Lawyers at Adler Vermillion & Skocilich, LLP have made this remarkable copyright resource publicly available – and free. (Thank you!)
I love these kinds of blawger stories.
The hypothesis may also be supported by the experience of lawyers who post a lot of information on their websites and, contrary to popular belief that it is bad to “give it away free,” have found that it draws traffic to their websites and can attract clients.
However, woe to the attorney who blogs badly.
Links to earlier survey data: “Burgeoning Blogs: Can They Give BigLaw Firms an Edge?”
But please, do not expect More Free Time. Ha ha ha.
Check out the list of billing-software links compiled at the Oregon Law Practice Management blog. It is not Oregon-specific.
Library (and law firm) database (and eBook) licensing can be tricky, to put it mildly.
There are hundreds, thousands even, of fee-based subscription databases used by lawyers, legal researchers, librarians, historians, etc. If you need to negotiate and manage a database contract, here is a useful primer, and much more:
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has posted the following Code of Best Practices for Licensing Electronic Resources guidelines on its website, with easy access for everyone, not just AALL members:
Contents include: CODE OF BEST PRACTICES FOR LICENSING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
Code Section I – Licensing Preparedness
Code Section II – License Components
Code Section III – Authorized Use and Authorized Users
Code Section IV – Copyright and Intellectual Property
Code Section V – Archiving
Code Section VI – Usage Tracking and User Privacy
Code Section VII –Termination/Renewal
Code Section VIII –Dispute Resolution
Code Section IX – Warranties/Quality of Service
Appendix A: CHECKLIST FOR LICENSING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
Appendix B: RESOURCES FOR LICENSING TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
Appendix C: RESOURCES FOR SAMPLE CLAUSES AND MODEL LICENSE AGREEMENTS
Appendix D: BIBLIOGRAPHY – LICENSING AND PROCUREMENT OF ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
Appendix E: Procurement Process Checklist for Law Libraries
This Oregon Law Practice Management post, from 3/25/13, maybe should be required reading:
Excerpt: “In late February, the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors approved OSB Formal Opinion No. 2013-189. Following in the footsteps of opinions about metadata (187) and cloud computing (188), the bar seeks to address the ethical minefield of using social media to investigate an opposing party, a witness, or a juror….” [Link to full blog post.]
Are you an “English as a Second (or 3rd or 4th) Language” law student or lawyer?
Are you thinking about going abroad to teach U.S. law or legal research to foreign students or lawyers?
There are books for non-English speakers learning the Language of American and (UK) English Law. Some might even be e-books.
And there is lots of other information online. I used this as a starter search, limiting my search to recent results: teaching “legal english”
You can add to that the phrase “second language” for different but related results.
Check libraries and bookstores for these and others teaching and learning resources:
1) “American Legal English, 2nd Edition: Using Language in Legal Contexts,” by Debra Suzette Lee, Charles Hall, and Susan Barone, 2007.
2) “International Legal English Teacher’s Book,” by Jeremy Day, 2011.
3) “International Legal English: a practical course book for speakers of English as a second language,” by Angela Williams, 2012.
4) “Introduction to International Legal English: A Course for Classroom or Self-Study Use,” by Amy Krois-Lindner and Matt Firth, 2009
5) “Professional English in Use – Law,” by Gillian D. Brown and Sally Rice, 2007
6) The TOLES (test of legal English skills) bookstore lists additional books for teachers of legal English.
You can also research TESL, CESL, ESOL, ILEC, and other certifications. See also Wikipedia article on English Language Learning and Teaching.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this blog is for research purposes only. We do not provide legal advice, nor do we endorse any person, product, or company.
1) News sources: Most national news publications have annual “What Lawyers Earn” articles. Try the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, ABA Journal, and other places. Use a search engine or index to locate these.
2) Professional Associations, e.g.: American Bar Association (ABA) and National Association for Legal Professionals (NALP), Pacific Northwest Paralegal Association
3) Private sources, e.g.: Robert Half Legal “2013 Salary Guide” on compensation in the legal field.
5) Statewide: In Oregon, the Oregon State Bar (OSB) recently updated their Economic Report, compiling attorney salary data. You can find this report at the OSB website, under Surveys & Reports.
6) If you’re a law student, don’t forget the resources at your law school’s career services office and your law library.
According to some reports, Elvis was one of the least litigious superstars in the U.S. and maybe the world, and that most Elvis litigation occurred after his death. Whether or not that is so, we still have to say to the King of Kings (ur, sorry, Bruce):
In 2011, Legal Aid of East Tennessee held a CLE on “Elvis Law. The state and federal cases dealing with the late king of rock `n’ roll.”
There were lots of news stories at the time of the CLE. Just Google, Elvis law Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Here’s a story from the ABA Journal:
“Free CLE Course on Elvis Presley Law Is ‘Bait and Switch’ to Get Lawyers to Listen to Pro Bono Pitch“
Here’s another one story from Sept. 29, 2011, “Elvis Law is topic of legal education seminar“