There has been lots of discussion recently about the data being collected by the NSA but very little that is helpful in understanding how such a large data-mining operation is actually carried out. Popular Mechanics has a very helpful piece, identifying the various players, recapping the timeline of the controversy, walking the reader through the steps of the program, and explaining what the folks at NSA are looking for.
Worried about what potential employers might see on your Twitter feed or Facebook page from a few years ago? Ever wished you could start over fresh in your social media life. If you’ve ever tried, you know how frustrating it can be. It’s almost like those social media sites don’t want you to leave. Actually, they do intentionally make closing or deleting an account complicated. But help is on the way. Take a look at Justdelete.me, a UK-based website that offers ratings of the difficulty of closing and removing your accounts on over 250 different social media apps and services. There are also instructions for deleting your accounts on most of the sites in the list. Now if there were only a way to vacuum up all those posts that got shared or re-Tweeted.
The most recent ABA Journal raises the question of whether endorsements on LinkedIn violate legal ethics rules. The SC Bar addressed this issue in an Ethical Advisory Opinion in 2009. The questions posed were:
1) May a South Carolina lawyer claim his or her Company X website listing, including peer endorsements, client ratings, and Company X ratings?
2) May a South Carolina lawyer invite peers, clients, or former clients to post comments and/or rate the lawyer ?
And the answers were:
1) Yes, a lawyer may claim the website listing, but all information contained therein (including peer endorsements, client ratings, and Company X ratings) are subject to the rules governing communication and advertising once the lawyer claims the listing.
2) A lawyer may invite peers to rate the lawyer and may invite and allow the posting of peer and client comments, but all such comments are governed by the Rules of Professional Conduct, and the lawyer is responsible for their content.
The question still remains about unsolicited endorsements. LinkedIn provides a way to hide endorsements. Does doing nothing constitute claiming? If a lawyer receives an unsolicited endorsement on LinkedIn and does not remove or hide it, has the lawyer “claimed” the endorsement such that it is now subject to all the rules governing communication and advertising, including those dealing with claims of expert status?
On January 30, 2013, the SC Bar received a report on the economic impact of the legal profession in South Carolina. The study was conducted by Dr. Joseph C. Von Nessen, Research Economist with the Division of Research at the USC Darla Moore School of Business. The conclusion states:
The legal profession in South Carolina is a diverse professional service industry that interacts and contributes to many sectors of the state’s economy. With nearly 13,000 lawyers and legal staff members working in South Carolina, the legal profession has a strong economic footprint in the state. This employment level is estimated to have a total economic impact of over $2.6 billion annually on South Carolina’s economy.
The full report can be found here: http://scbar.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=ZspiTtJ53lg%3d&tabid=81
The reference librarians of the Tarlton Law Library have assembled a research guide for the pending U.S. Supreme Court case, Fisher v. University of Texas. Oral arguments are scheduled for October 10, 2012. The guide can be found here: http://tarltonguides.law.utexas.edu/fisher-ut
The guide includes the text of selected court documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The guide also includes news coverage and law review articles about the Fisher case, and some basic information on UT student body profiles and statistics since 2008.
Tarlton’s librarians will continue to follow the case and update the guide as new articles are published.
The United States Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, by 39 brave men, including Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Charles Pinckney, John Rutledge, and Pierce Butler from South Carolina. Visit the National Constitution Center and learn more.
See if you can pass the naturalization test to become a citizen.
Faced with a 5 page limit, a lawyer opposing a Justice Department antitrust settlement with e-book publishers submitted his amicus brief in the form of a “graphic novelette.” At first, this sounds like a terrible idea, but it’s remarkably effective. He did make sure to comply with the font size and margin requirements.
But at least one court has recognized a case for fraudulent misrepresentation, based on assumption of a false persona or personae on the Internet. The Illinois Court of Appeals stated that the “[p]laintiff and “Jesse” began an on-line romantic relationship that lasted [from April 2005] until July 2006. In addition to e-mails, “Jesse” and plaintiff exchanged personal photos, handwritten letters, and gifts. They even spoke regularly on the telephone; plaintiff alleged that defendant used a voice-altering device to disguise her female voice. Defendant, under her own name, also maintained a relationship with plaintiff during this period. In addition, defendant created a universe of approximately 20 fictional on-line characters involved with “Jesse,” including an ex-wife, a son, various family members, a therapist, and friends living in the United States and abroad. These characters communicated with plaintiff from separate and distinct e-mail accounts and even sent photos, handwritten mail, and packages from different states and foreign countries. Plaintiff sent gifts worth over $10,000 to defendant, “Jesse,” and various other characters.”
To find the opinion and read it for yourself, search for Bonhomme & St. James as party names in the Illinois cases database of your favorite vendor.
Exams start in just a few weeks, so it’s discouraging to read that cheating is a mainstream activity.
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. ~Henry Ford
Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one. ~Chinese Proverb