Georgia State Capitol–Atlanta Georgia
You might think this post is about welcoming students back for the semester! Ha!
(Seriously, we are happy to have you all back in the library. It is great to see the library and its resources in full swing.)
In fact, it is time to welcome our state legislators back to session! The Georgia General Assembly convened Monday, January 14, at 10 AM, and our representatives in the State Senate and House of Representatives are already hard at work.
If you visit the Georgia General Assembly site, you will find access to all the goings-on. If you want to review any of the 19 pre-filed (filed prior to the kickoff of the legislative session) bills in the house, go right ahead. Subject matter of prefiled bills ranges from tampon education and taxes to exempting retirement benefits from military service from income tax to repealing the 18th Amendment regarding prohibition from the Constitution of the United States.
Of course, there is plenty of other information to be found on the site as well. It is possible to follow the committee meeting schedules, and live stream the Senate chamber and the House of Representatives chamber.
If you are curious about what has happened in prior sessions, not only can you read a bit about the history of the General Assembly, which started operation in 1777 and has followed its schedule since then. It has met in all of the locations for the state capital, Savannah, Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville, and Atlanta. You can also search for prior proposed and enacted legislation from earlier legislative sessions.
Alexander Hamilton is a trending founding father–joining the ranks of George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison. Today is the day to celebrate the fruits of founding fathers. It’s Constitution Day!
The United States celebrates Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17. See 36 U.S.C. 106. The observance is to “commemorate the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution.” 36 U.S.C. 106(b). Prior to the official celebration, Constitution Day, Inc., promoted the commemoration.
Not only can you use your legal research tools to locate the law–either the codified statute or the Public Law–that contains the observance and information about its subsequent amendments, but you can also find cases that mention Constitution Day.
If you would like to learn more about the history of Constitution Day, consider consulting Professor Garfield’s article, “What Should We Celebrate on Constitution Day?”
One of my favorite resources for researching the constitution is provided by the U.S. Government Publishing Office: The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation. A comprehensive treatise–covering the Constitution from start to finish–includes references to almost 6000 cases. If you are researching a constitutional issue and are looking for a great starting place, this is a very helpful research tool.
Of course, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) also provides excellent information about the founding documents–the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, which are available for viewing in the Rotunda at the National Archives Museum.
By Sara Landeryou
Whether you’re new to law school, or nearing the finish line, the first few weeks are a little exciting. The newbies, of course, are excited to be in law school and everything is freshand different. For the rest of us, it’s just getting to see friends again and meeting
new professors. But now, after the first few weeks, you suddenly find yourself sliding back in to the drudgery of being in school and the stress that comes with it. If you need a few minutes (or even longer) to decompress, why not stop by the library and put your mind on something that’s not law school related?
As you can see, the summer farm scene puzzle is completed, but there’s a new one waiting!
Cue the annual welcome back blog post!
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. A summer of work, summer classes, internships, externships, pre-lawschool anxiety is now over. We’re back! Fall classes started yesterday and everyone seems to be getting into the swing of things already. For those of you who are law school returners, you seem to have picked up where you left off checking out study rooms, being quiet on the 6th floor, and looking generally happy to be in our beautiful building. For you new students, so far so good! However, the pursuit of knowledge is neverending. So, just in case you forgot, or you didn’t know, or you are choosing to forget, I wanted to highlight a few things in the library.
Beyond these highlights, we’re just glad to have you all back. It was getting awfully quiet without you.
The 2018 Georgia Bar Exam will be administered on the 24th and 25th of July. Which means test takers still have plenty of time to study. If you want to move beyond your test prep materials, the library has numerous resources to assist.
Good luck and happy studies!
Summer is here! Today is officially the last day of finals here at Georgia State University College of Law. Tomorrow, we will graduate our 2018 class of J.D. Students. Soon, rising 1L’s and 2L’s will begin summer jobs and internships, and a lucky few will start their summer classes.
While there is still a lot going on for the everyday GSU Law Student, this is a time where many of them take some time for themselves away from law school. So, as is tradition, we surveyed the GSU law faculty for books and other media they suggested for summer leisure reading. Without further ado, here are the GSU Law Faculty Summer Reading Suggestions. We buy all the books on the list so see the hyperlinks for book descriptions and the Leisure Collection (to the right of the Ref Desk) to borrow.
1. Pam Brannon
2. Karen Johnson
3. Kris Niedringhaus
4. Stacie Kershner
5. Bill Edmundson
6. Deepa Varadarajan
7. Nirej Sekhon
8. Leslie Wolf
9. Yaniv Heled
10. Lisa Radtke Bliss
11. Terrance Manion
12. Lauren Sudeall Lucas
and, last but certainly not least
13. Patrick Parsons
Most everyone entering law school has heard of Moot Court, Law Review, and Student Trial Lawyers Association (Mock Trial), but there are other organizations that get far less attention. Don’t just focus on Law Review write on events or Moot Court tryouts — get involved other ways.
The plethora of student organizations chartered at GSU COL give students the opportunity to be actively involved in issues they plan to practice in later and/or that they care about on a personal level. Membership dues range from $0 – $65, with most being in the $10 range. The student organizations host a variety of events (usually with a free lunch included), where professionals ranging from doctors, social workers, attorneys, and judges speak to our students, giving them information that may impact their future legal careers. Generally, you never have to be a paid member to attend an event, but membership will usually come with voting rights, and possibly in a priority position to get information. Organizations also accept names to be placed on the ballot for the following year’s executive board positions.
Use the summary of the organizations below to decide where you will enjoy being active, then seek out opportunities!