Features and Columns — July, 2014

Reference from Coast to Coast: Making A Federal Case Out of It

This month Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen review the expanding world of federal case law sources available free on the web. They also highlight the new feature of searching slip opinions that is now available on a number of sites. — Published April 4, 2008

FOIA Facts: Increasing the Quality of FOIA Releases

Scott A. Hodes contends that FOIA Office personnel are often inadequately trained and overworked, resulting in responses that reflect inconsistent quality and that are often not timely. His recommendations include thorough training programs and the creation of a specific FOIA job category. — Published April 4, 2008

The Government Domain: Rich Resources from the Librarians of the Fed

Peggy Garvin explores the extensive web resources produced by the librarians of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and relevant to economists, researchers, and others all over the world. — Published April 4, 2008

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips - Jerome Neu’s Sticks and Stones: The Philosophy of Insults

Heather A. Phillips' reviews Jerome Neu's exploration of the characteristics, purpose, intent and effects of insults. — Published April 4, 2008

Commentary: Waterboarding, Congress and the President

Beth Wellington explores the positions of the President, Congress and the Attorney General in respect to the controversy raging over the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique. — Published April 4, 2008

February, 2008

E-Discovery Update: Resolving Client-Vendor Disputes

Conrad Jacoby documents how recent lawsuit and countersuit between the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell and the e-discovery service provider EED provide a convenient summary of common problems that can arise when processing electronically stored information on a tight timeframe. — Published February 27, 2008

Happ-eee with my Eee PC

Bette Dengel reviews the increasingly popular and sturdy lightweight laptop that boasts a range of preloaded open source applications sufficient to support the needs of frequent travelers. — Published February 27, 2008

Eight Legal Technology Trends for 2008 – Good Times, Bad Times or Hard Times in Legal Tech?

Dennis Kennedy's annual article on legal technology trends takes into consideration the impact of the recession, and reflects a greater emphasis on economic justification for each technology decision. — Published February 27, 2008

Knowledge Discovery Resources 2008

Marcus P. Zillman's annotated guide focuses on a wide range of current, reliable resources for knowledge discovery that are available on the Internet, and includes hundreds of recommendations. — Published February 27, 2008

The Government Domain: What's New in DotGov and Beyond

Peggy Garvin summarizes some interesting developments in the world of online U.S. government information. — Published February 27, 2008

FOIA Facts: The Congressional Role in FOIA Operations

Scott A. Hodes contends that Congress must actively use its oversight role to ensure that the new FOIA law, and the FOIA and other disclosure laws that are already on the books, are actively followed and funded. — Published February 27, 2008

Mexico and its Legal System

This guide by Prof. Jorge A. Vargas provides a general description of the major features and current characteristics of the Mexican legal system, its principal components, and some of its distinct legal institutions, including – as an introduction to what is an eminently descriptive work – a brief historical background and basic information about Mexico as a country, its territory, people, culture, and economy. — Published February 27, 2008

CongressLine: The Budget

Paul Jenks' commentary highlights aspects of the Congressional appropriations process and also describes the budgeting process that is currently underway. — Published February 27, 2008

The Caribbean Court of Justice: A Research Guide

Yasmin Morais's guide is designed to facilitate research on a new court which was inaugurated on April 16, 2005 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The court is expected to serve as a court of last resort for Caribbean states. The guide traces the court’s history and outlines its mandate and structure, its funding, its justices and recent judgments. — Published February 27, 2008

Burney's Legal Tech Reviews - The Motorola MOTOPURE H12 and the Sennheiser RS 120

This month Brett Burney reviews two new Bluetooth devices - a pair of high quality wireless headphones that enhance the experience of mobile music appreciation, and a nifty headset for use with cell phones. — Published February 27, 2008

More Recommendations from MacWorld 2008

Nicholas Moline follows up on his previous MacWorld 2008 article with more product recommendations, including: a 2 gigabyte Secure Digital memory card that makes short work of uploading your digital photos, a new iPhone compatible stereo headset, and a forthcoming professional recording device that syncs with your iPod. — Published February 27, 2008

Commentary: The Theory of the Unitary Executive and the FY2009 Budget

Beth Wellington focuses on specific issues in the FY2009 Budget including competitive sourcing, tax cuts and defense spending, that may raise questions about use of the budget as a tool for the unitary executive. — Published February 27, 2008

January, 2008

Bella is Bewildered About Blogs

Beverly Butula's primer focuses on demonstrating the value and potential of professional blogs, as well as tools and techniques to monitor them. — Published January 22, 2008

What's in the Air at MacWorld?

Nicholas Moline reviews the announcements made this month at MacWorld 2008 in San Francisco. — Published January 22, 2008

Burney's Legal Tech Reviews - The Better Digital Mouse Trap, an All Purpose Travel Bag, and a Shiny Cell Phone

Brett Burney reviews an innovative travel mouse holder, a really fine all-purpose travel bag, and a reliable, full featured cell phone without all the extraneous bells and whistles. — Published January 22, 2008

Commentary: The Supplemental Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act

Beth Wellington comments on mine safety legislation one year after the Sago Mine disaster. — Published January 22, 2008

Criminal Law Resources: Criminal Defense Investigation

Ken Strutin's comprehensive, detailed guide highlights selected online resources describing defense investigation standards and practices, training and certification options, as well as useful guides and educational materials. — Published January 21, 2008

The Government Domain: Regulations.gov 2.0

Peggy Garvin reviews the new interface, new features and capabilities, and roster of participants on what has been dubbed "Regulations.gov 2.0," released in December 2007 by OMB. — Published January 21, 2008

FOIA Facts: The Impact of the OPEN Government Act of 2007

Now that Congress has passed and the President has signed the FOIA Amendments known as the OPEN Government Act of 2007, many wonder what the new law does and doesn’t do for FOIA requesters. Scott A. Hodes reviews the major provisions of the new law and how it will or won’t affect FOIA requesters. — Published January 19, 2008

Social Networks for Law Librarians and Law Libraries, or How We Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Friending

Debbie Ginsberg and Meg Kribble discuss how social networks create links between people, forming connections based on interests, expertise, past employment or education, and friendships. They specifically focus on how law librarians can use social networks such as LinkedIn, Ning, Facebook, and even MySpace to promote useful websites and legal resources as well their own expertise and interests. — Published January 19, 2008

Reviewing the XO “$100” Laptop

Conrad J. Jacoby provides a comprehensive review of this retro PCs composition, features and functionality as well as an user's perspective on its performance and value to its target audience, children between the ages of six and twelve. — Published January 19, 2008

Reference from Coast to Coast: Learning to Love Those 50 State Surveys

This month Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen focus on sources of multi-state legal research. They advise that before you begin your research, identify the area, such as statutes, case law or regulations, to facilitate a more efficient and effective result. — Published January 19, 2008

CongressLine: SPQR

Paul Jenks' discourse this month is on how the Senate has risen to its current prominence, hence his article title, descriptive of the Senate and people of the United States. — Published January 19, 2008

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips - John Marshall and the Heroic Age of the Supreme Court

Heather A. Phillips' evaluation of R. Kent Newmyer's book is that it paints a compelling and nuanced portrait of Justice John Marshall, not so much as a man, but as a thinker. — Published January 19, 2008

December, 2007

E-Discovery Update: A Contrarian Retrospective On E-Discovery In 2007

Conrad Jacoby's commentary focuses on the tangible and implied impact to the litigation landscape in 2007 in the wake of amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. — Published December 29, 2007