wife Jessica's 17 m.o. standard Schnauzer. His hobbies include eating the stuffing out of his toys, playing with Uncle Tucker, swimming, sleeping, and ringing his bell when he wants to go outside.

Binx is the companion of 3L Brianna Sullivan. She's the most loyal cat and loves nothing more than her string and tennis balls!

Campus Cats rescued Stormy after being in a storm drain for 5 days.  He is blind in one eye but doesn’t let that deter him.
He’s a handsome lovable boy who is very happy in his new home with Tina Whitehair, Administrative Specialist in the Dean’s Office.

Brandy is a Bull Terrier puppy (like the dog in the Target commercials). 3L Janis Dabbs submitted her photo on behalf of 3L Ben Hill. In this photo, Brandy was a little chilly on her way home from the dog park.


Bear previously lived in a car with four other Chihuahuas, but ever since International Professional Education Assistant Mandy Dixon adopted him from a rescue group he has enjoyed a real home and a huge yard. His interests include chasing squirrels, eating apples and barking at neighbors.



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