Oregon Lawyer Ethics: When Lawyers Sue Lawyers for Ethical Breaches (The Bee, Editorial)

“Ethics and the Law in Oregon, spotlighted by a local lawyer,” editorial, The Bee, July 2015 (Vol. 109, No. 11)

Excerpt: “We have heard comments for quite some time, from folks in the legal profession, suggesting that large law firms in Oregon get preferential treatment by the Oregon Bar Association over the small firms and individual practitioners. Comments like that are easy to dismiss as simply sour grapes – but now, a lawsuit claims the same thing.

In a news report dated Friday, February 27, 2015, and filed by reporter Annie Ellison under the headline “Federal Suit Against Oregon State Bar Alleges Favoritism and Discrimination”, it is stated that “Software developer and former VP of Marketing for Oracle Corp. James Reilly and Victoria Jelderks filed the suit Feb. 26 against the Oregon State Bar Association and general counsel Helen Hierschbiel. ‘If you are from an influential firm in the State of Oregon, you can do whatever you want and the bar can dismiss it,’ Reilly said. ‘As a consequence, these big firms are breaking the law with impunity.’”.…” Link to full editorial at The Bee.

Citing to: Federal Suit Against Oregon State Bar Alleges Favoritism and Discrimination, Friday, February 27, 2015, by Annie Ellison, GoLocalPDX Reporter

The editorial (and GoLocal PDX article) was also saved at the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. (Why we save pages at the Internet Archive.)

Oregon State Bar, Discipline

Bubbles in MOOC-land

“Understanding the MOOC moment, by Prof. Randal Picker (guest-blogging) July 10 at Volokh Conspiracy. (Professor Picker’s website, or maybe this website.)

Excerpt:

Next Monday, I am launching a new free online course, Internet Giants: The Law and Economics of Media Platforms. In it, we will wrestle with questions relating to Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon and the other great companies that define the online platforms we spend so much time with. These companies are involved in important antitrust, copyright and patent cases, both in the United States and Europe, but around the world generally.

We will also consider recent developments in net neutrality and in the regulation of platforms relating to music, video and e-books. These are great topics, and I feel very lucky to have a chance to think about them.

But my plan here is to focus not on the content of my particular course but instead on the MOOC phenomenon more generally. I will also discuss what is involved in launching a MOOC and then will report back over the next couple of months as I see day-to-day life in MOOCland....” (Link to full blog post.)

Find this post and more at Justia’s Blawg Round-up, which is way more fun than you might imagine.

Internet Searching and Archiving: It Doesn’t Get Better; It Gets a Whole Lot Worse

Two recent articles worth reading if you want to research online and recall the past:

Net for Lawyers: Google’s News Search is in Even Worse Condition Than we First Thought, Another in an Unfortunately Growing Series of Articles about Google Search Problems

“The Cobweb: Can the Internet be archived? by Jill Lepore, New Yorker, Jan. 26, 2015 issue.

See previous OLR post: Save that Webpage to the Internet Archive!

Link to Perma cc website.

National Survey of State Laws, 7th edition

Look for the 7th edition of this important legal research resource, National Survey of State Laws, which is used by lawyers and many other legal researchers. Visit the Hein Blog for a July 8, 2015, guest post by the author, Richard Leiter.

Link to my 2014 blog post on this topic: How to Find State Law Comparisons, Surveys, and Compilations

Marijuana vs. Voodoo Donuts: A Visual Aid

What does an ounce, 8 ounces, or a pound of marijuana look like – relative to a Voodoo (Doll) Donut?

Portland Police Encouraging Community Members to be Responsible and Considerate with Recreational Marijuana (Photo) (link directly to JPG)

A picture sometimes is worth a thousand words. In this instance, though, courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau, it’s worth a pink box full of laughs.

The times they are a’changing.

(I saved this Portland Police Bureau page in the Wayback Machine.)

What if Readers Turned Pages for the Sake of Turning Pages?: Amazon, Taylor Swift, and Big Brother

Do writers need their own “Taylor Swift” to protect their right to be paid for their labor? (See NPR’s story about Swift, Apple, and right to be paid.)

The latest Amazon plan to pay authors based on pages turned (and presumably read?), makes me wonder if all readers shouldn’t just start turning those pages, whether you read them or not. We can only hope that the Amazon eyes “watching” you turn pages aren’t also able to tell if you have actually read the words. (No, maybe we don’t want to know that.)

“What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page?” by Peter Wayner, The Atlantic, June 20, 2015

By the way, Amazon is not the only corporation reading you as you read their products.

I’ve been following these stories on various websites, but hat tip to Library Link of the Day for the link to The Atlantic article.