New Food Policy

by flickr user _sk

Think back to your first week of law school. Do you remember the tour you had of the library? Yes? Good. And remember how you were told bringing food into the library was forbidden? It was sad, wasn’t it? Now think of all the times since then you’ve snuck food into the library inside your backpack and furtively gobbled a granola bar while reading your Con Law textbook. Good news! You don’t have to sneak it in anymore.

The law library recently changed its food policy. We realized a complete food ban can be difficult to follow. You can now freely eat items such as granola bars, carrot sticks, cookies and other snack/finger foods in the library. Does this mean it’s pizza party time in the study rooms though? Sorry. Smelly, greasy foods are still out, as well as other foods which might disrupt your fellow library users. You can read more about the new policy — and see some examples of acceptable and unacceptable foods — on the library’s new website.

The librarians and staff hope you enjoy your new-found freedom from food-related guilt. Don’t hesitate to let us know of any spills or messes you may need help with. A quick clean up will help us in continuing to allow food and drinks (in the acceptable containers, of course) in the library.

Chat with a Librarian

The College of Law Library debuted its new chat reference service with the debut of the new College of Law website.  We’re hoping that our library users–students, faculty, staff, public–will use the chat service. 

You can access the service by visiting the library home page–use the Ask Ref! box to begin the conversation.  Our chat reference service is available during regular reference hours.  We’re logged in, ready to help, Monday through Thursday from 9-9, Friday from 9-5, and weekends from 10-6. 

We look forward to chatting with you soon!

Additional Study Rooms

From October 25th until December 17th, law students will be able to take advantage of 3 new study rooms at the Georgia State University College of Law.  The Career Services Office will be allowing students to use rooms 141, 142, and 143 as study rooms during this time.

Students can check out these rooms at the Career Services Office from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.  After 5pm and on the weekends, students can check out these rooms at the Law Library Circulation Desk.

We’re Hiring!

The law library has several GRA openings for the Spring 2011 semester. Research GRAs report to Pam Brannon, Faculty Services Librarian, and assist with faculty research requests. Reference GRAs work at the Reference Desk, answering research requests for library users, and report to Deborah Schander, the Reference/Student Services Librarian. If you are interested in either type of work, we encourage you to apply. You can apply for one or both types of position.

Library GRAs receive a one-half reduction in tuition as well as a $1,000 stipend each semester. Applicants must have completed all 1L requirements by December 2010. To apply, submit a completed application, resume and your anticipated Spring 2011 class schedule to Pam Brannon by Friday, November 5.

Angelo Herndon: Race, Communism, Free Speech, and Atlanta

The College of Law’s Henry J. Miller Distinguished Lecture Series continues on October 21st, when Harvard’s Mark Tushnet will talk about a case that originated in Atlanta in a lecture entitled “The Hughes Court’s Treatment of Radical Dissent: The Angelo Herndon Case.”

Angelo Herndon, an African-American, member of the Communist Party, and labor organizer, was arrested in Atlanta in1932 for attempting to “incite insurrection” and convicted the following year. His case, which went to the Supreme Court in 1935 and 1937, features a stunning cast of characters, including future 5th Circuit judge Elbert Parr Tuttle, renowned historian C. Vann Woodward, poets Don West and Langston Hughes, and Charles Hamilton Houston, special counsel for the NAACP. The final verdict in Herndon v. Lowry was a narrow 5-4 reversal of Herndon’s conviction.

Of course, the Law Library has much more information on this fascinating case. The Law Library has put together a display of books and videos related to the case and its major issues, and you can find the complete record of the case in U. S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs, a database available through the College of Law Library.

Baseball & The Law

It’s playoff time here in Atlanta, something people have not been able to say since 2005.  For that reason, I encourage anyone who has the chance to go out and support your local team this postseason.  Many law students can use the playoffs as relaxation in the midst of upcoming midterms and papers.

One might wonder what business does a law library blog have talking about baseball?  Baseball and law have been very interconnected over the past century.  Several former managers, and current St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa, have law degrees.  Additionally, one cannot forget about the steroid saga and its legal implications in baseball over the past several years.

But still, what does this have to do with the library?  Like everything in the world, if something is important enough, a book will be written about it.  The College of Law Library has several books for anyone interested in law and baseball.  Here are just a few:

For additional books, please go to the following link.

For more information on the Atlanta Braves’ playoff run.

It’s Banned Books Week!

ALA Banned Books Week Poster 2010

This past Saturday, September 25th, marked the beginning of Banned Books Week. Established in 1982, Banned Books Week highlights attempts to  remove books from library and store shelves.

Being a law library, we’re interested in Banned Books Week as librarians, and also because there happens to be a lot of case law resulting from efforts to ban books. Removing books from school libraries was the primary focus of Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District No. 26 v. Pico, 457 U.S. 853 (1982). There are also cases about the suppression of specific books,  including James Joyce’s Ulysses, Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, and William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch.

The Law Library has a number of books on the First Amendment and book banning, including:

120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature, by Nicholas J. Karolides, Margaret Bald, & Dawn B. Sova

Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment, by Anthony Lewis

Girls Lean Back Everywhere: The Law of Obscenity and the Assault on Genius, by Edward De Grazia

Ulysses in Court: The Litigation Surrounding the First Publication of James Joyce’s Novel in the United States, by Irving Younger & James W. McElhaney

Student Writing Competition

The American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) has announced its 2011 Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics.  Every year the ACLM presents an award for the outstanding original paper on legal medicine.  First Prize is $1000, Second is $500, and Third is $250.   The First Place winner will also be named the Hirsh Award Winner.  In addition, the ACLM will provide costs for travel and lodging to the winner to present his or her paper at the 2011 ACLM Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV.

The deadline for this paper is by the end of the business day on January 10, 2011.

For more information on the competition, go to:

For more information on the ACLM, go to:

Saito Book Signing

The Georgia State University College of Law Library invites everyone to attend a book discussion and signing for Professor  Natsu Taylor Saito’s new book, Meeting the Enemy: American Exceptionalism and International Law.

The event will be Thursday, Sept. 21st, in the Law Library at 4pm.   Refreshments will be served.

For more information about this event and the book, please refer to Joy Woodson’s article, “Saito’s new book confronts exceptionalism in America.”