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The Year’s Best Reading?

There is a wonderful spin-off magazine from the Economist called More Intelligent Life.

Like most other magazines, it does a year-end review of the best books of 2010.

But someone at the magazine didn’t quite check the clipart that accompanies that page:

Who actually thought that the Pacific Reporter was worth a plug? And thought that caselaw might be enhanced by snow?

Happy New Year – and a Guid Hogmanay. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Publishing, Miscellaneous, Reading: Recommended

A Conversation About Secrecy and Privacy

There’s an interesting conversation over at Edge — not the legal consulting company, but the foundation that holds colloquiums on important issues in science, philosophy, and art. This discussion is entitled Who Gets to Keep Secrets? and the question was posed by Daniel Hillis, a computer scientist, who amplified it thus:

The question of secrecy in the information age is clearly a deep social (and mathematical) problem, and well worth paying attention to.

When does my right to privacy trump your need for security? Should a democratic government be allowed to practice secret diplomacy? Would we rather live in

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Posted in: Reading: Recommended

Justice, With Eyes Wide Open

Here’s a book for the lawyer on your Christmas gift list: Representing Justice, by Judith Resnik and Dennis E. Curtis (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010). From the blurb:

By mapping the remarkable run of the icon of Justice, a woman with scales and sword, and by tracing the development of public spaces dedicated to justice—courthouses—the authors explore the evolution of adjudication into its modern form as well as the intimate relationship between the courts and democracy.

From the review in the New York Times, we learn:

Lady Justice’s familiar blindfold did not become an accessory until well

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Posted in: Reading: Recommended

The Relaunched Canadian Law Blogs List

Stem Legal has relaunched the Canadian Law Blogs List at started by Steve Matthews in September 2005. The List is an open directory of Canadian blogging lawyers, law librarians, marketers, IT professionals and paralegals (essentially anyone blogging in the legal industry in Canada).

Along with a new look, the new site features:

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Posted in: Legal Information: Publishing, Practice of Law: Marketing, Reading, Technology

Law and Humanities Blog

We’ve not yet mentioned on Slaw the Law & Humanities Blog, “A blog about law, literature, and the humanities,” run by Christine Corcos, a law prof at Louisiana State. (Daniel Solove, a GWU law prof and author of The Future of Reputation, among other books, is nominally a member but, so far as I can tell, wrote one post a long time ago.)

The main focus seems to be on literature, and the posts typically point to recent publications, such as:

  • Stephen R. Alton, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, has published The Game is Afoot!:
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Posted in: Reading

Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents of Pleadings (Carswell, 2010)

Although my copy of the new Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents of Pleadings (Carswell, 2010, $299 CDN) arrived earlier this Fall, I am only now taking the time to review it in detail.

The Canadian version of the British classic litigation precedents title comes in a 612-page bound monograph. It is divided into different parts, by topic, with each part edited by a leading subject expert:

Part A: Class Actions (John A. Campion/Sarah J. Armstrong)
Part B: Construction Claims (Duncan Glaholt)
Part C: Defamation (Howard WInkler)
Part D: Employment Law – Wrongful Dismissal (Stuart Rudner/Erik Marshall)
Part E: . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading, Reading: Recommended

Some Notes on Benjamin on Sale of Goods

Thanks to our neighbour, Mary Saulig of Goodmans for lending me her copy of an old acquaintance, Benjamin on the Sale of Goods. But this post isn’t about presumptions of delivery or FOB contracts. It’s about one of the most remarkable stories of a legal author I’ve heard.

Let’s start at the Cimetière du Père Lachaise‎ in the 20th arrondissement, though the website doesn’t list this grave, which has this inscription on the tombstone:

Judah Philip Benjamin, Born St. Thomas West Indies August 6,1811, Died in Paris May 6,1884, United States Senator from Louisiana, Attorney General, Secretary of

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Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing, Miscellaneous, Reading: Recommended, Substantive Law: Foreign Law

Feminist Judgments in the UK

A couple of weeks ago The Guardian covered the publication of Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice, by Rosemary Hunter, Clare McGlynn, Erika Rackley, a book of judgments (re)written by British feminists to produce the reasoning and results that should have been there in the first place. It’s the product of the UK Feminists Judgments Project.

If all of this sounds vaguely familiar to Slaw readers, I wouldn’t be surprised. The acknowledged inspiration — indeed, the model — for the UK project is the Women’s Court of Canada, an organization that we’ve covered a couple of times . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reading

Learning About Browsers and the Web From a Google Book

There’s an interesting online book just out that explains all those things about browsers and the web that the average person doesn’t know they don’t know. But Slaw readers — who mostly know what they don’t know, right? — should take a look at “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web” anyway; they might learn a thing or two, and more important they’ll see what can be accomplished simply with HTML5, the new, coming standard — and no plugins. And who knows, you might just find yourself one day having to explain cookies or DNS to . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading, Technology

Reid Trautz’z 6th Annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers (2010 Edition)

My good friend Reid Trautz just published his always popular annual gift holiday guide for lawyers. And regardless of whether you are giving loved ones hints for yourself or are looking for gift ideas for your favorite lawyer spouse, partner or friend, Reid’s annual gift guide can help make sure you don’t find yet another scales of justice tie under the tree this year.

Reid always has an interesting list of serious and not so serious gifts. The obvious ones are there – yes an iPad is on the list. And there are some great suggestions that are not so . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reading