Features and Columns — October, 2014

FIT for Purpose – The New FLARE Index to Treaties

Dr. Peter Clinch and Steven Whittle describe the background development, various ways in which the service can be used, and technical issues of this fully searchable database. Launched in March 2009, it indexes and lists over 1,500 of the most significant multilateral treaties concluded from 1856 onwards. It was conceived to fill a gap in the range of information finding tools available on the internet for the international lawyer. — Published April 19, 2009

Proactive Leadership & The Role of Information: Identifying Strategic Networks of Information

Networking is supposed to be essential to successful leaders. But what is the importance of networking conceptually? People are only one form of this vital leadership resource. Stuart Basefksy explains how would one go about developing expanded networks of information and sources. — Published April 12, 2009

Internally Displaced Persons: Guide to Legal Information Resources on the Web

Elisa Mason's guide highlights information resources focused on the arena of human rights and humanitarian law norms that are evolving to address the broadening scope of protection issues that encompass millions of internally displaced around the world. — Published April 8, 2009

March, 2009

Burney's Legal Tech Reviews: Verizon Wireless USB760 Modem and the Cradlepoint CTR500 Mobile Broadband Travel Router

For consistent, resilient mobile internet connectivity, Brett Burney recommends these three small, versatile products that are cost effective and reliable. — Published March 26, 2009

FOIA Facts: What Now?

Now that both the President and Attorney General have weighed in with FOIA Memorandum, Scott A. Hodes provides us with the procedural steps that will result within agencies, and the effect the memos will have on the nine FOIA exemptions. — Published March 24, 2009

Through the Labyrinth: Real Answers on How Women Become Leaders

With considerable detail and insight, Diana Philip reviews a recent book that explores the concept of whether the “glass ceiling” still accurately describes the challenges women face to realize leadership aspirations. The book's authors examine leadership theories developed by multiple disciplines to explain what is holding women back from becoming leaders. They provide data from various studies on employment trends as well as insight gathered from interviews with women leaders to assess how true or false these theories apply to contemporary female workers. — Published March 22, 2009

Researching Australian Law

This comprehensive guide by Nicholas Pengelley and Sue Milne includes primary and secondary research resources in the following areas: Parliaments and Laws, Finding Australian Legislation, Finding Australian Cases, Treaties, Journal Literature, Legal Encyclopedias, Law Reform, Government Information, Dictionaries, Directories, Legal Research Guides, Publishers, Current Awareness, Discussion Lists, Information Brokerage and Major Texts. — Published March 21, 2009

New Economy Analytics, Resources and Alerts

This guide by Marcus P. Zillman is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on the Internet covering the new economy analytics, resources and alerts. — Published March 18, 2009

Guide to International Refugee Law Resources on the Web

This updated research guide by Elisa Mason directs readers to some of the key texts and resources available on the Web that can help shed light on, and provide a context for, many of the issues currently being deliberated in the refugee law arena. The guide covers international and regional instruments, human rights and humanitarian law, international bodies (especially the UNHCR), national legislation, case law, and periodicals. — Published March 5, 2009

February, 2009

Criminal Law Resources: Social Networking Online and Criminal Justice

The activities of users and the information being posted on social networking sites are having wide ranging effects on the administration of justice, law enforcement investigation, prosecution and defense. Ken Strutin's guide provides a snapshot of many of the novel and varied uses of social networking evidence in the field of criminal justice. — Published February 28, 2009

Knowledge Discovery Resources 2009: An Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation

Marcus P. Zillman's compilation is dedicated to the latest and most reliable resources for knowledge discovery available through the Internet. This wide ranging selection of resources provides specialized tools, applications and sources relevant to researchers from many disciplines. — Published February 21, 2009

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips - Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States

Heather A. Phillips discusses author Hiroshi Motomura's insights into changing views of immigration, including what he identifies as immigration as contract, and immigration as affiliation. — Published February 16, 2009

E-Discovery Update: Revisiting ESI Agreements and Court Orders

Conrad J. Jacoby focuses on the new requirement that litigants must meet early in a dispute to discuss the scope of discovery work to reach agreement on how best to proceed with the discovery of potentially relevant electronically stored information (“ESI”). What happens, though, when fundamental assumptions used to reach agreement at that early stage in the case turn out to be incorrect? — Published February 15, 2009

Researching Intellectual Property Law In The Russian Federation

Julian Zegelman's research guide is intended to assist its users with research of Russian intellectual property law by a) describing the primary sources of intellectual property law in the Russian Federation; and b) listing a number of secondary sources that interpret and comment on intellectual property law in the Russian Federation. — Published February 14, 2009

Six Questions and a Strategy for Campus-wide Information Competence

At Cornell University Library (CUL) a committee was established in 2005 to address the issue of information literacy at the university. The committee did extensive research on this topic and developed an approach for seeking solutions. Stuart Basefsky presents three exhibits to accomplish this objective. — Published February 11, 2009

FOIA Facts: President Obama’s FOIA Memorandum and When Change Will Actually Occur

Scott A. Hodes notes the Obama administration's immediate focus on FOIA, but reminds us that changing the ship of government requires numerous steps and constant vigilance to ensure change remains consistent and constant. — Published February 8, 2009

Ahead of the Curve: In 2009, Your Lawyers Are Your Best Knowledge Management Resource

Gretta Rusanow outlines her recommendations on why this year presents an excellent opportunity to work on those long-desired collections of models, best practice documents, sample clauses and know how files. — Published February 1, 2009

January, 2009

Collaboration Through Wikis at Hicks Morley

Heather Colman explains how wikis were an ideal KM solution for her law firm. Quick and easy to set up, requiring little IT support, wikis support central data repositories and provide features including search capabilities, email, RSS, and also allow users to create a taxonomy of subject tags to classify information. — Published January 29, 2009

Art of Written Persuasion: Part IV - What Makes a Good Problem-Solving Model?

Following up on his commentary about how problem-solving models can help lawyers (and law students) to solve legal problems systematically and to communicate legal solutions persuasively in writing, Troy Simpson discusses what makes a good problem-solving model. — Published January 19, 2009

Burney's Legal Tech Reviews: A Review of the 8GB SanDisk Cruzer Micro

Brett Burney returns with a review of the well designed, low cost, high capacity SanDisk Cruzer Micro, which includes U3 technology that turns the flash drive into a portable computing environment. — Published January 17, 2009

FOIA Facts: New FOIA Provisions Take Effect

Scott A. Hodes discusses two sections (Section 6 and 7) of the OPEN Government Act of 2007 that just went into effect, and the problems that will be encountered by requesters trying to use them to their advantage. — Published January 12, 2009

The Upside of the Downturn – Time to Work on Your Know How

Knowhow expert Gretta Rusanow highlights content as the focus for law firm knowledge management plans this year. — Published January 10, 2009

Metadata - What Is It and What Are My Ethical Duties?

Jim Calloway explains why every lawyer needs to understand a few basic things about metadata. He contends that the legal ethics implications of metadata “mining” are no longer just of interest to the lawyers processing electronic discovery, or the ethics mavens. — Published January 5, 2009

December, 2008

Neurolaw and Criminal Justice

Ken Strutin's article highlights selected recent publications, news sources and other online materials concerning the applications of cognitive research to criminal law as well as basic information on the science and technology involved. — Published December 28, 2008

Deep Web Research 2009

Marcus P. Zillman's guide includes links to: articles, papers, forums, audios and videos, cross database articles, search services and search tools, peer to peer, file sharing, grid/matrix search engines, presentations, resources on deep web research, semantic web research, and bot research resources and sites. — Published December 28, 2008

The Government Domain: Wrapping Up 2008

E-gov expert Peggy Garvin provides an overview of the significant developments in the world of online government information this past year. According to Peggy, overall the year saw a push by individuals and nongovernment organizations for increased access to digital government information. Specifically, new official government and non-government websites came online, and existing sites developed more sophisticated features. — Published December 20, 2008

A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement

Jonathan Band's article outlines the settlement’s provisions, with special emphasis on the provisions that apply directly to libraries. The settlement is extremely complex (over 200 pages long, including attachments), so this paper of necessity simplifies many of its details. — Published December 14, 2008

E-Discovery Update: My E-Discovery Holiday Wish List

Conrad J. Jacoby's holiday wish is for the legal community to finally develop one or more judicially accepted standards that can be used to craft consistent ways of requesting and producing information. With baseline procedures in place, both producing and requesting parties, as well as judges, will be able to make more informed decisions about the need for discovery and the way in which such discovery should be conducted. — Published December 14, 2008

November, 2008

Nanotechnology: What Is It and Why Do Law Librarians Need to Know About It?

According to R. Scott Russell, future studies linking nanotechnology to a range of adverse issues could lead to litigation for law firm clients. How to learn about nanotechnology, and reliable law and technology sources for research on this and related topics, are highlighted. — Published November 30, 2008

The Government Domain: Tracking the Transition

Peggy Garvin's thorough and concise guide to free online presidential transition trackers allows you to stay current with all the latest news, rumors and commentary about the incoming administration, via reliable websites, blogs and RSS feeds. — Published November 22, 2008