Monday, December 22, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
- Reduce Screen Time Before Bed
- Exercise to Enhance Sleep
- Eat to Enhance Sleep
- Mater the Power Nap
- Avoid the Soul-Shattering Alarm Buzzer
- Solve Problems in Your Sleep
- Beat Insomnia with Visualization
- Shortcut a Long Nap with the Clattering Spoon
- Take a Caffeine Power Nap
- Teach Yourself to Lucid Dreams
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Alt+Tab shortcuts
- Switch between documents
- Jumping text shortcuts
- Cut, copy, and paste shortcuts
- Paste special shortcut
- Text formatting shortcuts
- "Right click" formatting shortcuts
- Banish the new e-mail pop-up
- Improve your docketing habits
The Rules of Professional Conduct align ethics standards in form and numbering sequence with the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct. That change will make it easier for New York attorneys to reference ethics rules and advisory and legal opinions nationwide when researching issues, supporters of the new rules say. "It is a tremendous relief to now speak the same language as the rest of the country," said Steven C. Krane, chairman of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct, which proposed the revisions. "The code is dead. Long live the rules." Starting April 1, 2009, the Rules of Professional Conduct will replace the New York Code of Professional Responsibility.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Here is the short of the list, click here for the full article:
10. UK, workouts becoming intolerable to neighbors
9. US, a woman whose hair turned from blond to dark after using a coloring product sues L'Oreal
8. Greece, two residents of Lesbos, sued to get an exclusive right to call themselves Lesbians
7. Italy, identical twins are working one job to account for double-booking
6. Romania, legal action demanding a radio station to broadcast at least one positive news a day
5. Austria, Supreme Court is asked to rule that a chimpanzee is a person
4. US Florida, a teenager is arrested for wearing saggy pants - "fashion police"
3. Macedonia, a brown hair is accused of stealing honey
2. UK London, no parking fine car engine had to run to keep reptiles warm and awake
1. New Zealand, a nine-year-old girl with a name of "Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii" was placed under guardianship after judge rules her name being a form of abuse
Read for yourself and share 'funny' or 'weird' cases you came across!
Throughout its 100-year history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has protected the American people from threats to our way of life. Whether the greatest dangers came from gangsters, public corruption, hate crimes, cyber attacks, white-collar fraud, or terrorism, these threats have changed over the decades. And those threats have evolved, the FBI has changed to meet them head on.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Applicants must be law librarians, or other professionals working in the legal information field, currently employed in countries other than the United States with significant responsibility for the organization, preservation, or provision of legal information. The application deadline is March 1, 2009. The Grant Committee will not consider late or incomplete applications.
Details regarding the FCIL Schaffer Grant, as well as the application form, can be found HERE.
Please feel free to forward this announcement to interested parties, post it on your blogs, share via listservs, or spread the word otherwise!
Feel free to contact any of the Committee Members directly.
Thank you for your assistance,
2009 FCIL Schaffer Grant Committee Member
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Printing things out in order to read them away from your PC is so last century. Today, devices like the iPhone offer perfectly readable displays, and bookmarking articles to read on tiny mobile screens is no problem thanks to apps like Instapaper.
The Law Pod is a legal resource for iPhone and iPod Touch. Law Pod's web applications can be quickly and easily installed on your iPhone or iPod Touch by following the directions on the law pod home page. The Law Pod currently features the following web applications:
- Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
- Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
- Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
- Federal Rules of Evidence
- Constitution & Amendments
- Federal Rules of Bankruptcy
As mentioned on the website, the following are the upcoming Law Pod web applications:
- Offline Versions Through the App Store
- Model Penal Code
- Title 28
- And Many More!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the UDHR drafting committee, which consisted of 18 individuals from as many countries. The group argued over every word and every comma in every language, but ultimately overcame cultural differences and, guided by the firm hand of Mrs. Roosevelt, completed the UDHR in two years. A number of events are scheduled in celebration of this important achievement at the UN and around the world.
Good writers don’t need typographic gimmicks to pack their prose with power. Good writers do something else, too: they manipulate the number of sentences to increase or decrease the number of stress positions.
In Canada this traditional belief undergone a reform, and the general rule has changed. As reported in this post, Ontario has been publishing its laws online since 2001. As of November 30, 2008, the Canadian government has gone even further.
According to MAG press release, copies of regulations and statutes published on e-laws will now be an official source of law. Further, an on-screen display of a statute or regulation viewed on, or downloaded from, the e-Laws website; and a prinout of a statue or regulation viewed on, or donwloaded from, the e-Laws website, are both going to be official.
Monday, December 8, 2008
1. Australia - It is illegal to roam the streets wearing black clothes, felt shoes and black shoe polish on your face as these items are the tools of a cat burglar.
2. France - Between the hours of 8AM and 8PM, 70% of the music in the radio must be by French composers.
3. Thailand - It is illegal to leave your house if you are not wearing underwear.
4. Italy - It is an offence for women of ‘ill repute or evil looks’ to enter a cheese factory in the area of Ferrara.
5. Scotland - It is illegal to be a drunk while in possession of a cow.
6. France - It is illegal in Antibes to take photos of police officers or police vehicles, even if they are just in the background. (I hope the photo at right isn’t from Antibes!)
7. Lebanon - Men are legally allowed to have sex with animals so long as the animals are female. It is illegal to have sex with a male animal.
8. China - Women are prohibited from walking around a hotel room in the nude. A woman may only be naked whilst in the bathroom.
9. Hong Kong - A woman is legally allowed to kill her cheating husband, only if she uses her bare hands. The husband’s lover however may be killed in any manner desired.
10. Switzerland - A man may not relieve himself while standing up, after 10 P.M.
We would like to read your input, so please share your opinion on the issue right here!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Preservation law pioneer, advocate, educator and mentor, Miner was a powerful force for civic good, a fearless voice for the rule of law and the built environment. Ms. Miner was instrumental in the development, implementation and defense of preservation laws at local and statewide levels, and her pioneering work was significant in establishing preservation law at the national level. She was informed of her award before her death on October 21, 2008.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Pace Environmental Notes is a service of Pace Law Library and is compiled by Jack McNeill, Associate Library Director and liaison to the Environmental Law Program. P.E.N. offers the latest periodical publications, library acquisitions and other materials in the areas of environmental and public utilities law, ecology, and related areas.
Pace Environmental Notes is published each month during the school year, September through May. Back issues may be found by following the P.E.N. link on the Law Library’s “Internet Resources” web page.
Pace Environmental Notes is distributed to members of the Pace Law School community and other interested individuals in Adobe .pdf and Microsoft Word formats. Either version may be read online or printed out. If you would like to be added to, or removed from, the distribution list, please send an e-mail to Jack McNeill at email@example.com.
Deeside Colleges' Student Association this week received a payment of nearly three hundred pounds as a result of staff and student's commitment to recycling plastic bottles.
As part of the innovative 'Waste Pays' scheme, the students place their used drinks bottles in recycling bins located around the College, and thereby raise money for the Student Association.
This book is designed to serve as a hands-on manual for law students who are entering the job market during or after law school. It is designed to serve as a tool to help you get from start to finish in the career choice process. It is not like a novel to be read from cover to cover, or a casebook to be briefed for later regurgitation. It seeks to help you where you need help, so use the parts that help and skip the rest.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Professor Humbach also developed a number of CALI lessons in property law. These are available via the CALI website.
These tutorials are very useful not only in preparing for exams, but for bar preparation as well.
The upshot for many is that, while they appreciate the knowledge they gained, they find that they are no more marketable -- and sometimes less -- than if they'd avoided the law school ordeal altogether.
What do you think? Is a law degree good for anything but practicing law?
she created and taught the first course dedicated to courtroom communication at Harvard Law School. Today, she lectures worldwide and consults on cases with law firms, analyzing jury issues about cases and what advocacy skills are needed, preparing witnesses, developing strategies and creating visual presentations of evidence.
Sonya Hamlin wrote books “What Makes Juries Listen” and ”What Makes Juries Listen Today”. These books are now accompanied by her latest title "Now What Makes Juries Listen." It reflects the changing attitudes and behaviors of today’s jury members and gives new techniques and approaches for every aspect of the trial.
Ms. Hamlin cites three major issues that she says “have changed everything radically” in the jury box:
- Technology - “We don’t talk to each other now, we type! We get our information about anything online, on our own, fast and easy,” Hamlin says. “So, learning from someone talking at us has lost its power and credibility. And our attention span is now one and a-half minutes.”
- Generational Differences - “We now have four generations sitting on the jury: seniors, baby boomers, generation X and generation Y. They’re almost from different planets. Reaching each one requires new information in order to reach and persuade them.”
- Multicultural Diversity - “We have people on juries who have become American citizens but are conditioned by other societies, other governments and other kinds of laws.”
Health law is an emerging and exciting field in Canada. The Health Law Student Association at the University of Ottawa (HLSA) grew out of the observation that, unlike other Canadian law schools, Fauteux Hall did not yet have a student organization for those students specifically interested in health law. So far, the student response to the HLSA has been fantastic.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Most schools provide for exam review, and if you did poorly, you need to know what you did wrong. Conversely, if you did well, you will want to know how to replicate the feat.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
[t]he handbook is not intended to serve as US policy or military doctrine for rule of law operations. It is not intended to offer guidance or advice to other military professionals involved in the rule of law mission.
It was written primarily by Judge Advocates for Judge Advocates and its scope and purpose is limited to providing the military attorney assistance in accomplishing the rule of law mission.
The goal of the Handbook is to go beyond a mere recitation of recent lessons learned about rule of law operations from Judge Advocates who had participated in such missions. The Handbook is intended not to serve as a complete solution, but rather as a starting place and a supplement for other materials.
[n]o course, handbook, or manual can provide a Judge Advocate a "cookbook solution" for how to support the development of the rule of law in a deployed environment. This Handbook intends to provide both some food for thought and points to some resources, but it is no substitute for flexibility, intelligence, and resourcefulness.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Any Facebook friend able to view your profile will be able to see your documents. Additionally, each time a newly posted document streams from JD Supra to Facebook, it appears in your activity “news feed.” JDSupra enables lawyers, law firms, and legal professionals to publish documents online. In order to use this application, you must first be publishing documents on JD Supra. You can join now and sign up here.
Contest I asks for a critical analysis of the absence of birthing rights issues from gender discrimination and feminist jurisprudence textbooks and curricula (in fact, none of the top three casebooks used in law school courses dedicated to gender and the law address the issue of childbirth or midwifery).
Contest II asks students to develop legal theories that can be used to challenge policies banning pregnant women from having a vaginal birth after a prior Cesarean section (VBAC). This topic will encourage students to address a growing problem that has received very little attention from the feminist legal community both in academia and within the leading women's rights legal advocacy organizations.
Monday, November 24, 2008
- Don’t Attack
- Don’t fail to acknowledge and validate another person’s right to believe what they believe
- Don’t fail to anticipate and address objections
- Don’t skip building rapport, trust, credibility
- Don’t forget to to adequate research
- Don’t shut yourself down to being persuaded yourself
- Don’t say don’t
- Have your eyes checked
- Time your current reading speed
- Get rid of distractions
- Adjust reading speed depending on the material
- Train yourself not to reread
- Stop reading to yourself
- Read with your hand
- Practice reading blocks of words
- Practice and push yourself
- Time yourself regularly
This means the next time they perform the same search, the personalised version will pop up.
Check it out yourself and share with us your feedback and experience.
Friday, November 21, 2008
At the end of every recent presidential administration involving a change in the party controlling the White House, the level of rulemaking activity by federal agencies tends to increase. On May 9, 2008, White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten issued a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies stating that "regulations to be finalized in this Administration should be proposed no later than June 1, 2008, and final regulations should be issued no later than November 1, 2008." Despite this directive, federal agencies appear to be issuing an increasing number of "midnight rules" at the end of the Bush Administration, including a number of rules attracting controversy."
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The Office of the Federal Register has created an Electronic Public Inspection Desk to provide free worldwide electronic access to public documents. For the first time in the 72-year existence of the daily Federal Register, the documents on file are available for viewing anytime, anywhere. Every Federal business day, anyone with access to a computer now can read critical documents governing Federal regulations relating to business, health, and safety as soon as the documents are placed on file. To view these documents, go to http://www.federalregister.gov/. See "View Documents on Public Inspection" on the left hand side. This new desk grants the public access to documents that will be published in the next day's Federal Register as early at 8:45 a.m. EST. Previously, such documents could only be seen by viewing the documents physically located at the Office of the Federal Register in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
...the Florida-based CyberSpy software, LLC marketed and sold RemoteSpy keylogger spyware to clients who would then secretly monitor unsuspecting consumer's computers.
... the defendants violated the FTC Act by engaging in the unfair advertising and selling of software that could be: (1) deployed remotely by someone other than the owner or authorized user of a computer; (2) installed without the knowledge and consent of the owner or authorized user; and (3) used to surreptitiously collect and disclose personal information.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
A Chambers icon will appear next to profiles of those lawyers and law firms on Martindale.com that have been ranked by Chambers. Clicking on the icon will open a window linked to the Chambers Web site showing rankings and editorial commentary. These rankings will be in addition to Martindale's traditional Peer Review Ratings and its more recently launched Client Review feature. Earlier this year, Martindale announced an agreement with LinkedIn to link lawyers' Martindale listings with their LinkedIn profiles.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This publication contains data on over 7,000 Federal civil service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment (e.g., positions such as agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, and aides who report to these officials). the duties of many such positions may involve advocacy of Administration policies and programs and the incumbents usually have a close and confidential working relationship with the agency head or other key officials.
... the Court ruled that the Federal Records Act permits a private plaintiff to bring suit to require the head of the EOP or the Archivist of the United States to notify Congress or ask the Attorney General to initiate action to recover destroyed or missing e-mail records...
A chronology of the litigation is available here.
There is a binder with a list of old exams arranged by professor's name at the Circulation Desk. If the professor has exams on our TWEN site, the location will say online. If the old exam is in the collection of old exams in print located in the Library, it will tell you which volume holds the exam. The old exams in print are located on the shelves in front of the elevator on the main level of the Library.
Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts
Quick class - set up in a Top Ten format that highlights some of tricks and shortcuts available on Westlaw.
A quick 20 minute session could save you hours of online research in the future.
Please Join us in G300 at 12:00PM on Monday, Nov. 17.
Tools, Databases and Time Saving Techniques on Westlaw
We will look at some of the lesser known databases on Westlaw to include: Consumer Reports, SI, Public Records and many others.
We will also review the fastest way to find databases and find what it is your are searching for.
A quick 20 minute session could save you hours of online research in the future.
Please Join us in G300 at 1:00PM on Monday, Nov. 17.
Career/Job Search Resources on Westlaw
Class will focus on searching for current job openings as well as gathering as much information as possible on your prospective employer.
We will look to OSCAR, NALP, AJO, LSJO, WLD and Profiler.
Please join us in G300 at 3:00PM on Monday Nov. 17.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Since 1997, the White House Transition Project has combined the efforts of scholars, universities, and policy institutions to smooth out the American presidential transition. WHTP bridges the gaps between the partisan forces engaged in settling elections and the decision processes essential to governing by providing non-partisan information about the challenges of the American presidential transition and the strategies for overcoming those challenges. It provides these and other resources to presidential campaigns, to the president-elect, and to the new administration. These resources include three separate report series providing a White House institutional memory, perspectives on past transitions, and advanced research covering special aspects of transitions and governing. The WHTP also provides unique analysis of the appointments process and a clearinghouse on other transition resources.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
For all drafters, a checklist can ensure that the contract will contain the necessary substantive provisions and that the decisions about those provisions will have been made by design, not by accident. For the time-challenged drafter, a checklist eliminates the need to rethink from scratch what to include in a contract and how best to draft it. For the detail-challenged drafter, a checklist ensures that all tasks associated with the drafting are completed. For the occasional drafter, a checklist is an invaluable reminder of content and form that might otherwise be forgotten. For the experienced drafter, a checklist effectively reminds the drafter when boilerplate or often-used language is inappropriate, that special circumstances require special language.
The author recommends six basic steps:
- Determine the substance of the contract
- Analyze the audience
- Organize material
- Draft the contract
- Design the document
- Evaluate the document
... for every podcast that turned off its mikes, others came along to fill the silence. As I surveyed the current crop of podcasts, I concluded that, within the legal field, podcasting remains alive and well.
And he recommends the following ten legal Podcasts to keep you informed:
- Legal Talk Network
- Conversations at Law - Hamlin University School of Law
- ABA Podcasts is a series of podcasts including ABA Litigation Podcasts, ABA CLE Podcasts, and ABA Book Briefs Podcasts
- University of Chicago Law School Podcasts posted on the Faculty Blog
- Law and Disorder Radio
- Out-Law Radio
- This Week In Law with Leo Laporte & Friends
- Hearsay Culture
- International Dispute Negotiations created by International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
- New Jersey Law Blog by Stark&Stark Attorneys at Law
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
As part of the Law Library’s transition to the digital future, a collaborative pilot project was undertaken with Google, Inc. to digitize the entire collection and make it freely available to Congress and the world. Three collections have been selectively compiled to provide users with a test experience: Census: U.S., Freedom of Information and Privacy, Immigration.
This project aims to provide text-readable PDF versions of the Congressional Hearings and to make them available as quickly as possible.
The page is designed to give our US and worldwide audience a space in which to share their JURIST experiences and their common interest in the legal news and commentary that we offer every day. After more than a decade of delivering content to hundreds of thousands of largely anonymous readers around the world, our staff is looking forward to seeing the faces and hearing the voices of the ever-growing number of JURIST readers.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Access to Westlaw and Lexis for students, staff, and faculty is uninterrupted by this change.
We were gobsmacked to discover that though the law was changed hundreds of years ago and society had moved on, the victims were never officially pardoned.