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The Hargreaves Report on IP in Britain

The UK government commissioned a review of intellectual property policy back in November of last year. The report [PDF] of commission chair Professor Ian Hargreaves was released today, making:

10 recommendations designed to ensure that the UK has an IP framework best suited to supporting innovation and promoting economic growth in the digital age.

A significant thrust and recommendation of the Hargreaves Report is that policy must be made on the basis of actual evidence, principally economic evidence, rather than the urgings of lobbyists as has been too often the case. The Commission considered adopting the American “Fair . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading, Technology

Twitter at CALL 2011

Howdy from Calgary! I am at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries.

There is a lot of interest in the discussions taking place at this year’s conference. I am hearing from law librarians, legal publishers, knowledge management directors, and many others as to how they can follow along if not in attendance. There is a lot of buzz about greening the library, time management, workflow, digitization, budgeting, cost recovery, legal project management, and ebooks. All the hot buzzwords! I have had more than a few people ask me to let them know the outcome of discussions. . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Reading

A New Journal – Feminists@law

Kent Law School in the UK has launched the inaugural issue of a new open access journal, feminists@law. This from the journal description on the home page:

feminists@law is a peer-reviewed online journal which aims to publish critical, interdisciplinary, theoretically engaged scholarship that extends feminist debates and analyses relating to law and justice (broadly conceived). It has a particular interest in critical and theoretical approaches and perspectives that draw upon postcolonial, transnational and poststructuralist work. The journal publishes material in a range of print and multimedia formats and in English and other languages. The journal is committed to an

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Posted in: Legal Information: Publishing, Reading: Recommended

Law & Lit

I am always fascinated by how the law is viewed by non-lawyers. Fiction is always a good place to come across these viewpoints. I saw an excellent example recently when reading John Steinbeck’s ,The Grapes of Wrath.

It tells the grim tale of the Joad family, forced off their land in Oklahoma by drought and the economic hardship of the Great Depression.

They pile all of their belongings on to a modified truck and head west, lured by handbills calling for fruit pickers in California. Grandpa dies of a stroke on the road. The family is confronted with the dilemma . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reading

Law and Linguistics

Lawyers work with words. Tears, fisticuffs, power drills, or whisks won’t take you very far when you’re arguing. I’m told that a good haircut and a good tailor can help; but even these won’t do much for you if you’re drafting. Basically, it’s your command over language that lets you make a case.

That being so, it’s not surprising that more than a few lawyers display an interest in grammar, syntax and usage — elements out of which meaning is made. Of course, these are some of the professional possessions of those who study in the field of linguistics. This . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reading

Should Your Law Firm Have a Thinking Room?

The Wall Street Journal recently featured a fascinating article on how architecture influence how we think. Researchers have found that nearly everything about a room, from the height of its ceilings to the colour of its walls, has a direct impact on the quantity and quality of our thoughts. Not only that, but researchers have found our capacity to recall information, to be creative, and to draw connections between seemingly unrelated concepts is heavily influenced by our surroundings. While the connection between a room’s qualities and mood has been established for years, this research represents some of the first . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading: Recommended

Dealing With Difficult Judges

The latest edition of LAWPRO’s webzine has a number of articles specifically for litigators. One of them is an excellent paper from Justice Carole Curtis called Dealing with Difficult Judges.

Litigators of all stripes will find helpful reminders and suggestions on such topics as knowing your judge, planning strategy in advance, avoiding ‘head butting’, and protecting the record, your client and your reputation.

Justice Curtis alse describes the categories of difficult judges, and attempts to answer the question of the frustrated litigator: what does the judge want? . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law, Reading

SLA’s Future Ready 365 Blog

Are you ready to meet the future? Special Libraries Association members have been exploring this question on the Future Ready 365 blog, discussing potential and what it takes to make us as individuals, an association, and the profession as a whole ready for the future. SLA President Cindy Romaine explains that being “future ready” for members, the Association and the profession is supported by four pillars:

  • Collaboration to accelerate the availability of useful information
  • An adaptable skill set that anticipates and responds to the evolving marketplace
  • Alignment with the language and values of the community you serve
  • Building a
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Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Reading: Recommended

Summer Reading Lists

The Crime Writers of canada have produced their 2011 catalogue of Cool Canadian Crime.

If that doesn’t supply you with enough mystery, here is a list of 5 easy to find and famously puzzling works from history: Five weird and strange manuscripts.

If that’s not your bag, you might enjoy these more eccentric works: 20 Strange and Wonderful Books, and 20 even stranger and more wonderful books. . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading, Reading: Recommended

What Law Firms Can Learn About Blogging From Startups

Last week TechCrunch featured a terrific guest post by Mark Suster about Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …). In reading Suster’s blog post, it occurred to me that many of his recommendations for startups apply equally well to law firms.

The kinds of questions I constantly hear from lawyers about blogging – “what should I blog about?”; “who is my audience?”; “where should I post?”; etc. – are the same kinds of questions many startup company bloggers-to-be ask about blogging. Suster’s article provides insights that bloggers from any industry can benefit from.

A few . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading: Recommended, Technology: Internet

Leading Geeks

Thank CERN for the Internet. One of the topics I read widely about is leadership. My personal interest, along with developing my own leadership skills, is law firm leadership. There is a great selection of writing on law firm managment and leadership here at Slaw and around the web.

In my opinion, it is important to read outside your specific niche. I can’t remember now what turned me on to the Leading Geeks blog. It may have been a retweet by Greg Lambert, or a reference from Jay Sheperd, but what ever it was, I quickly plugged . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading: Recommended