Features and Columns — June, 2016

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

Burney's Legal Tech Reviews: Elegantly Designed USB and Firewire Hub; Software Offers Users Self-Paced Program for Learning 30 Languages

Brett Burney reviews the beautifully designed LaCie Hub and the "dynamic immersion" language learning programs available from the Rosetta Stone software. — Published September 28, 2007

FOIA Facts: Points to Remember

Scott A. Hodes suggests making your requests as broad as possible at the outset, and provide as much information about the topic as possible. This will assist in expediting the processing of your request. — Published September 28, 2007

After Hours: Best of the Fancy Food Show

During Kathy Biehl's foray to the Summer Fancy Food Show this summer in New York City she was introduced to a showcase of unusual new products and trends in specialty foods. The natural and organic foods pavilion yielded interesting finds about which she also shares details. — Published September 28, 2007

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips - Eye for an Eye

Heather A. Phillips reviews William Ian Miller's, Eye for an Eye, in which he closely examines the ties between the literal realism of "an eye for an eye", and notions of honor and redemption. — Published September 28, 2007

Commentary on the State Children's Health Insurance Program

Beth Wellington examines the contentious battle currently underway, on the state and federal level, over increasing health care coverage for non-insured children throughout our country. — Published September 28, 2007

August, 2007

Legal Information Management in a Global and Digital Age: Revolution and Tradition

Claire M. Germain presents an overview of the public policy issues surrounding digital libraries, and discusses the impact of globalization and the Internet on international and foreign law information, the free access to law movement and open access scholarship, mass digitization projects, and preservation of born digital legal information. — Published August 27, 2007

IM a Librarian: Establishing a Virtual Reference Service with Little Cost or Technical Skill

Bonnie Shucha explores the pros and cons of real-time communication, explains how real-time communication works in a library setting, and introduces two free, easy-to-use applications for virtual reference. — Published August 27, 2007

Search at the Foundation of the Enterprise

John Alber reviews and details the successful application of a Probabilistic Latent Semantic Indexing system to effectively and comprehensively search a law firm's continually expanding electronic document repository. — Published August 27, 2007

Technology and the Generation Gap

Genevieve Zook's forthright, insightful and timely commentary addresses the challenges of balancing the push for gadgets and applications with the concepts of direct customer contact and value added services. — Published August 27, 2007

E-Discovery Update: Understanding the Consequences of an Unsuccessful Meet and Confer Session

Conrad J. Jacoby discusses how the exchange of discoverable documents and information, including preservation and production of electronically stored information, is becoming increasingly important subsequent to the Taser case. — Published August 27, 2007

A Review of TechnoLawyer's Free BlawgWorld 2007 ebook

Brett Burney reviews this innovative new ebook, comprising a wide range of blog postings ranging from legal news, legal marketing, law technology, and law practice management, along with hyperlinks to each respective blog. Also included is the TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide a vendor sponsored, topic-targeted Q&A. — Published August 27, 2007

The Government Domain: Back to School for Constitution Day 2007

For librarians and educators planning programs for Constitution Day, Peggy Garvin's column links to a variety of web resources for online versions of the United States Constitution and related teaching materials. — Published August 27, 2007

Law and Technology Podcasts

Roger V. Skalbeck highlights a selected group of useful podcasts covering topics such as technology policy, law, and web development. — Published August 27, 2007

FOIA Annual Reports: A Diagnostic Tool for Identifying FOIA Administrative Problems

Michael Ravnitzky focuses on how FOIA Annual Reports issued by federal agencies can assist researchers in the process of formulating requests and obtaining requested documents. — Published August 27, 2007

CongressLine by Gallerywatch.com: Votes and Whips

Paul Jenks explains voting, a finely orchestrated legislative process that is full of arcane and ancient precedents and many mechanisms to get around the rules. — Published August 27, 2007

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips

Heather A. Phillips joins LLRX with a regular book review column. This month's titles are Evolution, Intelligent Design and a School Board in Dover, PA and The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses. — Published August 27, 2007

Burney's Legal Tech Reviews: The Kingston Data Traveler Reader and New Jabra Bluetooth Headset

Brett Burney's practical recommendations for price conscious gadget aficionados never disappoint, and this month is no exception. A nifty new thumbdrive and memory stick combo and a Bluetooth headset that is comfortable for day-long use will no doubt be on your must have list. — Published August 27, 2007

Commentary: The Protect America Act and Legislation Related to the Domestic Surveillance Program

Beth Wellington's commentary examines the rapid introduction and passage of the Protect America Act, and the impact of related legislation on civil liberties in America. — Published August 27, 2007

July, 2007

Documents, Leaks and the Boundaries of Expression: Government Whistleblowing in an Over-Classified Age

Susan Nevelow Mart's comprehensive guide documents what protections you have from retaliation if you blow the whistle on fraud, waste, deception, or other violations of the law will depend on who your employer is, what has been uncovered, and what kind of documents are involved. — Published July 27, 2007

Librarians as Change Agents: How You Can Help Influence Public Policy in the 110th Congress

Mary Alice Baish, Associate Washington Affairs Representative, American Association of Law Libraries, discusses how the leadership changes in both the House and the Senate provide opportunities for national library associations and allied organizations to make inroads on issues important to our communities. She offers a view from inside the beltway on the profession's legislative agenda. — Published July 27, 2007

Scanning and OCR with Acrobat 8

Rick Borstein explains and provides examples of the process by which a stack of paper can easily be turned into a searchable PDF with Adobe Acrobat 8.0 and optical character recognition - OCR. — Published July 27, 2007