Welcome to 85 Park Place!

View from a study room

Windows!

Orientation is over, and fall semester starts on Monday – welcome (back) to law school! As you’re no doubt aware, quite a bit has changed. We got some new DVDs. We have some new brightly colored book trucks. There are some awesome new faculty.

Oh, and we moved buildings.

What does this mean for you?

  • Windows!
  • Stairs!
  • An actual quiet floor (the 6th floor)!
  • More study rooms!
  • Terraces!
  • A cafe in the library (coming soon)!

If you want to see what the new building looks like, stop by (bring your PantherCard to prove you’re a law student!) any time we’re open. If you want an online preview, check out the photos from our earlier post about the new library. If all of this makes you nostalgic for the old place (or if you’re a 1L and not sure why we’re so excited about our new building), we have photos of that, too.

While a lot has changed, some things stay the same. We’re still here to help you find whatever you need to succeed in law school, whether it be books, study aids, things to do to relax, or even just the sympathetic ear of someone who has gone through this before. We’re here to help!

Law Library Hours Update

View from a study room

Study space in the new Law Library.

Progress is being made but construction continues in the College of Law and the Law Library. The library will continue with temporarily shortened hours through Sunday, July 19, with slightly expanded hours for July 20-26. The library will be open to current Georgia State Law students, Georgia State Law faculty and Georgia State Law staff to use study aids, reserves, or for research assistance.

Beginning mid-day on Wednesday, July 15, the library will also begin having designated areas for study by current Georgia State Law students. Remember that the library still is a construction area and there may be periods of noise that are outside our control. There are only certain areas of the library where students will be allowed so you will need to check in at the Circulation Desk on the Fifth Floor to be directed to the study area.

  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, July 14-16
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 17
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 18-19
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, July 20-23
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 24
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 25-26

Students will need to show their ID and sign in at the Security Desk and proceed immediately to the Circulation Desk on the Fifth Floor. Library personnel will retrieve materials and direct students to an area of the library where they may sit. Students needing research assistance can also use the Red Chat Reference button in the upper left corner of the Law Library’s home page.

At this time, the computer lab, printers, copiers, and scanners are not available. Wireless access is available. We will continue to update you as construction progresses and more resources become available. If you have any questions, contact Associate Dean Kris Niedringhaus at krisn@gsu.edu or 404-413-9140.

Loving Day

On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down Virginia’s ban on interracial marriages. At the time only 17 states, concentrated mostly in the South, still had anti-miscegenation laws on the books. After the decision those laws became unenforceable.

As with many important Supreme Court decisions, there are a number of resources available if you want more information about Loving v. Virginia. A few are listed below:

From the Archives: Water Law and Water Resources in Eastern Africa

JuergensmeyerAs many of you undoubtedly know, Professor Julian Juergensmeyer has had a long, distinguished career in the law. This past year, he celebrated 50 years teaching law. He’s a renowned scholar of land use and planning law not only in the United States, but around the world; during his career, he’s both conducted research and taught in Ethiopia, France, Poland, Brazil, and Denmark, for example.

In the early 1970s, Professor Juergensmeyer and his friend and colleague, the late Professor James Wadley, received a grant to research water law in eastern Africa, a subject which at that time had garnered little scholarly attention. That grant resulted in the writing of a book draft, Water Law and Water Resources in Eastern Africa. However, this book went unpublished, and the record of the important work that Professors Juergensmeyer and Wadley did in tracing the development of water law in east Africa was lost.

Until now. This past academic year the College of Law launched a new online repository, the Reading Room, and we discovered that we had the opportunity to finally make the results of the research done by Professors Juergensmeyer and Wadley over 40 years ago available to the world. We recently posted the full text of Water Law and Water Resources in Eastern Africa in the Reading Room. It’s a fascinating work, weaving together African history, culture, geography, and law, illustrating how the regulation of water resources in eastern Africa was affected by both custom and the history of colonization in the region. We’re glad that Professor Juergensmeyer held onto it until now, and we’re excited to be able to make it available to all of you.

Easier access to Google Scholar

Do you use Google Scholar to search for articles or cases? If you do, and you use Chrome as your browser of choice, check out the newly launched Google Scholar Button extension. The extension adds a simple button next to the URL/search bar, which you can use to either search Google Scholar for text highlighted on the page or for other text you enter into a pop-up window.

Definitely easier than going to a whole different website!

Book Signing Today: Bill Usery

Photograph of W.J. Usery, Jr.

Photograph of W.J. Usery, Jr., courtesy of the Georgia State University Library.

Today (March 10th) at 4 p.m., the Law Library will host a talk and book signing with a notable guest, Bill Usery. Mr. Usery will be speaking about his distinguished career as a labor activist, mediator, and public servant on the occasion of the release of his memoirs, Laboring for America. He will be signing copies of his book following the talk.

Born in 1923 in Baldwin County, Georgia, Mr. Usery started his career in labor activism when he joined the International Association of Machinists. After holding several positions in the IAM, he moved on to serve in high ranking positions in several Presidential administrations, most notably as Secretary of Labor under President Gerald Ford. As a noted mediator, he helped resolve several major labor disputes, including a public school teacher’s strike in Philadelphia, disputes between airline pilots and airlines such as TWA and United, and a threatened nationwide strike by the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen.

Looking for more information on Bill Usery before this afternoon? Check out the following resources:

  • An interview with former Secretary Usery posted by the Department of Labor.
  • The W.J. Usery, Jr. papers, held in Special Collections at the Georgia State University Library.
  • A biography and timeline of Mr. Usery’s life and career, posted by the University Library.

Please join us for the important occasion at 4 p.m. in the upper level of the Law Library.

The Law Library, RFID, and You

Photo of RFID shelf reader.

Photo by Michael Porter.

Starting tomorrow, January 14th, workers will be going around the library, taking books off of shelves, hopefully not making all that much noise, and in general just doing, well, stuff in the library. What are they doing?

As a part of our move to the new College of Law building, the Law Library is implementing a new system of keeping track of our books using RFID. RFID (which stands for “radio frequency identification”) involves marking each book with a tag that contains a small memory chip. The tag contains information unique to each book that can be read using specialized equipment.

What does this mean for you? Well, many things on the surface won’t change – you’ll still need to check books out at Circulation, and the gates will make noises if you go through them with a book that wasn’t checked out. But an RFID system will help us keep track of what we have more efficiently, particularly if something gets misplaced. For example, if a book isn’t where it’s supposed to be on the shelf (which, yes, does happen, despite our best efforts), we will be able to use a scanner to scan the shelves for the book. We can also check the shelves more efficiently to make sure that everything is where it’s supposed to be. The result is a library where everything is more organized and easier to find. And isn’t that the way a library should be?

We’re aware that this project will result in a bit of noise, but we believe it will be minimal and confined to relatively small areas of the library at any given time. Have questions? Feel free to ask Terrance Manion, the College of Law’s Director of Information Technology.