Features and Columns — November, 2014

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

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