Monthly archives: May, 2008

The Art of Written Persuasion: The Rise of Written Persuasion

In this column, Troy Simpson writes on persuading judges in writing. This first article in the series surveys the history of written advocacy in three jurisdictions — England and Wales, Australia, and America – to show why good written advocacy is vital to the modern lawyer.

Subjects: Comparative/Foreign Law, Court Resources, Legal Profession, Legal Research

Commentary: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007

Beth Wellington focuses on the issue of pay inequity through an exploration of the positions taken by the administration, Congress, the Supreme Court and various journalists.

Subjects: Extras, Government Resources, Legal Research

The Government Domain: Plain Language in Government Communications

Peggy Garvin demonstrates the impact of the Plain Language in Government Communications Act of 2008 on the accessibility of content posted on e-government websites.

Subjects: E-Government, The Government Domain, Web Accessibility, Web Management

Keeping Up with Class Actions: Reports, Legal Sites and Blogs of Note

Staying current on the latest cases and news in the area of class actions can be challenging, but Scott Russell’s guide to reliable subscription based publications, free legal sites and blogs that offer timely news, analysis and selected copies of court filings, is a valuable resource.

Subjects: Blogs, Features, Legal Research, United States Law

Burney’s Legal Tech Reviews – Gadgets for Legal Pros: Ergotech “Convertible” Monitor Arm and Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter

Brett Burney reviews a multi-screen flat panel LCD monitor mount solution and a Wi-Fi gadget that provides network ID, signal strength and accessibility information for multiple networks.

Subjects: Burney's Legal Tech Reviews, Gadgets, Legal Technology

A Little Grafting of Second Life into a Legal Research Class

Rob Hudson discusses how Second Life can be used to enhance legal research instruction/ Experiments in full class lectures and other uses of Second Life in higher education offer a mixture of hype and excitement.

Subjects: Features

Conrad Jacoby’s E-Discovery Update: Attorneys, Experts, and E-Discovery Competence

Conrad J. Jacoby focuses on two recent cases that emphasize the credibility problems counsel can face in the context of e-discovery – and suggest that outside assistance may be the only way for some counsel to demonstrate that these materials are being managed in a competent and trustworthy way.

Subjects: Case Management, Digital Archives, E-Discovery, E-Discovery Update, KM, Search Engines, Search Strategies

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips – A Guide to HIPAA Security and the Law

Heather A. Phillips reviews Stephen S. Wu’s book whose focus is coming into compliance with the recent and complex new HIPAA requirements.

Subjects: Legal Research, LLRX Book Review

FOIA Facts – My Proposal: FOIA Litigation Reporting Requirements

Scott A. Hodes makes the case that there should be a reporting requirement for all FOIA lawsuits requiring agencies to inform a central FOIA Office the outcome of FOIA lawsuits.

Subjects: FOIA Facts, Government Resources, Legal Research, United States Law