UGA Law Library October 1995 Newsletter


By Sally Curtis AsKew Public Services Librarian

From 8:15 p.m. until closing there is a Security Guard from the UGA Police Department in the Law Library. The Guard is available to walk persons to their cars after dark and help with any other problems which may arise. If you wish an escort to your car, please ask at the Circulation Desk. The Student Assistants will contact the Security Guard for you.


By Cecilia Cleveland Faculty Services Coordinator

For all the money that the federal government seems to spend, one really good source of information is contained in the little-known government documents. In the olden days, it was a real pain to try to access the material contained in this collection, but thanks to a CD-ROM product called Autographics, accessing it has never been so simple. Autographics is located on one of the four new PCs on the Main Floor. Searches can be done by author, subject, title or keyword. Hearings, reports, executive summaries, statistics, the list goes on and on. It is great! You can print out your results. The Main Library is a regional depository, so if we don't have a government document, they will. Don't let this wealth of material pass you by.


By Carol A. Watson Computer Services Librarian

We have some exciting new changes coming soon for the computers in the Law Library. Several items have been ordered and should be installed soon. Here's a rundown of changes you can expect:

LAB PRINTING: Two new Hewlett Packard Laserjet 4 printers will soon be available for student use. One of the new printers will replace the laser printers in the Career Services lab. The other printer will be installed in the Law Library Annex Computer Lab. Eight PCs in the Law Library Annex Computer Lab will be able to print to the laser printer. The remaining PCs will have attached dot matrix printers. Laser printouts will not be free. You can pay for laser prints with cash, credit card or the same copicard that is used for the photocopiers. If you use a copicard or cash the cost will be 10 cents. If you use a credit card, the cost will be 12 cents.

CD-ROM NETWORKING: We will be networking many of our CD-ROMs. Currently our CD-ROMS are on stand-alone workstations. Only one user can use a CD-ROM title at a time on single workstations. With our CDs networked, multiple users will be able to simultaneously access the same CD-ROM title from different workstations. Users will not be limited to searching titles at workstations with CD-ROM players. Any workstation that is networked will be able to access the CD-ROMS that we choose to network. The library staff will be able to offer training sessions on the use of CD-ROM products and we won't be limited to using the PCs on the Main Floor. We'll be able to offer training sessions in the Law Library Computer Annex!

We will need to purchase and negotiate network licenses for all CD-ROMs that we network. The following CD-ROM titles are available on the Main Floor on single workstations:

The Library Staff will have to decide which of these titles we wish to network and if we wish to purchase other CD-ROM titles. For example, American Jurisprudence (Am Jur) and ALRs are available on CD-ROM. Once we have the technology to efficiently use our CD-ROMS we will be able to take advantage of this medium. We welcome any suggestions you have for materials that we should acquire in CD-ROM format.

GALILEO PCS: Many of you have already been experimenting with the four new Galileo PCs on the Main Floor of the Law Library. Many of you have already discovered that you can access World Wide Web resources using Netscape from these PCs. These new Pentium Zenith PCs were provided by the State of Georgia as part of the Chancellor's Initiative for One Statewide Library. Currently only one of the Galileo PCs is actually networked. Soon all four of the new PCs will be networked. You'll be able to access GALILEO and other World Wide Web resources from all of these PCs.

We are changing the configuration of our network. I'll spare you all the boring details. We are waiting on a network hub which has been ordered. When the hub arrives, we'll be able to network all four of those PCs.

I'll provide more details about the Galileo resources when the networking is complete and as more of the Galileo resources become available. Watch next month's newsletter for details!

In addition to four new PCs we also received a laser printer for the Main Floor as well. When we receive the necessary printer cables, all PCs on the Main Floor will be able to print to the laser printer.


By Sally Curtis AsKew Reference/Public Services Librarian

Learned Hand was one of the foremost judges of the early twentieth century. He served as a federal district judge in Manhattan and as a judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Although friends and acquaintances often urged his elevation to the United States Supreme Court, he never became a Supreme Court Justice. He was often referred to as "the tenth justice."

Gerald Gunther has written a well-researched and lengthy biography of Learned Hand. It has detailed information about cases and areas of the law in which Hand had a special interest. Hand had the reputation for taking on cases in admiralty and torts which other judges felt were too technical and complicated. He had the ability to cut through the layers of facts and get to the basic issues in these cases. Hand's opinions in some areas of the law are still quoted today, more than thirty years after his death.

Gunther includes many interesting details of correspondence Hand carried on with a large number of persons, especially persons in politics and business. Hand was a prolific letter-writer, and Gunther had access to letters written by Hand and others with whom he corresponded regularly.

Despite Hand's prominence in the field of law, he remained unsure of himself in social situations. He seemed to feel that he was not good enough to be a part of some of the social circles he and his wife moved in after their marriage. He loved his family, but he remained aloof much of the time and was always more comfortable in the law.

Hand felt uneasy about trends in the law he observed in the forties and fifties, especially the tendency to curtail rights of free speech. He abhorred the excesses of the McCarthy Era and made his displeasure with those events quite public. Up to the time of his death in 1961 Hand continued to write and take a great interest in the law.

Although the style of this book is heavy and pedantic in some places, it offers a good picture of one of the great judges of this century. Through the experiences of Learned Hand we can get a view of legal education at the end of the nineteenth century as well as of the life of a lawyer and judge in the twentieth century.


Tired of wasting time converting documents for use at law school? The answer is here! The Law Practice and Technology Association is raising money to purchase Word 6.0 for PCs in the Annex Computer lab. All profits from the GOLD-C fundraiser will be applied toward this goal! Please show your support by purchasing a GOLD-C Discount Booklet today!

The Law Practice and Technology Association will be selling t-shirts to raise money to support their organization. Watch for t-shirts for sale in the student lobby soon.

The Law Practice and Technology Association is a new student organization. Its purpose is to promote discussion and learning about the many ways technology can improve the efficiency of the practice of law. For more information, contact