Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
August 2008
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Welcome Back
Professor Ann Puckett
Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law

The staff of the Alexander Campbell King Law Library welcomes all new and returning law students. We hope you will find using the library productive and comfortable. You only  need to memorize one cardinal rule: if you can't find what you want, JUST ASK! We’ve tried to make asking convenient by putting a beautiful 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. For full information, see You can call the reference librarian on duty if you cannot come to the library in person: (706) 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.
For the last several years, we have focused major efforts on upgrading our physical plant  by renovating much of the library to bring it more in line with the needs of 21st century law students, but we are truly a library without walls. Students can access most of the library’s accumulated knowledge without even coming to the library. We take great pride, however, in the fact that law students in large numbers choose to study and work in the library. Please let us know how we can continue to improve your library experiences.
We wish you a happy and successful year. And remember the Law Library motto: JUST ASK!

Brad Grove is New Help Desk Manager
by Carol Watson

The Law Library is pleased to welcome our newest staff member, Brad Grove, as the Help Desk Manager for Law School Computing Services.

Brad is no stranger to UGA although he does confess that he spent a year at Georgia Tech before seeing the light and transferring to UGA. Lest you think Georgia Tech was too tough for him, note that he had a 4.0 average at Tech before he had his epiphany. Since that time, he has obtained two undergraduate degrees from UGA -- one in journalism from Grady College and the second in management information science from Terry College of Business. He has also worked at the Help Desk at UGA's Student Learning Center.

When he's not on the job, Brad enjoys tinkering with technology and playing with his cat, Mr. Furious. His other interests are quite diverse, ranging from Russian literature to Woody Allen movies. Currently the Flaming Lips and Cat Power are on his ipod. Oh yeah...and his favorite color is blue.

If you need computing assistance, don't hesitate to contact him at lawhelp@listserv. When you meet him, be sure to welcome him to the law school community.

Meet Marie Mize
by Gareth Griffin

The Law Library is pleased to welcome Marie Mize, our newest member in the Circulation Department. Marie is responsible for the circulation desk until we close at 2am.  She also helps to maintain our sizable collection, keeping it all in order.

A native of Madison County, Marie left home to earn her B.S. from Kennesaw State University. She then earned her MBA from Auburn University. Marie joins the Law Library after working for “a long time” in the retail world. She worked as an area manager for Remington Products then as a store manager for Timex.

Marie enjoys movies and books, and this year she is learning how to ride horses. Marie is excited about entering the library world.

The Big Move
by Maureen Cahill

Over the summer, we shifted a huge number of books to new locations. We hope that once everyone gets used to the new arrangement, the current organization will make similar items easier to find and use. Here is a summary of the move: all of the foreign law items that were on Annex 1, and the international law and relations and European materials from Annex 3 are now housed in the basement; all of the U.S. state law materials, except current Georgia law, are now shelved in the Annex.

We have combined the state law materials from the basement with those that used to be shelved on Annex 2. Each state's resources are arranged with the current code first, then all other materials in call number order. Items that make up the current code for each state have yellow stickers with a large black "C" on them. The states are arranged in alphabetical order, beginning on Annex 3. We placed Alabama through Florida on Annex 3, superceded and auxiliary Georgia through Mississippi on Annex 2, and Missouri through Wyoming on Annex 1. We left the current Georgia material in the reference section of the main floor. 

The basement now holds our entire foreign law collection, the non law materials that we own, U.S. government documents, and older and superceded U.S. law items. If you begin looking at the basement shelves at the south east end (the shelves closest to the stairs that begin just beyond the public computers on the main floor), looking from your left to right you will find the non law materials (call numbers beginning A - J and L - Z), superceded and older K (comparative law and jurisprudence), KB (canon law), KD (law of the England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), and KE (law of Canada). Turning to look at the north west end, again looking left to right, you will find U.S. government documents (labeled SuDoc), superceded and older KF (law of the U.S.), KG - KW (law of the remaining countries of the world), and KZ (international law). We are using the old 'Georgia section' in the basement for storage.

We have updated the library maps; pick one up from the holders just outside the copy room. And, of course, don't hesitate to ask at the reference or circulation desks if you have any difficulty locating material.

Donovan and Watson Speak in Baltimore and Portland

Faculty and Access Services Librarian James Donovan and Associate Director for Information Technology Carol Watson have been busy this summer talking to other law schools and law libraries about implementing a digital institutional repository. They followed up their June presentation at the CALI conference in Baltimore with a July presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries in Portland, Oregon. Both presentations relied in part on their recent publication "White Paper: Behind a Law School's Decision to Implement a Digital Institutional Repository."

With its implementation of Digital Commons, UGA Law was one of the first U.S. law schools to create an online repository for institutional materials, including scholarly writing by faculty, digitized speeches from Law School events, and other items important in capturing the Law School's intellectual output and preserving its institutional history.

Law Library Photos are Winners

Your Law Library was a big winner in an annual photo contest sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). The contest, “A Day in the Life of the Law Library Community,” highlights the varied range of activities librarians engage in on a daily basis. Thanks to retired law professor and talented photographer Robert Brussack, the library took a first place and a second place in two separate categories and a second place overall.

This was the third year of the contest and the library had participated the previous two years without taking home the gold. “Our wins are obviously attributable to the high quality photographs by Bob Brussack. We hope to work with him again and continue our winning streak,” remarked Sharon Bradley, Special Collections Librarian. Bradley was the librarian who submitted the library’s entries. The streak began last year when the library won a marketing award for the best public relations tool kit.

See all the winning entries at the AALL web site.

First Place in Librarians as Information Evaluators and Managers.
Information Traffic Controller
Description: User Support Coordinator Leslie Grove has her multi-tasking skills in high gear as she controls the flow of electronic information and manages numerous library databases.

Leslie Grove
Second Place in The Artistry of Librarianship and Second Place Best Overall Picture
Title: It's All About the Students
Description: There is an art to making students feel welcome, comfortable, and inspired. University of Georgia students enjoy the comfortable surroundings and beautiful view from the Carl E. Sanders Reading Room.

UGA Law Library Reading Room
photos by Robert Brussack
Bradley Appointed to Historic Preservation Commission

The Law Library is please to announce that the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission recently appointed Special Collections Librarian Sharon Bradley to the Athens-Clarke Historic Preservation Commission. Bradley is currently enrolled as a graduate student in Historic Preservation and will likely also draw on her J.D. and M.L.S. degrees during her tenure on the commission.

Law Library Hours

The Law Library's regular hours are:
  • Monday-Thursday 7:00am - 2:00am
  • Friday 7:00am - 9:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm
  • Sunday 8:00am - 2:00am

Please note that hours vary on holidays and on Saturdays when the UGA football team plays home games. View the Law Library's hours for the entire semester at

Some of you also rely upon the Student Learning Center (SLC) as an alternate study space. Please know that the SLC recently cut back its hours in response to the uncertainty of the state's budget, and its hours now are:

  • Monday-Thursday 7:30am-2:00am
  • Friday 7:30am-7:00pm
  • Saturday 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Sunday11:00am-2:00am
For additional information about the SLC's hours, see

Crossword Puzzle
created by James Donovan

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How Well Do You Know Your Supreme Court Justices?

How Well Do You Know Your Supreme Court Justices?

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