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 www.americanbar.org/abalawstudents or call 800-285-2221.

Magna Carta is 800 years old

drawing of King John using a laptop to post the Magna Carta to Facebook

King John Posts the Magna Carta to His Facebook Wall, by Mike Licht

The year 2015 marks the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John. The Magna Carta, or the Great Charter of Liberty, is widely viewed as the foundation for individual liberties and the rule of law. The history of the document is storied and murky, including multiple reaffirmations of the principles by monarchs facing an unhappy ruling class and the annulment of the Charter by Pope Innocent III. However, the concept of the liberties outlined in the Magna Carta has persisted through the centuries, particularly in America and Great Britain. America’s Founding Fathers looked to violations of the rule of law by the British king as justification for founding a new country. These ideals of freedom and democracy echo in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention of Human Rights. Even 800 years later, we are still learning about the Magna Carta. Researchers at the British Library preparing for the anniversary recently discovered an account of the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede in an obscure medieval work known as the Melrose Chronicle.

If you would like to learn more about the Magna Carta, Georgia State Law’s Professor Rowberry is organizing a CLE symposium for the Georgia Bar on the meaning of the Magna Carta and its relevance to Georgia. The event will be Monday, March 30, 2015 from 8:15am to 3:00pm at the State Bar of Georgia Conference Center, 104 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Symposium attendees will also get to view the American Bar Association’s exhibit on the Magna Carta. More details on the CLE will be available in mid-February. Check the seminar schedule on the ICLE website for more information.

Remembering Nancy Johnson

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Nancy Johnson and Dean Steve Kaminshine at the groundbreaking ceremony for the College of Law’s new building

The College of Law and the profession of law librarianship was hit by a tremendous loss this week. Nancy Johnson, who retired as Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Professor of Law in 2012, passed away on December 13, 2014. She began working at the GSU Law Library in 1982 and was an integral part of the development of the College and Law Library. Her impact began with some of the first students in the College of Law and continues in the future with the design of the new building.

While her importance is well-known to the College of Law community, she also had a profound influence on the profession of law librarianship. Throughout her career, Nancy inspired and nurtured entire generations of law librarians. She mentored law librarians on research, teaching, scholarship, management, and often personal life issues.

For more information about Nancy and a Celebration of Life on December 21, 2014, please see the College of Law announcement.

We would like to create a space where people can leave memories of Nancy and how she touched their lives and careers. Please contribute your thoughts in the comments field.

Struggling to find a research topic?

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photo by flickr user Vanessa Pike-Russell

It is that time of year when many law students need to pick a research topic. One time-honored method for finding a topic is to look at circuit splits and see if an issue sparks your interest. Bloomberg Law and Bloomberg BNA have made finding these circuit splits easy. Simply log in to www.bloomberglaw.com. In the middle of the landing page, under “Law School Success,” click the link for “Upper Level Resources.” Under the “Law Review & Journal Research” section simply click on the “BNA Circuit Splits Table” link and you will be able to choose the table you would like by reporting month. Once inside a particular month’s table the splits are organized by topic. Happy Researching!

Win money and get published

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photo by flickr user nengard

The 2014 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize writing competition is now open. Submit an essay of 10,000-20,000 words addressing issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics and professionalism. The competition is open to members of the bench and bar as well as students. The winner will receive $5,000, publication of their essay in the South Carolina Law Review, and an award presented at the Supreme Court of the United States. For more information go to www.innsofcourt.org/burgerprize.

For information on other student writing competitions check out the Law Library’s Research Guide. If you need help getting started on your research come by the reference desk or use our Personal Librarian Program.