Friday, April 27, 2007
Friday's Strange Legal News
Armed Miss America 1944 Stops Intruder
Judge Sues Dry Cleaners for $65 Million
Indian Court Orders Gere's Arrest for 'Obscene' Kiss
Judge, Prosecutor Face Heat Over Affair
N.Y. Governor Criticizes Judicial Conduct Commission Chairman Over Humor Book
Man jailed over fountain drink
Woman pleads guilty to posing as lawyer to have sex with prisoner
Citing Fraud, Judge Tosses Case After Video Shows 'Paralyzed' Woman Walking
Thursday, April 26, 2007
United States Attorneys Kids Page
This site provides an introduction to the workings of U.S. courtrooms. It includes a description of federal prosecutors and U.S. Attorneys, an illustrated guide to a courtroom and its participants, and a glossary. From the U.S. Department of Justice.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
State Legal Climate Lists
The American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association, calls the ILR survey “bogus" and has issued its own list, The 10 Worst States to Get Sick or Injured In. Alabama, Alaska and Colorado top the AAJ's list.
Alabama just can't catch a break.
From the WSJ Law Blog.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Decoding the OMR (Ohio Monthly Record)
It is only available in print and can be found at the following locations in the Moritz Law Library:
1) The most recent editions are located in the Reserve Room under call number
KFO 36 .O44
2) Older editions, starting in 1977 are in the Law State Section under the same call number
The OMR has many other features, however when you are looking at Ohio legislative history in a Westlaw publication you could see something like the following listed:
1998-99 OMR 2340 (E)
The first part refers to the year of the journal, in this case 1998-99. The second part refers to the title, the Ohio Monthly Record. The third part, the numerical portion, refers to the page number within the OMR. The last part, the letter, indicates what happened to that piece of administrative code. In this case it was “Enacted”.
There are 9 letters which could appear:
A- Amended E- Enacted TF- Transferred From
N/A- Not Applicable TT- Transferred To W- Withdrawn
R-Repealed L- Legislative Action RRD- RC 119.032 rule review date
Please note these can appear as a combination for example R-E. Also if the “A” appears in the following format “A*” this indicates it was "an emergency rule, in effect for 90 days unless readopted".
Monday, April 23, 2007
Business Casual Attire for Lawyers
Law firms, even "white-shoe" firms, have changed dress codes to reflect the times. With many companies now allowing employees to wear jeans to work, law firms have changed to a business casual policy in order to make employees comfortable and able to fit in with clients. In order to dress appropriately, the business casual lawyer should adhere to a few rules.The article offers tips for both men and women such as "long-sleeved shirts are still the accepted norm" and "Skirts should reach the knee while standing and offering full coverage when seated." The article concludes with some general advice, "[d]on't mistake the attire worn by attorneys on television as appropriate attire. When in doubt, overdress. Always remember, the law is a conservative profession."
From Stark County Law Library Blog.
Best Places to Work in the Fed. Gov't, 2007
Geared toward a broad audience of job seekers, researchers, federal employees and government leaders, Best Places to Work draws on responses from more than 221,000 civil servants to produce detailed rankings of employee engagement across 283 federal agencies and subcomponents.You can visit the Best Places to Work website or download the 2007 brochure.
The Partnership for Public Service and American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation use data from the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Human Capital Survey to rank agencies and subcomponents. Agencies and subcomponents are ranked on a Best Places to Work index score, which measures overall employee engagement. The Best Places to Work score is calculated both for the organization as a whole and also for specific demographic groups.
In addition to this employee engagement rating, agencies and subcomponents are also scored in 10 workplace environment (“best in class”) categories such as effective leadership, employee skills/mission match and work/life balance.
Best Places also offers a snapshot overview of each agency and subcomponent, trend data on changes since 2003 and 2005, tips and information for job seekers, and expert analysis of what the results mean.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Friday's Lighter Side of the Law
Florida woman blames shoplifting arrest on irritable bowel syndrome
Wis. Lawmakers Approve Free Beer Samples
Even unopposed, candidate gets no votes
Court win nets Mich. man 33,500 pennies
Does Ogden stink? City considers forming sniff squad to find out
Sheriff Gives Himself a Ticket
Man Impersonates Brother to Avoid DWI
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Ohio Smoking Ban Litigation
The American Cancer Society sued to eliminate regulations which allow smoking in private clubs. The Cancer Society urges that allowing smoking in private clubs goes against voter's wishes and against the language of the Constitutional amendment the voters enacted. Opponents say that the ballot language indicated there would be an exemption for private clubs. The case is American Cancer Society v. Ohio Dept. of Health, filed 4/18/2007, Franklin County Common Pleas Case No. 07 CV 005306. The docket can be viewed at the Franklin County Case Search.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Campaign Contributions Map
BBC to Offer Broadcasting Archive Online
Guardian Unlimited reports"The BBC wants to put nearly one million hours of material on the internet for viewers to watch, listen to and download and has already begun the long process of retrieving and transferring programmes. A trial involving 20,000 users will begin next month, and the service could be available nationally in a year's time."
Monday, April 16, 2007
Report on President's Court Nominations
This report tracks nominations made by President George W. Bush to judgeships on the U.S. courts of appeals, the U.S. district courts, and the U.S. Court of International Trade -- the lower courts on which, pursuant to Article III of the Constitution, judges serve "during good Behaviour." It lists and keeps count of all nominations made to these courts during the 110th Congress, including pertinent actions taken by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate. It also tracks the number of judicial vacancies on the courts (including vacancies classified by the federal judiciary as "judicial emergencies"), the number of nominations pending to fill the vacancies, and the names of the pending nominees. Last, the report presents the total number of persons nominated by President Bush to each category of lower Article III court during his entire presidency (breaking down each total to show the number confirmed, pending, returned and not re-nominated, and withdrawn).
New Law.com Search Engine
It features two tabs - one for searching the Law.com network of sites and the other for querying Web sites with legal information. After conducting a search, you may narrow the results by selecting from the options on the left-hand side of the page. These include information types (e.g., articles, blogs) and sources.Robert Ambrogi has a more detailed write-up on his site.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Free Quicklaw Access for U.S. Law Schools
It's not very well advertised, but U.S. law school users may access Quicklaw at no charge. To register, call 1-800-387-0899. A .edu email address is required.
Quicklaw, from LexisNexis Canada, is a Web-based resource that offers over 2,500 databases of law, news and information from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Africa, Malaysia and the Caribbean. Includes cases & case citator, legislation, regulations, and news & journal articles. See the source directory for more information.
Ohio Legal Research Workshops
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Smith Baby Has Father
And, yes, I'm just posting about this because I like the picture.
Thanks to Above The Law for the picture.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Reasearching Non-Profit Companies
(4 Apr) One of the most useful documents to examine when you are conducting research on a non-profit organization is the form 990.
According to the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, "[t]he Form 990, entitled 'Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax,' is a report that must be filed each year with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by organizations exempt from Federal income taxes under section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code, and whose annual receipts are 'normally' more than $25,000 a year. It is an information return and not an income tax return since the organizations that file it do not pay income taxes."
Bill Smith, a reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who covers non-profit companies, offers a guide on key areas of the form. For example, he advises, "Usually high fundraising expenses can signal that a nonprofit relies too heavily on outside telemarketers or direct mail fundraisers to raise money for their operations, leaving little for their actual programs."
Monday, April 09, 2007
Task force recommends consortium of Ohio law libraries
The report will be submitted to the Legislative Service Commission to draft new legislation concerning county law libraries. The Task Force envisions restoring some of the county funding to libraries taken away by HB 66. In the 125th legislative session, HB 66 resulted in an elimination of county support for the law libraries over a five year period. Before HB 66, the ORC required counties to provide county law libraries with the salaries of 3 employees, space and shelving. The Task Force report would require counties to pay for one library employee, space and shelving, but only if the county law library joins a statewide consortium. The Task Force report also recommends mandating the composition of county law library boards. Boards would be mandated by statute to include 2 county commissioners, 2 judges and one private attorney.
Laptops Banned from Law School Class
Friday, April 06, 2007
Friday's Lighter Side of the Law
Swedish couple fights to name baby 'Metallica'
Fitchburg mayor chases woman after she pulls out campaign sign
Chicago woman sues boss's husband for 'negligent dancing' after he dropped her
Celebrity Justice Doesn't Come Cheap
Man Facing Trial Wins $2,100 on Lotto TV
SEC chief sees funny side of pay and perks
Man Leads Chase, Claims He's Dick Cheney
Cabbie Says He Was Stiffed On $8,200
Hot Dog Seller Gets First Foie Gras Fine
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Study Says New Lawyers Lacking Research Skills
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
New Free Online Ohio Code
Monday, April 02, 2007
HeinOnline World Trials Collection
HeinOnline’s latest enhancement to the online research community is our World Trials Collection; a new library module that will rival some of the best trials collections in libraries around the world. Thanks to the contributions of law libraries such as Cornell Law Library and the University of Missouri-Kansas City as well as works loaned to us from antiquarian booksellers, HeinOnline’s World Trials Collection is well on its way to establishing itself as the PREMIER online trials resource. In addition to trial transcripts HeinOnline’s World Trials Collection also includes monographs that analyze and debate famous trials, as well as biographies of some of the greatest trial lawyers in history.Thanks to the Valpo Law Blawg for the tip.