April Fool, or Not: The Oregon State Bar is Looking for Lawyer Poets

Calling all Poets (from the OSB Legal Pubs blog)

But if you’re going to write haiku, please, please, please do it right. (Sigh.) Haiku isn’t what you wrote in 5th grade (or even for your first love or your first legal newsletter submission, no matter how much you were patted on the head for your, um, creativity.) Haiku is creative writing, but there are Rules, just like brief writing. (Sorry.)

My favorite for beginners “how to write haiku” book is this one by David Coomler, but there are others (including websites) and don’t forget Senryu, which can be described as Japanese satirical poems. (Senryu can be very, very funny or simply a gurgle of amusement.)

“Hokku : writing traditional haiku in English : the gift to be simple,” by David Coomler

For fun: Baseball Haiku

And, lest you think Haiku is there for the taking (or the re-printing), from our favorite lawyer-poet there is this: Haiku and the Fair Use Doctrine

How to Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete with One Hand and Other One-Hand Keyboard Accessibility Tips

I like “using your keyboard one handed” from AbilityNet dot org in the U.K. (with or without Scotland).

There are lots of other instructions on searching the interwebs with one hand, e.g. use these search words: control alt delete one handed or computer keyboard one hand or other variations that tickle your fancy.

Summer Reading: Law and Non-law Fiction for Attorneys

The Oregon State Bar’s Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor, gives us a list of intriguing books for our reading pleasure:

As an attorney, two things are reasonably certain to occur in your lifetime: Sallie Mae will deduct an astronomically high student loan payment from your checking account and someone, somewhere will ask you if you’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird and if you were aware that John Grisham used to be a real honest-to-God practicing attorney. It is at this point that you will calmly try to explain that you read more than just legal thrillers...” Link to Ian’s blog post and current list of recommendations.

How to Find the Right Domain Name? Are you .Cool? .Blue? .Futbol? .Expert?

Have you checked out domain names recently? They include this small sample:

.bike, .blue, buzz, .camp, .ceo, .cool, .expert, .futbol, .guru, .pink, .recipes, .tips, .solutions, .tattoo., .training, and hundreds more.

Find lists of other domain names:

Wikipedia List of Internet Top Level Domains

Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and their Root Zone Database.


We the People Book Club (Classroom Law Project)

Even if we don’t join all those book clubs dangled so temptingly (ahem) in front of us, we can still add their books to our personal reading lists.

But if you are inclined to join a Lucky Lab CLP book group meet-up and if you’re a bit of a law and governement wonk, here’s a book club for you:

We the People Book Club, which meets at the Lucky Lab, will be reading the following books:

“It can be hard to keep up with all the great books about American government and democracy. Back by popular demand is a a book club where we will explore great books — loosely related to the Units in the WTP text — with great friends over a pretty good dinner. Leading book club discussions is the always insightful Susie Marcus and with her Shelley Larkins, the winning, inquisitive and fun attorney coach from Grant HS’s Con Team.

•Tuesday, Dec. 3 Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
•Tuesday, Feb. 25 Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Life Among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe
•Tuesday, Apr. 29 Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy by Gary May
•Tuesday, May 27 Peyote vs. the State: Religious Freedom on Trial by Garrett Epps
•Tuesday, Jun. 17 My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor…” [Read the blog post and visit the CLP homepage.]