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New Issue of Global Legal Monitor (Law Library of Congress)

The May 2007 issue of the Global Legal Monitor is available on the site of the Law Library of Congress.

It is a publication of the Law Library of Congress that provides regular updates on legal developments from around the world. The current issue covers topics ranging from abortion to women.

Cross-posted to Library Boy. . . . [more]

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SLA Annual Conference Legal Division Materials

A few weeks ago I mentioned that some of the SLA Legal Division 2007 presentations were available on its web site. A few more are up, and I think some are worth highlighting. I found the presentations from the emerging technologies breakfast interesting, particularly Nathan Rosen’s presentation, which highlights and links to many legal wikis which either I wasn’t aware of or are on sites I hadn’t used in a long time. Thomas Fleming’s Legal Research for the Google Generation contains some points that may be useful for those of us designing training for incoming students. A good . . . [more]

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Avalon Project

    THOSE PERSONS WHO Are Not To Be Tried While They Hold a Magistracy or the Imperium. A dictator, consul, praetor, master of the horse, censor, aedile, plebeian tribune, quaestor, triumvir capitalis, triumvir for granting and assigning lands, or military tribune in any of the first four legions shall not be summoned to court as long as he holds a magistracy or the imperium … It is not the intent of this law that anyone of those who retires from such magistracy or command shall not be summoned to court.

Interesting to see that the Romans, too, had issues with the . . . [more]

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O’Reilly to Sell Books by the Chapter

A very interesting event on the microcontent front, technology publisher O’Reilly will start selling their books by the chapter in PDF format. From the press release:

Sebastopol, CA–In today’s Web 2.0 driven publishing marketplace, it takes new and creative strategies to get authors and their work noticed by web savvy readers. But even when it is noticed, today’s readers increasingly want content in new and convenient ways that suit their digital lifestyles. Along with traditional print formats, they want content they can read on computers, PDAs, and cell phones. For this reason O’Reilly Media–the pioneering publishing company that coined the

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Queen’s Legislation Table

There’s a handy legislation table that’s newly posted on the Queen’s University law library site. It gives you links to the statutes and regulations, bills, gazettes, Hansard, orders in council, government and legislative assembly, and courts for each of Canada’s jurisdictions.

Where you see the cockeyed spider in the chart, they’re missing a link, so let law librarian Nancy McCormack know if you can fill the gap.

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Web 3.0, Widgets and Why Not Law?

Web 3.0 — sorry about that: not my coinageDon’t know where it originated, but this page contains a good discussion of it.: but you’re going to hear the term a lot so get used to it — means to describe the movement to turn websites into web services which make their information available for developers to play with. Amazon got there a long time ago (in web time) and the snowball, getting exponentially bigger, is about to loom large enough to blot out the horizon. One factor that’s pushing the thing is the popularity of widgets, those mini programs that . . . [more]

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Legal Archives

Just a short post (since I’m on the road) but the O’Quinn Law Library has launched a site called The Anglo-American Legal Tradition which reproduces images of legal documents from Medieval and Early Modern England from the Public Records Office in London.

The site includes a useful overview essay on Legal Tradition and Legal System by Professor Robert C. Palmer.

But the site now means that we can do serious work with original documents, even if one has to learn how to read legal texts that look like this:

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Bread, Eggs, Paper Towel… Milk

Remember The Milk is a simple web application that manages your to-do lists for you. I looked at it some time ago, and decided after a bit of play that it wasn’t for me. Nothing wrong with it, but not what I needed.

But now things are looking different and I’m back experimenting with it again. What caught my eye was the recent announcement that Remember The Milk (hereinafter RTM) was making use of the new Google Gears to function offline as well as online. Add to that integration with Google Calendar, a widget for your Google homepage — . . . [more]

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Check out Avvo, the recently launched website that rates (U.S.) lawyers. [hat tip: Rob Hyndman] Aimed at non-corporate consumers, Avvo rates lawyers on the basis of:

their number of years in practice, disciplinary sanctions, and professional achievements. The data comes from multiple sources, including state bar associations, court records, lawyer websites, and information lawyers provide to Avvo. We have created a mathematical model that considers this information and calculates a score on a ten-point scale.

Rob Hyndman tells us that 10 days after launch Avvo was made the defendant in a class action brought by and on . . . [more]

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The Friday Fillip

I’m stealing a leaf from the new NYTimes book blog Paper Cuts. On Wednesdays they feature a writer’s playlist “[b]ecause books and music, on good days, just seem to go together.” Well, I say Friday and music just seem to do the same thing, and so here’s a short playlist from me. I’ve tried to include links to samples of the music, and in some cases I can only hope you’ve got iTunes on you machine to make the iTunes sample work.

Let’s have your playlists, with or without samples. I’m always trying to broaden my musical tastes and . . . [more]

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