Summer Online Content Suggestions

Summertime is fast approaching, which means it’s time for our annual summer reading suggestions!

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Every year we solicit summer reading suggestions from the Georgia State Law faculty. We usually purchase any books not available in our collection and add them to a summer faculty leisure reading suggestions display. Once it’s time to take the display down, the books are then added to the Law Library Leisure Collection.

Due to the new remoteness of all of our work, we’ve decided to change things up a bit.  Instead of asking for physical books that we can buy, we decided to ask faculty and staff for online content like blogs, videos, or really anything else they enjoy while away from the law school or relaxing at home.  Below are the answers we received… Enjoy!

*The recommendation list will be updated as submissions are received.

Pam Brannon

Bon Appetit – Bon Appétit is an “opinionated food brand” with it’s own YouTube channel. The channel features video content of recipes that everyone can create at home. There’s even a video with DeAndre Jordan cooking vegan pancakes!

Meg Butler

This summer I am considering a trial of the not-so-new Disney Plus service. There seems to be multiple options available to make my family happy, like Sophia and the Marvel heroes and villains. I, however, am most excited about July 3, 2020. According to the man himself (Lin Manuel Miranda), the Hamilton film will be available for streaming. We had tickets (a gross indulgence of my children and my own impulsivity) for the show at the Fox. I’m not sure how I feel about seeing the live show in August, but I’m super excited to be able to stream it from the comfort of my living room. Now that we are working from home, it sure seems to be “the room where it happened”!

Kris Niedringhaus

Buried Truths – Peabody Award-winning podcast. “Buried Truths acknowledges and unearths still-relevant stories of injustice, resilience and racism in the American South. The podcast is hosted by journalist, professor, and Pulitzer-prize-winning author, Hank Klibanoff.”

The Slowdown – 5 minutes of poetry and commentary from The Slowdown podcast or email newsletter.

A History of the World – A History of the World in 100 Objects from the BBC and The British Museum.

Recipes – A variety of recipes from Food52.

Patrick Parsons

Pasta Grannies – It’s exactly what it sounds like – short videos of older Italian grandmas making homemade pasta.  It sounds underwhelming, but I think it’s the best thing on the internet.

Cassandra Patterson

Goalcast – A “content production powerhouse”, Goalcast provides videos and other content intended to empower people authentically using real-life stories. It provides resources and practical advice to help motivate people.

Summer Westlaw & Lexis Access

WestLexis-holding-hands-on-beach-3727554Westlaw and Lexis have historically altered their access policy for students and recent graduates during the summer. The Law Library has recently received an update from both Sue Moore at Westlaw and Brittany Conklin at Lexis. Westlaw and Lexis will provide summer access as described below.

Access and Restrictions for Rising 2Ls and 3Ls

Lexis

Law students will automatically have free unlimited use of their law school Lexis Advance ID this summer. No registration is required.

Westlaw

You do not have to do anything to gain access to Westlaw over the summer.  However, there are use restrictions.

You may only use Westlaw over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a specific client at a law firm. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following but are not limited to:

  • Summer coursework or any type of academic research
  • Research Assistant assignments
  • Law Review or Journal research
  • Moot Court or any trial competition research
  • Non-Profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship/Internship sponsored by the school

Access for Graduating 3Ls

Lexis

Updated 5/11/2020.  Lexis has extended their access through Feb 2021.

Graduates may access Lexis for free through December 31, 2020 February 28, 2021. No registration is required.

Westlaw

You must register for Graduate access.

Your access is “normal” until May 31, 2020. Starting June 1st and ending November 30, 2020, graduates will have extended Westlaw and Practical Law access for 60 hours per month for six months. This access is part of your academic subscription and there is no charge for this extended access.

To check if you signed up, graduates can go to lawschool.tr.com, sign on with their user name and password, and click on their name in the top right corner. They will see a link there for “Grad Access Status” and they can see if they have already extended. Graduates can extend at any time during the 6 month period but grad access will end on November 30, 2020. Any questions about Westlaw grad access, please email Sue at sue.moore@tr.com.

ALERT 2020 Certificate Awardees

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The library is pleased to announce our list of 2020 ALERT Program Awardees.

The Applied Legal Experience, Research, & Technology (ALERT) Program is a non-credit program that provides students with additional opportunities outside of the College of Law’s curriculum to learn advanced legal research and technology skills. Each student listed below will graduate in the Spring of 2020 having completed a predetermined number of ALERT sessions during their careers at the Georgia State College of Law.

Each session is approximately 1 hour and covers an advanced topic in legal research, technology, or an intersection of the two.  Students are awarded different levels of distinction according to the following requirements:

  • With Distinction: 6 Topics completed
  • With High Distinction: 8 Topics Completed
  • With Highest Distinction: 10 Topics Completed

Now without further ado, the 2020 ALERT Program Awardees are:

Highest Distinction

  1. Ovidiu Balaj
  2. Andrew Coffey
  3. Latrevia Collins
  4. Emily Gaston
  5. Timothy Graves
  6. Richard Quarles
  7. Justin Showalter

High Distinction

  1. John Hooven
  2. Tiffany Williams

Distinction

  1. Julia Collins
  2. Kristi Gibbs
  3. Tyler Graff
  4. Mark Hunter
  5. Courtney LeBeau

Winter Break Reading Suggestions

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Finals are a stressful time for law students(Duh.)  I remember wishing in law school that I could just take a nap one day and wake up with the entirety of my finals season completed (with excellent grades on my exams of course.)  While that may not be possible, or probably healthy, it can be useful to look forward to the relaxing holiday break that is a few short weeks away.

For the first time in almost four months, you’ll probably have a little time on your hands.  You may want to sleep in or catch up with friends or family, or maybe, just maybe, read something for fun.  For this reason, we here at The Georgia State College of Law Library thought it might be fun to offer up a few non-law reading suggestions for winter break.  Here we go!

Patrick Parsons

Working  by Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel is maybe the most famous interviewer in American history.  He’s interviewed thousands of people and ran a longstanding interview program on WFMT Chicago between 1952 and 1997.  He also wrote a number of oral histories detailing everyday people’s accounts of World War II, The Great Depression, and in this case, what they do to earn a living

Meg Butler

Bad Feminist  by Roxanne Gay

I recommend Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay. Although it is not read by the author, I enjoyed it as an audiobook. In addition to providing a thought-provoking and self-aware narrative, Gay has a gift for description. One of my favorite parts is the chapter describing her relationship with Scrabble. I checked this out from the library (afpls.org) and will return when I’m done! It’s also available in print form if you want to request it through GSU.) If you prefer fiction over essays, I recommend her collection of short stories Difficult Women.

Cassandra Patterson

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough. In Girl, Stop Apologizing, Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people—whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee—instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.

Terrance Manion

Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

– coincidentally was named Entertainment Weekly’s Best Fantasy of the Decade just the other day

The Hike by Drew Magary –

“a surprisingly rewarding piece of fiction ”

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

” stirring in that it is both troubling and hopeful” (which in all honestly I read at the behest of my wife who works for a non-profit organization whose platform includes international women and girl empowerment programs)

Movies and Other Things by Shea Serrano

is like arguing with your buddies (who know a lot more about film than you) at a bar and letting the debate go do whatever tangent the person who bought the last round wants.

Gerard Fowke

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

With a propulsive murder plot set in an insular academic environment during a season of bitter cold, Donna Tartt’s The Secret History is clearly the perfect diversion for any law student on winter break.

We’re Hiring!

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The Law Library is currently accepting applications for graduate research assistants (commonly known as GRAs) for the spring semester. We currently need multiple Reference, Law Library, and Digital Services GRAs.  Position descriptions are linked below:

http://libguides.law.gsu.edu/grahiring 

Eligibility

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 may apply for both types of GRA position, but cannot be hired for both positions at the same time.

Submission

Reference GRA applicants (Due Nov. 20) – Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter, 2) current resume to Patrick Parsons (pparsons@gsu.edu). Include your last name in the file name.  Please note that our current open position is for Tues/Thursday 6-8, Saturdays 1-6.  Applicants can also complete the application process through symplicity.

Law Library GRA applicants (open until filled) – Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter, 2) current resume to Cassandra Patterson (cpatterson31@gsu.edu). Include your last name in the file name.  Applicants can also complete the application process through symplicity. Students must have a Scholarship Letter to be eligible for this position.

Digital Services GRA applicants (open until filled) – Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter, 2) current resume to Gerard Fowke (gfowke@gsu.edu). Include your last name in the file name.  Applicants can also complete the application process through symplicity. Students must have a Scholarship Letter to be eligible for this position.

We’re Hiring!

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The Law Library is currently accepting applications for graduate research assistants (commonly known as GRAs) for the summer semester. We currently need multiple Reference and Research GRAs.  Position descriptions are linked below:

http://libguides.law.gsu.edu/grahiring 

Eligibility

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 4 hours of Summer classes. Students may apply for both types of GRA position, but cannot be hired for both positions at the same time.

Submission
Applications are due at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Reference GRA applicants – Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter, 2) current resume, and 3) completed availability form (available in the link above) to Patrick Parsons (pparsons@gsu.edu). Include your last name in the file name.

Research GRA applicants – Please complete the application process through Symplicity.

Welcome Back Students!

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.

Faculty Suggested Leisure Reading – Summer 2018

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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

 

 

Goodbye FDsys, Hello Govinfo

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That’s right, at some future undetermined date, probably late 2018 ,[1] everyone’s favorite government information website will be shut down and replaced by a new, modern (ish) version. This will be only the third GPO electronic information website in the last 25 years. In June 1994, the Government Printing Office (GPO) launched GPO Access. This was replaced by FDsys (Federal Digital System) in January 2009.  Now, almost ten years later, it’s time for the GPO, who has subsequently changed its name to the Government Publishing Office, to transition once again to Govinfo.

 

What is staying the same?

Content.  In the end, Govinfo will have the same exact content as FDsys.  The Federal Register, US Code, Congressional Record, and all other government information will be available with the same exact coverage as FDsys.

What is going to be different?

Interface.  The GPO has developed a completely new way to navigate the information formerly available on FDsys.  Govinfo was released in a beta version in early 2016, and taken out of beta in late January 2018.  This should mean that the site is fully developed and ready to go.  If everything stays the same, the initial landing page features a big search bar with some large buttons below.  The new site is mobile responsive and will work with smartphones, tablets, or however else you want to read your favorite title of the CFR.  The site also features modern looking search results pages with easy to navigate filtering options.

Is this a good thing?

Probably.  FDsys was rather dated, and it was easy to get stuck in a long series of sub-menus and pages.  That being said, when I used FDsys I usually navigated things from the upper right publication menu, which was conveniently located and easy to find.  FDsys was probably still workable in its final form, but it was ugly and aesthetics seem to mean more and more when we select information sources.

The thing I like best about Govinfo is the “A to Z” menu on the landing page.  As I said before, when I’m in FDsys I browse by publication, The “A to Z” menu makes it easy to find whatever you need.  If you’re feeling particularly wild, or have a few free minutes on a Friday afternoon, try browsing to the C.F.R.  List of Sections Affected.  It’s there, and it’s finally easy to find.

The search is better than I thought it would be.  The algorithm handles legal citations well.  I tried to put in some lazy citations like I would in Westlaw or Lexis, omitting punctuation, section symbols, and sub sections, and it reliably found the right section.[2]  It also has an effective advanced searching feature, which allows you to search by citation, collection, government branch, sudoc number, and more.  As I said above, I particularly like the new filtering options.  Searching is definitely where Govinfo feels the most improved relative to FDsys.

This isn’t to say that Govinfo doesn’t have its own difficulties.  It’s not really intuitive to use for first time users – what is an “A to Z” anyway? You also cannot search for certain publications.  I tried type in federal register to see if it would auto populate like some other databases, and it would not.  The search by citation feature is also somewhat clunky, and doesn’t handle sub sections well.  Using my example from above, 24 C.F.R. § 9.103, I couldn’t get the system to search for “103” and had to just search for 9.  It wasn’t a huge deal, but it took me a minute to make it work.

Overall, I’m happy with the upgrade.  The aesthetics were just so bad on FDsys, and I think people were hesitant to try navigating the system.  With the new modern upgrade, the GPO website looks and functions similarly to a modern information website.  Even with some of it’s difficulties, Govinfo is a big upgrade from FDsys.  A for effort GPO.

[1] https://www.infodocket.com/2018/01/24/gpos-govinfo-ends-beta-as-transition-from-fdsys-continues/

[2] I performed the searches “24 cfr 9,” “24”c.f.r” 9,” and “24 cfr 9.1.”  All three searches produced the same results listing the C.F.R sections in order 9.101, 9.102, 9.103 etc.

We’re Hiring!

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The Law Library is currently accepting applications for graduate research assistants (commonly known as GRAs) for the summer semester. We currently need one Reference and three Research GRAs.  Position descriptions are linked below:

http://libguides.law.gsu.edu/grahiring 

Eligibility

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 4 hours of Summer classes. Students may apply for both types of GRA position, but cannot be hired for both positions at the same time.

Submission
Applications are due at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 03, 2018.

Reference GRA applicants: Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter, 2) current resume, and 3) completed availability form (available in the link above) to Pam Brannon (pbrannon@gsu.edu). 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 (pbrannon@gsu.edu). Include your last name in the file name.