Listen to Cases and Treatises on the Go!

Interested in listening to cases during your morning commute? How about freshening up your knowledge with chapters from a treatise or hornbook during your afternoon run? When juggling hefty casebooks or attempting to use your iPad on your run is just too much, convert your material to audio and listen on the go!  The KIC Scanners located in the Law Library Copy Room and Microform room not only create high quality scans of the materials you need, but will also convert text to natural language audio. With this feature, you can create scans of cases, listen to them on the go or follow along as you read.

To create text-to-audio simply scan the document using the KIC Scanner or ADF scanner as you normally would. Before saving the file to a flash drive (recommended) or sending it by email be sure to select the “More Output Options…” tab. You’ll notice the option to save your file as a


  • Searchable PDF: creates a PDF using OCR (optical character recognition) to create a PDF that is searchable and able to accept highlighting and underlining using a PDF reader
  • Quick PDF: this is the default setting; a standard PDF scan
  • JPEG / PNG: creates image files for manipulation using a photo editor such as Photoshop or Gimp
  • Rich Text: creates a document much like an unformatted Microsoft Word or Notepad document
  • Audio: creates an mp3 of the selected text as described in this article.

Once you select the “audio” option the KIC Scanner will open a dialogue box where you can select the body of text you wish to be converted to audio. This option eliminates headnotes, footnotes and page numbers from being read aloud and allows you to focus on the material at hand. After you’ve selected what text should be sourced as audio, simply export the file to a flash drive (recommended) or send it via email for listening later.

The quality of the audio produced is less than Siri but more advanced than Microsoft Sam and hopefully will improve with future builds of the KIC Scanner software. If you cannot get over the voice produced by the KIC Scanner, consider converting scans into “Rich Text” and using a desktop-based audio conversion program such as Natural Reader or many other online text-to-speech services. If you have questions or get stumped, feel free to stop by either the reference or circulation desk and we’ll step in and save the day!

Fair Use Week

ARL-FairUseWeek-Logo-Blue-300x232This week, the Law Library and University Library are celebrating national Fair Use Week. This annual celebration highlights the doctrine of fair use, which is one of the exceptions of U.S. copyright law that allows teachers, students, and researchers to use copyright materials without permission from the copyright holder.

In celebration of Fair Use Week, the Law Library will be holding a program on fair use in the classroom.

  • Program Title: What kinds of content can I use in my course? Working within the law and BOR Policy.
  • Speaker: Gwen Spratt of Georgia State University’s Legal Affairs Office
  • Location & Time: Thursday, February 26, from 3 – 4 p.m. in Room 170 of the Urban Life Building.

For more information on fair use, see the following:

PILA Auction

DSC_0191The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) will hold its annual auction at the Georgia Freight Depot on Saturday, Feburary 28th. The auction raises money to provide scholarships to students who take public interest internships. Auctions items typically include tickets to events, free nights at a beach or mountain house, and dinner with a faculty member.

As has been a tradition for many years now, the Law Library will put one study room up for auction. A group of up to six students will have the chance to win the reservation rights to a study room for the rest of the semester.

Abraham Lincoln, Attorney at Law

flickr photo by roxweb

flickr photo by roxweb

Back on this day in 1908, the 16th President of the United States of America was born in Hardin County, Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln is regarded as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents of all time. He is also well known for the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address. But did you know that he was a lawyer in Illinois prior to becoming President?

At 29, he was admitted to the Illinois Bar (Richards 16). At the time of his admittance, he was in his second term in the Illinois legislature (Richard 19). Lincoln would go on to try a variety of cases, many in front of the Supreme Court of Illinois (Richards 19, 22). He also tried many cases in federal trial courts latter in his practice (Frank 7). Lincoln would eventually argue a case before the Supreme Court of the United States (Frank 79). The case was Lewis v. Lewis, 48 U.S. 776 (1849), which was cited in footnotes of a case as recently as 1999, Rogers v. U.S., 180 F.3d 349 (1999). You can  locate the transcript of Lewis v. Lewis using Making of Modern Law: US Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978, located on the Law Library’s Database List.

One of Lincoln’s most well known cases was People v. Williams “Duff” Armstrong (1958), also known as the “Almanac Trial” (Steiner 46). A witness in the Almanac Trial testified that he was able to see Armstrong strike the fatal blow “because the moon was high overhead” (Stiener 46). Mark Steiner states that Lincoln “helped secure an acquittal for his client by producing an almanac for the year that showed the moon was near the horizon at that time of night” (Steiner 46).

For further information about the life of Lincoln and his background as a lawyer, consult the following sources:


Clinical Opportunities

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Starting in the 2015 Fall semester, the in-house clinics will expand from 3 credit hours to 4. This includes the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic, and the Investor Advocacy Clinic.

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, from 12 PM – 1 PM and 5 PM – 6 PM, the College of Law will be hosting an experiential fair to inform students about the clinics. This event will be held in the second floor lobby and will feature representatives from each of the clinics. This is a good opportunity to ask the professors and students any lingering questions you have about the clinics.

As a former Tax Clinic student I can attest that it is well worth the time to join. Clinics are great because they allow you to put to practice what you have learned in the classroom and put it to actual use. Also, you are able to help real life clients and make a real difference. In the Tax Clinic, for example, I was able to help resolve tax issues that my clients had with the IRS. This included writing legal briefs, negotiating with representatives from the IRS, learning how to interact and interview clients, and file and time management. Even if you realize that you have no interest in tax or health law, the clinics still help you develop the skills that are important to being a lawyer.

When you get into the clinic and have to start doing research, make sure you check out the Law Library’s Research Guide to help you through it!


Upcoming Events

Clinic and Experiential Course Awareness Fair February 11: 12 PM – 1 PM & 5 PM – 6 PM
Tax Clinic Information Session February 12 : 12 PM – 1 PM
HeLP Clinic Information Session February 17: 12 PM – 1 PM
Tax Clinic Open House February 19: 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Investor Advocacy Informational Session February 25: 12 PM – 1 PM

New Library Databases

image by Flickr user x-ray_delta_one

image by Flickr user x-ray_delta_one

The law library has recently purchased several new databases that you might be interested in using. Links are included for both on campus access and off campus access for Georgia State Law students and faculty.

  • ABA Law Library Collection Periodicals – This collection is part of our HeinOnline subscription and provides full-text versions of more than 100 ABA magazines. This includes current issues, as well as past ones, of dozens of magazines previously only available to ABA members. On Campus | Off Campus (available to all GSU community members)
  • Art Law & Cultural Property – This is actually two collections, one which covers ownership and export legislation from dozens of countries, and one which covers case law addressing art theft, fraud, and breach of contract, and other related topics. On Campus | Off Campus
  • Leadership Library Online – This powerful tool provides information about employees of law firms, government agencies, media outlets, and more. It’s a great tool for your job hunting. On Campus | Off Campus

These are just a few of our more recent database purchases. Keep an eye on our Legal Databases page for more updates. Have a suggestion for a database we should purchase? Let us know!


by Meghan Starr

Image from Wikimedia Commons

Image from Wikimedia Commons

Photographers will be making the rounds next week (February 9th - 15th) in an effort to document how the law school building is being used.  Student volunteers will be taking approximately 100 pictures each hour.

This Photographic Survey is part of a 3-year research project to evaluate the impact of the new building on law students and faculty, as well as the community in general.

We’re still in need of law student volunteers too, especially after 4 p.m. on weekdays and on the weekend. If you are a law student and wish to volunteer, each shift will follow a set route which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.  You will be provided with a map that reflects each photograph location.  For each shift you take, your name will be entered into a drawing for a (yet to be announced) prize. To volunteer, submit your name on the Google spreadsheet linked to in your email from Dean Sobelson.

For more information about the project, you can also contact Prof. Doug Yarn.