Saturday, January 11, 2014

Bankruptcy Blog

For those of you coming back to a Bankruptcy or Advanced Bankruptcy course this semester, there's an excellent blog that I'd like to recommend.  Bankruptcy Blog stays current with daily updates and commentary on case law from all U.S. jurisdictions and other developments in the highly specialized field of corporate bankruptcy.  This blog is a creation of the premier bankruptcy firm, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and is published by their Business Finance & Restructuring (BFR) department.  Partners and associates from across the firm contribute to the blog, with occasional outside contributors.

In 2012, Weil's Bankruptcy Blog was the only bankruptcy-related blog included in the 6th Annual ABA Journal Blawg 100, an annual listing of the top 100 legal blogs as selected by the ABA Journal staff.  It will keep you in the know about how bankruptcy law is being interpreted by the courts and discussed by the experts.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, January 10, 2014

More Socio-Philosophical musings - Cats v. Dogs

Moving from feudal thoughts of the dark ages to an ageless debate - cats v. dogs.

Two preeminent pundits in the NY Times debate dualism and the age-old fundamental philosophical question - are you a cat person or a dog person -  with some politics thrown in.

How could I resist with this photo featured ?

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, January 09, 2014

A Neo-Feudal Model of Online Security?

Such is the provocative thesis of this article in Wired magazineAccording to the article,

“Some of us have pledged our allegiance to Google: We have Gmail accounts, we use Google Calendar and Google Docs, and we have Android phones. Others have pledged allegiance to Apple: We have Macintosh laptops, iPhones, and iPads; and we let iCloud automatically synchronize and back up everything. Still others of us let Microsoft do it all. Or we buy our music and e-books from Amazon, which keeps records of what we own and allows downloading to a Kindle, computer, or phone. Some of us have pretty much abandoned e-mail altogether … for Facebook.

These vendors are becoming our feudal lords, and we are becoming their vassals. We might refuse to pledge allegiance to all of them – or to a particular one we don’t like. Or we can spread our allegiance around. But either way, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to not pledge allegiance to at least one of them.”

Have a look at the article and see whether you agree.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

20 Best Legal Productivity Apps of 2013

If you want to know what apps are popular with the legal crowd, check out this list of the 20 most popular legal apps for 2013 taken from's popular App of the Week posts.

From Air Sketch – Turn your iPad into a Whiteboard or Presentation Tool to JuryPad – Everything You Need to Select Your Jury, you can find a wide variey of apps perfect for your legal career.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Online Research Resources: Medical Research Law & Policy Report (BNA)

If you are interested in a publication that offers coverage of regulatory and legal developments concerning the medical research industry, then take a look at BNA's Medical Research Law & Policy Report.  Dates of coverage are from March 20, 2002 to the present.

To access the Medical Research Law & Policy Report (BNA) :

  • Click the "Online Resources Subject List" link
  • Then, click "Health Law/Medicine" link
  • Scroll down to "Medical Research Law & Policy Report (BNA)"

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat