August 2018

Law Library Hours

By Szilvia Somodi

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.

Tech Tip of the Month: VPN

By Amy Taylor

Want to protect your online privacy? Using a VPN (virtual private network) is a great way to encrypt your connection to the internet.


Welcome Back New and Returning Students

By Carol Watson

On behalf of the staff of the Law Library, I am happy to welcome you to the 2018-19 academic year. It’s great to see the law school building bustling with activity. We are excited to meet our new first year students as well as to hear about the summer experiences of our 2Ls and 3Ls.  

While you were away for the summer, we have 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.
Please make yourself at home in our comfortable study space. Take advantage of the collaborative seating with multimedia displays to collaborate with your fellow students. Try out our standing desks. Check out a DVD when you need a study break. Browse the Career and Professional Resources collection before an important interview. Peruse our online study aids collection. These are just a few of the resources and services that we have to offer.
Don’t forget:  Reference service is available Monday-Thursday, 9am – 6 pm; Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; and Sunday, 2 pm – 6 pm.  You can also reach the reference desk:
Last year, we answered 1,800 reference questions so whatever your research needs are as a law student, we can help.
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. We are looking forward to supporting you in the upcoming year and helping you reach your highest potential. 


Meet Two New Law Librarians: Amy & Stephen

By Rachel Evans & Leslie Grove

On our upcoming episode of the library podcast On Reserve we interview new law librarians Amy and Stephen. Amy Taylor is the new Outreach and Research Services Librarian and comes to us with a background as a librarian in a law firm in Washington D.C., and an academic law librarian at Georgetown, Duke and American Universities. Stephen Wolfson is the new Research and Copyright Services Librarian and comes with experience as a Copyright Librarian at the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Austin's Tarlton Law Library. Read below for highlights from our interview, and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or YouTube for the full interview when it becomes available later this month.

Q & A with Amy Taylor

What was it like working around attorneys and helping with their research in a law firm setting?
Attorneys are very cognizant of their time, and they’re aware that time is money, so they want to be as efficient as possible but also as accurate as possible. It’s a challenge. They are relying more and more on digital tools, legal analytics, really anything to get an edge. In a recent survey, newer associates report spending an average of 15 hours a week on legal research, so developing strong skills in law school is not wasted time.  Also, the research landscape is changing rapidly with artificial intelligence and the results that advanced databases are bringing back to you. 
You were an intern for the U.S. Supreme Court Library. How was that experience?
This was the summer of 2006. It was a really great experience. Opinions were still being drafted for about half of my time there, and I was able to assist clerks with research. One day a week I would be in charge of answering the phones and sometimes a Justice would call. I got to speak with a few of them!
What resources would you recommend to law students who will be taking your legal research course this fall?
After working at the firm and seeing what attorneys struggle with in practice, two areas I recommend  are knowledge management and current awareness. The importance of developing a system to stay organized, whether it is Evernote, OneNote, or some other system you develop for yourself is key to your ability to keep up with everything. And then you also need to stay current — either using the resources a big firm can provide, setting up Google alerts for yourself, and subscribing to newsletters and blogs. It can be daunting to get this set up and find a system that works for you, and you'll make tweaks along the way, but if you can have that up and running by the time you get into practice you can shine because you will have that mastered and others will not. Also, law firms author blogs and other content they push out for their websites and online publications, and a big part of being a new attorney is being able to draft content that is current.
What were your favorite classes as a law student?
I loved all of the procedure courses: criminal procedure, civil procedure, federal courts, conflict of laws. And remedies was fabulous! One of the best courses.
What hobbies do you have?
I'm a crossword puzzle fiend, and I love college football. I also recently adopted two kittens so I spend a large amount of time watching them play.
You just moved here from Washington D.C. What do you like most and least about Athens so far?
I love Athens so far. I love that I don't have to take public transportation unless I really, really want to. It's not an essential part of my day-to-day life. I think it is fun to explore, especially the restaurants, and get a feel for the city. And there’s no noise or light pollution here. The only thing I really miss is that I'm not able to get as many things delivered as I was in D.C. 
What was the last book and movie you read and watched?
I recently read The Woman in the Window, the new thriller that’s being made into a movie starring Amy Adams. It was a notch above your standard thriller, both as to plot and the quality of writing. I recently watched the HBO show Barry. It goes in directions you don't see coming, with a fabulous finale, and I highly recommend it.
Describe your perfect chair:
I’d like a chair designed for a petite person!! I would also love a chair that has some sort of on/off switch so that it could be a glider when I wanted one, but a regular club chair when I didn’t. And my last wish is for the armrests to be wide and level so you don’t necessarily need a side table — my dad had a chair like that when I was growing up and it was fabulous.

Q & A with Stephen Wolfson

What was it like working as a copyright librarian and serving faculty and students? What types of issues came up most often?
The most common questions I got were mostly related to classroom use of copyrighted works or use of copyrighted works in your published materials. Normally people think about the fair use exception. There are a few other tools within the copyright statutes that allow educators to use materials in their classes. Primarily you are looking at the fair use statute but there are some other ways. I addressed authors rights questions as well. Every time somebody publishes something a journal asks you to sign a contract. In the past those contracts asked authors to sign over intellectual property rights... that paradigm has been changing over the past several years to one where authors retain those intellectual property rights but grant some rights to publishers the right use an article for publication, distribution...I would consult with people regarding whether these provisions make sense, whether there is room to negotiate and things like this.
What resources would you recommend to law students who will be taking your legal research course in the spring?
So when I was a law student I bought all the nutshells for every is expensive to buy all those books. The libraries frequently have these collections or access to them through ebooks. My favorite tool that librarians like to hate on a little bit is Google… and it be fair, it really gives some people some bad research habits to dive right in with keywords and assume if it is not in the first five hits it doesn't exist and these things are true, but the truth is if you know how to use Google to your advantage it is a really awesome tool. And so I talk about a couple operators that I really like and I talk about these all the time. The site operator... which is great for conducting legislative history research... it can narrow the range of information Google will give back to you. I also like to use the filetype operator and narrow it to something like PDFs. Google is a really powerful tool if you know how to use it... if you're smart about it, it is awesome. All of these other tools available to us are extremely powerful and great, I just think Google is also one of those.
What were your favorite classes as a law student?
I loved my copyright class, all of my classes like that. Intellectual property, copyright and trademark in particular. The first case I ever read in IP was a case dealing with the Elvis Presley estate. There's also a famous copyright case dealing with the comic character Spawn and a conflict between Neil Gaiman and the Todd McFarlane who came up with the character. It was fun to read those sorts of things and I really got into that. It was also fun to take some classes just because the professors are really fun. Civil Procedure was a class that I think I wouldn't have liked as much if I hadn't had a wonderful faculty member. I also took a class on presidential power that was very difficult but taught also by a really great faculty member and I feel like I learned a lot in that class that I will never actually implement in my professional life, but when I complain about politics -- which I do a lot -- it really comes in handy!
What is the strangest or most memorable reference question you have ever received?
So Texas was its own country for like 8 years which they won't let you forget, so it was interesting with the laws of the republic of Texas. For instance people didn't want to pay their federal taxes and commonly they believed there was something within the founding of Texas that would allow them to avoid paying their became a regular thing. It was always an interesting request.
What hobbies do you have? What was the last book and movie you read and watched?
I have a two year old and so a lot of my life is his life right now and a lot of them are his movies. I will mention though that I can actually get into some of them. I found that I enjoy some of them, like the Trolls movie. I kinda really like it, it is bizarre, I kinda get into the music. I feel like I'm not supposed to like it. That song by Justin Timberlake, I get into that! Other than that I am a cyclist, I look forward to biking in Athens. I am very excited about the Criterium. I'm a big film fan, and I love going to the theatre, whenever I have the time. There’s a film festival called Fantastic Fest that I've gone to every year for a number of years in Austin. . I usually call it my Christmas because it the most wonderful time of the year -- it’s just the best. Sadly I’ll be missing it this year, now that I’m living in Georgia. I am also a big Star Wars fan, so right now is a good time for me. I thought Solo was fun! And I'm reading a book right now called the Wise Man's Fear which is the second in a series called the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. The first one is called the Name of the Wind. I have very complex feelings about this series right now, but they are worth reading if you are into fantasy novels.
You just moved here from Texas. What do you like most and least about Athens so far?
I love Athens. I was most recently living in Dallas and it was very flat and there was a lot of concrete everywhere. My family didn't feel much sense of a community. It just didn't fit for us. It is of course really green here which is super pretty, it is hilly - I'm a bike commuter and that makes it makes more of a challenge but I'm ok with that and I like the hills cause it adds to the prettiness. People have been exceptionally nice and friendly to us. I feel like Athens has community and charm everywhere and that is what we were looking for when we moved here.
​Describe your perfect chair:
I like this question because my wife is an interior designer and she really loves chairs in particular. So I pay more attention to chairs than the average person, probably. There’s an episode of a TV called The Tick that I love called Evil Sits Down for a Moment where the Tick gets caught in a trap that’s the most comfy chair in the world. It was a chair that was so comfy it induced a coma. So my perfect chair is a coma-chair, I guess.  


Resource Spotlight: Books for Incoming Students

By Rachel Evans

As if you didn’t have enough to do and think about already, you may still be interested in checking out some items from the library geared especially towards new law students. The following titles are located in our Career and Professional Resource collection on the main floor in the reading room:

KF272 .M548 2013
Written by a recent law school graduate this book transcends merely surviving the experience, demonstrating how to earn high grades by working smart, excel in extracurricular activities, publish, and land top jobs. Miller relieves some of the anxiety about law school by conveying proven strategies that will appeal to today’s tech-savvy law student. He outlines the available resources and study-aids.
KF273 .F728 2014
A must-read whenever worry or doubt creep in. In this volume you will find essential wisdom for the study of law and life. Learn from the unprecedented ten-time recipient of the Professor of the Year award how to be your best in and out of class, how to prepare for exams, how to succeed on exams, how to put your best foot forward in a job interview, how to find teachers to inspire you, what to do in classes that leave you uninspired, how to cope with stress and how to create value in everything you do.
KF283 .G739 2016
This book offers a global overview of 1L curriculum in a single volume. In short, available lessons, it covers all the major concepts taught in each of the courses most commonly offered in the first year: criminal law, torts, civil procedure, constitutional law, property, and contracts. . . . By reading through all the lessons for a course, first-year students will get a complete overview of each course early in the semester.
KF283 .G46 2016
This brief book is designed to prepare students for their first year of law school, thereby decreasing their anxiety and increasing their chances of achieving academic success. Also appropriate for non-J.D. students, including LLM students from foreign countries and graduate students outside law school.
KF283 .S37 2013
New law students will find the practical guidance for success–plus tips on pitfalls to avoid–when you open this book. Written by a recent Harvard Law School graduate who is currently associated with major Wall Street law firm, this blueprint for legal accomplishment gets down to specifics including a model brief of a case for class.
KF283 .F75 2016
a book that every JD and LLM law student needs to read, either before classes start or as they get going in their 1L year. This book introduces law students to the basic structure of our legal system and to the distinctive features of legal reasoning. To prepare students for exams, the book explains in clear and careful detail what exams are designed to test.
KF283 .H47 2016
This book for entering law students covers how lawyers use the law, how the legal system works, how to study, how to read and brief case decisions, how to participate in class, how to prepare course outlines, and how to study for exams and write essay exam answers. It also provides a chapter with pointers about legal research and writing because of the importance of these subjects in the first-year curriculum.


Law Dawg of the Month: Poppy

By Anne Burnett

Welcome back to all of our Law Dawgs!
August’s Law Dawg is Poppy, who assisted May graduate Truman Crockett during his law school career. Poppy’s favorite pastimes include fetch (especially with tennis balls), swimming, and napping while Truman studied. She is 50% American Staffordshire Terrier and 50%  a mix of Australian Cattledog and Australian Shepherd.
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) w/ a brief description to



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