Friday, February 13, 2015

Research and Technology Workshop series

Understand essential technology for classroom, office and courtroom.  Attend the LegalTech workshop on Tues. February 17th, 12:10-1pm in Room 243.

Pizza and free gift provided.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Challenge to NSA Warrantless Surveillance Dismissed

A judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has granted a cross-motion for summary judgment by the U.S. National Security Agency in a lawsuit challenging the agency's warrantless interception of Internet communication.

Read more here.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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)"

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Study Reveals Data on Lynching

The extra-judicial practice of lynching in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is a subject of interest to many students of legal history and civil rights. But compiling the hard statistical data, the victims and the when and where of the lynchings that took place in the United States, as well as the context of these events, has been a major challenge and an ongoing effort of historians and other scholars. Today, a New York Times article described a brand new report, "Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror," produced by the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization based in Montgomery, Alabama, after five years of research.  The Report Summary is available here, and the full report is available upon request from the organization.

As the article explains, "efforts to count the number of lynchings in the country go back at least to 1882, when the The Chicago Tribune began publishing each January a list of all executions and lynching in the previous year." In 1995, sociology professors Stewart Tolnay and E. M. Beck compiled what may be the most accurate inventory to that time, based on previously published lists.  The book based on their inventory, A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, 1882-1930, is available at Axinn Library. Both the new report and the books and articles by Tolnay and Beck are important resources for research on this topic.      

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Monday, February 09, 2015

The "Deep Web" and the "Dark Web" do you know the difference?

Thomson Reuters Legal Solutions Blog in the Law & Technology section has an interesting post "The Deep Web and The Dark Web Why Lawyers Need to Be Informed".   You may have some awareness because of the Silk Road trial and Bitcoin related arrests.

This is an introductory post that defines both terms and tells us why lawyers should be familiar with the terminology.  The next post will go into more detail and elaborate on the information that can be found.
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Sunday, February 08, 2015

Celebrity Justice Blawg

Need a  light reading of legal issues?  Are you interested in celebrities and popular culture?  Then take a look at the Celebrity Justice blawg.  This blawg covers the intersection of celebrities and the law, which includes celebrities who break the law and their legal problems.  Posts also include recaps for various the TV shows like the The Good Wife and How to Get Away with Murder.  The latest posts include the Suge Knight hit and run case, James Brown will dispute, Mark Wahlberg's pardon petition and more.  Click here to access the entire blawg.(Hat tip to ABA Journal BLAWG directory)

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