Saturday, April 04, 2009

NATO Online

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed sixty years ago, on April 4, 1949, when twelve countries signed the North Atlantic Treaty as a defensive alliance after World War II and in light of the growing power of the Communist countries to their east. Today, the NATO web site provides a wealth of information for law students and anyone researching international relations--historical background and organization, NATO in the news, facts and updates about NATO operations throughout the world, and data about NATO's relations with specific countries. Check out the NATO e-library, which provides basic documents of the Alliance going back to 1949 as well as key speeches and NATO news conferences.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Government Printing Office (GPO)

You’ve often seen references to GPO Access in this blog, but have you ever wondered about the GPO, or Government Printing Office, itself? This GPO fact sheet will likely tell you all you want to know about this most venerable of U.S. government institutions.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

April Fool’s Day Database

Enjoy the April Fool’s Database, a catalog of April Fool's Day hoaxes, pranks, and related events throughout history, categorized by year and theme. The theme of this particular page is law.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Attorney Ethics Standards to Take Effect in New York

A new New York Code of Conduct goes into effect tomorrow. About three quarters of the rules are from the current state code and the remainder are lifted from or modified ABA Model Rules. The new code adopted the format and numbering of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, March 30, 2009

Women in the Profession

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession provides some good resources for both attorneys and law students. It offers a list of upcoming events and provides links to news articles on women in the law. Its publications page is filled with many reports (some of them free, even) and is a great place to start when doing research in women in the legal profession.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Storing With Paper

This week, David Pogue posted an interview about "data rot" with the curator of the Computer History Museum. The crux of the interview is that electronic methods of storing information don't last very long at all and constantly need to be backed up. And it includes this quote:

consider paper as an archival medium. Some paper we have has lasted thousands of years. If Moses had gotten the Ten Commandments on a floppy disk, it would never have made it to today.
This means that if you want to have any of your written documents twenty years from now, consider printing them.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat