The 1990′s Thomas dot gov becomes the 00′s (beta) Congress dot gov. It’s about time, but bittersweet nonetheless. Thomas was on the cusp, riding the web wave, a time and money saver to us all, and made teaching federal legislative history a little more fun than it was in the all-paper days.
“Interactive Urinal Cakes,” by Justice William W. Bedsworth, in the OC Lawyer, December 2013:
Excerpts (footnotes omitted, but always worth reading):
‘Yep, that’s what it says. Interactive urinal cakes…. Apparently, someone noticed that a man who has had too much to drink may be unsteady on his feet. This might cause his stream into the urinal to waver, thereby betraying his inebriation. Inability to keep the urinal stream aimed correctly is probably directly proportional to inability to keep an automobile aimed correctly.
So in dozens of bars in Colorado, men weaving up to the urinal are challenged with a mechanical voice that says, “Keep a constant stream on this urinal cake and let’s see how drunk you are.” ….
But apparently just reminding men of the problem has a salutary effect. Colorado reports its Labor Day DUI arrests were down more than ten percent this year, the first holiday weekend in which the talking urinal cakes were deployed….” [Link to full Justice (yes! he's a real judge!) Bedsworth column.]
Just like the Rule of Real Estate: Location, location, location,
Just like the Rule of Carnegie Hall: Practice, practice, practice,
There might soon be a Rule of Law School Without Debt: Read, read, read.
2) Maine: Read the Maine Bar Admission Rules – see section on bar examination education requirements for rules on reading the law
3) New York: Read “combination of law school study at an ABA approved law school and law office study,” in section on “qualifying to sit for the bar examination”
6) Washington State: Law Clerk Program
7) Wyoming: See “educational requirements” in the Rules and Procedures Governing Admission to the Practice of Law
Public libraries have some of the best buyers’ guides for e-Reading devices. Check at your own public library or start with this one to find links to reviews, consumer tips, and more:
Clean sanitation is an issue for lawyers, not just public health workers (and just about everyone else). Save lives, increase infant mortality, live longer: Every day is World Toilet Day.
The Gallagher Blogs post, Bathroom Humor with a Serious Message, links to several law review articles about the subject.
For more, visit PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human), which is an all-volunteer advocacy group based in Portland, Oregon.
From a GovLoop blogger: 10 Most Entertaining Government Mobile Apps:
1) Solve the Outbreak, from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
2) NASA App: NASA’s official app enables you to discover the galaxies from the palm of your hand.
3) Comet Quest: Another fantastic NASA creation. This game makes you the mission controller of the Rosetta spacecraft. While dodging ice chunks, you carefully observe and record information from comets. Not only is it a fun game, but you also learn a lot about comets in the process. It is compatible with iPhone and iPad.
4) Leafsnap: The Smithsonian Institution: an educational app that utilizes visual recognition software to identity tree species from photographs of their leaves.
5) Pointe du Hoc: The American Battle Monuments Commission created this app to give you a chance to visit the World War II D-Day landing site in France.
6) mPing: Ever wanted to be a meteorologist? This app, created by the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and the Precipitation Identification Near the Ground project (W-PING)
7.Satellite Insight: Another NASA gem. This game is similar to Comet Quest, but instead you are collecting data from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, R series (GOES-R)
8) Your Art: The National Gallery of Art constructed this app for both visitors and art lovers across the globe. It provides access to the Gallery’s expansive collection of art
9) Aesop for Children: The Library of Congress adapted the book “The Aesop for Children” to create this interactive app. It contains over 140 classic fables, complemented with creative illustrations and animations.
10) DocsTeach: The National Archives and Records Administration constructed this app to enable you to learn more about our nation’s history and interact with primary source documents.
The flip side of ”too many lawyers“: Some reports estimate that 55% of attorneys are baby-boomers. If that % is correct, and the tail end of baby-boomer-dom was 1958, it’s quite possible we’ll need a lot of replacement lawyers really soon.
Some lawyers retire in order to do other things, but many lawyers will retire because the practice of law isn’t much fun anymore (e.g. legal research has become no “more than a google box on top of a legal database.”
Remember “unfunded mandates?” They never really went away so you may as well get reacquainted with them. (See also, National Conference of State Legislatures on unfunded mandates.)
Interesting story in the Salem (Oregon) Statesman Journal, 11/21/13:
Excerpt: “Oregon would need to spend $16.3 million during the next six years to upgrade security measures for its driver’s licenses, or the federal government could refuse to recognize Oregon IDs for things like boarding a plane.
That’s according to a report from Oregon’s Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division that was requested by senators on the Business and Transportation interim committee.
The REAL ID Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2005, required each state to add 39 specific elements to its processes for issuing IDs….” [Link to full Statesman Journal article.]
Link to the Salem Statesman Journal.
Is a cartoon library worth $10 million? You bet it is, if consider the history and the joy it contains.
The Cartoon Library at Ohio State University is a one place to start your cartoon preservation and collection research. Heaven knows archivists know about preservation of printed, and other, materials – and while heaven might look fondly upon archivists, it tests them mightily to see if they are worthy of persisting on such a quixotic journey. Talk about a dream job – a Cartoon Archivist. As Mark Twain apocryphally advised writers: make ‘em laugh and make ‘em cry. That’s good cartooning (and librarianship) in a nutshell.
And possibly just worth the long journey to Columbus, Ohio: Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes) and Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac) will appear on the same stage in the Spring 2014 at Ohio State. Wowsers!
The following Oregon county law libraries purchase and lend current OSB and OLI CLE course materials for independent study (and MCLE credit): Clackamas, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, and Washington.
You can find more information on borrowing county law library CLEs at the Oregon Legal Research blogpost: Oregon Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Course Materials in Law Libraries
For information about the Washington County Law Library collection, visit our CLE Information pages.