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Urban Copyright Legends

Posted by George Butterfield on July 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

As a copyright lawyer, I sometimes wish there were a copyright version of Snopes.com—a Web site where non-experts could check to see whether the things they read online about copyright are true or just urban legends. Read the full article by Brandon Butler, Director of Public Policy Initiatives, Association of Research Libraries, here.

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Legal Aid Opens Self-Help Center

Posted by George Butterfield on July 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

OMAHA, Neb. — A legal service that helps those who can’t afford attorneys is facing a lack of money. Legal Aid of Nebraska serves thousands every year. Funds aren’t keeping up with the caseload, said the organization’s executive director. But a new self-help center could be a big part of the solution, he said. Read [...]

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Changes to the 19th Edition of the Bluebook

Posted by George Butterfield on July 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

Thanks to Cynthia Pittson, Pace Law Library, 5/20/2010, who compiled the changes. They can be found here.

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Basic Legal Research on the Internet

Posted by George Butterfield on July 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

This article explores the corner of the Internet landscape that concentrates on legal research. For the most part, these databases and search tools are free, although some might require a library card. Essentially, this is a short list of “go to” sites that most researchers will find useful. Before delving in, it might be worthwhile [...]

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Citations to Wikipedia in Law Reviews

Posted by George Butterfield on July 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

Baker, Daniel, Citations to Wikipedia in Law Reviews (December 18, 2009). U of Houston Law Center No. 2009-A-42. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1525619 Download the article here.

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LawHelp Interactive

Posted by George Butterfield on July 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

Every year, millions of people who can’t afford a lawyer find themselves in court, facing the potential loss of property, money, or even their children. LawHelp Interactive is a web-based document assembly program that helps pro se litigants — or volunteer attorneys — prepare needed legal documents. Managed by New York-based Pro Bono Net, the [...]

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“Diploma Privilege” Challenged in Wisconsin

Posted by George Butterfield on July 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

Sept. 29, 2009 – A petition filed on Sept. 25 with the Wisconsin Supreme Court aims to extend the “diploma privilege” to graduates of all ABA-approved law schools or abolish it entirely. Petitioner Steven Levine, a past State Bar of Wisconsin president, and 70 other State Bar members seek to amend SCR 40.03, which exempts [...]

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European e-Justice Portal

Posted by George Butterfield on July 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

The European e-Justice Portal is available here.

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Lindsay Lohan needs to spend more time in law library

Posted by Troy Johnson on July 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

Cato senior fellow Walter Olsen says about Lohan: “She needs to be more careful in her legal research — too much time in bars and not enough in law libraries” This was in response to Lohan’s assertions that her 90 days in jail were a violation of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and she also made mention [...]

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AALL Awards 2010 New Product of the Year Award to Fastcase

Posted by Troy Johnson on July 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has awarded its 2010 New Product of the Year Award to legal publisher Fastcase, Inc. for the company’s free legal research application for the iPhone. The Association will award the prize in Denver during the organization’s 103rd Annual Meeting this month. Read the full article

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