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News and Reports for January 2016

Publication Feeds

The Library provides several publication feeds to help you keep up with the work your colleagues are doing. You can sign up for a daily e-mail digest of Georgetown Law in the news here. If you are a Twitter user, you can follow the automatically updated feed. Lastly, the Library hosts a faculty blog aggregator that compiles the latest posts from faculty bloggers.

Exam archives

The Library would like to remind you to deposit your past exams and model answers with the Registrar to be entered into the Exam Archive.

Library Training for Faculty Research Assistants

The library will be offering two research training sessions for new faculty research assistants this spring. In this training, research assistants will learn about library services and policies and will gain an introduction to our databases and best research practices.

The sessions will be held at the following dates/times in the Computer Learning Center (CLC) in the Williams Law Library:

  • Friday, February 5, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Wednesday, February 10, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Research assistants may register to attend by contacting Jeremy McCabe, Research Services Librarian.

Participate in the Oral History Project!

The library has launched an oral history project to attempt to capture memories and recollections about the Law Center from long-standing members of the community. We would like to preserve these stories to enrich the school’s understanding of its own past and to contribute to an understanding of the development of legal education and legal scholarship in the latter half of the twentieth century.

To do this well, we need your help. We are seeking nominations for individuals to interview and volunteers to participate as interviewers. The time commitment is relatively small: the interviews we have done thus far have typically run 1-2 hours. Volunteer interviewers need no prior oral history experience; the library will provide training and guidance as needed.

Participating in an oral history project, both as an interviewee and as an interviewer, is an incredibly enriching experience, providing opportunities to reflect on accomplishments, to learn more about our shared history, and to strengthen our community.

If you would like to participate or nominate an individual to be interviewed, please contact Jennifer Davitt.

SEO & Promoting Your Scholarship

Have you Googled yourself – or your area of expertise? Did you find your scholarship in the top results? Although we agree that your scholarship should be ranked highly, getting to the top of the rankings requires being intentional about promoting your scholarship – and a bit of luck.

Fortunately, there are a few simple strategies that will help increase the chances that you and your scholarship will rise in the rankings and thus be more findable. This is called Search Engine Optimization, or SEO.

A basic SEO strategy should include:

  • Disseminating your work broadly;

  • Drafting with search engines in mind by choosing keywords and titles wisely and by writing search engine friendly abstracts;

  • Building a research profile; and

  • Keeping track of how your work is being cited and where.

The factor that is the most important to search engine rankings is the most difficult to achieve: whether or not sites highly ranked by Google link to your scholarship. For example, the single best thing to improve your scholarship’s Google ranking is to have that scholarship linked from a New York Times article. Unfortunately, that’s unlikely to be within your control. However, you can increase the chances that others (including a New York Times editor) link to your work by disseminating it broadly.

How should you distribute your work?

  • Include your works in the SSRNand Scholarly Commonsdistributed journals. The goal is to push out your work to others interested in your topic. SSRN and the Scholarly Commons have tools already in place and used by other scholars to make this simple. Become familiar with the options for distribution and consider which journals are most appropriate for your work.

  • Link to your work from personal websites, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter.

  • Consider joining an academic networking site such as Mendeley or Both of these sites push out posted works based on subject matter and rely on crowd-sourcing to help identify works that might be of interest to others. I’ll discuss academic networking sites in more detail when I cover building a research profile.

  • Encourage others to include links to your scholarship. If you see that others are citing your work, encourage them to include a direct link to the work on the Scholarly Commons or SSRN.

Over the next few newsletters, I’ll review the other SEO strategies in more detail. If you would like more detailed explanations about the methods discussed in this installment, or if you would like to learn more about additional SEO strategies now, please contact me: Jennifer Davitt.

New Databases

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Oxford Timeline of Public International Law

Oxford University Press has added an interactive Timeline of Public International Law to its Oxford Public International Law online platform. The timeline highlights key milestones in the development of public international law, from the signing of landmark treaties to the founding of major international organizations and institutions. It also notes the births of seminal international legal scholars, such as Hugo Grotius, as well as distinguished practitioners in the field, such as Hersch Lauterpacht.

Each entry on the timeline includes a brief description of its significance. Readers are invited to learn more by clicking on direct links to relevant content from Oxford Public International Law, such as e-book chapters, journal articles, and entries from the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law. Use the sliding bar at the bottom of the timeline to navigate forward or backward in time or click on the wrench-shaped icon in the lower right-hand corner to search the timeline by keyword.

If you teach a course on public international law, consider adding a link to the Oxford timeline on your course page or in your syllabus. In addition to providing your students with a compelling visual overview of the subject, the timeline also will serve as a convenient gateway to the wealth of scholarly information available on the Oxford Public International Law platform.

New Interlibrary Loan Integration

Our new search platform, OneSearch,is configured so that it can interact with our ILLiad. You may request an article that is not available to us online through ILLiad but clicking on the Request button that appears next to the unavailable citation, like below.

Clicking on the button will lead you to a page containing:

Clicking on Submit an Interlibrary Loan request button will lead you to our ILLiad logon page. Once logged in, the article citation information is auto-populated into the ILLiad Photocopy Request form (like below).

Please contact Erie Tanuchi if you have questions.

Faculty Scholarship Report

Links to some materials are available below. Following is a list of what the links represent:

  • [HEIN] = Available on Hein Online
  • [W] = Available on Westlaw
  • [L] = Available on Lexis
  • [Gtown Law] = Available in Georgetown Law Scholarly Commons
  • [SSRN] = Available in SSRN Working Papers collection
  • [WWW] = Available for free on the Internet
  • [BOOK] - More information available in law library catalog

Sonya G. Bonneau

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Sonya G. Bonneau, Ex Post Modernism: How the First Amendment Framed Nonrepresentational Art, 39 Colum. J.L. & Arts (forthcoming). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

John R. Brooks, II

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

John R. Brooks II, Quasi-Public Spending, 104 Geo. L.J. (forthcoming). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

John R. Brooks II, Income-Driven Repayment and the Public Financing of Higher Education, 104 Geo. L.J. (forthcoming). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Chris Brummer


Chris Brummer, Soft Law and the Global Financial System: Rule Making in the 21st Century (New York: Cambridge University Press 2d ed. 2015). [BOOK]

Journal Articles

Chris Brummer, Disruptive Technology and Securities Regulation, 84 Fordham L. Rev. 977-1052 (2015). [L] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]

Brian Galle

Journal Articles

Brian Galle, In Praise of Ex Ante Regulation, 68 Vand. L. Rev. 1715-1759 (2015). [L] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]

Lawrence O. Gostin 

Journal Articles

Lawrence O. Gostin, A Tale of Two Diseases: Mental Illness and HIV/AIDS, 93 Milbank Q. 687-690 (2015). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Lawrence O. Gostin, Mary C. DeBartolo & Eric A. Friedman, The International Health Regulations 10 Years On: The Governing Framework for Global Health Security, 386 Lancet 2222-2226 (2015). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Lawrence O. Gostin & Eric A. Friedman, The Sustainable Development Goals: One-Health in the World’s Development Agenda, 314 JAMA 2621-2622 (2015). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Lawrence O. Gostin, et al., Will Ebola Change the Game? Ten Essential Reforms Before the Next Pandemic. The Report of the Harvard-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola, 386 Lancet 2204-2221 (2015).

Itai Grinberg 

Journal Articles

Itai Grinberg, A Constructive U.S. Counter to EU State Aid Cases, Tax Notes Int'l, Jan. 11, 2016, at 167-170.

Kristin Henning 

Journal Articles

Kristin Henning, Status, Race and the Rule of Law in the Grand Jury, 58 How. L.J. 833-843 (2015). [L] [W] [WWW]

Donald C. Langevoort 


Securities Regulation: Selected Statutes, Rules, and Forms (Donald C. Langevoort, James D. Cox & Robert W. Hillman eds., New York: Aspen Publishers 2004-2009; New York: Wolters Kluwer 2011-2015) (publishing annual editions). [BOOK]

Adam Levitin 

Journal Articles

Adam Levitin & Susan M. Watcher, Second Liens and the Leverage Option, 68 Vand. L. Rev. 1243-1294 (2015). [L] [W] [WWW]

David Jay Luban 

Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters and Collected Works

David Luban, Knowing When Not to Fight, in Oxford Handbook of the Ethics of War (Helen Frowe & Seth Lazar eds., forthcoming). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Julie Rose O'Sullivan 

Journal Articles

Julie Rose O'Sullivan, "Private Justice" and FCPA Enforcement: Should the SEC Whistleblower Program Include a Qui Tam Provision?, 53 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 67-115 (2016). [L] [W]

Gary Peller 

Journal Articles

Gary Peller, The True Left, 10 Unbound: Harv. J. Legal Left 101-109 (2015). [L] [W] [WWW]

Julie L. Ross

Journal Articles

Julie L. Ross, [Un]Happy Together: Why the Supremacy Clause Preempts State Law Digital Public Performance Rights in Radio-Like Streaming of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings, 62 J. Copyright Soc'y U.S.A. 545-606 (2015). [L] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

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. 2003-2016) (publishing annual editions). [BOOK]

Steven C. Salop 

Journal Articles

Steven C. Salop, The Evolution and Vitality of Merger Presumptions: A Decision-Theoretic Approach, 80 Antitrust L.J. 269-306 (2015). [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Jeffrey Shulman

Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Jeffrey Shulman, Meyer, Pierce, and the History of the Entire Human Race: Barbarism, Social Progress, and (the Fall and Rise of) Parental Rights, 43 Hastings Const. L.Q. 337 (forthcoming). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Lawrence B. Solum 

Journal Articles

Lawrence B. Solum, The Fixation Thesis: The Role of Historical Fact in Original Meaning, 91 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1-78 (2015). [L] [W] [WWW]

Morgan M. Stoddard 

Journal Articles

Morgan M. Stoddard, 107 Law Lib. J. 454-456 (2016) (reviewing Jessica Silbey, The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators, and Everyday Intellectual Property (2015)). [W] [WWW]

Philomila Tsoukala

Journal Articles

Philomila Tsoukala, Household Regulation and European Integration: The Family Portrait of a Crisis, 63 Am. J. Comp. L. 747-799 (2015). [L] [W] [Gtown Law]

David C. Vladeck

Journal Articles

David C. Vladeck, The Administrative Conference at Fifty: An Agency Lives Twice, 83 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1689-1704 (2015). [L] [W] [WWW]

Michelle M. Wu 

Journal Articles

Michelle M. Wu, Pauline Aranas, Steven M. Barkan, Barbara Bintliff, Darin K. Fox, Penny A. Hazelton, Joan S. Howland, Spencer L. Simons & Keith Ann Stiverson, Panel, "Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide": The Reality of Being a Law Library Director in Times of Great Opportunity and Significant Challenges, 107 Law Libr. J. 79-112 (2015). [L] [W]

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