Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell                King Law Library
February 2013
In This Issue Joellen Childers 
Focus on JoEllen Childers

As the person responsible for the setup and maintenance of the law school’s audio/visual equipment, JoEllen Childers is a vital part of the law school community. Every class, event, or presentation with some A/V enhancement is probably thanks to JoEllen. After joining the library in 1998, she has served as the Instructional Support Specialist, purchasing and maintaining A/V equipment, training students, faculty, and staff in the use of the law school website, and lending her technical expertise to law school events like the WIPI and Red Clay conferences.

Prior to her work for the Law Library, JoEllen completed her master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Iowa. She then attended the Institute for Paralegal Training, the first paralegal school in the country, in Philadelphia. The intensive coursework prepared her for work in a three-lawyer firm in Boston. In her words, the work was “exciting but too stressful!”

JoEllen also offers formatting expertise for the 1L Brief assignment. Both online and in-person guidance will be offered up to and including the weekend before the Brief is due, and a guide to formatting briefs in Word will be available in e-Reserves (course name: Legal Research and Writing) by this weekend. Learn more via the Law Help Desk (706-542-0895; or from JoEllen directly (706-542-9120;

 New Print Server!

In the past, when printing to the printers in the Law Library, you may have had the misfortune of experiencing a dropped print job (or 5). Or worse yet, the long, slow wait as a large document printed at a glacial rate. But fear the printers no more: a new print server offering robust and stable services has been installed. According to the custodians of the printers (the fabulous folks at the Circulation Desk), the new server has had an incredible effect on the reliability of printing services.

Now that the server has been implemented, the Copy Room printers will need to be re-added to your computers. Computing Services has written guides for the process for Windows 7, 8, and XP as well as Mac OS X. Handouts for the process are also available at the reference and circulation desks.

In further efforts to increase printing services to our students, the library is looking to acquire some of the new WEPA (Wireless Everywhere. Printing Anywhere) kiosks. Stay tuned!

Career & Professional Resources Collection

Have you noticed the new Career & Professional Resources Collection in our main floor reading room? Look for the new collection on the shelves outside the glass window the of the Copy Room. Many of these materials used to be located near the Legal Career Services offices. By combining them with the Law Library's career resources collection and moving them into one location within the Law Library, we hope you will find them more accessible.

The Law Librarians have also created a research guide called Career Resources from the Library. The guide highlights these materials and other resources in popular practice areas like Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Intellectual Property, and Tax. Additional information includes:

·         researching potential employers

·         practicing law outside of Georgia, including virtually

·         alternative careers, and, perhaps most importantly

·         self assessment or, how to choose my potential career

Most of these items can be checked-out for the standard 4-week period.

Easy Access to Lexis and Westlaw eBooks in GAVEL

The Law Library recently added nearly 5000 links directly from our online catalog to full-text legal treatises in Lexis and Westlaw. These resources are rich in state law and general practice. By bringing them into your GAVEL results list, you can quickly select from the breadth of titles and variety of formats available to you.

From a keyword search in GAVEL for “bankruptcy law,” you could be reading Collier’s Bankruptcy or Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice or Transnational Insolvency in a couple of clicks, no matter where you are. At the prompt, just type in your vendor-supplied log-in and password, and you are reading. It really is that easy.

Try it yourself:

•         Go to GAVEL

•         Do a title search for “Georgia Civil Practice”

•         Select the eBook (electronic resource) from your results

•         Click on the link in the yellow box

•         Enter your Lexis (or Westlaw) log-in

 We know you need quick access to the best information. In GAVEL we’ve done the hard work of grouping and organizing with subject headings and displaying your results in a consistent easy way.
e-treatises in GAVEL

Lunch-n-Learn with the Law Library
We'll provide the pizza - you bring a beverage!
Legal Citation without Fear:
 Owning the Bluebook

Student Services Librarian Maureen Cahill will provide practical
 Bluebooking tips for 1Ls in the process of drafting briefs.

Wednesday, 2/13, 12:30-1pm
Classroom A

Working the Room

With just a few simple rules and techniques, anyone can learn to work the room like a pro in no time! Law Library Director Carol Watson and Acquisitions Librarian Wendy Moore will discuss the “dos and don’ts” of effective interaction, and participants will gain the skills and confidence to navigate any social situation.

Monday, 3/4, 12:30-1pm
Classroom A

Law Dawg of the Month: Rigby

The February Law Dawg is Rigby. He has been a great study buddy for 1L Jill Thrasher Hauserman who rescued him from a shelter last fall.

All members of the Law School Community (students, faculty and staff) are invited to submit a photo for possible selection as the Law Dawg of the Month in upcoming issues of Amicus Briefs. The featured entry for each issue will be selected at random from all entries received by the issue's deadline. Please note that honorary Law Dawgs (i.e. those of the feline, equine, porcine, avian, etc. persuasion) are eligible as well. Please send your Law Dawg photo(s) to

Law Dawg Rigby
Law Dawg Rigby
Law Dawg Rigby
See the Law Dawgs on our Library with a View blog, where you'll
also find legal research tips, links to breaking legal news stories,
and fun tidbits on a variety of topics.