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.


An iOS Law Dictionary for ESL Speakers

September 27, 2012

 TransLegal is meant to assist legal professionals for whom English is not their first language. As an app for the iPhone and iPad, the TransLegal’s Law Dictionary provides the definitions for more than 3,000 legal terms, and audible pronunciations and examples of how to use the term in context.

Each definition includes an audio recording of the term, to aid pronunciation, and also an audio recording of the term used in a sentence. Most terms also include a “Phrasebank,” which are additional text examples of the term in context. Definitions sometimes include additional explanatory notes to help provide a better understanding of the term and also synonyms and alternative spellings. Some even discuss common mistakes in usage of the term.

Another nice feature of this app is the ability to easily adjust the font sizes of entries and terms using a slider bar within the settings menu.

The standard price of this app is $24.99 (19.99 EUR or 17.49 GBP). However, through Oct. 6, they are offering it for an introductory price of $12.99. (via

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.


Archived Webcast of the UCI Law Supreme Court Term in Review

July 18, 2012

The Second Annual Supreme Court Term in Review Program was held yesterday afternoon at the UCI School of Law campus. The discussion was held by a panel of five, a mix of journalists and academics. You might even recognize one or two of the panelists as the authors of your textbooks.

This exciting and entertaining program reviews the Supreme Court’s key cases decided in the October 2011 term

The Panelists

Watch the archived webcast at this link. No registration necessary. It is an insightful panel. The session is about an hour and 45 minutes in length.

You can also view last year’s program here for the October 2010 term.

Online Searching – Legal Edition

June 12, 2012

Online search engines and Wikipedia seem to be the go-to locations for quick research queries. For research purposes, I must nudge you towards your nearest library’s database subscriptions for comprehensive, peer-reviewed and reliable results.

If you don’t have access to Westlaw, or LexisNexis, and insist on searching with a general online search engine, then try one of these for a more specialized searching experience.

  • Google Scholar  www. – You can use Google Scholar to research case law and scholarly literature for free.
  • Law Crawler – is a valuable resource for legal professionals. Their search engine, Law Crawler, can help you search for legal information.
  • MetaCrawler – As a meta search engine, one search query will bring back results from multiple search engines simultaneously.

Also, explore one of these general legal research websites:

  • All Law – Contains a national lawyer directory, legal research center, as well as downloadable forms & applications.
  • Find Law – A legal research center for legal professionals. Search for cases, contracts, articles, codes, etc.
  • Heiros Gamos – Global legal resources. Search for jobs, law firm directories, international and national legal guides, and legal publications.
  •– Law & Technology for Legal Professionals. Search for court rules, forms & dockets, search for legal articles or submit an article for review.

Summer Makeover for the Law Library of Congress Website

June 7, 2012

The Law Library of Congress has recently modified its look and user-interface to be more user-friendly for visitors and frequent users of their site.

The Law Library of Congress has a wealth of resources and information for lawyers and law students. Make sure to frequent the website for your legal research and studies.

Changes of note

(1)   Page layout – You will notice the website pages are wider, offering more space for content and a cleaner look to the pages.

(2)   Improved search – The localized search for the site (see the search box under our logo to the left of the page) has switched to a new integrated and faceted approach.  The new search will allow users to refine their searches with facets, creating a search tool that is powerful and flexible.  Once a search term or phrase is entered, users will receive a custom map or breakdown (facets) of search results, such as format of content (PDF, webpage, book); dates; name of sites or collections (American Memory, Library of Congress, Library of Congress Catalog); contributors; subjects; languages, etc.  Once these auto-generated facets or limiters are created, you can use them to refine or clarify your query in one simple step.  For an example of the difference between the old search and new faceted search, see the screen shots below (Dred Scott was used as the search phrase).

(3)   Highlighting of content – Our homepage brings forward content authored by Law Library staff that focuses on global law and U.S. legal information.  Items include:

  • Current Legal Topics – A collection of guides and reports that provide legal commentary and recommended resources on issues and events with legal significance.
  • Global Legal Monitor (GLM) – Frequently updated, the GLM is an online publication covering legal news and developments from around the globe.
  • Guide to Law Online – This annotated portal includes links to primary and secondary sources of government and law from over 190 nations and the U.S.

(4)   New Law Library logo and left-hand navigation highlights – The Law Library’s new logo, featuring a tree with the scales of justice, appears on the website in the upper left-hand corner of each page.

The navigation terms on the left-hand side of each page have changed slightly.  We have renamed some of the categories to help simplify and clarify the navigation for users – “Research help” is now “Research & Reports”  and “Contact Us” is now “Submit a Request.”