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News and Reports for April 2015

The Law Center Archives

Sometimes people are surprised to find out that one of the collections in the library is the Law Center Archives. Formed when the 125th anniversary book was written - The First 125 Years: An Illustrated History of The Georgetown University Law Center – the Archives not only collects all kinds of documents and artifacts about the Law Center, but is also the repository for inactive but permanently significant records created at the Law Center. Some of our materials are online and available in Digital Georgetown, like all of the yearbooks that we have (, and other materials are being digitized to be made available, such as our audiovisual collections. While some items are restricted and require permission to access, much is available for use in the Special Collections area of the EB Williams Library, Monday-Friday from 9:00-5:00. Just visit the Reference Desk and the librarian will page a Special Collections staff member who will be happy to help you find that document, photograph, A/V item, artifact, or Law Center record that you are looking for.

The Archives depend on transmittals from the Law Center, so please contact us when you need to do something about that bursting file cabinet, and we can help you determine what materials should be sent to the Archives and what is safe to throw away. If you have questions about either sending records to the Archives, or retrieving materials from it, please contact the Special Collections staff at

SCC Online

Heather Casey
Int’l & Foreign Law Reference Librarian

SCC Online Web Edition

For this month’s spotlight on law databases, we look at a country who shares some similarities with the United States, in that we both had colonial ties to Great Britain. Our database for April is SCC Online, which we use specifically for the laws of India, both cases and statutes. Because of its British background, many of India’s laws are published in English and therefore accessible to English-speaking researchers. SCC Online seeks to make the laws even easier to obtain with its easy-to-use interface and largest collection of Indian caselaw available online.

SCC Online includes Supreme Court cases from 1969 to the present and High Court decisions from throughout India (including the Bombay High Court, Calcutta High Court and many others). Indian statutory law and secondary materials are also available. SCC Online is published by Eastern Book Company. It provides full text scanned images of case law, legislation, rules and regulations, and some secondary materials.

In addition to having an ever-expanding selection of caselaw and statutes, SCC Online also features cross-citations for the major reporters and headnotes to make searching more productive. SCC Online allows for searching by citation as well as topic. Doing an advanced search will allow you to search for laws by year, by party-name, Boolean terms, or by synonyms.

As SCC Online continues to grow, the publisher will continue to improve the interface and user experience. The improvements that have been made to the database in the past two years have been impressive and it is undoubtedly the best place online to find Indian laws.

If you would like more information about this collection, please contact us at or 202-662-4195.

April App Recommendation

Jill A. Smith

I hate to break it to you, but the end of the semester will be upon us before we know it.  And as you know, with that comes the dreaded G-word: Grading.

No, I don’t have an app to grade papers and exams for you (sorry!) but I can offer you an idea to help you use your mobile devices to stay focused: white noise apps.  Many people find white noise (defined by Webster’s as “a heterogeneous mixture of sound waves extending over a wide frequency range” and “a constant background noise” – think ocean waves, an oscillating fan, or rain) to be very soothing.  White noise can help drown out distractions and enable you to focus on the task at hand, and the more focused and task-oriented you are, the faster the grading is over.

There are many white noise apps for iOS and Android – if the two that are linked do not appeal, a simple search for “white noise” in either app store will get you many other options.

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.

Faculty Scholarship Report

Book Display for Faculty Scholarship

Your Publications from 2015 to date.

Julie E. Cohen

Forthcoming Works - Books

Julie E. Cohen, Lydia Pallas Loren, Ruth L. Okediji & Maureen A. O'Rourke, Copyright in a Global Information Economy (New York: Wolters Kluwer 4th ed. forthcoming).   

Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters and Collected Works

Julie E. Cohen, Between Truth and Power, in Freedom and Property of Information: The Philosophy of Law Meets the Philosophy of Technology (Mireille Hildebrandt & Bibi van den Berg eds., Routledge forthcoming).   

Julie E. Cohen, The Networked Self in the Modulated Society, in Cross Roads in New Media, Identity and Law: The Shape of Diversity To Come (Wouter de Been, Payal Arora & Mireille Hildebrandt eds., Palgrave forthcoming).   

Journal Articles

Julie E. Cohen, Studying Law Studying Surveillance, 13 Surveillance & Soc'y 91-101 (2015).   [WWW]

Julie E. Cohen, The Zombie First Amendment, 56 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1119-1158 (2015).   

David D. Cole

Journal Articles

David D. Cole, Can They Crush Obamacare?, N.Y. Rev. Books, Mar. 19, 2015, at 14-15.   

Lisa Heinzerling

Book Chapters and Collected Works

Lisa Heinzerling, Statistical Lives in Environmental Law, in Identified versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 174-181 (I. Glenn Cohen, Norman Daniels & Nir M. Eyal eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015).   

Nan Hunter

Journal Articles

Nan Hunter, Pluralism and Its Perils: Navigating the Tension Between Gay Rights and Religious Expression, 15 Geo. J. Gender & L. 435-471 (2014).   [L] [W] [Gtown Law]

Neal Kumar Katyal

Journal Articles

Neal Kumar Katyal & Paul Clement, On the Meaning of "Natural Born Citizen", 128 Harv. L. Rev. (Forum) 161-164 (2015).   [L] [W] [WWW]

David A. Koplow

Journal Articles

David A. Koplow, Nuclear Arms Control by a Pen and a Phone: Effectuating the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Without Ratification, 46 Geo. J. Int'l L. 475-518 (2015).   [L] [W]

Adam Levitin

Congressional Testimony

Preserving Consumer Choice and Financial Independence: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 114th Cong., Mar. 18, 2015 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (Cis No.: Pending).   [WWW]

Victoria F. Nourse

Book Chapters and Collected Works

Victoria F. Nourse, Self-Defense, in The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Law 607-628 (Markus D. Dubber & Tatjana Hörnle eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014).   [BOOK]

Alicia E. Plerhoples

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles &Working Papers

Alicia E. Plerhoples, Risks, Goals, and Pictographs: Lawyering to the Social Entrepreneur, Lewis & Clark L. Rev. (forthcoming).   [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

Brief of Amicus Curiae Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in Support of Petitioner, City of Los Angeles, Cal. v. Patel, No. 13-1175 (U.S. Dec. 22, 2014).   [W] [WWW]

Paul F. Rothstein


Paul F. Rothstein & Susan W. Crump, Federal Testimonial Privileges: Evidentiary Privileges Relating to Witnesses and Documents in Federal Law Cases (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 2d ed. 2003-2015) (publishing annual revisions).   [BOOK].

Girardeau A. Spann

Journal Articles

Girardeau A. Spann, Good Faith Discrimination, 23 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 585-636 (2015).   [W]

Robert K. Stumberg

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles &Working Papers

Robert K. Stumberg, Threats to Tobacco Control in Malaysia –Case Study (working paper).   

Journal Articles

Robert K. Stumberg & Deborah K. Sy, TPPA and Tobacco Control: Threats to APEC Countries, 23 Tobacco Control 466-470 (2014).   

Robert K. Stumberg, Anita Ramasastry & Meg Roggensack, Turning a Blind Eye? Respecting Human Rights in Government Purchasing (International Corporate Accountability Roundtable 2014).   [WWW]

Rebecca Tushnet

Journal Articles

Rebecca Tushnet, Free To Be You and Me? Copyright and Constraint, 128 Harv. L. Rev. (Forum) 125-136 (2015).   [L] [W] [WWW]

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