Features and Columns — July, 2014

Strengthening Forensic Science: The Next Wave of Scholarship

Ken Strutin's article focuses on threads of scholarly literature citing and commenting on the recent National Academy of Sciences report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, and highlights discussions where experts and practitioners rethink the merits of a wide range of forensic issues. — Published November 23, 2009

Bridging the DiGital Divide: A New Vendor in Town? Google Scholar Now Includes Case Law

The November 17, 2009 Google launch of free caselaw searching via Google Scholar is the focus of John J. DiGilio's timely content and resource review. — Published November 18, 2009

Support for the Research Process - An Academic Library Manifesto

This document by Chris Bourg, Ross Coleman, and Ricky Erway can serve as a pathfinder for those professionals seeking to focuses on roles that academic, law and special librarians could undertake in order to better support the research process. — Published November 17, 2009

Free Tools and Applications For More Efficient Online Interaction

Many lawyers understand the importance of networking, but running a law practice takes time and no one ever seems to have enough of it. This factor is one of the main reasons lawyers offer as an excuse to avoid online networking, but Nicole Black proposes how choosing even a few efficient applications from the range of free tools available can streamline and accelerate this marketing process. — Published November 14, 2009

October, 2009

The Government Domain: A Handful of Classics

Peggy Garvin has updated her directory of useful government information resources online, the e-Government and Web Directory: U.S. Federal Government Online. Her research has found that federal web sites do not change as rapidly as users believe. The content on these sites is dynamic, constantly being refreshed and redesigned. However, the sites themselves, the ones that represent so much of the work of the federal government and are selected for inclusion in the book, are fairly stable. — Published October 31, 2009

Using Technology To Estimate, Control And Manage Litigation Document Review Budgets

Conrad J. Jacoby details approaches and exercises that contribute to a successful process for calculating - and staying within - a realistic budget for a litigation or regulatory document review. — Published October 17, 2009

Legal Implications of Cloud Computing - Part Two (Privacy and the Cloud)

As a follow-up to last month's article that provided an overview of cloud computing in the context of significant legal issues, this article by Tanya Forsheit reviews the issues of privacy and cross-border data transfers. — Published October 17, 2009

Pretexting, Legal Ethics and Social Networking Sites

The court decisions, ethics opinions and articles comprising Ken Strutin's guide provide background into current legal thinking about covert investigations, and include recent publications addressing online pretexting as well as the privacy limits of social media. — Published October 5, 2009

September, 2009

Peek: Mobile E-Mail On A Budget

Conrad J. Jacoby discusses his experiences using the Peek mobile e-mail device (Time Magazine's 2008 Gadget of the Year), which he believes is genuinely useful and an excellent value for its cost. — Published September 24, 2009

ILTA 2009: Smaller, Cheaper... Better?

Attorney and legal IT expert Conrad J. Jacoby believes participants in this year's conference were hungry for the knowledge available there, for the ability to see in-depth presentations of products, and to attend personal briefings with high-level vendor-side programmers and product directors. — Published September 23, 2009

After Hours Goes to the Stars

Attorney, food writer, astrologer and Tarot master Kathy Biehl is a long term contributor to LLRX.com. Her new column explores different avenues to understand the collective challenges that have become an integral part of our lives and perspectives over the past couple of years. — Published September 21, 2009

The Art of Written Persuasion: Part V - Improve Your Vocabulary, Improve Your Success

Troy Simpson returns with this fifth article in the series, and investigates the link between having a good vocabulary [lawyers have a speaking acquaintance with around 23,000 words] and being a persuasive lawyer. — Published September 20, 2009

Legal Implications of Cloud Computing - Part One (the Basics and Framing the Issues)

Attorney David Navetta contends that there there will be significant financial pressure on organizations to take advantage of the pricing and efficiency of cloud computing, and if attorneys fail to understand the issues ahead of time there is a serious risk of getting "bulldozed" into cloud computing arrangements without time or resources to address some serious legal issues that are implicated. — Published September 12, 2009

Are Law Firms Ready for Transparency?

Attorney and KM expert V. Mary Abraham provides details on how one law firm has found a way to create real transparency in its dealings with clients via an extranet, and whether this process may start a trend. — Published September 12, 2009

PACER Spending Survey

Stanford Law School deputy library director Erika Wayne describes an open source document access project focused on improving PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records), sponsored by a small group of research savvy and customer service oriented law librarians. — Published September 7, 2009

August, 2009

The Government Domain: Tracking Congress 2.0

With the 111th Congress of the United States reconvening on September 8th, e-gov expert Peggy Garvin highlights new tools and sources that enhance and expand your ability to track and monitor the action. — Published August 31, 2009

Re-Hashing the Hash Tag - Crowd Competition and Community Standards at the #AALL2009 Conference

Roger V. Skalbeck and Meg Kribble describe how the majority of social media activity during the 2009 AALL conference took place on Twitter, and how this technology impacts the profession and the free exchange of information, moving forward. — Published August 27, 2009

The Legal Profession and Five Responses to Technology

Lawyer, writer and blogger Nicole Black's informed commentary reminds fellow professionals that technology and the Internet are here to stay. — Published August 22, 2009

Burney's Legal Tech Reviews: The Dell Mini 9 and the Averatec All-in-one PC

Legal tech guru Brett Burney reviews the pros and cons of one of the smallest netbooks on the market, as well as a low-end all-in-one model PC, sporting a big monitor, all of which can easily be accommodated on just about any desktop. — Published August 12, 2009

Law Practice Technology Information Sources and Tools

Ken Strutin identifies core sources to learn about new technologies that apply to legal research and law practice. In addition, he has identified specific tools that will contribute to managing research, communication and information-based tasks. — Published August 5, 2009

July, 2009

Blackberry Apps for Lawyers

Nicole Black highlights an assortment of Blackberry applications for research, document management, mobile communications, music, dictation and more - all of which would benefit just about any law practice. — Published July 30, 2009

After Hours: Fancy Foods Are Alive and Well

Kathy Biehl returns, sharing the highlights of the 2009 Summer Fancy Food Show, which ran June 28-30 in New York City. — Published July 28, 2009

The Government Domain - Congressional Documents on FDsys: the Basics

E-Gov guru and research expert Peggy Garvin provides an overview of the organization, content and search features of GPO's new Federal Digital System (FDsys). — Published July 27, 2009

Seeking Bypass: What Will Ultimately End Confidence in the Necessity of Parental Involvement Laws?

Public interest law advocate Diana Philip's commentary focuses specifically on the multifaceted, complex and challenging issues that encompass the dichotomy between reproductive health care and rights available to adult pregnant women and pregnant minors. Diana's position includes references to seminal legal cases as well as to selected scholarly literature in the field of juvenile reproductive health. — Published July 19, 2009

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips: The Little Red Book of Wine Law: A Case of Legal Issues

Heather A. Phillips recommends this slim volume as it provides an engaging and accessible introduction to American wine law and history that will broaden the reader's appreciation of the wine industry. Though short and non-technical, this book is suitable for a surprising number of library collections. — Published July 17, 2009

Green Files: Green Resources and Sites on the Internet

Marcus P. Zillman provides a comprehensive, wide ranging listing of web based green resources and sites, inclusive of home and business related information. — Published July 17, 2009

Five Things Lawyers Should Know About Social Media

Lawyer, writer and blogger Nicole Black advises fellow professionals about important core techniques and goals to consider before jumping on the “social media” bandwagon. — Published July 11, 2009

June, 2009

Criminal Justice Surveys and Public Opinion Polls

Ken Strutin's article examines key sources for surveys and public polling concerning the criminal justice system. In addition to overview studies about the application of surveys to criminal justice, the selected topics include: crime, criminal histories, death penalty, public defense, sentencing, sex offenses, treatment, and reentry. — Published June 23, 2009

Vendor Pitfalls in Negotiating Large Multi-Year Contracts - or How to Lose a Million Dollar Contract

A veteran of several decades of vendor negotiations for law firm online and print contracts, law librarian Elaine Billingslea Dockens' thoughtful, detailed and illustrative pathfinder is an asset to all engaged parties whose goal is to obtain a contract that is appropriately balanced, in cost and content, to meet the specific organizational requirements. — Published June 21, 2009

Marketing Yourself with Webinars

Attorney Wells H. Anderson recommends presenting periodic webinars as an effective, direct and efficient technique to attract new clients and professionals who refer business to you. — Published June 21, 2009