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The Reinheitsgebot (The German Beer Purity Law)

October 31, 2018
Brewing from 1506

Fall is the season of Oktoberfest and beer festivals and to toast the season, the Burns Law Library has mounted an exhibit to commemorate the Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law adopted in Bavaria in 1516.  Considered to be the oldest in force brewing law, the decree issued by Duke of Bavaria Wilhelm IV limited the ingredients in beer to just water, barley, and hops.  The law also protected publicans from high prices and prohibited brewers from adding toxic or dangerous adjuncts to their brews.  While the law is still in effect in Germany, many craft breweries around the world proudly proclaim that they follow the letter of the law as an indication of the quality and purity of their beer.

The exhibit explains the development of the law and includes historical depictions of the brewing process.   View the exhibit on the first floor of the Burns Law Library in the display case directly opposite of the Circulation Desk. It runs through November.

United Nations Day, Oct. 24

October 24, 2018

Today celebrates the entry in force of the United Nations Charter.  The Charter is the foundation document for the international organization, reaffirming fundamental human rights of citizens and a commitment to equality for men and women and “countries large and small.”  The Charter was signed in San Francisco in 1945 by 50 of the original 51 convening nations of the United Nations Conference on International Organizations.

The Charter also included the Statute for the International Court of Justice.  The Court is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.  It began its work in 1946 at the Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands.  It hears cases between the 192 member states.

Stop. Think. Connect.

October 4, 2018
National Cyber Security Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance.  Beware of theft, fraud and cyber crime, secure your key accounts and devices, and actively manage your privacy.

You can do your part for cyber security by protecting your online data and your identity:

  • Guard your identity
  • Secure your devices
  • Think before you connect

GW IT is hosting events during October to educate the GW community on cyber security.

Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week

September 26, 2018
Banned Books Week

Observe Banned Books Week this week, September 23-29.  Banned Books Week draws attention to attempts at censorship by restricting access to books across the country.  Sponsors for the week include the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild.

Check out the list of 2016’s top ten most frequently challenged books.  You may be surprised what’s on the list!  The list is maintained by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

2018 National Book Festival – Sept. 1

August 29, 2018
Girl Flying an Open book

Spread the Joy of Reading!

Join the 2018 National Book Festival on September 1 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Festival includes visits with many authors.  A presentation by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at 11:25am is followed by a book signing.  Family events and activities for all ages is planned.

Welcome to the Jacob Burns Law Library

August 27, 2018
Burns LibGuides for Research

Welcome! New to law school? The Law Library — your library — has a number of materials to help you succeed, including our online guides about services to law students:  the Burns Law Library Welcome Guide and Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library  Our research guides include guides that cover subjects for the following required 1L classes: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal LawProfessional Responsibility & EthicsProperty, and Torts.

To learn more about the Law Library, consult our Library guide (PDF), find a great place to study from our Library Zone, and take a virtual tour.

Never heard of collateral estoppel? Try Black’s Law Dictionary, which provides definitions of legal terms, including res ipsa loquitur, ex parte, and prima facie. Click here for an online version in Westlaw.

And be sure to ask us — we’re here to help you succeed!

Law Day: Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

May 1, 2018
Law Day 2018

Today, May 1, is Law Day, “an annual commemoration first held in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our nation’s commitment to the rule of law. The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Law Day Proclamation. Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day.”

The theme for this year, as announced by the ABA, is Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom: “The U.S. Constitution established a system of government with distinct and independent branches—legislative, executive, and judicial—and it gave Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court separate and distinct powers, so that these three separate branches share power and serve as checks on the powers of the others. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison explained in The Federalist No. 51, because he believed that the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and checks & balances preserve political liberty. By preventing any one branch from becoming too powerful, they provide a framework for freedom. Yet, this framework is not self-executing. We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. The Law Day 2018 theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how the American system of government works for ourselves and our posterity.”

Visit the ABA’s Law Day 2018 site and celebrate Law Day!