Summer and post-graduation password use

As exams draw closer, so does summer work and graduation. Curious about what you can do with your Bloomberg Law, Lexis, or Westlaw passwords? Read on…

Summer use for returning students:Beach view
Bloomberg Law and Lexis passwords can be used for any purpose, without restrictions, over the summer. Westlaw can be used for non-commercial research such as coursework; GRA work; Law Review, Moot Court, or STLA research; non-profit work; clinical work; or work for an official College of Law externship. Westlaw, through your academic account, cannot be used when a client will be billed.

Post-graduation use:
Bloomberg Law and Lexis are available for 6 months after graduation. Westlaw provides a 6 month extension after graduation for usage up to 60 hours per month. You will see a pop up when you log on to Westlaw beginning a couple of months before you graduate.

Lexis is also providing a graduation gift of a free subscription to one of three services. You will be able to select a free subscription to Law360, Lexis Practice Advisor, or Lexis for Microsoft Office. If you are doing public interest work for a 501(c)(3), excluding government work or law firm work representing a non-profit, you may qualify for a Lexis ASPIRE ID. For more information on Lexis graduate programs, go to lexisnexis.com/grad-access.

If you have questions, please contact the appropriate College of Law representative.
Bloomberg Law: Terry Stedman
Lexis: Tracy Templeton
Westlaw: Sue Moore

Famous Filibusters

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Last week, the US Senate took historic action to change the cloture requirement to end a filibuster of Supreme Court nominees.  In the beginning, there was no cloture.  Senators could filibuster the Senate floor for as long as they liked.  However in 1973, at the urging of president Woodrow Wilson, senators adopted rule 22 which would allow cloture, or the cessation of discussion of a bill by a two thirds vote.  This threshold was reduced to our current three-fifths threshold in 1975.  Now, the Senate once again acts to reduce the cloture requirement on filibustering Supreme Court justices to a simple majority.

Nonetheless, the filibuster of the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Gorsuch is just one of many famous filibusters.  So, without further ado, here are a few famous filibusters I thought particularly entertaining.

 

  1. Strom Thurmond 1964 – Against the Civil Rights ActStrom_Thurmond

On April 11, 1964, famed South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond began the longest filibuster on record.  In an attempt to block the Civil Rights Act, Senator Thurmond spoke on the Senate for 24 hours and 18 minutes.  The transcript of his speech is still available through the congressional record .Senator Thurmond began by reading every state’s voter intimidation laws.  He continued, switching between articles and court cases supporting his arguments.  It was reported that Senator Thurmond stopped to “relieve” himself only twice – once when he yielded the floor to Barry Goldwater for an insertion of business into the congressional record, and once when his staffers set up a bucket in the cloakroom so Senator Thurmond could keep one foot on the Senate floor. [1]  Senator Thurmond had prepared for his marathon session by taking steam baths the day before to rid his body of excess liquid. [2]  Senator Thurmond went on to become the oldest serving senator in history, dying in office at the age of 100.

 

  1. Rand Paul 2013 – Against the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA DirectorRand_Paul_Filibuster

On March 6, Rand Paul began a filibuster designed to delay voting the confirmation of John Brennan,  President Obama’s nomination to head the CIA.  Senator Paul was particularly concerned about the domestic usage of drones to attack non-combatants.  The filibuster lasted 12 hours and 52 minutes, until Paul received a letter from then Attorney General Eric Holder stating that the President did not have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American non-combatant on American soil.[3]

 

  1. Huey Long 1935 – Against Not Requiring Senate Confirmation for National Recovery Act 927px-HueyPLongGestureLeadership

Senator Huey Long of Louisiana is often described as the master of the filibuster.  On June 12, 1935, he spoke for 15 hours and 35 minutes.  After noticing that many of his colleagues had fallen asleep at their desks, he suggested to John Nance Garner, who was presiding at the time, that everyone should be forced to listen to him until excused.  Garner replied that it would be “unusual cruelty” under the bill of rights.  After Senator Long ran out of prepared material, he solicited the chamber asking for “ any point on which [they need[ed] advice.”  While no senators took him up on his offer, some of the press in attendance sent down questions.  After providing said advice, , he provided his recipes for fried oysters and potlikker[4].

 

  1. “Fighting Bob” La Follette 1908- Against Arming Merchant ships To Fight Germans, Robert_La_Follette_Srand Other Things he Didn’t Like

Fighting Bob was a Wisconsin senator so opposed the outfitting of these ships that he started his own filibuster.  When angered by some procedural malarkey, LaFolette “lost his temper and came close to throwing his brass spittoon.”[5] Several in attendance reported that a number of Senators were carrying weapons and were likely to use them if the argument came to blows.  Several months later Senator La Follette was in the midst of yet another filibuster on the very last day of the session in June, against the adoption of a conference report.  After 12 hours, he sent a page to the senate restaurant for a turkey sandwich and a glass of milk “fortified with eggs” too keep up his energy.  However, the kitchen staff, who were none too happy about having to work through the night, had other plans.  When making his milk the kitchen used spoiled eggs.  After two sips, Fighting Bob soon experienced digestive difficulties and began sweating profusely.    LaFolette spoke throughout the night until his filibuster was taken over by a colleague at 7am.  The whole thing lasted 18 hours and 23 minutes.  Later analysis revealed that the spoiled eggs contained so much bacteria that it would have likely killed senator Follette if he had drank the whole glass. [6]

[1] http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2013/03/07/173736882/how-did-strom-thurmond-last-through-his-24-hour-filibuster

[2] http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/July-August-08/On-this-Day–Strom-Thurmond-Ends-Longest-Filibuster-in-Senate-History.html

[3] http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/07/obama-administration-responds-to-paul-on-drones/

[4] https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Huey_Long_Filibusters.htm

[5] http://mentalfloss.com/article/49360/5-famous-filibusters

[6] https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/A_Deadly_Drink.htm

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 and fall semesters. The Law Library has two types of GRAs – Reference GRAs 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. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

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: Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter and 2) current resume to Patrick Parsons (pparsons@gsu.edu). Include your last name in the file name.

Spring Exams

Spring is in the air.  Daylight savings time has begun and you can enjoy an extra amount of evening light.  Which also means, exams are just around the corner.

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The library has digital study aids to assist in your exam preparation.

  • Too many choices?  There is a research guide for that.
  • Need off-campus access?  There is a link for that.
  • Want to practice on an old exam?  There is a place for that too.

De-stress with GSU Law Library’s Leisure Section

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By Colleen Hampton

Whether you’re looking to de-stress over a weekend or binge watch something over a vacation, the Law Library’s Leisure Section has what you need. With exams looming in the not too distant future you may need a break from the constant studying and outlining.  You are studying and outlining already, right?

Either way, the Library has a fun leisure section stocked full of TV shows and movies for your viewing pleasure:

TV Shows:

Criminal Minds – Because all investigations should be solved in 40 minutes.

Matlock – Who doesn’t love this Southern do-gooder? Sure, it’s a little dated but think of it like a time capsule to the land of shoulder pads and wide-leg suit pants.

Perry Mason – For the lover of black-and-white-era television you can’t go wrong with this legal drama. Besides, Mr. Mason somehow manage to get only innocent clients making this show a statistical anomaly worth watching.

The Closer – A Southern chocoholic who breaks bad guys with her logic and reasoning? Why not!

West Wing – Because maybe a fictional President is what we need right now.

 

And for the more serious among us there are even Documentaries:

Hot Coffee – Which challenges what you think you know about tort reform.

How to Die in Oregon – An in-depth look into the controversies surrounding medical aid in dying.

 

Light-hearted Movies:

My Cousin Vinny – Regarded by some as the best legal movie of all time, My Cousin Vinny details one lawyer’s difficulty in navigating down-home justice.

Legally Blonde – When you want to believe law school can be as easy as Reese Witherspoon makes it look.

1776 – Before there was Hamilton the Musical there was 1776. Yes, it’s a musical and yes it’s cheesy but if you are in the mood for musical theater you can’t go wrong with this choice.

The Rain Maker – Because who doesn’t love to see a lawyer go after a big, bad insurance company?

These are just some of the many titles available at the Law Library.

Let’s face it, law in real-life involves some dull mechanics (I’m talking about you, Civil Procedure). If you need an escape, look no further than the Law Library’s Leisure Section.

Finding Your Fit in a Student Organization

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. 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.

This time of year, many organizations are accepting names to be placed on the ballot for the following year’s executive board positions. Get involved. Use the summary of the organizations below to decide where you will enjoy being active and seek out opportunities! Good luck.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS BASED ON AREAS OF LEGAL PRACTICE
AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY
ACS seeks to promote a progressive view of the Constitution that advances values like compassion and decency in American law.
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/GSUACS/about/?ref=page_internal
BUSINESS AND LAW SOCIETY
To foster a broad understanding of business issues facing attorneys today. To focus on the interest of JD/MBA candidates, providing an introduction of business issues that affects the careers of business and law students.
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/632410446936808/
CRIMINAL LAW SOCIETY
CLS seeks to promote interest and education in the field of criminal law by providing opportunities to learn through panel discussions and guest speakers
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GSUCriminalLawSociety
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SOCIETY
Seeks to provide a forum for law students to explore the field of environmental law, a network of students and professionals to support professional growth.
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/632818390230354/
ESTATE PLANNING AND WEALTH MANAGEMENT LAW SOCIETY
EPWM exists to educate, inform, and connect students with the professional community practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts, Wills, and related Tax Law.

The EPWM seeks to provide resources for students interested in achieving employment in these legal fields and non-legal professions related to such fields, as well as, working closely with the professional community in these areas to build a stronger bond between it and Georgia State University students.

FEDERALIST SOCIETY
To embrace the principle that the state exists to preserve freedom, the separation of governmental powers is central to the integrity of the Constitution, and that it is province and duty of judiciary to say what the law is and not what is should be. To promote an awareness of these principles through activities.
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1533019816912668/
Website: https://orgsync.com/24772/chapter
FAMILY LAW SOCIETY (host of COL book swap page)
The organization is dedicated to creating awareness about legal issues relating to family law including but not limited to traditional families, mixed families, marriages, divorces, adoptions, domestic violence, family courts, and attorneys. Our primary focus is on the unique role of the legal profession within a societal context. The organization will create awareness through the creation and incorporation of educational materials, speakers, and affiliations with other organizations. Members will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge on the various family law topics and interact with legal professionals in dealing with family law.
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/GSULawBookExchange/
IMMIGRATION LAW SOCIETY
Immigration Law Society (ILS) is committed to increasing awareness of immigration law within the GSU College of Law, providing support to law students interested in the practice of immigration law, and providing support to Atlanta’s immigrant community.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/319286581582802/
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW SOCIETY
Provide members with opportunities to network with practicing IP attorneys. To learn more about Intellectual Property art and technology issues, and also provide a forum for students to work together to build their legal careers.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/gsuIPLS/
INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE LAW SOCIETY
To promote the study of international law and legal topics such as international human rights, state-to-state relations, and international business issues. To strengthen ties between its students members and the legal community
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/118183328632971/?ref=bookmarks
LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW SOCIETY
The Labor & Employment Law Society’s (LELS) mission is to allow law students to network with one another, increase their exposure to labor and employment law practitioners, develop their knowledge of current labor and employment law issues, and share information among members regarding career opportunities.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LELSGSU/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf
LAW STUDENTS FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
Committed to educating, organizing, and supporting pro-choice law students to ensure that a new generation of lawyers will be prepared to successfully defend and expand reproductive rights.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/164795878048/?fref=nf
PUBLIC INTEREST LAW ASSOCIATION (host of Annual PILA Auction and Outline Bank)
To educate students and the public at large about public interest law issues and seeks to promote the goals of public interest law in protecting the public rights.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GSUPILA/?fref=nf
Website: http://auctionchairpila.wixsite.com/pilaauction
SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW SOCIETY
To promote law school and its students in the Sports and Entertainment network in Atlanta. To provide information to our members concerning different opportunities in the Sports and Entertainment law field.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/854225408012541/
STUDENT CHAPTER OF THE ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. ALDF accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting harmful animal protection legislation, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/830946793604431/?hc_ref=SEARCH
Website (National Chapter): www.aldf.org
STUDENT HEALTH LAW ASSOCIATION
To provide an organization for students with a legal interest in the healthcare field. Any student who is interested in health law issues, opportunities, and programs is encouraged to join.
Website:  http://gsu.orgsync.com/org/studenthealthlawassociation23861/home
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS BASED ON DIVERSITY
ASIAN AMERICAN LAW STUDENTS
To foster and improve ties between Asian American Law students and Members of the Asian American Bar and Bench and the legal community as a whole. To foster an environment conductive to the continued advancement of Asian American law students and to ensure their success as future attorneys.
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/GSU.AALSA/?hc_ref=SEARCH
ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN LAW STUDENTS
To show concern about the under representation and lack of parity of women in the legal profession.
BLACK LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION (host of the annual mock contract exam)
To articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of black law students while seeking to influence the legal community to bring about meaningful change to meet the needs of the Black community.
Website: http://gsu.orgsync.com/org/nblsa
CHRISTIAN LEGAL SOCIETY
Mission is to maintain a vibrant Christian Fellowship on GSU’s College of Law campus which enables our members to love the Lord with our whole beings– hearts, souls, and minds– and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/gsucls/
JEWISH LAW STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/JLSAGSU/?hc_ref=SEARCH
LATINX AND CARIBBEAN LAW STUDENT ASSOCIATION
To play an active role in the furthering of Hispanic awareness and interests within the GSU College of Law and the legal community.
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/LCLSAGSULaw/?hc_ref=SEARCH
MUSLIM LAW STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/GSUMLSA/?fref=nf
NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) was founded in 1937 as an association of progressive lawyers and jurists who believed that they had a major role to play in the reconstruction of legal values to emphasize human rights over property rights. The Guild is the oldest and most extensive network of public interest and human rights activists working within the legal system.
EMAIL: nlgatgsu@gmail.com
OUTLaw (formerly Lesbian and Gay Law Students Assoc.)
To support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) law students and allies at Georgia State University by encouraging personal, social, professional, and academic development through a safe and supporting space and atmosphere, a sense of community, networking opportunities, advocacy and education.
Facebook Page:   https://www.facebook.com/OutlawGA/
PARENTS ATTENDING LAW SCHOOL
Connecting GSU law student and alumni parents and parents-to-be.
Facebook Page:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/407962166070001/
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS BASED ON NETWORKING
JAMES OGLETHORPE LEGAL SOCIETY
The Oglethorpe Legal Society is a group of Students and Alumni who seek to interact together and promote fellowship between Students of the Georgia State College of Law and The State Bar.
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/OglethorpeLegalSociety/
PHI ALPHA DELTA – Russell Chapter
PAD is a professional fraternity and its mission is to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of law with members of the Bench and Bar in fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law.
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1725837767680045/
Website (national chapter): http://www.pad.org/home
STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION (host of Barrister’s Ball and other off-campus student events)  
SBA serves the student body by acting as an advocate of all academic concerns, a promoter of student life, and a coordinator of all those peripheral functions that are integral to the achievement of academic excellence.
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/GSUSBA/
Website: https://insidelaw.gsu.edu/sba/

Chronicling America: Not JUST an Online Newspaper Archive

The Library of Congress  is sponsoring the historic newspaper database.  It consists of scanned and OCRed newspapers from 1789 through 1924 and bibliographic data from 1690 to present.

Just reading newspapers from 100 years ago is interesting in itself.  But what else should be done with this digital archive? Beyond advanced search options: proximity terms, phrase searching, and Boolean logic the dataset features an API.

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An API (application programming interface) is a set of protocols that enables programs to easily talk to other programs. In this instance, a programmer can quickly pull a JSON (Java Script Object Notation) dataset from the archive for manipulation.

Why is this important?  Open archives and structured datasets invites new and creative research opportunities and insights.  For example, a researcher can track how newspaper word usage evolved over this time frame. Or a researcher could create tests for tracking the prevalence of “fake news” in the past.

What questions do you want to ask 125 years of newspapers?

Edit: As exciting as this dataset is, it is also a bit disappointing.  The archive stops in 1924 – no doubt because of copyrighted works not being in the public domain.  The wealth of research that could be done, and the data that could be created and linked is being stifled by copyright law. New laws could enable the information revolution to accomplish much more.