The only documents related to William Shakespeare’s birth are church records recording his baptism in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564. So Shakespeare’s birthday has traditionally been celebrated a few days before that date.
The Bard clearly had an interest in law, referencing law and lawyers frequently in his plays. We have a number of books in the law library discussing legal references in Shakespeare’s work, including:
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to use ProQuest Congressional and Legislative Insight, outstanding resources for legistlative history research.
Proquest is offering webinars designed for the summer associate, judicial, law firm or government agency law clerk, intern, extern or research assistant. You will learn how to use ProQuest Congressional Digital Suite & Legislative Insight to:
- Develop an understanding of the legislative process
- Become familiar with the documents available pertinent to your issue
- Identify where in the process the changes you care about occurred
- Find both direct and circumstantial evidence of intent
Webinar Dates (please register via the link for your preferred date):
Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:00 pm
Friday, May 16, 2014 1:00 pm
Thursday, May 29, 2014 1:30 pm
Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:00 pm
Friday, June 20, 2014 9:00 am
GMUSL Reference Librarians are also available to answer any questions you have about using these databses!
Please take a minute to browse this display in the library’s atrium display case.
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 13-19, 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 Assocation in 1958, National Library Week celebrates the important contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians to our communities and educational institutions.
The law library’s subscription to HeinOnline now includes a new Women and the Law Collection:
Women and the Law is a collection that brings together books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to womens roles in society and the law. This unique collection of materials provides a platform to research the progression of womens roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. Also included are more than 70 titles from Emory University Law Schools Feminism and Legal Theory Project which provide a platform to view the effect of law and culture on the female gender.
Please consult the library catalog for additional resources related to law and women.
The United States Department of Education has recognized the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar as the accrediting agency “in the United States of programs in legal education that lead to the first professional degree in law . . . .” See also 34 C.F.R. § 602 (explaining the DOE’s recognition of accrediting agencies). George Mason School of Law was approved by the ABA in 1980.
Under the ABA Rules of Procedure for Accreditation of Law schools, fully accredited law schools are subject to a site evaluation every 7 years. A team of evaluators reviews materials provided by the law school and then conducts a 3-day site visit. These evaluators typically includes a law librarian (see ABA Standards for Library and Information Sources).
George Mason will host an ABA team of evaluators, led by Dean Brad Toben (Baylor Law School) on Sunday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 3, 2014. They will hold an open meeting for students on April 1, 5:00-6:00, in Room 215. Students are welcome to contact Dean Toben directly if they cannot attend the open meeting. The Site Team will be using Hazel Hall Room 314 as its base of operations. You may also contact Dean Toben through his office number: 254.710.1911, fax 254.710.1799, or email at Brad_Toben@baylor.edu.
More information is available in a brochure titled,The Law School Accreditation Process and the current ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools. Both these resources are on the ABA website.
On March 12, 1989 Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s wrote a paper proposing an “information management” system “based on a distributed hypertext.” This later became known as the World Wide Web. The WWW is, of course, one of the most important services using the Internet.
The impact of the WWW on the law and legal research is too big to summarize in a single blog post. Suffice it to say here that there are few lawyers, and probably no law students, who could imagine conducting legal research without accessing information using the Web: Shepard’s by hand, reading cases only in reporters, compiling legislative using only books —unthinkable! (and some undoable since most libraries have discarded the necessary resources in print).
Want more information about the WWW’s History? Check out these resources…. online of course:
Please take a few minutes to answer our short annual Student Survey of Law Library and Technology Services and let us know how we are doing and what services that you’d like to see added or improved. Link to the survey from the “Announcements” banner on the law library home page or here.
Our staff carefully reviews the results of these surveys each year, and we have made a number of changes to the library and it’s services over the years based on the feedback from our annual surveys. Some things are not within our power to change, but whenever we can make improvements or needed changes, we will. We just need to hear from you.
To read the library’s responses to your suggestions from previous surveys, see the Library & Technology Blog—search “survey”.
The survey ends on Friday, March 21, 2014.
Check out the law library’s recently added Legal Fiction and DVD collection.
The collection is located in the first floor reading room. A list of available titles is available HERE.
February is Black History Month.This year’s theme—Civil Rights in America—honors the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241), which became law on July 2, 1964.The Act prohibited discrimination in public places, banned segregation in schools,and made employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin illegal. It also created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
GMUSL’s Chapter of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and the Law Library have partnered to honor this landmark legislation. Please take a few moments to view a special presentation in the library display case near the atrium.
Black History Month was founded by the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH) at Howard University. For more information, visit the ASALH website.