Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Law Library will closed on Monday, January 20.

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.

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Introducing Our New Legal Fiction and DVD Collection!

The library is happy to offer GMUSL patrons a new collection of law-themed novels and films. Please take a minute to browse these materials on the display in the first floor reading room. DVDs are available for an extended checkout period over the winter break.

Interested in learning more about law and film? Check out these titles:

More on law in literature? Search our catalog for “law in literature” as a subject heading.

If you have suggestions for books or movies to add to the collection, please contact Reference and Outreach Services Librarian Debbie Shrager (dshrager@gmu.edu).

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Ready, Set, Write: Preparing for Your First Law School Exams

No doubt, preparing for law school exams, especially your first set of these assessments, is a challenging experience.  But many law students have survived this process not much worse for wear, so don’t panic!

As noted here, the law library has a variety of study aids available.  Here is a sample of some of the other potentially useful resources providing suggestions for exam preparation and writing:

Best of Luck!

Study Aids Available in the Law Library

The law library has numerous print study aids and other resources on reserve that may be useful during exams:

  • Get a broad overview: Nutshells
  • Focus on the core principles: Concise Hornbooks and Understanding Series
  • Go in-depth: Hornbook Series and Aspen Student Treatise Series
  • Test yourself: Examples & Explanations Series and Questions & Answers Series
  • Study on the Go:  Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series and Sum & Substance CDs

 

Study Room Rules During Exam Period

A reminder that to accommodate as many students as possible during exams, the law library has the following rules for study room use:

  • You must have at least 4 students in your group to use the larger study rooms (Rooms 248 and 356)
  • You must have at least 2 students in your group to use the small study rooms
  • Rooms may not be reserved for more than a four-hour block
  • A group of students may not collectively sign up a room for an entire day.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Important ExamSoft Information for Upperclass Students

Message from Pat Hupalo:

It has come to our attention that many of our upperclass students have had difficulty registering to use ExamSoft for this semester’s exams.

When attempting to register, students are getting error messages and are prevented from establishing their accounts and downloading their exam templates. This problem appears to only affect students who have used ExamSoft in a previous semester. ExamSoft administrators have determined that the remedy for this semester is for students to use a different username and password than those used in previous semesters. For example, if your previous username was “jdoe”, then changing your username to “jdoe2″ and changing your password should allow you to register and use ExamSoft for your Fall semester exams.

Please contact my office (703-993-8015) or Computing Services (703-993-4855) if you need assistance with your ExamSoft registration. Keep in mind that the Law School will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday beginning tomorrow afternoon. Since the exam period begins on Monday, December 2, you may want to give your ExamSoft registration your immediate attention.

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

On Thursday, November 26, 1789, the first Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated pursuant to a proclamation issued by President George Washington. A 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. 27  9:00 am – 5:00 pm, References Services 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Thurs. Nov. 28 Closed
  • Fri. Nov. 29  Closed
  • Sat. Nov. 30 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sun. Dec. 1  10:00 am -11:00 pm, Reference Services 2:00 pm-9:00 pm

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

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President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992

In 1992, sparked by public outcry about the concealment of documents related to President Kennedy’s assassination, Congress passed and President Bush signed the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Act of 1992, Public Law 102-526.

The Act appears as a note to 44 U.S.C. § 2107. When enacted the statute required, in part, that the National Archives and Records Administration establish The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection “to consist of record copies of all Government records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”

Today, 50 years after President Kennedy’s death, the collection includes millions of pages of assassination-related records, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings and artifacts, and continues to grow.

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President John F. Kennedy, July 11, 1963 

Cecil Stoughton Photographer, NARA Collection