Articles Tagged with Lawyers

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As of yesterday, .law domains are available for purchase, but only by licensed attorneys. This new top level domain is an attempt to provide verification to lawyer websites. For the first week the domains will be costly, although the price drops significantly each day. So expect to see big law firms gobble up the prime “real estate” first. Solo practitioners and small firms will likely get in the game as prices go down.

If you’re a lawyer, you can purchase through an authorized registrar. If you’re seeking a lawyer, you’ll see these domains pop up over the following weeks.

Source: “New .Law Domains Go on Sale Today – Here’s How to Buy One” by Robert Ambrogi.

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It’s summertime. Even lawyers are allowed to dream about food and love. From the ABA Journal Galleries:

6 lawyers with food truck businesses (ABA Gallery, circa 2014)

10 romance novelists with law degrees (ABA Gallery, circa 2014)

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“Could Volvo’s No Death Goal Show The Way for Access to Justice Innovation,” February 1, 2015 by Richard Zorza

I recently discovered that Volvo Cars has set a zero death goal for its new cars by 2020.

Our vision is that no one is killed or injured in a new Volvo by 2020,” the chief of governmental affairs is reported to have sad. Whether or not they actually achieve the specifics of that goal is less important than the fact that by setting such a goal, and doing so publicly, they change their whole system from thinking day to day, or year to year, to where they really want to be. (More on the vision here.) Interestingly, it turns out that a bit less than 20 years ago Sweden set as a goal that “Nobody should be killed or seriously injured within the road transport system” so this is also an example of corporate culture following governmental policy.

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Quotation of the week:

Clackamas County Commissioner Smith: “You can’t even burp at a lawyer for $1,500,” in “County board wrestles with legal funding,” 20 August 2014, by Shasta Kearns Moore, Portland Tribune (appears in the 8/26/14, print edition)

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“Change afoot in American civil justice system,” Jul 22, 2014, by Rebecca Love Kourlis (former justice of the Colorado Supreme Court).

Excerpt:

“…. Due process in the American civil justice system is like sweet green grass: It is essential to our lifeblood, but too much can be deadly. Beginning in 2008, the profession began to sound the alarm that the civil justice system was indeed in danger of foundering. The ABA Section of Litigation was part of that chorus. More than 3,000 members of the section participated in a survey (PDF), which found that:

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The American Bar Association’s  Equal Justice Conference (EJC) 2014 will be held in Portland, Oregon.

You may register for a pre-conference session for $75, without having to register for the entire EJC conference!

Among other EJC and pre-conference programs, there is one for Access to Justice (A2J) professionals, public law librarians, and those who are interested public law library or public library legal reference services and A2J (access to justice) issues:

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The ABA Journal alerts us to a new comic book heroine who is a lawyer in “real life.” Maybe the comic will be as funny as the article and the Comments:

LAW IN POPULAR CULTURE: Meet She-Hulk, heroine of new comic book series who can bench-press a bus and runs her own law firm,” Feb 11, 2014, by Martha Neil.

Can’t wait to see what the Portland Mercury will do with Hulk’s she-cousin.

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Anything But Law School Graduate Scholarship

The flip side of  “too many lawyers“:  Some reports estimate that 55% of attorneys are baby-boomers. If that % is correct, and the tail end of baby-boomer-dom was 1958, it’s quite possible we’ll need a lot of replacement lawyers really soon.

Some lawyers retire in order to do other things, but many lawyers will retire because the practice of law isn’t much fun anymore (e.g. legal research has become no “more than a google box on top of a legal database.”

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The following Oregon county law libraries purchase and lend current OSB and OLI CLE course materials for independent study (and MCLE credit):  Clackamas, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, and Washington.

You can find more information at the Oregon Legal Research blog post:

Oregon Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Course Materials in Law Libraries