The Law Library and Reference Office have resumed regular hours.
The law library will close for Winter Break on Saturday, December 20 at 4:00 PM. The library will reopen on Sunday, January 4 at 10:00 AM. More information about law library hours is available on our website here.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE GEORGE MASON LAW LIBRARY STAFF!!!
In response to student requests, the law library will be open extended hours during exams.
Library Hours December 1 – 17
- Sunday 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM
- Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
- Saturday 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
The Fine Print:
- An Arlington Campus security guard will staff the door from 11:00 pm to 2:00 am. Regular Circulation services will not be available during those hours.
- The building will lock at the normal time of 11:00 pm. If you leave the building, you will not be able to get back in.
- Only GMU students will be allowed to use the library after 11:00 pm.
- You may be asked by the guard to show your GMU ID, so please be sure to have it with you.
- Students are asked not to enter Founders after 11:00 p.m.
The guard will do regular head counts during the late evening to help us determine whether this service is being used or not.
Best of Luck on Exams!!
The law library has numerous print study aids on reserve at the circulation desk 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. (Available titles are listed here)
Many of these titles and more are also available to students by accessing our West Study Aids Subscription.
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. 26 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, References Services 9:00 am -12:00 pm
- Thurs. Nov. 27 Closed
- Fri. Nov. 28 Closed
- Sat. Nov. 29 noon – 6:00 pm
- Sun. Nov. 30 10:00 am -11:00 pm, Reference Services 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!
Pursuant to 5 USC § 6103, Veterans Day is November 11 each year.
GMUSL has a special commitment to serving our country’s veterans. Since 2004, the law school has provided a Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers and Veterans (CLASV):
The clinic enables Mason law students to represent servicemembers and veterans in a wide variety of litigation and non-litigation matters. Since its inception, clinic students have assisted over 70 clients from all five branches of the armed services, in litigation, adjudication and negotiation regarding consumer protection, administrative and military law and entitlements (TSGLI, PEB Boards and discharge upgrade appeals), family law, bankruptcy, immigration, landlord-tenant, contract, estate and entitlement matters in federal and state forums.
November is National American Indian Heritage Month, in recognition of the “significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States.” The Law Library of Congress has a helpful guide summarizing the legislative history of this celebration available here.
Please consult these resources for information about Native American/American Indian Law :
Halloween can be a catalyst for unique lawsuits. A 2011 article in the New York State Bar Association Journal, titled Case Law from the Crypt: The Law of Halloween summarizes some of these strange cases.
In one case, the plaintiff alleged that a neighbor’s holiday decorations—which included an “‘Insane Asylum’ directional sign pointed towards the plaintiff’s house” and a tombstone referencing the plaintiff— were “defamatory, harassing, and caused emotional distress.” In addition to claims involving Halloween decorations, other cases have involved injury to persons or property and provocative costumes in the workplace.
In her book, Halloween Law, Law Professor Victoria Sutton calls Justice Scalia the “father of Halloween Law.” During oral argument in Central Virginia Community College v. Katz, 546 U.S. 356 (2006), held on October 31, 2005, a light bulb exploded loudly. This led to the following exchange:
Justice Scalia: Light bulb went out.
Chief Justice Roberts: It’s a trick they play on new justices all the time.
Justice Scalia: Happy Halloween.
Justice Ginsburg: That’s the idea
Justice Roberts: Take your time.
Justice Scalia: We’re even more in the dark now than before.
Listen to the Oral Argument on Oyez.org here (explosion at 42:59).
Fear Not! Use the law library’s E-Journal Finder to locate other GMU Databases that provide access to the needed article.