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Law Firm Minority Hiring Survey

The Diversity Scorecard is the Minority Law Journal’s annual survey of minority hiring at the nation’s largest law firms. The Diversity Scorecard was produced with data from the 2002 edition of the National Law Journal 250. The statistics cover 215 law firms.

Fair Use Issues

The Copyright Management Center of Indiana University a useful website on Fair Use Issues. It covers the following topics: What is Fair Use?, When do I need Fair Use?, Am I Within the Limits of Fair Use?, Understanding and Applying Fair Use, and What if I am Outside the Limits of Fair Use? There are subtopics under each topic. Some subtopics are still under development.

Patent Law Links

This website was created by a registered patent attorney who is currently general and patent counsel for a medical device manufacturer. The site has links to current IP and patent news articles. Fifteen areas are covered with subtopics beneath them that include links to the resource websites. Some of the areas covered are case law, patent search engines, worldwide patent office sites, patent drawing services, statutes and regulations, IP associations, and patent search/document firms to list a few. You can sign up to get the latest additions by e-mail for free.

Full Text of All FASB Statements Online

From this page on the FASB website, you can view the full-text of all FASB Statements of Financial Accounting Standards issued since 1973. Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® version 5.0 or higher is required to access and download the full text of the FASB statements. There is a separate link to view the summary (when available) and status page for each FASB Statement. FASB Statements are presented as originally issued. No indication of amendments is included, but completely superceded statements are noted on the title page. You must check the “Status” link with each statement to find changes. This page also has links to comment letters, exposure documents, action alerts and recent additions in the left hand column.

Immigration Law Website

National Immigration Law Center’s mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low income immigrants and their family members. For those working in the area of immigrant representation, this website offers links to notable litigation, state driver’s license proposals and requirements, information on Re-verification of Workers' Employment Authorization, census data as it reflects the foreign born population, and federal legislation to list only a few of the topics covered. The “What’s New” section provides the user with quick access to the latest content under each subtopic or the main topics of employment, public benefits, and law & policy.

Portal on European Union Policies

EurActiv.com is a portal on European Union policies. There is daily news coverage with five to ten selected news stories per day. There are links to relevant official documents, position papers, news coverage by the major international press media, and forum debates on important news topics. Coverage of elections in member states and candidate countries is included if they are relevant for future EU policies. The Agenda links to upcoming events for the current month. The Archives covers a year and can be searched. The LinksDossiers section has policy dossiers, country profiles, profiles of EU personalities, and debates. The Policy and Mini sections include news & interviews, LinksDossiers & Profiles, and analyses on a variety of topics including biotech, telecoms, environment, and energy to name only a few. The 10.000 Guide of EU Actors is a database of data on most major organizations and persons involved in or interested in EU policymaking. It is updated by the organizations themselves. EurActiv is funded by sponsors (international corporations), EU or national funding, advertisements, and fees from partners.