April 2018

In This Issue


UGA's Work-Life Balance Coordinator Kiz Adams will be giving free Yoga Destress sessions during reading days for law students.


Reading Days and Exam Hours

By Marie Mize

Reading Days

WED April 25th  through

MON April 30th

WED, THRS, FRI, MON from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. 

SAT & SUN from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Exam Days

TUES May 1st through

TUES May 15th

WED, THRS, FRI, MON from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. 

SAT & SUN from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Last Day of Exams


WED May 16th


7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


After Exams

THRS May 17th through

SAT May 19th

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Destress with Yoga, Seated Massage and More

By Rachel Evans

1L, 2L or 3L, you all know by now that the library is more than a place for books or reference help. The library has (hopefully) been a place of refuge for you over the last academic year where you can come unwind, set goals and focus. With the end of the semester looming, it is vital that you take care of yourself as you prepare for exams. The library each spring offers a selection of stress busters to help you get through finals.

In addition to our usual activities listed here, we are also excited to partner again with the law school's Student Affairs office to bring you three sessions of Yoga for destressing during reading days. Kiz Adams, UGA's Work-life Balance Coordinator, former faculty member and J.D. class of 1989 will give three 20 minute sessions for students to un-wind with poses geared toward relieving tension in the neck and shoulders. Each session will also include a brief re-focus portion giving students the opportunity to practice mindfulness before leaving the room. Students do not need to come in any special clothing or bring a mat since the two indoor sessions will be on carpet. Mark your calendars to join us April 25 in Classroom L of the Law Library and April 26 in the Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall at 12 noon. On April 27 Kiz will give an outdoor session on UGA's North Campus green space in front of the library. Stay tuned for more details for that!

  • Yoga Destress sessions - Work-life Balance Coordinator Kiz Adams on April 25 (Classroom L), April 26 (Walker Room), April 27 (Outside).
  • Seated Chair Massage - Massage therapist Krystal Elliot returns with 80 slots over 5 days in Classroom L. We will email sign up links!
  • Puzzles - Put together one of the library's many puzzles at the library Reference desk during reading and exam days.
  • Coloring - Ask for a coloring kit from someone at the Circulation desk
  • Big Screen Word Search - During reading and exam days a large touch screen will be located in the library foyer.
  • Stress-relief Podcast - Episode 3 of the law library's On Reserve podcast with meditative music and tips for staying healthy amidst stress


Repairing Antique Books

By Nina Guzman

One of the many great benefits that the Law Library has is the bi-annual Book Repair. This is when students and faculty members can drop off their lovingly over-used books to be fixed up and returned like new. The whole process takes 24 hours and is completely free. While it might sound like magic, books are repaired by dedicated workers who have experience in art and book binding.
While the Book Repair event is only a week long, these artisans work year round on books in our archives that are hundreds of years old. We talked to Caroline Corder, Book Repair Wizard extraordinaire, about the process of repairing an antique book.
Step 1: Coat leather in leather conditioner, use a soft bristled brush. Leave for 1-2 days to allow for full absorption.

Step 2: Apply patches using mulberry or Thai Kozo rice paper and watered down PVA glue (about 1:1). This will reinforce the leather in weak spots and also allow for reattachment (of spine and covers).

Step 3: Paint the patches. Match the paint to the book to get the colors as close as possible. Here I used burnt umber, raw umber, and raw sienna. It is also good to have cadmium red, yellow and cyan on hand. I use Windsor and Newton because I like the vibrancy and purity of color but any brand will work.
Step 4: Add detail if necessary using a gold paint pen.

Step 5: The final step involves cellugel, a leather consolidant that was only recently invented (about 50 years). It is a mixture of cellugel powder and 90% alcohol and is the last step in leather book repairs - it preserves the patches, paint and conditioning.



Stop by the circulation desk between April 16 and 19 to take part in this semester's Book Repair Clinic.


Summer Access to Databases

For Returning Students
You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and the Practice Ready solutions, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build 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
You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer. 
For May 2018 Graduating Students
You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for 18 months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60 hours of usage per month, with no restrictions against using them for professional purposes. These tools include:
  • Westlaw
  • Practical Law
  • Practical Law Connect
  • Drafting Assistant Essential
  • Doc and Form Builder
  • ProView
  • West LegalEdCenter* -one-year, no CLE
Extend access by logging into and an agreement box will come up or the direct link is
Please contact Sue Moore at for questions about access or graduation date changes.
For All Students
Prepare to Practice online tutorials and April webinars are now available on To access information, sign on and click on the “Prepare to Practice” link.


Step Outside the Law Library: 10 Study Spaces at UGA

By Rachel Evans

National Library Week is this week. What better way to celebrate our libraries than to explore some of UGA's unique locations. As exams approach and you are searching for an alternative place to study, you may find that these spots are just the type of change in scenery you could use to focus solo or collaborate with fellow law students.

1. Main Library Just a stone's throw across the green space in front of our own law library is UGA's Main Library. This massive multi-story building has several nooks and crannies to explore for both solo and group studying. Highlights include the fourth floor study areas, the media desk located in the basement, and the maps library found in the sub-basement. Law students can use their UGA ID cards to check out materials from the main library, which is open until 2 am.
2. Women's Studies Library Although not a part of the UGA Libraries system, this small library is located just behind the Law Library's annex. The collection, made up completely of donated materials, contains nearly 3,000 books, journals, and magazines on women's studies topics such as gender, race, class, and sexuality. The collection is housed in a cozy reading room available to all students and faculty during regular building hours.
3. Owens Library This small library is housed in the Jackson Street building of the College of Environment and Design. It includes materials about landscape architecture, historic preservation, environmental planning and design, and environmental ethics. Law students with an interest in environmental law or land use may feel right at home studying here. Owens Library books may be returned to the Main Library. There is also a book drop at the main entrance of the Jackson Street Building for after-hours returns.
4. Special Collections Library The Special Collections Library features exhibit galleries open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies is open for research Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is a lovely space worth visiting and quite different than any other library space on campus.
5. Miller Learning Center A short walk from the Law Library you will find the MLC with beautiful study spaces including 96 group study rooms. It is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is well positioned for easy access to both Tate Center food options and Boyd Dining Hall across Lumpkin Street. It even has attractive outdoor spaces like the Head Terrace for those who enjoy studying outside in the spring.
6. Music Library Since 1995 this library located in UGA's Hodgson School of Music has operated as a branch collection of the Main Library. Among its many materials it serves as the primary access point for music audio and video recordings. Formats collected include LPs, CDs and audio cassettes, and video formats include VHS tapes, 12" Laserdiscs, and DVDs. It is open until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. You can find it on the 3rd floor.
7. Art Library Another branch of UGA’s library system, the Art Library primarily serves the Lamar Dodd School of Art. It is also open to both the university community-at-large and to the public.  This small library holds current art periodicals, a rotating cast of new books, course reserves, a reference section, a media collection, and a zine library. It also has several group study rooms and two public computer workstations.
8. Science Library The Science Library has many spaces for studying and is open 24 hours during reading days and exams. There are tables for group study, as well as a unique makerspace if you are looking to explore all that this library has to offer. It is located inside the Boyd Graduate Studies Building. 
9. Carnegie Library Located on the Health Sciences Campus in Normaltown, this 1910 building is an inviting and comfortable place to study. The building closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, while Medical Partnership and College of Publc Health students can swipe for access until 2 a.m. between Sunday and Friday of each week. 
10. Ramsey Student Center Not your average "library," the Ramsey Student Center is a prime location for working out. But did you know that the lower floor has an outdoor equipment checkout desk? You can check out hammocks, tents, kayaks and paddle boards. Check out a hammock and set up your own personal outdoor study area during exams for a truly unique studying experience.



Law Dawg Roundup

By Anne Burnett

This month we are pleased to present a very special edition of the Law Dawg column - a selection of 12 Law Dawgs! Nine of these wonderful pets have helped their student companions through countless hours of studying, and the others work hard to keep members of our law faculty and staff on their toes. We also send congratulations to all of our graduating Law Dawgs and, to the rest of you: see you in August.

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


CoCo Chanel and Marcel run the show at the home of Beth Shackleford, Director of Student Professional Development.

Jack has been 2L Kayla Upchurch’s best friend for 13 years: through middle school, high school, undergrad and law school. This Jack Russell terrier loves digging, jumping over stairs, and—despite being a tough guy—sleeping on the softest things available. He’s great at sitting on notebooks and staring at Kayla in concern and support as she reads Real Estate Transactions.

Simon belongs to 3L Campbell Brantley. Simon’s interests include sleeping, hiding under the bed, booty scratches, and rolling around on open law books.

Miss Peaches is a shih tzu belonging to Hannah Sbaity of our Circulation Department. Miss Peaches loves to give kisses, visit the Law Library, and snorting like a pig!

This lovely (honorary) Law Dawg is June, the companion of 2L Katie Wymer.

Oliver, who belongs to 1L Spencer Woody is a shih-tzu who likes doing shih- tzu things. He likes pizza crusts but not pizza. He likes getting belly rubs, making new pals (with all humans and dogs, big and small), watching soccer, and being the center of attention. In his free time, he likes hiding his treats so no one can steal them.

Minerva belongs to 1L Matthew Hall. She is a chimera with two faces! Minerva enjoys wrestling with her brother Alphonse and watching birds out the window.

This cool dude is Fred. He belongs to the equally cool Lori Ringhand, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law. Photo credit: Jessica Boston.

Bonnie is an Australian shepherd mix belonging to 1L Jack Donlon. Bonnie loves playing with other dogs, going on runs, and distracting Jack while he studies. She was a stray, but she's totally used to living the good life at home now.

Bailey is a 1-y.o. black lab/beagle mix belonging to 3L Delton Barnes and his wife Katie. Bailey is a certified bed, couch, chair, and lap quality-control inspector.

Kaiser is a 3-y.o. male German Shepherd Dog belonging to 3L Delton Barnes and his wife Katie. Kaiser is a semi-professional frisbee player (he gets paid in treats and praise).