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Summer Access to Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law

Posted By on May 15, 2012

Be sure to extend your Law School LexisNexis and Westlaw passwords if you require access over the summer.

Bloomberg Law is also now available to all law students and your password may be used over the summer without an educational purpose restriction.  Bloomberg Law access and help is available at https://www.bloomberglaw.com/.   To obtain an account, just click the request a trial link on the bottom left of the screen and fill out the form. Please note: you must use your wulaw.wustl.edu email address. Bloomberg will email you a password you can use while you are a law student and for six months after graduation.

More on Bloomberg Law …. Bloomberg Law includes primary sources of law, a citator, full access to secondary sources, including BNA content, and federal and state court dockets. There’s no need to pay for PACER access now when you can find the dockets free on BLaw. Bloomberg also has no restrictions on the use of BLaw, meaning that your use is not limited to academic purposes.  They provide 24/7 customer support at 1-888-560-BLAW (2529).


Students will have full access to Lexis Advance all summer for educational purposes. Students simply need to have a registered Lexis Advance ID as there is no longer a summer access registration requirement.

Educational use includes:

  • Summer course preparation and assignments
  • Research associated with Moot Court, Law Review, or Law Journal
  • Research associated with pursuing a grant or scholarship
  • Services as a research assistant to a professor
  • An internship, externship, or clinic position for school credit or graduation requirement
  • Study for the bar exam
  • Research skill improvement for educational purposes

Note: Student Lexis.com IDs will be restricted to a limited menu of Career resources from June 1st to August 1st.  However, if you need access to specific content available only on Lexis.com (i.e. international materials), contact our Lexis Account Executive, Marantha Beatty-Brown, at marantha.beatty-brown@lexisnexis.com to obtain access.


Summer access to Westlaw for educational use can be requested at http://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/SummerExtension.aspx

Educational use includes:

  • Summer law school classes
  • Law Review and Journal work
  • Project for a professor
  • Moot Court
  • Unpaid non-profit public interest internship/externship or pro bono work required for graduation

Any questions can be directed to our West Academic Account Manager, Bryan McAffee, at Bryan.McAffee@thomsonreuters.com

Law Review Write-On Survival Tips

Posted By on May 8, 2012

It is spring time and a law student’s thoughts turns to the upcoming write-on competition.  Here are some resources that may be of help to you:


Wes Henricksen, Making Law Review: The Expert’s Guide to Mastering the Write-On Competition (2008). Law Reserve KF250 .H46 2008

Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing : Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review (2010)  Law Reserve KF250 .V65 2010  


Editors of the Houston Law Review,  Surviving the Write-On Competition and other Sound Advice based on Selected Tips from: Eugene Volokh, Getting Started Academic Legal Writing (2007) (May 2, 2012, 3:35 PM) http://www.houstonlawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/woc_handbook.pdf

Jeffery Lawrence Weeden, Write on to Law Review. If you don’t have top grades but still want this valuable experience, follow the game plan of a 3L who earned a spot in his school’s write-on competition, 33 Student Lawyer 16 (2004-2005)


Mark Klompken and Tove Klovning

Tweet, Tweet

Posted By on April 25, 2012

A student recently asked how to cite to a tweet.  While the 19th edition of the Bluebook does not explicitly cover citing a tweet, it does offer some guidance in Rule 18.2.2, The Internet, Electronic Media, and Other Nonprint Resources.  Here is what we did:

We deviated from the rule in two respects.  We put the entire tweet in the title field and we added the word tweet after the URL.

Paul D. Anderson, “The Locks Law Firm just filed an 80+ player complaint v. #NFL. Now brings the total to more than 1,300 plaintiffs and 63 lawsuits.”  (April 12, 2012, 9:47 AM), http://twitter.com/#!/PaulD_Anderson/status/194799715563487232,  Tweet.

Tove Klovning and Mark Kloempken

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Posted By on April 20, 2012

The “Sergeant Schultz defense,” “I know nothing,” aka the Ostrich defense is when a appellant/defendant claims to be ignorant of the activities of an associate.  They hide their heads in the sand feigning ignorance and hoping it will all just go away.  Recently, Judge Poser of the 7th CA, ruled on ostrich like behavior by appellants in Gonzalez-Servin v. Ford Motor Company, 662 F.3d 931, (2011). Interestingly, it contains two graphic images, one of an ostrich with its head in the sand and one of an individual with his head stuck in the sand. This case was decided on Decided Nov. 23, 2011.

Hattip:  Our colleague, Access Services/Government Documents Librarian & Lecturer in Law and librarian extraordinaire Judy Stark tipped us about this case.   Do you think that the pictures in the opinion may say more than a thousand words can tell?


Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Remember what your Mom said: “Try it, you might like it…..

Posted By on April 6, 2012

Did you know that you can download documents on WestlawNext to your Kindle?  Documents, Cases, KeyCite results, and result lists can now be delivered from WestlawNext directly to your Amazon Kindle.

Click on the arrow next to the delivery icon in WestlawNext and choose the ‘Send to Amazon Kindle’ option. Type your Kindle e-mail address in the Kindle Email Address text box, then click ‘Send’.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning



Updating your federal regulations has never been easier!

Posted By on March 21, 2012

As of March 16th, 2012 the migration from GPO Access to FDsys GPO’s Federal Digital system is finally complete. From now on all official and authenticated US federal government information will be centrally located at this web site.

Updating a federal regulation has never been easier thanks to FDsys. For example, you can consult the digital List of Parts Effected to learn whether a change has been made to a federal regulation since annual edition of the Code of Federal Regulations was last published.   You can also update the regulation by searching the .pdf List of Sections publication by using the Advance Search feature in FDsys.  In addition, you can also search the digital Federal Register in FDsys, or consult the FederalRegister.gov website for potential updates.  The Federal Register.gov website is jointly administered by The Office of the Federal Register (FR) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

All CFR volumes are issued each year in sets on a staggered, quarterly basis: Titles 1– 6 are current through January 1, Titles 17 – 27 are current through April 1, Titles 29 – 41 are current through July 1, Titles 42 – 50 are current through October 1.

We prefer consulting the List of Parts Affected option in FDsys.  Just ‘Choose Date Range’ in the pull down menu.  Enter the date when your title was last updated in the Annual Code of Federal Regulations and today’s date.  This search will link to the Federal Register page whenever a change has been made to your Title and Part since the Annual Code of Regulations was last updated.

To update your regulation using the ‘Browse CFR Parts Affected from the ‘advanced feature’ of FDsys you will need to:

  • Go the FDsys webpage.
  • Click on ‘Browse Collection.’
  • Click on ‘List of CFR Sections Affected.’
  • Click on ‘Browse CFR Parts Affected from the Federal Register.’
  • Use the pull down menu adjacent to ‘Browse by Date.’  Chose Date Range and click ‘Go.’
  • You will have to fill in the date ranges you wish to search.  Enter the date when your title was last updated in the Annual Code of Federal Regulations and today’s date.  Click ‘Go.’
  • At this point you will see a screen listing all the titles of the CFR with a + sign next to each title.  Click on the plus sign until you see the part you are attempting to update. If it has been updated, you will see a link to the Federal Register.

To update your regulation using the digital List of CFR Sections Affected  from the “ Advance Search feature’ of FDsys you will need to:

  • Go to the FDsys webpage.
  • Click on ‘Advance Search’
  • From ‘Available Collections,’ select List of CFR Sections Affected and click on ‘Add.’
  • From ‘Search in’, use the pull down menu to select ‘Title Number.’
  • Enter the CFR title you are attempting to update.
  • Click on ‘Add more search criteria.’  This opens a second search box with a default search in ‘Full-Text of Publications and Metadata, enter the part number you are attempting to update and click ‘Search.’
  • The default for search results is ‘Relevance.’  You may wish to change the sort criteria to ‘Date (New to Old).

These options are free of charge! The choice is yours.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Heading out to buy the new IPad?

Posted By on March 9, 2012

If so, you might consider the following free apps:

With HeinOnline’s iPad/iPhone app, you can read an account of Susan B Anthony’s trial on the charge of illegal voting in the Presidential election of November 1872 (from the World Trials Library); check the Decisions and Orders of the National Labor Relations Board (in the Federal Agency Documents Library); examine the Model Penal Code (in the ALI Library) or check out Prof. Keating’s new article in the Utah Law Review.

Note: after you download the app, you have to click on IP authentication.  You also must identify yourself as a Washington University patron by using WUFI-S or connecting to the VPN:

WestlawNext’s IPad app is also very functional.  Ever wonder how many times Facebook is mentioned in WLN? (783 cases, 63 statutes, 545 admin decisions, 5387 secondary sources and 4282 trial court docs.) Or maybe you want to know what Judge Posner thinks about the Cat’s Paw theory and other such metaphoric doctrines.

Of course, you can do the same using Lexis Advance’s app.

Do you need help creating an RSS-Feed?

Posted By on February 23, 2012

The numbers of internet sites that offer RSS- feeds are growing rapidly.  An RSS- feed will notify you anytime there is an update on your favorite web site.  It is a true time saver.

Did you know that the Unites States Department of Labor  also offers this option? It is like subscribing to a email group, but instead of emails  your ‘RSS Reader’ of choice will be notified every time your favorite website updates.  To learn more check out the RSS  video snippet on YouTube.

The video snippet is only  3:45 minutes long, but will change the way you approach the web in the future.

Mark  Kloempken and Tove Klovning


New Database — Legislative Insight!

Posted By on February 14, 2012

We’ve purchased a new database: Legislative Insight.  This database picks up where ProQuest Congressional leaves off … Also by ProQuest, Legislative Insight contains over 18,000 federal legislative histories with digital full text publications covering laws from 1929 to present.  For federal laws between 1969 and current, coverage will be similar. However, Legislative Insight provides legislative histories for 10,000 laws passed between 1929 and 1968.  Give it a try and let me know what you think! To access this database from campus, just connect to WUFI-S. To access from off campus, connect to the VPN.  For help searching, see http://proquest.libguides.com/quick_start_legislative_insight and/or ask a reference librarian.

When Time is of Essence

Posted By on February 3, 2012

When dealing with regulatory topics, and when your time is of essence, you may want to consult both the Federal Register and the agency’s website to learn more about recent regulatory developments.

Here is why:

The agency’s web site may list an upcoming final rule on its website before the final rule gets published in the Federal Register.  For example, “Giant constrictors have a huge impact on the complex food web of the Everglades,” see Cutis Morgan, Pytons Feasting in Everglades, STL Post Dispatch on 01/31/2012 at A4.

Is the government responding to this problem at all?  A quick search in FDSys’s Federal Register’s leads you to 77 FR 3330  This final rule was published on 1/23/2012.  However, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service mentioned this forth coming final rule on its website as early as 1/19/2012, five days before the rule was published in the Federal Register.

The research itself does not take long time. Only two steps.

  1. Check the Agency web site
  2. Check the Federal Register

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Need a Book to Read?

Posted By on January 3, 2012

Need a book to read?  Something with or about the law but not quite rising to the scholarly level?

Consider, The Confession by John Grisham, winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.  “When Travis Boyette is paroled because of inoperable brain tumor, for the first time in his life, he decides to do the right thing and tell police about a crime he committed and another man is about to be executed for.”
Michael Connelly, one of the runners up for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, has a new book out, The Fifth Witness:  “Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too, and he’s certain he’s on the right trail.”

Alex Aldridge mentions, Tim Kevan’s, BabyBarista series in Best Legal Reads of 2011, (http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2011/dec/22/legal-reads-2011/print).   This one you’ll have to get elsewhere. Amazon’s description: It is BabyBarista’s first day as a pupil barrister. He has just one year to win, by foul means or fair, the sought-after prize of a tenancy in chambers. Competition is fierce: there’s TopFirst, who has a prize-winning CV and an ego to match; BusyBody, a human whirlwind on a husband hunt; and wide-eyed Worrier, buckling under the weight of the world. Armed with a copy of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”, BabyBarista launches a no-holds barred fight to the death of double-dealing, dirty tricks and a healthy dose of back-stabbing. Part Rumpole, part Flashman, BabyBarista opens a window onto the Machiavellian and frequently absurd ways of working life. Follow BabyBarista’s adventures on The BabyBarista Blog.”

Owen Bowcott, (in  Best Legal Reads of 2011, http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2011/dec/22/legal-reads-2011/print) suggests Blackwater Rising by Attica Locke  as a “legal romp through he American South and the 1980s oil business … packs in courtroom suspense, bodies near the bayou and a history of Black Panther politics. It’s Texas, where layers carry pistols and aren’t afraid to use them. Another small town lawyer taking on corporate corruption — but with atmosphere and verve.”

For something more serious serious, consider Connie Rice’s memoir,  Power Concedes Nothing. Vernon Ford’s review from Booklistonline, Dec.1, 2011: “Civil rights attorney Rice makes a comparison between L.A. street gangs and insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, raising the question, How do you provide security amid despair? How do you provide safety for people with no hope? She recalls that in her career spent fighting the LAPD and sheriff department on behalf of the poor and minorities, Rice formed alliances with street gangs to address those questions. Drawing on her experience working with gangs, she served on the L.A. city council commission on gangs and helped change the city’s law enforcement and outreach to gangs. Rice parallels the threat of gang violence and the threat of bad schools that lead to diminished opportunities and vulnerability to gang recruitment. She intersperses her career as a civil rights litigator with personal recollections of growing up a military brat and black American princess, the daughter of an air force general bent on breaking down racial barriers and providing broader opportunities for his children. This powerful memoir offers vivid accounts of the fight for social justice from the streets to the courtroom. An excellent read. This one is not yet available on campus or via Mobius but will be at http://searchmobius.org/record=b25974230~S0.

Legal Language Explorer

Posted By on December 20, 2011

Have you see Google’s Ngram Viewer (http://books.google.com/ngrams/), which charts word usage over time for a pair of words? Well, there is a new (and free) database called Legal Language Explorer (beta), http://legallanguageexplorer.com/,  which does something similar for words and phrases used in U.S. Supreme Court decisions.  At Legal Language Explorer, you can run a search of one or more phrases (each phrase can have up to four words) and it will generate a time-series frequency chart of each phrases’ appearance in Supreme Court opinions between 1791 and 2005.  There are also advanced features including normalization and alternative graphing tools.

You can search any phrase you want. A few ideas are:

Clear and Present Danger
Habeas Corpus
Custodial Interrogation
Due Process

The project is a joint venture between Michigan State College of Law and Emory Law and the website has links to their research paper on SSRN.


Free Digital Access to Historical American Newspapers

Posted By on December 2, 2011

Seeking to access American newspapers published between 1836 and 1922?  Try exploring the Chronicling America database which is permanently maintained by the Library of Congress.  The National Digital Newspaper Program offers free access to millions of digitized historic American newspaper pages.

Yet another database that you may consider exploring is the U.S. Newspaper Directory. The objective of this directory is to facilitate access to select American newspapers published between 1690-present that have not yet been digitized. This database is also permanently maintained by the Library of Congress.

May the haunting season begin!

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Law Library Extended Hours and Restricted Access

Posted By on December 1, 2011

The Law Library will extend weekend hours and open at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3 & 10 and Sunday, December 4 & 11.  During the period of law exams, Dec. 3 through Dec. 16, access to the Law Library is restricted to Washington University School of Law students, faculty, and staff. Other Washington University students, faculty, staff, and Law Library Association members with legitimate research needs may obtain an access card from a law librarian Monday through Friday during business hours. Law school staff may request that patrons present identification authorizing access. Those without proper identification will be asked to leave.

Copying in the Library

Posted By on November 17, 2011

The public photocopiers at all Washington University Danforth Campus libraries have been replaced with scanners.  There are two scanners in the Law Library that are located on the fourth floor.  The stations have been configured for easy use and instructions are available.

Scanning is free of charge.  Visitors may scan material and email it to themselves or download it to a flash drive.  Law students may scan material and email it to themselves, download it to a flash drive or send their print jobs to the W-Release print queue, providing they have logged in using their WustlKey username and password.  The Law Library does not have flash drives available so remember to bring one with you.

As of November 5th, 2011 GPO Access will no longer be maintained or updated

Posted By on November 15, 2011

The Office of the Superintendent of Documents U.S. Government Printing Office draws one step closer to shutting down GPO Access. As of November 5th, 2011 GPO  will no longer be updated or maintained. Note: GPO Access will remain publicly accessible as a reference archive tool until all archival materials have been loaded to FDsys. For newer and official federal government materials you will now have to consult FDsys


Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

American Indian Law Collection … new on HeinOnline

Posted By on November 8, 2011

American Indian Law Collection

With more than 700 unique titles and 350,000 pages dedicated to American Indian Law, this collection includes an expansive archive of treaties, federal statutes and regulations, federal case law, tribal codes, constitutions, and jurisprudence. This library also features rare compilations edited by Felix S. Cohen that have never before been accessible online.

An underfunded court system weakens access to justice

Posted By on November 1, 2011

According to an article in the Economist on October 1, 2011, the recession is also affecting the judiciary In California.  Backlogs have increased, trials take longer to finalize, and access to courts is increasingly limited at a time when there is greater need for access to justice.   See “An underfunded court system weakens the economy as well as access to justice.”

If you are interested in law reviews on the topic you may search in the Index To Legal Periodicals.  Select ‘Legal Periodicals Full Text’ as your database and use the following subject search query ‘courts/finance.’   You can also limit your findings by year.

The two recent legal articles on the topics are:

Moyer, Bruce, Budget Cuts Could Hurt Federal Courts, 58 FED. LAW, May at 8 (2011) and Podgers, James,The Crisis Grows: Concerns Over funding for State Courts Dominate the ABA Annual Meeting, 97 A.B.A.J. 56 (2011)

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

A list that lawyers can love.

Posted By on October 28, 2011

People love lists.  From the Top Ten Foods for Long Time Storage to the Top Ten EPA Rated Vehicles for 2011 we all love lists.   David Kope is currently soliciting suggestions for which casebook should be ranked as the most influential casebook.

“One way to judge might be to consider which casebooks played a major role in getting their particular subject widely adopted as a class in American law schools. Among the top contenders might be: Ernst Freund, Cases on Administrative Law (1911); and Richard W. Jennings & Harold Marsh, Securities Regulation: Cases and Materials (1963).”

Finally, a list that lawyers can love.

Tove Klovning and Mark Kloempken

Happy 13th Birthday to Google!

Posted By on October 21, 2011

Happy 13th Birthday to Google!

Google turned 13 years old on September 27, 2011.  The World Wide Web had its 20 year anniversary this year as well.  These tools have changed the way we conduct research and communicate with people.

Researchers often struggle with getting too many hits or too few on Google.  A useful rule of thumb that many legal researchers follow is to not spend more than seven minutes on Google.  After seven minutes, it may be time to search in traditional legal subscription databases and the classic legal materials in a law library.

Remember that both Google Books and Google Scholar can complement traditional legal research tools.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning


If you bought Reebok EasyTone or RunTone Shoes or Apparel you may be eligible for a refund

Posted By on October 14, 2011

Advertisers may want to consider evaluating their claims for work-out gear and exercise equipment more closely.  If their claims are not supported by sound science, they may be liable as concluded by the recent Reebok settlement.

Reebok advertised that walking in its EasyTone shoes and running in its RunTone running shoes would strengthen and tone key leg and buttock (gluteus maximus) muscles more than regular shoes.  If you purchased these shoes, you may be eligible for a refund.

On 9/28/11 the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, filed a  FTC complaint. Reebok was charged with making claims about  EasyTone and RunTone shoes that the company couldn’t support scientifically.   Under the settlement (see Stipulated Final Judgment and Order for Permanent Injunction and Other Equitable Relief 9/28/11), Reebook will make  $25 Million in Customer Refunds To Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Advertising of EasyTone and RunTone Shoes.

Try walking to the post office instead of driving. “ Run more eat less” according to Judge Chin is the best way to lose weight.   See Gorran v. Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., 464 F. Supp.2d 315, 319 (S.D. N.Y. 2006)

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning



Rules, Rules and more Rules

Posted By on October 11, 2011

Free Federal Rules eBooks from CALI & Cornell LII.

Compatible with iPad, Kindle, and many more!

Lack of DRM means the ebook files work on iPads, iPhones, Nooks, or any device, software, or app that supports .epub. (Click to download.)

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure LII ebook coverFederal Rules of Criminal Procedure LII ebook cover.Federal Rules of Evidence LII ebook cover


Don’t pay for Federal Rules (if you don’t want to).

You can download and use the Federal Rules ebooks for free. But publishing these books is not free for the organizations. Think about donating what you can to LII. Without them, these books would not exist.

New on HeinOnline

Posted By on October 10, 2011

We’ve added a new Library to our HeinOnline Subscription:  Spinelli’s Law Librarian’s Reference Shelf.  As it sounds, the collection is intended for law librarians and it was put together by Dick Spinelli, a long time William S. Hein associate and friend to many a law librarian. The collection, though, contains interesting material for all.

For example,

  • The Collection also contains historical legal dictionaries and quotation collections including
  • Criminal Slang: The Vernacular of the Underworld Lingo by Vincent Joseph Monteleone. Also see Dictionary of the Underworld, British & American. Being the Vocabularies of Crooks, Criminals, Racketeers, Beggars and Tramps, Convicts, the Commercial Underworld, the Drug Traffic, the White Slave Traffic, by Eric Partridge.

Do you know what a Bandog is?  How about a Band House?
Did you ‘buy new shoes” this weekend? Have you eaten any camp strawberries or been bitten by any crimson ramblers lately?  And are any of you Library Birds?

 A bandog is a policeman or jailer. A Band House is a jail or house of prostitution. And if you bought new shoes, you jumped bail. If you ate camp strawberries, you ate some beans and hopefully, no bed bugs have bitten you lately. And if you are a Library Bird, we’ll see you around because you spend most of your time loafing in a library.

  •  Quote It II: A Dictionary of Memorable Legal Quotations: Data, Epigrams, Wit and Wisdom from Legal and Literary Sources Compiled by Eugene C. Gerhart

The end and aim of a lawyer is duplex, first, to know, and second to appear to know-the later brings in clients and the former holds them.
-NORTH, Roger, A Discourse on the Study of the Laws (London: Charles Baldwin, 1824), p. 28.

 For him that stealeth a Book from this Library, let it change to a Serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with Palsy, and all his Members be blasted. Let him languish in Pain, crying aloud for Mercy and let there be no surcease to his Agony till he sink to Dissolution. Let Book-worms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his final Punishment let the Flames of Hell Consume him for ever and aye.
-From The Old Librarians Almanack – 1773


“The Captain’s Daughter”

Posted By on October 5, 2011

On September 28, 1850, the U.S. Navy outlawed flogging. Don’t you hate when you miss an important date?

The US Naval Academy museum explains however, that although the flogging of enlisted sailors ended in 1850, the “cat” was used at the Academy until much later. Naval cadets (Midshipmen) had the option of taking a few lashes instead of receiving a demerit, thus keeping their official records spotless.”

Tough way to avoid points off for a missed assignment.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

The Frugal Legal Researcher

Posted By on September 26, 2011

You have been asked to find a case written by Judge Denny Chin. Judge Chin commented in a footnote, “The Court notes that it has had success with its own, much simpler diet, which can be described in four words: “Run more, eat less.”

You could search on Westlaw or Lexis or you could consider searching for the case on Google Scholar.  Click on the Advanced Scholar Search option. Narrow your search to ‘All Federal Courts’ and all legal opinions’ and enter your search query “run more eat less’ in the ‘with the exact phrase’ search template. Your case will be available to you at no cost:  Gorran v. Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. 464 FSupp3d 315, 319 (2006)

Bon Appetite!

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning



A Pirate’s Life For Me

Posted By on September 19, 2011

Shiver me timbers!  It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Capt. Jack Sparrow makes a pirate’s life look fun, but most pirates were not as lucky as him.  If caught, most pirates were hung immediately.  Usually only the most notorious ones were captured and brought to trial.  For a historical look at piracy and the law, take a look at the Law Library of Congress’ digital archive of pirate trials. Most of the materials in this collection date from the 18th and 19th century and read like lurid potboilers with titles like, “Particulars of the Horrid and Atrocious Murders Committed on Board of the Brig Crawford.”  One of the more notable trials in the exhibit is Captain William Kidd’s trial in 1701.  Captain William Kidd was an infamous pirate at the turn of the 18th century who was convicted of murder and piracy and later hanged.  Kidd’s guilt is still in dispute today- was he an agent for England’s interests or was he a true pirate with allegiance to none?

Piracy is still a problem on the high seas today.  Somalia is perhaps the most notorious producer of pirates in the modern age.  As of August 2011, 314 pirate attacks had been reported worldwide for 2011 with 178 attacks attributed to Somali pirates.   Once pirates are captured, few countries know what to do with them – do countries want to incur the cost of incarceration and prosecution of pirates?  If military forces are involved, should a pirate be prosecuted by a military tribunal or civilian court?  Could a convicted pirate claim asylum to avoid extradition to his home country?

For more reading about piracy and the law in the modern age, go to WestlawNext, choose Secondary Sources from the Browsing menu, then choose Admiralty/Maritime under the By Topic section, and run the search “pirates.”  Or you can search for “pirates” after choosing Secondary Sources from the Browsing menu.  Beware of running a search for “piracy”, mateys, as the number of results is unwieldy and will make you want to walk the plank to escape….ARRRR!


Is everything you need to know in the case? Sometimes you have to wonder.

Posted By on September 16, 2011

How about how to lose weight?  Judge Denny Chin commented once in a footnote, “The Court notes that it has had success with its own, much simpler diet, which can be described in four words: ‘Run more, eat less.'”   Gorran v. Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., 464 F. Supp.2d 315, 319 (S.D. N.Y. 2006)

Maybe it is all in the cases….

Hat tip to Above the Law

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning



There’s An App for That: The Oyez Project

Posted By on September 16, 2011

The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Their website contains transcripts and audio files of oral arguments, case summaries, briefs, voting alignments and more. The oral argument audio collection covers all audio from the 1968 Term through the current 2010 Term. Before 1968, the audio collection is selective. Parts of the oral argument archive have audio and transcript files that have been synched down to the sentence level.

You can access portions of the Oyez content through their two apps.  PocketJustice focuses on the Court’s constitutional jurisprudence, giving users case abstracts, opinions, and audio from their devices. OyezToday concentrates on the Court’s current activities with swift delivery of abstracts, opinions, and audio. Both apps allow you to clip and share audio segments or turns.

Learn more about the Oyez Project at their website.

Air Travel Is the Great Equalizer

Posted By on September 16, 2011

Noticed:  Justice Ginsburg was on a United Airlines flight leaving from Dulles Airport headed to San Francisco when smoke began pouring into the main cabin.  Luckily, the plane had not yet left the runway.  The pilot ordered an emergency evacuation for the plane.  Everyone on board, including Justice Ginsburg and her Secret Service detail, had to use the emergency chutes to exit.  Justice Ginsburg took a later flight and arrived in San Francisco later the same evening.

No word yet on whether she took a chute from the left side or the right side of the plane.

9/11 and the Law

Posted By on September 9, 2011

The September 9th issue of the New York Law Journal includes a a special section on “9/11 and the Law.”

The section “includes a detailed timeline of the still unfolding developments spawned by the crisis and essays about how it has changed attorneys’ practices and the system in which they operate.”

Online access to the section does not require a subscription.