Features and Columns — May, 2016

Gadgets, Gadgets, Gadgets

Barbara Fullerton, Sabrina I. Pacifici and Aaron Schmidt reprise their always popular gadgets presentation delivered each year at the Internet Librarian conference. — Published November 24, 2007

Criminal Law Resources: False Confessions

Ken Strutin's article surveys selected web-based resources and publications that shed light on the psychology and interrogation practices behind false confessions, as well as highlighting notable educational and bibliographic materials. — Published November 24, 2007

Locating Lawyers (including Corporate Counsel): A Brief Overview of Attorney Directories and a 50 State Survey of Online State Bar Directories

Scott Russell provides an annotated listing of sources from which to obtain background information on attorneys. — Published November 24, 2007

Deep Web Research 2008

According to Marcus P. Zillman, the "Deep Web" encompasses in the vicinity of 900 billion pages of information in various files and formats. Search engines currently locate approximately 20 billion pages, so this guide is a valuable tool for those who research a broad range of issues and seek wider access to a wide spectrum of reliable data, reports and information, regardless of format. — Published November 24, 2007

Israeli Law Guide

This comprehensive guide by Ruth Levush provides an overview of the country's legal system along with its chief characteristics, documents the court system and structure, the legal profession, official and unofficial statutory and regulatory sources, major compilations, case reports, legal commentaries, law journals and legal databases. — Published November 24, 2007

CongressLine by GalleryWatch.com: The Veto

The use of the veto and how Congress deals with it is the focus of Paul Jenks' article this month. — Published November 24, 2007

E-Discovery Update: Deconstructing The "Not Reasonably Accessible" Standard For Production Of Electronically Stored Information

Conrad J. Jacoby clearly documents how the 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure impact litigants regarding the proper scope of electronic discovery. — Published November 24, 2007

Burney's Legal Tech Reviews - Gadgets for Legal Pros: zBoost Cell Phone Signal Extender and an Ultra Small Portable Memory Device

This month Brett Burney provides a solution for all those cell phone users who have no signal when at home, leaving them no option but to stand in the driveway or backyard. He also recommends a teeny-tiny micro Secure digital card. — Published November 24, 2007

Reference From Coast to Coast: Service of Process Redux

This month Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen update their guide on service of process resources that includes free and fee-based online services from legal publishers, the federal government, associations and key professionals. — Published November 24, 2007

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips: Broken Government by John W. Dean

Heather A. Phillips reviews former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean's new book that includes personal insights and commentary on all three branches of government. — Published November 24, 2007

Commentary: The Tax Reduction and Reform Act of 2007

Beth Wellington discusses the challenges inherent in overhauling tax legislation. — Published November 24, 2007

October, 2007

Persuading Judges in Writing: Tips for Lawyers (And how technology can help)

Troy Simpson explains how good written advocacy can help lawyers in England, Australia and America to persuade judges, and providers readers with some practical tips to accomplish this challenging task. — Published October 30, 2007

Competitive Intelligence on a Shoestring

Susan Armstrong succinctly outlines key techniques and processes used by successful CI experts. Sabrina I. Pacifici's quick guide focuses on a selected range of strategic CI information and services available from key sources that faciliate an effective CI research process, both in the U.S. and Canada. — Published October 30, 2007

Cultural Challenges in Cross Border Mediation

Vikrant Singh Negi discusses how the role of cultural differences are crucial in cross border mediation. Although an individual's nationality does not necessarily determine the attitudes and behavior brought to the table, it can provide valuable guidelines as to which negotiation strategies are likely to work and which are likely to end in failure. — Published October 30, 2007

Discovery of Employee-Owned Computer Equipment

Conrad J. Jacoby addresses the issues of whether discovery requests served on the company also extend to home computers, cell phones, and other equipment personally owned by employees of the company. — Published October 30, 2007

The Government Domain: Journalists and Government Information: SLA-DGI/GODORT Joint Meeting

Peggy Garvin spotlights presentations on using government documents, by New York Times reporter Scott Shane and Washington Post research editor Alice Crites, at a recent joint meeting of the SLA Government Information Division and the ALA Government Documents Roundtable. — Published October 30, 2007

FOIA Facts - FOIA Litigation: When A Loss Isn't Always A Loss

According to Scott A. Hodes, bringing a FOIA case often results in a more timely release of information, more information being released then the agency would have released if it wasn't in litigation and more information going to the requester about agency decisions and withheld documents. — Published October 30, 2007

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips - Nation of Secrets and Presidential Secrecy and the Law

Heather A. Phillips reviews two new books which present various perspectives on the expanding ramifications on our lives, and to our democracy, of government secrecy. — Published October 30, 2007

CongressLine by GalleryWatch.com: Lobbying and Ethics Rules

This month Paul Jenks provides readers with a copy of a recent CRS report, Lobbying Law and Ethics Rules Changes in the 110th Congress. — Published October 30, 2007

After Hours: Recommended Reading

Kathy Biehl discusses a free advocacy group sponsored healthletter that examines and often challenges acknowleged nutritional and health claims. She also highlights a new book of photographs of and interviews with women that demonstrates their respective diverse and unique slants on power outfits. — Published October 30, 2007

Rule the Web

Web marketing expert Julia Wotipka reviews a new book on creative, productive and engaging ways to leverage all aspects of web publishing, authored by the co-founder of one of the five most visited blogs on the Web, Boing Boing. — Published October 30, 2007

Commentary: Congress Looks Again at FISA

Beth Wellington’s commentary reviews legislative activity, advocacy group positions and news articles related to proposed changes to portions of the Protect America Act. — Published October 30, 2007

September, 2007

DoNotCall.gov: Do Not Call it up With Firefox

Roger V. Skalbeck examines and illustrates usability issues on the FTC's Do Not Call Registry, a very popular e-gov site that has design errors impeding complete content accessibility when users choose non-Microsoft browsers. — Published September 28, 2007

The Veil Doctrine in Company Law

Amin George Forji examines the history of this issue, theories for the lifting of the corporate veil, and significant case law. — Published September 28, 2007

Congressional Budget Office Launches Topical Health Website

George Butterfield provides an overview of the new CBO website that hosts a wealth of government documents on health related issues. — Published September 28, 2007

Criminal Justice Resources: Sex Offender Laws

Ken Strutin's guide, which highlights key publications and resources, focuses on recent developments in the administration and implementation of federal laws. In addition, selected research on sex offenses, risk assessment, treatment and punishment are noted, along with a section on the new Adam Walsh Act. — Published September 28, 2007

CongressLine by GalleryWatch.com: The Earmark Reality

Paul Jenks offers insights into the procedures by which Congressional earmarks are used to inject opinions and priorities, great and small, into the governing process. — Published September 28, 2007

The Government Domain: Click-and-Print State Profiles

Various federal government agencies make canned "state profiles," tables of data for a specific state, available on their sites. These tables are quick and easy, and Peggy Garvin demonstrates how to find them. — Published September 28, 2007

E-Discovery Update: Direct Inspection Of Opposing Party Source Documents

Conrad J. Jacoby explains how the perceived importance of evidence that could be unearthed through extreme discovery will be an important guide to whether courts will permit inspection of ESI over the objection of the producing party. — Published September 28, 2007

Reference from Coast to Coast: The Hunt for Historical Annual Reports

Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen's pathfinder encompasses a range reliable, content rich sources, including free sites, subscription databases, and several academic library sites that refer to both print and online data. — Published September 28, 2007