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.

FREE ABA memberships for law students

Fortune cookie says, "You would make a good lawyer."

CC BY-NC Kristina L. Niedringhaus

The ABA announced on April 6, 2015 that law students at ABA-accredited law schools are eligible to receive a free membership. Membership benefits include access to the ABA Job Board, networking opportunities, the Free Career Advice Series, CLE webinars, subscriptions to Student Lawyer and ABA Journal, as well as many other perks of membership.

For more information click here. To sign up, go to or call 800-285-2221.

Dealing with the Stress


flickr photo by Alan Cleaver

By Andrew Vazquez

We’re in the final stretch of the spring 2015 semester. Finals start on April 30, a mere twenty-three days from now. This is both exciting and terrifying. The end of the semester is a very stressful time because it seems that everything is due at the same time. Nevertheless, there are several things you can do to reduce stress during this period. The Mayo Clinic offers four tips that they have coined as the “4 A’s.” These stand for Avoid, Alter, Accept, and Adapt.

Avoid, according to the Mayo Clinic, means to plan ahead better. If you have a deadline, start it earlier than you normally would to ensure that you finish in time. Being able to complete tasks with enough time will help reduce stress because you will not feel as rushed. This tip is especially helpful when studying for finals. Don’t wait to start studying for finals too late.

Alter means to avoid negative things in your life. Identify the things that make you stressed and figure out why they make you stressed. You cannot change some things, but make the best out of them. When studying for finals don’t think to yourself that a topic is too tough and that you can’t learn it. Instead, flip it and use it as a motivator to learn it better.

The next tip is to accept the things you cannot change. Dwelling on things that cannot be changed is counterproductive because, well, you cannot change it. Instead focus on the positive things that you can control and you will be less stressed. You can’t change the grade you got in Contracts or Property last semester, but you can do better this semester. Learn from those mistakes and you’ll do better this time around.

The final tip the Mayo Clinic suggests is to adapt. Keep your expectations reasonable and keep the big picture in focus. This is important because if you focus too closely on the minute details of one particular subject, it will be to the detriment of everything else. Keep everything in focus.

Additional suggestions that I would add is to remember to keep up with friends and family. Moreover, make time to go out and have fun, like going to see a movie or a Braves game (although that may more frustrating and stressful than school).

We’re Hiring!

Law_Library_Logo_colorDo 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 Monday, April 13, 2015.

Reference GRA applicants: Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter, 2) current resume, and 3) completed availability form to Austin Martin 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.

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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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.”


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.”


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.”


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!”


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.”


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.”


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

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“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!”


‘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.”


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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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.