Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Library Hours

The library hours are changed during the Thanksgiving Holiday as follows:
  • Today, Wednesday Nov. 25th, the library closes at 5:00 pm;
  • Tomorrow, Thursday Nov. 26th, the library is closed;
  • On Friday, Nov. 27th, the library is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and
  • On Saturday, Nov. 28th, we are back to our regular hours.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Changing Face of Labor 1983-2008 Report

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), John Schmitt and Chris Warner published November 2009 report titled Changing Face of Labor 1983-2008.

Over the last quarter century, the unionized workforce has changed dramatically. In 1983, over half of all union workers were white men, few union workers had a college degree, and almost one-third were in manufacturing. In 1983 – the earliest year for which comparable data are available – over half (51.7 percent) of the unionized workforce were white men. Today, white men account for only about 38 percent of union workers. In the intervening years, the shares of women, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Americans in the total union workforce have surged, while African Americans have held a roughly steady share of the union workforce.

In this report, we review consistent, nationally representative data for the last quarter century on the composition of the unionized work force. For key demographic groups, we first provide a detailed picture of current union composition and document how these patterns have changed since 1983, when the government first began collecting systematic annual data on workers’ union status. We then compare these trends for union workers with those in the U.S. workforce as a whole. Finally, for each group, we present trends in the unionization rate (the share of workers in each group who are a member of, or represented by, a union) over the period 1983-2008.

Public Defender Offices 2007 statistics

The U.S. Department of Justice the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics published the 2007 Statistical Tables on Public Defender Offices.

[The report] examines offices that provide representation for indigent defendants through a salaried staff of full-time or part-time attorneys who are employed as direct government employees or through a public, nonprofit organization. Public defender offices are categorized according to whether they are principally funded and administered at the state government level, county level, or through a combination of county and state government. Topics include public defender office staffing, caseloads, expenditures, and standards and guidelines used by the nearly 1,000 public defender offices found across 49 states and the District of Columbia.

The site provides information about the source data and offers the report in Adobe PDF, ASCII file or the Spreadsheet formats.

Google Translate

Via Official Google Blog, New Look for Google Translate presents some new features, such as translate instantly, read and write any language, or text to speech. Although automatic translations can be very useful in helping to understand the overall idea or at least to get a sign that a researcher might be on the right path, one should remember no to mindlessly rely on them.

Friday, November 20, 2009

2009 Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual

The 2009 Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual is available. It is effective as of November 1, 2009.
[The manual] is available in HTML and Adobe .PDF formats (large file and broken into chapters), which can be viewed, downloaded or printed via the website.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Green Websites

Via, the following is a list of Best Green Websites providing online advice to help to live green, buy green, and change the world.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction - Annual Report 2009

The 2009 Annual Report is available in 15 languages.
In this publication the reader will find the latest facts, figures and trends on drugs in Europe, collected in the annual report of the EU drugs agency, the EMCDDA. The report offers an overview of the drug situation across the 27 EU Member States, Croatia, Turkey and Norway, and details the current legal, political, social and health responses.

Lexis App For iPhone

Via Lexis announcement, Lexis has released its first application called "Get Cases and Shepardize." This free application allows users to retrieve cases from Lexis and Shepardize them. Users must currently have a Lexis account.

The application allows users to:
  • Find and review case instantly by reading the Case Brief - an overview of the issues, rules, and reasoning (written by LexisNexis experts) just by entering its citation
  • Get an at-a-glance indication of how closely they need to evaluate the case with Shepard's Signal Indicators
  • Get an overview of a case's legal treatment up front by viewing the Shepard's Summary, right at the top of your Shepard's reports

Also check out Legal Geekery for a review, WisBlawg, Robert Ambrogi's Law Sites, or AppStore.

GotReception: Data On Cellular Reception

GotReception, is a website aimed to provide data on cellular reception throughout United States. Users can look up reception data by a cell phone carrier (AT&T, Sprint, Nextel, T-mobile, Verizon Wireless), location (state, city, zip code) or map data (consumer reviews, cell phone towers, buildings, and dealers). Users can also create a customized widget to embed in their websites.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Appellate Legal Arguments Available on iTunes U

Via Legal Blog Watch, Appellate Oral Arguments Are Available For Free On iTunes U.

The Tex Parte Blog reports here that St. Mary's University School of Law will now be making recordings of Texas Supreme Court oral arguments available, for free, on iTunes U, Apple's online repository of free educational content and lectures, presentations, videos and podcasts from all over the world.

A quick look at iTunes U shows that the Texas oral arguments are not the only ones available on the site. In fact, dozens -- if not hundreds -- of U.S. Supreme Court argument are also available, for free, through the Oyez Project.

Also, for Pace students, don't forget that the Law Library subscribes to AudioCaseFiles.

AudioCaseFiles, a service of Courtroom Connect, is the premier audio and video training and research resource. Our trial video features some of the best litigators in the nation. Our audio opinions are of the most commonly assigned cases for first and second year law students.

Tort Bench and Jury Trials in State Courts, 2005

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics has posted a statistical addition covering the tort bench and jury trials in state courts in 2005.

[The report] discusses tort cases concluded by a bench or jury trial in a national sample of jurisdictions in 2005. Topics include the types of tort cases that proceed to trial, the differences between tort cases adjudicated by judges and juries, and the types of plaintiffs and defendants represented in tort trials. The report also covers plaintiff win rates, punitive damages, and the final award amounts generated in tort trial litigation. Lastly, trends are examined in tort trial litigation in the nation’s 75 most populous counties, based on comparable data in 1996, 2001, and 2005.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fundraiser For the Criminal Justice Society at Pace

On behalf of the Criminal Justice Society (CJS) at Pace Law School, please come and support the students' fundraising efforts by participating in any of the following exciting events:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Please join the Criminal Justice Society for dinner and conversation starting at 7:00 pm in the Antipasti Restaurant located at 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY.

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Attend a showing of the movie Dead Man Walking with a follow up lecture and discussion led by the Associate Professor of Law at Pace Law School, David D. Dorfman. The event is scheduled at 3:00 - 6:00 pm in Preston Hall, Room 401. Bring your friends!

Monday, November 23, 2009
It's bake sale time! Please stop by the CJS table located in the hallway outside of cafeteria anytime between 10:00 am and 6 :00 pm to get yourself a sweet dessert. What will be available is a surprise!

Please note that none of these events are sponsored by Pace.

Kindle for PC

Via Wired Gadget Lab, Kindle for PC Ships, Hints At Future Color Kindle features Kindle for PC. For those who don't have Kindle or Kindle for iPhone but still desire to read the more then 360,000 of Kindle e-books, you can get a free application for your Windows PC and your e-books on your computer. The free application is for Windows 7, Vista, and XP, and available at the above link.

The application does pretty much what the iPhone version does: your place is synced with other devices by Whispersync, and there is support for your bookmarks and annotations. You can browse and buy from the Kindle Store, but you can’t access blogs, newspapers or magazines.

... This may mean a color Kindle is on its way. ... [Y]ou can now buy and read Kindle books without buying a Kindle.

Any thoughts or comments?

FAOLEX Legal Office

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has online legal office called FAOLEX.

A multilingual team summarizes and in many cases translates laws and regulations on topics falling within FAO's mandate - agriculture, cultivated plants, environment, fisheries, food, forestry, land and soil, livestock, water and wild species and ecosystems. Legal information is received by FAO from Member Nations pursuant to Article XI of the FAO Constitution.

The website offers advanced search, which allows a user to narrow search by the following subjects: agriculture, forestry, cultivated plants, environment generally, air & atmosphere, fisheries, land & soil, water, mineral resources, energy, food, livestock, wild species & ecosystem, sea, and waste & hazardous substances. The website is available in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic. It also offers Basic Texts, Fishlex, Waterlex, Water Treaties, Publications, Right to Food, and Treaties generally.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Mozilla Firefox

Via The Mozilla Blog, the popular browser Mozilla Firefox celebrates its 5th birthday today!

Five years ago today, Mozilla launched Firefox 1.0 with belief that, as the most significant social and technological development of our time, the Internet is a public resource that must remain open and accessible to all. Within the first four days of launch, more than 1 million people had downloaded a brand new browsing experience.

In just five years, that number has swelled to over 330 million users worldwide; almost a quarter of Internet users worldwide choose Firefox. Today, Firefox ships in more than 70 languages and offers users more than 7,000 add-ons to help customize their browsing experience.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday Mozilla!

U.S. Supreme Court Database Is To Extend To 1792

Via, Law Schools Help Extend Court Database to 1792, "[a] group of law schools will help expand an online U.S. Supreme Court database so that it reaches back to the court's first recorded decision in 1792."

The schools received an $874,000 National Science Foundation grant in September to begin the four-year project, which will add 19,675 cases to a database that now extends from the Court's 1953 term through 2008, said Lee Epstein, a professor at Northwestern University School of Law. The group will post 4,400 cases by next summer and add more in installments each year, she said.

The other schools involved are the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Washington University Law School, Michigan State University College of Law and the political science departments at Princeton University and Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y

Alexander Greenawalt On Radovan Karadzic

Alexander Greenawalt, Associate Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law, regularly contributes to the New York Times Microblog: Latest On Radovan Karadzic. You can view the microblog here or you can directly subscribe to it via RSS feed.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Splitting the Infinitive

Via the (new) legal writer, Raymond Ward's post titled Sure, You Can Split an Infinitive, But This Is Ridiculous points out the absolute NO way to split an infinitive. Those who are involved in any type of legal writing might find this useful and perhaps humorous.

This blog's official position on split infinitives is that they're okay. The Star Trek catch phrase - 'to boldly go' - as A-okay with us. But please, please don't use your freedom from the no-split-infinitives superstition to write a sentence like this:

'Is it kosher for a law enforcement agency to, pursuant to a lawfully granted search warrant, search your G-mail account without telling you?' [Wall Street Journal Law Blog].

Visit the original post (referenced above) to read a full post and be aware of those infinitives!

Statistical Reports of the U.S. Courts

The U.S. Courts website includes a page listing various statistical reports.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

JOTWELL - Journal of Things We Like (LOTS)

JOTWELL, the Journal of Things We Like (LOTS) is a new blog that aims to collect/post/highlight the "leading academics and practitioners providing short reviews of recent scholarship to the law that the reviewer likes and thinks deserves a wide audience."

Jotwell is a special type of law review housed on a set of inter-linked blogs. As a law review, Jotwell has only mission: to bring to readers' attention great recent scholarship related to the law. As a blog we invite your comments, and hope that some of our reviews will spark a conversation.

Jotwell features information in the following areas of law:
  • Administrative law
  • Constitutional law
  • Corporate law
  • Criminal law
  • Cyber law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Legal profession
  • Tax law

To access information, a reader can directly visit the Jotwell blog where browse and search features are both available. Jotwell offers RSS feed subscription to the main Jotwell section or to the individual subject sections. Readers can also subscribe via email to receive a message every time a new article is available. Happy Reading!

2009 Global Fraud Report

The 2009/2010 annual edition of Global Fraud Report is available.

Kroll commissioned The Economist Intelligence Unit to conduct a worldwide survey on fraud and its effect on business during 2009. A total of 729 senior executives took part in this survey. A little over a third of the respondents were based in North and South America, 25% in Asia-Pacific, just over a quarter in Europe and 11% in the Middle East and Africa. Ten industries were covered, with no fewer than 50 respondents drawn from each industry. The highest number of respondents came from the financial services industry (12%). A total of 46% of the companies polled had global annual revenues in excess of $1billion. This report brings together these survey results with the experience and expertise of Kroll and a selection of its affiliates. It includes content written by The Economist Intelligence Unit and other third parties.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

National American Indian Heritage Month

The Law Library of Congress featured the National American Indian Heritage Month (November) resource guide as part of their Commemorative Observations, which also includes African American History Month, Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Law Day, or Women's History Month.

National American Indian Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States.

The article provides an overview and features legislative branch documents, executive branch documents, and web resources.

New Additions to LLRX

Law and technology resources for legal professionals ( added new guides to its collection during the October month of 2009.

The following are some of those included:

Monday, November 2, 2009

Google Maps Navigation For Android 2.0

Via the Official Google blog, Google announced Google maps navigation for Android 2.0. Google Maps have guided millions of people since 2005. However, the printed directions have stopped cutting it; people demand access to directions even when behind the wheel.

Google has announced the next step for Google Maps for mobile: Google Maps Navigation (Beta) for Android 2.0 devices.

This new feature comes with everything you'd expect to find in a GPS navigation system, like 3D views, turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting. But unlike most navigation systems, Google Maps Navigation was built from the ground up to take advantage of your phone's Internet connection.

The following are some of the offered features:
  • The most recent map and business data
  • Search in plain English
  • Search by voice
  • Traffic view
  • Search along route
  • Satellite view
  • Street view

Law Library Newsletter for November

Click here or the image to the left for this month’s issue of D-Brief, the Law Library Newsletter, written by Cynthia Pittson, Head of Reference Services. Cynthia writes about the fictional Don Draper from her favorite TV show Mad Men and the very real Lilly Ledbetter, tips for finding paper topics using BNA databases, and old final exams available on the Law Library TWEN site.

Tomorrow, Nov. 3, is Election Day. The League of Women Voters of Westchester has a combined ballot listing all local races. from the League of Women Voters has nonpartisan election information for federal, state, and local elections.

E-mail Is Not Protected By 4th Amendment

Via Legal Blog Watch, Robert Ambrogi writes in a post titled E-mail Is Not Protected By 4th Amendment, Judge Says that the 4th Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures does not include email. U.S. District Judge Michale W. Mosman, in his ruling, writes that email is outside one's home and further notes:

When a person uses the Internet, however, the user’s actions are no longer in his or her physical home; in fact he or she is not truly acting in private space at all. The user is generally accessing the Internet with a network account and computer storage owned by an ISP like Comcast or NetZero. All materials stored online, whether they are e-mails or remotely stored documents, are physically stored on servers owned by an ISP. When we send an e-mail or instant message from the comfort of our own homes to a friend across town the message travels from our computer to computers owned by a third party, the ISP, before being delivered to the intended recipient. Thus, "private" information is actually being held by third-party private companies.

Take a look at the full article and the following comments, definitely thought-provoking!