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Here’s your chance to contribute to the continuing success of the LLSDC! The LLSDC Nominations Committee is looking for members to run for the 2021-2022 LLSDC executive board. Candidates are needed for the following positions:
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Please contact the Nominations Committee if you would like to run for office or would like to make a nomination: https://llsdc.memberclicks.net/nominations
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Fred Shapiro is a CUA SLIS alum. https://www.law.com/2020/12/10/wear-a-mask-tops-yale-law-librarians-annual-list-of-notable-quotes/
Yale law librarian Fred Shapiro said is was difficult to find positive quotes for his annual top 10 list.
6 Best Practices for Legally Using Google Images - Copyrightlaws.com: Copyright courses and education in plain English
Lesley Ellen Harris: 6 Best Practices for Legally Using Google Images https://www.copyrightlaws.com/copyright-tips-legally-using-google-images/
Are you blindly using Google images? Think about copyright law and follow our 6 best practices for legally using Google images.
Facing the communication problems of the pandemic has made information sharing more structured, and the increased use of technologies highlights how the industry is resolving this interruption. Covid-19 has also resulted in numerous new laws, regulations, and risks, and legal research technology is crucial to staying abreast of new developments.
The legal industry is changing as a result of the pandemic and these changes can be tied to four simple questions. Learn which questions are being asked, why they are important, and their potential to advance the industry.
Congressman Wants George Mason Law To Change Its Name AGAIN — This Time To Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A statue of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be erected facing the existing Justice Scalia statue signifying that there are competing views of the law and no one view will dominate George Mason University’s academic studies.
After her passing, the Notorious RBG could help shine a new light on the law school.
Justice Ginsburg has died https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg-dies-87-n670701
Dubbed the "Notorious R.B.G.," the sharp-tongued Ginsburg was as much a trailblazer as she was brash.
The National Archives rolled out a beta version of the ECFR website:
Feedback is encouraged and can be provided by using the Help button on the bottom right-hand side of the page.
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the official legal print publication containing the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR) is a continuousl...
Law.com interview with LLSDC member Emily Florio!
Newly appointed American Association of Law Libraries president Emily Florio discusses how COVID-19 is allowing law librarians to shatter myths about their capabilities.
But TR introduced the service quietly, without the press releases and marketing campaigns typical of a new TR product, and TR officials remained tight lipped about rumors that the company is planning an even larger news service on a par with Law360 from LexisNexis.
Thomson Reuters yesterday introduced Westlaw Today, a premium legal news service driven by its Reuters news division and available only to subscribers of
Analysis | The Daily 202: John Roberts's Supreme Court power hinges on Trump's reelection. But not in the way you might think.
Roberts’s alliances with the liberals this term made headlines: Together, they formed the five-justice majorities to stop the Trump administration from dismantling the Obama-era program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, and to cool the expectations of the antiabortion movement by striking down a restrictive Louisiana law.
But Roberts was also in the majority in all three cases that religious conservatives won this term.
A Biden presidency would probably give the chief justice more clout.
ROSS Asks Court to Dismiss Thomson Reuters' Lawsuit, Decrying It As A Monopolistic Tactic | LawSites
While ROSS’s motion raises several arguments in support of its position that the lawsuit should be dismissed, the one that will perhaps be of most interest to copyright lawyers is that TR cannot claim copyright in its headnotes and Key Number System because neither is original or creative, as required by copyright law.
With regard to Westlaw headnotes, ROSS argues that they are merely “recitations of rules and concepts copied from judicial opinions.”
After legal research goliath Thomson Reuters sued legal research startup ROSS Intelligence on May 6, alleging that it stole content from Westlaw, ROSS
Browder believes his app is more than a novelty that can save you a few bucks — he argues it’s a social necessity. An unacceptably large number of Americans can’t afford to hire an attorney, no matter how dire the need. Heck, many lawyers couldn’t afford to pay their own rate. Access to legal services is a public policy problem that the legal industry has known about for decades but struggled to address. Lawyers and bar associations have generally tried to address the issue through pro bono programs, legal services, and the like
Silicon Valley’s biggest names just bet millions on 'the world’s first robot lawyer.' Here’s what it means.
Since last Friday, more than 50 major law firms have joined the effort.
More than a dozen law firms, including Latham & Watkins LLP, Hogan Lovells, Holland & Knight LLP and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP have joined the contingent of firms giving the day off for the first time on Juneteenth, in observance of the end of slavery in the United States.
Across the United States, law librarians and knowledge managers began developing a skunk-works approach to gathering what was normally viewed as the ephemera of legal documents: governors’ proclamations and agency policy statements...Law librarians and knowledge managers will play an important role in helping law firms identify the external resources and develop internal resources necessary for practice in the post-COVID-19 legal market.
Law firms have met the virtual workplace and that impact will endure.
— Joe Andrew, global chairman of Dentons, writing in an opinion piece about what the concept of “going back to the office” means for professionals and the support staff who work with them, noting that the “literal distance between the haves and the have nots is likely going to grow even wider” if these workplaces open before a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available
Thanks to COVID-19, nothing is ever going to be the same in professional workplaces.
Copyright protection doesn’t extend to the annotations in the state’s official annotated code, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for a 5-4 majority on Monday that crossed ideological lines. Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh joined Roberts.
Georgia lost a close U.S. Supreme Court case over the state’s ability to copyright its annotated legal code, in a ruling that dissenting justices said would shock states with similar arrangements.
You’d think that someone at the Copyright Office would have enough sense to recognize that this message just makes basic copyright law appear to be the insane mess it truly is...Now, who the hell takes 10,000 photos of their pet because of the copyright granted on those pictures?
Have we maybe taken this too far?
David Lat, Eyeing Hospital Discharge, Talks About His Battle and Donating Blood to COVID-19 Research | The American Lawyer
Lat, long a widely known figure in the legal world and today a legal recruiter, appears to be making continued progress and, according to his latest conversations with NYU medical staff, he is on the verge of being discharged.
I don't think I've fully wrapped my head—and heart—around the enormity of what I've just been through,” he said during his first interview since returning to stable condition, conducted via direct messaging on Twitter. And I'm so grateful to be alive.”
Our thoughts go out to David Lat and his family. David, founder of Above the Law blog, who as recently as last week chronicled his fight with COVID-19 from his hospital bed, has been placed on a ventilator. https://www.law.com/nationallawjournal/2020/03/21/david-lat-is-put-on-ventilator-as-his-covid-19-condition-worsens/?kw=David%20Lat%20Put%20on%20Ventilator%2C%20in%20Critical%20Condition%20With%20COVID-19%20Infection&utm_source=email&utm_medium=enl&utm_campaign=newsroomupdate&utm_content=20200322&utm_term=nlj
The founder of the Above the Law blog was put on a ventilator after “his oxygen levels dropped, according to his husband.
On Sunday, the union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement prosecutors joined immigration judges and lawyers to call on the Department of Justice to shutter immigration courts entirely. This unprecedented alliance of frequent foes condemned the DOJ's response as "insufficient" and "not premised on transparent scientific information"
Lawyers and court staff described packed courtrooms, indifferent judges, and a public health disaster.
This recession will also bring layoffs, but I don’t think they’ll be as bad as in the last recession. Why? On the lawyer side, firms haven’t been as profligate with their hiring as they were in the years leading up to the Great Recession (instead preferring to overwork their existing associates before hiring new ones, for better or worse). On the staff side, firms have actually been making cuts over the past few years, using a combination of layoffs and buyouts to trim the ranks.
Three predictions about how the economic downturn will affect major law firms.
Join members of LLSDC, DCLA, CUA's Department of Library and Information Science Students and Alumni, and DCSLA for an evening of networking, trivia, fun and community building.
Trivia starts at seven, but come early to network before hand.
Work in a library in or around DC? Come meet up with your fellow librarians for an evening of trivia.
Iridium Technology and Data Fusion Technologies (DFTech), both of which provide business intelligence (BI) technology to many of the largest law firms in the United States, announced their merger Tuesday.
The merger this week of two major technology companies has resulted in what is now the single-largest provider of business intelligence technology to law
40Plus of Greater Washington - The Art of Professional Reinvention ~ with Bruce Rosenstein (2-session workshop)
Art of Professional Reinvention workshop featuring leadership guru Bruce Rosenstein. First of two sessions is tonight. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.40plus-dc.org/event-3727270
Are you considering a career change? Interested in discovering new approaches to working in fulfilling and satisfying ways?
The most powerful comments on Savarino’s posts I read were the stories from legal personnel of the outright disrespect the attorneys with whom they work showed for them. Some commenters recalled being divided not just into attorneys and non-attorneys, but also “fee earners” and “non-fee earners,” or even worse, “fee burners.” There’s nothing implicit about that distinction; it flatly characterizes non-attorneys as either adding nothing to the firm’s bottom line, or actively dragging it down.
A debate about language touches on the arrogance of our profession.
Only one woman worked on the staff of the Harvard Law Review when Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrived on campus in 1956. It would be another two decades before a woman was elected to lead the school’s prestigious legal journal.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recalled the “ancient days” when only one woman served on the staff of the Harvard Law Review.
Elite Law Firms Are Quietly Outsourcing High-Value Functions. How Far Will They Go? | The American Lawyer
“Some of my former colleagues were told there was no role for them,” Beth Schubert, a library staff member, said in an article on the American Association of Law Libraries’ website. “Upon hearing that, some said bad things about being outsourced. I understand being upset; I was worried I might not have a job. But many more of us were kept and given a better career path for more pay.” Even though Schubert’s direct employer switched, she remained on site at Katten. “I was pleased to see a pay increase in addition to having more responsibility and the chance to start making changes that I (and others) had wanted implemented for quite some time,” she added.
Outsourcing has led to a sea change at many law firms, and left its mark on the bottom line. Some firms are even planning a shared back-office center, the first of its kind in Big Law. The only question now is what work can't be re-evaluated.
The Geek in Review Ep. 61 - Deep Dive on State Copyright Issues with Kyle Courtney and Ed Walters | 3 Geeks and a Law Blog
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org and we take a deep dive into the issues in this matter. Kyle Courtney, Copyright Advisor at Harvard University, and Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase have strong opinions in this matter, and were both involved in submitting Amicus Briefs on behalf of Public.Resources.Org.
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org and we take a deep dive into the issues in this matter. Kyle Courtney,
Author is AALL member.
Social media is also a viable source for professional current awareness and competitive intelligence gathering. Library and information professionals in academic, government, corporate, public, and private law firm settings can provide expert tips on the best sources and strategies for uncovering actionable intelligence buried within social media sites.
Social media is not just for socializing; it can be a robust tool for legal research. Find out what you need to know about using social media for legal research and to stay abreast of legal developments.
'Oh the Places You'll Boldly Go!' to Test Bounds of Fair Use:
Seuss’s supporters urge the appeals court to reject a California district court’s analysis that they say would find just about any mash-up to be fair use of a copyrighted work... Law professors and public interest groups, however, said reversing the California district court’s ruling would hinder use of a long-accepted and important creative tool.
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