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March 24, 2010 · Todd Venie
March 09, 2010 · Roger Skalbeck
A large number of bar associations provide a benefit to members that gives them access to legal research services as part of annual association dues. For people wanting to compare these benefits across the United States, there's now an online map and matrix of related benefits from bar associations.
Here's a static version of the map, which you can also find here: Don't Know What Free Legal Resources Your State Bar Provides You? Here's a Map!
This map is from the 3 Geeks and a Law Blog site, where they strongly suggest that lawyers should "check out your bar association and see what they have to offer". The site's underlying data comes from a more detailed matrix of bar benefits that describes such benefits as mentor and ethics resources.
Legal research bar benefit services are provided by companies like Fastcase, Casemaker, Loislaw and Versuslaw. These services tend to provide more options than free sources such as Cornell's Legal Information Institute or Google Scholar Legal Opinions and Journals. At the same time, they don't provide the feature set of premium services such as Lexis or Westlaw. One thing to note: coverage may vary from bar-to-bar.
Back in December, two Georgetown law librarians gave a presentation focused on options for integrating low-cost legal research alternatives in private law firms. Part of this program suggested leveraging existing bar benefits. Materials from that event are online here:
December 03, 2009 · Margaret Krause
The blogs are categorized by news, business of law, legal tech and more. One area of interest might be the section on career which features some blogs offering interesting perspectives of the legal profession and its changing environment.
As in past years, readers can vote for their favorite blog during the month of December.
November 19, 2009 · Catherine Dunn
From November 12th - 22nd, Regulation Room is running a test commenting period on a proposed National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule on new tires. Note that this is only a test, however, as the NHTSA is no longer accepting public comments on the proposed rule.
The Regulation Room is moderated by Cornell Law School students under the close supervision of Law School faculty and the Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR) School's Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution. It is hosted by Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII).
For more information, see the "About" and "FAQ" sections of the Regulation Room website.
November 17, 2009 · Sara Burriesci
While this is an exciting and useful development, it is important to remember that not all law journals or case law is searchable through this interface at this time.
To be able to access journal articles in subscription databases when you are off campus, be sure to edit your Google Scholar Preferences to add Library Links for "Georgetown University Law Library."
November 12, 2009 · Margaret Krause
October 09, 2009 · Sara Burriesci
September 24, 2009 · Kumar Percy Jayasuriya
Beacon is a controversial Facebook system that monitors a users purchases on certain online venders and then publishes that information on the user's news feeds, read by the user's Facebook friends.
Facebook aslo proposes creating a $9.5 million settlement fund, partially to pay damages. Part of the of the fund would launch a privacy foundation to fund and sponsor programs designed to educate users, regulators, and enterprises regarding critical issues relating to protection of identity and personal information online through user control, and to protect users from online threats.
Read more about the case through the library's subscription to BNA Privacy Law Watch.
Full text of the Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement Agreement is available at http://0-op.bna.com.gull.georgetown.edu/pl.nsf/r?Open=dapn-7w6jg2.
Full text of the proposed Stipulation and Agreement is available at http://0-op.bna.com.gull.georgetown.edu/pl.nsf/r?Open=dapn-7w6jjb.
September 17, 2009 · Kumar Percy Jayasuriya
IMS ExpertServices posted an online list of 10 mistakes that lawyers and judges made while using online social networks.
Highlights of the list include a lawyer who asked for a continuance because of a death in the family but had posted Facebook status updates about going partying.
Another highlight was from a judge who friended a lawyer trying a case in his court. The lawyer posted a status during the litigation that "I have a wise judge." Opposing counsel moved for a new trial and the judge removed himself from the case and granted the new trial. The state's Judicial Standards Commission issued a public reprimand for violating the prohibition against a judge engaging in ex parte communications.
September 16, 2009 · Kumar Percy Jayasuriya
This week the Sacramento Bee reported that a California judge ruled that a litigant may learn the identity of a person who posts an anonymous comment on a blog.
In the case Calvin Chang, a police officer for the University of California in Davis filed suit against UC, claiming discrimination and breach of a settlement agreement in a prior lawsuit. David Greenwald, who operates a blog called The People's Vanguard of Davis, wrote about the suit and people commented. Chang believes that one anonymous comment was written by a 'managing agents' of the university and contained information that would violate the agreement of the prior settlement agreement.
The California judge ruled that Chang can hire a third-party to investigate whether the author of the comment was a manging agent. If it was the court would allow Chang to request that Google, the Vanguard's former host, provide him with the anonymous poster's e-mail addresses and log-in information.
The Sacramento Bee also reported that the judge ruled that the First Amendment generally protects anonymous speech, but online anonymity may be breached. "When vigorous criticism descends into defamation, constitutional protection is no longer available."
Read more about the case in the Chronicle of Higher Education, provide through the library's subscription.