Authenticating Electronic Legal Materials: UELMA & Beyond (Program, San Diego, 1/9/15)

Authenticating Electronic Legal Materials: UELMA & Beyond

“Several states, including California, have enacted the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act. Learn about best practices, authentication technologies, and advocacy efforts from state officials, government relations experts, and law librarians:

Friday, January 9, 2015
University of San Diego
Questions? Website or email
This program is made possible by a grant from the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program”

How to Dispose of Used Law Books – Maybe Even for Money!

The Lawbook Exchange has put a call out for used law books. See their latest Want/Need list and contact information below.

(You can also link to our How to Dispose of Used Law Books guide, which is getting ready for an update.)

The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
33 Terminal Avenue, Clark, New Jersey 07066-1321
Tel: 732-382-1800; Toll Free 800-422-6686 in USA or Canada
Fax: 732-382-1887
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Member: Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and International League of Antiquarian Booksellers

Monday, September 15, 2014, 4:58 PM:

Wanted to Buy for Cash or Credit

Complete and Up to date, (or relatively up to date) sets of:

- American Jurisprudence 2d
- Corpus Juris Secundum
- Words and Phrases
- Am Jur Proof of Facts 3d
- Causes of Action 1st & 2d
- Current Legal Forms. Rabkin & Johnson
- Am Jur Legal Forms 2d
- Am Jur Pleading & Practice Forms
- Bender’s Forms of Discovery
- Martindale Hubbell 2011, 2102, 2013, 2014
- Yale Law Journal. vols. 1-date
- Harvard Law Review. vols. 1-date
- U.S. Supreme Court Reports, L.ed 2d. vols. 1-date
- U.S. Supreme Court Digest Led 2d
- McCarthy Trademark & Unfair Competition
- Warrens Forms of Agreement
- Am Jur Trials. vols. 1-date
- Nimmer on Copyright
- Corbin on Contracts
- Williston on Contracts 3d
- Moore’s Federal Practice
- Wright & Miller. Federal Practice & Procedure
- Hawaii Reports. Vols. 1-74
- Bogert on Trusts
- Williams & Meyers Oil & Gas Law
- California Legal Forms: Transactions Guide
- Miller & Starr. California Real Estate
- Fletchers Cyclopedia of Corporations
- Fletcher Corporations Forms

As well as most texts and treatises that are up to date.”

Take the Multnomah Central (Circuit) Courthouse Community Survey

Central Courthouse Community Survey

Multnomah County is well on its way to replacing the Central Courthouse.

The current courthouse, located on Southwest 4th Avenue in downtown Portland, was built between 1909 and 1914. Today, it is both structurally and functionally obsolete. The building does not meet current seismic codes, is overcrowded and presents serious safety concerns for the public due to poor separation of criminal defendants from judges, witnesses and court personnel….” [Link to Survey.]

Quotation of the Week, re Moving Work to Customers

“…. A subtle, calculated business principle enabled by today’s electronic technology and increasingly used by businesses and government is to move work to customers….

From: NCSC’s “Multnomah County, Oregon, Circuit Court New Central Courthouse Planning and Space Programming Final Report,” August 2014

Context: “…. 1.2. Customer-Centric, Customer-Friendly Work Processes

A subtle, calculated business principle enabled by today’s electronic technology and increasingly used by businesses and government is to move work to customers. Electronic banking, airline ticket purchases, and internet shopping (i.e., Amazon, E-Bay,, etc.) are prime examples, as is e-filing. By doing so, the number of business transactions that require staff to engage in one-to-one (i.e., face-to-face, phone-to-phone, email-to-email, etc.) contact with a court user is reduced, saving time, money – and space – while enhancing productivity and efficiency….”  [Page 18 of the report, page 27 of the PDF.]

Next time you say, “well, he must be guilty of something …”: Your Worst Nightmare

ABA Journal magazine: Prisoner exonerations are at an all-time high, and it’s not because of DNA testing,” by Kevin Davis, September 1, 2014.

‘…. And even when he was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison, Awe continued to hold out hope that someone would get to the bottom of this mess.

“I suffered from the delusion that innocent people get to go home,” says Awe, who served nearly all three years before being exonerated. “I thought at some point someone would do an investigation. I never gave up hope even after being convicted.” [Link to full article.]

National Registry of Exonerations and Center on Wrongful Convictions

Updates (and venting) on PACER and AOC Removal of Court Documents

Major hat tips to the law librarian community for these updates!

If you want to vent, here are some who got there before you (as of this morning, 8/27/14):

1) US courts trash a decade’s worth of online documents, shrug it off: Ars technica article

2) ”The federal judiciary this month removed years of court records from its online archives, drawing concern from attorneys, journalists, researchers and open-record advocates who rely on remote access to files.

Court files that are no longer available on PACER include cases from the U.S. courts of appeals for the Second, Seventh, Eleventh and Federal circuits. Details about the cases that were removed are here.

Want to access a case filed in the Second Circuit before Jan. 1, 2010? You now must send an email or written request to the court clerks office to obtain the records. The cost: $30 for the entire file, which will be sent by email. (PACER costs are 10 cents per page. Opinions, however, are free.)

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts released a statement Tuesday that said a change was made to the PACER architecture to prepare for the implementation of the Next Generation of the Judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files System. NextGen replaces the older CM/ECF system and provides improvements for users, including a single sign-on for PACER and NextGen.

“As a result of these architectural changes, the locally developed legacy case management systems in four courts of appeal and one bankruptcy court are now incompatible with PACER, and therefore the judiciary is no longer able to provide electronic access to the closed cases on those systems,” the Administrative Office statement said. “The dockets and documents in these cases can be obtained directly from the relevant court.”

3) Read more, National Law Journal article: Read more: “PACER Changes Draw Ire of Attorneys, Journalists,” by Todd Ruger, Legal Times, August 26, 2014 (Google national law journal pacer if that link doesn’t work for you.)

4) “[S]ome filings no longer on PACER are still available via Bloomberg Law. Select others are available on Westlaw…. Based on my testing this morning on Bloomberg Law, you can no longer update dockets for matters removed from PACER without a courier dispatch. And you can not get docket documents that have never been viewed (the green hyperlinks for those of you familiar with Bloomberg Law) without a courier dispatch. But for items that have been accessed before (the blue hyperlinks), the PDF of the file remains.”

It’s not all online, folks: PACER Removes Many Federal Court Documents

So allow extra time for locating the documents you need. And remember, Time = Money.

No longer available on PACER:

As of August 10, 2014 the following information will no longer be available on PACER:

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit: Cases filed prior to January 1, 2010
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit: Cases filed prior to CM/ECF conversion
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit: Cases filed prior to January 1, 2010
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Cases filed prior to March 1, 2012
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California: Cases filed prior to May 1, 2001

For further information please contact the court directly. Contact information for each court is available on the Court Locator page.” [Link to PACER announcement.]