Faculty Services

Support for 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 four law librarians, Denise Gibson, Rachel Gordon, 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 are also assigned to individual faculty members and administrative offices to ensure that your library and research needs are filled, including:

  • Bringing to your attention new books, articles and electronic resources relevant to your interests.

  • Acquiring and borrowing books and materials.

  • Providing customized in-class or individual research instruction for your students.

  • Using any of the library’s electronic databases and resources, including Bloomberg BNA, WestlawNext and Lexis Advance.

  • Assistance with your research projects and answering general reference questions.

  • Providing support and instruction for your research assistants.
     

The following table provides the name of your librarian liaison, followed by a list of library staff whom you may also contact for general assistance.  

 Librarians assigned to faculty members and administrative offices

Denise Gibson

Assistant Law Librarian for Research Services,
J.D., M.L.S.
301-5905

John Perkins

Reference Services Librarian,
J.D., M.L.S.
301-2667

Jim Walsh

Reference Services Librarian,
J.D., M.L.S.
301-2625

Rachel Gordon

Access Services Librarian,
J.D., M.L.S.
301-2423

Buck Adams Armstrong Dantzler
Creswell Baldwin Blumoff Hricik
Feinberg Davis Cole Kidd
Floyd, D Fleissner Floyd, T McMurtry-Chubb
Griffin Hunt Gerwig-Moore Ritchie
Longan Jellum Johnson Sheppard
Moses Jones McCann Watson
Painter-Thorne Titshaw Oedel  
Pinder   Wells  
Sabbath   Williams  
 Simson      
 Sneddon      
Adjuncts not otherwise assigned       
       
       

Development and Alumni Affairs
Greer Aiken
Leslie Cadle

 


Admissions & Financial Aid
 Marilyn Sutton
Leah Aiken
Natalie Sundeen
 

Career Services
Stephanie Powell
Christine Guard
Jenia Bacote
Laura Wencl
 


Registrar
 Patsy Crammer

Director of Communications and Marketing
Billie Brooke Frys
 

CLE Coordinator
Nancy Terrill 

Dean's Office
Mary Donovan
Michael Dean

 
       

 

General Library Contacts

You may also contact the following staff members for assistance.

Acquisitions Contact Or, if unavailable contact...
To order books, tapes, or software

Suzanne Cassidy (2665)
cassidy_sl@law.mercer.edu

Ismael Gullon (5904)
 gullon_i@law.mercer.edu

 
 

To check status of a previously placed order
 

Ethel Dennis (2668)
dennis_e@law.mercer.edu
 
Ismael Gullon (5904)
To request certain material be routed to you
 
Lynn Bloodworth (2988)
bloodworth_l@law.mercer.edu
Ismael Gullon (5904)
Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Reserves Contact Or, if unavailable contact...

To have material checked out to you and sent to your office
 
Susan Myers (2612)
myers_sr@law.mercer.edu
 
Michelle Byrd (2613)
byrd_jm@law.mercer.edu
 

To borrow research material or request photocopies from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan)
Michelle Byrd (2613)
 
Rachel Gordon (2423)
gordon_r@law.mercer.edu
 

To place materials on reserve for your courses
Michelle Byrd (2613)
Susan Myers (2612)

To have material photocopied
Your secretary
 
To arrange for your research assistant to make photocopies in the library
Susan Myers (2612)
Michelle Byrd (2613)
To inquire about policies for circulation, interlibrary loan, and reserve
Rachel Gordon (2423)
Suzanne Cassidy (2665)
     
     
      
Reference and Research Services Contact Or, if unavailable contact...

To ask a general reference question 
 
Reference Desk (2334)
Denise Gibson

To ask a research question or assistance with an ongoing research project
Your Librarian Liaison
 
Denise Gibson (5905)
 gibson_dm@law.mercer.edu
 

To request a librarian to teach legal research sessions as part of your class
Suzanne Cassidy (2665)
Your Librarian Liaison

To inquire about your Bloomberg Law, Lexis, Westlaw or TWEN accounts, printers, and for general information about Bloomberg Law, Westlaw or Lexis services
Denise Gibson (5905)
gibson_dm@law.mercer.edu
 
 
Suzanne Cassidy (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
Denise Gibson (5905)

To request a library tour or orientation for yourself or your research assistant
Your Librarian Liaison
Denise Gibson (5905)

To inquire about polices for reference and research, faculty services, the faculty liaison program, or the library website
Denise Gibson (5905)
Suzanne Cassidy (2665)
 Classroom Technology and Media Services
 
Chris Osier (2183)
osier_cm@law.mercer.edu
Michael DellaDonna (2181)
delladonna_m@law.mercer.edu

 

 


 

 
 

Teaching and Curriculum Support

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.

The Law Teacher
Published twice a year by the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, The Law Teacher is co-sponsored by the law schools at Gonzaga University and Washburn University.

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.

The Faculty Lounge Blog 
Conversations about law, culture and academia.

Prawfsblawg
PrawfsBlawg (aka Prawfs.com) is a blog about a variety of topics related to law and life, which is operated by PrawfsBlawg LLC, a limited liability corporation based in Florida

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 Volokh Conspiracy

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


Submitting Law Review Articles & Law Journal Information

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.

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.

LexOpus from working papers to published works
LexOpus is a free online law journal submissions system at Washington and Lee Law School offering two services to authors: 1) Authors can make their articles available to all interested law journals, inviting journals to make offers. Journals are able to limit by subject matter the articles that they see as open to offers. 2) Authors can make offers to a specific list of law journals. For non-peer-reviewed journals "short term" is one week. Author offers continue past each journal's exclusive period, on a non-exclusive basis, until rejected by the journal or withdrawn by the author, but any journal with an exclusive period always has acceptance priority. Authors can choose to both make a work "open to offers" and also to submit to specific journals, or do one or the other. As the system does permit uploading of revisions authors might make working papers open to offers and then, if no acceptable offers have been received, when the finished work is available submit that version to specific law journals. Authors can suppress their work from public view if that's desired. Website created and maintained by John Doyle, Associate Law Librarian at Washington and Lee Law School Library.

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.

Electronic Submission of Law Reviews (Chase College of Law)
Provides a list of law reviews which accept electronic submissions. Site also enables email submissions to multiple law reviews.

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.

LexisNexis Directory of Law Reviews and Scholarly Legal Periodicals
A comprehensive listing of law reviews and legal periodicals compiled by Professor Michael H. Hoffheimer, University of Mississippi. The site also includes a directory of University Presses. In addition, articles about law reviews are located under the "Sources" link.

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 - 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 at Section 3.14 of 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 unavailable on Amazon).

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

AcqWeb's Directory of Publishers and Vendors 
An international directory of publishers and vendors used by libraries with links to publisher Web sites and email addresses. It is primarily maintained for the benefit of the library community, in particular, acquisitions, collection development and serials librarians, but can be helpful to faculty as well.

American Association of Law Libraries - List of Legal Publishers and Vendors
Includes a Divested Titles List which identifies current publishers of titles whose original publishers have ceased to exist. Also includes Corporate Affiliations of Legal Publishers.

University Press Catalogs
Web page provides links to the catalogs of university presses from the Association of American University Presses.
 

 

Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instructions (CALI)

Legal Education Commons
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.

Other Podcasts:

Podcasting News

Podcast Legal Directory

Legal Talk Network

American Association of Law School Podcasts of 2006 Annual Meeting Sessions - In collaboration with CALI, the AALS has posted the recordings of faculty presentations at AALS which involve cutting edge issues in legal scholarship. Faculty may find these materials useful in their upper-level seminar courses.

Westlaw Course Web Page System

If you wish to create a course web page utilizing either TWEN, the following information is provided to help get you started with the setup and maintainance of the course web page.

Westlaw TWEN

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.
Access online teacher's manuals for many West Group casebooks.
View course usage statistics.
Archive a course.

Professor's Guide to TWEN  - click here to obtain an instructional brochure on using TWEN.

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.

Additional Training

For TWEN assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week call 1-800-486-487 for general or technical assistance. For further follow-up, contact Denise Gibson, Assistant Law Librarian for Research Services.