Library Hours for Remainder of Summer

The library’s hours will be affected by several law school events over the next few weeks. Below are the hours when we’ll be open until the start of Fall semester.

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image by flickr user tanelteemusk

Exams (July 18-28)

Library Hours Reference Hours Public Hours
Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Closed
Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed
Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Closed Closed
Sunday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Closed Closed

Intersession (July 29 – August 9)

Library Hours Reference Hours Public Hours
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed Closed

 Orientation (August 10-17)

Library Hours Reference Hours Public Hours
Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Closed
Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed
Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Closed Closed
Sunday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Closed Closed

Rowberry Co-Authors New Nutshell

rowberry_nutshellGSU Law professor Ryan Rowberry and Sara Bronin from the University of Connecticut have co-authored a new book in West’s popular Nutshell seriesHistoric Preservation Law in a Nutshell provides lawyers, preservation professionals, and others with a succinct introduction to this emerging area of law.

According to the publisher:

Historic Preservation in a Nutshell provides the first-ever in-depth summary of historic preservation law within its local, state, tribal, federal, and international contexts. Historic Preservation is a burgeoning area of law that includes aspects of property, land use, environmental, constitutional, cultural resources, international, and Native American law. This book covers the primary federal statutes, and many facets of state statutes, dealing with the protection and preservation of historic resources. It also includes key topics like the designation process, federal agency obligations, local regulation, takings and other constitutional concerns, and real estate development issues.

Professor Rowberry joined the GSU Law faculty in 2011. He teaches property and environmental law classes as well as courses on legal history. Congratulations, Ryan!

Fast and Easy Food for Exams

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Image by Nillerdk

Probably one of the last things you want to be thinking about during exams is planning out your next meal. But if you’d like to try to live on something besides fast food and coffee during the next 10 days, here are some recipes for (relatively) quick and easy (and possibly even healthy!) meals to keep you from starving away.


One of the few nice things about taking exams at this time of year is that there is so much more fresh produce readily and cheaply available. Chop, toss, and go.


Can you go wrong with a quick pot of pasta? And you’re definitely not limited to just tomato sauce either.


Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but that doesn’t mean you want to be thinking about it first thing either.

Bon appétit and good luck on your exams!


Summer Reading Suggestions From Your Faculty

So, the end of the spring semester is fast approaching, and close on its heels is the summer. Whether you’re taking classes or completing an externship or just plan to spend your break as far away from the law school as possible, you may be looking for some ways to fill your free time. Here to help, as always, is your faculty to offer some summer reading suggestions.

Windsor Adams

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

McCreight, a former litigator, takes a lawyerly approach to this suspenseful novel, which follows a mother’s search to find out what really happened to her 15-year-old daughter.  The mother suspects her daughter’s death was not in fact the suicide it appeared to be.

Jennifer Chiovaro

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook and former VP at Google, takes on entrenched norms about women in the workforce – both external and internal sources. She calls on both genders to stand up for change, but particularly encourages women to “sit at the table” and pursue their goals, both professional and personal, with “gusto.”

Clark Cunningham

I highly recommend Jonathan Mahler’s The Challenge: Hamdan v Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Power

From the back jacket:
The Challenge is a rare achievement — a book as involving as it is important. The characters (real people, powerfully sketched) and the narrative (gripping as a movie) make Jonathan Mahler’s book impossible to put down …. The Challenge is the definitive insider’s account of how a law professor and a military lawyer won a historic Supreme Court case against military commissions established by the commander in chief.”

William Edmundson

I recommend three quick, compelling, inexpensive, and easy-to-find novels. Whether or not you are predisposed to sympathize with professors, you will be affected by Stoner, John Williams’s account of one academic’s life. “Gunner” is a term law students use to deride classmates who volunteer too readily in class. Whether or not you intend to “gun” your way through law school, you should enjoy James Salter’s The Hunters, which is about real gunners (fighter pilots). Sibling rivalry and the way we treat animals are two main themes of J.M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello. (Aging is another, but don’t let that turn you away.) “The Lives of Animals,” two early chapters written in lecture form, made me think again about how to live.

Anne Emanuel

For relaxation with a wonderful writer, I highly recommend Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey. It’s a classic (albeit an easy read classic) and it’s available free on Kindle.

Wendy Hensel

I would recommend The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger. It’s a funny, easy-to-read novel that explores a divorce case through the eyes of a young associate.

Neil Kinkopf

Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons. This is a classic illustration of the role of a good lawyer. It is also an illustration of the limits that a good lawyer and a good person should never transgress.

Timothy Kuhner

I recommend Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. This promises to be one of the most important books ever on the relationship between capitalism and democracy. While it’s not exactly light reading, it does promise to stimulate your thoughts on the global systems within which law operates. And for anyone concerned by inequality and interested in the arguments for renewed democratic participation, this book will prove motivational.

Terrance Manion

Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
As far as histories go, this one reads more like a conversation you would have at a bar with your buddy, Sarah, after she just got back from a trip to Hawaii. Unfortunately, like most bar conversations what it offers in spirit and humor, it lacks in depth of treatment. Still, having a chat with Sarah is an engaging and enjoyable experience.

Kris Niedringhaus

For a break from studying, I would recommend any of the Inspector Harry Hole crime novels by Jo Nesbø. They are a series but can be read out of order without much confusion. Be forewarned, Nesbø has a dark bent that I associate with Scandinavian crime writers. Perfect for summer would be The Snowman; you wouldn’t want to read that one when there is any chance of snow.

Deborah Schander

Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Gaffigan is a stand-up comedian (best known for his Hot Pockets routine) who is also a father of five living in a tiny New York City apartment. His book is a series of short vingettes about everything from getting seven people to sleep at different times, commuting to parks across the city because they have no lawn of their own, and parenthood in general. His life and mine are vastly different, but I still found myself laughing out loud repeatedly. If you can, try to listen to the audio version, which Gaffigan reads himself.

Roy Sobelson

Try The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion or Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker. They are both weird and funny. The Mez is particularly innovative.

Anne Tucker

Donna Tart’s The Goldfinch. Because it hooks you in the first chapter and drives a very compelling story about the main character through a rich and tumultuous world of art, antiques, addiction, crime, and love. What more could you ask for in a single book? 2014 Pulitzer Prize Award.

For a fun book, Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple should also be at the top of your list for a story about the disappearance of a woman who thumbs her nose at convention and people’s expectations of her. It is a mystery and a satire and a comedy in one.

The Lonesome Dove Chronicles by Larry McMurtry. A 4-part series that is the ultimate Western American classic. It is strangely captivating, and you get sucked into this hard-scrabble world with frontier-weary cowboys and their struggles. Also the cowboy lingo is pretty fantastic, and you will come away with hilariously old-timey sounding phrases for very ordinary things, and you will never look at a carrot in quite the same way. Start with Lonesome Dove, a Pulitzer Prize winner, which is chronologically the third book in the plot, but the first published book of the series. Consider the others either a prequel or sequel to the first.

Austin Williams

American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction by G. Edward White is a great summer read for any lover of law and history. White provides short historical overviews of the development of key areas of law, such as property rights, criminal law, domestic relations, as well as legal education and the legal profession. At only 130 pages, it’s the perfect book to accompany you on a flight, by the pool, or on the beach.

Leslie Wolf

Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane. Private investigators are searching for a missing child. Not for the faint of heart, but a compelling story and well-writen. Several of Lehane’s novels have been made into movies, with good reason.

The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd. This novel, set in Charleston, is told through the eyes of Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave, and the girl, Sarah Grimke, to whom she is given on Sarah’s 11th birthday, and it tells the story of their lives over the course of several decades. Although a novel, Sarah Grimke was a real person.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I’m sure this will be raised by a few, as it has been on everyone’s list this year. Although long, it is an absorbing book, and you’ll learn a little art history along the way.




Our New Website

GSU_Law_Library_Homepage We have a new website! We’ve been working hard on our new site and hope you like it.

Although the content is still very similar to our old website, you’ll notice that we have a new design, and that some information may not be in the same place as it was before. Here are a couple things to keep in mind as you explore the new site:

  • Chat Reference – Instead of a chat window sitting open on our homepage, you’ll now see a small red box labeled “Chat Reference” on the upper left side of all of our pages. Just click this button to see the chat window appear.
  • The Blackacre Times blog posts – On our old site, you could see titles from our blog posts, but no content. Now, you can see snippets of our two most recent stories right on the homepage. Click the post titles to see the rest of the stories or the Read More button to see older posts.
  • Student and Faculty content – Much of our content for you has been split between the Services tab and the Research & Collections tab. Maybe you’ll rediscover some things you’d forgotten we provide.
  • Alumni and Visitors content – We’ve got new pages set up particularly for our alumni and visitors.

There are more changes, of course, but these are just a few of the most obvious ones. If you have comments or questions about the site, feel free to email me too.

We’re Hiring!

Law_Library_LogoDo you want to work for the Law Library? We hope so, because we’re hiring GRAs for this summer!

Positions Available
The following positions will be filled:

Law Library GRA positions are open to all GSU law students who have completed their first two semesters of classes. Part-time students are eligible. Students applying for Summer positions must be enrolled in at least 3 hours of Summer classes. Students may apply for both type of GRA position, but cannot be hired for both positions at the same time.

Applications are due at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Reference GRA applicants: Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter, 2) current resume, and 3) completed availability form to Austin Williams ( Include your last name in the file name.

Research GRA applicants: Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter and 2) current resume to Pam Brannon ( Include your last name in the file name.

Researching From Off Campus

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Spring break is almost here! The law library will be open during this time (although with slightly shortened hours), but maybe you’re going to be at the beach, or Disney World, or just on your couch. Just in case you have any grand plans for working during this break, don’t forget that you can access many of the law library’s resources from off campus.

  • A lot of our legal databases (such as HeinOnline, ProQuest Legislative Insight, and Kluwer Arbitration) are accessible with your Campus ID. Just follow the links from the database list to be routed through our proxy server.
  • Our research guides are available from anywhere without a login and cover research for many of your courses.
  • And if you need help from a librarian, don’t forget you can always email us or use the Chat Reference service too.

Have a wonderful break, and we’ll see you again soon!