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!

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.

Things to do in the Springtime in Atlanta

by Murtaza Khwaja

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image by flickr user laceybordeaux

Springtime in Atlanta! One of the most beautiful times of year in the city is marked with not only a re-blossoming of flowers and return of color but also a vast array of events, festivals, shows etc. From the time-honored traditional festivals and sites to the newer up-and-coming, there is something for everyone to do.  While this is definitely not a full list, here are just a few things to get you started as you look for ways to enjoy the warmer weather and take some time away from work and studies. Go with a group of friends, your kids, family, or even by yourself to enjoy all of Atlanta’s finest food, music, culture, artists, and exhibits while also getting to spend time outside in the warm spring weather.

Atlanta Film Festival (March 20th- 29th)

“The Atlanta Film Festival, now in its fourth decade, is one of the region’s largest and longest-running preeminent celebrations of cinema in the Southeastern United States and one of only a handful of Academy Award® qualifying festivals in the country. More than 25,000 festival attendees enjoy independent, animated, documentary, and short films each year.”

Attendees can immerse themselves in the Atlanta Film Festival experience through Festival Genius, which allows participants to watch movie trailers, schedule screenings on the their personal film festival calendar and rate them after they have been viewed.

In addition to top notch independent films from around the globe, movie enthusiasts can mix and mingle with filmmakers and industry professionals during a variety of Atlanta Film Festival events including awards ceremonies and workshops. Past honorees of the IMAGE Film Award Gala include Cicely Tyson, Spike Lee, Burt Reynolds, Ozzie Davis and Ruby Dee.

The Atlanta Film Festival is held in the historic Plaza Theatre located in the Poncey-Highland area, 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points, Goat Farm Arts Center and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.”

Via: http://atlantafilmfestival.com/2015/films

Atlanta Dogwood Festival (April 10th-12th)

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“Originating from a showcase of blooming trees and accomplished artists, the Dogwood Festival has evolved into one of the largest events in the Southeast. You’ll find the country’s best painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry makers and glass blowers, as well as live performance art exhibitions, interactive music workshops and a food.”

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is Atlanta’s annual celebration of the blooming of its native dogwood trees. For more than 75 years, the Dogwood arts festival has filled Midtown Atlanta’s Piedmont Park with live music, arts and crafts, food booths and family-friendly activities. In 2012, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival was ranked No. 35 in the Sunshine Artist Magazine Best 200 fine arts festivals in the United States.”

A juried art competition recognizes artistic achievement in such categories as sculpture, painting, jewelry and photography. The Kid’s Village features arts and crafts, face painting, rock climbing and huge inflatables that are sure to please kids of all ages.

Another highlight of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the U.S. Disc Dog Southern Nationals, a world-class competition starring the top Frisbee dogs in the nation. Musical entertainment at the Dogwood arts festival ranges from bluegrass and country to rock and soul. Food options include funnel cakes, kettle corn, gyros and more.”

Via: http://www.atlanta.net/events/festivals/spring/

Inman Park Festival (April 24-26)

“Widely regarded as Atlanta’s most spirited and eclectic event, the Inman Park Festival offers wild and crazy experiences. Visit Atlanta’s biggest street market, offering everything from antique furniture to handcrafted wares. The city’s quirkiest parade kickstarts the weekend of family fun and a juried art show, live entertainment and dance festival are just a few more of the things you’ll find.”

Via http://www.atlanta.net/events/festivals/spring/

Taste of East Point (April 26th)

“Think local on the last Saturday in April when the soft spring air blows in tasty good times at Taste of East Point. The event showcases the food, art and music created in the south metro area. Patrons arrive hungry to nosh at tents hosted by area restaurants, local artists show off their handmade wares and a host of singer-songwriters perform a mix of funk, soul, blues, dance tunes and folk.

Each year downtown East Point comes alive for one of the most premiere cultural events in Georgia – the Taste of East Point and the South Metro Area. Hosted the last Saturday in April, this event is a leisurely stroll past local art displays and talented musicians, while partaking in an array of wine and food “tastes”.

Taste selections from area restaurants that take pride in their annual display. View the work of artists that live and work in the East Point, Hapeville and College Park area. Find paintings, prints, handmade jewelry and more! Kick back and relax to the sounds of bands from the Tri-City area. From rockin’ blues to high energy funk, there is something for everyone!

“Local restaurants, local artists, local bands and local flavor-the Taste of East Point and the South Metro Area and the South Metro Area is more than a cultural event in Georgia, it is a ‘can’t miss’ occasion!”

Via: http://www.downtowneastpoint.com/tasteofeastpoint/

Atlanta Jazz Festival (31 Days of Jazz +May 22-24)

“THE ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL is regarded as one of the country’s largest FREE jazz festivals. It is an annual musical showcase that celebrates jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz greats in venues throughout metropolitan Atlanta during the entire month of May. The festival culminates each Memorial Day weekend with show-stopping performances at Piedmont Park.”

“Celebrating more than 35 years of soulful expression, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to start your Memorial Day weekend. Explore Piedmont Park and visit vendors displaying some of the city’s finest arts and crafts, food and drink and merchandise.”

Via: http://atlantafestivals.com/

Decatur Arts Festival (May 23rd-May 24th)

“An annual tradition, the Decatur Arts Festival celebrates culture, community and creativity with a weekend exploding with artistic expressions. The weekend starts with the ArtWalk, a leisurely stroll through the city as local shops host free receptions for new art shows. Throughout the day you’ll find music, performance art, dancing and special events just for kids and teens.”

Via http://decaturartsfestival.com/

Georgia Renaissance Festival (Open Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day)

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image by flickr user foleymo

“Join hundreds of colorfully-clad characters for a medieval European Country Faire. Stroll through the multi-acre kingdom while feasting on hearty food and drink, shop for hand-crafted treasures and become mesmerized by artisans at work. Ten stages of music and comedy keep you enticed well into the night, while performing animals and games ensure fun for the entire family!”

Via http://www.atlanta.net/events/festivals/spring/

‘Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds’ exhibit @ the High Museum of Art (Till May 24th)

“This exhibit will be a retrospective of the work of Wifredo Lam, featuring more than 40 paintings and drawings and prints as well. Visitors will trace Lam’s career from his time in Madrid and Paris to his return to Cuba. Lam’s work was known to be a strong influence on artistic figures like Picasso, Federico Garcia Lorca and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, among others.”

Via http://www.atlanta.net/events/festivals/spring/

Braves Baseball Game (Opening Day April 10th)

Visit picturesque Turner Field to enjoy America’s pastime in the heart of downtown!

Biking the Beltline

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image by flickr user laceybordeaux

 

A relatively new but already hugely popular addition to Atlanta, the beltline has several different walking, biking, and running trails fresh for you to explore from the Old 4th Ward to Midtown to the Eastside. While the trails themselves are ever expanding, they already go straight through some of Atlanta’s most interesting and hip neighborhoods (not to mention are right next to many of Atlanta’s newest and most popular restaurants, markets, bakeries, and other eateries).

Stone Mountain

While you are enjoying the outdoors, don’t forget to visit Stone Mountain for a great workout and equally great view (whether by yourself or with a group). After hiking up and coming back down bring a Frisbee or football to throw around while you wait for the start of the Laser Show. You can set out your blanket in front of the mountain for a picnic as you enjoy some tunes, the lights and some great company.

 

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

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  • 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

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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: