Law Library Notes

April 16, 2014

Could Obama Sue Samsung Over a ‘Selfie’?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 8:10 pm

Wall Street Journal video – Red Sox slugger David Ortiz snapped a ‘selfie’ with Barack Obama with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. When it was learned Ortiz has a deal with Samsung, it raised many questions about the new era of guerrilla advertising.

See video here.


April 3, 2014

John Paul Stevens: By the Book

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 1:20 pm

Retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens was interviewed by the New York Times Sunday Book Review. We recommend you check out this short but interesting piece about what he reads and has read. He also mentions his new book – Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution

Read the full piece here.


March 27, 2014

A very thin Federal Register

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 5:14 pm

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Here is a picture of several issues of the Federal Register. The issues on the bottom of the stack are the typical size of an issue. A typical day usually runs 200-300 pages. Maybe the thin issues are weekend editions? No, the Federal Register is published during the business week. The thin issues are from the days when the government shutdown was taking place.

The October 17th, 2013 issue is 5 pages long and has two entries. One is a Coast Guard, Temporary final rule, and the other is a final rule from NOAA.

These thin issues raised a thought about the nature of print and electronic publishing. In a print world you notice the size of each Federal Register issue. In a digital format a fat issue or thin issue is just a link among other links. One one level this may not be important but other times you can glean that things are happening when you notice a particularly large or small issue of the Federal Register.


March 17, 2014

Nonlegal Citations and the Failure of Law: A Case Study of the Supreme Court 2010-2011 Term

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 9:10 am

Abstract: Nonlegal citations both exist and proliferate within contemporary judicial opinions. This realization could — indeed, it should — lead the reader to ask a fundamental question: What are these nonlegal citations doing in a judicial opinion?

Download and read Bezalel Stern’s article here.


March 5, 2014

Student ordered to pay $100,000 over Twitter defamation of teacher

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 5:27 pm

Read it here.


High School Senior Sues Parents for College Tuition

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 9:45 am

Read it here.


March 4, 2014

Girl costs father $80,000 with Facebook post

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 10:42 am

The former head of a private preparatory school in Miami, Florida is out an $80,000 discrimination settlement after his daughter boasted about it on Facebook. Story underlines the importance of your client understanding the full extent of a confidentiality agreement made as part of a settlement.

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February 25, 2014

The Business Of Frats: Shifting Liability For Trauma And Injury

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 11:26 pm

NPR had an interesting piece discussing how college fraternities are centers for shifting liability.

See the full story here.


February 21, 2014

Textual citations make legal writing onerous, for lawyers and nonlawyers alike

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 1:03 pm

Bryan garner the editor-in-chief of all current editions of Black’s Law Dictionary has an interesting article at the ABA Journal website – Textual citations make legal writing onerous, for lawyers and nonlawyers alike (Take note of the comments to the article, many of the comments make interesting points)
Excerpt: Although legal writing is the least skimmable prose known to humankind, those who create it commonly do something that forces readers to skip over dozens, even hundreds, of characters in almost every paragraph. I refer, of course, to citations: the volume numbers and page numbers that clutter lawyers’ prose. These superfluous characters amount to useless detail that distracts the reader from the content. This habit also results in two evils that you might think contradictory: overlong sentences and paragraphs on the one hand (the extra characters bulk it up, after all), and underdeveloped paragraphs on the other.



February 20, 2014

Crowdsourcing gaining traction as research tool in legal practice

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 11:35 am

Interesting article in the Columbus Post Dispatch about crowd sourcing of legal research and the discussion of legal topics.

Read full article: Crowdsourcing gaining traction as research tool in legal practice

Note: Mootus, one of the websites mentioned in the article, has a blog post making the point that they are “Not a Platform for Crowdsourced Legal Advice”




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