Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
November 2003
In This Issue Sharon Bradley  
Meet Sharon Bradley, Reference/Faculty Services Librarian
James Donovan

The photo above is of Sharon Bradley. James Donovan, Reference/Public Services Librarian, provides the following introduction to Sharon.

The Law Library’s newest reference librarian is Sharon Bradley. She comes to the University of Georgia from Michigan’s Thomas Cooley Law School, where she spent almost eleven years on its reference staff. She assumes responsibilities as Faculty Services Librarian, the position Jim Sherwood left this summer. Those around her will testify that Sharon is an energetic professional whose enthusiasm is infectious, so we expect her arrival to presage a jolt of creative innovation in the Library. 

The path that led Sharon to join our staff had a heaping measure of serendipity.  After a stint as a maintenance officer for intercontinental ballistic missiles (yes, you read that right), she obtained a law degree from the University of Montana. She first practiced law in Florida for the public defender’s office. Her subsequent six years of private practice concentrated on post-conviction and appellate issues. As time passed, however, she began to rethink the plan of a lifetime of legal practice. 

As fate would have it, she was taking criminology classes at Florida State University, where she met a woman who was working on her Ph.D. at the library school. This friendship opened to Sharon the possibility of turning to law librarianship as a new career path. She completed her library master’s degree at FSU while still practicing law, and soon began her tenure at Thomas Cooley.

When her son left home to start college, Sharon again felt the wish for a new start in her own life.  Because she already had family in Athens—an uncle and cousins—and a father living in Tallahassee (not to mention a family cemetery in Bainbridge), the opportunity to relocate to Athens and the UGA Law School “felt like coming home.”  The rest, as they say, is history.  

Her extensive practice background significantly influenced Sharon’s philosophy of librarianship. She is a strong advocate of clinical education in law schools, and favors any opportunities to expose law students to the practical experience of legal practice. She is a relentless advocate of the use of technology to make legal scholarship more effective and less painful. 

On the more personal side, Sharon’s weaknesses are purses and shoes (the only items she did not downsize when she moved from her house in Michigan to her new Athens apartment). For relaxing therapy, she has been known to enjoy a good pedicure. Those looking to get into her good graces can take note that her favorite cookie is Mrs. Field’s Dark Chocolate Macadamian.


Rededicating the Law Library
Professor Ann Puckett

Directing a large old law library that is rich in tradition, collection, and, most of all, enormously capable and dedicated people is a job that brings rewards every single day. The Alexander Campbell King Law Library at the University of Georgia School of Law is such a library, and I feel singularly fortunate to have had a hand in its transformation these past few years.
Since 2000, we have:
  • Added wireless internet connections throughout the law school complex;
  • Installed the first electronic information kiosk in the law school;
  • Doubled the number of computers available to the public;
  • Added the circulation module and upgraded several other modules in our online catalog, GAVEL;
  • Added a book security system that is the next generation in technology;
  • Completely replaced all the carpeting and wall coverings in the reading room;
  • Replaced a dark, unfriendly Circulation Desk with a custom designed solid cherry desk from Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, the premier maker of library furniture in the country;
  • Built the first-ever Reference Desk near the library entrance, also a Thos. Moser product;
  • Replaced all the study tables with Thos. Moser tables that have built-in power and study lamps; and
  • Replaced all the broken and deteriorating study chairs with beautiful, comfortable Thos. Moser chairs.
On October 3, 2003, we celebrated the culmination of all these changes with a rededication ceremony in the Carl E. Sanders Reading Room. Dean Rebecca H. White and President Michael F. Adams briefly addressed the assembled crowd of perhaps 200 staff, faculty, alumni and friends. The keynote address was given by Gov. Roy Barnes, whose advocacy was responsible for the appropriation that made many of the improvements possible.  The guest of honor for the evening was Gov. Carl E. Sanders himself, who was responsible for the appropriation that funded the 1967 building of which the law library is a part. Gov. Sanders delighted the crowd with his extemporaneous recollections.

Thanks to the hard work of many people, the Alexander Campbell King Law Library is well situated to support the law school community as it faces the daunting challenges of this new millennium.  In particular, I want to recognize the contributions of the law library staff, who have quietly and without fanfare accepted enormously increased work loads in order to implement all the changes.  From big picture planning right down to putting bar codes and radio frequency tags on the books, everyone on the staff (including the director!) participated cheerfully in the transformation.

Pictures from the ceremony are available at

Locating Sample Law School Exams
Maureen Cahill

Groan!  Exams are upon us again.

If you would like to include perusal of exams given in previous years as part of your preparation, here's how to go about finding what is available. First, look at the GAVEL electronic reserve entry for your class. If your professor has made a sample exam available to us within the past  five years, it will be part of the electronic course reserve collection. The course reserve function on GAVEL allows you to search by professor or by
course name. Once you find a listing for an exam you'd like to view, follow the hyperlink within the listing. At this point you will be prompted for your name and patron barcode.  Enter your name in last name, first name format and the library barcode number from your UGA Card and hit "Submit" to view the full text version of the exam.

Many professors have not made sample exams available within the last five years.  We may still have older sample exams provided by these professors. These older exams, beginning with 1970, are available in paper format at the call number KF 292 G4 A95, in the referece section (right behind the reference desk).  That paper collection includes an index volume which shows the contents of the 1992/93 through 1997/98 volumes.

"Bugs" Strike Law Library
Joyce Moss

A particularly ugly, damaging bug has been spreading throughout the newly remodeled Law Library Main Reading Room. Here's a mug shot of the prime suspect:

Litter Bug

Law Library Hours

The Law Library's regular hours are:
  • Monday - Thursday  7:30am - midnight
  • Friday  7:30am - 9:00pm
  • Saturday  10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Sunday  11:00am - midnight

Deviations from the regular schedule:
  • Saturday 11/22: 10am - 5pm (home football game)
  • Wednesday 11/26: 7:30am - 5:00pm (day before Thanksgiving)
  • Thursday 11/27: CLOSED (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday 11/28 - Sunday 11/30: 8:00am - 1:00am
Extended Hours apply throughout exams as follows:
  • Monday - Friday 7:30am - 1:00am
  • Saturday - Sunday 8:00am - 1:00am
The Law Library's hours are posted at