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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Finding Old Web Pages

Greg R.Notess has updated his useful table on
Finding Old Web Pages.

"While Google's cache is probably the best known,
the others are important alternatives that may have
pages not available at Google or the Wayback Machine
plus they may have an archived page from a different date.
The table ...notes the name of the service, the way to find
the archived page, and some notes that should give some
idea as to how old a page the archive may contain."

Hat tip to beSpacific.

Report of the International Criminal Court, 2006/2007

The U.N. Pulse announces that "the report of the
International Criminal Court for 2006/2007 is
now available (A/62/314). Four situations were
before the Court during the period, including the
situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Uganda, Darfur, the Sudan and the Central African

Hat tip to the Law Librarian Blog.

"Cruel and Unusual: Sentencing 13- and 14-Year-Old Children to Die in Prison"

The Equal Justice Initiative has released the report,
Cruel and Unusual: Sentencing 13- and 14-Year-Old
Children to Die in Prison (PDF). According to the 2007 report,
there have been 73 cases where children 13 and 14 years
of age have been condemned to death in prison.

"This report is intended to illuminate this cruel and unusual
punishment inflicted on children, particularly for those who
have been without legal help for so long."

Hat tip to Librarians' Internet Index (10/25/2007).

Monday, October 29, 2007

"Virtually Blind: Legal Issues That Impact Virtual Worlds"

Virtually Blind is a fascinating blog about
law in the virtual world. Virtually Blind editor
Benjamin Duranske is a writer and an intellectual
property attorney.

Recent blog posts include:

Six Major Second Life Content Creators Sue
Alleged Copyright Infringer in NY Federal District Court

Second Life Patent & Trademark Office Offers Second
Life Content Creators Suite of Intellectual Property Protection

Expensive Luxury Knockoffs in Second Life Raise Trademark

2007 World Press Freedom Index

Reporters Without Borders has issued the 2007
World Press Freedom Index on its web site.
The organization compiled this index "by sending
a questionnaire to the 15 freedom of expression
organisations throughout the world that are its partners,
to its network of 130 correspondents, and to journalists,
researchers, jurists and human rights activists. It contained
50 questions about press freedom in their countries."
According to the site, Eritrea has replaced North Korea
in last place in an index measuring the level of press freedom.
The U.S. ranks 48th (out of 169).

A PDF version of the index, as well as the questionnaire used
for compiling the index and evaluations by region, are also
available on the site.

New International, Foreign & Comp. Law Research Guides from GlobaLex

GlobaLex (NYU Hauser Global Law School Program)
announces the following new online research guides
in foreign, comparative and international law:

Selected U.N. Resources and Research Tools: Overview
and Search Tips for Legal Research (Wiltrud Harms)

International Trademark Law - The Madrid System
(Vicenç Feliú)

Republic of Angola - Legal System and Research
(Paula Rainha)

The Basic Structure of the Ecuadorian Legal System and
Legal Research (Maria Dolores Miño)

The Gabonese Legal System and Legal Research
(Ernest Folefack)

The Law and Legal Research in Swaziland
(Buhle Dube and Alfred Magagula)

Law of the Republic of Tajikistan: A Guide to Web
Based Resources (Oleg Stalbovskiy & Maria Stalbovskaya)

A Guide to Uruguay’s Legal System and Research
(Pablo Sandonato de Leon)

Yahoo! Search Tips

Michael Chu on the Yahoo! Blog (10/25/2007) has posted
a handy list of Yahoo! search tips. For example, if you
want a term to be excluded from your results, use a minus
sign before it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Rankings on Law Firm Gender Composition, Diversity, Etc.

The Law Students Building a Better Legal Profession blog
has generated a series of reports ranking large law firms in
New York and other major legal markets on gender composition,
diversity, billable hours, and pro bono participation. The reports,
which were developed to help law students make informed
employment choices, are organized by geographic location on
the blog sidebar.

ACS Issue Brief: "International and Foreign Law Sources: Siren Song for U.S. Judges?"

American Constitution Society Issue Brief:
International and Foreign Law Sources: Siren Song
for U.S. Judges?

"University of California, Hastings College of Law Associate
Professor Chimène I. Keitner, addresses the growing debate
over the use of foreign and international law sources by U.S.
judges engaged in constitutional adjudication."

Chicago's Geoff Stone on the Roberts Court

Geoff Stone (Chicago) delivered an address on the
Roberts court at the University of Chicago's First
Monday lecture on 10/1/2007.

A video of the talk, The Roberts Court: STARE WHAT?,
is available on the University of Chicago Law School
Faculty Blog (you'll need the Quicktime plugin installed on your
browser to view it online). You can also download a video or
audio file of the talk on your iPod from the site.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The State of Legal Blogs: A Report From the Frontlines

From Findlaw:

"In The State of Legal Blogs: A Report From the Frontlines, founder Bill Gratsch discusses the breadth and
diversity of today's legal blogosphere compared to the early
days five years ago. He also lists several blawg directories,
including his own, our BlawgWorld eBook, and
the mysterious Blawg Review."

Do Law Professors Dress "Scruffily"?

On the Business Associations Blog, Steven Bainbridge
(UCLA) entertains us with his commentary on Erik
Jensen's SSRN paper entitled, Law School Attire: A Call for a
Uniform Uniform Code.

Jensen (Case-Western Reserve) is piqued by current
trends in law faculty attire, saying, "Law professors dress
scruffily, and we need to do something about that."
In his commentary, Bainbridge refutes Jensen's call
to fashion action, quoting Gilder Radner: "“I base most
of my fashion sense on what doesn’t itch.”

New! Foreign Relations Library on HeinOnline

HeinOnline announces the new Foreign Relations Library:

"The Foreign Relations of the United States series presents
the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign
policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. The series,
produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian,
comprises more than 350 volumes of resourceful historical
information. The series began in 1861 during Abraham
Lincoln's administration and continues through the admini-
stration of Richard Nixon in 1975. The Foreign Relations
volumes contain documents from various Presidential
libraries, the Department of State and Defense, the
National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency,
the Agency for International Development, and other
foreign affairs agencies as well as the private papers of
individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy."

Syracuse University College of Law and Syracuse
University main campus users may access
HeinOnline from the H. Douglas Barclay Law Library web site.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Social and Political Views of American Professors

Neil Gross (Harvard) and Solon Simmons (George Mason
University) have written an interesting paper on their
study of Social and Political Views of American Professors.

An article in the Chronicle of 10/8/2007 discusses the article.

Worth Noting: Study of the Supreme Court Bar

Georgetown University Law Center professor
Richard Lazarus addresses the increasing power
of the Supreme Court bar in shaping the Court's
docket in Advocacy Matters Before and Within
the Supreme Court: Transforming the Court
By Transforming the Bar.

Hat tip to BLT.

Friday, October 19, 2007

"Trying to Decipher the State of the Death Penalty"

In today's online NY Times, Linda Greenhouse asks,
"Is there a death penalty moratorium now in place,
and how would we know?

Worth Noting: The Taxonomy of Legal Blogs

Looking for legal blogs? The Taxonomy of Legal
Blogs on Law X.O. offers a handy list of legal blogs
organized under the following categories:

I. General Blogs
II. Blogs Categorized by Legal Specialty
III. Blogs Categorized by Law or Legal Event
IV. Blogs Categorized by Jurisdictional Scope
V. Blogs Categorized by Author/Publisher
VI. Blogs Categorized by Number of Contributors
VIII. Collections of Legal Blogs

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Worth Noting: HeinOnline "Title Lookup" Feature

As HeinOnline's collections continue to grow, it can be
challenging to locate a specific title. To assist researchers,
Hein has introduced the "Title Lookup" feature. You can
use this feature to locate a title anywhere on HeinOnline
or to locate a title in a specific library.

"Title Lookup" is available on the HeinOnline "Welcome"
page and in each HeinOnline library.

Syracuse University College of Law users may access
HeinOnline from the Barclay Law Library web site.

European Union Legislation Web Guides

The European Information Association has created several
free web guides on locating legislation from the European

1. Using EUR-Lex, OEIL, PreLex to find proposed EU legislation
2. Using EUR-Lex to find legislation adopted at EU level

3. Using EUR-Lex and N-Lex to find legislation adopted at
national level

Hat tip to the Law Librarian Blog.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Supreme Court Oral Arguments for 2006-07 Term

Recordings of all oral arguments and opinion announcements
for the 2006 Term are available on the web at the Oyez Project.

Hat tip to the Law Librarian Blog.

Lawyer2Lawyer Podcast: Chemerinsky & Drake

Erwin Chemerinsky and Michael Drake join co-hosts
Robert Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams this week to
"talk about their plans for the school [UC Irvine] and
the preparations already underway." Ambrogi also asks
Chemerinsky for his views on Justice Clarence Thomas.

You can play or download the program from the
Legal Talk Network web site.

Human Rights Index for the Arab Countries

The Librarians Internet Index (10/11/2007) points us
to the UN Development Programme on Governance in
the Arab Region s Human Rights Index for Arab Countries.

The UNDP-POGAR index is "a repository for United Nations
documents pertaining to human rights and the responses,
including reservations by the Arab member states, to the
committees that monitor the core international human
rights treaties."

Documents on the site may be browsed by source, topic, year,
or human rights treaty committee. The site also links to a
list of human rights organizations active in the region and to
books, handbooks, guides, manuals, brochures and periodicals
of related interest.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Law Library of Congress and Google to Digitize Hearings

The Law Library of Congress has announced that
it will collaborate with Google to digitize the library's
approximately 75,000 volumes of printed Congressional
Hearings and make the collection freely available to
Congress and the public.

To date, selections from three collections may be
previewed as a test experience:

Census: U.S.
Freedom of Information/Privacy

Watch for new blog posts as additional material
becomes available on the site.

Syracuse University College of Law Launches Impunity Watch Blog

The Syracuse University College of Law announces the launch of
Impunity Watch, the first global blog to monitor instances of

Founded by SU law professor David M. Crane L’80, the former
chief prosecutor of the Special Court to Sierra Leone, Impunity
Watch encompasses three functions; law student research on the
latest human rights violations and reports in seven geographic
regions; special features and scholarly articles; and, a message
board that offers a voice to persecuted people "to tell the
world that they are suffering express their thoughts and
opinions on human rights.”

Henry King, the 88-year-old former Nuremberg prosecutor,
will participate in the ceremony to launch Impunity Watch. The
ceremony will be held October 11 at 11am in the Barclay Law
Library atrium. That evening at 6pm, King will speak at Hendricks
Chapel on “Judgment of Nuremberg in Today’s World” as part of
The University Lectures series.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Justice for All: the Legacy of Thurgood Marshall

The United States Department of State' Bureau
of International Information Programs has launched
a web site about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood
Marshall. The site highlights Marshall's civil rights
activities (including a page devoted to Brown v. Board
of Education) and includes a timeline, photo gallery, video clips,
bibliography, and material about his mentor and law school
professor, Charles Hamilton Houston.

Hat tip to the Librarians' Internet Index.

Beyond Google: How Do Students Conduct Academic Research?

Alison J. Head has published an interesting article
on First Monday about how students conduct academic
research in the age of Google. Head, who is the Roy and
Patricia Disney Visiting Professor of New Media in the
Communication Department at Saint Mary’s College of
California, makes the following recommendations based
on her research:

1. Research assignment handouts disseminated to students
should include details about expectations for conducting quality
research, including the use of the Internet.

2. Professors and librarians should recognize students’ needs
for individualized coaching, so that students’ abilities to find,
select, and evaluate resources may be improved.

3. Above all, the value of “high touch” interactions (human–mediated)
with students in addition to “high tech” interactions (computer–
mediated) should not be underestimated.

Scholarship Advice for New Law Professors in the Electronic Age

The Law Librarian Blog (10/9/2007) brings our
attention to an article by Nancy Levit, Curators' Professor
and Edward D. Ellison Professor of Law, University of
Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. The article, Scholarship
Advice for New Law Professors in the Electronic Age,
offers 14 tips for new law professors, including "make friends
with your librarian."

See: 16 Widener L.J. 947 (2007)

Monday, October 01, 2007

Papers of Harry Blackmun Available Online

Lee Epstein (Northwestern University Law School) has
created a digital archive of some of Justice Harry Blackmun's
papers located at the Library of Congress. The archive
currently contains PDF files of docket sheets and preliminary
(pool) memoranda from Blackmun's term on the Rehnquist
Court, 1986-1993.

Hat tip to the Law Librarian Blog (9/29/2007).

"The Government Domain: Click-and-Print State Profiles"

Peggy Garvin (Garvin Information Consulting) has
published Government Domain: Click-and-Print State
Profiles, an LLRX web guide on locating government-generated
state data on the Internet. Garvin offers tips for tracking
down sources for custom reports, map data, and full or
partial data sets researchers can download for use with
their own software.

YouTube Launches Non-Profit Program

Today, YouTube unveiled its Non-Profit Program at the
Clinton Global Initiative to "help non-profit organizations
more easily connect with the world's largest online video
community." Non-profit organizations in the U.S. with
501(c)(3) tax status may apply for the program.

Supreme Court Resources from Robert Ambrogi's LawSites

In honor of First Monday, Robert Ambrogi has collected
links to previously posted items and columns on his
LawSites blog that cover resources related to
researching and tracking the Supreme Court.