Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association

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November Link Roundup

WPLLA member Cindy Cicco sent an invitation to join the weekly ALCTS e-Forum; specifically on called “eBook Management: What Works, What Doesn’t.” The event takes place on 11/13-11/14, so if you’re hearing about this for the first time on the WPLLA website, you’re out of luck. Perhaps one of our members who attended can fill us in on the details? Connect with any one of WPLLA’s board members and we’ll get a write-up on the site. If you’re interested in receiving information on upcoming ALCTS e-forums, check out the events website.

 

Fastcase Bulks Up on Treatises and Practice Guides From James Publishing On November 8, 2018, Fastcase announced a new partnership with James Publishing. James Publishing releases “. . . legal practice materials  including model pleadings, client letters, and step-by-step procedural checklists, pattern arguments, model questions,  and practice tips.” This move helps position Fastcase as a “. . .  full service legal research and analytics platform.”

 

Corbin on Pennsylvania Contracts The text, Corbin on Pennsylvania Contracts, is available for sale at the LexisNexis store. It covers Commonwealth-specific topics like the Uniform Written Obligations Act, the evidence of fraud needed to invalidate a contract, and the “four corners” approach to contract interpretation and construction (among many others).

 

How to Be a More Patient Person Experts have “. . . found that patience as a personality trait is modifiable.” Read through this article for info on how to control your temper and increase your patience.

 

The Essential Ebook Converter Guide For a discussion on the 12+ common file types associated with e-books (and the compatibility with different e-readers), check out this article!
PaperShip: Access Your Zotero-Stored Sources on your Phone The Harvard Law School Library’s Blog, Et Seq., recently posted information about Zotero, a citation management software. The post includes a Zotero training PowerPoint slide deck and information on PaperShip, an app available through Apple’s app store to that allows users to “. . . get immediate access to the sources you have stored in your Zotero account.”

 

The GovLab Launches The Living Library – A New Resource on Technology, Innovation and Governance The GovLab at NYU Tandon School of Engineering recently launched The Living Library. This is “. . . A new resource that seeks to inform those interested in and working at the intersection of technology, innovation, and governance.” Review, search, and filter by categories like “. . .  geography, topic, governance level, or sector.”

 

When Microsoft’s Word Count feature goes to court The Legal Office Guru explains how to set the Word Count feature to include footnotes for Microsoft Word users. (HINT: there’s a checkbox to “include textboxes, footnotes and endnotes.) Read through the post for detailed instructions!

 

You Spin Me Right Round… A good lesson on the people (” . . . In house or outside counsel, senior partner or fresh faced associate, law clerk or technologist”) “. . . grappling with what to do and how to make sense of all of the changes happening in the industry.” Many of these changes are related to tech – either direct changes because of it, or ancillary changes by adapting to it. Please read the entire thoughtful post to gain more insights into the changes, and potential ways to combat resistance to and/or pivot with them.

 

CRS Report – Types of Committee Hearings Another interesting CRS report (made available on Every CRS Report, obviously) on the four types of Congressional committee hearings: “. . . legislative, oversight, investigative, and confirmation.”

 

Here’s What It’s Actually Like To Be A Librarian A “human interest” news story from BuzzFeedNews: a tally of the 1,400 responses to an informal survey of public sector librarians (including details on projects they’re working on, their pet peeves, and more).

 

Introduction to the Legislative Process in the U.S. Congress From the website Every CRS Report comes a link to a CRS report which details “. . . the main steps through which a bill (or other item of business) may travel in the legislative process—from introduction to committee and floor consideration to possible presidential consideration.” And take note – this CRS report identifies multiple other CRS reports that detail the many other ” . . . specific elements of congressional procedure” (check out this link for more titles).

 

As Federal Courts Urge Caution On Docket Services, Vendors Respond After many federal courts sent “. . . notices to attorneys urging them to exercise caution” when using companies that provide federal docket access services, many of these vendors began taking steps to remedy the concerns – though others proclaimed loudly that the caution should not apply to them. Click the link to learn more about the issues and the PR responses.

 

Download 569 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Open Culture links to MetPublications, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website “. . . offering ‘five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.'”

 

Exonerees Racing Against a Tax Clock Defense attorneys and anyone working with populations of exonerees should know that the filing deadline for a special exoneree tax refund under the Wrongful Conviction Tax Relief Act is December 17, 2018.

 

THE LEGAL INFORMATION INSTITUTE PUBLISHES ENHANCED CONSTITUTION ANNOTATED Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute has published “. . . the first publicly-available web version of the Congressional Research Service’s Constitution Annotated, a non-partisan publication that helps readers appreciate how Americans’ collective understanding of our governing principles has changed throughout our history on timely issues such as the scope of presidential power, limits on free speech, or the right to bear arms.”

 

Opinion: Inside Bloomberg BNA’s Fall Pricing Surprise Linked from Legaltechnews, author Michael Feit “. . . examines recent price increases for Bloomberg BNA and what it means for the company’s market positioning.”

 

You Think Legal Education Can’t Change? 8 Innovative Ideas from Law Schools Innovation is everywhere – even the ivory tower. Click through for eight new legal education ideas that could revamp the student experience and the profession itself.
Legal Research Companies Post Laws Online, but Do They Own the Data? If laws, regulations, and judicial opinions aren’t copyrightable, what to do about private companies who format, upload, and otherwise make this information available?

 

Top 10 Tips for Solos and Young Lawyers Collected by beSpacific from two different ABA articles, anyone new to the practice of law should click through for a series of thoughtful tips for solo practitioners and young attorneys.

 

Assessing Academic Law Libraries’ Performance And Implementing Change While Reducing Budget Paul Caron of the TaxProf Blog highlights a recent law review article by Linda Kawaguchi. Kawaguchi worked to re-orient the Chapman University Law Library; she documented results that included adding new staff and purchasing new database while decreasing total library expenditures “. . . 16% from fiscal year 2010-11 to 2015-16.”

 

How To Grow A Lawyer: A Guide For Law Schools, Law Professors, And Law Students Paul Caron of the TaxProf Blog thoughtfully reviews Fruehwald’s text, How to Grow a Lawyer. Fruehwald argues for a radical transformation to legal education, and advocates for a rejection of “. . . everything from the past that does not grow effective lawyers.”