Features and Columns — August, 2014

Commentary: New FBI Anti-Terror Guidelines

Beth Wellington's commentary focuses on congressional and public response to the guidelines, related public surveillance actions, and current as well as future ramifications to civil liberties. — Published September 15, 2008

Criminal Law Resources: DNA Post-Conviction Resources

Ken Strutin's article includes a collection of recent and representative web-based materials concerning DNA technology developments and legal research on the impact of wrongful convictions and DNA exonerations on the justice system. — Published September 14, 2008

E-Discovery Update: Producing Spreadsheets in Discovery – 2008

In spite of great financial investment to produce these documents in a way that satisfies competing litigation needs of authenticity and full native functionality, litigants continue to disagree on a production format for these documents, according to Conrad J. Jacoby. — Published September 4, 2008

Why and What Lawyers Should Consider Outsourcing

This article by Ron Friedmann reviews the history of and logic behind legal outsourcing. It then outlines some of the current legal outsourcing options. A detailed discussion of each option is not possible in one article. Instead, the final section takes a close look at one, outsourcing secretarial and word processing tasks. — Published September 1, 2008

The Art of Written Persuasion: The Problem with the Case Method and the Case for the Problem Method

In this second article in the series, Troy Simpson suggests that the ‘case method’ of teaching law may help to explain why lawyers write badly. He then outlines some of the advantages of the ‘problem method’ of teaching law. — Published September 1, 2008

August, 2008

The Kindle for Professional Researchers

DC based journalist Cheryl Miller offers seven good reasons to buy this gadget seemingly tailor-made for dedicated readers, but she also provides caveats worth your attention. — Published August 24, 2008

The Government Domain: Back to School for Constitution Day 2008

E-gov expert Peggy Garvin guides researchers, educators and librarians to key online resources available for teaching, training and educational activities associated with the September 17, 2008 celebration of Constitution Day in the United States. — Published August 24, 2008

Guide to Financial Sources on the Internet

Marcus P. Zillman's guide is a bibliography of a well vetted, reliable sites free and low-fee based internet services for researchers, focused on the following topics: Corporate Conference Calls Resources, Financial Sources, Financial Sources Search Engines, and Venture Capital Sources. — Published August 23, 2008

Technology Tools for Information Management

Roger V. Skalbeck and Barbara Fullerton's fast paced presentation of 19 practical, low cost and innovative tech tools they respectively use on a regular basis. So if you are looking for ideas to improve your use of Outlook, RSS, Adobe, and enhance your presentations and collaborative goals, this article is a must read. — Published August 18, 2008

FOIA Facts: Expanding the FOIA

Scott A. Hodes highlights the recent introduction of legislation that would eliminate the FOIA shield for the Smithsonian Institute, and the continued lack of transparency when dealing with other federal agencies. — Published August 17, 2008

July, 2008

Law of the Pacific Islands: A Guide to Web Based Resources

Ruth Bird's guide is expertly updated by Dianne Thompson and Anna Matich, each of whom possess comprehensive legal research expertise on this topical area. — Published July 31, 2008

Commentary: Immunity for Telecom Eavesdropping

Beth Wellington's commentary tracks the legislative path of retroactive immunity for telecom eavesdropping. — Published July 30, 2008

Reference from Coast to Coast: Summer Musings

Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen provide a timely and valuable refresher on a range of well-sourced, reliable, topical websites, guides, print and program materials useful for summer associate legal research training. — Published July 29, 2008

A Review of Zotero, the free, Firefox extension to assist in collecting, managing and citing research sources

Stacy Bruss focuses on specific and practical examples of using this flexible application to organize and manage current collections of resources as well as citations to documents, web sites, and blogs. — Published July 24, 2008

Criminal Justice Resources: Sex Offender Residency Restrictions

Ken Strutin's guide collects recent court decisions, research papers and reports that have addressed the efficacy of exclusionary zoning laws and the impact of these restrictions on sex offenders reentering their communities. — Published July 20, 2008

E-Discovery Update: Lessons From An E-Discovery Disaster

Conrad J. Jacoby examines the recent case of Southern New England Telephone Company (“SNET”) v. Global NAPS, Inc. as an example of how stonewalling and committing perjury, especially with respect to electronic discovery matters that can be independently validated, remains a poor litigation strategy. — Published July 20, 2008

The Goverment Domain: Government Topics at the SLA 2008 Conference

Peggy Garvin's article focuses on key speakers and significant issues, services and websites that hightlighted issues, initiatives and services significant to the government documents arena. — Published July 9, 2008

June, 2008

E-Discovery Update: Precision, Accuracy, and Relevance

Conrad J. Jacoby discusses the challenges and ramifications inherent in an evironment where litigants have increasingly come to rely on computerized search queries rather than free-form document review to identify potentially relevant documents. — Published June 30, 2008

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips - Tabloid Justice: Criminal Justice in an Age of Media Frenzy and The Star Chamber: How Celebrities Go Free and their Lawyers Become Famous

Heather A. Phillips reviews a new book whose main focus is on uses on six major criminal cases of the 1990s, as well as one that concentrates on the details of what really happens when the media circus invades the courthouse, and the effect it has on both the trial participants and the verdict. — Published June 29, 2008

FOIA Facts: My Proposals for the FOIA

Following up on the passage earlier this year of the OPEN Government Act of 2007, FOIA expert Scott A. Hodes make two proposals absent from the law, but which would help FOIA requesters. — Published June 29, 2008

60 Gadgets in 60 Minutes

Three techie gurus (Barbara Fullerton, Ed Vawter, and Dina Dreifuerst) take you on a whirlwind, freewheeling virtual trip of the latest, greatest, fun, fanciful, must have gadgets available now and in the near future. — Published June 24, 2008

May, 2008

The Art of Written Persuasion: The Rise of Written Persuasion

In this column, Troy Simpson writes on persuading judges in writing. This first article in the series surveys the history of written advocacy in three jurisdictions — England and Wales, Australia, and America - to show why good written advocacy is vital to the modern lawyer. — Published May 30, 2008

Commentary: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007

Beth Wellington focuses on the issue of pay inequity through an exploration of the positions taken by the administration, Congress, the Supreme Court and various journalists. — Published May 28, 2008

The Government Domain: Plain Language in Government Communications

Peggy Garvin demonstrates the impact of the Plain Language in Government Communications Act of 2008 on the accessibility of content posted on e-government websites. — Published May 20, 2008

Keeping Up with Class Actions: Reports, Legal Sites and Blogs of Note

Staying current on the latest cases and news in the area of class actions can be challenging, but Scott Russell's guide to reliable subscription based publications, free legal sites and blogs that offer timely news, analysis and selected copies of court filings, is a valuable resource. — Published May 19, 2008

Burney's Legal Tech Reviews - Gadgets for Legal Pros: Ergotech "Convertible" Monitor Arm and Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter

Brett Burney reviews a multi-screen flat panel LCD monitor mount solution and a Wi-Fi gadget that provides network ID, signal strength and accessibility information for multiple networks. — Published May 12, 2008

A Little Grafting of Second Life into a Legal Research Class

Rob Hudson discusses how Second Life can be used to enhance legal research instruction/ Experiments in full class lectures and other uses of Second Life in higher education offer a mixture of hype and excitement. — Published May 9, 2008

CongressLine: Running for Congress

Paul Jenks recounts how for the past two years he has run marathons and monitored Congress at the same time, describing how the two experiences are very similar. — Published May 9, 2008

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips - A Guide to HIPAA Security and the Law

Heather A. Phillips reviews Stephen S. Wu's book whose focus is coming into compliance with the recent and complex new HIPAA requirements. — Published May 7, 2008

Conrad Jacoby's E-Discovery Update: Attorneys, Experts, and E-Discovery Competence

Conrad J. Jacoby focuses on two recent cases that emphasize the credibility problems counsel can face in the context of e-discovery - and suggest that outside assistance may be the only way for some counsel to demonstrate that these materials are being managed in a competent and trustworthy way. — Published May 7, 2008