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Pizza Party with the Librarians!

Ever wanted to eat some really yummy FREE food while discussing the intricacies of the library’s online resources? Boy howdy, are you in luck! It just so happens we’re offering free pizza to students this Tuesday, March 3, from noon to one in the Hotung lobby (between Subway and the Sports-Fitness Center). Come talk to us and eat some food. We want your opinions on some of our electronic resources. You want our free food. It’s a match made in heaven (if heaven were kind of lame). Pizza the Hut would approve.

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ABA Law Library Collection on HeinOnline

Looking for access to the Health Lawyer or the Tax Lawyer? What about the ABA Journal? Over 50 publications of the American Bar Association are now available through the HeinOnline ABA Law Library Collection. All members of the Georgetown Law community now can search or read these journals through this database access.

HeinOnlineAlmost all of these journals include archives back to their inception so that you can locate articles published in the past. Browse through the list of publications included to find ABA publications most applicable to your interests.

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Spring 2015 Faculty RA Training

The library will be offering two research training sessions for new faculty research assistants this spring. In this training, research assistants will learn about library services and policies and will gain an introduction to our databases and best research practices.

The sessions will be held at the following dates/times in the Computer Learning Center (CLC) in the Williams Law Library:

• Wednesday, February 4, 3:30pm-4:30pm

• Tuesday, February 10, 12:00pm-1:00pm

To register for this training or request additional information, contact Morgan Stoddard, Research Services Librarian, mms237@law.georgetown.edu.

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State of the Union Address Archive

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Last night, President Barack Obama delivered the sixth State of the Union address of his presidency. Did you know you can access all of the other State of the Union addresses at the American Presidency Project?  While many have been delivered as speeches, some were just submitted to Congress as a written statement. Both James Garfield and William Henry Harrison didn’t even deliver a State of the Union Address.

The American Presidency Project also includes Inaugural Addresses, Executive Orders, College Commencement Addresses and much more. The library also has a research guide on Presidential Documents and directs you to the official publications of these presidential statements.

Feel free to ask a reference librarian if you need any assistance while researching presidential documents.

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The Charlie Hebdo Attacks In France Last Week

Paris and two of its suburbs were the latest locations of attacks perpetuated by Islamic extremists. Sunday, over a million people of various faiths gathered in Paris to show solidarity in wake of the turmoil caused by the violent events. Notably absent among all the world leaders who showed up for yesterday’s march was someone high-ranking from the United States, which led to President Obama acknowledging that the White House should have sent someone to participate.

While there is much that is being said about the events and the motivations behind them, as well as the troublesome nature of the publication itself, there is less being said about the relationship between France and satire. Charlie Hebdo certainly did not rise up from nothing – it was the product of a centuries-long tradition in France. Even as we think of freedom of speech as something that all Western, democratic cultures enjoy, we also know that it differs greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. To learn more about the various discrepancies between countries’ speech policies, you can do a search in our catalog which will lead you to books like this one. To learn more about free speech in France specifically, we’d recommend books like this. One resource that can be immensely useful to you in comparing and contrasting the laws of various countries is the Foreign Law Guide, which is available to you through the library. Another source that could prove useful to you is our database, The International Encyclopaedia of Laws for Intellectual Property Law, provided by Kluwer. This resource discusses elements of artistic expression and speech in France, the UK, the US, and many other jurisdictions.

In the face of awful events, one of the courses of action we can take is to educate ourselves so that we can move forward. Our thoughts are with France in this difficult time.

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Collateral Consequences Database Released by the ABA

In conjunction with the National Institute of Justice and the U.S. Department of Justice, the ABA Criminal Justice Section has recently released the Collateral Consequences database to help attorneys and the general public identify crimes which result in “regulatory sanctions  and restrictions in addition to the sentence imposed by the court.”

Searchable by jurisdiction, keyword and type of offense, this database identifies the code sections in each jurisdiction which support these collateral consequences.

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New Year, New Westlaw Password

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In the spirit of making changes in the New Year, Westlaw just announced they are requiring all users to reset their passwords. Unless you created your account or changed your password after October 7, 2014, you must change your password by January 12 to avoid being temporarily locked out of Westlaw and TWEN.

If you’re still riding the New Year’s waive of being proactive in all endeavors, follow these steps to change your password before Monday, January 12:

  1. Log into lawschool.westlaw.com
  2. Click the blue Update link to the right of your name
  3. Then click the blue  Manage OnePass Profile button
  4. Enter and re-enter a new password
  5. Click the Save button

If you do not change your password by Monday, January 12, your old password will cease to work on Tuesday, January 13. Don’t stress too much though, because restoring access is easy.  Just click the “forgot password” link on the Westlaw login page, and you’ll be taken through the password reset process to get you into the account.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact our Westlaw’s customer service number (1-800-850-WEST).

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Holiday Hours

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The library will have reduced hours during the holiday break and will be closed from December 24th until January 2nd. Standard operating hours resume on January 10th. To view a complete list of hours, please visit our calendar. The holiday hours are as follows:

Building Access Williams:
December 22nd through 23rd: 9am – 5pm
December 24th through January 1st: CLOSED
January 2nd through January 9th: 7am – 10pm

Building Access Wolff:
December 22nd through 23rd: 9am – 5pm
December 24th through January 1st: CLOSED
January 2nd through January 3rd: 9am – 5pm
January 4th: 10am – 8pm
January 5th through January 9th: 8 am – 10pm

Reference Services Williams:
December 22nd through January 1st: CLOSED
January 2nd: 9am – 5pm
January 3rd through 4th: CLOSED
January 5th through January 9th: 9am – 5pm

Reference Services Wolff:
December 22nd through January 4th: CLOSED
January 5th through January 9th: 11am – 5pm

 

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Marion Barry – In Memoriam

The Law Center Archives houses a number of unique audio visual materials. Below is a clip of Marion Barry speaking at the McDonough Hall counter-dedication in September of 1971. Marion Barry was the director of the group Pride, Inc. at the time. He was joined by William Kunstler, Esq. , Catherine G. Roraback, a defense attorney in the New Haven Black Panther trial, and Arthur Kinoy, a law professor and activist from Rutgers University. At the counter-dedication Marion Barry asked students to fulfill their responsibility to the community around them.

Marion BarryFor more information on the counter-dedication of McDonough Hall stop by Special Collections in Williams 210 or email specl@law.georgetown.edu .

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Who is that new member of Congress anyway?

The Government Publishing Office has released its New Member Pictorial Directory, so you can check out all of the new members of the 114th Congress. Each entry includes a picture, the member’s education and occupation.

We’ve also got a number of databases that you can use the follow the new Congress in January, including the Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Electronic Library and ProQuest Congressional.  Of course, Congress.gov and FDsys.gov are the two official government websites which post bills, public laws, hearings and reports from Congress too.

Feel free to ask a librarian if you need assistance with any legislative question.

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