Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
March 2008
In This Issue Lauren Knowlton at Circulation Desk (by Professor Brussack)

Lauren Knowlton at the Circ Desk
photo by Professor Bob Brussack
Lauren Knowlton Takes Off!

A familiar and friendly face at the Circulation Desk is leaving for new adventures this week. Circulation Assistant Lauren Knowlton departs to begin her new position as Youth Services Supervisor at the Conyers-Rockdale Library System. Lauren is nearing completion of her Master's in Library Science, and she also brings her past work with juvenile offenders and as a preschool teacher to her new job.

Lauren began working at the Circulation Desk in the summer of 2005. In addition to assisting you at the desk, she has been responsible for uploading the bulk of our e-reserves. She's also been a key player in the Law Library's public relations activities and was the motivating force behind such events as the Staff Chili Cookoff and Salad-A-Thon.

The Law Library staff will miss her greatly, but we know that the children and young adults visiting her department will benefit greatly from her enthusiasm, creativity and strong work ethic.

New Resource: Hein World Trials Database
Sharon Bradley

The Hein Online service is fabulous and just keeps getting better. Most of the Law School community is familiar with the Law Journal Library which contains PDF versions of law reviews and journals from the ABA approved law schools. But the service is so much more: it contains federal primary materials, English materials, publications of the American Law Institute, treaties, and publications of Congress and the Office of the President. All of the material is in PDF.

One of the newest databases is the World Trials Library. Everyone loves a good trial as evidenced by coverage of trials involving actors or sports figures. The collection is primarily materials published in the 18th and 19th centuries and contains important works such as John Lawson's American State Trials, Howell's State Trials, Law Reports of Trials of War Criminals, and Sixty Famous Cases. Also included is the full trial collection from Cornell University Law Library, one of the most complete collections in the United States. In addition to trial transcripts, the collection includes monographs and biographies. Some of the interesting items included are the argument of John Quincy Adams before the Supreme Court in the Amistad case, the trial of the conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the trial of Susan B. Anthony for voting in the presidential election of 1872.

Access all of the Hein Online databases from the Law Library's Research Resources page at

Internet Legal Research Continuing Legal Education Seminar
Carol Watson

On Friday, February 29, the UGA law librarians presented a continuing legal education seminar on Internet Legal Research to more than 110 lawyers at the Marriott Gwinnett Place hotel in Duluth. We received many positive comments on the seminar, which included such diverse subjects as assessing website credibility, Georgia legal resources, investigative tools, and legal news sources.

The law librarians have been successfully presenting on current topics related to internet legal research for the Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education for more than ten years. We hope to see you at one of our future seminars when you graduate and are seeking continuing legal education credit!

New Book by Donovan
Sharon Bradley

James Donovan, Faculty and Access Services Librarian, is the author of the recently published Legal Anthropology: An Introduction from AltaMira Press. Dr. Donovan, who holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Tulane University and a J.D. from Loyola University of New Orleans, is an adjunct instructor in the UGA Department of Anthropology. He is also the author of Sexual Orientation and the Law: A Research Bibliography Selectively Annotating Legal Literature Through 2005 and two editions of Anthropology & Law.

This most recent book offers an initial overview of the challenging debates surrounding the cross-cultural analysis of legal systems and outlines the historical landmarks in the development of the discipline, identifying both strengths and weaknesses of each stage and contribution.

In February Dr. Donovan made a presentation to faculty and students of the Anthropology Department discussing his research and suggesting areas of future research in social regulation and dispute resolution. The Law Library hosted a reception after the presentation.
Legal Anthropology: An Introduction

Law Library Hours over Spring Break

For those students planning to linger in town rather than venture abroad for Spring Break, the Law Library will be on reduced hours:

Saturday 3/8
Sunday 3/9 11a-5p
Monday-Friday 3/10-14 8a-5p
Saturday 3/15 10a-7p
Sunday 3/16 11a-2a

Note that 2 am closings resume the Sunday before classes begin.

Complete hours are available at the library web site:

And don't forget that daylight savings begins on March 9th!!

March's Interactive Crossword Puzzle
James Donovan

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Dictionary of Legal Theory (K204.B59 2004)

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