Saturday, May 05, 2012

Law Firm Pronunciation Guide

When the conversation in the Library this week isn't about exams, it's about jobs. Here's something new to eliminate at least some of the job search stress facing law students. You no longer have to fear mispronouncing the names of prospective employers such as Sughrue Mion PLLC, Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP, and hundreds of others. Georgetown Law's Office of Career Services has just launched their Law Firm Pronunciation Guide.  Click on any firm name in the list to hear an MP3 audio file with the correct pronunciation before you set out for that interview. 

Acknowledgment to Legal Blog Watch.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, May 04, 2012

Spoiled for Cloud Choices

Since I live in the Cloud, of course, I store all my documents in the Cloud.  One of my favorite tools is Dropbox - see my original post from 2009.   Now, of course, Google, has entered the fray with Google Drive .    These are not the only players - the Cloud storage/sync realm is now crowded with other resources.   How is a cat to keep them all straight and find the best tool for my needs??

Check out Google Drive vs. Dropbox, SkyDrive, SugarSync, and others: a cloud sync storage face-off a great article complete with screen shots and a feature comparison chart.

Hat tip to another favorite - ProfHacker - with another good analysis of Google Drive, DropBox and the other options.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Supreme Court To Rule On Ineffective Assistance Of Counsel Claim

In a move relevant to all attorneys, whether aspiring or practicing, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari on Monday in the case of Chaidez v. United States. The Court will rule on petitioner’s ineffective assistance of counsel claim. Read more here.

(Acknowledgement to Jurist.)

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) Passes the House of Representatives

CISPA is headed for the U.S. Senate.  So, what is CISPA and how did it get to the Senate?  "CISPA’s designed to let private business share information about cybersecurity threats with one another and with the U.S. federal government."

(Read more about the CISPA controversy here:

Although the cybersecurity legislation has many supporters, there are others who do not believe that citizens' privacy is adequately addressed.  "In a statement, Michelle Richardson, [the American Civil Liberties Union] ACLU legislative counsel, said that “CISPA goes too far for little reason. Cybersecurity does not have to mean abdication of Americans’ online privacy. As we’ve seen repeatedly, once the government gets expansive national security authorities, there’s no going back. We encourage the Senate to let this horrible bill fade into obscurity.”"

(For more information about CISPA supporters and critics, see:
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, April 30, 2012

Employees of the Semester, Spring 2012

A survey will be emailed to you soon (May 1)  asking you to nominate the "Employees of the Semester, Spring 2012".  Please let us know who you think should be recognized for their extraordinary work during the Spring 2012 semester.
You are requested to nominate 1 staff member and 1 administrator.

It does help us if you can provide a name,  although, we have figured out nominations from some pretty esoteric clues.
Please note that faculty members/professors – are not eligible.

The survey is anonymous and the input is greatly appreciated.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat