October 2017

October is Georgia Archives Month

By Rachel Evans

October is Georgia Archives Month, an annual event aiming to draw attention towards the state's archival repositories. It is a perfect time to reflect on what you might have that could be donated to a local or regional archive facility for preservation, or to explore existing archives in your area. Lucky for us, our own library acts as an archive repository, housing many collections and items unique to our area, the school's history, and our city and state's heritage. Two law library websites in particular are excellent starting points for delving into our law school's archive collections: Digital Commons, the law school's institutional repository, and LibGuides, the law library's home for research guides.

Some notable collections within Digital Commons include

For the final collection, the School of Law possesses a marvelous array of portraits. Many are on display on the walls of its three buildings including famous Georgians, former deans and faculty members, as well as accomplished alumni. For more information about specific archive collections or items contact Sharon Bradley, the Special Collections Librarian.

*When classes resumed at the University of Georgia after the Civil War, the law department occupied two large rooms on one floor of the Ivy Building. Built in 1832 to house the University Library and museum, this structure, nicknamed for its vigorous growth of ivy, was an early home of the Law School after the new Library was completed in 1860. This building, much enlarged and remodeled, still stands, forming part of the southern wing of the Hamilton-Holmes Academic Building. From The Davis Souvenir Album of the University of Georgia Courtesy of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries

  Ivy Building, 1875*


Scary DVDs from the Collection

By Nina Guzman

Here at the Law Library, we are big fans of Halloween. And what better way to celebrate the best holiday of the year than with a scary movie marathon! We compiled a selection of our spookiest, ookiest movies to get you in the spirit. The UGA Law Library is not responsible for any popcorn that you throw in the air.

Cape Fear (1962/1991)
PN1997 .C374 2001  / PN1997 .C374 2005

This is a classic horror film that I recommend any movie fan to watch. A psychotic man is set free from jail and decides his mission in life is to torment and torture the lawyer who convicted him. Don’t let the black and white film strip fool you. The scares are just as good (if not better) than any movie in the theater today. The original is my favorite but the remake comes pretty close. A perfect selection for a late night double feature showing.

Devil’s Advocate
PN1997.D44 1998

Picture this: You’re a big shot young lawyer, and you get the opportunity of a lifetime to work for one of the best firms in the country. Downside: your boss is most likely, probably, definitely Satan. Add Al Pacino to the mix and all hell breaks loose.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
PN1997.E96 2005

Don’t you hate it when one day you’re a normal student walking around campus and you’re biggest worry is getting a good grade on your exam and the next thing you know you’re possessed by a demon. It’s the worst! This movie follows an attorney trying to understand if Emily Rose was sick or if she was overtaken by something far more sinister. 

In Cold Blood
PN1997.I455 2003

Based on the book by Truman Capote, the film follows Perry Smith and Dick Hicock, who in 1959 murdered a family of four in Kansas during a botched robbery. The director’s pursuit for accuracy is haunting as the film sets are the actual locations of the original events and the resemblance of the actors to the real life killers is uncanny. The more you watch, the more the lines between fiction and reality blur.

The Crucible
PN1997 .C8588 2011

Based on Arthur Miller’s incendiary 1953 play, we are taken back to the events that eventually led to the infamous witch trials in Salem. Are there actual witches terrorizing the small New England town? Or is it all a prank caused by a few frustrated teenagers? At the end of the film you might find the true menace are people’s own prejudices.

Guantanamo, Torture, and Terrorism Resources

By Endia Sowers Paige

Today (October 10, 2017) the Dean Rusk International Law Center will host a lunchtime conversation with Rick Kammen, the lead defense counsel for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. If you would like to read more about Guantanamo, Torture, and Terrorism, the Law Library has several titles to choose from. Here are four to get you started!

Fundamentals of Counterterrorism Law 

Edited by Lynne Zusman

Available in the Basement

KZ7220 .F86 2014 

United States Migrant Interdiction and the Detention of Refugees in Guantánamo Bay

By: Azadeh Dastyari

Available on the Balcony

KF4836 .D37 2015  

The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay

By: Jess Bravin

Available on the Balcony

KF7661 .B73 2013

My Guantánamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me

By: Mahvish Rukhsana Khan

Available in the Basement

HV6432 .K493 2008

Sketching Guantanamo: court sketches of the military tribunals, 2006-2013

By: Janet Hamlin

Available on the Balcony

KF7661 .H36 2013


Library Podcast Episode #1: Technology

By Rachel Evans

My co-host Leslie Grove and I are excited to share episode 1 of the law library's podcast with students, faculty and staff. This episode focuses on technology and can be heard at: As with the pilot episode, this and each subsequent episode will center around a theme and discuss it through the lens of legal education, acting as an extension of this newsletter. Our goal is to feature individuals from all walks of the law school community, aiming to include at least one student, faculty member, librarian, and staff member  per episode allowing them to share their passions, both personal and scholarly. 

Episode 1 features interviews with:

The podcasting studio is available for use by law students and law faculty. For studio availability and to schedule a time in the studio with our student engineer visit:

Favorites From Fiction: The Best of the Worst

By Nina Guzman

For one reason or another you would probably not want these lawyers representing you. For more in our favorites from fiction series visit

Vogons from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

"Now these guys are pretty much the full embodiment of Dickens’ feelings toward lawyers. They are described as “one of the most unpleasant races in the galaxy—not actually evil, but bad-tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous”, and having “as much sex appeal as a road accident” as well as being the authors of “the third worst poetry in the universe”. In the book (as well as the movie) they are responsible for the destruction of Earth to make an intergalactic highway. They are the most despicable beings in the UNIVERSE, and they happen to be lawyers."

Dr. Gonzo from Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

"Who ever said lawyers are boring bureaucrats who don’t know how to have a good time have probably never heard of Oscar Zeta Acosta, most famously known as Dr. Gonzo from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The book follows Raoul Duke (Hunter S. Thompson) and Dr. Gonzo on their search for the American Dream in a haze of drugs and 60’s disillusionment.  This is one character you won’t soon forget, even if you tried."

Leland Palmer from Twin Peaks

"Leland Palmer has the perfect life. He has a wonderful family, a beautiful house and great job working for the richest man in town. But everything is turned on its head when his teenage daughter, Laura Palmer is found dead. The portrait of the idyllic American dream slowly disintegrates throughout the series and Leland’s psychological foundation crumbles before your eyes. David Lynch’s foray into TV is a crazy ride that is worth watching."

Billy Fynn from Chicago

"When Roxie Hart ends up in jail after killing her lover, there’s only one lawyer she wants on her side. Billy Flynn is the flamboyant lawyer tailor made for the celebrity obsessed 1920s Chicago. He uses the press to his advantage and knows that a good show beats the truth. The justice system is a three ring circus and Billy Flynn is the ring master. Just give them the old razzle dazzle andyou can get away with murder."

Fletcher Reed from Liar Liar

"Fletcher Reed is you’re the quintessential smarmy, skeezy lawyer. He exaggerates and blatantly lies in court and will do anything to win his cases even if he knows his clients are guilty. Worst of all he seems to get enjoyment out of his horrible behavior. That is, until his son makes a birthday wish for his dad to stop lying and it actually works. Hilarity ensues as Fletcher tries to deal with this sudden spark of honesty."


Law Dawg of the Month: Petra

By Anne Burnett

October’s Law Dawg is Petra, who is ready for Halloween with her tiara. Petra is a Shiba Inu who resides with 2L Becca Wackym. When Petra isn’t distracting her owner with cuteness, she’s springing around the dog park and hunting squirrels.

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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