Monthly Archives: February 2010

Study Aids for Smart Phones

Looking for a handy way to review while at the beach over spring break?  Of course, you are!  The current RIPS blog post discusses more iPhone apps, including some study aids.

“The Law in a Flash flash cards carry an average price of $31.99 (only Professional Responsibility comes in higher at $47.99). Functionality includes shuffle mode and the ability to make notes on the cards. The downside to purchasing study aids in this format, though, is resale. Once you’ve purchased these flash cards, they are yours. An upside to this is that when it comes time to study for the bar, buyers will have one additional study resource. iPhoneJD has a review.

For the aural learners, West has made its Sum & Substance audio resources available as an app. Consult the West website for topics available. Prices range from $49.99 to $59.99. Again, like the flash cards, once buyers purchase, there is no resale.”


Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009

Key provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009, signed into law by President Obama on May 22, 2009, take effect today. The Federal Reserve Board approved its final rule last month. The new rule amends Regulation Z to address CARD Act amendments to the Truth in Lending Act. For more information, visit the Federal Reserve’s page on “What You Need to Know: New Credit Card Rules.”   (Post-TC)

Mystic Krewe of Shangri-Law?

When things did not go well between the king’s wife and the Captain of the Mystic Krewe of Shangri-La during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Captain refused to escort the king to the ball. The king, Wayne Cresap, resigned and sued the Krewe for breach of contract.  Read Cresap v. Lonatra, 427 So. 2d 46 (La. Ct. App. 1983) to discover whether there was a breach of contract. Use the citation to find or get the document or create your own search.

Happy Mardi Gras!


SC Reaches for Success

SC’s technical colleges will be receiving much needed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for public computer centers and computer labs throughout the state. According to U.S. Commerce Secretary, Gary Locke, the 5.9 million dollar grant will enable the computer centers at the 16 member colleges of SC’s Technical College System to serve twice as many users and provide easier access to educational resources, jobs databases, and job skill workshops. The press release is on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA’s) website.

Interested in tracking the Recovery Act money? Visit (Post-TC)

Let It Snow

Are the general characteristics of a snowman a fit subject for judicial notice? The Second Circuit Court of Appeals says yes in the copyright infringement case of Eden Toys, Inc. v. Marshall Field & Company, 675 F.2d 498 (1982). The Court did a thorough job of comparing two snowman toys by different manufacturers and held that any similarities arose from the characteristics common to all snowmen, which are “known generally and thus appropriate for judicial notice.” Research hint: Use the citation information to locate this case in print or online, or use the party names as a search query in your database system of choice.


Free Legal Research Database

Here is a very simple database for free legal research,  NOLO has a basic page with definitions and explanations of law and legislative law enactment.  The main web page has links to a federal laws section with access to the United States constitution, United States code, and Code of Federal Regulations. All of these databases are searchable by citation or by keyword. There is also a corresponding State law database for all 50 states. Most of these links are to the State’s code web page but they are all together in one spot for quick searching.  This is a good, free, basic set of resources. (Post-Del)

Interested in Public Interest Law?

Visit Equal Justice Works at and subscribe to their weekly E-Clips newsletter; check out their blog; or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Also, explore summer and fellowship programs available to law students and visit their Resources page to learn more about how to launch a public service career and debt relief possibilities. FYI: The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair will be held in D.C. in October. (Post-TC)

Legal research on your iPhone

Fastcase – a competitor to Casemaker – has introduced a legal research app for iPhones.  Robert Ambrogi reviews it on his website, Lawsites.  The app, which is awaiting approval from Apple, “will be free to download and searching the Fastcase library using the app will also be free. First-time users will be required to register, but there will be no cost. Current Fastcase subscribers will be able to use their existing log-on and password.”

Other legal vendors are in the apps market.  For example, Lexis has a free iPhone app, for Lexis subscribers.  Lawbox, yet another legal research app, is reviewed on a website called iPhone J.D.

It’s the future – now.