New Website for State Online Legal Information

April 15, 2013

The bold highlights are my addition.

The Digital Access to Legal Information Committee (DALIC) has created a new website to host information about the status of online legal materials in every state with respect to authentication, official status, preservation, permanent public access, copyright, and universal citation. The new website brings together information from AALL’s National Inventory of Legal Materials and updates AALL’s Preliminary Analysis of AALL’s State Legal Inventories, 2007 State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources, and 2009-2010 State Summary Updates. State pages will be updated as information changes. DALIC members will monitor the site and periodically check in with AALL’s state working groups to ensure the accuracy of the information. (Via Emily Feltren, AALL)

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December 4, 2012

Run by the Michigan State University College of Law, the Animal Legal and Historical Center, is  a wealth of information and resources regarding animal law.  On the site, you can search through the contents in a number of ways: by jurisdiction (state and world), by issues, and by species. Unique content includes maps and comparative tables of laws and detailed summaries of several animal law issues. You can also find briefs and pleadings.


Gov.uk Goes Live

November 13, 2012

via beSpacific

Those who have bookmarked or visit www.direct.gov.uk and www.businesslink.gov.uk has been redirected to www.gov.uk. Under the promise to be ‘simpler, clearer, faster’ the site is billed as the new online home of government services and information. The Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Services says GOV.uk is the first phase in the creation of a single domain for government.

GOV.uk is the fourth attempt in 20 years to create a one-stop point on the web for central government. Its predecessors were creatures of their time, ranging from a simple directory of websites open.gov.uk (1995), to the dotcom era UKOnline (2000) and the mega-project Directgov (2004).

GOV.uk is a creation of the “back to basics” e-government strategy promulgated by Martha Lane Fox’s “Revolution, not Evolution” report for the coalition and endorsed by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude…For an insight into the creation of GOV.uk and plans for the future, see UKauthorITy’s interview with Mike Bracken, head of the Government Digital Service.”

Read the full UK Authority Press Release here.


Doing Law Library – Business Laws & Regulations

October 11, 2012

via beSpacific

“The Doing Business law library is the largest free online collection of business laws and regulations. We link to official government sources wherever possible. Translations are not official unless indicated otherwise. We update the collection regularly but are unable to guarantee that laws are the most recent version.”

You can run reports for data, rankings, and methodology as well as research business laws, regulations, and business reforms. The Doing Business Law Library is a collaboration between the International Finance Corporation and World Bank.


Election Day 2012 – Time to do your homework

September 19, 2012

The 2012 Presidential selection is only 47 days away. It will be held on Tuesday November 6th.

If you’re not prepared, here are some resources to help you make the key decisions that impact the state and its residents.

Register to vote

Starting today, California residents can register to vote online. Sen. Leland Yee authored the bill in 2011. For those have an electronic signiture on file with the DMV will be able to transfer their voter registration form electronically to county elections officials from the secretary of state’s website. Prior to this change, residents had to mail in the registration form. All voter registration forms must be turned in (by mail or electronically) by Oct 22nd in order to be eligible for the November election.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/California-voters-may-now-register-online-3876090.php#ixzz26wMQA7BM

Qualified Statewide Ballot Measures

Do you know what is going to be on the ballot this year besides Romney and Obama? The CA Secretary of State website offers a breakdown of the various propositions and measures for the state.

Voting in Santa Clara County

The County of Santa Clara website has clear instructions and information regarding the 2012 election. Check the website for information regarding early voting times, candidate and measure information, among other resources. Starting Oct. 1st, you will be be able to locate your polling place on the website as well.

League of Women Voters of California

The League of Women Voters of California have all the same information as the websites above with a few extras. One of which is a PDF of the Pros & Cons of the statewide ballot measures.

These resources are filled with all the pertinent information to help you make the right decision for yourself, your city, county and state in November.


Dictionary of Pronunciation via Yale Law School

August 29, 2012

Students at Yale Law School have compiled and published what they call the Pronouncing Dictionary of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Although the United States is famously a nation of immigrants, Americans often struggle with the pronunciation of foreign words and names. Mispronunciation of even common foreign words is ubiquitous (Eye-rack and Eye-ran spring to mind). Foreign names in legal matters present a particular challenge for legal professionals. The purpose of the Pronouncing Dictionary of United States Supreme Court cases, … is to help conscientious lawyers, judges, teachers, students, and journalists correctly pronounce often-perplexing case names.

You can either view the names on the website or download the full PDF (15 GREEN BAG 2D 433)

There is also an explanation of the phonetic symbols and transcription practice used pronunciation notes (PDF) 

The chart notes the Americanized pronunciation of the difficult name, Bryan Garner’s, and the International Phonetics Association American and Native Speaker Pronunciation. This might be a great asset when having to cite these cases in court or for a class presentation.


Technology for Lawyers: Proposed Model Jury Instructions

August 29, 2012

Proposed Model Jury Instructions – The Use of Electronic Technology to Conduct Research on or Communicate about a Case. Prepared by the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management, June 2012

A proposed 2-page handout in regards to jurors use of technology, (namely Twitter and Facebook) in relation to the case they have been selected to sit for. The instructions review the basic rules of conduct.

1. No researching the case:

You should not consult dictionaries or reference materials, search the Internet, blogs or use any other electronic tools  to obtain information about this case or to help you decide the case.

2. Communication during the case:

You may not communicate with anyone about the case on your cell phone, through e-mail, Blackberry, iPhone, instant messaging, or in Twitter, through any blog or website including, Facebook, Google+, MySpace, LinkedIn or YouTube.

Similar rules apply after the case has concluded.