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Illustrated Law Books

January 5, 2016

The most recent display mounted by the staff of the Jacob Burns Law Library offers examples of illustrated law books. The display, “Picturing the Law,” features items published as early as 1500 and as recently as 2006. It includes two examples of the very important Arbor Consanguinitatis, which was used for centuries to dictate inheritance rights and familial limitations for marriage—one a manuscript commonplace book written around 1470, and one a book printed in Vienna in 1500. The stories of notorious trials often have included illustrations, and the display offers an artist’s conception of the murder of Phillip Barton Key II, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, by Daniel Sickels, a Congressman from New York, in Lafayette Park.

The Burns Law Library is able to create these displays in its new case made possible by a generous gift from an alumnus, Robert Emery.





The Force Is Strong With This One

December 15, 2015
Star Wars

On Friday, the newest installment of the Star Wars franchise will open in theaters, so it is only fitting that our newest display is a tribute to Star Wars and the Law.  Several articles are highlighted, including one that analyzes the Death Star II from a government contracts viewpoint.

There are also a few Star Wars related cases in the display, including a copyright case about Imperial Walkers used in many casebooks to illustrate the Best Evidence Rule.

Be sure to stop by and see our newest display case on the first floor of the library. And “remember…the Force will be with you, always,” but this display will only be around for a limited time.

A Legal Miscellanea Moves Online

December 11, 2015
Legal Misc Banner

The Jacob Burns Law Library is expanding its online presence!  A Legal Miscellanea, which was previously published in print as a newsletter for the Friends of the Library, has moved online.

Please check out the Gazette of the Jacob Burns Law Library in its new form at:

You will find a montage of news of Special Collections at The George Washington University Law Library, interviews, in-depth looks at recently-acquired rare books, book reviews, and other pieces on a variety of topics.

Check out the “Receive Alerts” function on the landing page to find out how to receive notifications as new articles are posted.

New Display Cases

October 13, 2015

Thanks to a generous donation from Robert Emery (class of ’80), the Jacob Burns Law Library has installed two new display cases that will be used to showcase its amazing collection of rare and historic materials.  One case has been placed in the Rare Book Reading Room, while the other has been installed near the library entrance next to the Circulation Desk.  The latter, constructed in Germany by a leading maker of display cases for libraries and museums, is particularly impressive.  The first display placed in the larger case is a collection of memorabilia celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Law School.  The case in the Rare Book Reading Room is being used to display a unique collection of materials from the Praslin murder-suicide case that shocked France in 1847.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 7, 2015
Nat Cyber Sec Month 2015

Stop.  Think.  Connect.  Do your part to keep the Internet safer for everyone.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, sponsored by  “Take security precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.”  Find resources and learn tips on how to be safer on the Internet.

Banned Books Week, September 27 – October 3

September 28, 2015
Banned Books 2015

Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read.  Sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the American Publishers Association, the Freedom to Read Foundation and others, Banned Books Week highlights the importance of intellectual freedom and open access to information.

Check out the list of most frequently banned books for school and public libraries.  It may surprise you!

Take Time to Escape

September 4, 2015

Law school involves a lot or reading. Cases, journal articles, treatises, hornbooks, nutshells, your outline.  You have papers to write, articles to edit, sources to find, and research to conduct.  Some of the reading is interesting.  Some of it – not so much.  It’s law school and kind of what you expected.  But remember those pre-law school days, when you took the time to read things that interested you.  Mysteries, drama, romance, thrillers, or that latest graphic novel – that moment of escape into another world.  You want to do that again but don’t see how you are going to have the time to go to the public library and pick up that book.

We have an easy option available for you.  That option is interlibrary loan.   Use it to request anything you want. If there is a library out there in the world willing to lend it, we will find that library.  Search GW Worldcat Discovery for the item.  Once you have found it, click on the “request through interlibrary loan” button.    Then sit back and leave the work to us.   All you have to do is come to the library and pick up the item when we contact you.  Then go sit someplace comfortable and have you moment of escape.

Our Burns Law Library Welcome guide and our guide Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library have more information about our services for GW Law students.


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