Pew Research on Public Opinion of the Supreme Court

The Pew Research Center recently released an article  and report on public perception of the U.S. Supreme Court. As the Court reached the end of another term, Pew conducted a survey of over 2,000 adults and found that 61% of Republicans have an unfavorable opinion of the court as opposed to 31% of Democrats. The article also looks at perception based on religion and race.supremecourt

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Job Hunting? Check out GoinGlobal!

The library has subscribed to a new job searching tool that can help you locate legal jobs all around the world. GoinGlobal is a great resource for searching for jobs, but also for discovering cultural business trends in countries around the world, resume writing tips, visa requirements and more.

If you are looking for employment in the U.S. or abroad, GoinGlobal can be a useful source to begin your search. Internships and full-time jobs are both included. Country career guides provide detailed advice for those looking to work outside of the U.S. offering guidance on top companies, best job searching sites and networking organizations.

For those moving to another city in the U.S., GoinGlobal also includes City guides with detailed info on the cost of living, employment trends, and networking groups.

Good luck with your job search and feel free to ask a reference librarian if you would like additional information.

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Georgetown Law Library Extended Bar Review Study Hours

Starting Monday July 13th Georgetown Law Library will be open additional hours for studying for the bar.

Williams Library schedule:
Every day  –  7am to 2am daily

Wolff Library schedule:
Monday – Saturday 9am to Midnight
Sunday Noon to Midnight

The extended hours will end at closing on Monday July 27th, 2am for Williams and midnight for Wolff.

Both Williams and Wolff will resume normal summer hours on opening on Tuesday July 28th.

Details about library hours as well as Circulation Desk and Reference Desk availability can be found on our Library Hours Calendar.

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The Bluebook–Twentieth Edition

The new edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) was published earlier this month, and copies are now available at the Georgetown Law Library!  I know everyone is eager to get their hands on a copy and really, really wants to know — what’s new in this edition?

Well, the twentieth edition is about fifty pages longer than its predecessor and now comprises a full five hundred and sixty pages of torment guidance, so to paraphrase Judge Richard Posner, I haven’t read the entire thing.  However, let’s take a look at some of the changes…


The preface to the new edition lists many of the significant changes, which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The Bluepages (“practitioner” writing section) have been expanded to parallel the rules in the Whitepages (“academic” writing section).  Now, there is a basic Bluepages rule for every Whitepages rule, except for B17 and Rule 17, which are “Court and Litigation Documents” and “Unpublished and Forthcoming Sources,” respectively.
  • Rule 18 includes many changes to citing online sources and should be read carefully before citing materials under the new edition. An important addition that will help preserve information is Rule 18.2.1(d), which encourages the use of Internet archiving tools like and provides guidance on how to include a permanent URL in a citation.  On a related note, The Georgetown Law Library has long supported the preservation of online information with its participation in The Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group and
  • Another amendment to Rule 18 worth noting is that there is no longer a distinction between direct and parallel citations to online sources. All citations are treated as direct, which means not writing “available at” before a URL if a source is available in print and online.
  • Table 13, which used to list abbreviated titles for most U.S. law journals, is now “a more general guide for abbreviating periodicals” and lists abbreviations for common institutional names in Table 13.1 (e.g., Georgetown = “Geo.”) and other common words in Table 13.2 (e.g., Journal = “J.”). To format the proper abbreviation for a journal title, consult T13.1, T13.2, and Table 10 (geographical terms).
  • This edition includes new guidance on foreign and international materials. For example, Rule 21 now has a rule for citing International Monetary Fund materials and Table 2 (citation to foreign materials) has been updated and expanded.

For more detailed information on the new edition, see the useful compilations of changes published by the Warren E. Burger Library at the William Mitchell College of Law and the Pace Law Library.

Need help with The Bluebook and legal citation?  Visit the reference desk and the librarians will be happy to assist you.  Additionally, the Georgetown Law Library has a Bluebook Guide that will be updated later this summer to reflect changes in the twentieth edition.

Image Credit:  MTV/Warner Bros.

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The United Nations: Another Charter has a Birthday

version of UN logoThe United Nations Charter is 70 years old today, and the UN Dispatch has recommended a  nice piece by Mark Goldberg on Global Dispatches and his tribute to the UN and its founding in the form of a podcast. In that podcast we hear Goldberg’s interview with author Stephen Schlesinger, who has written a book about the early history of the UN and its founding. Fact and anecdotes are analyzed and compared in the podcast, The UN Charter Turns 70,  and it is available on iTunes and Google Play. Did Churchill really get confronted in the bathtub and was the name “United Nations” just dreamed up? Find out bathtubnotreallychurchillsthrough this painless and entertaining way to learn the history. (Hat tip to UN Wire from the United Nations Foundation).

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Happy 800th Birthday Magna Carta!

King John sealing Magna Carta

800 years ago today King John met the rebel Barons at Runnymede to sign and seal what would become known to posterity as Magna Carta, or the Great Charter. While King John may indeed have signed and sealed it on this day eight centuries ago, he had no intention of honoring it. He’d already made plans to appeal to the Pope to have the Charter nullified for having been signed under duress, which news he shared with his English subjects in early August of 1215 thus plunging the realm back into the turmoil of civil war. Fortunately for posterity, John would not outlive the conflict and upon his death in 1216, William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke and the newly appointed Regent to John’s son and now King, Henry III, reissued a revised version of the Charter. Marshall would again reissue it in 1217, and King Henry III would himself reissue it upon reaching his majority in 1225. It was only at this point in history that the Charter was titled Magna Carta in order to distinguish it from the Charter of the Forest clauses which had been reissued as a separate charter. Henry’s son, Edward I, would also reissue Magna Carta by having Parliament enact it in 1297 thereby securing its place in English legal history as the ‘first statute.’ It is in this later form that Magna Carta would come to be revered and appealed to as guaranteeing the rights of English, and later colonial American, subjects.

In honor of this 800th anniversary day, Georgetown Law Library is pleased to announce a small online collection of annotated late 16th and early 17th century imprints of the statutory compilation titled – Magna Carta cum Statutis. While all of Georgetown Law’s five annotated imprints have notations throughout in law-French, the professional language of English lawyers of the day, only three of them have extensive notations on the leaves containing Magna Carta and the 1608 imprint contains no notations about Magna Carta at all. The most extensive annotations are in copy 1 of the 1587 imprint that was signed by its owner on the title page – “Liber Richardi Bell de Grais Inn” [Richard Bell of Gray’s Inn’s book]. Complete images of all the leaves in these five imprints are available through Digital Georgetown.


Bell’s notations on clause 29 (clauses 39 and 40 of the 1215 Charter), known today as the Due Process Clause.

We have also prepared a research guide on the history and legacy of Magna Carta. This guide includes links to treatises, articles, and books.

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Summer Reading & Movies

Now that the pace has slowed down a bit, is there time in your schedule for a novel or a movie? Check out our leisure reading section on the left hand side of the Reading Room Reserve section in the Williams Reading Room. Our movie DVD collection is on your right after you exit the Reading Room Reserve section. Here are some of the recent additions:

tomb     Was the Tomb Empty?  by Graeme Smith

                                                               Until She Comes Home, by Lori Roy            home

god    God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison

                                                                                 House of Cards, First Season       cards


Come visit the library for your summer reading pleasure!

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