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Do you need help identifying a topic for your note?

Posted By on September 9, 2011

One option is to search for topic ideas in books and journals and subject matter services. However, make sure that your topic is not preempted and current.

Have you ever considered establishing an RSS-feed on your favorite website, news or blog site? There is a snippet on YouTube that explains in plain English what an RSS-Feed is.  This is a great tool and brings the news right to your computer instead of you having to visit various web sites.

The  University School of Law in Pittsburgh offers a web portal that facilitates current news awareness via a topical search.

Another great website you may consider is  Split Circuits.   This blog is dedicated to tracking developments concerning splits among the federal circuit court.

There are two books that offer a more extended discussion on finding a topic:

Elizabeth Fajans & Mary R. Falk, Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers,  Law Review Notes, and Law Review Competition Papers, 4th ed.  [Law Reserve KF250 .F35 2011], and

Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, and Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review, 2nd ed.   [Law Reserve KF250 .V65 2005].

Third party web sites are provided solely as a convenience to you and do not imply an endorsement of their content.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

 

Did you know that you now can download out – of – print books from Google and not just view the books online?

Posted By on September 2, 2011

We just came across new feature which allows you to download the book in either .pdf format or to your eReader of choice. At the present time, it appears that books available with this feature are from the 19th century.

For example, are you seeking Simon Greenleaf. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence 12th edition (1858 )? The entire book is now available for download through Google books.  When you go to Google Books, enter “Simon Greenleaf” in ‘Search Books.’ Limit your search to the ‘19th century,’ located under ‘Any Time,’ on the left.

19th century English cases such as Baily v. Taylor, 1 Tamlyn 295 (831), is also available through Google books and is downloadable.

This case was cited in: Callaghan v. Myers, 128 U.S. 617, 9 S.Ct. 177, 32 L.Ed. 547, U.S.Ill.,(1888) see Stephen Keyes, Cases Argued and Decided in the Supreme Court of the United States, Book 32 (1889).  This book is allso downloadable.

There are millions of books on Google on books. Remember, old material may be relevant when researching a legal issue.
Amazing

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

 

Google discontinues government site search engine UncleSam

Posted By on August 24, 2011

Did you know that Google has discontinued it’s specialized search engine for government site – google.com/unclesam?

One of the biggest challenges for legal researchers is getting either too many irrelevant hits or too few hits. Google.com/unclesam was a search engine that was created to limit your search query in Google to US federal, state and local government web sites only. Unfortunately this search engine is no longer available.

You however still can minimize irrelevant hits in Google. One way to limit your hits is by utilizing Google’s custom search option at http://www.google.com/cse/manage/create.

A second search strategy is to use Google’s ‘Advance Search’ and then limit domain.  In the upper right hand corner there is an icon that looks like a sprocket.  Click on the icon and then ‘Advanced Search.’  Enter .gov in the search box labeled ‘Search within a site or domain’ and your search terms.  Your search will be limited to government websites.

Good luck with your research quest! Feel free to stop by the reference desk should you need any assistance.

Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

Westlaw/Lexis Password Problems?

Posted By on August 24, 2011

Forgot your Westlaw and/or Lexis password? Are you a transfer student or a new LLM?
Here’s what to do:

Have account but forgot user name or password:
Westlaw:
call 1-800-westlaw
Lexis: call 1-800-45-lexis

Do not already have account:
Westlaw:
contact student rep (hours posted on 2nd floor outside the library restrooms) or our Account Manager, Bryan McAffee.
Lexis: email  student reps or Marantha Beatty-Brown or check hours posted on 2nd floor outside the library restrooms.

Tick, tick, tick…….

Posted By on August 19, 2011

Noted in The Australian:    “A time bomb that has been ticking for three and a half decades is about to detonate.

Under a US copyright law from 1978, artists who sold themselves to the recording companies could reclaim their copyright, and the precious royalties that go with it, in 35 years. All they need to do is file “termination claims” at least two years in advance. “

The music labels are set to raise an interesting defense – the albums released were “works for hire” and the musicians were employees of the record company.

Who’s filed so far?  Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Bryan Adams, Tom Waits and Kris Kristofferson are already reported to have filed claims with the US Copyright Office.”

For more information, search for termination claims copyright in JSTOR or click here .

For current news regarding termination of copyright, check Law360.

 

Where Do I Find It in the Law Library?

Posted By on August 11, 2011

A quick guide to the most frequently used places and things in the Library.

Where can I enter the Law Library after it closes to the public?

At every Library entrance with an ID card reader. Students have access to the Law Library 24/7, but the Circulation/Reserve Desk is only open during regular library hours.

Where is the Circulation/Reserve Desk?

On the Fourth Floor, across from the Janet Lee Reading Room. Here you can find materials put on reserve for your classes (except items posted online) as well as a selection of DVDs, hornbooks, nutshells and other heavily used library materials.

Where are the bathrooms in the Library?

Behind the stairs (except on the First Floor where they are South of the stairs).

Where can I ask a reference librarian a question?

At the Reference Desk, across from the Janet Lee Reading Room. You can also contact any librarian directly or send an e-mail to reference@wulaw.wustl.edu.

Where is wireless network access available?

Everywhere in the Law School, including the Library. Wireless is also available in many locations around campus. See instructions to configure wireless access. To access databases restricted to use in the Law Library you must install and run the Law School’s VPN software.

Where are the Law School Networked Printers?

There are a total of five printers in the library: two on the Second Floor in the microfiche area, one in the Computer Lab, and one each on the First and Fourth Floors near the stairs.  The Second Floor and lab printers are the only ones that will print double sided.  The lab printer is only available when printing from the lab computers, but you can print to the other printers from the lab, the walk-up terminals, or your laptop. See Computer Services for more information.

Where can I make copies?

Until the end of August, on the Fourth Floor across from the bathrooms.  As of the end of August, the Law Library will not have photocopiers.  You will use scanners on the Fourth Floor across from the bathrooms instead.  You may email the resulting files or download them to a flash drive at no cost.  You may also print from a Law School Network Printer using your PaperCut Pay-For-Print account.

Where are the LexisNexis & Westlaw Printers?

LexisNexis & Westlaw printers can be found on the 2nd Floor of the library by the bathrooms. Lexis has an additional printer outside the Library by the lockers on the 2nd floor.

CALI Changes

Posted By on August 11, 2011

Try the new CALI Lessons, complete with new features for 2011-2012, at cali.org.

CALI lessons for your desktop, tablet, or smartphone.

Lessons Upgraded For ’11-12

As another school year starts, we at CALI welcome you back. We spent the summer overhauling and upgrading our lessons.Go to the CALI website, log in, and run a lesson to try it out. Here’s what has changed.:

  • CALI Lessons look and feel brand new, but the educational content did not change.
  • They are compatible with tablets and smartphones. Try them from your computer, iPad, iPhone, and many other devices.
  • Lesson scores save automatically. From now on, retrieve all lesson scoring details in your “My Lesson Runs” profile.

Try Punctuation and Grammar Basics for Law Students (Advanced) if you’re feeling confident) to get an idea of the new lessons, and to shake off some of that summer rust.
Copyright © 2011 CALI, All rights reserved.

Dogs In Court

Posted By on August 10, 2011

An interesting article in the New York Times puts the spotlight on the use of dogs in the courtroom.   In “Dog Helps Rape Victim, 15, Testify,” Rosie, a golden retriever, is profiled.  Rosie provides comfort to traumatized children who testify in court.  In a recent case, she gently nudged a hesitant teenage rape victim  during difficult testimony.  Does the presence of Rosie and her actions of comfort go too far to prejudice the jury against a defendant?  An appeal filed by two public defenders claims that it does.  Stephen W. Levine and David S. Martin state that Rosie, a therapy dog by training, comforts a person who is under stress and Rosie can’t determine if  “. . . the stress comes from confronting a guilty defendant or lying under oath.”  They claim a witness who is stroking Rosie is subconsciously viewed by the jury as being under stress from telling the truth.

Interestingly enough, courts appear split on the issue of whether a support dog like Rosie is a gimmick or a comfort.  In a recent article,  Using Dogs for Emotional Support of Testifying Victims of Crime, it’s noted that while many courts view the presence of a support dog as beneficial, many judges recommend specific rules of evidence be put into place regarding the use of these dogs in the courtroom.

For more information on this topic, check out:

  •  Courthouse Dogs – a group that advocates for the use of properly trained dogs in courtrooms
  • Marianne Dellinger, Using Dogs for Emotional Support of Testifying Victims of Crime, 15 Animal L. 171 (2009).  (available through Lexis, Westlaw or WLNext)
  • William Glaberson, Dog Helps Rape Victim, 15, Testify, NYTimes.com, Aug. 8, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com (Use “Search All NYTimes.com” feature and search for author’s last name)

Weekend Reading

Posted By on August 5, 2011

What I remember from the recommended reading list the summer before my 1L year is Gideon’s Trumpet by Anthony Lewis.  From the ABA Journal’s August 2011 issue “30 Lawyers Pick 30 Books Every Lawyer Should Read,” by Stephanie Francis Ward come  some intriguing additions.  These are the ones going on my reading list:

Cynthia Lewin recommends In the Shadow of the Law by Kermit Roosevelt which is “a great, gritty portrayal of how the law really works, and it gives a better sense of what lawyers do than most legal novels.”

Law LC Collection  PS3618.O68 I5 2005

 

 

Robert Morgenthau recommends The End of Anger: A New Generation’s Take on Race and Rage by Ellis Cose. He says it is “a masterpiece in illuminating one of the most significant issues in the history of our republic …. [and] is one of those books every american of conscience whould read.”

 

Marci Hamilton recommends The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary, a novel “regarding the misadventures of aging artist Gulley Jimson” because it is an opportunity to “see in a given set of facts or doctrine what others cannot or will not.

Olin Level A Stacks  PR6005.A77 F5

 

 

Roy Black recommends My Life in Court by Louis Nizer because  “his true stories make the Grisham and Turow legal thrillers pale and bloodless by comparison.”
Law LC Collection  KF220 .N5

LibX Toolbar

Posted By on May 31, 2011

What can you do with LibX WULaw?
  • Use the Toolbar to quickly search the online catalog, WorldCat and Google Scholar, and link to other library resources.
  • Select text on any web page and right-click for customized search options.
  • Use the cue embedded in Google, Amazon, and other search results to search our catalog for the item.
  • Automatically detect ISBNs, ISSNs, and PubMed ID links to WashU resources.
Click here to install LibX for Firefox Washington University Law Library Edition — Revision #2Click here to install LibX for Internet Explorer Washington University Law Library Edition — Revision #2

LibX IE requires that .Net 2.0 or later is installed. Check your Windows Update.

 

Summer Access to Lexis & Westlaw

Posted By on May 18, 2011

Do you need access to your Law School LexisNexis and Westlaw passwords over the summer?  If so, you must (1) qualify and (2) make a request. Here’s how:
Lexis:
Go to http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/content.aspx?articleid=308&topicid=14&WT.ad=143 and fill out the required information.  Your use must be for academic purposes which under the Lexis policy include, but are not limited to:

• Summer course preparation and assignments
• Research associated with Moot Court, Law Review, or Law Journal
• Research associated with pursuing a grant or scholarship
• Service as a paid or unpaid 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

Clerkships that are not for course credit do not qualify.

Lexis also has a  program for those students working in public interest for a 501(c)(3) program.  Information about the ASPIRE program: http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/content.aspx?articleid=733&topicid=11&WT.ad=150

Westlaw:
Go to http://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/summerextension.aspx and confirm that you meet their academic purposes definition

  • Summer law school classes; or
  • Law Review and Journal work; or
  • Project for a professor; or
  • Moot Court; or
  • Unpaid non-profit public interest internship/externship or pro bono work required for graduation, except as stated below.*

“Academic Purposes” do not include research conducted for a law firm, corporation or other entity (unrelated to law school) that is paying you to conduct said research or that is passing along the costs of said research to a third party. These are deemed commercial purposes.

Non-Academic Purposes is strictly prohibited. Personal use, practice and preparation for the bar exam are not educational purposes and are not valid reasons for extending a password.
Alternatives if you don’t Qualify

Note that law students have summer access to other legal research alternatives, including Fastcase and LoisLaw. If you have questions about extending your Lexis and Westlaw access, or about registering for these low-cost research alternatives, ask a Reference Librarian.

Passwords not extended for the summer will have limited access as of June 1.

 

99th Anniversary of the Titanic Disaster

Posted By on April 12, 2011

On April 14, 1912, the world was shocked by the sinking of the Titanic.  Congress convened hearings into the cause of the accident starting on April 19, 1912.  It includes statements and testimony from the captain of the Carpathia, numerous survivors, and various experts in navigation and conduct on the high seas.

The testimony is riveting and there is a sense of the immediate.  For instance, the captain of the Carpathia apologizes repeatedly throughout his testimony for not having more exact information to relay to the Committee about the accident, however, his testimony was taken 4 days after the accident.  The hearings lasted until late May 1912.

“Titanic Disaster” Hearings Before a Subcomm. of the Comm. on Commerce, 62nd Congress (1912).

If you’re interested in other Congressional hearings and bills related to the Titanic, navigate over the Law Library’s ProQuest Congressional database, enter “Titanic” as your search term, remember to select all publications and to select any Congress from the search box.

“The Social Network” Epilogue

Posted By on April 12, 2011

The 9th Circuit upholds earlier settlement in Facebook Inc. v. Divya Narendra, docket 08-16745.  See http://www.law360.com/topnews/articles/238134?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=topnews

New York Times

Posted By on March 30, 2011

As you’ve probably heard by now, the New York Times is no longer providing unlimited free access to its online articles.  Your choices are

  1. Read fewer than 21 articles per month online (they allow 20 free per month)
  2. Buy their introductory online subscription for 99¢ for four weeks. After 4 weeks, the price increases to $8.75 per week. At that point, though, you could switch to option # 3.
  3. Buy a Sunday only paper subscription for $3.75 per week. (Introductory 50% off offer good for 12 weeks.

As of today, the NYT does not have pricing for libraries, however, they are anticipating that will change before the introductory periods are up.

See http://www.nytimes.com/subscriptions/Multiproduct/lp5558.html?campaignId=37XXK for more information

Law360 Comes to the Law School

Posted By on March 21, 2011

We have a new subscription to a relatively new current awareness service that covers mostly federal litigation: Law360: The Newswire for Business Lawyers and in the following topic areas:

Appellate, Bankruptcy, Class Action, Competition, Contract, Corporate Finance, Employment, Energy, Environmental, Financial Services, Government Contracts, Health, Insurance, Intellectual Property, International Trade, Product Liability, Securities, Southeast, Technology, Top News and White Collar.  State litigation was also recently added under the following headings: California, Midwest, New York, and Texas.

Please feel free to subscribe to as many as you like. The address is http://www.law360.com.

******  IMPORTANT: *******

Because this subscription is only licensed to the law school, you can only access it IF you are

(a) On a law school desktop computer OR

(b) Connected to the VPN

In other words, if you are using a wireless connection and/or you are not in the law school building, you must log on to the VPN before it will work. (If you want VPN help, it’s officially Computer Services’ domain, but feel free to ask me and I will help if I am able.)

Reading of the U.S. Constitution in the House of Representatives

Posted By on January 6, 2011

This morning, the House of Representatives’ first order of business is a reading of the U.S. Constitution.

Watch it live here.

Want to follow along?  Check out the National Archive’s online exhibit about the Constitution.  The site has a copy of the complete text of the Constitution including the Bill of Rights and the remaining amendments.

112th Congress Convenes Today

Posted By on January 5, 2011

The 112th Congress officially convenes today. With the government’s embracing of social media and web 2.0 technology, there’s a plethora of options available for keeping track of the latest legislative news.

U.S. Congress: Keeping the Fun in Government since 1789.

Are You Getting Used to WestlawNext?

Posted By on December 13, 2010

Now that everyone’s had some time to try out WestlawNext, you may find this document, http://lscontent.westlaw.com/images/content/WLNCompareWL10.pdf, helpful.  It lists common Westlaw functions and explains how to use them on WestlawNext compared to classic Westlaw.

IP Law: Newest Member of the HeinOnline Family

Posted By on December 9, 2010

The Intellectual Property Law Collection joins HeinOnline’s newest collection of libraries with a “google-like” approach to researching.  Enter one search and it runs across all the IP resources.  Narrow your set of results using the faceted options on the left.  The database of 100+ legislative histories, books, and IP related primary law and will continue to grow.  It also includes a Google Patents search widget.  Read more at http://home.heinonline.org/content/whats-new

Tweet the Bill of Rights?

Posted By on December 7, 2010

The U.S. National Archives is holding a Bill of Rights (that great document that contains the first ten amendments to the Constitution) Twitter Contest. Between now and December 15–the 219th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights–The National Archives asks for contest entries that condense each of those amendments into separate bite-sized tweets.

Miss the submission deadlines? Each day of the contest the Archives will announce the previous day’s winner on Facebook and Twitter (@archivesnews). Archivist of the United States David Ferriero will pick one winner for each amendment based on brevity and general pithiness. Each winner will receive a Bill of Rights poster from the National Archives eStore, and winning tweets could be used in a future Archive store product.

Tenth Amendment Winning Tweet: “Power to the People! (conditions apply, void where prohibited).”

What Do Astronauts Like to Read?

Posted By on November 30, 2010

No, it’s not the start of a joke.  What do astronauts do in their downtime while floating miles above the earth?  The International Space Station Media List as of 2008 gives us a glimpse into what’s available for the astronauts to watch or read during their space time – Sealab 2021, The Right Stuff, and Apollo 13 being some of the more surprising entries.

This list is only a small piece of the plethora of eclectic information available through Government Attic, a website dedicated to collecting information available from federal agencies through FOIA requests and other means.  Information on the site ranges from the mundane (List of FTC Brown Bag Topics and Speakers 2006-2008) to the unusual (FCC Complaints made about The Simpsons 2003-2007) to the just plain odd (Office of Government Ethics Ethics Training Crossword Puzzles).

Interested in old FBI investigations?  Government Attic has a number of FBI materials, including files from the infamous “Confidential File Room.”  Make sure to click on the word Documents from the main page and then Department of Justice.  There you’ll find a list of  FBI reports and monographs like “Stool Pigeon or Loyal Citizen” or a compilation of the suggestions from the FBI Employee Suggestion File, 1927 – 1992.

Behind the News: Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations

Posted By on November 15, 2010

In the 1970′s, the presence of Nazi persecutors living among Americans came to the forefront of national attention with the deportation case of Hermine Braunsteiner Ryan, a former Nazi woman’s prison camp guard who was living as a housewife in Queens.  Previously, the INS handled suspected Nazi persecutor cases on an individual basis with no national oversight.  After the Ryan case, there was an outcry for the creation of more systematic investigatory body.  The Office of Special Investigations or OSI was created in the late 1970s to investigate and take legal action against those individuals who had participated in Nazi persecutions.

The New York Times has obtained and posted a complete version of a Department of Justice Report detailing the history of this office and its investigations.  The Office of Special Investigations: Striving for Accountability In the Aftermath of the Holocaust is both a fascinating and terrifying read.  Did the U.S. help Nazi persecutors emigrate?  Many people know about Operation Paperclip and other post-war programs that allowed scientists and other individuals with special skills to emigrate.  This report documents many of these programs and raises interesting questions about the moral and legal implications of these acts.  It also details many of the investigations undertaken by the agency.

Now under the authority of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, OSI’s mandate has expanded to include not only investigations of Nazi war criminals residing within the U.S., but also, any individual who has committed human rights violations or acts of genocide and torture abroad under color of foreign law.

Interested in reading more about this topic?  Using Lexis Congressional available through the Law Library’s Research Database page, run a search for “Alleged Nazi War Criminals” in 1977 to find the two House hearings that set in motion the creation of the OSI.  Also, take a look at DOJ’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section’s online archive for reports about other Nazi war criminals.

Today Is Veterans Day

Posted By on November 11, 2010

Today is Veterans Day.  Originally known as Armistice Day, November 11th was selected as the day of remembrance for the end of World War I.  The date was  specifically chosen because the war came to a  formal end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.   After World War II, the name of the day changed to Veterans Day, but the spirit remains the same: Honoring Those Who Serve.

If you want to learn more about the men and women in military service, take a moment and head to the Veterans History Project.  This is the web repository of an oral history project developed by the Library of Congress’ American Memory.  The project collects personal accounts from veterans of military actions America has participated in since World War I.  It also includes accounts from soldiers who have returned from recent duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wacky Weather

Posted By on November 8, 2010

Hurricanes in Haiti, snow in New York City, and warm weather in St. Louis?

Keenly aware of the public’s interest in weather and weather related facts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put together a few reports for the public.  One of the more interesting reports is The Deadliest, Costliest, and Most Intense United States Tropical Cyclones from 1851 to 2006 (and Other Frequently Requested Hurricane Facts).  This report compiles statistics on cost and damage done by tropical cyclones since 1851.  One of the more interesting sections is Table 3b which ranks the different major hurricanes by cost of damages adjusted for 2006 inflation.

Which hurricanes are in the top three?

  • Katrina ($85 mil)
  • 1900′s Galveston hurricane ($104 mil)
  • SE Florida/Alabama storm of 1926 ($164 mil)

Want more weather info?  Check out weather.gov.

Consensus emerging that law school model ‘is not sustainable’ by Karen Sloan

Posted By on October 22, 2010

Consensus emerging that law school model ‘is not sustainable’

Karen Sloan

October 20, 2010

What will legal education look like in five or 10 years?

It will be more internationally focused, rely more heavily on technology and will incorporate more leadership and businesses skills, if the influential group of about 100 educators and law leaders who met recently to discuss the matter are to be believed.

Those themes emerged during the two-day FutureEd 2 conference last weekend at Harvard Law School — the second in a series of three conferences sponsored by Harvard and New York Law School devoted to generating ideas and consensus about how to make legal education more relevant in light of the changing legal industry.

“The good news for change today is that there is a pretty widespread feeling that the old model of legal education is not sustainable,” said David Wilkins, director of Harvard’s Program on the Legal Profession. “The overall goal of the conference is to gather information about what’s actually happening on the ground and then encourage people to think creatively, but also concretely and specifically about where to go from there.”

The FutureEd conference wasn’t the only forum for debate about the direction of legal education. Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law last month released the findings of a multi-day conference it held in the spring that brought together judges, practitioners and professors to discuss everything from the usefulness of 1L curriculum to the development of comprehensive post-graduate attorney training programs. The University Maryland School of Law held a conference in April looking at changes in the legal profession — and addressing those shifts within the legal academy. Similarly, the University of Wisconsin Law School will host a two-day conference next weekend called Legal Education Reform after Carnegie: Bringing-Law in-Action into the Law School Classroom. (The influential 2007 report from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching concluded that law schools do not do a good job of preparing student for the practice of law or helping them develop ethics and professional identity.)

Despite all the interest in reforming and updating legal education, it’s clear that building a consensus on change is difficult, given that different law schools have different missions, and educators and administrators have different priorities and interests. Some participants in the FutureEd conference focused on expanding the breadth of legal education and incorporating more elements, while others emphasized the need to make law degrees more affordable. Still other attendees highlighted the need for more ethics instruction, while another contingent stressed the need to better measure learning outcomes. Many agreed that there will be greater diversification and specialization among law schools in the future, particularly if the American Bar Association adopts student learning outcome measures that require schools to define their individual missions.

“These are big questions and there are a lot of different constituencies,” said Elizabeth Chambliss, the co-director of New York Law School’s Center for Professional Values and Practice. “There is a sense that the legal sector market is rapidly changing, and law schools are going to be facing some pressing challenges in the immediate future.”

The organizers of FutureEd sought to move past simply discussing the issues by having attendees propose ways to update and improve legal education — a setup Chambliss characterized as a “decentralized think tank.”

Thirty proposals were submitted on topics including the use of technology and distance learning, different ways to incorporate practical skills and simulations into curricula, the importance of providing a global perspective on legal issues, looking beyond the LSAT in admissions and forming tighter partnerships between schools and practitioners.

After presenting their proposals, conference attendees broke into smaller groups to discuss the ideas on the table, find common links and form collaborations. The hope, Chambliss said, was to whittle the proposals into between five and eight well-defined projects that can be implemented or at least researched in the coming months. The final FutureEd conference is scheduled for April in New York, and that gathering will focus on the progress or results from the pilot programs underway.

For example, a broad collation of educators who are using or experimenting with distance learning agreed to put together a report on the state of technology-enhanced education that will serve as a resource for law school faculty, administrators and the ABA.

“Distance learning is growing underneath law schools,” Concord Law School Dean Emeritus Barry Currier said. Concord offers only online courses. “The students coming to us will have experience with distance learning and most will have liked it. They will wonder why we aren’t using it when it has been effective.”

Wilkins said he was pleased that the conference addressed both large-scale shifts in the legal profession while also focusing on smaller reforms that can get off the ground in the immediate future.

He noted that conference organizers had to turn way about 100 people due to lack of space. “About a third of the people in that room were from outside the U.S. We had clinical faculty, professional development people, practitioners, clients and a few students. This wasn’t just the same six people talking to each other.”

Karen Sloan can be contacted at ksloan@alm.com.

Friday Matinee: Duck and Cover!

Posted By on October 22, 2010

Get your popcorn ready and grab a snack!
Today’s film is an oldie but a goodie: Duck and Cover!


Produced and distributed by the Federal Civil Defense Administration, this film was shown to school children throughout the Cold War.  It’s advice is simple – when you see the flash from a nuclear explosion, duck under a sturdy object and remember to cover your head and neck to protect from burns.  Although it offers some good advice in case of a nuclear blast (find shelter, know where to go in case of an emergency), the opening cartoon of the house and trees being shredded in a nuclear blast does not inspire confidence that merely ducking and covering would improve your chances at survival.

Brought to you courtesy of the FedFlix Films Archive from the Internet Archive.

Oxford Scholarship Online

Posted By on October 6, 2010

We have a 30-day trial  Oxford Scholarship Online.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.  For 30 days we have access to OUP’s core Law scholarly books plus seventeen additional subject areas: Business and Management, Biology, Classical Studies, Economics and Finance, History, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Religion and Social Work. A total of 4,264 monographs are included.  Give it a try and let us know what you think:

Oxford Scholarship Online

(You must be on a law school computer or logged into the VPN for access ….  instructions at see http://law.wustl.edu/Computerservices/index.aspx).

Supreme Court’s Fall Term Begins Today

Posted By on October 4, 2010

The Supreme Court’s Fall Term begins today.

Some of the more notable items on the docket include Snyder v. Phelps (1st Amendment rights intersecting with state tort law) and Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association (1st Amendment case on the California law to restrict sales of violent video games to minors).

To view a list of the hearings for October, click here.

Supreme Court junkie?  Don’t forget about The Oyez Project and its visual tour of the Supreme Court and a few of the Justice’s chambers (Justice Ginsberg, are you and Justice Scalia riding an elephant?!!?).  Also check out SCOTUS, a blog devoted to the Supreme Court and its cases since 2002.

Work/Life Balance – “Check Out” the University’s DVD Collection

Posted By on October 1, 2010

Need a study break?  Nothing good on TV? You can borrow DVDs from the Law Library and other campus libraries free of charge.  Check out your options at  http://library.wustl.edu/units/circ/dvdlist.html

MyLaw User Guides

Posted By on September 28, 2010

Need  help navigating MyLaw?  User guides are now available.

Students:
Logon to MyLaw, click on “MyLaw Guide” under the heading of “Quick Links” and then scroll down to the “Student Resources” heading.

Faculty:
Logon to MyLaw. The guide is posted under “General Instructor Resources.”