Thursday, August 24, 2006

Advice for 2-Ls from Ian Best

Recent OSU-Law grad Ian Best has some advice for new 2-Ls. If you have not yet checked out Ian's blog, 3L Epiphany, you should.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Sara Sampson Moving to Georgetown

Sara Sampson, reference librarian at the Moritz Library, is leaving us to take the Head of Reference position at the Georgetown Law Library. We will greatly miss her knowledge, experience and friendship, but we are happy for the exciting opportunities Sara's new position will provide for her. Fortunately, in today's modern world, she will remain only an e-mail or a phone call away. Good luck, Sara.

...but the Blog must go on.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Foie Gras Litigation

The City of Chicago has recently banned city restaurants from selling foie gras, the fattened liver of ducks or geese. The ban is the result of complaints that the production of foie gras is not humane. The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog reports that litigation has ensued with the Illinois Restaurant Association and Allen’s New American CafĂ©, a Chicago restaurant, filing a complaint asserting that the Chicago ban is illegal. The claim, which municipal lawyers will be familiar with, is that the state constitution only permits municipalities to legislate regarding local problems and not activities that are more properly dealt with by the state. Stay tuned.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

NSA Wiretapping Program Struck Down

Judge Ann Diggs Taylor from the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, has just issued a decision striking down the NSA Wiretapping Program. The decision can be read here. An appeal is expected.

Advice for 1-Ls

The best advice that I can give to 1-Ls about law school, very similar to Professor Brannon Denning's advice, is to treat your first year of law school like a job (rather than the third semester of your senior year). Plan on spending your days doing school work, but save time in the evenings and the weekend to spend with family and friends. Make productive use of the gaps in your class schedule, work hard, then go home and relax.

There is no shortage of advice for incoming law students. 1-Ls should check out the advice links on the Heafey Headnotes blog and on CALI's PreLaw Blog. There is nothing like your first year of law school. It's new, exciting, stimulating, challenging - it's the best of times (and sometimes the worst of times). Try to enjoy it; you'll only do it once.

Thanks to ZiefBrief and Law Dawg Blawg for the good information.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

How to Read a Judicial Opinion

Orin Kerr, associate professor of law at George Washington University Law School, has written an essay, How to Read a Judicial Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students. The essay explains "what judicial opinions are, how they are structured, and what you should look for when you read them."

From Law Dawg Blawg.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Global Legal Monitor - June/July Issue

The Library of Congress has just announced the release of the June/July issue of the Global Legal Monitor. The PDF document can be accessed here.

From the ALL-SIS Listserv.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Ohio Eminent Domain Task Force Recommendations

From the Greater Ohio website:
Ohio’s legislative task force on eminent domain has come out with a detailed list of recommendations that will likely be addressed by the Legislature after this fall’s election. Some say the changes are sweeping — in part as a result of the Ohio Supreme Court decision in Norwood v. Horney, which declared use of eminent domain for the sole purpose of economic development in violation of Ohio’s constitution....The Eminent Domain Task Force was formed to study eminent domain and its use and application in the state, in light of the Kelo v. City of New London Supreme Court decision.
From Cleveland Law Library Weblog.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Courtroom Etiquette

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Victoria Gerrard Chaney wrote an article last year in the Los Angeles Lawyer magazine about courtroom etiquette. Most of the tips in the article are common sense; however, common sense can fly out the window when new attorneys attempt to navigate the unfamiliar and sometimes stressful confines of a courtroom.

From Santa Clara Heafey Headnotes.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Print v. Online Legal Research

A nice article recently appeared in Legal Times dicussing the value of print resources in legal research. No surprise - print materials are often more helpful than their online counterparts.

From Novalawcity.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Court Posts Moussaoui Exhibits Online

From the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia:
The following web pages link to all 1,202 exhibits admitted into evidence during the trial of U.S. v. Moussaoui, with the exception of seven that are classified or otherwise remain under seal. This is the first criminal case for which a federal court has provided access to all exhibits online. The exhibits were posted on July 31, 2006.
Prosecution trial exhibits can be viewed here. Defense exhibits can be found here.

From beSpacific.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

New Conduct Rules for Ohio Attorneys

"The Supreme Court of Ohio has adopted new professional conduct rules for attorneys that provide greater protection for clients' rights and help ensure the professional delivery of legal services." Some of the changes cover enhanced communications with clients, more detailed record-keeping, and client confidentiality. The full version of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and other related documents can be viewed here.