Thinking beyond the Uniform Law Commission, the American Law Institute, and the American Bar Association: Who Makes Model Laws?
“You’ve heard of the Uniform Commercial Code and the Model Penal Code, but how much do you know about model laws? You could learn more by reading this short article: Mary Whisner, There Oughta Be a Law—a Model Law, 106 Law Libr. J. 125 (2014)….” [Link to blog post.]
We try to keep our “HOW TO DISPOSE OF USED LAW BOOKS” guide up to date, through our own efforts and the kindness of strangers.
You can also find the guide from our Washington County Law Library “Documents Index.”
“.... The newly launched WeCite Project, co-sponsored by the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and the free legal research platform Casetext, aims to bring the win-win power of crowdsourcing to the task….” [Link to the full Legal Research Plus blog post.]
What might Frank Shepard (the Shepard of Shepardizing) think?
I missed PI Buzz while it was on hiatus and am glad to see Tamara is back in the blogging saddle, but maybe not on a punishing schedule that keeps her from blogging. Her posts are useful and educational and even if she posted just once a month many of us would be grateful.
The Oregon Legislature’s 2014 SB 1531 is the bill of the hour (and the day and maybe the Session) and the Oregonian has been tracking the story, along with other news sources around the state. Many Oregon cities and communities are debating the issue and some have already passed laws.
The Oregonian has (among other medical marijuana articles) this useful 2/14/14 compilation of local laws: Medical marijuana: Oregon cities that have banned dispensaries
The Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington (state) has their own compilation of medical marijuana laws.
And Americans for Safe Access has other information and compilations of laws from all states.
“Our New Report Looks at Bitcoin in 40 Countries,” February 4, 2014 by Kelly Buchanan
The foreign law specialists and analysts at the Law Library of Congress recently completed a report that highlights the emerging global discussion around approaches to regulating virtual currencies, particularly Bitcoin. [Link to LOC blog post and report.]
PACER has been a regular jumping bean lately, bouncing up and down, up and down.
While these PACER back-ups are not perfect, and you’ll need to verify document currency when PACER is back up again, some law librarians say in a pinch they might still be useful:
Ask and ye shall find. From Legislative Counsel:
“We plan to have the 2013 ORS posted on the legislative website by the end of January.”
Our official print 2013 ORS arrived on December 31, 2013.
The next Oregon Legislative Session begins in February 2014.
We’ve updated our guide to legal research, and other, databases in Oregon county law libraries:
OREGON COUNCIL OF COUNTY LAW LIBRARIES (OCCLL): ONLINE DATABASE SUBSCRIPTIONS
(or from this Washington County Law Library webpage – under “O” for OCCLL).
Most databases are free, on-site use only (vs. remote access), but county law library and State of Oregon Law Library employees share information and research tips with each other via their listserves and telephone.
You can contact ANY county law library in Oregon (or the State of Oregon Law Library) and ask for referrals and legal research assistance:
OREGON COUNCIL OF COUNTY LAW LIBRARIES (OCCLL)
Oregon county law librarians also work closely with their local public libraries, which have lots of useful databases, including ones with legal information.