Features and Columns — October, 2014

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

Review of HTC Magic (G2) vs iPhone 3G (and 3G S)

Techie expert extraordinaire Nicholas Moline compares the upcoming T-Mobile G2 (HTC Magic) with the iPhone 3G, which has the new iPhone 3.0 Software. Nick ran detailed and thorough tests of each Smartphone's usability and functionality, and he highlights the respective range of features, including bar code readers, removable memory, cameras, GPS, touchscreens, email, web access, and lots more. He also shares his thoughts about which gadget delivers the best applications for users. — Published June 20, 2009

The End of Institutional Repositories & the Beginning of Social Academic Research Service: An Enhanced Role For Libraries

Stuart Basefsky advocates broadening the concept of institutional repositories (IRs) to serve as full-fledged electronic libraries and documents how they can then serve the greater purpose of collecting, disseminating, analyzing and exchanging useful digital information for academic purposes. — Published June 15, 2009

FOIA Facts: The Detainee Photo Issue - Is it What it Seems?

Scott A. Hodes comments on the Obama administrations' decision to continue to fight the release of detainee photos. — Published June 14, 2009

Bridging the DiGital Divide: Custom Search Engines Put You in Control

Law librarian, legal research expert and blogger John J. DiGilio's new column focuses on technology trends that leverage the web to achieve more efficient and effective results. Here John recommends using customized search engines to manage the sites you search. — Published June 14, 2009

May, 2009

Navigating the Enterprise 2.0 Highway

Heather Colman provides an overview of Hicks Morley's implementation of ThoughtFarmer, an Enterprise 2.0/wiki style intranet platform, one year ago. Despite a few growing pains, she describes how the application was successful at meeting the primary objectives to decentralize content updates and increase knowledge sharing and collaboration within the firm. — Published May 26, 2009

Criminal Justice Reform Resources 2008-2009

Ken Strutin's guide focuses on select current reports, surveys, legislative proposals and scholarship regarding criminal justice reform. It is only a small sampling of the increasing volume of publications on vital matters of interest to criminal practitioners and the public. Therefore, only a few themes are covered: criminal justice, discovery, forensics, juvenile justice, prosecutorial misconduct, public defense, sentencing and wrongful conviction. — Published May 14, 2009

Can Collaboration Solve Copyright Status Questions? The WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry

As Roger V. Skalbeck documents, one of the underlying obstacles to reproducing older books is a central place to look for information about what is protected by copyright and what may have passed into the public domain is lacking. Responding to this need, OCLC recently introduced a beta service, the WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry (CER). It could be a very valuable resource for recording and sharing copyright status information. — Published May 12, 2009

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips - Just and Unjust Warriors: the moral and legal status of soldiers

Heather A. Phillips describes how though a series of eleven well-written and closely reasoned original essays this book question the treatments of many of the foundations of classical just war theory, such as a non-volunteer army, the use of private contractors as soldiers, the harmlessness of those not actively engaged in combat, the symmetry of combatants, proportionality and extreme emergency. — Published May 5, 2009

Burney's Legal Tech Reviews: A Review of the CradlePoint PHS300 mobile broadband router and the Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter

Mobile traveler Brett Burney describes how he uses his laptop and iPhone, both of which connect beautifully to Wi-Fi networks, to create his own little hotspot by plugging his Verizon Wireless USB760 modem into the PHS300 and turning it on. Within 5-10 seconds, the PHS300 is broadcasting a private, secure Wi-Fi hotspot that his laptop and iPhone connect to immediately. — Published May 5, 2009

April, 2009

E-Discovery Update: E-Discovery in the $50,000 Case

Conrad J. Jacoby's focus for this column is smaller legal disputes that may involve electronic evidence, including divorce proceedings and child custody matters, as well as criminal cases, all of which may require review of cell phone call records, SMS and e-mail exchanges. — Published April 27, 2009

FOIA Facts: DOJ AG Issues New Guidelines Establishing a System for Improving Transparency

Scott A. Hodes highlights the areas of this new DOJ guidance that are of the most interest to the FOIA community. — Published April 21, 2009