The Law Library will be open the following hours:
- Saturday March 9: Noon – 6pm
- Sunday March 10: Noon – 8pm
- Mon.-Thurs. March 11-14: 8am – 9pm
- Friday March 15: 8am – 6pm
- Saturday March 16: Noon – 6pm
The Reference Office will be open Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm.
February is Black History Month. The theme for 2013 is ”At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863) and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (August 28, 1963).
GMUSL’s Chapter of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and the Law Library have partnered to honor these important events in American History. Please take a moment 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.
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Law Library will closed on Monday, January 21.
The MLK holiday became federal law fifteen years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death. The holiday was first observed in 1986, but it took another 17 years for nationwide recognition. In 1994, the holiday was designated a day of service under the direction of the Corporation for National and Community Service. For resources about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit the King Center Website.
Thursday, January 3 – Saturday, January 5
- Thursday & Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Reference Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursday – Friday
The law library will be closed Friday, December 21 – Wednesday, January 2.
Please note that the Reference Office will be closing at 5:00 PM on December 19 & 20.
Law Library exam/makeup hours:
Through December 16:
Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
December 17 – 20:
Monday-Tuesday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Best of Luck on Exams!!
The Law School Library is collecting books and media for Turning the Page, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting District of Columbia Public School students by making “education a family affair.”
Turning the Page hosts activities including workshops, author visits, and museum trips focused on helping parents and children develop a love of learning. To raise funds for their programs, Turning the Page partners with local businesses and schools to collect and sell books to the public.
Please look for the donation bin in the Hazel Hall atrium.
On Thursday, November 26, 1789, the first Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated pursuant to a proclamation issued by President George Washington. An 1863 proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln established the last Thursday of November as the regular date for this celebration.
That tradition continued until 1939, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the holiday would be celebrated on the second to last Thursday of November that year (November 23, 1939). Roosevelt was responding to pressure from retailers to expand the Christmas shopping season.This change sparked controversy and angered some football coaches, whose season was scheduled according to the holiday. There was also a a split among states, 32 issuing proclamations following the President but 16 others refusing to change the date. See H.R. Rep. No.77-1186, at 1 (1941) (available to GMU patrons on Proquest Congressional)
Two years later, on December 26, 1941, President Roosevelt signed a joint congressional resolution, known as the Thanksgiving Day Act (55 Stat. 862) establishing Thanksgiving as a Federal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November.
In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the law library will have reduced hours:
- Wed. Nov. 21 9:00am-5:00pm, References Services available 9:00am-2:00pm
- Thurs. Nov. 22 Closed
- Fri. Nov. 23 Closed
- Sat. Nov. 24 Noon-6:00pm
- Sun. Nov. 26 Regular Hours resume: 11:00am-11:00pm, Reference Services Available 2:00pm-9:00pm
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!
The law library has installed eight new carrels on the fourth floor for the exclusive use of GMU Law Students.