Monthly Archives: January 2011

Specialized Legal Blogs

I follow a number of websites that recommend blogs. Inter-alia is one of my favorites.  Here is a blog that Tom Mighell recommends and I like a lot.  I will be posting several of these blogs for you to watch for specialized areas of law. First, here is a blog of interest for those of you in the arena of sports law.  

 Sports in the Courts,  http://www.sportsinthecourtsblog.com/ is a blog for you. It follows litigation in the sports world.  For an example, it covers the South Carolina lawsuit that alleges negligence for failure to warn the plaintiff of alligators in the golf course ponds.  It also covers all major lawsuits in the sports such as the Ole Miss Football player who died after an offseason workout,  Roger Clemens legal problems regarding conflict of interest of his lawyer, and Barry Bonds’ perjury trial.   There is much more.  Check it out for interesting sports and the law information. (DEL)

Judge Posner Doesn’t Like the Bluebook

In a recent Yale Law Journal article, Judge Richard Posner slaps around the latest edition of the venerable Bluebook.  “I don’t use The Bluebook or any other form book in either my judicial opinions or my academic writings.”*  Of course, he’s a big-time federal judge (and former president of the Harvard Law Review), so he can do that.  And he’s never been much of a fan.**  But that doesn’t mean he cites sources whimsically.  He has his own, much simpler, set of guidelines.  In his view, the Bluebook elevates form over substance.  Too much attention to the minutia of punctuation and abbreviation can disguise a lack of rigorous analysis.  “I want my law clerks to spend their time doing legal research and analysis rather than obsessing over citation form.”***

*Richard Posner, The Bluebook Blues, 120 Yale L.J. 850, 853 (2011)(book review).

**See, e.g., Richard Posner, Goodbye to the Bluebook, 53 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1343 (1986).

*** Posner, supra n. * at 859.

UPDATE:  For commentary on this review and interesting discussion in the comments, see The Volokh Conspiracy blog.

[PRM]

We are running out of email addresses!!!

No, but we are running our of  IP  addresses. Vint Cerf, known as a father of the Internet, announced that we would shortly be out of IPv4 Internet addresses with the 95% of the original 4.3 billion combinations have been used. The explosion of the internet and  electronic communications  have eaten up the possible combinations.

Fear Not! Cerf, who now works for Google says that Google is shifting to a new format, IPv6. This format used 128 bits rather than the current 32 bit format. For more information on the new format see,  http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/world-ipv6-day-firing-up-engines-on-new.html.This new format will result in 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 unique addresses.  This will give us plenty of IP addresses.

As for E-mail,  formats may change but there will also be a way to add more email addresses as we all must have our email everyday. (Post-DEL)

In Case You Were Wondering

Here’s another one from the Department of Things That Most of Us Don’t Have to Be Told: One cannot sue oneself. Find out who had to be told, and why, in Lee Publications, Inc. v. Dickinson School of Law, 848 A.2d 178 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2004). Use the citation to locate the case in print, or use the citation or party names to locate it online.

[RKM]

Student loans equal lack of character & fitness for bar?

The Ohio Supreme Court has recently affirmed the recommendation of the Ohio Board of Commissioners on Character & Fitness that an applicant be denied permission to take the bar exam.  The applicant had $170,000 in student loans, $16,500 in credit card debts, and no plan to repay them.  At least, no plan acceptable to the commissioners.  The court stated:

We accept the board’s findings of fact and conclude that the applicant has neglected his personal financial obligations by electing to maintain his part-time employment with the Public Defender’s Office in the hope that it will lead to a full-time position upon passage of the bar exam, rather than seeking full-time employment, which he acknowledges would give him a better opportunity to pay his obligations and possibly qualify him for an additional deferment of his student-loan obligation.

A catch-22 if there ever was one.

Library of Congress Chooses LII for Legislative Information Reorganization

The Library of Congress is updating and reorganizing the way it stores and supplies Congressional legislative information and materials digitally.  The US Library of Congress has selected the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University (LII) to help develop new methods to preserve, analyze, organize, and present Congressional legislative information and materials digitally.

 The official press release states, “This project introduces the idea of a model that reflects the life cycle of legislation–a significantly different model than the one used in traditional library materials.”

 The materials selected for this update include bills, Presidential documents, committee reports, public laws, and the United States Code.  The project includes the THOMAS website as well as the Legislative Information System (LIS) which is used internally by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

 Tom Bruce, Director of the LII has stated the goal,   “Our aim is to learn everything we can about what Congress, government, and citizens want to do with this information and design an architecture, centered on practical use of the Semantic Web, that will allow them not only to do those things, but things nobody’s thought of yet.”

 We look forward to the new sites as they are developed. Stay tuned. (Post-DEL)