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News & Reports for October 2012

Welcoming Ann Hemmens: Georgetown Law’s Head of Reference

Ann Hemmens

The Law Library is thrilled to welcome Ann Hemmens as the new Head of Reference. Her experience and expertise will be invaluable as the department builds a new faculty outreach program. In her position she will coordinate with Mabel Shaw to supervise the library’s reference librarians and the faculty liaison program. 

Ann comes to us from the University of New Mexico School of Law Library, where she managed the public services department for over 3 years. Prior to that she was part of the reference department at the University of Washington Law Library. She taught law students and law librarians as part of the University of Washington's graduate program for law librarians. Two of her UW students are Georgetown’s own law librarians, Jen Davitt and Andrew Christensen. 

 In Seattle Ann lived in an area also known as Capitol Hill, so she feels right at home in her new environs. She's also looking forward to taking in many of the cultural offerings of Washington, D.C. If anyone can recommend a few jazz clubs in the area, Ann would be interested in hearing about them. 

The library invites you to stop by the reference department and meet Ann.

Georgetown Law Library: A Symposium in Celebration of 125 Years

125 Years

Georgetown built a modest law library 125 years ago under the leadership of Prof. Charles Hoffman, a member of the faculty and the Law Librarian of Congress. Since then the Law Center has transformed the library into a premier research facility. To celebrate this milestone, the Georgetown Law Library is hosting a conference to examine the future challenges for legal information management. 

Big Data and Big Challenges for Law and Legal Information

Monday, October 29, 2012
8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Georgetown University
Law Center
Gewirz 12th Floor

Entitled Big Data and Big Challenges for Law and Legal Information, the event will recognize the role of information management for legal scholars and policy analysts.  

"Big data" is a term perhaps too narrow for the topic: The size of data sets is not the key to big data issues. Rather, society is changing because of our growing ability to discover meaning by connecting points of information electronically, across multiple, often unrelated, sources. When thinking of quantitative decision making, big data may include "small data, but lots of it."  

This conference will examine the public good and collective harms that follow from the large-scale aggregation of information from public and private sources. During the course of the day, panelists will also examine how scholars, researchers, and information professionals manage very large or complex data sets to distill meaning and develop public policy. 

Program details are available on the conference website.

  • 8:30 – 9:00: Breakfast and Coffee
  • 9:00 – 9:15: Welcome and Introductory Remarks
  • 9:15 – 10:30: Panel 1: Privacy Risks and Public Benefits of Big Data
  • 10:30 – 10:45: Break
  • 10:45 – 12:00: Panel 2: Big Data Applications in Scholarship and Policy I
  • 12:00 – 12:45: Lunch
  • 12:45 – 2:00: Panel 3: Big Data Applications in Scholarship and Policy II
  • 2:00 – 3:00: Reception

Georgetown speakers include:

Please join the library for this program.

New Look to the Library Services for Faculty Page

With the redesign of the library’s web site you can gain access to library services more easily than ever before. 

The first stop on a virtual tour of the website is the Faculty Resources page. From here you can easily order an article or book, submit a research request, schedule a guest lecture by a librarian, or find examples of author agreements to submit with your next publications. 

Two more notable pages include the Research page and the Collections page. From the Research page you can view the library’s many research guides as well as a selection of useful databases. From the Collections page you can use some of our unique collections such as the WWII War Crime Papers and Georgetown Law Dataverse, a collection of datasets used and/or created by our own faculty.

Tips on Publishing

The library continues to collect resources to help Georgetown law scholars publish their works. These are targeted for you as well as students you may be mentoring. We welcome you to use the information in the library’s research guide on "Publishing Articles in Law Reviews and Journals". 

This guide includes links to commonly used resources such as those shared by Greg Klass earlier this summer. One such resource was Rostron and Levit's updated article “Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals” which includes tables of law review submission guidelines. Similarly, Greg highlighted Colin Miller’s recently published article "Submission Guide for Online Law Review Supplements, Version 6.1."

As new resources become available, the library will continue to add them to this guide.

New Access to Congressional Materials:

The Library of Congress recently announced its new platform for open access to federal legislative materials. is in an initial beta phase. When finished it will replace the Library of Congress' existing congressional information system, Eventually, it will incorporate all of the information available on THOMAS, but in a modern, durable, and user-friendly platform. Among its many features, will be designed to be compatible with mobile devices.

New Book Display Moves

After a year’s experiment with the new book display in the faculty lounge, we will move this display to the lobby of Williams. In the last year, we’ve found that these materials are used more often by our students than any other user population, so the new location is designed to facilitate access to all users. 

 If you would like a customized list of new acquisitions in your area, please contact your liaison, who will set up a weekly alert email for you. 

 We welcome you and the entire Georgetown Law community to browse this display of fresh insights.

Faculty Scholarship Report

Your Publications Released During Summer 2012


Journal Articles
Randy E. Barnett, Jack Balkin's Interaction Theory of "Commerce", 2012 U. Ill. L. Rev. 623-667. [L] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]

Randy E. Barnett, Judicial Engagement Through the Lens of Lee Optical, 19 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 845-860 (2012). [L] [W] [WWW]


Journal Articles
Norman Birnbaum, Germany, Far and Near, Dissent, Spring 2012, at 9-13.

Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters and Collected Works
Rosa Brooks, Civilians and Armed Conflict, in The UN Security Council in the Age of Human Rights (Jared Genser & Bruno Ugarte eds., forthcoming).  

Rosa Brooks, Complexity Squared: Lessons from Social Psychology for Complex Operations, in New Directions in Complex Operations (National Defense University & Center for Naval Analysis forthcoming).  

Rosa Brooks, National Security in the Information Age, in Economics and Security: Challenges and Opportunities in a Resources Constrained World (Newport, R.I.: Naval War College forthcoming).  

Rosa Brooks, What Gets Lost: Policy-Making and the Civilian-Military Gap, in International Justice Legends: Essays in Honor of Aryeh Neier (forthcoming).   

Rosa Brooks, What We Talk About When We Talk About Drones, in Drones, Remote Targeting and the Promise of Law (Peter Bergen & Daniel Rothenberg, eds., New York: Cambridge University Press forthcoming).  

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
Rosa Brooks, International Law and the Arab Spring: An Ambiguous Legacy, Am. U. Int'l L. Rev. (forthcoming).  

Rosa Brooks, Lowering the Legal and Political Costs of War: Changing Doctrines, Changing Technologies, Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. (forthcoming).  

Rosa Brooks, Strange Bedfellows: The Strange Convergence of Sovereignty-Limiting Doctrines in Human Rights and National Security Law Discourses, Geo. J. Int'l Aff. (forthcoming).  


Journal Articles
David D. Cole, Obama and Terror: The Hovering Questions, N.Y. Rev. Books, July 12, 2012, at 32-44 (reviewing Daniel Klaidman, Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency (2012) & Jack Goldsmith, Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11 (2012).

Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters and Collected Works
Laura K. Donohue, The Crime of Terrorism: Material Support, in Dirty Assets: Emerging Issues in the Regulation of Criminal and Terrorist Assets (forthcoming).  

Laura K. Donohue, Pandemic Disease, Biological Weapons, and War, in Law and War (Stanford University Press forthcoming).  

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
Laura K. Donohue, National Security Pedagogy and the Role of Simulations, 6 J. Nat'l Sec. L. & Pol'y (forthcoming 2012).  

Journal Articles
Laura K. Donohue, The Limits of National Security, 48 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1573-1756 (2011) (Released in 2012) [HEIN] [L] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law].


Journal Articles
Nan D. Hunter, Jennifer C. Pizer, Brad Sears & Christy Mallory, Evidence of Persistent and Pervasive Workplace Discrimination Against LGBT People: The Need for Federal Legislation Prohibiting Discrimination and Providing for Equal Employment Benefits, 45 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 715-779 (2012). [HEIN] [L] [W] [WWW]


Journal Articles
Adam Levitin, David A. Skeel, Jr. & Stephen J. Lubben, Is Government "Abusing" Lenders?, Am. Bankr. Inst. J., July 2012, at 10, 72-73. [L] [W]

Congressional Testimony
Investor Protection: The Need to Protect Investors from the Government: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Capital Mkts. & Gov't Sponsored Enters. of the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 112th Cong., June 7, 2012 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: Pending). [WWW]

The Dodd-Frank Act's Effects on Financial Services Competition: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Intellectual Prop., Competition & the Internet of the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 112th Cong., July 10, 2012 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: Pending). [WWW]


Journal Articles
Julie Rose O'Sullivan, Skilling: More Blind Monks Examining the Elephant, 39 Fordham Urb. L.J. 343-360 (2011). [L] [W]


Journal Articles
Tanina Rostain & Christine Parker, Law Firms, Global Capital, and the Sociological Imagination, 80 Fordham L. Rev. 2347-2381 (2012). [HEIN] [L] [W] [WWW]


Journal Articles
Girardeau A. Spann, Fisher v. Grutter, 65 Vand. L. Rev. (En Banc) 45-55 (2012). [W] [WWW]

Girardeau Spann, Advisory Adjudication, 86 Tul. L. Rev. 1289-1344 (2012). [L] [W]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
Joshua C. Teitelbaum, Inside the Blackwall Box: Explaining U.S. Marine Salvage Awards, (working paper). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Journal Articles
William Michael Treanor, Keynote Address: 14th Annual Conference on Litigating Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations, 36 Vt. L. Rev. 503-515 (2012). [L] [W] [WWW]


Book Chapters and Collected Works
Edith Brown Weiss & Ahila Sornarajah, Good Governance, Entry, in 4 Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law 516-528 (Rüdiger Wolfrum ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012). [BOOK]

Edith Brown Weiss, Intergenerational Equity, Entry, in 5 Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law 287-294 (Rüdiger Wolfrum ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012). [BOOK]

Edith Brown Weiss, Strengthening Compliance with Climate Change Commitments, in 1 Coexistence, Cooperation and Solidarity 693-720 (Holger P. Hestermeyer, Doris König, Nele Matz-Lück, Volker Röben, Anja Seibert-Fohr, Peter-Tobias Stoll & Silja Vöneky eds., Leiden, Neth.: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2012).   

Journal Articles
Edith Brown Weiss, The Coming Water Crisis: A Common Concern of Humankind, 1 Transnat'l Envt'l L. 153-168 (2012).  
Edith Brown Weiss, The Evolution of International Environmental Law, 54 Japanese Y.B. Int'l L. 1-27 (2011).  

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