Saturday, October 29, 2005

FindLaw...New Look For a Favorite Site

I’ve heard that FindLaw, the popular web site relied upon by lawyers and the general public as a portal for legal information, changed its look this week. The old FindLaw front page, crowded with too much information, has become two pages: one for legal professionals (including law students) and one for consumers. At, tabs at the top of the page allow users to toggle between “For the Public” and “For Legal Professionals”. The consumer page features searching for a lawyer, along with basic information and sample forms in areas of law such as real estate, wills, divorce and employment, with links to state laws and courts. The “professionals” page is clearly divided into five sections: search; legal research (cases and codes and a law student page with U.S. law school links, study materials and career resources); legal products and services; practice tools such as reference sources and CLE information; and "In the News"--with links to news articles and “hot topic” court documents.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, October 28, 2005

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

We've heard a lot about the Supreme Court this week. Did you know you can also hear from the Supreme Court online? To hear Supreme Court arguments, go to Oyez where you can get streaming audio (using Real Player) of Hamdi, Padilla, Roe and many other cases on "hot topics" heard by the Supreme Court. If you want to go mobile with the Supreme Court, Oyez now has podcast capabilities where you can hear some of Chief Justice Robert's arguments before the Supreme Court before he joined the bench.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

St. Crispin's Day

If you had eyes like me, you may notice something slightly amiss. Reason is, St. Crispin's Day was actually yesterday. Anywho, St. Crispin lived in the 3rd century A.D. and most people will recognize the name because of the St. Crispin's Day speech in Shakespeare's Henry V. For a very interesting rendition of the speech, try to hunt up William Shatner's version of it.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

American Memory: Update

American Memory is a site hosted by the Library of Congress that offers a wealth of historical documents. They have recently added "Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789".

The Continental Congress Broadside Collection (253 titles) and the Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection (21 titles) contain 274 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Most broadsides are one page in length; others range from 1 to 28 pages. A number of these items contain manuscript
annotations not recorded elsewhere that offer insight into the delicate process of creating consensus. In many cases, multiple copies bearing manuscript annotations are available to compare and contrast.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, October 24, 2005

U.S. Supreme Court Center

Wouldn't it be easy if there was one web site that you could go to where you could find cases, forms, briefs, news and blogs for the Supreme Court. Sort of a one stop shopping to research on the Supreme Court. A new web site has recently been created to answer those needs. The U.S. Supreme Court Center, which is still in Beta, allows you to search by citation, party name or keyword or browse by volume or year for any Supreme Court case. It also provides links to numerous blogs, news sites and various other research sites that contain oral arguments, briefs, issues, etc. By starting with this site and using its links, you should be able to find all the Supreme Court information that the web has to offer.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Canine Legislation Information

As much as it pains this cat to admit it, dogs have rights, too. Those with an interest in animal law may find the American Kennel Club's ("AKC") Canine Legislation Web page worthwhile. The AKC's Canine Legislation Department monitors and provides input on federal, state, and local legislation governing responsible dog ownership. This site provides dog-related legislation, as well as position statements on laws that affect dogs and dog ownership. Various position statements cover such issues as the use of dogs in research, homeowners' insurance and dangerous dogs, breeding restrictions, ear cropping, and the like.

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Sunday, October 23, 2005


Memeorandum is the "newspaper" for keeping up with what is happening RIGHT NOW in politics or technology. Memeorandum is more then just another news or blog aggregator. It goes beyond say, a Google News for in addition to automatically tracking the top stories of the day, it also highlights and connects the conversations between bloggers and mainstream media about each topic. It creates a hybrid between mainstream news sources and the blogosphere, treating them equally. Interesting concept. Take a look & let me know what you think...

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