Category Archives: Criminal Justice

New Indigent Defense Research Guide

To recognize the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, the Georgetown Law Library has created a research guide devoted to the subject of indigent criminal defense.

This new guide combines primary and secondary legal sources, as well as original source material held in the National Equal Justice Library and Special Collections here at the law library. Also included are related materials such as statistics and items from our popular materials, such as the movie Gideon’s Trumpet, starring Henry Fonda.

We have organized the material into three main sections: One dealing with the law before Gideon; one devoted to Gideon itself; and one covering post-Gideon developments. The guide is designed to help students and others who want to quickly immerse themselves in the case law, scholarship, and historical materials concerning this essential element of our criminal justice system.

The House I Live In Bibliography

The House I Live In poster

Last night the Friends of the Law Library, the Georgetown chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild, the Georgetown Criminal Law Association, Georgetown Human Rights Action–Amnesty International, and Human Rights First hosted a screening of the film The House I Live In along with lively a Q & A with filmmaker Eugene Jarecki.

As a follow-up, here is a bibliography of related resources.

Reviews for The House I Live In:

Films:

News Articles:

Law Review Articles & Book Chapters:

Non-Law Scholarship:

Foreign Scholarship:

Books:

Law at the Movies: The House I Live In – Tuesday, Dec. 4

The House I Live In poster

Please join the Friends of the Law Library, the Georgetown chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, the Georgetown Criminal Law Association, Georgetown Human Rights Action–Amnesty International, and Human Rights First in welcoming acclaimed filmmaker Eugene Jarecki to Georgetown Law for a screening of his film, The House I Live In, at the latest co-sponsored Law at the Movies event:

     Movie: The House I Live In (2012)
     Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
     Time: 6:30pm (refreshments & seating), showtime 7:00pm
     Location: Hart Auditorium, Georgetown University Law Center

Winner of the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, The House I Live In is a gripping documentary on America’s criminal justice system, examining the politics behind U.S. drug laws, their impact upon race and class dynamics, and the unexpected toll society has paid for the War on Drugs.

After the screening, stay for a discussion of the film and issues it presents with director Eugene Jarecki. A reception will follow.

View the film’s official trailer and RSVP on the Human Rights First website. To learn more about the Friends of the Georgetown Law Library program and the benefits of becoming a member, please visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/visitors/friends.

Law at the Movies: The Dhamma Brothers – Monday, Nov. 12

The Friends of the Law Library, in conjunction with the Contemplative Law Society and Lawyers in Balance invite you to a screening of The Dhamma Brothers, the latest event in the Library’s Law at the Movies series:Dhamma Brothers poster

Movie: The Dhamma Brothers (2007)
Date: Monday, November 12, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hart Auditorium

The Dhamma Brothers (2007) documents the impact of eastern meditation as a means of rehabilitation at an Alabama state prison, illustrating meditation’s transformative power in even the most oppressive conditions and provoking thought about whether justice or society is duly served by our current correctional methods.

After the film, a discussion of the lessons and ideas it presents will be led by members of Georgetown Law’s faculty and organizations, including:

Jane Aiken, Dean of Clinical Programs & Director of the Community Justice Project Clinic
Gretchen Rohr, Project Director for the DC Jail Advocacy Project
Andrew Christensen, Reference Librarian, Georgetown Law Library

To learn more about the Friends of the Georgetown Law Library program and the benefits of becoming a member, please visit www.law.georgetown.edu/library/visitors/friends.