Late Night at the Law Library? Get an Escort to Your Car!
Students: When you leave the Law Library late at night, please be
aware a guard will escort you to your parking place if you ask. There
are two guards on duty each evening. One must stay in the building, but
the other is free to provide an escort if you need one.
Law Library Partners with Civil Rights Digital Library
The Alexander Campbell King Law Library is proud to be a development partner for the Civil Rights Digital Library (http://crdl.usg.edu),
the most ambitious and comprehensive initiative to deliver educational
content on the Civil Rights Movement via the web. The Civil Rights
Digital Library brings together a striking variety of primary sources
and teaching aids to help students and researchers connect with
From raw news footage of a press conference by civil rights attorneys
Horace T. Ward and Donald Hollowell with Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton
Holmes just before they started classes at UGA to the diaries of
Freedom Summer volunteers in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the CRDL invites
viewers to watch and hear the Civil Rights movement as it enfolded.
Researchers interested in understanding the mood surrounding the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 can access the July 2nd entry of Zoya Zeman's diary
written from Mississippi:
Johnson signed the Civil Rights Bill tonight …; everyone had sort of
wanted it to come on the 4th …. About the reaction to the Bill:
everyone – no matter how illiterate or how young – was very aware of
this political action. Lafayette said, “I’m a free man!”
Pokie and others were surprised, almost, to hear Gov. Johnson urge
businessmen not to comply until it has been “tested in the courts.
One of those tests in the courts was the Supreme Court case Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States,
379 U.S. 241 (1964). Links to online collections of the University of
Texas Tarlton Law Library enable researchers to read the Heart of Atlanta docket
sheet, bench memorandum, Justice Tom C. Clark's early drafts of the
opinion, and letters from other Justices commenting on the drafts.
You are encouraged to do your own walk with history and use the browse
functions to explore the people, place, topics, and events captured in
Expanded Foreign Law Database: vLex
latest addition to the Law Library's foreign legal resources is the
vLex Global database. vLex has expanded its coverage from Spain only to
over 100 countries, and the database currently contains over 22 million
documents. Contents include official gazettes, codes, case law,
scholarly articles, forms, and more. Most of the material is in the
original language, but the database does provide some translations.
vLex allows the researcher to search by country, document, title or author.
For researchers who prefer to research in a different language, vLex
now offers 12 languages for its interface. Other features include an
alerts service which will email the researcher whenever new material
meeting a specified search query is added.
Spring Semester Lunch n Learn series kicks off Friday February 13, with
a down and dirty, practical overview of the dreaded Blue Book. The
session, Legal Citation Without Fear, is geared primarily to the
immediate needs of 1Ls as they work to perfect their briefs for Legal
Research and Writing.
Two Fridays later, on February 27, the session "It's Cold Out There:
Warm Resources for Job Hunting" will explore a collection of job
search tools. Come learn about the latest resources to expand your job
Join us these two Fridays at 12:30 in Room A. As always, you bring a drink and we'll supply the pizza.
Law Dawg of the Month
This month's randomly-selected Law Dawg is Maggie, an honorary dawg who shares a home with Susan Clay, Serials Associate in the Law Library.
If you'd like your pet to go in the mix for future random drawings to choose the Law Dawg, send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
February Puzzle: This Time It's a Jigsaw! created by James Donovan
walked by it a bajillion times, but do you know what it means? "The
Common Law" is the original painting created by former law student
Elliott Stiles. Beneath the puzzle are excerpts from Mr.
Stiles'commentary on the work, which he donated in 2004:
work is unique in that it reflects and draws upon relevant case law,
theories, ideas, and history examined in the 1st semester of law school
here at the University of Georgia. Considering that our legal education
here is premised on case study and in acknowledging and honoring the
significance of Justice Holmes' Lowell lectures I felt it only
appropriate to title this work "The Common Law." The following dialogue
explains this work from the artist's perspective and gives some light
to the various elements incorporated into this piece.
Criminal Law: The faint beer bottle in the central character's head
draws upon Proctor v. State symbolizing the concept of thought crimes.
The two women with joined hands holding a purple tulip (see Torts) to
the central character's neck draw upon concepts of conspiracy, murder,
Property: The feather in the hair of the woman (left) represents
Johnson v. M'Intosh and the concepts of right to title and right to
occupancy. In the central character's left hand he bears a fox and a
time piece on his wrist. Those elements are reflective of Pierson v.
Post, the rule of capture, and the concept of first in time. In the
central character's other hand he holds a twig, which draws upon the
ceremonial practices of feudal England in the passing of seisin from
one party to another.
Civil Procedure: The man in the background in the legendary Rex
Grossman, who is serving process in the most effective method, in
person. The elongated arms of the woman being served are symbolic of
the long-arm statutes provided in state laws.
Contracts: The woman (left) is presenting a salt shaker in her right
hand, symbolizing Droughty v. Salt and the concept of the donative gift
promise. The lines running between the two characters in the background
are symbolic of the formation of a contract in the meeting of the minds.
Torts: The purple tulip is pulled from the Old English case of Byrd v.
Holbrook and symbolizes the spring gun used to protect the defendant's
garden. Here it is being used against the central character and raises
the concern of doing with an instrument or device that which one is not
permitted to do in person. The holding of hands also represents Summers
v. Tice and the concept of joint tortfeasors. The life preserver
bearing the name Grayton symbolizes the Grimstad case and the irony
embodied in the court's but-for test. The four (4) dots on the eye of
the woman (right) represents foresight, and the eye in her bun of hair
represents hindsight. This relates to Eckert v. Long Island R.R. and
Terry's flawed theory on negligence in using hindsight to determine
foresight. The cracker in the jaw of the woman (left) draws upon the
legend at common law that the King had the Chancellor of the Writs pass
out crackers to those complaining about the insufficient writs of
trespass in order to quiet the crowed, thus the Ritz cracker.
General Elements: The X's on the central character are reflective of
the battle wounds first in the stomach, then the chest, and then in the
neck sustained by Justice Holmes in his service to our country. The
large hand of the central character bears on each finger "learn," which
is a tribute to Justice Learned Hand. The trees in the background are
the same trees visible through the large pane glass of the Law Library,
the constant companion of those who spend long days devoted to their