Features and Columns — August, 2014

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

CongressLine: Presidential Patronage

Paul Jenks' commentary addresses the background of the scramble for thousands of presidentially appointed offices within the government that accompanies a new administration. The selection process has evolved over the past couple of hundred years and every position outside of the new president’s personal staff requires Senate approval. — Published November 22, 2008

Chumby: Internet Access You Can Hug?

Conrad J. Jacoby reviews a quirky, open source dual purpose gadget: both alarm clock and a delivery outlet for Internet content that is pushed to you in real time. — Published November 21, 2008

FOIA Facts: Sources for FOIA Training

Scott A. Hodes comments on the limited availability of training in this critical area, and identifies providers in the private and public sectors. — Published November 16, 2008

October, 2008

Leadership & The Role of Information: Making The Creatively Informed Questioner

Stuart Basefsky supports the concept that the quintessential leader is an informed leader. However, effectively communicating and leveraging the power of information, in leadership roles, is subject to a range of interpretations that he discusses in this forward thinking series. — Published October 29, 2008

How Can Leaders Channel the Creative Potential of Individualistic Groups?

According to Prof. Jack Goncalo, one of the challenges that leaders face is how to foster creative potential. His research supports the position that how leaders maintain momentum and make sure their organizations are dynamic and creative is determined by where they fall on the continuum from individualism to collectivism. — Published October 29, 2008

E-Discovery Update: Pushing Back Against Hardcopy ESI Productions

Conrad J. Jacoby addresses how critical technology issues related to document authenticity and document-associated metadata have left fewer lawyers willing to accept e-mail messages and other electronic documents in print format. He argues that litigants choosing to produce electronically stored information in hardcopy format should be prepared to provide more complete electronic copies of their production, even when it isn’t initially requested by opposing counsel. — Published October 29, 2008

CongressLine: Congress and Money

Paul Jenks examines how the appropriations process this year has provided a multitude of interesting examples of the wide variety of tools available to Congress and the federal government for appropriating money, beyond just the ordinary appropriations bills in Congress. — Published October 29, 2008

Review of CiteGenie - Automatic Bluebook citations when using Westlaw

Marc Hershovitz reviews CiteGenie, a new extension for the Firefox web browser that, as its website promises, "automagically" creates Bluebook formatted pinpoint citations when copying from Westlaw.

— Published October 13, 2008

The Art of Written Persuasion: From IRAC to FAILSAFE - A Compilation of Legal Problem-Solving Models

In his third article in the series, Troy Simpson focuses on "a process model of problem-solving that provides a useful framework, because it offers a systematic, non-random way of tackling problems." — Published October 11, 2008

September, 2008

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips - We're All Journalists Now: The Transformation of the Press and Reshaping of the Law in the Internet Age

Heather A. Phillips highlights attorney John Gant's contention that one's title, income, and employer are at best side issues in determining who is a journalist in the day-to-day realities of issuing press passes as well as in larger policies such as the extension of shield laws. — Published September 28, 2008

The Government Domain: Political Fact-Checking Websites

Peggy Garvin's well-timed article identifies and evaluates key websites that monitor the accuracy of statements and representations made by political candidates and their respective campaigns. — Published September 24, 2008

Researching Medical Literature on the Internet - 2008

Medical journals, dictionaries, textbooks, indexes, rankings, images – all can be found on the Net, and much of it is available free. Sources include publishers, government agencies, professional organizations, health libraries and commercial entities. Gloria Miccioli's completely updated and revised topical guide expertly focuses on what she identifies as the best, content-rich databases and services for researchers. — Published September 22, 2008