Saturday, May 15, 2010

Licensed to Practice?--2010 Update

Where do you go when you have to know: Is Lawyer X licensed to practice in State Y? This sometimes elusive information might be available from a state court, bar association, or licensing and disciplinary commission, depending upon the state. But one guide, "A Compilation of State Lawyer Licensing Databases," by Andrew Zimmerman and Trevor Rosen, puts it all together, with licensing authority links, phone numbers, and special notes and advice on attorney directory access for all fifty states. Just this week, a newly revised and updated version was published on LLRX, the law and technology site. This guide and, for locating state and county bar association memberships, disciplinary actions, and lawyer referral sites, are great resources to bookmark for future reference.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, May 14, 2010


You have made it through!! Best of luck to you!! Definitely stop by now and again to visit - either online or in bricks and mortar.

Also, WAY TO GO!! to everyone else. You made it through the year. I look forward to purring with you over the summer and/or next Fall.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Beware What You Tweet, If You Visit The UK

Careless use of social media bears its own hazards, both domestically and abroad. See, for instance, this news story, in which a man was convicted of communicating an ostensibly threatening message via Twitter, in violation of UK law.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor

Check out the Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor. Created by the United States Department of Labor, it is a tool that helps businesses determine which federal disability discrimination laws apply. It also provides guidance and information to help businesses understand the requirements under these laws.

Hat tip to the Workplace Prof Blog

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 The goal of the site is to create a free and competitive real time alert tool for the U.S. judicial system.

At present, the site has daily information regarding all precedential opinions issued by the 13 federal circuit courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. Each day, we also have the non-precedential opinions from all of the Circuit courts except the D.C. Circuit. This means that by 5:10pm PST, the database will be updated with the opinions of the day, with custom alerts going out shortly thereafter.

The coverage of our corpus for a given court varies, but it is growing on a daily basis. We are working to integrate the documents from other online sites that provide free public access to court documents.

Boolean searching of the opinions is available and I recommend clicking on the Advanced search link and "more details" at the bottom.

Hat tip to Law Librarian blog for the site.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, May 10, 2010

Increase in Link Rot for Law and Policy Related Web Resources

I came across a very interesting post while prowling the Law Librarian Blog. Apparently,the Chesapeake Project Legal Information Archive's Third Annual Study reports that “link rot” has doubled among the original URLs for law- and policy-related materials published to the Web and archived though the Chesapeake Project .

Click here to see the Project's findings.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Hat tip to the Law Librarian Blog