Oregon CURE: Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants

I just learned about Oregon’s CURE: Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants

About: “CURE History: “CURE was formally constituted as a non-profit organization in 1975 in San Antonio, Texas by Charles and Pauline Sullivan. The Sullivan’s interest in prison reform began during their involvement in peaceful anti-war demonstrations during the 1960s when they were arrested and jailed along with other protestors. This experience brought to the Sullivans’ attention the general indifference to those incarcerated.”

Link to a definition of the word “errant.”

Oregon Council on Court Procedures

The Council on Court Procedures is changing internet hosts, but the domain and the content remain (essentially) the same, with invaluable information on the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure. There will be some adjustments, and you may need to fix your links, as the migration progresses, but time heals all wobbles, or maybe that’s wobbles all heels.

What is a Grand Bargain?

It seems that everywhere one turns, Congress, state legislators, and local elected officials are making “Grand Bargains.” So, what is a Grand Bargain?

A “bargain” is, generally speaking (in “dictionary” language), an agreement by one party to buy and another to sell. (There must also be “consideration,” but that is another topic of discussion.) See definitions in the Free Dictionary and in the free, online Merriam-Webster.

Grand” means, simply speaking, large, in size or scope.
See definitions in the Free Dictionary and in the free, online Merriam-Webster.

Some say it all began with Congress and President Obama and tax and debt Grand Bargains, and we’ve seen it here in Oregon with land use and large corporations and the state, but whenever someone says “that’s where it all began,” put on your Skeptics Hat. Grand Bargains may have begun with Moses and the Ten Commandments, or maybe with Noah or Job, or the Easter Island inhabitants, Stonehenge, or with the Big Bang, perhaps the grandest bargain of them all. And then again, maybe it began with Ptolemy, and his Great Treatise.

In any event, whenever anyone begins to talk about making a Grand Bargain, it never hurts to ask who is giving what to whom in exchange for how much – and, of course, what’s in it for you.

Law Libraries and Access to Justice, AALL Special Committee on Access to Justice 2014 Report

LAW LIBRARIES AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE, A Report of the American Association of Law Libraries, Special Committee on Access to Justice, July 2014

AALL’s new white paper, Law Libraries and Access to Justice: A Report of the American Association of Law Libraries Special Committee on Access to Justice, is now available on AALLNET. The white paper is the work of AALL’s 2013-14 Access to Justice Special Committee, chaired by Sara Galligan, and explores how all types of law libraries – including private; state, court, and county; and academic – contribute to the ATJ movement.

As AALL Past President Steven P. Anderson noted in his introduction, “As the principal providers of legal information, law libraries are an indispensable part of the services that can be provided to those with legal needs. Law libraries make “The Law” available, and law librarians serve as guides to finding the most relevant legal information.” The white paper explains the myriad ways law libraries can contribute to the administration of an effective ATJ system and successfully work with others on the front lines of ATJ.” [Link to a PDF of the full Report.]

Oregon’s Multnomah Law Library Catalog is Now Online

Oregon’s Multnomah Law Library* is one of the state’s best legal research collections – and you can now search their catalog online: Multnomah Law Library’s Catalog

For links to other Oregon state, county, and academic law libraries, link to the directory of Oregon county law libraries and to Oregon Law Libraries: Hours and Types of Service.

*Are you wondering why the Multnomah Law Library isn’t called the Multnomah County Law Library? It’s because the law library is a nonprofit, not a county department, unlike other Oregon county law libraries. (Read a brief history of the Oregon county law libraries.)

Superseded ORS on the Oregon Legislature’s Website: 1953-1981

The Oregon Legislature now has 1953-1981 ORS on their website. Stay tuned for more superseded ORS to be added to the online collection.

Indirect link: Visit the ORS Archives 1999-2011 webpage and click on the text (in tiny print): “Older editions of the ORS are available here and more are being added as time and resources allow.”

More about the Gutbuster scanning project we have been working on with Legislative Counsel, including a picture of a Gutbuster.

Documenting Ferguson: Digital Repository for Students, Teachers, and the Communuity

From Washington University Libraries digital gateway: Documenting Ferguson is a digital repository that seeks to preserve and make accessible community- and media-generated, original content that was captured and created following the killing of 18-year-old, Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. A freely available resource for students, scholars, teachers, and the greater community, Documenting Ferguson has the ultimate goal of providing diverse perspectives of the events surrounding the conflicts in Ferguson….” [Link to Documenting Ferguson website.]