Message from Pat Hupalo:
It has come to our attention that many of our upperclass students have had difficulty registering to use ExamSoft for this semester’s exams.
When attempting to register, students are getting error messages and are prevented from establishing their accounts and downloading their exam templates. This problem appears to only affect students who have used ExamSoft in a previous semester. ExamSoft administrators have determined that the remedy for this semester is for students to use a different username and password than those used in previous semesters. For example, if your previous username was “jdoe”, then changing your username to “jdoe2” and changing your password should allow you to register and use ExamSoft for your Fall semester exams.
Please contact my office (703-993-8015) or Computing Services (703-993-4855) if you need assistance with your ExamSoft registration. Keep in mind that the Law School will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday beginning tomorrow afternoon. Since the exam period begins on Monday, December 2, you may want to give your ExamSoft registration your immediate attention.
On Thursday, November 26, 1789, the first Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated pursuant to a proclamation issued by President George Washington. A 1863 proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln established the last Thursday of November as the regular date for this celebration.
That tradition continued until 1939, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the holiday would be celebrated on the second to last Thursday of November that year (November 23, 1939). Roosevelt was responding to pressure from retailers to expand the Christmas shopping season.This change sparked controversy and angered some football coaches, whose season was scheduled according to the holiday. There was also a a split among states, 32 issuing proclamations following the President but 16 others refusing to change the date. See H.R. Rep. No.77-1186, at 1 (1941) (available to GMU patrons on Proquest Congressional)
Two years later, on December 26, 1941, President Roosevelt signed a joint congressional resolution, known as the Thanksgiving Day Act (55 Stat. 862) establishing Thanksgiving as a Federal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November.
In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the law library will have reduced hours:
- Wed. Nov. 27 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, References Services 9:00 am-12:00 pm
- Thurs. Nov. 28 Closed
- Fri. Nov. 29 Closed
- Sat. Nov. 30 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
- Sun. Dec. 1 10:00 am -11:00 pm, Reference Services 2:00 pm-9:00 pm
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!
In 1992, sparked by public outcry about the concealment of documents related to President Kennedy’s assassination, Congress passed and President Bush signed the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Act of 1992, Public Law 102-526.
The Act appears as a note to 44 U.S.C. § 2107. When enacted the statute required, in part, that the National Archives and Records Administration establish The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection “to consist of record copies of all Government records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”
Today, 50 years after President Kennedy’s death, the collection includes millions of pages of assassination-related records, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings and artifacts, and continues to grow.
President John F. Kennedy, July 11, 1963
Cecil Stoughton Photographer, NARA Collection
Yesterday Google announced its new enhancement to Google Scholar: Google Scholar Library. This feature allows users to store a personal collection of articles. Here are the details from the Google Scholar Blog:
Effective tomorrow, all searches for Thomas.gov will redirect to Congress.gov, the Library of Congress’ new enhanced legislative information website.
On January 5,1995, the Library of Congress launched THOMAS, named in honor of Thomas Jefferson (the principal founder of the library), at the request of congressional leaders. The website provided unprecedented free public access to legislative documents. When it first became available, THOMAS included full-text of bills from the 103rd Congress and was updated with new bills as they became available. Here’s how it looked in its early days:
Thomas’ user interface changed over time and was expanded to include the Congressional Record as well as bills since the 101st Congress, bill tracking since the 93rd Congress, and committee reports since the 104th Congress.
THOMAS approximately 10 years ago. Image courtesy of Andrew Weber, Law Library of Congress, Legislative Information Systems Manager.
Here’s how Thomas looks today:
For more information about the history of Thomas, please see:
- Jeffrey C. Griffith, Congress’ Legislative Information Systems: Thomas and the LIS, 18 Gov’t Info. Q. 43 (2001).
- Guy Lamolinara, Congress on the Internet: New Web Server Organize Online Information, Library of Congress Information Bulletin (Jan. 23, 1995), http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9502/thomas.html.
- Andrew Weber, A THOMAS Time Capsule, In Custodia Legis (Nov. 15, 2011), http://blogs.loc.gov/law/2011/11/a-thomas-time-capsule/.
Remember that CALI lessons are available to help you master course material as you prepare for finals. If you have not registered yet and need our school authorization code, stop by the Reference Office or email Melanie Knapp.
Pursuant to 5 USC § 6103, Veterans Day is November 11 each year. GMUSL has a special commitment to serving our country’s veterans. Since 2004, the law school has provided a Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers and Veterans (CLASV):
The clinic enables Mason law students to represent servicemembers and veterans in a wide variety of litigation and non-litigation matters. Since its inception, clinic students have assisted over 70 clients from all five branches of the armed services, in litigation, adjudication and negotiation regarding consumer protection, administrative and military law and entitlements (TSGLI, PEB Boards and discharge upgrade appeals), family law, bankruptcy, immigration, landlord-tenant, contract, estate and entitlement matters in federal and state forums.
Students interested in CLASV will find additional information here.
We recently received a report of a laptop that was stolen from the law library. This is the time of year when thieves are out in force looking for an easy opportunity to grab something of value.
Despite all of the precautions that we take, the library and Hazel Hall are NOT secure. Please do not leave your laptops or other valuables unattended and back-up your important files.
Also, don’t hesitate to contact the library staff at Circulation or the campus police if someone is making you uncomfortable, or you feel that something is just not right. University Police provides 24-hour police coverage.
- Emergency: Dial 911 (Arlington County Police will notify the University Police)
- University Police: 703-993-8070; Location: Law School, B-1.
- Police Escort Services: 703-993-837.
- Circulation Desk: 703-993-8120