January 2018

In This Issue




NOTICE: The water fountain on the main floor of the library now has a new filter.


Inclement Weather Policy Refresh

By Marie Mize

Whenever UGA closes for any emergency, such as inclement weather, the Law Library will close. On weekends, the official policy of UGA central administration is to permit individual units to decide whether to close for inclement weather or other emergency situations. The Director of the Law Library, in consultation with the Dean of the Law School, decides whether to close the Law Library in such circumstances. 

Announcements about any changes in the library’s weekend hours will be sent to the law school community via email.


Photo by Nina Guzman.


New Year, New Resolutions

By Nina Guzman

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.” – Anne of Green Gables
2018 is here and it is shiny and new. A clean slate full of possibility. It’s only natural to want to take this as an opportunity to create resolutions to make this new year the best one yet, and all of us working at the law library are no exception. We asked our hard working staff and faculty what their 2018 resolutions are; this is what they answered:
  • Alexander Scherr, Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning: I want to finish reading Lincoln in the Bardo and to start reading histories of the Vietnam and the Gulf Wars.
  • Destiny Crimes, 3L: I’m looking forward to the post-graduation (and post-bar) adventure that has so patiently awaited my arrival!
  • Sumar Deen, Law Library Student Worker: Don’t worry as much about future events that I can’t control, focus on the immediate future that I can control.
  • Amanda Shaw, Grants Coordinator: To do more to connect with my friends and family. Send letters, make more phone calls – really connect and communicate. Facebook has made me a lazy friend and I want to show people I love that I care.
  • Nina K. Guzman, Circulation Assistant: This is the year I want to work with my hands more. So much of what I work on is abstract so this year I want to try my hand at ceramics and gardening, starting with reviving the philodendrons on my desk.
  • Leslie Grove, Web Developer: My goal for 2018 is to record an album of electronic music.
  • Lucas Carver, Podcast Studio Engineer: Think about my future occasionally, but try to focus on the present as much as possible.
  • Zoie Hashim, Law Library Student Worker: 1. Get a job before I graduate. 2. Go out and party every weekend before I graduate.
  • Rachel Evans, Web Coordinator: I'd like to read more novels for leisure this year, especially novels that have since become films I have seen.
  • Jenna Jackson, Admissions: I want take care of my body and learn to cook the best foods in the best manner.
  • Carol Watson, Law Library Director: To strive for a healthy work-life balance.

Resource Spotlight: Music Law

By Endia Sowers Paige & Wendy Moore

Have you heard about the Georgia Music Investment Act? This law recently went into effect and will allow Georgia musicians and music producers to receive the same tax credits that have grown the state's film industry into one of the most lucrative in the nation. With this in mind, our resource spotlight for the month focuses on Music Law items from the collection:

Music Law for the General Practitioner

By Leavens, Thomas R.

KF4291 .L43 2013


The 11 Contracts That Every Artist, Songwriter, and Producer Should Know.

By Gordon, Steve R.

ML3795 .G753 2017


The Evolution and Equilibrium of Copyright in the Digital Age

(Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law) 

Frankel, Susy, editor

K1447.95 .E96 2014


Hip Hop and the Law

Bridgewater, Pamela D., editor

Professor Andrea L. Dennis contributed an article to this book entitled “Poetic (In)justice? Rap Music Lyrics as Art, Life, and Criminal Evidence.”

KF389 .H537 2015

Balcony, Faculty Writings Coll

Entertainment Careers for Lawyers

Career series (Chicago, Ill.)

By Henslee, William D

KF299.E57 H46 2014

Career & Professional Resources (Main Floor)

Democracy of Sound: Music Piracy and the Remaking of American Copyright in the Twentieth Century

By Cummings, Alex Sayf

KF3035 .C86 2013




10 Best Legal Podcasts

By Rachel Evans

Now that we're all back from the holidays and in for some colder weather, it might be nice to settle down in the reading room of the law library for some long study hours and possibly some listening. What do you listen to while studying? If you are in search of some interesting law-related listening, check out the following podcasts, which range from legal education and technology, to the practice of law, to the Supreme Court and everything in between.

1. Oral Argument

First up is a podcast from two of our very own faculty: Christian Turner and Joe Miller. In their own words, it is a "a weekly-ish podcast...We sometimes talk among ourselves, often host guests from academia or practice, and are even more often goofy."

2. This Week in Law

Interested in technology law, including patents, and copyrights? Check out this podcast with legal blogger (and trained attorney) Denise Howell along with J. Michael Keyes, Matt Curtis, and Emory Roane discussing breaking issues.

3. Opening Arguments

Known to be an entertaining podcast, legal expert Thomas Smith and comic relief Andrew Torrez aim to help make sense of popular legal news so that you can sound like you know what you’re talking about (even if you don’t!).

4. ABA Law Student Podcast

Looking for a student centered podcast? This podcast presented by the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division might be just right. It covers issues that affect law students, law schools, and recent grads. From finals and graduation to the bar exam and finding a job, this show can be a good resource.

5. The Digital Edge

If technology is your thing, this monthly podcast hosted by Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and Jim Calloway, shares the latest in legal technology news while providing legal professionals the tips and tools that are needed to be successful.

6. The Lawyerist

This weekly show is about the future of lawyering and law practice. Hosted by Sam Glover and Aaron Street, they include conversations with successful lawyers and other creative people helping to shape the future of our legal landscape.

7. Entertainment Law Update

Interested in entertainment law? This podcast is for you! Hosted by Entertainment Attorneys Gordon Firemark and Tamera Bennett, it covers the latest in entertainment law news, analysis, and commentary for lawyers and other professionals in the entertainment industry.

8. Life of the Law

If technical discussions of the workings of law aren't your thing, Life of the Law might be. This podcast explores the relationship of law to American culture and society by documenting how legal concepts affect individual lives and cases.

9. Oyez

Are you a Supreme Court of the United States nerd? Then check out Oyez, which provides access to recordings of past oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

10. Amicus

For more Supreme Court topics, check out Slate Magazine's podcast Amicus which examines U.S. Supreme Court cases via host Dahlia Lithwick, a courts reporter for the online magazine. She interviews lawyers, law professors and prominent legal experts, including attorneys who have argued before the court. You may even find our own law school faculty interviewed from time to time. For an example, check out Episode 65 featuring our own Dean Lori Ringhand:

Law Dawg of the Month: Bosley

By Anne Burnett

Bosley is 12.5 years old and on an extended vacation from Nebraska with 3L Dana Lohrberg. He loves coming to the law school because everyone carries him around like the prince he knows he is!

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

Photo by Jen Wolf.


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