Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
August 2006
 
In This Issue Professor Louis B. Sohn
Louis B. Sohn   
photo taken by Paige Otwell  
 
Welcome Back
Professor Ann Puckett
Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law

The 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 library experiences.
 
 In sum, we wish you a happy and successful year.  And remember the Law Library motto: JUST ASK!
1Ls
1Ls
1L 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.

Louis 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.

In 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.

The 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.

The 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).

In 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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Law Library Hours
The Law Library's regular hours are:
  • Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Sunday 8 a.m. - Midnight

Over the Labor Day weekend, the Law Library's hours will be:
  • Friday, September 1      7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (regular hours)
  • Saturday, September 2 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (home football game)
  • Sunday, September 3     8:00 a.m. - midnight (regular hours)
  • Monday, September 4     6:00 p.m. - midnight (Labor Day holiday)

Regular hours resume on Tuesday, September 5

View the Law Library's hours for the semester at http://www.law.uga.edu/library/hours.html.