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National Film Registry

December 17, 2014

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress announced titles added to its registry of films for 2014.  Twenty-five films are added each year to increase awareness of the Registry’s efforts to preserve film.  Films are selected for their cultural, historical or aesthetic significance; films must have been released at least 10 years prior to inclusion on the list.

The Registry includes a diverse list of narrative features (including blockbusters as well as silent films), animated features, and documentaries – including Bullitt (1968), In the Heat of the Night (1967), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (1940).  Some of the law related titles include 12 Angry Men (1957), Adam’s Rib (1949), Anatomy of  Murder (1959), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), To Kill a Mockingbird Bird (1962) , and Young Mr. Lincoln (1939).

Other lists of law-related feature films include the ABA Journal’s The 25 Greatest Legal Movies and IMDb:  Law Related Films.

Fa la la la Library: Booked for the Holidays

December 11, 2014
Fa-la-la-la Library

Celebrate the season and view our window display.  Every component in the display is made from recycled and upcycled discarded library books.  The display was submitted to the Events division for the university door decorating contest.

The angels and the Joy book were made by folding the pages of books.  The wreath and ornaments were created with the pages of books.  Also the fireplace, mantel and logs were created from book pages.  A few of the components took several hours to create, but the results were worth the time.

View the display from the University Yard – the window is in the alcove closest to the bike rack by the brick and iron railing.

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Zombies and the Law

October 28, 2014

Just in time for Halloween, the Jacob Burns Law Library presents “Zombies and the Law” in our first floor display case.  We explore Haitian law aimed at criminalizing the process of zombification, the use of zombie terminology to explain complex legal theory, and some issues that the law would face in light of a zombie apocalypse.  Included in the display are a number of law review articles, a scan of the Criminal Code of Haiti (1883), and a book from our collection, The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti.

Come take a look before finals take over your brrraaaaiiiins…..

Open Access Week, Oct. 20 – 26, 2014

October 20, 2014
Open Access 2014

Open Access Week is a global event, promoting the  free and immediate access online to scholarly research.  Organized by SPARC, libraries and research institutions around the world participate in hosting events.  SPARC is an “international alliance of academic and research libraries working together to create a more open system of scholarly communication.”  George Washington University is a full member of SPARC.


Title 52 U.S.C.

October 16, 2014

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel recently consolidated election and voting related provisions of the United States Code into Title 52, Elections and Voting.  Subtitles of Title 52 are Voting Rights (§§10101 to 10702), Voting Assistance and Election Administration (§§20101 to 201145), and Federal Campaign Finance (§§§§30101 to 30146).

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel is an independent office within the House of Representatives, established under 2 U.S.C. §285 et seq.  The Office is charged to be impartial and legislative policy questions are referred to the House.  The Law Revision Counsel is appointed by  the Speaker of the House “without regard to party affiliation.”

Stop. Think. Connect

October 1, 2014

We’re now using smart phones, tablets, and mobile devices that were nonexistent even 10 years ago.  We’re posting information about ourselves to share with the world.  Find out how to protect your digital life.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Learn ways to stay safe and secure while online and do your part for cyber security.

GW is offering sessions all month on ways to be safe online.  Visit to find out more information about cyber security and how you can help.

We the People

September 16, 2014
U.S. Constitution

Wednesday marks the 227th anniversary of the United States Constitution.  Signed in Philadelphia at Independence Hall on September 17, 1787 , the Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation.  Adopted in 1777 and ratified in 1781, the Articles created a confederation of sovereign states.  However, after the end of the Revolutionary War, it became apparent that a stronger central government was needed.  Twelve states sent delegates to the constitutional convention, but Rhode Island boycotted the convention.

Delaware was the first to ratify, but others, notably Massachusetts, held out for a promise that amendments would be added to guarantee the various rights, including freedom of religion, speech and the press.  Once ratified by nine states, it was agreed that the new form of government would be effective on March 4, 1789, with the first session of Congress in New York.  George Washington was inaugurated as our first President on April 30, 1789.  The Supreme Court met for the first time on February 2, 1790.

During its first term, Congress passed  the Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the lower federal courts.

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