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Georgetown Law Closed: Wednesday, March 21

The Law Center is closed today, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, due to inclement weather. All activities and services, including scheduled events (student organization meetings and events, CLE, and conferences), are canceled. On-site classes will not be held in person and will be held according to the faculty member’s instructional continuity plan. All administrative offices are closed. The food services operation, fitness center and Early Learning Center are closed. The library is closed. It is expected that only designated emergency employees will come to the Law Center to fulfill their responsibilities. All others -- including students, staff, faculty, and visitors -- are expected not come to the Law Center, which will not be staffed to support anything other than essential life safety and snow/ice clearing functions.

News and Reports for January 2013

Databases of Note

TradeLawGuide is a powerful resource for scholars and practitioners of global trade law. Designed by an internationally renowned trade lawyer, this tool can perform all the tasks that the free WTO web site, the major summarizing databases for trade law, and the public international and economic law resources do, but all in one place.

Patrons can search by articles of the trade treaties, to gather jurisprudence relevant just to that provision; definitions would be traced back to all the places where terms appear, and principles of treaty interpretation set forth in the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties would be included among the available texts and placed at hand in the database. Citation analysis and updating the latest decisions on a particular issue would be included in the search results. 

Sounds like re-inventing Lexis and Westlaw? Not really; the database and its new progeny, the Investor-State LawGuide for investment arbitration, both search across PDF formats and bring up text and context that would be found with more repetition and "noise" in the results were it not for the effective use of semantic search. Both databases are designed to pull up related issues automatically with intelligent searching for the related concepts. Because of the unique features of the Tologix Software running behind the system, Georgetown Law has subscribed to TradeLawGuide and is finalizing a subscription to Investor-State LawGuide.

Bloomberg Law is an online tool which provides access to current awareness materials from BNA. It also provides access to statutes, cases, regulations, a case citator, and secondary source materials. Particular strengths of and unique materials available on Bloomberg Law include:

  • BNA treatises, practice manuals, and portfolios;
  • Pratice Areas organizing common primary and secondary materials for several specialized fields including bankruptcy, finance, and securities law;
  • Corporate and financial news and infomraiton, inlcuding EDGAR access and Bloomberg financial analysis;
  • Exclusive access to PLI treatises;
  • Transactional law-specific resources such as example documents for M&A and contracts; and
  • News searching with well-designed and indexed metadata, which minimizes the need for complicated "terms and connectors" searchiing.

In addition, Bloomberg Law provides access to real-time-updated federal PACER dockets and to many state and some foreign dockets. All court documents available through these dockets (such as pleadings, motions, briefs, and orders) can be downloaded through Bloomberg Law.

Apps of Note

QuickOffice is a powerful office suite designed for iPads, iPhones, and Androids.This October it added a much needed feature: the ability to track-changes and post comments within documents.Completely compatible with Microsoft Office, QuickOffice allows you to edit MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.

With the proper cabling you can connect an iPad 2 or 3 to a projector and use QuickOffice to incorporate PowerPoint presentations into a classroom or a meeting.

Note that Docs To Go is another exceptional office suite for iPads and iPhones

Symposium: Big Data and Big Challenges for Law and Legal Information  

In celebration of 125 years, the Georgetown Law Library looks to the future with a symposium of the academic, advocacy, government, and library communities on Wednesday, January 30 at Georgetown Law.

"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, it's the changes in society that are growing along with our ability to discover meaning by connecting points of information electronically, across numerous, vast, and often unrelated stores of data.

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

Registration is free and open to all. A complimentary lunch will be provided for registered attendees, however space is limited.

Please register now to reserve your place and view the symposium schedule to plan your day.

Media interested in attending may email or call (202) 662-9037.

Law at the Movies

The Law Library recently co-sponsored an evening with director Eugene Jarecki and a screening of his award-winning documentary The House I Live In. To explain more about the film and its topic, the Library has created an extensive bibliography of resources relating to this film and topic.

The House I Live In

Faculty Scholarship Report

Your Publications Released During Late 2012


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
  • Hope M. Babcock, "This I Know from My Grandfather:" The Battle for Admissibility of Aboriginal Oral History as Proof of Tribal Land Claims, Am. Indian L. Rev. (forthcoming).   
  • Hope M. Babcock, Putting a Price on Whales To Save Them: The Moral Infirmities of a Market-Based Solution to a Regulatory Failure or What Do Morals Have To Do with It?, Envtl. L. (forthcoming).   
  • Hope M. Babcock, Why Norm Change Is a Better Solution to the Failed International Regulatory Regime to Protect Whales than a Trading Program in Whale Shares, Stan. Envtl. L.J. (forthcoming).   


Journal Articles
  • Randy E. Barnett, The Disdain Campaign, 126 Harv. L. Rev. (Forum) 1-12 (2012).    [L] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
  • Rosa Brooks, Reflections on Kony 2012, Harv. Hum. Rts. J. (forthcoming).    [Gtown Law]


Journal Articles
  • J. Peter Byrne, The Cathedral Engulfed: Sea-Level Rise, Property Rights, and Time, 73 La. L. Rev. 69-118 (2012).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters and Collected Works
  • David D. Cole, Military Commissions and the Paradigm of Prevention, in Guantánamo and Beyond: Exceptional Courts and Military Commissions in Comparative and Policy Perspectives (Oren Gross & Fionnuala Ní Aoláin eds., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press forthcoming).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
Journal Articles
  • David Cole, Where Liberty Lies: Civil Society and Individual Rights After 9/11, 57 Wayne L. Rev. 1203-1267 (2012).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


  • Michael Diamond, Corporations: A Contemporary Approach: Cases and Materials for a Course in Corporate Law (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press 3d ed. 2012).    [BOOK]
Journal Articles
  • Michael Diamond, Community Economic Development and the Paradox of Power, 1 Ir. Rev. CED Law & Pol. 5-25 (2012).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]


Journal Articles
  • Peter B. Edelman, Henry Friendly: As Brilliant as Expected but Less Predictable, 91 Tex. L. Rev. 345-350 (2012) (reviewing David M. Dorsen, Henry Friendly: Greatest Judge of His Era (Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press 2012)).    [L] [W] [WWW]
  • Peter Edelman, Dandridge v. Williams Redux: A Look Back from the Twenty-First Century, 60 Drake L. Rev. 981-999 (2012).    [L] [W] [WWW]


Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters and Collected Works
  • Heidi Li Feldman, What's Right About the Medical Model in Human Subjects Research Regulation, in The Future of Human Subjects Research (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press forthcoming).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Journal Articles
  • Lawrence O. Gostin, Susan C. Kim & Thomas B. Cole, Child Abuse Reporting: Rethinking Child Protection, 308 JAMA 37-38 (2012).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles &Working Papers
  • Itai Grinberg, The Battle Over Taxing Offshore Accounts, UCLA L. Rev. (forthcoming).    [WWW]


Journal Articles
  • Nan D. Hunter, Animus Thick and Thin: The Broader Impact of the Ninth Circuit Decision in Perry v. Brown, 64 Stan. L. Rev. (Online) 111-116 (2012).    [SSRN] [WWW]


Journal Articles
  • Neal Kumar Katyal, Foreword: Academic Influence on the Court, 98 Va. L. Rev. 1189-1194 (2012).    [L] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
  • Gregory Klass, Interpretation and Construction in Altering Rules, (working paper).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
  • Donald C. Langevoort & Robert B. Thompson, Redrawing the Public-Private Boundaries in Entrepreneurial Capital-Raising, (working paper).    [SSRN]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
  • Adam Levitin & William W. Bratton, A Transactional Genealogy of Scandal: From Michael Milken to Enron to Goldman Sachs, (working paper).    [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, The Tenuous Case for Derivatives Clearinghouses, 101 Geo. L.J. (forthcoming).    [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, An Analysis of the Proposed Interchange Fee Litigation Settlement, (working paper).    [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin & Joshua Goodman, Bankruptcy Law and the Cost of Credit: The Impact of Cramdown on Mortgage Interest Rates, (working paper).    [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin & Susan M. Wachter, Why Housing?, 23 Hous. Pol'y Debate (forthcoming).    [SSRN]
Book Chapters and Collected Works
  • Adam Levitin, Fiscal Federalism and the Limits of Bankruptcy, in When States Go Broke: The Origins, Context, and Solutions for the American States in Fiscal Crisis 214-228 (Peter Conti-Brown & David A. Skeel , Jr. eds., Cambridge University Press 2012).    [BOOK]
  • Adam Levitin & Susan M. Wachter, Regulation or Nationalization? Lessons Learned from the 2008 Financial Crisis, in Regulatory Breakdown? The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation 68-85 (Cary Coglianese ed., University of Pennsylvania Press 2012).    [BOOK]


Forthcoming Works - Books
  • David Luban, Torture, Law, & Power (Cambridge University Press forthcoming).    
Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters and Collected Works
  • David Luban, Just Cause (In War), Entry, in International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Hugh LaFollette ed., Blackwell Publishing forthcoming).   
Journal Articles
  • David Luban, The Moral Complexity of Cause Lawyers Within the State, 81 Fordham L. Rev. 705-714 (2012).    [L] [W] [WWW]


Journal Articles
  • Victoria F. Nourse, A Decision Theory of Statutory Interpretation: Legislative History by the Rules, 122 Yale L.J. 70-152 (2012).    [L] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
  • Eloise Pasachoff, NFIB v. Sebelius, the Spending Clause, and the Future of Federal Education Law, 62 Am. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Journal Articles
  • Alicia E. Plerhoples, Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks? Applying Traditional Corporate Law Principles to New Social Enterprise Legislation, 13 Transactions: Tenn. J. Bus. L. 221-265 (2012).    [L] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
  • Steven C. Salop, Merger Settlement and Enforcement Policy for Optimal Deterrence and Maximum Welfare, Fordham L. Rev. (forthcoming).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Journal Articles
  • Abbe Smith, Defending Those People, 10 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 277-301 (2012).    [L] [W] [WWW]]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
  • Lawrence B. Solum, The Legal Effects of NFIB v. Sebelius and the Constitutional Gestalt, (working paper).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
Journal Articles
  • Lawrence B. Solum, Faith and Fidelity: Originalism and the Possibility of Constitutional Redemption, 91 Tex. L. Rev. 147-173 (2012) (reviewing Jack M. Balkin, Constitutional Redemption: Political Faith in an Unjust World (2011) & Jack M. Balkin, Living Originalism (2011)).    [L] [W] [WWW]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
  • Joshua C. Teitelbaum, Levon Barseghyan, Francesca Molinari & Darcy Steeg Morris, Unlucky or Risky? Unobserved Heterogeneity and Experience Rating in Insurance Markets, (working paper).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers
  • Robert B. Thompson & Donald C. Langevoort, Redrawing the Public-Private Boundaries in Entrepreneurial Capital-Raising, (working paper).    [SSRN]
Journal Articles
  • Robert B. Thompson & Randall S. Thomas, A Theory of Representative Shareholder Suits and its Application to Multijurisdictional Litigation, 106 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1753-1819 (2012).    [L] [W] [SSRN] [WWW
Congressional Testimony
  • The JOBS Act: Importance of Prompt Implementation for Entrepreneurs, Capital Formation, and Job Creation: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on TARP, Fin. Servs. & Bailouts of Pub. & Private Programs of the H. Comm. on Oversight & Gov't Reform and the Subcomm. on Capital Mkts. & Gov't Sponsored Enters. of the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 112th Cong., Sept. 13, 2012 (Statement of Robert B. Thompson) (CIS-No.: Pending).    [WWW]


Journal Articles
  • Rebecca Tushnet, The Eye Alone is the Judge: Images and Design Patents, 19 J. Intell. Prop. L. 409-426 (2012).    [L] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters and Collected Works
  • Kathryn Zeiler & Lorian E. Hardcastle, Do Damages Caps Reduce Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums?: A Systematic Review of Estimates and the Methods Used to Produce Them, in Research Handbook on the Economics of Torts (Jennifer Arlen ed., Northampton, Mass.: Edward Elgar forthcoming).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

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