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News & Reports for November 2012

Law at the Movies

The House I Live In

Please join film director Eugene Jarecki as he screens his latest film The House I Live In 

  • December 4 in the Hart Auditorium 
  • Doors and refreshments at 6:30 
  • Screening at 7:00 
  • Discussion and Reception to follow 

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Law Library, the Georgetown student chapters of the National Lawyers' Guild, the Georgetown Criminal Law Association, the Georgetown Human Rights Action – Amnesty International, and Human Rights First, a national advocacy organization, this movie will provide context to criminal law courses. 

Having won the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury prize for best documentary, the film examines the politics behind the US drug laws, their impact upon race and class dynamics, and the unexpected toll American society has paid for the war on drugs. 

After the screening please stay for a discussion with the director on the legal, cultural, and political issues raised in the film. 

 A reception will follow.

Teaching Your Students to Research

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This year the law library issued new online tutorials to teach your students how to use the latest legal research tools. As Lexis & Westlaw continue to introduce new research platforms, librarians worked to incorporate both WestlawNext and Lexis Advance demonstrations throughout the tutorials to familiarize students with the design of these new legal research platforms. Direct your students to the interactive tutorials.

Learn a Language

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The library now subscribes to Mango Languages, an online language learning center, providing basic courses in over 40 languages. Whether you're interested in Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic or others, Mango Languages allows you to create your own account to track your progress. It also includes a translation tool based on Google translate.

Login to Mango and create an account. You'll be able to learn more than one language at a time, use your mobile devices for access and learn at your own pace.

Don’t cite to an online report – Let the Law Library give you a permanent link

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As you discover new reports and documents on the free web, please notify the law library so that it can save it and provide you with a permanent url. 

Please contact your library liaison when you discover born-digital documents. Here is a real example of how the library is preserving information that will never be printed. The Georgetown Human Rights Institute published a 2009 report on the refugee crisis in Iraqis. Several blogs cited the work. However, when the institute redesigned its website the report was lost and now the blogs all point to empty websites. 

Georgetown Law Library however did preserve the documents through its collaboration in the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group. By depositing the report into that collection the library has create a permanent citation which the scholars have already cited. See Human Rights Action and the Human Rights Institute, 

“Refugee Crisis in America: Iraqis and h eir Resettlement Experience” (2010), accessed May 16, 2011,, 19–33.

Intersession hours available online

During Exams and through Week One the library has restricted hours. 

Photo of Menorah and Christmas Tree in Wolff

Saturday, December 22:
Williams: Building closes at 7 p.m.,
Wolff: Closes at 6 p.m., 

Sunday, December 23:
Wolff and Williams: noon-8 p.m., no reference 

Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25:

Wednesday, December 26 – Friday, December 28:
Williams: 9-5 p.m.
Wolff: Closed 

Saturday, December 29 – Tuesday, January 1:

Wednesday, January 2 - Friday, January 11:
Wolff: 9-5 p.m.
Williams: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Faculty Scholarship Report

Your Publications Released During Fall 2012


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Lama Abu-Odeh, Of Law and the Revolution, (working paper). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
Lama Abu-Odeh, Of Wife and the Domestic Servant in the Arab World, (working paper). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Journal Articles

Vicki Arroyo, Are There Winning Strategies for Enacting Climate Policy?, Climate Policy, iFirst online article 1-3 (2012) (reviewing Climate Clever: How Governments Can Tackle Climate Change (and Still Win Elections) (Hugh Compston & Ian Bailey eds., 2012)).  


Book Chapters and Collected Works

Susan Low Bloch, Assessing the Impeachment of President Clinton from a Post-9/11 Perspective, in The Clinton Presidency and the Constitutional System 190-220 (Rosanna Perotti ed., College Station, Tex.: Texas A&M University Press 2012). [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Rosa Brooks, Reflections on Kony 2012, Harv. Hum. Rts. J. (forthcoming). [Gtown Law]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

J. Peter Byrne, The Cathedral Engulfed: Sea-Level Rise, Property Rights, and Time, 73 La. L. Rev. (forthcoming). [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 D. Cole, Confronting the Wizard of Oz: National Security, Expertise, and Secrecy, 44 Conn. L. Rev. 1627-1635 (2012). [L] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
David D. Cole, Our Romance with Guns, N.Y. Rev. Books, Sept. 27, 2012, at 48-51 (reviewing Adam Winkler, Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America (2011), Franklin E. Zimring, The City that Became Safe: New York's Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control (2012) & David M. Kennedy, Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America (2011)).  
David Cole, Where Liberty Lies: Civil Society and Individual Rights After 9/11, 57 Wayne L. Rev. 1203-1267 (2012). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


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]


Book Chapters and Collected Works

Charles H. Gustafson, Tax Incentives for Home Ownership in the United States: Good Intentions and the Financial Meltdown, in Financial Crisis and Single Market: Proceedings of the Eucotax Wintercourse Opening Conference held at Luiss Guido Carli, 7th April 2011, at 79-89 (Livia Salvini & Giuseppe Melis eds., Rome, It.: Discendo Agitur 2012).  


Congressional Testimony

Regulation Nation: The Obama Administration's Regulatory Expansion vs. Jobs and Economic Recovery: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 112th Cong., Sept. 20, 2012 (Statement of Lisa Heinzerling) (CIS-No.: Pending). [WWW]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Kristin Henning, Criminalizing Normal Adolescent Behavior in Communities of Color: The Role of Prosecutors in Juvenile Justice Reform, 98 Cornell L. Rev. (forthcoming). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Journal Articles

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

David A. Koplow, Train Wreck: The U.S. Violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, J. Nat'l Sec. L. & Pol'y (forthcoming). [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]


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 2013).  

Journal Articles

David Luban, The Moral Complexity of Cause Laywers within the State, 81 Fordham L. Rev. 705-714 (2012). [L] [W] [WWW]


Journal Articles

Wallace J. Mlyniec, Developing a Teacher Training Program for New Clinical Teachers, 19 Clinical L. Rev. 327-345. [L] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Journal Articles

Victoria F. Nourse, A Decision Theory of Statutory Interpretation: Legislative History by the Rules, 122 Yale L.J. 70-152 (2012). [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]



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. 2003-2013) (publishing annual revisions). [BOOK]
Paul F. Rothstein, Myrna S. Raeder & David Crump, Evidence in a Nutshell (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson Reuters 6th ed. 2012). [BOOK]
Paul F. Rothstein, Federal Rules of Evidence (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson Reuters/West 3d ed. 2000-2012) (publishing annual editions). [BOOK]


Forthcoming Works - Books

Philip G. Schrag & Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Lives in the Balance: Asylum Adjudication by the Department of Homeland Security (New York: NYU Press forthcoming).  


Forthcoming Works - Books

Jeffrey Shulman, The Constitutional Parent (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press forthcoming).  


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

Girardeau A. Spann, Whatever, 65 Vand. L. Rev. (En Banc) 203-209 (2012). [L] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Joshua C. Teitelbaum, Analogical Legal Reasoning: Theory and Evidence, (working paper). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
Joshua C. Teitelbaum, Levon Barseghyan, Francesca Molinari & Ted O'Donoghue, The Nature of Risk Preferences: Evidence from Insurance Choices, Am. Econ. Rev. (forthcoming). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
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]


Robert B. Thompson & F. Hodge O'Neal, 1-2 O'Neal and Thompson's Close Corporations and LLCs: Law and Practice (Eagan, Minn.: Thomson/West rev. 3d ed. 2004 & Supp. 2012). [BOOK]
Robert B. Thompson & F. Hodge O'Neal, 1-2 O'Neal and Thompson's Oppression of Minority Shareholders and LLC Members: Protecting Minority Rights in Squeeze-outs and Other Intracorporate Conflicts (Eagan, Minn.: Thomson/West rev. 2d ed. 2004 & Supp. 2012). [BOOK]

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]


Journal Articles

Carols M. Vázquez, Alien Tort Claims and the Status of Customary International Law, 106 Am. J. Int'l L. 531-546 (2012). [L] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]


Journal Articles

Timothy M. Westmoreland & Sara Rosenbaum, The Supreme Court’s Surprising Decision on the Medicaid Expansion: How Will the Federal Government and States Proceed?, 31 Health Aff. 1663-1672 (2012).  

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