Riskless, Larcenous, and Legal: Dark Pools and HFTs for the Literary Thrillseeker

Art major Michael Lewis, as trustworthy as Diogenes (but with a better sense of humor), hits another home run (don’t forget Moneyball) with “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt”

It is of the “financial thriller” genre, and no less riveting than Harry Markopolos’s “No one would listen” (about Bernie Madoff and, also, the [insert your own appropriate adjective here] SEC).

Note: HFT = High Frequency Trader

Note 2: See reference to “... riskless, larcenous, and legal” in Flash Boys, chapter 4, “Tracking the Predator,” on pg. 124 of the first hardcover edition, 2014.

Internet of Things Resources (from LLRX)

Internet-of-Things (IOT) Resources,” by Marcus P. Zillman, Published on October 11, 2014

…. The Internet of Things (IOT) Resources

The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment….” [Link to the IOT Resource guide.]

Oregon CURE: Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants

I just learned about Oregon’s CURE: Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants

About: “CURE History: “CURE was formally constituted as a non-profit organization in 1975 in San Antonio, Texas by Charles and Pauline Sullivan. The Sullivan’s interest in prison reform began during their involvement in peaceful anti-war demonstrations during the 1960s when they were arrested and jailed along with other protestors. This experience brought to the Sullivans’ attention the general indifference to those incarcerated.”

Link to a definition of the word “errant.”

Documenting Ferguson: Digital Repository for Students, Teachers, and the Communuity

From Washington University Libraries digital gateway: Documenting Ferguson is a digital repository that seeks to preserve and make accessible community- and media-generated, original content that was captured and created following the killing of 18-year-old, Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. A freely available resource for students, scholars, teachers, and the greater community, Documenting Ferguson has the ultimate goal of providing diverse perspectives of the events surrounding the conflicts in Ferguson….” [Link to Documenting Ferguson website.]

Small Claims Court Resources for Oregon Lawyers: CLEs, Video, Books, History

We have lots of OLR blog posts for the public about Oregon Small Claims Courts (SCC), but this particular OLR blog post addresses the most frequently asked SCC questions from Oregon attorneys:

Small Claims Courts? County Circuit and Justice Courts will have on-site or website information about their respective Justice & Small Claims Courts, including forms, FAQs, court rules, etc.

Current CLEs? Check with OSB, OSB sections, MBA, and OLI for Small Claims Court CLEs for current MCLE credit.

Past SCC CLEs? The Washington County Law Library has PDFs from 2 previous CLE PowerPoint presentations, courtesy of Judge Todd (Multnomah County Circuit Court Pro Tem Judge). Email the Law Library to request copies.

Books? “Using Small Claims Court in Oregon.” by Janay Haas, 2012. Public libraries and public law libraries have copies of this book, but, live a little: buy yourself a copy. It won’t break the bank and you won’t regret it: Order from the Oregon Legal Guides website.

Also, “Everybody’s Guide to Small Claims Court,” by Ralph Warner, Nolo (various editions – please visit the Nolo website for current edition and updates. Many public libraries will have this book in their collections.) (This book is not Oregon-specific.)

Articles? “It can be a jungle in there: a litigants view of Small Claims Court,” by Janay Haas, Oregon State Bar Bulletin, August/September 2014, pp. 19-25. (Well worth reading, especially if you’re a lawyer who wants to know how courts, lawyers, and our judicial system look from the public’s point of view. Spoiler Alert: It’s not pretty and will debunk, as I can too, just about everything you assumed about the accessibility and fairness of “people’s courts.”

History? Small Claims Court Resources: Oregon Laws (1915, 1917), SCC Bibliographies, and my own small claims court / people’s court bibliography.

Videos? The Oregon State Bar (OSB) videotaped this Wednesday, November 7th, 2013, Small Claims Court program that we presented at the Beaverton City Library,  “All Rise! Take Your Case to Oregon Small Claims Court,” with program presenters:

Honorable Steven A. Todd, Judge Pro Tem, Multnomah County Circuit Court
Janay Haas, Oregon attorney and author of Using Small Claims Court in Oregon
Laura Orr, Program Moderator, Washington County Law Library Director

Small Claims Court Coaches: You can sign up to be a Small Claims Court Coach with the OSB Referral Service. (Many Oregon lawyers also serve as Small Claims Court pro tem and volunteer judges – there’s a lot of experience among them – take one to lunch if you’re interested in learning about coaching small claims court clients or testing your skill at judging in small claims court. It’s way more difficult than it looks.)

Judge Judy: Don’t ever underestimate Judge Judy. And, for heaven’s sake, please don’t overestimate Oregon small claims court clients who think watching Judge Judy is all they need to do to prepare their cases in Oregon Small Claims Courts. Yeesh.

Blackstone’s Commentaries Go “Hollywood”: Free Video, with Bogart, Wells, but no Fish

Hat tip to Yale Law Library blog post: “Blackstone Goes Hollywood” – and we’re the studio,” June 5, by Mike Widener

Excerpt from Worlds of Law Blackstone Goes Hollywood post:

I’ve made a new video—about Blackstone’s Commentaries. It’s also about storytelling form in legal history. My sister-in-law once named a fish Blackstone, which I thought was a very nice sign of respect to the great eighteenth-century explicator of the common law, but the fish plays no part in this video. But Humphrey Bogart does. And so does Orson Welles….” [Link to full blog post and video.]

Grandparents and other Third-parties Seeking Custody of Children in Oregon

Please also read previous blog posts on this topic, especially this one: Grandparent Visitation Rights in Oregon

There are lots of free legal forms online and in print, but none of them will be the exact forms you need in your specific case. You can lose a lot of time and money if you file the wrong forms.

Courts are very, very careful when it comes to child custody legal matters. Oregon courts do not have official or fill-in-the-blank child custody legal forms for parents, grandparents, or for any third party seeking child custody. You need to draft your own forms specific to your legal situation.

There is a useful booklet you can read for some background information on this subject. Link to the booklet from this blog post:

Oregon Legal Guide for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children

If you want to represent yourself in your case, you will have to research the laws and the regulations about child custody and third-party rights and then you will have to prepare your case. You will need to do this research in a law library. You can find a list of Oregon county law libraries at the Oregon Council of County Law Libraries (OCCLL) website.

You can also ask a lawyer to serve as a “coach.” Find a lawyer who will review your situation. Explain that you want to proceed as a self-represented litigant and ask if the lawyer would be willing to serve as a “coach” to help you through the legal process. (This is also known as “limited scope legal assistance.” You and your lawyer will sign an agreement that limits the scope of the lawyer-client engagement and legal liability.)

You can also ask a lawyer to represent you in a custody case. The lawyer will give you an analysis of the likelihood of you prevailing in your case and give you an estimate of what it will cost.

The Oregon State Bar Information and Referral Service has a toll free number to call to get names of attorneys in your area; call their referral service at 503-684-3763 or 1-800-452-7636 or visit their website.

Educating Homeless Children: Legal Requirements (ABA Report)

Gallagher Blogs, July 2, 2014, post: Educating Homeless Kids:

“Nearly a quarter of homeless people are children.* Over a million children were homeless at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. And being homeless can make it tough to get an education. To address some of the problems, the McKinney- Vento Homeless Assistance Act (1987) set up the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program.

The ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty just published “Educating Children Without Housing: A Primer on Legal Requirements and Implementation Strategies for Educators, Advocates and Policymakers” …. [Link to full Gallagher Blogs post.]

That direct link to the book at the ABA Store works now, but if it ceases to work, visit the ABA Store and look for this title: “Educating Children Without Housing: A Primer on Legal Requirements and Implementation Strategies for Educators, Advocates and Policymakers,” 4th Edition, 2014.

Free Copyright-Status Handbook: “Is it in the Public Domain?

From UC Berkeley Law, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic:


Creative Commons: May 27, 2014, by Menesha A. Mannapperuma, Brianna L. Schofield, Andrea K. Yankovsky, Lila Bailey, and Jennifer M. Urban

The Samuelson Clinic is excited to provide a handbook, “Is it in the Public Domain?,” and accompanying visuals. These educational tools help users to evaluate the copyright status of a work created in the United States between January 1, 1923 and December 31, 1977—those works that were created before today’s 1976 Copyright Act. Many important works—from archival materials to family photos and movies—were created during this time, and it can be difficult to tell whether they are still under copyright.” [Link to handbook.]

Hat tip to InfoDocket.