LAW LIBRARY SURVEY: WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

GMUSL Students: please complete our brief annual Student Survey of Library and Technology Services. The library staff values highly student feedback to our surveys. We read the results carefully each year and make adjustments as we can.

HAPPY NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK: FINE AMNESTY RETURNS!

In honor of National Library Week, the law library’s circulation department is once again forgiving fines. Patrons who return all overdue books during National Library week (April 12-18, 2014) will be forgiven for up to $10.00 in fines.  Please see Rob, Maya, or Mark if you would like to have your fines forgiven.

First sponsored by the American Library Association in 1958, National Library Week celebrates the important contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians to our communities and educational institutions.

 

The Lincoln Assassination Trials

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC.  Booth was shot and killed 12 days later. Eight alleged conspirators were tried before a military commission and convicted; four were sentenced to hanging.

A ninth alleged conspirator, John Surratt fled the country when he learned of Lincoln’s assassination, and was not captured and returned to the United States until November, 1866. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee issued a report criticizing the “the executive department of the government” for failing to use “due diligence” in arresting Surratt (39 H.R. 33). He was ultimately tried in a civilian court but acquitted of murder after a mistrial.

The Law Library of Congress has digitized documents related to the assassination trials available here.

The-ConspiratorsThe Conspirators: Mary E. Surratt, David E. Herold,  Lewis Payne, George A. Atzerodt, Edward Spangler, Samuel A. Mudd, Samuel Arnold, Michael O’Laughlin
(Source: Law Library of Congress)

HAPPY OPENING DAY!

In honor of the start of the 2015 Major League Baseball season take a step back in baseball history by viewing the Library of Congress American Memory Project collection of digitized vintage baseball cards.  The cards, from 1887-1914,  feature notable players including:  Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, King Kelly, Connie Mack, Christy Mathewson, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner, and Cy Young.

The Amercian Memory Project also contains many valuable legal documents in the A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation collection from the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and United States Congress.

 

STUDY ON THE GO!

The law library offers two types of audio study aids: Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series & Sum & Substance Series.

We have more than 30 topics in this collection—which we’ve recently updated with the newest available editions. A complete list of titles is available here.

GMUSL students may borrow these CDs at the Circulation Desk for up to one week (with one renewal).