Law Library

News and Reports for November 2014

Research and Instructional Support

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Chat with a Librarian

Did you know that you can get immediate research assistance without leaving your office? Simply click on the button from the library’s web pages. You don’t need any special software or login information. This fast and easy service is very popular with our students, and it’s become the most common way that they ask for help. 

Our chat service is online from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., on Friday, and 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Research Presentations

Each semester, reference librarians design and give lectures based on the specific needs of individual classes and clinics. Especially popular are the lectures on researching subject-specific areas, such as tax law, securities law, health law, human rights law, and foreign and international law. In addition, reference librarians present on specialized legal research instruction (such as in the areas of legislative history or administrative law research), tips and tools for using electronic research databases, research in non-legal sources, and other advanced research techniques.

If you would like to have a reference librarian visit your class contact Christine Ciambella, Head of Reference, at 202-662-9144 or for U.S. or non-legal topics. For international and foreign classes, please phone Mabel Shaw, Assistant International and Foreign Law Librarian, at 202-662-9171 or via e-mail at

Research Support for Seminar Students

Librarians are available to consult with students individually on their seminar paper research. We pair students with librarians who have experience or expertise in the research area. The librarian works with the student to identify and obtain sources that will enhance their seminar paper.

If you require your students to meet with a librarian, please notify Christine Ciambella or Mabel Shaw at least two weeks in advance of your deadline. Students can schedule a research consultation online.

November Mobile App Recommendation

Jill A. Smith

Ever needed to scan something but didn’t have access to a scanner? If you have a smartphone, you basically have a scanner in your pocket. CamScanner is an app that uses your phone or tablet’s camera to take a picture of a document, save it as a PDF, and run it through an optical character recognition engine. Best of all, if you sign up for a CamScanner account with your edu e-mail address, you unlock all of its advanced features for free.

CamScanner is available for Android and iOS.

If you would like to recommend additions to the library’s mobile apps database, please contact Jill Smith, Instructional Technology Librarian, at or 202-662-9165.

McDonough Hall Library Book Display

Faculty Publication Display Cases

The Law Library maintains three display cases across the law campus to showcase our faculty’s scholarly publications. On the 2nd floor of McDonough Hall, next to room 207, is a display case dedicated to the most recent faculty books from the current academic year. These titles may be displayed for up to three months, after which they are rotated into the 5th floor display case and replaced by newer faculty books.

McDonough Hall Library Book Display

The largest exhibit of faculty books is located near the Dean’s Office on the 5th floor of McDonough Hall.The collection includes not only recent titles rotated out of the 2nd floor display, but also those from prior academic years. When books from the 2nd floor display case are rotated into this collection, older copies are then returned to the Library to be shelved in the stacks or archived in Special Collections.

Hotung Library Book Display

The Hotung display case exhibits an assortment of donated offprints from our faculty’s most recent law review and journal articles from the current academic year. Standing next to the Faculty Dining Room entrance on the 2nd floor, this is the latest addition to the cases on our campus, further highlighting the scholarly publications by our faculty. Many offprints are received each year in response to the call for updates and donations for the annual Spring Scholarship Luncheon. The Library will, in turn, maintain an orderly rotation by exhibiting a new collection every one to three months.

Faculty Scholarship Report


Your Publications from 2014 to date.

Randy E. Barnett

Journal Articles

Randy E. Barnett, The Judicial Duty to Scrutinize Legislation, 48 Val. U. L. Rev. 903-920 (2014).    [W]

Maxwell Gregg Bloche

Journal Articles

Maxwell Gregg Bloche, Aria Laskin, Noah Dolgoy & Han Limei, Beyond Autonomy? A Transnational Comparison of End-of-Life Decision Making by Mature Minors, 18 Mich. St. U. J. Med. & L. 139-159 (2014) .    [L] [W]

John R. Brooks, II

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

John R. Brooks II, Income-Based Repayment and the Public Financing of Higher Education, (working paper).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Anna Gelpern

Journal Articles

Anna Gelpern, Common Capital: A Thought Experiment in Cross-Border Resolution, 49 Tex. Int'l L. J. 355-383 (2014).    [L] [W]

Lawrence O. Gostin

Journal Articles

Lawrence O. Gostin & Eric A. Friedman, Ebola: A Crisis in Global Health Leadership, 384 The Lancet 1323-1325 (2014).    [Gtown Law]

Lawrence O. Gostin, Michael T. Osterholm & Kristine A. Moore, Public Health in the Age of Ebola in West Africa, JAMA Internal Med. (Online), Oct. 10, 2014, at E1-E2.    [Gtown Law]

Lawrence O. Gostin, Daniel Lucey & Alexandra Phelan, The Ebola Epidemic: A Global Health Emergency, 312 JAMA 1095-1096 (2014).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Itai Grinberg

Journal Articles

Itai Grinberg, Allison Christians, Michael Lennard, Diane Ring, Adam Rosenzweig, Leila Sadat & Lee Sheppard, Panel, Conceptualizing a New Institutional Framework for International Taxation: April 1, 2013, 44 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol'y 7-38 (2014).    [L] [W]

Kristin Henning

Journal Articles

Kristin Henning, Teaching Fiction?: The Wire as a Pedagogical Tool in the Examination of Punishment Theory, 64 J. Legal Educ. 120-122 (2014).   

Allegra McLeod

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Allegra McLeod, Prison Abolition and Preventive Justice, 62 UCLA L. Rev. (forthcoming).   

Allegra McLeod, Regulating Sexual Harm: Strangers, Intimates, and Social Institutional Reform, 102 Cal. L. Rev. (forthcoming).   

Carrie Menkel-Meadow

Journal Articles

Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Unsettling the Lawyers: Other Forms of Justice in Indigenous Claims of Expropriation, Abuse, and Injustice, 64 U. Toronto L.J. 620-639 (2014).   [W]

Alicia E. Plerhoples

Journal Articles

Alicia E. Plerhoples, Deborah Burand, Jonathan Ng & Susan R. Jones, Clinic Collaborations: Going Global to Advance Social Entrepreneurship, 20 Int'l J. Clinical Legal Educ. 499-518 (2014).   [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Louis Michael Seidman

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Louis Michael Seidman, J. Skelly Wright and the Limits of Liberalism, (working paper).    [Gtown Law]

Joshua Teitelbaum

Journal Articles

Joshua C. Teitelbaum, Probabilistic Reasoning in Navarette v. California, 62 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 158-169 (2014).    [L] [W] [WWW]

Robert B. Thompson

Journal Articles

Robert B. Thompson, Paul H. Edelman & Randall S. Thomas, Shareholder Voting in an Age of Intermediary Capitalism, 87 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1359-1434 (2014).    [L] [W]

Robert B. Thompson, Frank H. Easterbrook, Daniel M. Gallagher, Joseph H. Kaufman, Joanne T. Medero & Robert T. Miller, Panel, Deregulating the Markets: The JOBS Act, 38 Del. J. Corp. L. 476-516 (2013). [HEIN] [L] [W]

David C. Vladeck

Journal Articles

David C. Vladeck, Machines Without Principals: Liability Rules and Artificial Intelligence, 89 Wash. L. Rev. 117-150 (2014).    [L] [W]

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