Past Events

April 2011

Georgetown University Law Library Holds the Twelfth Screening in the Law at the Movies Series

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Hart Auditorium
Screening: Legally Blonde (2001)

Legally Blonde posterThe Friends of the Georgetown Law Library invites you to take a study break and attend the last screening for the spring semester of the library's Law at the Movies series.

In this modern movie classic, Reese Witherspoon portrays Elle Woods who attends Harvard Law School for all the wrong reasons. As the movie progresses it provides comic insights about how law school can teach students to think like lawyers. The movie earned two Golden Globe nominations and won 6 awards.

After the screening we will host a discussion about the ethical, legal, and cultural issues in the film. The panel includes:

  • Marylin Raisch, Georgetown Adjunct Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for International and Foreign Law.
  • Kumar Jayasuriya, Georgetown Adjunct Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for Patron Services.

For further readings about the legal implication of the films please see the following articles written by Professor Menkel-Meadow.

To learn more about the Friends of the Georgetown Law Library and to consider becoming a member, please look at the Friends of the Library website: http://www.ll.georgetown.edu/friends/index.cfm.

February 2011

Georgetown University Law Library Holds the Eleventh Screening in the Law at the Movies Series

The Friends of the Georgetown Law Library invites you to take a study break and attend the next screening of the Library's Law at the Movies series.

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Hart Auditorium
Screening:
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird posterStaring Gregory Peck and featuring a young Robert Duvall, this beloved film classic centers around a racially charged criminal trial as seen through the eyes of a child. Her father, Atticus Finch, is often referred to as the lawyer who all law students hope to become, a leader in the community who advocates for justice, morality, and tolerance.

Based upon the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird earned 6 Oscar nominations and won 3, including Best Actor for Gregory Peck.

After the screening we will host a discussion about the ethical, legal, and cultural issues in the film. The panel will include:

  • Naomi Mezey, Georgetown Law Faculty
  • Kumar Jayasuriya, Georgetown Adjunct Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for Patron Services
  • Todd Venie, Adjunct Law Faculty and Law Librarian

November 2010

Georgetown University Law Library Holds the Tenth Screening in the Law at the Movies Series

The Friends of the Georgetown Law Library invites you to take a study break and attend the screening of the Library's Law at the Movies series.

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Hart Auditorium
Screening:
Beeswax (2009)

Beeswax posterBeeswax is an independent film by director Andrew Bujalski. Set in Austin, TX, the story focuses on twin sisters. One is rootless and looking for direction. Her twin, the co-owner of a struggling boutique, contemplates litigation with her partner while dating a recent law school graduate. In addition to examining the role of family and the boundaries of friendship, the film nicely depicts the shadow the law casts on everyday relationships.

After the screening we will host a discussion about the ethical, legal, and cultural issues in the film. The panel will include:

  • Gregory Klass, Georgetown Law Faculty
  • Naomi Mezey, Georgetown Law Faculty
  • Kumar Jayasuriya, Georgetown Adjunct Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for Patron Services

 

October 2010

Georgetown University Law Library Holds the Ninth Screening in the Law at the Movies Series

The Friends of the Georgetown Law Library invites you to take a study break and attend the screening of the Library's Law at the Movies series.

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Hart Auditorium
Screening:
Amistad

Amistad posterDirected by Steven Spielberg and starting Anthony Hopkins and Morgan Freeman, Amistad is the true story of the Supreme Court case regarding the freedom of African slaves.  Set in the years leading to the Civil War, the film depicts litigation over the legal status of slaves as freemen or property aboard a Spanish slave ship captured off the U.S. coast.  Nominated for four Oscars, the film examine issues of freedom, international law, slavery, and human rights.

After the screening we will host a discussion about the ethical, legal, and cultural issues in the film. The panel will include:

  • Gregory Klass, Georgetown Law Faculty
  • Laura Bedard, Georgetown Law Library Head of Special Collections
  • Kumar Jayasuriya, Georgetown Adjunct Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for Patron Services
  • Erin Kidwell, Georgetown Adjunct Faculty
  • Marylin Raisch, Georgetown Adjunct Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for International and Foreign Law

The next films in our series will be:

  • Beeswax - November 18

September 2010

Georgetown University Law Library Holds the Eighth Screening in the Law at the Movies Series

The Friends of the Georgetown Law Library invites you to take a study break and attend the screening of the Library's Law at the Movies series.

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Hart Auditorium
Screening:
Minority Report

Minority Report posterMinority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise and Max von Sydow, is a thriller about the nature of criminal justice. Set in the year 2050, the film focuses on a futuristic "Department of Pre-Crime" devoted to apprehending and convicting criminals before they commit murder. It examines the legal and ethical issues of pursuing and convicting potential criminals. The film was nominated for an Oscar in 2003.

After the screening we will host a discussion about the ethical, legal, and cultural issues in the film. The panel will include:

  • Naomi Mezey, Georgetown Law Faculty
  • Gregory M. Klass, Georgetown Law Faculty
  • Julie O'Sullivan, Georgetown Law Faculty
  • Kumar Jayasuriya, Adjunct Law Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for Patron Services

The next films in our series will be:

  • Amistad - October 14
  • Beeswax - November 18

April 2010

Georgetown University Law Library Holds the Seventh Screening in the Law at the Movies Series

The Friends of the Georgetown Law Library invite you to the seventh screening in the Library's Law at the Movies series.

Film: Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Date: Thursday, Apr. 8, 2010
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Location: Hart Auditorium

Anatomy of a Murder posterAnatomy of a Murder, directed by Otto Preminger, based on a novel by John D. Voelker; screenplay by Wendell Mayes. Starring: Jimmy Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, George C. Scott and Eve Arden. Carlyle Productions, with distribution through Columbia Pictures, brought Otto Preminger's direction of this superb courtroom drama to the general public. Based on a novel by a judge who himself remembered a challenging murder case, this rural American film noir, with its mix of Duke Ellington's jazz along with rules of evidence and professional ethics, deals with ups and downs that rival the most intricate musical rhythms and scales, from the client interview through to the strategy of cross-examination.

This fascinating film is followed by a discussion and analysis of what makes it compelling.

  • Randy Barnett, former criminal prosecutor, Georgetown Professor of Law;
  • Gregory M. Klass, Georgetown Associate Professor of Law

Hosted and with Introduction by Marylin Raisch, Associate Law Librarian for International & Foreign Law, on behalf of the Friends of the EBW Library

March 2010

Georgetown University Law Library Holds the Sixth Screening in the Law at the Movies Series

Thin Blue Line posterThe Friends of the Georgetown Law Library invite you to the sixth screening in the Library's Law at the Movies series.

Film: The Thin Blue Line (1988)
Date: Thursday, Mar. 4, 2010
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Location: Hart Auditorium

The Thin Blue Line is a dramatic documentary that investigates how circumstantial evidence can be used and misused in a murder trial.  Directed by Errol Morris and scored by Philip Glass, the film uses reenactments and interviews to shed light on the failures of the criminal justice system.

After the screening we will lead a discussion about the ethical and cultural issues in the film. The panel will include:

  • Randy Barnett, Georgetown Law Faculty;
  • Kumar Jayasuriya, Adjunct Law Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for Patron Services;
  • Gregory M. Klass, Georgetown Law Faculty

February 2010

Georgetown University Law Library Holds the Fifth Screening in the Law at the Movies Series

Judgment at Nuremberg posterThe Friends of the Georgetown Law Library invite you to the fifth screening in the Library's Law at the Movies series.

Film: Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Location: Hart Auditorium

Judgment at Nuremberg, starring Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, Maximillian Schell, Judy Garland, and Montgomery Clift, is a film that examines ideals of law and justice embodied in a trial of four judges accused of using their office to commit war crimes. The film was nominated for 11 Oscars and won two.

After the screening we will lead a discussion about the ethical and cultural issues in the film. The panel will include:

  • Naomi Mezey, Georgetown Law Faculty;
  • Kumar Jayasuriya, Adjunct Law Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for Patron Services;
  • Marylin Raisch, Adjunct Law Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for International and Foreign Law

January 2010

Georgetown University Law Library Holds the Fourth Screening in the Law at the Movies Series

The Friends of the Georgetown Law Library invite you to the fourth screening in the Library's Law at the Movies series.

Film: A Few Good Men
Date: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Location: Hart Auditorium

A Few Good Men posterA Few Good Men stars Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Kevin Bacon in a 1992 court-martial drama. The film examines military law, court room technique, and the difficult national security issues in Guantamo even before the base was used to detain suspected terrorists. The film was nominated for four Oscars and won seven awards from other organizations.

After the screening we will lead a discussion about the ethical and cultural issues in the film. The panel will include:

  • Naomi Mezey, Georgetown Law Faculty;
  • Greg Klass, Georgetown Law Faculty;
  • Kumar Jayasuriya, Adjunct Law Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for Patron Services;
  • Marylin Raisch, Adjunct Law Faculty and Associate Law Librarian for International and Foreign Law

December 2009

Georgetown University Law Library Holds the Third Screening in the Law at the Movies Series

My Cousin Vinny PosterThe Friends of the Georgetown Law Library invite you to the third screening in the Library's Law at the Movies series.

Film: My Cousin Vinny
Date: Thursday, Dec. 2, 2009
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Location: Hart Auditorium

Take a study break to watch My Cousin Vinny, a comedy about a New York native and recent law graduate's struggle to defend his cousin against a murder charge in a small southern town. This modern film classic, starring Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei, provides a comic depiction of the transition from law school to legal practice and insight into the popular image of judges, first-generation lawyers, and the people who support them.

After the screening we will lead a discussion about the ethical and cultural issues in the film. The panel will include:

  • Nancy Cantalupo, Georgetown Law Assistant Dean for Clinical Programs;
  • Kumar Jayasuriya, Associate Law Librarian for Patron Services;
  • Greg Klass, Georgetown Law Faculty;
  • Naomi Mezey, Georgetown Law Faculty;
  • Tanina Rostain, Georgetown Visiting Law Faculty.

Georgetown University Law Library Holds the Second Screening in the Law at the Movies Series

The Friends of the Georgetown Law Library invite you to the second screening in the Library's Law at the Movies series.

Film: Breaker Morant
Date: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Location: Hart Auditorium

Breaker Morant posterBreaker Morant is an Australian film based upon a true story of a British court-martial of two Australian soldiers accused of a war-crime killing, authorized by their commanders. Join us for this examination of military and criminal law as well as the independence of the military legal system.

After the screening we will lead a discussion about the ethical and cultural issues in the film. The panel will include:

  • Michael Frisch, Georgetown Law's Ethics Counsel and Adjunct Faculty;
  • Naomi Mezey, Georgetown Law Faculty;
  • Kumar Jayasuriya, Associate Law Librarian for Patron Services;
  • Marylin Raisch, Associate Law Librarian for International and Foreign Law.

The next film in our series will be My Cousin Vinny on December 2 at 6:00.

October 2009 Reunion Events: Book Talk and Signing with Georgetown Law Professor David Cole and Rare Books Open House

On October 16, the Georgetown Law Library held two events for the Georgetown Law Reunion weekend. First the Library celebrated Georgetown Law Professor David Cole's latest book entitled The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (New York: The New Press 2009).

Cole teaches constitutional law and national security law, and publishes in a variety of areas, including civil rights, criminal justice, constitutional law, and law and literature. He is the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, and author of the American Book Award-winning Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism (2003). His other books include Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terror (2007), Justice at War: The Men and Ideas That Shaped America's War On Terror (2008), and Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security (2002).

David ColeAmong his many awards, Cole has won the 2006 Society of American Law Teachers Human Rights Award, the 2004 American Bar Association Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities Human Rights Hero, and the 2004 Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, William J. Brennan, Jr. Award.

The Torture Memos gives readers an unfiltered look at the tactics approved for use in the CIA's secret overseas prisons and tells the story behind the memos. Cole argues eloquently that official accountability for these legal wrongs is essential if the United States is to restore fidelity to the rule of law.

Clive Stafford Smith, Director of the organization Reprieve and author of Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay and the Secret Prisons (2007) calls the book a 'must-read for anyone trying to reconstruct and understand how the US ended up using medieval torture methods in the 21st Century." Reviewer William Fisher, writing in the Huffington Post, calls David Cole's commentary on "this distortion of the law and its implications for our society" a "must read." The full review is available online.

This was a unique opportunity to discuss an exceptional book, appropriately held in Georgetown's own re-creation of the Supreme Court Chambers. The Georgetown Law Supreme Court Moot Court Room in the Hotung Building is used by litigants from around the nation to prepare for oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States.

The Book Reading was jointly sponsored by the Friends of the Edward Bennett Williams Library and the Georgetown Supreme Court Institute.

The second reunion event was a rare book event hosted by the Library's Special Collections department. During the afternoon of October 16, the library hosted an open house in the Rare Books Reading Room, on the west side of the Oakley Reading Room in the Williams Library. The Library displayed several of our most valuable treasures.

All Friends of the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library were invited to these exciting events.

2008

Sheryl Cashin book coverOn October 18, 2008, the Friends celebrated Professor Sheryll Cashin's latest book, The Agitator's Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family (PublicAffairs 2008).

In The Agitator's Daughter, Professor Cashin, a former clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and advisor to the Clinton White House, chronicles her own family's political activism, passion for social justice, and the price they paid for fighting racial inequality.

According to reviewer Denise Nichols of the Washington Post, "Sheryll Cashin … adds her firsthand experiences as a participant and witness to civil rights history to enliven the text with a close and often heartbreaking point of view" (Washington Post, July 23, 2008). Professor Jeffrey Bauman interviewed his Georgetown Law colleague Cashin in the Georgetown Supreme Court Moot Court Room. This was a unique opportunity to discuss an exceptional book, appropriately held in Georgetown's own re-creation of the Supreme Court Room, used by litigants from around the nation to prepare for oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States.

2007

David Cold book coverThe library hosted its annual Law Reunion book signing, featuring Professor David Cole and Dean Alex Aleinikoff, on Friday, October 19, from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. in the Wolff International & Comparative Law Library. Professor Cole's book, Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (New Press, 2007), co-authored with University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor Jules Lobel, offers the first comprehensive examination of the administration's record on the war on terror at home and abroad. Cole and Lobel contend that the administration's stance on national security has actually made us more susceptible to the threat of terrorist attacks while sacrificing fundamental commitments to the rule of law. Professor Cole and Dean Aleinikoff discussed the book in a lively interview, and Professor Cole was available to sign copies of his book after the presentation.

As a part of your Friends membership, you can receive invitations to our special events, either in the mail or through email communication.