Over the past few years an increasing number of courts have provided the public with the opportunity to view or listen to court proceedings online. Georgia’s appellate courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia, have offered live video of their oral argument sessions for several years now. The Supreme Court of Georgia has announced that its oral arguments for the week of April 20th will take place on Zoom and will be live-streamed as normal.
With the need to move court services online, now even more courts are offering online live access to court proceedings. Both the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit have announced that they will livestream their oral arguments in April 2020.
As for the Supreme Court of the United States,
there is no indication when oral arguments will resume. On April 3rd the Court issued an order postponing oral arguments originally scheduled for the April session. UPDATE: On April 13th the Court announced that in early May it will hold oral arguments by telephone conference. The Court also stated that it “anticipates providing a live feed of these arguments to news media.”
Georgia State University is now a member of HathiTrust, a partnership between research institutions to provide online access to a vast searchable collection of materials digitized from libraries around the world. The HathiTrust Digital Library currently contains over 16 million volumes, of which approximately 37% are in the public domain.
Membership in HathiTrust means that Georgia State University researchers gain access to the full range of HathiTrust features, such as expanded full-text downloading of public domain and Creative Commons-licensed works, creation of custom collections, and special access to in-copyright materials for users with print disabilities. The HathiTrust Research Center supports computational analysis using the works in the HathiTrust Digital Library.
One of HathiTrust’s major collections is of federal government documents. As of January 1, 2018, the HathiTrust Digital Library contained over 1 million federal documents. These documents include a wealth of historical agency materials previously unavailable digitally. The ultimate goal of the HathiTrust U.S. Federal Government Documents Program is to build a complete digital collection of federal documents previously distributed to libraries in print.
The Law Library is currently accepting applications for graduate research assistants (commonly known as GRAs) for the summer and fall semesters. The Law Library has two types of GRAs – Reference GRAs and Research GRAs. Position descriptions are linked below:
Reference GRA Positions
Research GRA Positions
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.
Applications are due at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016.
Reference GRA applicants: Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter, 2) current resume, and 3) completed availability form to Patrick Parsons (email@example.com). 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 Patrick Parsons (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include your last name in the file name.
The Law Library (and the rest of Georgia State University) will be closed for winter break from Saturday, December 19th, 2015 through Sunday, January 3rd, 2016. We will reopen for the new year on Monday, January 4th, 2016. Thanks for a great semester, and we hope you all have a wonderful break!
Image by Flickr user martha_chapa95
Just so you know, we’re changing up the library’s hours for the next few weeks due to the Thanksgiving holiday and the upcoming exam period. During the week of Thanksgiving we are operating with reduced hours, as follows:
- Monday, Nov. 23rd & Tuesday, Nov. 24th: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 25th: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 26th – Saturday, Nov. 28th: Closed
We will reopen for regular hours on November 29th and November 30th.
We will be open until midnight during the exam period, from December 1st through December 15th. (Remember, you can call a safety escort when you are here late studying!)
After the exam period, we will again have reduced hours until the winter break, as follows:
- Wednesday, Dec. 16th & Thursday, Dec. 17th: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 18th: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Along with the rest of the University, we will be closed for winter break from December 19th through January 3rd, and will reopen on January 4th.
As always, you can keep up with changes to our hours by checking out our calendar.
Orientation is over, and fall semester starts on Monday – welcome (back) to law school! As you’re no doubt aware, quite a bit has changed. We got some new DVDs. We have some new brightly colored book trucks. There are some awesome new faculty.
Oh, and we moved buildings.
What does this mean for you?
- An actual quiet floor (the 6th floor)!
- More study rooms!
- A cafe in the library (coming soon)!
If you want to see what the new building looks like, stop by (bring your PantherCard to prove you’re a law student!) any time we’re open. If you want an online preview, check out the photos from our earlier post about the new library. If all of this makes you nostalgic for the old place (or if you’re a 1L and not sure why we’re so excited about our new building), we have photos of that, too.
While a lot has changed, some things stay the same. We’re still here to help you find whatever you need to succeed in law school, whether it be books, study aids, things to do to relax, or even just the sympathetic ear of someone who has gone through this before. We’re here to help!
Study space in the new Law Library.
Progress is being made but construction continues in the College of Law and the Law Library. The library will continue with temporarily shortened hours through Sunday, July 19, with slightly expanded hours for July 20-26. The library will be open to current Georgia State Law students, Georgia State Law faculty and Georgia State Law staff to use study aids, reserves, or for research assistance.
Beginning mid-day on Wednesday, July 15, the library will also begin having designated areas for study by current Georgia State Law students. Remember that the library still is a construction area and there may be periods of noise that are outside our control. There are only certain areas of the library where students will be allowed so you will need to check in at the Circulation Desk on the Fifth Floor to be directed to the study area.
- 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, July 14-16
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 17
- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 18-19
- 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, July 20-23
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 24
- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 25-26
Students will need to show their ID and sign in at the Security Desk and proceed immediately to the Circulation Desk on the Fifth Floor. Library personnel will retrieve materials and direct students to an area of the library where they may sit. Students needing research assistance can also use the Red Chat Reference button in the upper left corner of the Law Library’s home page.
At this time, the computer lab, printers, copiers, and scanners are not available. Wireless access is available. We will continue to update you as construction progresses and more resources become available. If you have any questions, contact Associate Dean Kris Niedringhaus at email@example.com or 404-413-9140.
On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down Virginia’s ban on interracial marriages. At the time only 17 states, concentrated mostly in the South, still had anti-miscegenation laws on the books. After the decision those laws became unenforceable.
As with many important Supreme Court decisions, there are a number of resources available if you want more information about Loving v. Virginia. A few are listed below:
As 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.
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!