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 However, this book went unpublished, and the record of the important work that Professors Juergensmeyer and Wadley did in tracing the development of water law in east Africa was lost.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.

GA Supreme Court Current Awareness Tools

While keeping up with Supreme Court of Georgia decisions can be a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be. Below are several resources researchers can use to stay abreast of recent decisions.

Summaries of Noteworthy Decisions

In addition to finding the slip opinions of recent decisions on the Supreme Court of Georgia’s website, researchers can also find the “Summaries of Noteworthy Decisions.” This resource is produced by the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Public Information Officer, and includes concise summaries of opinions considered to be of great public interest. The summaries are available on the opinions page, located above the full-text of slip opinions for a given release date.

Daily Report Court Opinions

The Daily Report’s Court Opinions webpage is an excellent source for locating recent Supreme Court of Georgia and Georgia Court of Appeals opinions. While researchers need a subscription to the Daily Report to view the full text of the opinions, non-subscribers can view the case name, area of law(s) the opinion addresses, and a one sentence summary of the court’s holding.

SCOG Blog

Produced by attorneys at Strickland Brockington Lewis LLP, the SCOG Blog is an good source for finding information on civil cases heard before the Supreme Court of Georgia. The blog routinely posts information on forthcoming and recent opinions.

 

Memorial Day Weekend Events in Atlanta

Image by Flickr user smckagan

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).

Tracking 2015 Georgia Enacted Bills and Vetos

By Wikignome431 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Wikignome431 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The 2015 Session of the Georgia General Assembly concluded on April 2, 2015. Following the final adjournment of the General Assembly, known as sine die, the Governor has 40 days to sign any bills or resolutions received after the 34th day of the session, which took place on March 23, 2015.

Enacted Legislation

The Georgia Constitution provides in Article III, Section V, Paragraph XIII that any bills or resolutions not signed or vetoed during the 40 day period will automatically become law. Researchers can review and keep track of which 2015 bills the Governor has signed into law by going to the following sources:

Following the Governor’s actions, the Office of Legislative Council will publish the Summary of General Statutes Enacted at the 2015 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia, which will provide researchers with a summary of all of the statutes of general statewide application signed into law, organized by the title they amend of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. Researchers will find the General Statutes Summary on the General Assembly’s website.

The full text of all the legislation enacted during the 2015 Session of the General Assembly will be published in the 2015 edition of Georgia Laws. Once published, researchers can access the most recent version of Georgia Laws on the Georgia Government Publications website.

Vetoed Legislation

Pursuant to Article III, Section V, Paragraph XII of the Georgia Constitution, the Governor will provide reasons for vetoing legislation. Generally, the Governor will post veto statements on the Press Releases webpage of the Office of the Governor website. Researchers can also find a veto statements in Volume III of Georgia Laws.

 

 

 

 

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!