Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
April 2010
In This Issue

Professor Ann Puckett
Please remember to return materials to the Law Library
before leaving for the summer
Ann Puckett, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law

Professor Puckett to Retire

The Law Library faculty and staff congratulate Ann Puckett, Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library, on a distinguished career in law librarianship. Professor Puckett will retire at the end of June after 16 years at Georgia Law.

During her successful career, Professor Puckett has been a national leader in law library management, a mentor to fellow librarians, and an advocate regarding social issues relevant to the profession. Among her many accomplishments, Professor Puckett served as a member of the executive board of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) from 1993 to 1996. At her initiative, the AALL Contemporary Social Problems section (now Social Responsibility section), established standing committees on Service to Institution Residents and Lesbian and Gay Issues. In addition, she was instrumental in establishing AALL's Mentor Project which provides a venue for interaction between experienced law librarians and those new to the profession.

In 2009, Professor Puckett's peers recognized her service to the profession, including a legacy of activism, by honoring her with the prestigious AALL Marian Gallagher Gould Distinguished Service Award. Nancy Johnson, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law, stated in her nominating letter that Professor Puckett "has relentlessly focused her attention on criticial social issues that affect the profession and the members of the profession."

In addition to her responsibilities within the Law Library, Professor Puckett has taught a seminar course on law and disability for more than ten years. She serves on the governing board of Georgia Options in Community Living, and she helped research the briefs for the plaintiffs and amici in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999), in which the U.S. Supreme Court determined that mentally disabled persons are entitled to treatment in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. For more about the Olmstead decision, see the Olmstead v. L.C. Online Resource Center.

Professor Puckett earned both her Juris Doctor and Master's in Library Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to UGA, she worked in the law libraries at the University of Kansas, Southern Illinois University, and Northwestern University, and she served as the director of the law library and professor of law at South Texas College of Law immediately prior to her service at UGA.

This tribute is a bittersweet one for the Law Library. We will miss "AP" tremendously, both professionally and personally. On the other hand, we take delight in knowing that she and her husband, Tom Wilson, will enjoy traveling and also spending more time with their dogs, Augie and Carson.

For more, see Professor Puckett's faculty profile.

Law Library Hours for Furlough and Exams
Extended hours:
The Law Library enters its period of extended hours for exams beginning Friday, April 16. This means we will be open until 2a.m. every day until May 11.

Although most of the university will close on Friday, April 30 as part of the furlough plan, the Law Library will be open this day from 8am to 2am. Please note that this opening time is one hour later than our usual Friday opening time.

Full hours are posted at

The Miller Learning Center hours are found at Its twenty-four hour schedule begins April 26.

Good Luck on Finals!

Heads Up! Fines Increase during Exams
With the beginning of the exam period, the demand for books in our reserve collection will also increase. To impress upon students the importance of sharing these limited resources, fines for overdues also substantially increase.

During exams, overdue reserve materials are assessed $5.00 for the first hour (or part thereof), and $10.00 every hour thereafter.

Please don't let time slip away and incur a hefty charge! If no one has asked for material, and your time has expired, you can re-check out the books for another 2-hour period. Also, if you are here at closing, reserve books can be checked out overnight, to be returned first thing in the morning.

Upcoming Lunch-n-Learn

Join Cataloging Services Librarian Suzanne Graham for Access and Services in Atlanta's Law Libraries.

Our final program of the semester is designed to provide practical information about using Atlanta law libraries. This session will be useful for those who will be working, interning or studying in the Atlanta area over the summer or permanently.

When: Friday, April 16, 12:30-1:00pm
Where: Classroom B

We'll provide the pizza - you bring a beverage!

Law Dawg of the Month

This month's Law Dawg is Saki, a 5 year old Japanese Chin who resides with 3L Marie Greene. Sources tell us that Saki loves napping, cuddling, eating, and taking long walks. Her favorite tv show is Meerkat Manor, and her favorite food is lamb chops.

Keep an eye out for a compilation of all Law Dawg photos submitted this academic year in an upcoming  special edition  of the newsletter!
Law Dawg of the Month

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