June 2009

What frame are you working in?

June 30, 2009

During my research for a new post I’m working on, I read a 1995 Wired Magazine interview with artist Brian Eno. He said something in the article that’s stuck with me over the weekend. In response to the question, “what kind of advice would you give to a musician now starting off?,” he had this to say: Oddly enough, I [...]

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Books Have a Presence.

June 27, 2009

The other night, Mark Bennett, a well-known Houston criminal defense attorney, and I had a very brief exchange on Twitter about a tweet that he’d just received the Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure (which you can order here). Here’s the exchange: MarkWBennett: My Georgetown Law Journal Annual Review of Criminal Procedure arrived [...]

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Electronic Casebooks: Where Words Go to Thrive?

June 23, 2009

“Law students are burdened by the cost, weight, excess and contents of print casebooks.” Quote from memo on future of casebook conference. Back in 2006, Jeff Jarvis wrote a post in BuzzMachine titled “The book is dead. Long live the book.” If you get a chance, you should read it and scroll through the 100+ [...]

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Dear Valued Customer: You are a thief.

June 20, 2009

“Due to the nature of this product, it cannot be returned to us and there are no guarantees that a customer will delete it from their computer, so to discourage fraudulent refund claims we ask that you write your reasons for wishing a refund. This will also help us to better serve our customers. If [...]

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Ideas for Now: Authentication for legal blogs

June 17, 2009

A recent post from the Legal Research Plus blog about the authenticity of state primary source material got me to thinking about the same problem for legal blogs. Namely, when I’m reading a blog discussing an aspect of law, can I trust that the authority cited within hasn’t been amended or overruled in some manner? [...]

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Thinking of Legal Blogs as Modules

June 15, 2009

By Jason Wilson “Users of legal information can help create new kinds of arrangements with the information providers.” Evalyn Groove & P.J. Lucier, Banks-Baldwin Law Publishing Company in 1991. Last year I was reading a post by Jordan Furlong titled “A message to my legal publishing colleagues,” and in it he referred to a 2006 post [...]

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Ideas for Now: CALR Linkrater

June 11, 2009

Somebody mentioned brief banks on Twitter a few days ago, and that got me to thinking about the types of information that I use to steal from other partners’ and associates’ briefs when I practiced. It was mainly the procedural stuff. I would always look at the way they framed burdens and standards, and the [...]

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Does Your Research Include Legal Blogs?

June 8, 2009

“My guess is that legal blogs will partially fill the ‘practicality’ gap between the legal academy and the rest of us. Blogs provide a unique opportunity for law teachers to directly influence the development of the law in near real time.”  U.S. Dist. Judge Richard G. Kopf (April 2006 interview with Ian Best). I have found [...]

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