Memorial Day Weekend Events in Atlanta

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Image by Flickr user smckagan

As the long Memorial Day weekend approaches, you may be looking for ideas for things to do. The good news is that Atlanta always has a host of activities at this time of year. Whether you’re looking for music, outdoor activities, or geek brethren, here are just a few suggestions.


Law Faculty Offers Summer Reading Suggestions

Now that summer is almost here, you may be thinking of more than just reading class assignments. To help you, our law faculty has offered some summer reading suggestions. Whether you like non-fiction or thrillers or something in between, we hope you’ll find something to interest you here. (And for more suggestions, see our posts from previous years: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014.)

Find something you like? Do you want to tell us about it? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Megan Boyd

Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies detail the reign of Henry VIII from the perspective of Henry’s chief minister, Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell, a lawyer, rose from common birth to become one of Henry’s most trusted advisors and facilitated Henry’s split from the Catholic church, his divorce from Catherine of Aragon, his marriage to Anne Boleyn, and, ultimately, her execution for treason and heresy.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Capote’s most famous work, In Cold Blood, tells the true story of the murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb Kansas in 1959. Capote spent six years writing the book, which examines the relationship between the killers, Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, and the events in their lives that ultimately led them to commit the brutal crime.

The World According to Garp by John Irving
John Irving’s Garp, both tragic and comedic, is the story of the only child of feminist icon Jenny Fields and the people (or, more appropriately, characters) around him. Garp is difficult to summarize; you must read it for yourself. Few books have impacted me in the way that Garp and Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany have.

Pam Brannon

The Vatican Diaries by John Thavis
It’s a fascinating book in the way that “behind the scenes” books about institutions are fascinating, but on an grander level, because this is the Vatican. This is a place where a proposed parking lot uncovers priceless artifacts, and where the Pope sends a team of scientists in under cover of darkness to verify that St. Paul is really buried in St. Paul’s tomb. It’s incredibly interesting.

Jennifer Chiovaro

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn Saks
Professor of Law, Psychology and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Professor Saks delivered GSU College of Law’s Miller lecture in Fall 2014. Professor Saks’s memoir details her life with chronic schizophrenia, allowing the reader to feel her psychotic episodes, including those she experienced as a law student. Professor Saks book validates that people with significant mental illness can achieve personal and professional success.

Bill Edmundson

The short film, The Russian Ark, is enjoyable, though nostalgic in a way that I now doubt was possible for the aristocrats who endured the death rattle of the Romanovs. Leon Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution is showing me why. The brilliance of Trotsky’s prose and humor equals Mark Twain’s, but he takes his responsibility as an historian with the gravest seriousness. Trotsky does not try to delude himself or anyone else by claiming to have adopted a disinterested viewpoint for the task. In fact, he indirectly shows how any such viewpoint conceals the heart of things. The book also stimulates the thought that our time, too, shows signs of becoming one in which “the antagonisms of society reach their highest tension.”

Yaniv Heled

I recently finished Tomorrow’s Lawyers by Richard Susskind and would strongly recommend reading it to anyone planning on being an attorney over the next 10-30 years. This very short book (only 165 pages) provides lots of food for thought about the future of legal practice and education.

Julian Juergensmeyer

The Lawyer Myth: A Defense of the American Legal Profession by Rennard Strickland and Frank T. Read
Interesting discussion and evaluation of some of the criticisms of our profession.

Lauren Sudeall Lucas

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson is not just a remarkable lawyer, but a talented writer and storyteller. His memoir will leave you with a sense of how deeply flawed our criminal justice system is, but also inspired by those working in the struggle against injustice. Stevenson’s work is a shining example of the legal profession at its hardest working and its best.

Deborah Schander

The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don’ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life by Charles A. Murray provides invaluable insight into the opinions and thought processes of many people you will encounter in your legal career (think senior partners and judges, for example). Murray covers a wide variety of topics, from writing a professional email to piercings and clothing choices, and from when to swear and when not to suck up to someone. In short, Murray wants you to know how and why people you encounter as a professional adult may be judging you and your behavior. You may not always agree with him — if fact, that’s rather the crux of the book — but it’s also an opportunity to see yourself through someone else’s eyes. This summary probably sounds a bit curmudgeonly itself, but this short, concise book is well worth the time.

And then for something completely different, I can also recommend Moonraker by Ian Fleming. The third James Bond novel sees our hero infiltrating a rocket program run by the mysterious Sir Hugo Drax. I’ve been slowly listening to the Bond novels, in part because of the excellent set of readers, and assumed this one would be as redonkulous as the movie version, but it was delightfully fun instead. High stakes card games! A man without a past! Racing against the clock! Enjoy.

Roy Sobelson

I’ve recently read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. I enjoyed both very much, although All the Light We Cannot See is a much more serious and well-written book. I’ve also read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and The Stranger by Harlan Coben, both of which are good “beach reads.”

Leslie Wolf

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes is one of the best books I have read in a while. It is a spy thriller, but far from the usual genre. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is a compelling read.

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress, without Losing my Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works describes ABS News correspondent Dan Harris’s journey after experiencing a panic attack on national television toward mindfulness meditation. He goes into full journalistic mode in his exploration, bringing along his skepticism and self-criticism, so it is unlike other self-help books (a genre that usually does not end up on my reading list).

Library Abridged is Returning!

Library Abridged Logo Look out! Hot coffee and information coming your way soon! Each Spring, librarians take a few hours to sit in the lobby, chat with students, give out free coffee, and provide some useful information. This year’s Library Abridged program is focusing on two topics: the new library we’re all so excited about and ways the library can help you during your summer jobs. You can find us in the lobby on these dates:

  • Wednesday, April 22 (the new library)
  • Monday, April 27 (top 10 ways the library can help you this summer)

We’ll be available from 10 -11 a.m. and from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. on both of those days. Stop by, grab a cuppa, and learn more.

Spring Break Information, Including Shelving Project

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image by flickr user cseeman

Spring break is nearly here! The Law Library will be open next week, but we will have shortened hours. We are also about to undergo a major project to get ready for the move to the new building.

Here are our hours for the break:

  • March 14-15: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March 16-20: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March 21: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March 22: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (regular hours resume)

Starting Monday, March 16, all of the shelving units in our lower level main collection area will be dismantled and removed; they will then be reinstalled over at the new building. We expect this project to take most of the week. We also expect it to be noisy. If you are planning to visit the library during Spring Break, you may want to swing by the Circulation Desk for a pair of free earplugs.

A small part of our collection will remain on the lower level until the end of the semester (study aids, reserves, the Georgia and reference collections, and the leisure books and DVDs).

Have a wonderful break!

New Library Databases

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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!

The Adventures of James Bond and the Public Domain

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image by flickr user cronncc

January 1, 2015 was a momentous day — not because it was the start of a new year, but because it saw the works of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, enter the public domain in Canada and a few other countries.

Now, before you start filming your own Bond movie or releasing the books for free in Kindle format for your friends to read in class, remember that the intricacies of copyright law mean that the books are not in the public domain here in the US, and nothing that is unique to the movie versions is in the public domain in any country. i09 has a succinct write up that covers the basics.

If you’d like to learn more about the public domain, the Berne Convention, or international copyright law in general, the GSU libraries have a good selection from which to choose. The University Library also has books about Ian Fleming and a few of the Bond books/movies, including the under-appreciated Quantum of Solace.

“Do you expect me to talk?”

“No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to live on in popular culture for years to come!”

Thanksgiving Week Hours

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image by Flickr user alasam

The library will have shortened hours during the week of Thanksgiving break. They will be:

  • Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 24 & 25 – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 26 – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday, Nov. 27 – 29 – Closed
  • Sunday, Nov. 30 – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (regular hours resume)

Have a wonderful break!