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)


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.



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).

In Memorium: Henry G. Manne

Professor Henry G. Manne died on January 17. Manne served as Dean of George Mason Law School from 1986 until 1997, and George Mason University Foundation Professor until 1999. The school’s Henry G. Manne Moot Court Competition for Law & Economics and the Henry G. Manne Program in Law and Economics Studies are named for him.

Professor Manne was designated one of the founders of the field of law and economics by the American Law and Economics Association. He launched the Law and Economics Center at Emory University and the University of Miami before bringing it to George Mason. Lauded as a cultural laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he was the driving force behind the many innovations in legal education implemented at George Mason.

Please take a moment to browse the law library’s memorial exhibit in the atrium display case.