Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Google: Saving Us From Our Idiot Selves

Ever wish you could un-send an email? Well, now you can, with the help of some new tools from Google. According to an article from Slate, the new feature will allow users to "unsend" an email within 5 seconds of sending, allowing you to make changes or delete the email entirely. Other new tools include "mail goggles," which require you to answer a math question before sending that late night email. Perhaps most useful is the "forgotten attachment detector" which will notify you if you attempt to hit send before uploading your file.

From Barco 2.0

Friday, March 27, 2009

Senate and House YouTube Channels

Congress is going digital with both the House and Senate now having channels on youtube.com. The House Hub and Senate Hub have Representatives or Senators organized by both name and state to make searching easy.

From Novalawcity

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Laid-Off Associate Starts Partner Rating Site

Want to know all the dirt about the attorneys you'll be working with this summer? One former big firm associate started a website called Rate a Partner, where visitors can rate partners on a five-star system and write comments. The site is relatively new and comments and ratings are far from complete, but it's still worth checking out.

From Law.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring Break is Here!

Looking for something to do over spring break and want to avoid your textbooks? How about volunteering? There are lots of opportunities all around Columbus like the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and more. You may also want to sign up with usaservice.org for updates about volunteer opportunities in your area.

Or maybe you're ready to get started on some spring cleaning. If that's the case, check out this website that offers tips on how to make your spring cleaning more environmentally friendly.

From Librarians' Internet Index: New This Week

Friday, March 20, 2009

Obama's March Madness Picks

Think you know college basketball? Well, so does President Obama! The White House just released the President's March Madness bracket, which has UNC winning it all.

From Novalawcity

Courtoons: How Bar examiners think Law is Practiced

Courtoons is a website of daily legal cartoons. This one, mocking the bar exam, is particularly amusing. Enjoy!

From Novalawcity

Thursday, March 19, 2009

State Department Releases 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The State Department has released their 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. These Reports are excellent starting points in research in human rights conditions in particular countries.

From Due Process: The Georgetown Law Library Blog

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Here Come the Judges! A Preview of Possible Obama Picks

After Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggested that there would be an opening on the Supreme Court before too long, the Wall Street Journal published this article outlining President Obama's potential nominees for the Court.

From WSJ Law Blog

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

United States v. Bernard L. Madoff

The Bernard Madoff case has been dominating the news lately, and if you are interested in a more in-depth look at the trial, be sure to check out this page from the Department of Justice. It includes pdf files of court documents including the complaint, briefs, orders and transcripts from proceedings.

From Et Seq.

The Fate of Paper in a Digital Age?

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the fate of newspapers in an increasingly digital society. Just yesterday the Seattle Post-Intelligencer announced that it would be ceasing publication of its print edition, leaving only the seattlepi.com version of the news available. This is just one example from what appears to be an increasingly prevalent trend of newspapers dropping their print forms in favor of a focus on online editions.

Yahoo! recently published a news article listing 10 major newspapers that are expected to either fold entirely or go digital in the near future. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer was on the list of expected digital conversions. Even The Washington Post, widely read outside it's regional area, has suffered due to the economic decline and has been working to shrink its paper edition.

Even law schools are caught up in the digital drama. The Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship has called upon law schools to cease publishing journals in paper form, and rely solely on distribution through online editions.

From BeSpacific; Legal Research Plus; BeSpacific; Law Librarian Blog

Monday, March 16, 2009

How Stem Cells Work

Recently, stem cell research has made its way back into the news and this article from howstuffworks.com offers an easy-to-understand crash course on the science behind the debate.

From Librarians' Internet Index: New This Week

Friday, March 13, 2009

Fifty Years of Barbie

Barbie turns 50 this year and Mattel has created a special website dedicated to honoring the history of this iconic doll.

From Librarians' Internet Index: New This Week

How to Twitter

Been hearing all about "Twitter" but still confused about exactly what it is? Well, The Wall Street Journal recently published an article to help you the terminology and rules of this latest social networking craze.

From beSpacific

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Declassified Oral History Interviews Posted by National Security Agency

Anyone interested in national security issues will like to know that the National Security Administration has updated its website recently. The website has many new features, including oral history interviews from prominent personnel which have been declassified and are available now to the public.

From BeSpacific

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Laptops in law school classes

Moritz students aren't the only ones unable to pay attention in class. Here's a funny video from some students at NYU Law on browsing the web during class.

Also, check out this article from a professor who recently banned laptops from her classes.

From Barco 2.0 and Concurring Opinions

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New & Improved Ohio Supreme Court Website

The Ohio Supreme Court unveiled its new website yesterday. An announcement released about the new site states that the Court hopes that the new site will prove to be more user-friendly and reach a larger judicial branch audience.

From Cincinnati Law Library Association

Westlaw adds PRES-OBAMA database

Curious about everything President Obama-related? Westlaw has just released a new database [PRES-OBAMA] dedicated to all things Obama. Included is the President's inaugural address as well as executive orders and other statements issued since November 4, 2008.

From Barco 2.0

Monday, March 09, 2009

Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law Research Guide

Over the last year, spinach, tomatoes and peanut butter have all made headlines as outbreaks of E.Coli and Samonella have caused many people to wonder about the laws protecting our food sources. If you are interested in learning more about the laws and regulations surrounding food safety, you may want to check out this website listing a number of different resources available on this subject.

From Due Process: The Georgetown Law Library Blog

Friday, March 06, 2009

Legal Remedies: The Coffee Fix

Trying to kick your caffeine habit? The AmLaw Daily recently published an article that outlines why coffee is so effective in keeping us awake and alert, but also offers tips on how to curb your intake.

From Ross-Blakley Law Library Blog

Rand Report: Securing Afghanistan Getting on Track

How are things going over in Afghanistan? This is the big question that the RAND Corporation seeks to answer in its paper, "Securing Afghanistan: Getting on Track" (pdf). This report "examines the security environment in Afghanistan, assesses the programs put in place to address these threats, identifies existing gaps, and offers possible solutions." It is an interesting read to see how far we've really come after over 7 years of military involvement in the country.

From BeSpacific

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Justice O’Connor: Not Only Smart and Moderate. . . But Funny!

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Tuesday night to highlight her new project, Our Courts, a website "designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy."

From WSJ.com Law Blog

New Database offers Statistical Information on Status of Women Worldwide

In honor of Women's History Month, check out the new database from the WomanStats Project, which has complied over 260 variables and indicators of the status of women around the world. The project is ongoing with researchers continuing to add and analyze data, and the site states that its research agenda consists of "assessing the linkage between the security of women on the one hand, and the security, stability, and behavior of nation-states on the other."

From Due Process: The Georgetown Law Library Blog

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

What’s in a [Corporate Stadium] Name?

You've probably been to Nationwide Arena and the Schottenstein Center here in Columbus and not thought much about the corporate name emblazoned on the side of the building. However, as the economy continues to crumble and more and more corporations are seeking government assistance, the sponsorship choices made by companies are subject to increased scrutiny. Especially notable is the contract Citigroup entered into with the New York Mets to have the team's new field named "Citi Field." Lawrence Cunningham gives an interesting overview of how these corporate-sports relationships are changing in light of recent economic develpments.

From Concurring Opinions

Ethics Complaint for Blogging Lawyer?

Attorney Ben Sheffner, on his blog Copyrights & Campaigns, describes an interesting situation where a criminal defense attorney has threatened to file state bar ethics charges against a California attorney and blogger (Patrick Fey of Patterico's Pontifications) who, in the course of his blogging, contacted a witness in the Louisiana attorney's case. It doesn't sound like there's much of a basis for an ethics charge (See Sheffner's post and the Legal Ethics Forum), but it's an interesting case.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Transparency at the OMB

Peter Orszag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, has started a new blog with information about the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget of the U.S. Government. This site should provide a good overview of how tax dollars are going to be spent.

From Barco 2.0

Monday, March 02, 2009

A Sigh of Relief

Here's a funny youtube video to get you through your Monday afternoon. It's from the Capitol Steps, a group which "began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them." Enjoy!

From Novalawcity

Another Social Network for Lawyers: MyLawNetwork.com

Too old for MySpace? Tired of the terms of use debacle on Facebook? Looking for something a bit more professional? Well, we may have just the thing for your online social networking needs: MyLawNetwork.com. As the website states:

MyLawNetwork is the largest and most comprehensive online database of information about judges, courtroom, court personnel, and other data you need for your practice. It is designed to give you one location to visit when you need information about a court.

Basic membership is free, but a premium subscription will cost you $240 a year.

From Legal Blog Watch

Should the Law Protect Robots from Abuse?

We have human rights, we have animal rights, and before long, we could have robot rights. South Korea, with its goal to have a robot in every home within the next few years, has drafted a set of laws to prevent "robot abuse." Hopefully these laws will also be effective in preventing any blockbuster scenarios...

From Law Librarian Blog