Category Archives: Current Awareness

CLC Temporarily Closed (10/16 – 10/17)

The Computer Learning Center (CLC) will be temporarily closed Monday, October 16 – Tuesday, October 17 while IST upgrades all 24 computers with new machines.

During this time, please take advantage of the public terminals and printers available throughout the library.  Any questions can be directed to the Reference and Circulation Desks.

We appreciate your patience and understanding!

New for the 2nd semester – Library FAQs

Georgetown Law Library now has a Frequently Asked Questions page to provide insight into some of our most asked questions at the library. Need to know how to renew a book or start a legislative history? Check out our FAQs – we’ll get you started.

As always, feel free to chat with a librarian during regular reference hours, but if you have a question at 2 am, we hope our FAQs will get you started!

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2017 Inauguration – Library Hours

This year, Inauguration Day will take place on Friday, January 20th.  The Law Center — including the Law Library — will be closed.  The Law Library reference desks in Wolff and Williams will close at 5pm the day before (Thursday, January 19th).  Regular hours will resume Saturday, January 21st.

The details of the secure zone have not yet been released.  In previous years, the zone has covered about 1.5 miles from K Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW on the north to Independence Avenue NE & NW on the south, and 2nd Street NE on the east to 23rd Street NW on the west.  To be allowed into this area you must have and show current Law Center identification at security checkpoints.

For newcomers to DC, this Guide to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration provides some information about additional closures (e.g., Metro stations).  Many locals will be staying home to avoid the commotion, which is expected to continue at least until the next day when the Women’s March on Washington will take place.

Need Help with your Studies? Try our Study Aids!

Study aids can clarify confusing concepts and even provide practice questions for your review. A variety of study aids are available and the best one to use depends on your course and individual study habits. Most of these books can be found in the Williams Reading Room Reserve, with older editions in the stacks available for checkout.

Examples & Explanations (practice questions and answers)
Nutshells (a broad overview of a subject)
Hornbooks (in-depth treatment with extensive citations)
Understanding Series (“concise, yet comprehensive”)
Concepts and Insights (provides a basic theoretical foundation)
Turning Point (a broad overview similar to Nutshells)

CALI lessons are another useful exam review option. Over 800 interactive lessons prepared by law professors and librarians cover over 30 practice areas of law. Georgetown students can register for immediate online access.

Good luck with your studies!

Happy National Aviation Day!

According to 36 U.S.C. 118, August 19 is designated as National Aviation Day. First recognized in 1939 by Franklin D. Roosevelt on the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday, it was codified in Title 36 with other days of patriotic and national observance. You can see resources about Aviation Law on the library’s Aviation Law Research Guide.

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Feel free to ask a librarian if you have any questions about the resources.

New Resource – Law.com

The library now offers Law.com to all members of the Georgetown Law community. Law.com features legal news and analysis from the American Lawyer and National Law Journal, including the infamous rankings of the legal industry, the AmLaw 100 and the NLJ250. ALM Intelligence provides industry analysis such as best law firms to work for, best places for lawyers to live and more.

Law.com is a valuable site for anyone investigating the legal industry and law firms in general. Check it out!

Following the Olympics?

Check out the library’s Olympics and International Sports Law Research Guide for information on the legal structure of the Olympics games, as well as material on Anti-Doping, Safety Concerns and journals on sports law.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) also issued a recent report on The 2016 Olympic Games: Health, Security, Environmental, and Doping Issues. Prepared for members of Congress, it is also fact-filled with relevant material on Zika, Anti-Doping and safety concerns.

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“A Proper Job” Will be Necessary: Lawyers and Researchers After the EU Exit by Britain (Brexit)

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While the UK Independence Party leader, Brexit advocate, and Member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage has undiplomatically  asserted that his European Parliamentary colleagues have  “never done a proper job” , there will be a great deal of work to be done by the many British and European bureaucrats recently under scrutiny by the victorious  “Leave” movement. The EUBusiness News Service, an independent but well-established reporting service for EU commercial and legal matters, provides a useful Article 50 Factsheet on what should happen once the UK notifies the EU of its intention to leave (whenever that may be, but from that point negotiations must conclude within a two-year period or depart without negotiated terms). While much is undecided, the text of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is provided succinctly at this site; it begins by stating that “…Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.” The official text of the Lisbon Treaty and news on Brexit are available at the EU’s Europa web site.

Numerous news outlets and blogs will teem with information, but just a couple to follow might include the Global Government Forum, a blog for civil servants across jurisdictions (and featuring Sir Paul Jenkins, former head of the UK Government Legal Service, warning of the massive task ahead to undo 40 years of a constitutional arrangement), and the Global Legal Post, a news summary source that warns of a possible British exit from the European human rights regime and court in Strasbourg as well- one that is NOT part of the EU but of a different European body, the 47-member Council of Europe.

In addition to the resources in a previous post just prior to the vote, you may wish to look at UC Berkeley government documents guide on Brexit; there may be other similar guides to this event as the post-referendum process unfolds.