Professor Ann Puckett
Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law
staff of the Alexander Campbell King Law Library welcomes all new and
returning law students. We hope you will find using the library
pleasant and successful, and to assure that we ask you to memorize one
cardinal rule: if you can't find what you want, JUST ASK! We make
asking convenient. There's a beautiful Reference Desk near the entrance
to the library where you can't miss it. It is staffed from 9-5 Monday,
Wednesday and Friday; from 9-7 Tuesday and Thursday; and from 2-6
Sunday. You can call the reference librarian on duty if you
cannot come to the library in person (542-6591). All the
professionals on the staff have degrees in law, library science, or
both. We all know secrets about this library and about legal
research that took years to learn -- and we don't charge a penny extra
for teaching you our secrets.
For the last several years, we have focused major efforts on upgrading
our physical plant by renovating much of the library and
repurposing several rooms to bring them more in line with the needs of
21st century law students. Returning students will notice there
is no longer a computer lab off the reading room. That lab, which
was originally library staff space, has been reclaimed for its original
purpose after careful study showed law students no longer need as much
lab space as we were providing. Nearly all of you have laptop
computers and can work from anywhere in the building via the wireless
network. The large labs in the Annex remain available to law
students only, and the 16 public computers at the entrance to the law
library now have word processing added for the rare times when the
Annex labs are crowded. We are truly a library without walls, in that
students can access most of the library's accumulated knowledge without
even coming to the library. We take great pride, however, in the
fact that law students in large numbers choose to study and work in the
library. Please let us know how we can continue to improve your
In sum, we wish you a happy and successful year. And
remember the Law Library motto: JUST ASK!
students enjoy Krispy Kreme donuts and beverages during an orientation
break sponsored by the Law Library.
Remembering Professor Louis B. Sohn Anne Burnett
Professor Louis B.
Sohn, a former UGA law professor and long-time friend of the UGA Law
Library, passed away on June 7, 2006. He was 92 years old.
Sohn's Career in a Nutshell As
a young legal scholar, Louis Sohn left Poland two weeks before the
invasion by Hitler's Germany. He stayed in his first position, as a
Harvard law professor, until 1981 at which time he came to the
University of Georgia School of Law at the invitation of former
Secretary of State Dean Rusk.
his capacity as assistant to Manley O. Hudson, a judge on the Permanent
Court of International Justice, Professor Sohn served as a member of
the US delegation to the San Francisco Conference of 1945, at which the
United Nations Charter was signed. During the Conference he helped
draft the statute establishing the International Court of Justice. In
1958, Professor Sohn and Grenville Clark published World Peace Through
World Law, which called for the establishment of a world government in
the form of the United Nations. From 1974 to 1982 he was involved at
the conference which drafted the United Nations Convention on the Law
of the Sea.
current United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, said upon
learning of Professor Sohn's death that "[t]hroughout his life he won
wide respect as a voice of reason and source of wisdom, and was a firm
believer in the importance of the United Nations and of the rule of law
in settling international disputes." Statement issued June 23, 2006,
available at http://www.un.org/apps/sg/sgstats.asp?nid=2104.
The New York Times described Professor Sohn's career as "championing
disarmament, human rights and increased powers for the United Nations."
June 23, 2006, p. B7, col. 1. The Law Library has long been proud of
our connection to Professor Sohn.
Sohn Collection on International Relations Over
his long career, Professor Sohn collected books on history, philosophy,
religion, demographics, customs, economics, geography, language,
political science, and law. He sought to acquire materials covering all
aspects of a developing situation in international relations. While a
law professor at UGA, he frequently loaned his personal books to law
students, and he would often invite a student into his library and then
select just the perfect title for that student's research project.
Despite the size of his own collection, Professor Sohn was also a
frequent user of the Law Library. According to his wife of 65 years,
Betty Mayo Sohn, the professor said that he "learned the most when he
looked up a book on the library shelf and then took down the two books
on each side of that one." When Professor Sohn left UGA in the early
1990s, he donated a large portion of his extraordinary collection to
the Law Library. In 1997, the Law School dedicated the Louis B. Sohn
Collection on International Relations. Originally housed in Rusk Hall,
the Sohn Library is now on the Balcony level of the Law Library (for
assistance in retrieving materials from the Sohn Library, please ask at
the Circulation Desk).
2005, Professor Sohn donated an additional 1,500 volumes to the Sohn
Library. The Law Library continues to acquire materials for the Sohn
Collection based upon the professor's selection criteria. This year,
Mrs. Sohn provided the Law Library with a generous monetary gift that
will allow us to continue to add quality materials to the collection
far into the future. The Law Library is pleased to be able to make
accessible these important resources and to play a part in carrying
out Professor Louis B. Sohn's intention to make his collection
available to our students.
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