Features and Columns — May, 2016

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

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