Saturday, May 19, 2012

Electronic Filing Reaches All Federal Courts

The announcement caught my attention as many of you leave for summer work or embark upon your future profession in the "real world" of clients and cases. As of this week, every United States federal district, appellate, and bankruptcy court now accepts electronic case filings through the courts' CM/ECF system for document filing and case management. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., was the final court to join the system. It adopted, effective May 17, revised Federal Circuit Rule 25 provisions that require, with certain exceptions, electronic filing of court case documents. Joining the CM/ECF system will permit the Federal Circuit to make its electronically filed documents available in the PACER (Online Service for Access to Court Electronic Records) database. To learn more and keep current on PACER and electronic filing in federal courts, begin here.  Current Hofstra law students and faculty should see a reference librarian for access to PACER.       

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, May 18, 2012

CONGRATS !!!!!!!!!!!


3Ls - you made it through.  Best of luck on the Bar Exam and everything that follows.  Come to visit us in the Library - you are always welcome.

2Ls - you made it through another year.  Two down, one to go.

1Ls - you survived your first year.  It gets much easier and will be lot less stressful here on out.

Have a great Summer everyone.  As I mentioned in my Summer Hours post on Wednesday, we will be here all Summer.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Is Bigfoot Legally Fair Game?

Those of you who may be considering a Sasquatch hunt during your Summer break may want to start in Texas. This article will explain why.

(Acknowledgement to Legal Blog Watch.)

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Summer Hours Begin Today

The library's summer hours begin today!

Our summer hours through August 13 are:

Monday - Thursday:    8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Friday:                        8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Saturday-Sunday      10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.


Sunday, May 20, 201210 AM - 8 PM
Monday, May 28, 2012CLOSED
Wednesday, Jul 4, 2012CLOSED

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Your Facebook "Likes" Are Not Free Speech

Be Careful Who You "Like"

In the article Your Facebook 'likes' can get you fired, the author notes that "Applying old laws to new technology can be tricky. ...

In the case of "Bland v. Roberts, Bobby Bland and four coworkers in the sheriff's department in Hampton, Va., clicked the "like" button on the Facebook page of Jim Adams, who was running against their boss, Sheriff B.J. Roberts, in 2009. Roberts won, and promptly fired all five, citing budget constraints, unsatisfactory work performance, and a lack of "harmony and efficiency" in the office. But Bland and his cohort contended it was liking Adams' Facebook page that got them canned."

The judge ruled that clicking the like button on Facebook isn't free speech.  But has the application of the law, or the applier, really caught up with technology?

"That's fine as far as it goes, say legal scholars, but the act of liking something on Facebook may be far more of a statement than the judge apparently realized. "Judges in general do not really understand Facebook," observes Eric Goldman, who teaches at Santa Clara University School of Law in Silicon Valley. He also directs the school's High Tech Law Institute and writes a blog on high-tech legal issues."

So, remember to be careful who you "like."

(Read more here at Your Facebook 'likes' can get you fired)

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, May 14, 2012

iPhone J.D.

iPhone J.D. is a site for lawyers using iPhones and iPads published by Jeff Richardson, an attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana.  All right you know how to use your iPhones and iPads, but this site has some interesting posts on some of the technology trends.  Today's post is a review of the book Paperless by David Sparks. 

Suspect a lot of people are looking forward to an electronic casebook.  May arrive sooner than we think.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat