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Supreme Court Transcripts

Have any SLAWyers knowledge of Supreme Court plans to make the full-text of transcripts of argument available via the Web? The information on their Web-site simply notes that copies may be requested for a fee. This is something that the High Court of Australia has been making available via AustLII for over ten years now and is tremendously useful for researchers. Not only do you get an idea of the judges’ thinking from their comments, but the transcripts are a goldmine of useufl information and insight into complex issues confronting the highest appellate courts. Perhaps SLAW could take a role . . . [more]

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Black Hats Launch Google Class Action

According to AP, a class action has been launched by a group of websites claiming that Google’s techniques for weeding out dubious content and those who deploy tools to manipulate search algorithm to move up the rankings chart. This is a matter of some detached amusement to Slaw since a Google Search for Justice Marshall Rothstein brings up the Slaw website higher than the Supreme Court of Canada’s or the Federal Court pages.

The civil complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose by, seeks to be certified as a class action representing the owners of all

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Comparative Law Is a Matter of Life and Death

We are very open to comparative law.
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin

Given the extent to which the Supreme Court of Canada routinely cites comparative law, and all law students are taught as much English law in first year as Canadian, it is fascinating the passions aroused by comparative law elsewhere.

We’ve discussed this before, but a piece in the Post on Friday and in yesterday’s Times, really brought it home.

Death threats have been made to two justices of the USSC, because they’ve stated publicly that it may, on some occasions, be helpful for the Court to . . . [more]

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Net Neutrality

I came across an article in the Financial Times after AT&T announced their intended acquisition of BellSouth that questioned the impact of this acquisition on ‘net neutrality’. [See the Wikipedia entries on Network Neutrality and Net Neutrality].

I became interested in the subject and did my usual routing around on the Internet to see what the buzz was. To my surprise, the buzz is alive and well in the US and Canada.

In the US, the camps have lined up on one side or the other. The telcos, large ISPs and equipment vendors claiming there is no need for . . . [more]

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The Friday Fillip

What with maps of Mars and maps of parades, there’s hardly any need for a Friday Fillip.

But I’m going for something a bit more down-to-earth than Mars and more colourful even than Irish green: the early crocus, a.k.a. Crocus imperati Ten. Spring will soon be here (folks in the far, far, far West will please put their hands down) and when that particular member of the Iridaceae family graces lawns and flower beds, we know we can start to unclench. We also know that other members of the Liliales order will follow in quick succession, until even the chillier . . . [more]

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Google Goes Interplanetary

In yet another first, the wonderful Google Earth has been matched by an experimental map of Mars with the same ability to zoom in, but this time in unworldly opulent colourMedia coverage can be found in the usual places.

It’s not the Mars of our grandparents, but taken from the Mars Odyssey Themis project.

The explanation behind the project is quite wonderful but check out the simulated fly-over on the new Google Video service. Or visit the volcanoes.

Welcome earthlings.

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Indefatigable — Sabrina Pacifici

Sabrina Pacifici, editor and publisher of legal research e-zine and blog beSpacific is the subject of an article in the Library Journal, “Indefatigable – Sabrina Pacifici” (March 15, 2006).

I have had the extreme pleasure of getting to know Sabrina over the last several months, and can vouch for the assertion that she does all these projects in her spare time, getting little sleep. On a personal basis, she has been an inspiration, and has given me an immense amount of moral support and encouragement.

She is speaking at the Computers in Libraries conference coming up . . . [more]

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Google Page Creator

More on Google today, here at .

I’ve just received notification that I’ve been granted the right to play with the newest Google toy, Google Page Creator (GPC). GPC is an online wysiwyg html editor that posts pages you create to a Google server, where they’re offered up to the world.

You’re given the choice of a couple of dozen styles for your site and three or four layouts, all capable of being changed at will, thanks to the marvel of cascading style sheets. They’ve alotted the beta testers (and what isn’t on beta test at Google?) 100 megs of . . . [more]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
May the rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again…
May God hold you in the palm of His hand

For everything related to this day, have a look at the St. Patrick’s Day website.

For a list of parades in your city, take a look at the Parades & Events page (sorry, those of you in Ottawa, yours was last weekend!).

Connie . . . [more]

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Journal of Appellate Practice and Process

Some of you may be interested in this scholarly law journal which focusses exclusively on issues, practices, and procedures of appellate court systems, both federal and state, both American and international. Edited by faculty members of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law, The Journal is designed to provide a forum for creative thought and dialogue about the operation of appellate courts and their influence on the development of the law. The Journal is published semi-annually; subscriptions outside the US are $30/year. The Spring 2005 issue (TOC on the journal’s website) features an essay . . . [more]

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