Category Archives: Washington Culture and News

Access The Washington Post through library subscriptions

As many of you know, The Washington Post instituted a paywall on their website last month. Non-subscribers can read 20 articles online free and then are asked to subscribe for further access. The library subscribes to a number of databases that provide full-text access to articles published in The Washington Post.

Members of the Georgetown Law community can access The Washington Post through ProQuest and Press Display on the day of publication. ProQuest provides the full-text of the articles and Press Display provides a replica of the paper, with the articles as they appear in print. Press Display provides a 60 day archive of The Washington Post, while ProQuest provides articles back to 1996. The library also subscribes to the Historical Newspaper database with full-text access to the Washington Post back to 1877.

For more information on newspaper article research, please consult our Finding Newspaper Articles Research Guide. A reference librarian will be glad to assist you also.

Dreaming of a White House job?

Professor Rosa Brooks┬áhas written an “unofficial” guide to getting a political job in the Obama administration in the latest issue of Foreign Policy. Of course, her tips on networking are important for obtaining a great job, whether you dream of working on 16th and Pennsylvania or 16th and K Street.

For more job-searching resources available in the Library, please consult the Library’s Job-Searching Research Guide.

Celebrate the Constitution

September 17th is designated as Constitution Day according to 36 U.S.C. 106 and the Georgetown Law Library has put together an exhibit tracing the legislative origins of this celebration. You can stop by the Williams library atrium to see this display. Additionally, our Constitution Day Research Guide identifies treatises, journal articles and web sites for further study of the Constitution.

Locally, the National Archives will be celebrating the Constitution with a number of activities. You can also check out their official Facebook page of the U.S. Constitution.

Law at the Movies: Legally Blonde – Thursday, April 21

The Friends of the Georgetown Law Library invites you to take a study break and attend the last screening for the spring semester of the library’s Law at the Movies series.Legally Blonde

Date:  Thursday, April 21, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Hart Auditorium
Screening: Legally Blonde (2001)

In this modern movie classic, Reese Witherspoon portrays Elle Woods who attends Harvard Law School for all the wrong reasons.  As the movie progresses it provides comic insights about how law school can teach students to think like lawyers.  The movie earned two Golden Globe nominations and won 6 awards.

After the screening we will host a discussion about the ethical, legal, and cultural issues in the film. The panel includes:

  • Marylin Raisch, Georgetown Adjunct Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for International and Foreign Law.
  • Kumar Jayasuriya, Georgetown Adjunct Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for Patron Services.

For further readings about the legal implication of the films please see the following articles written by Professor Menkel-Meadow.

“West Meets East in Legally Blonde,” Picturing Justice: The On-Line Journal of Law & Popular Culture, (Posted August 31, 2001).

“Ms. Wood Goes to Washington: But Is She As Virtuous as Mr. Smith?” Review of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, Picturing Justice: The On-Line Journal of Law & Popular Culture, (Posted July 28, 2003).

To learn more about the Friends of the Georgetown Law Library and to consider becoming a member, please look at the Friends of the Library website:

New Oyez Project iPhone App

The Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology has developed a new iPhone app designed to, "appeal to all Supreme Court junkies." The OyezToday app allows iPhone users to access the content of the Oyez Project, an extensive collection of material from the Supreme Court of the United States. New opinions, as well as audio and transcripts from oral arguments, are available on OyezToday the same day they are released by the Court.

OyezToday is free and available in the iTunes App Store. Apps for the iPad and Android phones are forthcoming. For more information, see the press release from Chicago-Kent or the preview of OyezToday from Apple.

Home Court in the 1990s

Now in its 24th year, the annual Home Court basketball game pits Georgetown Law faculty against Members of Congress to raise money to benefit the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. This year’s event takes place on March 30 at Trinity Washington University. Full details are on the Home Court website. To help celebrate and honor this important event, Georgetown Law Library has created a gallery of photographs from past Home Court events, taken from the Law Center Archives. In the photos, you’ll find images of competitions from 1990 through 1994, including some related events. View the Gallery of Home Court Photos 1990 – 1994.

Home Court photos from the Law Center archives

Locate Members of the 112th Congress

On January 5th, the 112th Congress convenes. Members of the Georgetown Law Library community can make use of the Leadership Library on the Internet  which provides an authoritative list of the new members of the 112th Congress. Access it quickly by hovering over the blue Search button in the top left corner. You can then select One-Click Searches and you’ll see the option to select Members of the 112th Congress or Newly Elected Members of Congress. The directory provides a local address for almost all of the new members and an e-mail address for some.

Other resources which are following the new members of Congress, include the:

Apps for New Georgetown Law Students

Welcome to Georgetown Law! If you’ve brought a smart phone with you, you might be interested in downloading a few new apps that will help you acclimate to DC. 

TBD (available for iPhone | Android) is an aggregator for local news, weather, commute info, and sports.  Use the Metrorail section to check on the service status of your line before you board, and then the station list to see when the next train will arrive. The traffic area will warn you about delays on many of the major DC, Virginia, and Maryland roads.

OpenTable (available for BlackBerry |Android |iPhone) allows you to find a nearby restaurant and book a table instantly. 

The DC government has a page devoted to DC-related apps.  It includes apps that will help you find out where to park before you go, a wi-fi hot spot map, and a crime mapping tool.

Congress (available for Android) has recent votes, nominations, bills, and laws as well as detailed info about legislators such as their voting records, sponsored bills, and committee assignments.  Congress+ is a similar app for the iPhone, but will cost you $4.99. 
Want to suggest your favorite DC app? Email us.

Kagan Nomination Added to Guide

With today’s announcement that President Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to become the next Associate Justice of The Supreme Court, we have updated our Supreme Court Nominations Research Guide. We have listed some links to basic information about Solicitor General Kagan, such as biographies and her scholarly publications. We will continue to post more information as the confirmation process continues, so check our guide often for updates.

C-Span Archives Available Online

Fans of the legislative process have a new favorite Web site to frequent. C-SPAN has made digital copies of every program it has broadcast since 1987 available online. This video collection, totaling more than 160,000 hours, is searchable and is indexed by subject, person name, congressional committee, and several other fields. In addition to its coverage of Congressional activity, C-SPAN also broadcasts original programs, such as Booknotes, and America and the Courts. These programs are included as well, and the entire collection is available at no cost for education, research, review or home viewing purposes.