Faculty Services

Support for your teaching, research, and scholarship is at the heart of Law Library service to our faculty. One of the support services that the library provides is the Library Faculty Liaison Program. We have three law librarians, Denise Gibson, John Perkins, and Jim Walsh, all of whom hold a law degree as well as a master's degree in library science. They teach the required Introduction to Legal Research course and the elective, Advanced Legal Research. They have been assigned to individual faculty members and administrative offices to ensure that your library and research needs are filled.

Your librarian liaison can provide assistance with using the library's collection of subscription and online resources on our Quick Research web pageInformation and instructions for off campus access or passwords to the law library’s resources are available to Mercer Law Faculty through the Law School portal > library.

Liaisons will also

  • Bring to your attention new books, articles and electronic resources relevant to your interests
  • Acquire and borrow books and materials
  • Provide customized in-class or individual research instruction for your students
  • Assist with the use of the library’s electronic databases and resources, including Bloomberg Law, HeinOnline, Galileo, Westlaw, Lexis Advance
  • Assist with your research projects and answering general reference questions
  • Provide support and instruction for your research assistants
     

 Librarian Liaison Assignments

Denise Gibson
Assistant Law Librarian for Research Services,
J.D., M.L.S.

gibson_dm@law.mercer.edu            301-5905
John Perkins
Reference Services Librarian,
J.D., M.L.S

perkins_jm@law.mercer.edu     301-2667
Jim Walsh
Reference Services Librarian

J.D., M.L.S.
301-2625
 
Creswell Adams Blumoff  
Feinberg Baldwin Floyd, T.  
Floyd, D Claxton Gerwig-Moore  
Griffin Cole Jellum  
 Longan Dantzler Hricik   
McMurtry-Chubb Davis Johnson, S.  
Painter-Thorne Fleissner Kidd  
Ritchie Hunt  Lopater  
Sabbath Jones
McCann
 

Sheppard
Titshaw Oedel  

Simson
Watson  Roudil  

Sneddon
  Wells  
       
Adjuncts not otherwise
assigned 
     
       

Development 
Leslie Cadle

Alumni Programs & Engagement
Cheryll King
 

Admissions & Financial Aid
 Marilyn Sutton
Leah Aiken
 
Career Services
Stephanie Powell
Elizabeth Carr
 
Communications and Marketing
Billie Frys
 
Deans' Office
Mary Donovan
Michael Dean
 
Registrar
Patsy Crammer
 
     

 

General Library Contacts

You may also contact the following staff members for assistance.

 

Acquisitions

Contact

To order books, tapes, or software

 Suzanne Cassidy (2665)
 cassidy_sl@law.mercer.edu
 Or, if unavailable contact 
 Ismael Gullon (5904)
 gullon_i@law.mercer.edu

To check status of a previously placed order


 Ethel Dennis (2668)
 Or, if unavailable contact
 Ismael Gullon (5904)

To request certain material be routed to you


 Lynn Bloodworth (2988)
 Or, if unavailable contact
 Ismael Gullon (5904)

Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Reserves

Contact

To have material checked out to you and sent to your office


 Abbie Holmes (2613)
 Howard_a@law.mercer.edu
 Or if unavailable contact 
 John Perkins
 perkins_jm@law.mercer.edu or your Librarian Liaison (see Librarian Liaison list above) 

To borrow library books and materials or request photocopies from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

 ILL@law.mercer.edu 
 Or, if unavailable, contact
 Abbie Holmes (2613)

To place materials on reserve for your courses

 Abbie Holmes (2613)
 Or, if unavailable contact
 John Perkins (2667)

To have material photocopied

 Your faculty secretary

To arrange for your research assistant to make photocopies in the library

 Abbie Holmes (2613)
 Or, if unavailable contact
 John Perkins (2667)

To inquire about policies for circulation, interlibrary loan, and reserve

 Suzanne Cassidy (2665)
 Or, if unavailable contact
 John Perkins (2667)

 

 

Classroom Technology and Media Services


 IT-DL@law.mercer.edu

 301-2947
 Or, if unavailable contact
 Michael DellaDonna (2181)
 Chris Osier (2183)
 Justin Powers (2182)  

 

 

Reference and Research Services

Contact


To ask a general reference question or for passwords to gain remote access to library subscriptions
(other than  Westlaw, LexisAdvance, and Bloomberg Law).
Note: Many passwords are in the Library section of the portal.
 


 Reference Desk (2334)
 Or, if unavailable, contact
 Denise Gibson
 gibson_dm@law.mercer.edu

To ask a research question, or assistance with an ongoing research project


 Your Librarian Liaison
 Or, if unavailable contact

 Denise Gibson
 gibson_dm@law.mercer.edu

To request a librarian to teach legal research sessions as part of your class


 Suzanne Cassidy (2665)
 Or, if unavailable contact your Librarian Liaison (see Librarian Liaison list above)

To inquire about your Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, Westlaw, or TWEN accounts, printers, and for general information about these services


 Denise Gibson
 gibson_dm@law.mercer.edu 
 Or, if unavailable contact 
 Suzanne Cassisdy (2665)

 

 

To request assistance with using Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, the Internet and other online research applications for yourself, your research assistant, or as part of your class


 Your Librarian Liaison
 Or, if unavailable contact
 Denise Gibson (5905)

 

To request a library tour or orientation for yourself or your research assistant

 

 

 Your Librarian Liaison
 Or, if unavailable contact
 Denise Gibson
gibson_dm@law.mercer.edu

To inquire about polices for reference and research services, faculty services, the faculty liaison program, and the library website

 

 Denise Gibson
 gibson_dm@law.mercer.edu 
 Or, if unavailable contact
 Suzanne Cassidy (2665)

 

 

Teaching and Curriculum Support

Our law library's Course Guides are class-specific resources developed to help students become acquainted with the library's study aids and treatises. If a faculty member would like a Course Guide prepared for his or her class, please contact Denise Gibson, Assistant Law Librarian for Research Services. Current Course Guides are available on the library's home page under Library Guides.

Resources:

ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar

Law School Survey of Student Engagement Annual Report 2013

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning: Gonzaga School of Law

William M. Sullivan, Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law (Carnegie Foundation Study - Jossey-Bass/Wiley 2007) aka as the Carnegie Report is available in the law library's Reserve collection and in the Walnut Wing, KF272.E38.

Madeleine Schachter, The Law Professor's Handbook - Copies in the Walnut Wing and on Reserve, KF272.S29.

Washburn's List 
Over 150 legal listservs maintained by Washburn School of Law.

Best Practices for Legal Education Blog 
Blog on exchanging ideas on current reforms in legal education.

Law Professor Blogs Network 
Network of web logs ("blogs") designed to assist law professors in their scholarship and teaching, i.e., Science and Law Blog, Statutory Construction Blog (by Mercer Law Professor David Hricik), Law School Innovation Blog, etc.

Legal Scholarship Blog 
This blog features law-related Calls for Papers, Conferences, and Workshops, as well as general legal scholarship resources.

Leiter's Law School Reports

beSpacific.com 
Daily law and technology news with links to reliable primary and secondary sources on topics including: e-government, privacy, government documents, cybercrime and ID theft, the Patriot Act, freedom of information, federal legislation, legal research, KM, blogs, RSS and wikis.

The Teaching Professors Blog

The Volokh Conspiracy

Legal Blawgs Archive 
Maintained by the Law Library of Congress since 2007. 

 

Submitting Law Review Articles & Law Journal Information

 

Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals

Describes the process for submitting articles for 2015 submission process for 204 main journals of each law school. Includes a chart for each journal's preferences (e.g., e-mail,ExpressO, Scholastica, or regular mail), as well as special formatting requirements and how to request an expedited review.  The second chart contains rankings information from U.S. News and World Report as well as data from Washington & Lee's law review website.

SSRN

Legal Scholarship Network (part of the Social Science Electronic Publishing Network) is a free service that allows you to submit a paper to over 300 law reviews that allow electronic submission. You can send customized messages to each journal, and to submit to different journals at different times. To use eSubmission, you must first include your paper in the SSRN elibrary.

Scholastica

A Mercer Law faculty member must be added to the law school's institutional account before submitting an article to Scholastica. Please contact Denise Gibson or your librarian liaison.

ExpressO

Berkeley Electronic Press provides electronic submission of articles to over 750+ law reviews. The law school has an institutional account, and a Mercer Law faculty member must be added to the law school's institutional account before creating an individual account. Faculty must use their law school email address. There is a submission guide on the main page: http://law.bepress.com/expresso/  More information, including the link to create an account, is at: http://law.bepress.com/expresso/faq_authors.html

Issues in Legal Scholarship
Provides a forum for discusson of seminal articles and important issues in legal scholarship, available through Berkeley Electronic Press.

Law Journal Information
The basic purpose of this site is to allow authors to find journals by subject, country, or journal rank. Website created and maintained by John Doyle, Associate Law Librarian at Washington and Lee Law School Library.

Article Providing Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews and Journals
Available on SSRN. Article update by Nancy Levit and Allen Rostron on law review submissions/expedites and law review rankings from different sources for the summer and fall submission season. The first chart contains information about each journal’s preferences about methods for submitting articles (e.g., e-mail, ExpressO or regular mail), as well as special formatting requirements and how to request an expedited review. The second chart contains rankings information from U.S. News and World Report as well as data from Washington & Lee’s law review website.

NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository
The NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository provides a free and persistent point of access for working papers, reports, lecture series, workshop presentations, and other scholarship created by faculty at NELLCO member schools. Powered by Berkeley Electronic Press technology, the aim of the NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository is to improve dissemination and visibility of a variety of scholarly materials throughout the academic and legal research communities.

Bepress Legal Repository
Website from Berkeley Electronic Press which posts working papers and other materials from law schools, institutes, research centers, conferences and think tanks. Law schools can set up a collection of working paper series to be posted on this site for a fee. Mercer Law School has an insitutional account.

Law Review Commons
The Law Review Commons brings together a growing collection of law reviews and legal journals in an easily browsable and searchable format. It contains both current issues and archival content spanning over 100 years. All Law Review Commons publications are made freely available online through their institutions’ bepress Digital Commons repositories. The Commons includes many of the leading U.S. law reviews—such as the California Law Review and the Duke Law Journal.

Tips on Publishing from Columbia Law School.

Google Scholar - Search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Tips on getting email alerts.

Google Book Search
Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book Search. Google now includes a bookstore to shop for ebooks.

Findlaw's Directory of Law Reviews by Topic

 

Law School & Law Review Rankings

 

U.S. News World Report - Ranking of Top Law Schools 

Analysis of biggest moves in U.S. News Report Law School Rankings for 2007 - By Tax Prof Blog.

Journal Rankings:

  • HeinOnline contains a Most-Cited browse option which provides a list of HeinOnline's most-cited authors, articles, and journals. It also lists the top 50 articles and 250 authors. For example, in the Law Journal Library, clicking the Author's name will produce that author's profile page, which will include a list of articles he or she has written,  how many times it was cited in cases and cited by articles, and how many times it was accessed. The ScholarRank tool ranks the top 50 articles and the top 250 authors in HeinOnline based on the number of times they have been cited by other articles in HeinOnline. All cited-by numbers are updated on a monthly basis. Click either link to view a list of these articles and authors. Click on any author's name to view the author's profile page.
  • Washington and Lee's Journal Rankings is a database which counted citations to journals in two large Westlaw databases: JLR (primarily U.S. journal and law reviews) and ALLCASES (U.S. federal and state cases). Faculty may choose to view the list arranged by journal title or by ranking.


100 Most Popular General Student Law Reviews and Top Law Reviews within the Most Popular Subjects from Berkeley Electronic Press's ExpressO are rankings based on how many articles were submitted to each journal through their online submission service.

Leiter's Law School Rankings Website
Designed as an alternative to the U.S. News & World Report ranking of law schools, this site seeks to provide a knowledgeable guide to the best law schools based on faculty quality, student quality, teaching quality and job placement. This website is a service of Law Professor Web Services, LLC, parent limited liability company of the Law Professor Blogs Network.

 

Call for Papers, Conferences, & Upcoming Symposia

Legal Scholarhip Network Call for Papers and Conferences (get on the distribution list for LSN Professional Announcements and Job Openings.)

Legal Scholarship Blog
This blog is a collaborative effort from faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington School of Law. The blog features calls for papers, conferences, and workshops, with links to relevant websites and papers and it also contains an event calendar.

AALS Workshops and Conferences

In addition to the above mentioned sources, faculty can follow listservs and blogs in their subject areas.

 

Copyright & Publisher Information

General information regarding copyrighted material and "fair use" of copyrighted material is available on the U.S. Copyright Office website. The Mercer University policy regarding copyright is available in the University Faculty Handbook.

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
The largest licenser of text reproduction rights in the world, the CCC was formed in 1978 to facilitate compliance with U.S. copyright law. CCC provides licensing systems for the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted materials in print and electronic formats throughout the world. The company currently manages rights relating to over 1.75 million works and represents more than 9,600 publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creations. The Center also provides an online permission service.

Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center
Stanford University's web page provides a wide range of discussions pertaining to fair use, website permission and the public domain.

When Works Pass Into the Public Domain
A concise table from Univeristy of North Carolina simplifying the issue of when a copyright work is no longer covered by copyright restrictions based on its date of publication.

What Can You (Legally) Take From the Web? 
Article by Kirk Teska in IEEE Spectrum Online, April 2008.

 

Publisher Directories and Information

Alibris 
Rare books, out of print books, new and used (use this site if book is unavailable on Amazon).

AbeBooks
Rare books, out of print books, new and used (use this site if book is unavailable on Amazon).
 

CALI and TWEN

  • Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instructions (CALI) CALI - The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), a non-profit consortium of law schools, is providing a Legal Education Commons where faculty can find and share legal education materials including syllabi, podcasts, presentations, and more. Faculty and librarians from CALI member schools can upload materials under a Creative Commons license that allows colleagues and students to find and use the materials.
  • TWEN - Westlaw Course Web Page System- If you wish to create a course web page utilizing TWEN, the following information is provided to help get you started with the setup and maintainance of the course web page.

TWEN is a course home page system available to professors through the Westlaw system. Among the features of TWEN are:

Ability to post course syllabus and readings on the Web.
Ability to seamlessly link to the full-text of cases and law review articles availabe on the Westlaw system without concern about copyright clearance.
Create links to CALI lessons.
Create threaded forums for course participant interaction.
Create online quizzes.
Create faculty access levels, create co-teachers and invite guests into your course.
View course usage statistics.
Archive a course.

Some things to consider before creating the course:

1. Do you want to password protect the page? (If you choose to password protect the page you will have to let your students know what the password is.)
2. Be cognizant of the registration date - do you want students to be able to access the page immediately or do you want to give yourself some time to work on the site?
3. What types of documents will you be posting and how do you want to organize them? (Document pages: Syllabus, Course Materials, etc.) Remember, you can always go back into TWEN and change your initial settings.

For additional information on creating a TWEN course home page, please contact Denise Gibson, Assistant Law Librarian for Research Services at gibson_dm@law.mercer.edu
 

 

 

Faculty Services page compiled and annotated by Denise Gibson, Assistant Law Librarian for Research Services.
2004; Updated 3/2016