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The Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C. (LLSDC) was established in 1939 for educational, informational and scientific purposes. It is conducted as a nonprofit corporation to promote librarianship; to develop and increase the effectiveness of law librarians; to cultivate the profession of law librarianship; to foster a spirit of ethical cooperation among members of the profession; and to provide for the further continuing education of law librarians.

Join #LLSDC for our Town Hall meeting, tomorrow at 12pm ET! The Board will present on several issues, including:-Upcomin...
05/18/2021
Town Hall

Join #LLSDC for our Town Hall meeting, tomorrow at 12pm ET!

The Board will present on several issues, including:

-Upcoming LLSDC election
-Call for volunteers
-Blueprint for Racial Justice initiatives

More information here: https://bit.ly/3tX5Y6L

02/22/2021

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:

Vice President/President Elect
Assistant Treasurer/Treasurer Elect
Corresponding Secretary
Board Member At Large

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

You may nominate anyone you think would be a good candidate, including, and especially, yourself. Basic descriptions for each position available upon request.

Facing the communication problems of the pandemic has made information sharing more structured, and the increased use of...
11/16/2020
ANALYSIS: 4 Questions That Are Transforming the Legal Industry

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.
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/bloomberg-law-analysis/analysis-4-questions-that-are-transforming-the-legal-industry

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.

08/07/2020
eCFR :: Home

The National Archives rolled out a beta version of the ECFR website:
https://ecfr.federalregister.gov/

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...

But TR introduced the service quietly, without the press releases and marketing campaigns typical of a new TR product, a...
07/24/2020
Thomson Reuters Quietly Unveils Premium Legal News Service, But Is More To Come? | LawSites

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

Roberts’s alliances with the liberals this term made headlines: Together, they formed the five-justice majorities to sto...
07/17/2020
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.

While ROSS’s motion raises several arguments in support of its position that the lawsuit should be dismissed, the one th...
07/13/2020
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 un...
07/10/2020
The Dormroom Hacker Who Dropped A Bomb On The Legal Industry

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.
06/19/2020
Explosion Of BigLaw Firms Observing Juneteenth Continues - Law360

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 wha...
06/02/2020
Law Librarians Helping Law Firms Meet COVID-19 Research And Practice Challenges

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 offic...
05/04/2020
Global Chairman Of World’s Biggest Law Firm Says Going Back To The Office Is ‘Not Going To Happen’

— 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 Robert...
04/27/2020
Georgia Loses Legal Code Copyright Clash at Supreme Court (1)

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.

Lat, long a widely known figure in the legal world and today a legal recruiter, appears to be making continued progress ...
04/01/2020
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  chr...
03/22/2020
David Lat Put on Ventilator, in Critical Condition With COVID-19 Infection | National Law Journal

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 ...
03/17/2020
How American Courts Are Facilitating the Spread of the Coronavirus

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...
03/03/2020
What Will This Recession Mean For Biglaw?

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 e...
02/24/2020
Trivia Night! DC Librarians Meetup

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...
02/21/2020
Merger Creates What Is Said to Be Largest Business Intelligence Company in Legal | LawSites

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

The most powerful comments on Savarino’s posts I read were the stories from legal personnel of the outright disrespect t...
02/07/2020
Non-Attorney — Distinction Or Diss?

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 woul...
02/07/2020
For the first time, flagship law journals at top U.S. law schools are all led by women

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.

“Some of my former colleagues were told there was no role for them,” Beth Schubert, a library staff member, said in an a...
01/06/2020
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 US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org and we take a deep dive into the issues in t...
12/09/2019
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 intelligen...
12/04/2019
Legal Research: Considerations When Gathering Evidence on Social Media

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 Calif...
11/14/2019
Sign In | Bloomberg Law

'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.

(subscription req'd) https://www.bloomberglaw.com/document/X4OA0OA4000000?bna_news_filter=ip-law&jcsearch=BNA%25200000016e4c57dc80a7fedef7b8130001#jcite

Login to your Bloomberg Law account here. Bloomberg Law is an integrated legal research and business intelligence solution, combining trusted news and analysis with cutting-edge technology to provide legal professionals with tools to be proactive advisers. Contact the 24/7 Help Desk at 1-888-560-252...

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DOI Library Training Session - "Public Records Research on Westlaw" - Tuesday, October 12th, 2:00 pm ET Hi Everyone - I just wanted to send an e-mail to invite you and your staffs to participate via webinar in a free Department of the Interior Library Training Session entitled "Public Records Research on Westlaw" on Tuesday, October 12th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET, part of our series of free training sessions available from the DOI Library. Public records research can be a daunting task, but it can also be interesting and enlightening. The term "public records" implies the information you are researching is public, and available for anyone to review. While this may be true to a certain extent, it is important to remember that "Public" does not necessarily mean these records are readily accessible. The objective of this Westlaw Public Records Seminar is to teach researchers and attorneys the available resources and search techniques to help them locate people and businesses, identify and assess risk, understand critical connections and how to gather information on clients, experts, companies, assets, liens and other filings that relate to civil and criminal actions. During this class a Westlaw trainer will show you how to research individuals using People Map and research companies using Company Investigator. All that are interested are invited. Please go to the following link to request webinar registration information: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=urWTBhhLe02TQfMvQApUlFEdn8G3vZVKlnYWFjYkWjhURE5XNEZXMlo1SktQV0VRRk85NkdPOTlKSi4u Please note that Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin will be available for DOI Solicitor's Office attorneys attending this program. You may contact the Library by e-mail at [email protected] for more information about this program or if you have trouble reaching us using the link above. For more information about the DOI Library, its resources, and its services, please visit our website at http://www.doi.gov/library. We hope that you can join us virtually on October 12th!
DOI Library Training Session - "The Trail of Tears Revisited" - Thursday, September 23rd, 2:00 pm ET I just wanted to send an e-mail to invite you and your staffs to participate via webinar in a free Department of the Interior Library Training Session entitled "The Trail of Tears Revisited" on Thursday, September 23rd from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET, part of our series of free training sessions available from the DOI Library. One of the most tragic events in American history is what became known as “Nunna daul Tsunyi” or “The trail where we cried.” Despite never having consented to the sale of their land, the Cherokee Nation was forced to emigrate over 1,400 miles west to Indian territory in what we now know as the state of Oklahoma. This presentation by Law Librarian Amy Bilyeau will revisit the political and legal events that led up to the passage of the “Indian Removal Act” of 1830, including three Supreme Court opinions known as the “Marshall Trilogy.” The topics of compensation, reparations, and restitution; as well as whether the “Trail of Tears” meets the definition of genocide as defined by United Nations General Assembly in 1948; will be addressed. All that are interested are invited. Please go to the following link to request webinar registration information. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=urWTBhhLe02TQfMvQApUlFEdn8G3vZVKlnYWFjYkWjhURE5XNEZXMlo1SktQV0VRRk85NkdPOTlKSi4u You may contact the Library by e-mail at [email protected] for more information about this program or if you have trouble reaching us using the link above. For more information about the DOI Library, its resources, and its services, please visit our website at http://www.doi.gov/library. We hope that you can join us virtually on September 23rd!
DOI Library Park Ranger Speaker Series - "Enhancing the Presence of the Past: The National Park Service and the Recognition of African American History" - Tuesday, September 21st, 3:00 pm ET Please join us via webinar for our next free Department of the Interior Library Park Ranger Speaker Series lecture, entitled "Enhancing the Presence of the Past: The National Park Service and the Recognition of African American History" on Tuesday, September 21st from 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET. Prior to the Bicentennial of the American Revolution in 1976 there were only three NPS units and one National Historic Landmark that focused on African American history. Responding in part to the social unrest of the late 1960s, as well as the democratization of how Americans viewed their heritage, the National Park Service slowly began to account for the absence of African American historic properties within its recognition and documentation programs. Please join National Park Service Historian John Sprinkle as he charts the course of this awakening to a more comprehensive view of American history in the generation that came of age after Mission 66. All that are interested are invited. Please go to the following link to request webinar registration information: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=urWTBhhLe02TQfMvQApUlFEdn8G3vZVKlnYWFjYkWjhUOEZJWjBYQVlSNjBTOEk3RTJBOVcyTE1DUi4u If the registration link above does not work at your location, you may also register using the Library's Online Contact Form at https://www.doi.gov/library/interior-library-contact-form. Please list the title of the program you wish to attend on the subject line. You may contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at [email protected] for more information about this program. For more information about DOI Library resources and services, please visit the DOI Library's website, located at http://www.doi.gov/library. We hope you can join virtually on September 21st!
DOI Library Training Session - "Digging Deeper Into Legal Research Potential: Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts" - Thursday, September 16th, 10:00 am ET Hi Everyone - I just wanted to send an e-mail to invite you and your staffs to participate via webinar in a free Department of the Interior Library Training Session entitled "Digging Deeper Into Legal Research Potential: Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts" on Thursday, September 16th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am ET, part of our series of free training sessions available from the DOI Library. The goal of this LexisNexis course is to harness the potential of attorneys and those investigating the law to learn things about online legal research you didn’t think you could learn before. This program offers a deeper dive into online legal research. According to the model rules of professional conduct, attorneys need to maintain competency, and a component of maintaining competency is to keep abreast of the benefits and risks of relevant technology. By the end of this course, you will be made aware of advanced online legal research methods to harness your potential as a researcher and to maintain a standard of competency in the legal profession. All that are interested are invited. Please go to the following link to request webinar registration information: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=urWTBhhLe02TQfMvQApUlFEdn8G3vZVKlnYWFjYkWjhURE5XNEZXMlo1SktQV0VRRk85NkdPOTlKSi4u You may contact the Library by e-mail at [email protected] for more information about this program or if you have trouble reaching us using the link above. For more information about the DOI Library, its resources, and its services, please visit our website at http://www.doi.gov/library. We hope that you can join us virtually on September 16th!
DOI Library Training Session – “Introduction to ProQuest’s American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971 Database” – Thursday, August 19th, 2:00 pm ET Hi Everyone - I just wanted to send an e-mail to invite you and your staffs to participate via webinar in a free Department of the Interior Library Training Session entitled "Introduction to ProQuest’s American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971 Database" on Thursday, August 19th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET, part of our series of free training sessions available from the DOI Library. ProQuest’s American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971 database consists of a variety of collections from the National Archives and the Chicago History Museum, as well as other selected first-hand accounts on Indian Wars and westward migration. It features collections on American Indians in the nineteenth century, with a focus on interactions among white settlers, the federal government, and Indian tribes. Records of the Indian Division of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior highlight the tensions caused by the westward expansion of the post-Civil War years as well as events like the Modoc War that was fought in southern Oregon and northern California in 1872 and 1873. This training session, taught via webinar by a ProQuest trainer, will look at the materials found in the collection, review searching tips and hints, and point out additional support materials. All that are interested are invited. Please go to the following link to request webinar registration information: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=urWTBhhLe02TQfMvQApUlFEdn8G3vZVKlnYWFjYkWjhURE5XNEZXMlo1SktQV0VRRk85NkdPOTlKSi4u If the registration link above does not work at your location, you may also register using the Library's Online Contact Form at https://www.doi.gov/library/interior-library-contact-form. Please list the title of the program you wish to attend on the subject line. You may contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at [email protected] for more information about this program. For more information about DOI Library resources and services, please visit the DOI Library's website, located at http://www.doi.gov/library. We hope that you can join us virtually on August 19th!