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News and Reports for December 2015

National Equal Justice Library exhibition on the beginnings of the Office of Economic Opportunity Legal Services Program

A new exhibition in the atrium of Georgetown Law Library highlights the beginnings of the OEO Legal Services Program, with a specific focus on the DC Neighborhood Legal Services Project as one of the pioneering programs funded by the OEO. The exhibition is featuring the Clinton Bamberger Papers, the Jean and Edgar Cahn Papers, the Gary Bellow Collection, and the Earl Johnson Jr. papers. For more information on this exhibit or the collections listed please contact Katharina Hering, NEJL Project Archivist (

Which Law Firms Represent that Company?

Have you ever wondered which law firms represent a particular company? Bloomberg Law has introduced a new feature called Law Firm Representation Analytics that will tell you just that.

You can also read our recent blog post about this new service.

December Tech Recommendation

"Death by Powerpoint." It's a phrase most have heard or groaned to ourselves as a presenter cranks up slide after slide after slide filled with the exact words that are coming out of their mouth. At best, these sorts of presentations don't inspire: at worst, they don't even engage.

Powerpoint itself frequently gets the blame for the appalling number of bullet points that have proliferated across ballroom and boardroom. How much blame for user behavior should rest on software is debatable: the program does have some fairly sophisticated capabilities for presenting and manipulating images, but they are not necessarily front and center as workflow options. In addition, Microsoft has disabled its integrated stock photography and clip art (which for some is a blessing: no more blobby stick figure man with a light bulb over his head to indicate a new idea).

If you look at great presentations like those given at conferences like TED or XOXO, you might notice that those speakers almost never use bullet points in their talks. When they are used, they are very spare: only a couple of words represent the entire idea that is coming out of the speaker's mouth. As a result, the audience's attention rests more on the speaker, giving the presentation more emotional connection and power. Images that illustrate or contrast the ideas that the presenter discusses also give emotional depth or humor to the speaker's talk.

Going beyond the aesthetic impact of a presentation, studies have also shown that people who try to read and listen at the same time have poorer command of the material than those who get it from a single source: either reading or listening. Our brains can only process language in one mode at a time, even if the messages presented are identical. In contrast, providing an image that supports or contrasts with the idea presented gives the audience a non-language-based way for their brain to engage with the material that supports it instead of fighting with it.

So if images are the best way to support a presentation and Powerpoint doesn't make it so easy, what are the alternatives? One of the best ones I have found in recent years is Haiku Deck, a web and mobile application that makes using images in your presentations fast and simple. Getting started is also easy. When you click the question mark icon at the top of the screen, basic features are displayed:

Haikudeck screenshot

Don't have pictures of your own to illustrate your talk? Haiku Deck has a search option that lets you enter keywords to find Creative Commons-licensed photographs that you can add to your presentation with a single click:

Haikudeck screenshot images

If you want to share your presentation later, you can add the text of your speech to be presented along with your slides:

Haikudeck screenshot notes

And you can easily share your work automatically on a variety of platforms.

Haikudeck screenshot sharing

Haiku deck can be used for free with some limitations on functionality and an academic paid plan is $5 per month.

If you would like personal assistance in using Haiku deck, please feel free to contact me: Jill Smith, or 202-662-9165.

Faculty Scholarship Report

Your Publications from 2015 to date.

Julie E. Cohen

Journal Articles

Julie E. Cohen, Property as Institutions for Resources: Lessons from and for IP, 94 Tex. L. Rev. 1-57 (2015).  [L] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]

Laura K. Donohue

Journal Article

Laura K. Donohue, The Dawn of Social Intelligence (SOCINT), 63 Drake L. Rev. 1061-1112 (2015).  [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Brian Galle

Forthcoming Works -Journal Articles & Working Papers

Brian Galle & David I. Walker, Donor Reaction to Salient Disclosures of Nonprofit Executive Pay: A Regression-Discontinuity Approach, Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. (forthcoming).   

Congressional Testimony

The Rising Costs of Higher Education and Tax Policy: Hearing Before the H. Subcomm. on Oversight of the H. Comm. on Ways & Means, 114th Cong., Oct. 7, 2015 (Statement of Brian Galle) (CIS No.: Pending).  [WWW]

Lawrence O. Gostin

Forthcoming Works -Journal Articles & Working Papers

Lawrence O. Gostin, Mary C. DeBartolo & Eric A. Friedman, The International Health Regulations 10 Years On: The Governing Framework for Global Health Security, Lancet, (forthcoming). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Journal Articles

Lawrence O. Gostin, 3 Critical Challenges for Global Health Security, 314 JAMA 1903-1904 (2015).  

Lawrence O. Gostin & Anna E. Roberts, Forced Migration: The Human Face of a Health Crisis, 314 JAMA 2125-2126 (2015).  [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Lisa Heinzerling


Lisa Heinzerling, Food Law: Cases and Materials (D.C.: Georgetown University Law Center 2015).  [BOOK]

Joseph A. Page

Book Chapters and Collected Works

Joseph A. Page, Tobacco Products, in Food and Drug Law and Regulation (David G. Adams, Richard M. Cooper, Martin J. Hahn & Jonathan S. Kahan eds., D.C.: FDLI 3d ed. 2015).   

Paul F. Rothstein

Forthcoming Works -Journal Articles & Working Papers

Paul F. Rothstein, Comment on Prof. Imwinkelried's “Formalism v. Pragmatism in Evidence: Reconsidering the Absolute Ban on the Use of Extrinsic Evidence to Prove Impeaching Untruthful Acts That Have Not Resulted in Conviction”: Just What Evidence of Witness Misdeeds Does Federal Evidence Rule 608(b) Exclude?- Imwinkelried vs. Rothstein, Creighton L. Rev. (forthcoming).  [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Paul F. Rothstein, Federal Rules of Evidence (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 3d ed. 2000-2016) (publishing annual editions).  [BOOK]

Paul F. Rothstein, Myrna S. Raeder & David Crump, Evidence: Cases, Materials, and Problems (New Providence, N.J.: LexisNexis 4th ed. 2013 & 2015 Supp.).  [BOOK]

Abbe Smith

Journal Articles

Abbe Smith, Monroe Freedman­ - Heart and Mind, 23 Prof. Law., no. 2, 2015, at 14-18.  [L] [W]

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