Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
August 2003
In This Issue photo of James Donovan
Meet James Donovan -- Our New Reference/Public Services Librarian
Beth Holmes

The photo above is of our latest addition to the Reference staff. Beth Holmes, Catalog Librarian, provides the following profile on James.

James Donovan grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but comes to us from New Orleans where he has spent the last twenty years earning multiple degrees and working in libraries.  He recently completed his J.D. at Loyola University of New Orleans and is now back to work in a law library.  In fact James says he has never really worked anywhere but libraries.  He did a short stint as an interpreter for the deaf, but this soon drove him back to libraries.  Here at UGA Law you will find him answering questions at the reference desk and solving problems behind the circulation desk.  As well as being a member of the reference and collection development teams, James is responsible for leadership of the Circulation department.  He has lots of experience in this capacity and with our new online circulation system.

So, what does James do when he’s not working at the Law Library?  Well, he has three cats which he rescued as kittens from inside the wall at his apartment in New Orleans.  Their Mom was  a stray cat who found her way into the building to give birth and the kittens must have fallen down between the walls.  They are now four years old and are called One, Two and Three – for the order in which he pulled them out of the wall (after punching a hole in it).  As an anthropologist – James has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Tulane University – he feels it is his duty to stay abreast of popular culture.  As a result he watches lots of TV!  He also enjoys writing and has recently published a book entitled Anthropology and the Law (Berghahn Books, July 2003, ISBN: 157181423X
).  His partner Gary is still in Louisiana, but is planning to join James in the Athens area.

So, stop by and meet James.  He tells a great story and is a very interesting person who has done lots of things -- including meeting President Nixon; writing, arranging and recording an album of Catholic liturgical folk music; winning a gold medal in Tae Kwan Do; and spending a life-changing month camping alone in the Cherokee National Forest.  

Welcome Back
Prof.Ann Puckett, Director of the Law Library

The staff of the Alexander Campbell King Law Library welcomes all new and returning law students. We hope your use of the library is pleasant and successful. It will be if you memorize the one cardinal rule of library use: if you don't find what you want, JUST ASK!  To make asking convenient, we built a beautiful new 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.

We ask that you observe a few standards of conduct that will make using the library more
pleasant for you and your classmates:

  • Please go outside the library to eat.  Food residue attracts insects which stay to eat the books.  We permit drinks in containers with secure lids.  Please note: fast food type paper or Styrofoam drink containers are not permitted because their lids are not secure.

  • Please do not use tobacco in any form.  Smoking is prohibited in all UGA buildings. We also prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco in the Law Library because, well, the spitting just makes us nauseated.
  • Please keep unnecessary noise to a minimum in study areas.  We have designated the first floor of the Annex for ultra quiet study where all talking is banned; in other areas, if you find it necessary to talk to classmates, professors, librarians, etc., in furtherance of educational purposes, do so quietly.

  • Please re-shelve the books you use if you are certain you know where they go. Hiding or hoarding library materials is unethical conduct and could lead to disciplinary action.
It's a good idea to keep up with what's happening in the law library and the law school.  We try to make that painless and maybe even pleasant for you.  Most official communication will come to you via your Ugamail e-mail account, which every law student is required to have.  Ugamail is available on the World Wide Web at  Computing Services personnel maintain e-mail discussion lists of the discrete groups within the law school to make communication easy and fast.  In addition, the law library publishes Amicus Briefs, a newsletter available on the library's web page at   And finally, we will soon have a special gift for you: spectacular full color bookmarks with all kinds of handy information about how to contact us.  When the bookmarks come in, they will be available at the Circulation Desk.   

We wish you a happy and successful year.  And remember the Law Library motto: JUST ASK!

Summer Book Movement
Maureen Cahill

Returning students: we moved lots of books over the summer. The paper copies of Shepard's are gone. The shelves that housed the majority of Shepard's (the low shelves at the east end of the main reading room) now hold Am Jur and CJS.  ALR, first and second series, now reside on the east wall with series three through five.  (We thought it would be radical to shelve all the ALRs in one place.) 

We have moved the two large, general forms sets (Am Jur Legal Forms, and West's Legal Forms) from the balcony to the reference area behind the reference desk.

Nearly everything listed in GAVEL with a location of Repository actually lives at the Repository, now.  You must request those items at the circulation desk.  We will make every effort to retrieve requested items within 24 hours. 
Finally, even more than before–beware the basement!  Almost nothing in the basement is where it used to be.  The final plan for the basement puts the non law collection (everything with a call number that does not begin with a K, except items with a  JX or JZ call number) as the first thing you see if you enter the basement on the east end (from the steps next to the public computers). The south side of the basement (on your left) will hold call numbers A - Z (excluding K's, JX and JZ) , followed by KB, KD, and KE call numbers (canon law, law of the British Isles, and law of Canada). Older and superseded items with KF call numbers (law of the U.S.) will begin at the far end of the north side, followed by KFA - KFX (law of the individual U.S. states and municipalities), and KU through KZ (law of Australia, New Zealand, and other Pacific Islands, and International law).  We are still working on this arrangement of the basement.  Most collections housed in the basement are half in their new location and half where they used to be.  Right now, unfortunately, it's more confusing than ever.  Please, ask for help if you have any difficulty locating basement items. 

What Did You Read This Summer?

Here's a sampling of what members of the Law School community read over the summer:

Anne Burnett (Reference/Foreign & International Law Librarian)
Fforde, Lost in a Good Book  
The second adventure of Thursday Next, a literary detective who travels inside books in a 1980s alternative reality London (the first in the series is The Eyre Affair, where Thursday meets Jane and Rochester - read a review at

Weidensaul, The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and the Search for Lost Species
An engaging look at the scientists and dreamers who search for evidence of species deemed extinct or nearly extinct (or even fictional).
Dan Coenen (Professor)
Hamilton, Madison & Jay, The Federalist Papers (among other things)
Dorinda Dallmeyer (Associate Director, Rusk Center)
Camuto, Another Country: Journeying Toward the Cherokee Mountains
For anyone who thinks they know the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians, this beautifully crafted book will be an eye-opener.

Camuto, Hunting from Home
A deeply personal view on what it means to be in nature, as a hunter of game as well as a hunter of insights gained from looking anew at the natural world.
James Donovan (Reference/Public Services Librarian)
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Anne Dupre (Professor)
Atwood, The Blind Assassin

Lewis, What Went Wrong?
Tom Eaton (Professor)
Russo, Straight Man
It is a humorous story about a dysfunctional English department in a hypothetical public university. The personalities of the various people seem so familiar.
Marc Galvin (Director of Student Affairs & Registrar)
Barabasi, Linked: How Everything is Connected to Everything Else and What it Means For Business, Science, and Everyday Life

Ridley, Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation

Joan Logan (Law Library Bookkeeper)
George, Murder Carries A Torch: A Southern Sisters Mystery
It is really funny. I do recommend.

Patterson, Cat & Mouse
Sarajane Love (Professor)
Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Nelda Parker (Office and Editorial Manager, Rusk Center)
Scott, The Jewel in the Crown
about India around 1942

McMurtry, The Last Picture Show
about small-town Texas
Jim Ponsoldt  (Professor)
Goldman, Which Lie Did I Tell?

Roth, The Human Stain

film scripts for "Get Shorty" and "Chinatown"

Jamie Baker Roskie (Managing Attorney, Land Use Clinic)
Duany, et al, Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Duany is one of the founders of New Urbanism. This book is a pithy and pointed view of how post-WWII land use planning went wrong, and how we can fix it.
David Shipley (Professor)
Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Having lived in Kentucky for five years and having enjoyed going to the beautiful Keeneland Track in Lexington, I really liked this book.

Conroy, My Losing Season
About Pat Conroy's senior year at The Citadel when he was a starting guard on the basketball team.

Carol Watson (Reference/Computing Services Librarian)
Atwood, Oryx and Crake

Hillerman, The Wailing Wind


Labor Day Hours

The Law Library's regular hours are:

Monday - Friday  7:30am - midnight
Saturday & Sunday  8:00am - midnight

On Labor Day (Monday, September 1) we will be open from 6:00pm - midnight.