Posted On: April 29, 2008

NY Legislature: Bill would Add 39 Judges to Family Court Bench

An article in the April 29, 2008 New York Law Journal ( that the state Assembly's Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote tomorrow (April 30) on the bill A10615/S7585 which would create 14 additional family court judgeships in New York City and 25 elsewhere in the state of New York. Click on the links below to see the text of the bill and its sponsoring memorandum:

Text of Bill A10615/S7587 Additional Family Court Judges

Sponsors Memorandum for Bill A10615/S7587 Additional Family Court Judges

Posted On: April 29, 2008

Schedule for Rebate Checks

Information regarding the schedule for sending out rebate checks has been posted on the Taxgirl blog at

Posted On: April 28, 2008

Judge Explains Not Guilty Verdicts in Sean Bell Case

New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Cooperman issues a statement explaining his verdict as he announced that he was acquitting three New York Police Department (NYPD) officers in the death of Sean Bell. To see that statement, click on the link below:

Statement issued by Justice Arthur Cooperman explaining verdicts in the case of Sean Bell

Posted On: April 25, 2008

The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

Jonathan L. Zittrain has written an interesting, informative and innovative book titles The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It. . I use the word "innovative" because the web version, which is available in full text at incorporates added features to engage the reader.

To quote from his introduction:

"...The Internet’s current trajectory is one of lost opportunity. Its salvation lies in the hands of its millions of users. Drawing on generative technologies like Wikipedia that have so far survived their own successes, this book shows how to develop new technologies and social structures that allow users to work creatively and collaboratively, participate in solutions, and become true 'netizens.' "

"This is a collaborative experiment, which will depend on the intelligent participation of readers for its success. We invite you to join in and take part in this important conversation."

Although the complete book is availabe on the web in full text, interested readers are encouraged to purchase the print version to help support the ongoing efforts of Mr. Zittrain

Posted On: April 25, 2008

10 Tips for Finding Great Web Design and Development Services

BY: Molly E. Holzschlag

"Losing tens of thousands of dollars is something we all want to avoid. Yet in today's confusing world of Web development, it's a daily occurrence, says Web doyenne Molly Holzschlag".

"The problem, as many CIOs learn after being burned, can be solved by gaining a better understanding of what to look for in a Web design and development company, how to ask for it and how to ensure that what you pay for is really what you need."

Click here to see Molly's article referenced in the CIO Insider April 25, 2008.

Posted On: April 25, 2008

ABA Weekly Newsletter: Top Ten Stories April 25, 2008

Law Practice Management

Why Associates Leave is Clear, But What Would Lure Them to Stay?

Apr 21, 2008, 12:41 pm CDT

"Associates are leaving in ever-increasing numbers because of grueling hours, boring work and a poisonous law firm culture, experts say. But it isn't as clear what can be done to lure many to stay on after their first four to five years in practice".


Constitutional Law

I'm Conservative, But Not Biased, Scalia Says ... So Get Over Bush v. Gore
Apr 24, 2008, 02:49 pm CDT

Legal Ethics
Lawyer Surrenders License After Bar Says He Left Innocent Client in Jail
Apr 24, 2008, 05:53 am CDT

Lawyer Pay
London Partners to Associates: At $125K, We're Paying You Too Much
Apr 24, 2008, 01:13 pm CDT

Child Protection v. the Constitution: Did Removal of 437 Kids Violate Parents' Rights?
Apr 22, 2008, 01:28 pm CDT

Office Attire
Womble Partner: Suit-Wearing Lawyers Earn More?
Apr 21, 2008, 11:07 am CDT

Legal Ethics
Ex-Quarles Partner Suspended For Not Reading Partnership Fine Print
Apr 22, 2008, 09:23 am CDT

Law Schools
N.Y. Dean Complains of 'Glut' of Law Schools
Apr 23, 2008, 05:35 am CDT

Legal Ethics
Judge's $14K Sanction Against Lawyer Overturned
Apr 21, 2008, 09:06 am CDT

Attorney-Client Privilege
26-Year Inmate Freed After Lawyers Reveal Real Killer
Apr 21, 2008, 04:52 am CDT

Posted On: April 24, 2008

Recent ABA Book Announcements

From the Section of Science and Technology Law:

Science for Lawyers
Eric York Drogin, Editor

Science for Lawyers clearly explains and discusses 13 applied scientific disciplines in jargon-free language that is specifically geared toward lawyers. The book explores the definitions (what is science), the practice (what scientists do) and the professional roles (what ethical guidelines influence scientists) of 13 professional disciplines such as:

* Ballistics
* Medicine
* Physics
* Statistics
* Linguistics
* Genetics
* Chemistry
* and more

The book is designed to reacquaint you in an accessible, highly readable fashion with the basic scientific issues you face in your practice every day. With dozens of photos, figures, graphics and artwork, the book covers these subjects in terms that are not only easy to understand, but fascinating to read. If you are a lawyer who is ever called upon to defend, proceed against, examine, cross-examine or even consult a scientist, this book is for you.

2008 7 x 10 347 pages paper
$129.95 regular price $119.95 Section of Science & Technology Law member price

Now with new reduced shipping rates!

To place an order, or for more information including a complete table of contents and sample chapter, click on
or call the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221.

From the ABA Senior Lawyers Section:

Residence Options for Older and Disabled Clients
By Lawrence A. Frolik

Recent census figures report that more than 35 million Americans are age 65 or older. Medical and scientific discoveries have prolonged life expectancy, and this, in turn, has led to needs that are specific to older persons and their caregivers. One of the most pressing of these is the need for appropriate housing. This book is a comprehensive guide to the many different types of housing available for aging and disabled individuals. It starts with the most independent type of living, proceeds through transitional forms of housing and ends with an in-depth discussion of medically assisted housing. With this book you will learn not only about the various types of housing but the pros and cons of each.

Topics include:
* Condominiums and Cooperatives
* Planned Communities and Homeowner Associations
* Continuing Care Retirement Communities
* Assisted Living
* Group Homes for the Disabled
* Nursing Homes
* Hospice Care
* And more

So whether you are a lawyer, a financial planner, a geriatric case manager or a caregiver, this book will expand your knowledge of the various types of housing and will offer assistance in selecting the most appropriate place for a specific individual.

2008 6 x 9 416 pages paperback
$89.95 Regular price
$79.95 Senior Lawyers Division member price

The ABA now has newly reduced shipping rates!

To place an order, or for more information including a complete table of contents, click on
or call the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221

Posted On: April 21, 2008

Faith in the Courts: A Model for How Court Systems Can Work with Religious Communities

BY: Hon. Juanita Bing Newton, Matthew Weiner, and Moise Waltner*
p.28 - 32 of Judges Journal Vol. 46 No. 4 (Fall 2007).

This article describes how Judge Juanita Bing Newton and her staff in New York have successfully collaborated with the Interfaith Center of New York to reach out to more than 600 religious leaders in New York City to enhance the religious communities' understanding of the legal system and to help court system personnel understand the diverse communities they serve.

Following a general introduction this article includes the following sections:

Background of the New York State Court System's Religious Communities Initiative.

Initial Development of the Initiative

Further Development with the Interfaith Center

Phase One: Assessment

Phase Two: Town Hall Meeting

Phase Three: Rountables

Phase Four: Conflict Resolution Training for Religious Leaders

Phase Five: Further Collaborations Between Judges and Religious Communities


The following is quoted from the Conclusion:

"The religious communities and the New York State Courts iniative has proved extremely successful--from the perspectives of both the courts and the religious communities. Recognizing the unique social role that religious leaders play in the lives of their communities, the court system has tapped into this structure to reach communities for positive interactions that might otherwise not occur. The program has provided religious leaders in New York City the opportunity to learn about the court system as well as to engage in a useful two-way discussion. As important, the initiative has informed religious leaders of opportunities for greater involvement of themselves and their congregants in their secular communities..."

*Hon. Juanita Bing Newton is the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives of the New York State Unified Court System and Administrative Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York.

Matthew Weiner is the Director of Program Development at the Interfaith Center of New York and a doctoral candidate at Union Theological Seminary

Moise Waltner is the former Director of Operations at the Interfaith Center of New York.

Posted On: April 21, 2008

Highlights from Electronic Hein Sites: Issue 13-08

From: William S. Hein & Company, Inc.

Researching Texas Law

Second Edition

This 2008 new edition, titled Legal Research for the Texas Practitioner, focuses on the types of resources and research processes commonly encountered by modern-day practitioners. The work utilizes instructional material from the authors' courses in Legal Analysis, Research, and Communications and Advanced Legal Research and covers the basic skills that are needed to perform legal research in the day-to-day practice of law. This new edition will be available in June 2008.

Reflections of a Lawyer's Soul
The Institutional Experience of Professionalism at Thomas M. Cooley Law School

The editors of this new 2008 publication, and other professionals at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School wanted to evaluate and describe Cooley's professionalism efforts in a series of introductory monographs, in order to share those efforts with the law school community as well as with lawyers, judges, bar leaders, alumni, law students, other law schools, and prospective law students.

The American Doctrine of Judicial Supremacy

The purpose of this reprint, according to author Charles Grove Haines, is to present the history, scope and results of judicial control over legislation in the United States. Haines was a political scientist and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles for more than twenty years. Here, he has traced the history of the unique American Doctrine, and its bases and sources.

History of the Formation of the Union Under the Constitution
with Liberty Documents and Reports of the Commission

This new reprint from Hein is the result of the work done by the United States Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission during their preparations, planning and study in regards to the 150th anniversary of the United States Constitution. It serves a dual purpose of containing a report of the Commission's work as well as the special commemorations and a history of the formation of the Union.

Lyrics and the Law

The Constitution of Law in Music

This new Vandeplas publication addresses the role that music plays in constituting law in the United States. The book's first purpose is to introduce readers to the classical jurisprudential schools of thought and connect those philosophies to the lyrics of various songs. The book's second objective is to systematically explain the role that music plays in constituting images of race, gender and class. This book asserts that music creates law and images of law through specific lenses.


Posted On: April 21, 2008

ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter April 18, 2008


For Some Associates, Work is Slow, Delayed or Nonexistent
Apr 14, 2008, 05:46 am CDT
Associates at big law firms were flying high last year when starting salaries skyrocketed to $160,000. Now some are in for a bumpy ride...


Law Schools
A Tuition Secret: In Law School, It Pays to Be Above Average
Apr 16, 2008, 06:10 am CDT

Law Firms
Beware of E-Mail Bearing O'Melveny Name
Apr 15, 2008, 06:23 am CDT

Pro Bono
350 Lawyers Trek to San Angelo, Charging 'Billables for the Soul'
Apr 16, 2008, 04:54 pm CDT

Entertainment & Sports Law
Law Firm Strikes Out as Yankees 'Sponsor'
Apr 16, 2008, 06:47 am CDT

Law Schools
Columbia Sends Highest Percentage of Grads to Top Law Firms
Apr 14, 2008, 07:27 am CDT

Legal Ethics
Lawyer Who Made Lewd Courtroom Gesture Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail
Apr 17, 2008, 07:11 am CDT

McKenna's Roadmap to Partnership and Rainmaking
Apr 14, 2008, 02:05 pm CDT

Legal Ethics
Lawyer Suspended for Failing to E-File
Apr 15, 2008, 12:28 pm CDT

A Lawyer Finds Office Casual Is Still Rather Dressy
Apr 17, 2008, 08:28 am CDT

Posted On: April 17, 2008

Q&A: What is Virtual Law?


What is virtual law?


"Virtual law is like 'Internet law,' in that it refers to a wide body of generally preexisting law that is applied somewhat differently in a new context. In fact, much of what we think of as 'Internet law' applies to virtual worlds. In sum, virtual law is the statutory and case law that impacts virtual worlds and the application of that law to these spaces."


Source: ABA: Inside Practice (April 2008).

Posted On: April 17, 2008

How Do You Reach Today's Jurors?

"Juries have changed in more ways than you realize. And with it, the old litigation tactics have to change, too. How you think, what you plan, what you will say, and how you will say it need to be revisited and rethought in light of the changing demographics. Reaching today’s juror means everything from getting and keeping their attention, to homing in on and finding ways to speak to their different belief systems and passions to recognizing the impact of technology on our lives. How can you actively involve the jury in pursuing the information you are giving them?"

Source: "How Do You Reach Today's Juries?," ABA Inside Practice.(April 2008).

Posted On: April 17, 2008

CLLB Information Security Newsletter

April 2008 Volume 1, Issue 3

From the Desk of David Badertscher


The term “social engineering” can be defined in various ways, relating to both physical and cyber aspects of that activity. For the purposes of the discussion in this newsletter, social engineering is referred to as an approach to gain access to information, primarily through misrepresentation, and often relies on the trusting nature of most individuals. It involves the conscious manipulation of people to obtain information without the individual realizing that a security breach is occurring. Most users are familiar with email phishing scams (a form of social engineering) and have been taught not to open attachments from unknown or untrusted sources or to visit untrusted web sites. There are other ways that a perpetrator may prey on the trusting human nature to gain access to information or systems.

Below are several examples of social engineering methods, many of which rely on direct contact with an individual, along with suggestions to minimize the likelihood that such methods will be successful.


In this situation, the perpetrator pretends to be someone else - for example, impersonating a senior official from your organization or someone from your Help Desk. The impersonation may occur over the telephone, in person, or via email. The perpetrator may try to make you feel obligated to assist, or under pressure to follow their directions. They may use intimidation or a false sense of urgency to seek your cooperation – prompting you to react before you’ve fully thought through the consequences.

Remember to follow your internal procedures when responding to requests for sensitive or confidential information. Never give out your password to anyone, even if they claim to be from “technical support.”


All too often, people will hold the door open for someone entering into a secure area or building without even knowing who the individual is or asking where they are going. The unauthorized individual may pretend to be a delivery person, a visitor, or even a fellow employee. Be cautious if an unknown or unauthorized individual is trying to follow you through access doors.


This scenario refers to the ability of an attacker to gain access to information by simply watching what you are typing or seeing what is on your computer screen. This is known as “shoulder surfing,” and can also be done by looking through a window, doorway, or simply listening in on conversations. Be aware of your work environment and who is around you when you are working with confidential information, or even when you are typing in your password. Do not let others see you type your password, and protect your computer screen from unauthorized viewing. Computers in public areas should not have the monitors facing outward.


This scenario involves an attacker asking a variety of seemingly innocuous questions designed to “catch” the right answers. The attack is often done over the telephone but can also be done in person. Items of conversation can also be introduced based upon replies received. Small amounts of facts are interjected at the right time into the conversation to make requests for information sound legitimate. Information you know could be valuable to an attacker--whether that information is about your work environment, fellow employees, projects, or personal information--must be handled with extreme care. Be mindful of what you say to whom.


Many of us have no doubt been recipients of requests to participate in surveys—whether online, via telephone or otherwise. The surveys may be for legitimate purposes or might be a scam. In either case, be aware of unwittingly disclosing information that may be used inappropriately. For example, disclosure of details about your organization, its network or infrastructure could prove extremely useful to someone with malicious intent. If you receive a survey request, you should contact the sponsoring organization to ensure the survey is legitimate, and make sure you are not sharing sensitive or confidential information with unauthorized individuals or organizations.


Do you shred all unneeded confidential or sensitive documents? Searching through trash (“dumpster diving”) is a method used by perpetrators to obtain sensitive information. When confidential and sensitive documents are no longer needed, be sure to shred or properly destroy them in accordance with your organization’s records retention policy.


The scenarios above represent just a few types of social engineering attempts you may encounter. By following some common sense rules and using your best judgment, you can defend against these attacks and better protect yourself and your information:

1 Before releasing any information to anyone, it is essential to at least establish: the sensitivity of the information, your authority to exchange or release the information, the real identity of the third party (positive identification), and the purpose of the exchange.

2.Be aware of your surroundings. Make sure you know who is in range of hearing your conversation or seeing your work. Computer privacy screens are a great way to deter shoulder surfing in public places.

3.Before you throw something in the trash, ask yourself, “Is this something I would give to an unauthorized person or want to become publicly available?” If you are not certain, always err on the side of caution and shred the document or deposit it in a secure disposal container.

4.If you don’t know someone who is in a restricted area, look for a badge or a visitor pass. If you are unsure about their authorization or access permission, report the situation to the appropriate staff.


Dutch transit card crippled by multihacks Wed, Apr 16 2008
The introduction of the Dutch public RFID transit pass will be delayed because it can be easily hacked. The final blow was given by researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London, who confirmed earlier findings by Dutch Institute TNO that the card isn't properly secured.

Researchers uncover undetectable chip hack Wed, Apr 16 2008
For years, hackers have focused on finding bugs in computer software that give them unauthorised access to computer systems, but now there's another way to break in: hack the microprocessor.

Regulatory compliance 'irrelevant' to security Tue, Apr 15 2008
Companies who get hung up on regulatory compliance are developing a false sense of security which leaves them just as open to malware attacks the chief exec of tools vendor Protegrity has warned.

Criminals phish for CEOs via fake subpoenas Tue, Apr 15 2008
Panos Anastassiadis didn't click on the fake subpoena that popped into his in-box on Monday morning, but he runs a computer security company. Others were not so lucky.

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Posted On: April 17, 2008

Conference: Ninth Annual South African Online Information Meeting

The Organisation of South African Law Libraries (OSALL) is one of the sponssors and will be participating in this Conference:

NINTH Southern African Online Information Meeting
Tuesday 3rd of June to Thursday 5th of June 2008
CSIR Conference Centre
Meiring Naude Road, Pretoria
Organised by Southern African Online User Group
Together with SLIS and OSALL

The 9th SAOIM once again expands over three days in 2008 to include a pre-conference workshop. The meeting provides a forum for the exchange of information on current developments, applications and opportunities in the expanding field of online information in the broadest sense. The aim is to provide an insight into the extent of growth and activity taking place in the information industry. Coverage will include not only the traditional online systems and services, but will extend to some of the newest areas of information transfer and exchange. SLIS and OSALL will also be contributing to this event in 2008.

Keynote speakers already confirmed include:

Derek Law - Head of the Information Resources Directorate, University of Strathclyde.
Derek has worked in several British universities and published almost 200 book chapters, articles and conference papers. Most of his work has been to do with the development of networked resources in higher education and with the creation of national information policy. Recently he has worked on the use of wireless technology in developing new methods of teaching and learning. This has been combined with an active professional life in organisations related to librarianship and computing.

Geoff Hoy - Geoff has been associated with UCT libraries for many years, and is now involved with TENET, the tertiary education network which is used by all tertiary academic institutions in South Africa. From his unique perspective gained on both sides of the computer screen, Geoff will be addressing strategies on how to bridge the communication gap between the librarian and library systems on the one hand, and the computer technicians' understanding and implementation of programs on the other.

Christof Appel - Christof has presented in the UK, USA, Dubai and South Africa. He has wowed audiences with his entertaining and thought provoking business presentations. As a naturally gifted communicator he has proved an ability to connect with audiences ranging from high school students in Soweto to Fortune 500 CEO’s. His business career started at the age 19 when he launched a media and marketing company. After selling the business and its flagship youth magazine he joined Business Day and Financial Mail. During his corporate career he started consulting to companies on their ability to attract, develop and retain top young talent. His new company is assisting organizations in an economy where the business rules have changed considerably.

More details can be found at

Posted On: April 17, 2008

WordPerfect Meets PDF, Falls in Love

The following is from TechnoLawyer Newswire,- April 16, 2008:

Traditionally, the software industry presented law firms with a dilemma — single-task best-of-breed programs or easier to manage but lower quality all-in-one programs. And then came the suite, which offers best-in-class programs designed to work together.

Corel's new suite, Corel WordPerfect Office X4, seeks to take the suite where it has never ventured before with new features and programs that eliminate the need to purchase standalone programs from other companies.

At the heart of the new suite lies WordPerfect X4, which features a robust set of PDF tools. You can create, import, edit, and archive PDF files (including PDF/A). WordPerfect integrates with most scanners and now has its own OCR engine so you can convert scanned PDFs into editable text to save as WordPerfect, PDF, or Microsoft Word formats.

WordPerfect can handle just about any document format, including Microsoft Word 2007. You can also convert between formats. If you have become accustomed to Microsoft Office, you can make all of WordPerfect's keystrokes and menus mirror those of Word.

WordPerfect X4 also eliminates the need for tools for redaction, metadata, and legal utilities as it includes these functions. You can redact documents in any supported format, including Microsoft Word and PDF. You can save documents without any metadata. The Legal Toolbar enables you to create tables of authorities and tables of contents, and the Pleading Filler creates pleadings that will satisfy any court. Corporate lawyers will find redlining tools as well as the ability to publish to EDGAR.

Corel WordPerfect Office X
This being a suite, Corel also includes a number of other programs, including some that are new. For example, WordPerfect Lightning is a "Web-connected digital notebook" in which you can capture your ideas and other information (text and images) as well as quickly view files in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, or PDF format. It also includes Snapshot Tool for taking screenshots, The Navigator for organizing and sharing the information you collect, and The Connector for online contact management and calendaring.

If these and Corel's other new additions to the suite aren't enough, WordPerfect Office X4 also provides many customization options. For example, you can use PerfectScript or Microsoft Visual Basic to create macros and run scripts. In addition, Corel can work with your firm to customize WordPerfect X4 and the other components of the suite for your specific needs.

Corel WordPerfect Office X4 sells for $299. Users of previous versions can upgrade for $159"

Posted On: April 16, 2008

California Prison Reform: Inmates, It and Health Care

California Prison Reform: Inmates, IT and Health Care

Inside California prisons, substandard medical care kills one inmate every six days—treatment which, according to federal courts, amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. IT is part of the court-ordered prescription to ensure doctors do no more harm. But prisons systems are antiquated or non-existent, and IT leaders have struggled to deploy new technology that could help.

Can Technology Fix California Prison Health Care?

Managing IT at San Quentin

Prison Healthcare Reform on Probation

IT Cure Eight Years in the Making

California's New Prison IT Plan
From: CIO Insider, April 16, 2008.

Posted On: April 16, 2008

ABAJournal.Com Needs Your Help

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In each category, the Webby Awards also give a People's Voice Award to the site with the most online votes from the public. That's where you come in. We're asking you to do two things:

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Posted On: April 14, 2008

National Library Week

National Library Week is being observed April 13-19, 2008 with the theme, "join the circle of knowledge @ your library."

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

National Library Week affords a wonderful opportunity for librarians and non-librarians to both promote and reflect on the importance of libraries to our society. Here are some examples of various groups are observing National Library Week:

Gale, a library publisher, is providing free access to their new Books & Authors database all month, during National Library Week - April 13-19 - libraries will have free week-long access to these resources.

In special recognition of law and other librarians during National Library Week, West Librarian Relations is hosting three educational opportunities via Webex. Join us for one or more!

Topic: A Federal Legislative History Goldmine on Westlaw
Presenter: Elinor Cheung, Senior Product Developer, Thomson West
Date: Monday, April 14, 2008
Time: 2:00 pm, EST
Register for this meeting:

Topic: Getting To Know Your Clients Needs:
Using Surveys As A Marketing Tool
Presenter: Nina Platt, President & CEO, Nina Platt Consulting
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Time: 2:00 pm EST
Register for this meeting:

Topic: A Federal Legislative History Goldmine on Westlaw
Presenter: Elinor Cheung, Senior Product Developer, Thomson West
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Time: 2:00 pm, EST
Register for this meeting:

Representatives from Lexis have offered to work with individual libraries to develop programs in observance of National Library Week.

These are only a few of the many examples of how National Library Week is being observed in all types of libraries throughout the nation.

In closing I would like to look back to Thomas Jefferson's contribution to librarianship through his wonderful collection of books which eventually became the foundation of the U.S. Library of Congress. Although it was published just before the beginning of National Library week, Amy Orndorff has written an article in the Washington Post which discusses Thomas Jefferson in terms of the importance of his books and their contribution to the foundation of the Library of Congress and by extension the libraries of our nation.

Click here to see her article, "Re Created Library Speaks Volumes About Jefferson,

Posted On: April 14, 2008

Six Critical Steps To Managing Electronically Stored Information


"(Mark Diamond) - Litigation always, has been, and will continue to be, a reality of doing business. What is changing, however, is discovery and its focus on electronically stored information (often abbreviated ESI). Recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning the discovery of ESI coupled with the explosive growth of electronically stored documents are exposing organizations to new risks and costs during litigation and the subsequent discovery"
From: Findlaw, Modern Practice Newsletter, April 11, 2008

Posted On: April 10, 2008

Kaye v. Silver : Chief Judge of the State of New York Sues for Increase in Judicial Pay for all State Judges

N.Y.'s Top Judge Sues Over Judicial Pay


"N.Y. Supreme Court, N.Y. County, April 10, 2008) - Chief Court of Appeals Judge Judith Kaye sued New York officials for an increase in judicial pay for all state judges, arguing that, "while New York judicial salaries have declined 27 percent in real terms since 1999," every other state employee has gotten ' cumulative increases of more than 24 percent'.".
From: Findlaw: Breakthrough Documents, April 10, 2008

Posted On: April 10, 2008

Is Emerging 3-D Holographic Storage Poised to be the Next Great Archival Medium?

Writing in the April/May 2008 issue of State Tech: Technology Insights for Leaders in State and Local Government, Michele Hope concludes by writing: "Only time and a few real-world installations will tell." Here are some excerpts from Michele's article:


"The first commercial holographic storage products are slated for release in mid-2008. With first-generation products boasting write-once, read many (WORM) characteristics, a lifespan of 50-pls years, initial disk capacities of 300 gigabytes per disk and a 20 magabyte-per-second data rate, proponents are aiming this technology at the long term archival needs of government entities, highly regulated health-care and medical organizations, and professional media and film industries


"As opposed to traditional 2-D disks that write data only on the surface of the media, holographic storage supports writing data volumetrically, or three-dimensionally, throughout the whole depth of a disk."

"The technology turns data bits typically composed of zeros and ones into a unique dark/light 'checkerboasrd' inference pattern. A spatial light modulator and the intersection of two laser beams (a signal beam containing the data and a reference beam) help create the interference pattern, which records as a hologram onto a plastic photo-polymer disk.."


"At an initial price of 60 cents per gigabyte, you can expect to see most storage vendors include halographic storage in everything from virtual libraries to storage arrays. The potential 'green' factor of the technology is also intriguing: Early estimates suggest energy savings of 90 percent over traditional spinning disks."

" The anticipated terabyte-plus capacity has one state archivist thinking the technology might offer a good alternative to the practice of copying records onto microfilm for distribution to other locations" Due to the high data volume of these disks, this archivist believes this medium could be a "very viable and economical way to distribute some of this information to venues that may not have good internet access." As for law related applications I see a posibility of using this medium to store some high volume legal documents, including transcripts of large trials, which may not lend themselves to full web access due to confidentiality issues.


According to Dr. Victor McCrary who works with NIST's Digital Media Group, "For now, organizations with heavy data storage needs should watch these developments and consider adopting early holographic technology as a prototype test-bed to see how it works." He thinks 3-D halographic storage "...has very good potential. Digital preservation is an issue that will only get larger in importance and concern, particularly for any sort of agency--government or commercial--concerned about retention of important records."


"Dennis Gabor, a Hungarian-born British physicist, came up with the theory of holography in 1948 while conducting research to improve the electron microscope. By combining two Greed words--holos meaning 'whole' and gramma meaning 'message' --he created the term 'hologram' to describe his theory."

Posted On: April 10, 2008

National Issues Forum: Under Pressure, How Do We Keep the Courts Fair and Impartial

Under Pressure: How Do We Keep the Courts Fair and Impartial?

Tuesday, April 15, 2008
9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Presented by the Coalition for Justice
Hosted by the American University Washington College of Law
Washington, DC

This National Issues Forum will include a lively discussion on the Separation of Powers:

- Understand the Role of the Judiciary
- Making the Judicial System Work Better
- Making the Judiciary Less Political

The Forum is free.

Contact Gilda Fairley at with questions.

Posted On: April 10, 2008

Chief Judge Judith Kaye Sues New York State to Secure Judicial Pay Hike

From: New York Law Journal April 10, 2008

Chief Judge Kaye Sues State to Secure Judicial Pay Hike

BY: Joel Stashenko


Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye today filed a lawsuit to force the state Legislature and the governor into granting state judges their first pay raise since 1999.

Former White House counsel Bernard W. Nussbaum filed the suit, Kaye v. Silver, in Manhattan Supreme Court on the chief judge's behalf. Mr. Nussbaum, a litigation partner at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, is representing Chief Judge Kaye pro bono.

The lawsuit filing came a day after lawmakers completed passage of another state budget without raising judges' pay. Chief Judge Kaye had long said she was considering such a suit only as a last resort, but last week said the judiciary had run out of patience.

Legislators wrote a $48 million appropriation for a judges' pay raise in the budget retroactive to Jan. 1, 2008. But they did not back it up with actual funding, making it "dry," or an empty appropriation without effect.

In a short message sent to state judges this afternoon, Chief Judge Kaye and Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau said the latest refusal by the other two branches of government to give judges higher pay left the chief judge "with no choice but to take legal action."

"It is regrettable that we are forced to bring this lawsuit to achieve a just result," the judges' message read. "We pledge to prosecute this matter vigorously and to do everything in our power to achieve a speedy resolution."

The suit prepared by Mr. Nussbaum argues that the governor and the Legislature, by failing to enact a raise for the state's 1,300 judges, have failed to uphold their constitutional obligation to provide for an independent judiciary. The complaint also contends that the other branches of government have effectively come to violate a provision of the state Constitution prohibiting the pay of judges from being diminished.

Over the course of the last decade, judges have seen their salaries shrink by 26 percent due to inflation, the complaint argues.

Mr. Nussbaum said he will ask the court to expedite consideration of the judges' claim and that he will attempt to call Governor David A. Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno to the stand to have them explain why pay increase bills for judges have repeatedly been held up by disagreements on unrelated issues.

Two other suits for higher judicial pay are also before state courts. The actions, filed by individual judges and supported by some judicial organizations, are on appeal before the Appellate Divisions in the First and Third departments. Supreme Court justices allowed the claims to go forward in each case on the separation-of-powers argument that Mr. Nussbaum also makes in Chief Judge Kaye's suit.

- Joel Stashenko can be reached at

Posted On: April 9, 2008

Six Critical Steps to Managing Electronically Stored Information Under FRCP

Diamond, Mark P. "Six Critical Steps to Manageing Electronically Stored Information Under FRCP," : Findlaw for Legal Professionals.(April 8, 2008).


"(Mark Diamond) - Litigation always, has been, and will continue to be, a reality of doing business. What is changing, however, is discovery and its focus on electronically stored information (often abbreviated ESI). Recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning the discovery of ESI coupled with the explosive growth of electronically stored documents are exposing organizations to new risks and costs during litigation and the subsequent discovery"

Posted On: April 9, 2008

How to Successfully Integrate an iPod Into Your Litigation Practice.

From: TechnoFeature: The TechnoLawyer Community, (April 8, 2008)

BY: David W. Mykel, M.A.


Attorneys constantly search for ways to increase their efficiency, bill more hours, and make life easier. Imagine you're working from your laptop at 35,000 feet: reviewing video deposition testimony, reading over transcripts and documents, and viewing case photos. Now imagine doing all of this without having to carry around a bulky laptop, mouse, power source, and a bag.

Can you? Probably for an expensive price tag, right? What if I were to say that you could accomplish this with something you already own? Now imagine doing all these things as well as recording your "on the fly" ideas, proofing PowerPoint slides, and listening to some relaxing music all while in the back of a sedan. Thanks to the iPod, a lawyer's work has become increasingly more efficient and portable.

We all know that iPods play music, but as technology advances these devices have taken on more and more tasks for the digitally savvy user. The newest version (and some older versions as well) can now handle music, photos, videos, files, and act as an organizer.

So you may ask yourself, how can I use an iPod for my litigation practice? The iPod fills the void as a litigation tool that is not only user-friendly, but also portable and capable of completing all the above tasks.

Imagine having the ability to walk into a deposition, hand your iPod to the court reporter, have her download the deposition transcript, then hand it to the other side and have them download all their exhibits, and finally hand it to the videographer and download the deposition video onto it as well. As you're waiting for your cab, you take some beautiful pictures of the city skyline at sunset and download them to your iPod to share with your family. Now you're sitting in the cab on the way to the airport, listening to your favorite MP3's to unwind for the plane ride. Once you board the plane, you can now review the deposition, read the transcript, examine the exhibits, and record your thoughts without having to worry about your battery dying (because of the 8+ hour battery life).


An iPod is similar to a mini-computer; in fact, it operates on very similar principles. However, because it was built primarily as an audio player and evolved into a multimedia device, some files (video and text) need to be converted for compatibility. To ensure video compatibility, you will need to use Apple's proprietary player iTunes. (Note: iTunes will support all video formats that can be played in QuickTime.)

To convert videos:

1. Open iTunes.
2. Open folder where videos are located.
3. Drag the video file to your iTunes library.

Some videos may be ready for use with an iPod after you import them to iTunes. If you try to add a video to your iPod and a message says the video cannot play, then you must convert the video for use with iPod.

To convert a video for use with iPod:

1. Select the video in your iTunes library.
2. Choose Advanced > "Convert Selection to iPod."

The most commonly available and widely acceptable format of video for this application is MPEG-1. Most videographers use this format and it's the only format that can be used in trial presentation software like Sanction and TrialDirector. As such, it's important to request that the videographer provides the deposition video in MPEG-1 format.


Adding videos to your iPod follows the same procedure as adding songs. You can set iTunes to sync all videos and audio files to your iPod automatically when you connect it, or you can set iTunes to sync only selected playlists. Alternatively, you can manage files manually. Using this option, you can add videos from more than one computer without erasing ones already on your iPod (this is especially helpful if you're sharing these files with different colleagues).

Syncing Files Automatically

By default, your iPod is set to sync all songs and playlists when you connect it to a computer. For the simplest way to load A/V files onto an iPod, connect your iPod to the computer, watch it add songs, videos, and other items automatically, and then disconnect it. Loading songs into iTunes is just as simple as dragging and dropping in any other Window's application.

Loading music into iTunes:

1. Open iTunes.
2. Open My Music folder.
3. Drag audio files from My Music folder into iTunes.

To load music onto iPod:

1. Connect iPod to your computer. If iPod is set to sync automatically, the update begins.


1. Select iPod in the Source pane and click the Music tab.

2. Select "Sync music" and then choose "All songs and playlists."

3. Click Apply.

Important: The first time you connect your iPod to a computer, a message asks if you want to sync songs automatically. If you accept, all audio/video files are erased from your iPod and replaced with the songs and other items from that computer. If you don't accept, you can still load songs onto your iPod manually without erasing any of the content.

Although automatically syncing is the easiest and most user-friendly way to load items on your iPod, it is not the most efficient method when dealing with multiple computers and files from your colleagues. If you are going to use an iPod successfully in your litigation practice, you are better off managing your files manually. Setting iTunes to enable you to manage your iPod manually gives you the most flexibility for organizing A/V files on an iPod. Also, you can load audio and video files from multiple computers to your iPod without erasing existing items, which is extremely beneficial when receiving files from the other side (refer to deposition example above).

Note: Setting the iPod to manually manage music and video turns off the automatic sync options in the Music, Movies, and TV Shows panes. You cannot manually manage one and automatically sync another at the same time.

Syncing Files Manually

To set iTunes to manage music and video on iPod manually:

1. In iTunes, select iPod in the Source pane and click the Summary tab.

2. In the Options section, select "Manually manage music and video."

3. Click Apply.


As previously mentioned, you have the ability to manage and view photos and case exhibits on your iPod manually or as a slideshow. The most commonly used format of photos is JPEG (i.e., .jpg), which is compatible with an iPod. However, the most commonly used format for exhibits (i.e., TIFFS and PDFs) are not automatically compatible with an iPod. To overcome this slight inconvenience, be sure to request case exhibits in JPEG (.jpg) format.

Once you've handed opposing counsel your iPod, have them follow these simple instructions in order to download case exhibits.

To add photos from a folder on your computer to an iPod:

1. Drag the images you want into a folder on your computer. If you want images to appear in separate photo albums on your iPod, create folders inside the main image folder, and drag images into the new folders.

2. In iTunes, select iPod in the source list and click the Photos tab.

3. Select "Sync photos from:..."

4. Choose "Choose Folder" from the pop-up menu and select your image folder.

5. Click Apply.

When you add photos to your iPod, iTunes optimizes the photos for viewing. Full-resolution image files aren't transferred by default. Adding full-resolution image files is useful, for example if you want to move them from one computer to another, but isn't necessary for viewing the images at full quality on your iPod.

To add full-resolution image files to an iPod:

1. In iTunes, select iPod in the source list and click the Photos tab.

2. Select "Include full-resolution photos."

3. Click Apply (iTunes copies the full-resolution versions of the photos to the Photos folder on iPod).

Viewing Photos on an iPod:

1. Choose Photos > All Photos. Or choose Photos and a photo album to view only the photos in the album (keep in mind, thumbnail views of the photos might take a moment to appear).

2. Select the photo you want and press the Center button to view a full-screen version.


An iPod can do a lot more than just play multiple A/V files. You can also use it as an external disk, alarm, or sleep timer; to show the time of day in other parts of the world; or to display notes as well sync contacts, calendars, and to-do lists.

• External Disk

When your iPod is enabled as an external hard disk you can use it to store multiple data files, similar to a portable hard drive (i.e., thumb/jump drive).

Please Note: To add music and other audio or video files to an iPod, you must use iTunes; however when using the iPod as an external hard drive, you can simply drag and drop files.

To enable iPod as an external disk:

1. In iTunes, select iPod in the source list and click the Summary tab.

2. In the Options section, select "Enable disk use."

3. Click Apply.

Note: When you use iPod as an external disk, the iPod disk icon appears on the desktop on Mac, or as the next available drive letter in Windows Explorer on a Windows PC.

• Contacts, Calendars, and To-Do Lists

Not only can your iPod act as a jump drive, but it can also function as an organizer, similar to today's Palm Pilot or BlackBerry.

If you're using Mac OS X v10.4 or later, you can use iTunes to sync the contact and calendar information on your iPod with Address Book and iCal. If you're using any version of Mac OS X earlier than 10.4, you can use iSync to sync your information.

If you're using Windows XP and you use Windows Address Book or Microsoft Outlook 2003 or later to store your contact information, you can use iTunes to sync the address book information on iPod. If you use Microsoft Outlook 2003 or later to keep a calendar, you can also sync calendar information.

To sync contacts or calendar information:

1. Connect your iPod to your computer.

2. In iTunes, select iPod in the source list and click the Contacts tab.

3. Do one of the following: To sync contacts, in the Contacts section, select "Sync Address Book contacts," and select the option to either sync "all contacts" or "selected groups."

• Viewing Documents

Similar to devices like Palm Pilots and BlackBerrys, an iPod has the ability to view documents. One of the main differences between the devices is that for an iPod to display documents, they have to be in a certain format. As such, always be sure to ask paralegals, staff, and/or court reporters to provide the documents in text (.txt) format. Once your iPod is connected to a computer and the files are in .txt format, simply drag and drop the files, just like you would in any Windows Explorer application.

• Voice Recording

In addition to these features, you can also record on-the-fly voice memos using an optional iPod-compatible microphone. You have the ability to store voice memos on your iPod and sync them with your computer just like A/V files. Voice recording can be saved as either low-quality mono (22.05 kHz) to save space, or high-quality stereo (44.1 kHz) for better sound.

Note: Voice memos cannot be longer than two hours. If you record for more than two hours, the iPod automatically starts a new voice memo to continue your recording.

To record a voice memo:

1. Connect a microphone to the Dock connector port on iPod.

2. Set Quality to Low or High.

3. To begin recording, choose Record.

4. Hold the microphone a few inches from your mouth and speak. To pause recording, choose Pause.

5. When you finish, choose Stop and Save. Your saved recording is listed by date and time.

To play a recording:

1. Select Extras > Voice Memos and choose the recording.

Voice memos are saved in a Recordings folder on the iPod in a WAV file format. If you enable iPod for disk use, you can drag voice memos from the folder to copy them.


As you can see, the iPod truly is a "little white wonder" (though white is no longer offered as an option) and can be used for a variety of everyday tasks and across multiple platforms in your litigation practice. Now that you possess the know-how, put down that bulky laptop and power adapter and pick up your iPod!

Copyright 2008 David W. Mykel. All rights reserved.


David W. Mykel is a litigation consultant for Courtroom Sciences Inc., located in Dallas, Chicago and Washington DC. David has been consulting for 7 years working both independently and with CSI. He comes from a psychology background, with a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice as well as his Master's degree in Forensic Psychology. David considers himself to be part of a new breed of technologically savvy psychologists who specialize in witness preparation, case presentation, strategy and graphics, jury selection as well as trial technology. His background also includes mock trials and focus groups.

Posted On: April 9, 2008

Comparing Google and Other Leading Messaging Security Solutions

With spam and virus attacks at record levels, and spammers using increasingly sophisticated techniques, Google commissioned Osterman Research to conduct a study of organizations to assess the performance of their on-demand and on-premise email security solutions. Osterman Research shares what they uncovered in their research of companies using Google Message Security compared to companies using other solutions.

Click here to download complete paper

Posted On: April 8, 2008

New on LLRX for April 2008

The following is a listing of articles which appear in the most recent issue of LLRX at the time of this posting. See

The Personal Information Trainer, by Stuart Basefsky

Criminal Law Resources: Fingerprint Evidence Challenges, by Ken Strutin

The Social Networking Titans: Facebook and MySpace, by Deborah Ginsberg and Meg Kribble

Update to Choosing Law Librarianship: Thoughts for People Contemplating a Career Move, by Mary Whisner

Living With the Asus Eee PC, by Conrad J. Jacoby

Competitive Intelligence - A Selective Resource Guide, by Sabrina I. Pacifici, completely revised and updated.

Doing Legal Research in Canada - revised and updated, by Ted Tjaden

The Tao of Law Librarianship: If the Books Go, Will They Still Want Us? by Connie Crosby

E-Discovery Update: Minimizing E-Mail Archive Data Conversion Issues, by Conrad J. Jacoby

Reference from Coast to Coast: Making A Federal Case Out of It, by Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen

FOIA Facts: Increasing the Quality of FOIA Releases, by Scott A. Hodes

The Government Domain: Rich Resources from the Librarians of the Fed, by Peggy Garvin

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips - Jerome Neu’s Sticks and Stones: The Philosophy of Insults

Commentary: Waterboarding, Congress and the President, by Beth Wellington

**LLRX Court Rules, Forms, and Dockets: the unique, free searchable database, maintained and updated by Margaret Berkland.

Posted On: April 7, 2008

Sources of Information about Judges

On April 4, 2008 Patricia Barbone sent an e-mail to the Law Library Association of New York (LLAGNY) listserv in which she listed the following two excellent sources where information about judges can be found.:

Judicial Reports is an on-demand service that covers NY Judges. The first profile you request is $600, then second is $500, and the third is $400. All subsequent profiles are $400. Reports generally consist of

1. A sample profile of judge
2 Judge's campaign contributors (since 1999)
3. Judge's financial disclosure form

All this information is public, but some of it may only be available via FOIA or by going directly to the agency. Some may be on the "deep" web by burrowing down in many of the state and city databases...not necessarily reachable by a google search.

Their phone number is 212-766-3201.

The second source Patricia listed is Legal Metric at
which reports on U.S. District Court Judges. The report answers these fundamental questions and more:

·How likely is the judge to rule in your favor?

·Which significant motions are granted or denied?

What is the time to termination for cases like yours?

While these sources are excellent, I am adding a third source which can also be helpful for obtaining information about judges and the judiciary in New York State. :

The New York State Unified Court System public website at includes under the category of Judges, a Judicial Directory and links to other information as well, including: Judicial Resources, New York State Judicial Institute, Judicial Ethics Opinions, and more. Once you click on the above link and get to the Unified Court System public web site, you will need to go to the list of options on the right side of your screen and click on Judges. This will take you to the site containing link to the above options and more.

Posted On: April 7, 2008

Library Reference Renaissance Conference: August 4-5, 2008, Denver

Call for Participation

Deadline Extended to April 22, 2008

A Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends August 4-5, 2008 Denver, CO Conference website:

Sponsored by BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) and RUSA (Reference and User Services Association), an ALA Division

Rumors of the "death of reference" have been greatly exaggerated! Reference and information service now encompasses not just traditional forms such as in-person point-of-service, telephone, and e-mail, but also Instant Messaging, Text Messaging (SMS), blogs, wikis, library pages on MySpace and

Facebook, and virtual reference desks in Second Life.

A Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends conference will explore all aspects of reference service in a broad range of contexts, including libraries and information centers, in academic, public, school, corporate, and other special library environments. This two-day conference will incorporate the multitude of established, emerging, and merging types of reference service including both traditional and virtual reference. It presents an opportunity for all reference practitioners and scholars to explore the rapid growth and changing nature of reference, as an escalating array of information technologies blend with traditional reference service to create vibrant hybrids.

Our theme of a "Reference Renaissance" was taken from an editorial by Diane Zabel, in a recent issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly (winter 2007). Zabel wrote of a "resurgence of interest in reference" and that "reference is experiencing a regeneration, a reference renaissance."

Submissions of papers, panels, and workshop proposals are welcomed that analyze issues, identify best practices, advance organizational and technological systems, propose standards, and/or suggest innovative approaches that will reveal as well as invent the future of reference in this exciting and unfolding landscape. The conference will be organized around the following interest tracks. Please note that the sub-bullets are intended to be suggested topics, not to be a comprehensive listing.

. Virtual Reference (including e-mail, chat, IM, SMS, Second Life, etc.)

o Interpersonal aspects of reference service across different types of service

o Comparison of VR modes . Innovative Service Models (including face-to-face, outreach, and Web 2.0)

o Comparison of different modes (locations, configurations, etc.) of service delivery

o Social networking applications (such as blogs, wikis, Facebook, MySpace, etc.)

o Case studies in virtual outreach

o Satellite (or outpost) reference, roving reference . Managing Reference Services

o Assessment/Evaluation (including guidelines and best

practices, benchmarking performance, service quality, accuracy, effectiveness, and efficiency)

o Hiring, training and motivating staff in an era of rapid change (including performance issues)

o Marketing initiatives . Approaches, Values, & Philosophy of Reference Services

o Reference as teaching

o How much help to give (e.g., homework, course assignments) . Wild Card (including, but not limited to, controversial issues, comparisons, other innovative topics - be creative!)

o Sustainability and budgeting issues

o Reference consortia issues

o Software and hardware development . Vendor (including demonstrations and workshops)

o Vendor software and hardware development


1. Papers (500 word abstracts): include reports and research studies on

any aspect of reference, user studies, evaluation projects, innovative practical applications, theme papers, or theoretical developments. In addition, works in progress and student papers are invited. Submissions should include: 1) a cover sheet with the paper title, author(s), contact information and affiliations(s) for each author, conference track(s) and 2) a second page consisting of a 500 word abstract that summarizes the paper but does NOT show your name or any contact information. Papers will be refereed by the program committee.

2. Panels: include proposals for 1.5 hour long sessions on topics such

as reference innovations, implementation of new technology, evaluation projects, reports by practitioners on current initiatives, theme panels, and contrasting viewpoints on controversial or hot issues. Innovative formats are sought, especially those that encourage audience participation, such as:

roundtable discussions, debates, forums, or case studies. Submissions should

include: panel title, names, affiliations, and contact information for all participants (moderators, panelists, respondents, etc.), conference track(s), and a brief overview (250 words) of the issues, projects or viewpoints to be discussed. Panels will be refereed by the program committee.

3. Workshops, Demonstrations, and Reports from the Field: include

proposals for 30 minute sessions on working projects, new services, new approaches to reference instruction, or to developments-in-progress. These can be educational in nature. Submissions should include workshop of demonstration title, names and affiliations of all participants, contact information, conference track(s), and brief overview (250 words) of the session.


April 22, 2008 Deadline for All Submissions (Deadline extended!)

May 15, 2008 Notification of Acceptance to Speakers


Submissions should be sent in electronic format (as an e-mail attachment as a Word document or pdf) to Program Chair Marie L. Radford


Information on conference registration and hotel reservations will be forthcoming on the conference website at:

Posted On: April 7, 2008

ABA Honors Judge William Wilkins

By Dan Hoover
April 5, 2008

His eloquent summations have packed courtrooms, he’s been hailed as a judicial innovator and his quiet work has reshaped federal jurisprudence in America.

For a lifetime of "extraordinary" contributions, Judge William W. Wilkins of Greenville received a special achievement award Friday from the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section at its spring meeting in Charleston.

Wilkins, 66, is on senior status as a judge of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, having stepped down last year as its chief judge.

"It’s nice to be recognized, but particularly by your peers," Wilkins said before the presentation. "That makes it special."

To Stephen Saltzburg, chairman of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section and a George Washington University law professor, Wilkins "represents the best in American justice (with a) demonstrated awareness of commitment to the important role that an independent bar and independent judiciary in assuring...equal justice under the law."

Wilkins’ influence on the law and how it functions has been national in scope.

As the first chairman of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, he has been credited with bringing uniformity to federal criminal sentencing while limiting judges’ discretion, something that chafed many of his peers.

"Judge Wilkins wasn’t at fault," said University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias, but "did what Congress wanted in a realistic way."

"It’s hard to overestimate the impact of the sentencing guidelines," said William Traxler of Greenville, a 4th U.S. Circuit judge who has known Wilkins for years. "It was novel for the federal system and extremely effective."

Talk to those who know "Billy" Wilkins and what comes across is a guy who mingles Old South courtliness with a cutting edge legal mind, decidedly not a stuffy, hidebound, ivory tower judge, but one who can cut to the chase with pleasant incisiveness that leaves litigants and lawyers satisfied with a fair hearing.


It goes back a ways.

In the days before Court TV, a Wilkins closing argument could pack a courtroom.

"He’s probably the best trial lawyer I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot," said Traxler, recalling his years as an assistant solicitor under Wilkins.

"He was so good that people would want to get copies of closing arguments from the court reporter. I can remember some cases we tried where people would bring their lunch so they wouldn’t lose their seat at lunchtime," he said.

Traxler spoke of Wilkins, both as prosecutor and judge, as "calm, courteous, but still able to make his points, understand what they were trying to say and pinpoint the issues."

The late Sen. Strom Thurmond, for whom Wilkins once worked, described Wilkins as "a man of character and unquestionable integrity." Thurmond backed it up by sending his name to the White House for Supreme Court vacancies and, in 1987, for director of the FBI when William Webster left to head the CIA.

Published reports identified Wilkins as the Reagan administration’s top choice, but he withdrew his name from consideration as the process dragged on. Last year, he was among those recommended to replace U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

More recently, some have tried to convince Wilkins to make a run for governor in 2010, but to no avail. He said last month that his future holds some more time on the bench, followed by teaching and another crack at private practice. But his brother, David, a lawyer, former state House speaker and current U.S. ambassador to Canada, hasn’t been ruled out.


Wilkins has been described by fellow 4th U.S. Circuit Judge J. Dickson Phillips Jr. as "always well prepared, always current in his work, highly intelligent, quick to master newly encountered law, and equally quick to master the critical facts of a case."

His courtliness showed through, even in the rough-and-tumble, rapid-fire questioning of opposing lawyers that marks appellate court hearings.

Phillips noted that Wilkins is "always civil in his relationships with colleagues, courteous and respectful to members of the Bar, tough-minded in defending positions taken, but personally secure enough to change his mind when convinced of their error."

"He doesn’t have what lawyers like to call ‘robeitis,’" observed Greenville’s John Kittredge, a state Court of Appeals judge who first came to know Wilkins as a teenager working in his first campaign for solicitor.

"He’s a warm, engaging person who’s interested in you, and not as a pretext for talking about himself," Kittredge says.

That absence of an egocentric personality has made Wilkins a "good listener," Kittredge said, one who has quietly helped numerous people work through problems over the years.

Columbia lawyer William C. Hubbard, has known Wilkins for three decades, trying his first case before him.

"He is a giant of the American judiciary, both for his work on the bench and his leadership in improving our system of justice," Hubbard said. In August, Hubbard will become chairman of the ABA’s House of Delegates, the number two post in the 413,000-member association.

Before he donned the black robe of a judge, Wilkins was a gang-busting solicitor, or district attorney to South Carolina newcomers.


Mike Bridges, a future Greenville police chief then a sergeant, recalls 1970s Greenville when sex shops, massage parlors and gambling were part of a "wide-open" Greenville. How wide open? Well, you could walk out the City Hall door, cross Main Street and find a massage parlor.

Then, there was the murderous Dawson Gang, headquartered here. And the Greenville Police Department burglary ring. Cops on the pad.

"Billy became somebody we could go to," Bridges said, referring to local law enforcement officers anxious to clean things up and purge their ranks of bad apples. "He stood up."

The result was Wilkins’ formation of the nation’s first multi-agency task force that brought together city, county, state and federal agencies acting in concert.

Pulling it all together was Wilkins, Bridges said, describing a "hands on," but never overbearing style, always quick to adapt to new or changing circumstances. "Smooth, I never saw him rattled."

Ask Wilkins about the totality of his career and it’s not the landmark Sentencing Commission or majority opinions on lofty matters before the 4th Circuit that he mentions. It’s those Wild West days right back in Greenville and his innovative task force.

"We sort of had to do it in disguise," Wilkins said, because of eavesdropping corrupt cops. He would prosecute more than a dozen as solicitor, including one for murder.


They’d meet at least one a week in a vacant Federal Building grand jury room that now, ironically, is part of his office.

"We listed 21 individuals, desperadoes, on the board, and started with 21.

"If they spit on the street, we were on top of them," Wilkins said.

Like peeling an onion, lesser criminal lights were indicted, then flipped into snitching on the top dogs, he explained, compressing years of intense work into little more than a sentence.

Very Wilkins-like.

"Back then, it was moving from the old way to the new way, so we were kind of on the edge there with law enforcement."

Wilkins embraced the new, from the task force to pushing for the state’s first local crime lab to the less visible victim/witness assistance program.

Other Wilkins’ firsts locally included the Pre-Trial Diversion Program, giving young nonviolent offenders a path to avoiding a permanent criminal record, and the Child Abuse Prosecution Unit.

At the federal level, he chaired the groundbreaking Sentencing Commission and in 1999, then U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist appointed him chairman of the Committee on Criminal Law for the federal judiciary.

Ever evolving, Wilkins raised questions about the death penalty in a May 2007 article in the University of Richmond Law Review, not as an abolition advocate but as a reminder of the financial burden it imposes on local and state governments:

"These costs are, in a word, staggering. Is it too much? Could this money be spent to better purpose—toward education, toward

programs like Head Start, toward a state’s share of Medicaid costs, or reducing property taxes? I’m not saying that it is too

much, but it is a legitimate question to ask."

Dan Hoover covers politics and can be reached at 298-4883.

Posted On: April 4, 2008

Q&A:Archiving Web Pages for Future Reference


"I am in the process of trying to convert to a less paper driven office. We have occasion to verify information on Web pages and typically copied it and placed it in the hard file. I cannot seem to save it to a file on the computer and view it after the fact. Any suggestions? I have tried copy and paste and send it to."


"I've been saving Web pages as files or emailing them to myself for 10 years or so — ever since I first got Internet access. If neither procedure works, you must have a configuration problem. With some Web sites that use frames, a "save as" or "email to" command may just capture a blank frame; in that case, I'd use the cut and paste method described below, which is pretty well guaranteed to work."

"When using the 'save as' command, Internet Explorer gives you the option of saving the whole page, or just the html portions, or just plain text. If you choose the whole page, you end up with an html file plus a folder of other stuff — image files that appeared on the page, etc. If the information includes pictures and other non-text items, you may need that; otherwise, I just choose the html only option. Plain text loses the formatting, which can make the article harder to understand, and really doesn't reduce the file size by much. Other browsers like Firefox have the same choices, although they may have slightly different names."

T"he method I use now most of the time is to email the information to myself (and to colleagues or clients at the same time), and then file my copy of the email in an appropriate place. There's 2 ways to do that. There's a command in the file menu to 'send page' or 'send page by email'. Insert your own address if it's not there by default (as it would be if you send yourself blind copies of all your messages), and choose a subject line that will make it easy to find the message when you need it. The second way to email information is to highlight it on the Web page, hit control + c to copy it, and paste it into the blank message box. That has the advantage of avoiding all the ads, unrelated links, etc. that may be on the page. With either method, you can make a note to yourself at the beginning of the email about why you're saving the information, and if you're using the cut and paste method, you can combine information from several pages in a single message."

"One final tip — the little "print" link that appears on most Web stories is invaluable. Its main function is to generate a much cleaner version of the article with most of the ads removed. If the article is a long one, it will often be broken into several smaller pieces on the main page — you've seen items where you have to keep clicking "next" to get through it. You'd have to email or save each part of the article separately if you're working from the normal page. But if you use the "print" option, you'll almost always get the entire article at once, including any pictures or other graphics that are actually part of the story."

"There are other ways to archive information — printing the pages to a pdf driver, or emailing just the link rather than the whole story, or using a service like digg or To use the material as evidence, the pdf version might be preferable. I avoid anything that relies on sending just the link to the page rather than its contents, because links stop working when the article is taken off the Web site or moved to the site's archives where a password is required. If you've saved the article as a file or emailed its content to yourself, you'll have it no matter what the Web site decides to do with it. For that reason, I don't use the "email" icon that often appears alongside the 'print' link on a page. While it may sound like just what's needed, it usually just sends the link to the page."

James Sayre
Community Legal Assistance Society
Suite 300, 1140 West Pender Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6E 4G1

Source: The Technolawyer Community: Answers to Questions April 3, 2008

Posted On: April 4, 2008

ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter April 4, 2008

Our Top Ten Stories of the Week
Law Firms

Law Firms Beef Up For Bankruptcy Work, the Hottest Growth Area
Mar 31, 2008, 05:55 am CDT
A new survey has found that lawyers expect bankruptcy to be the hottest growth area for law firms this year. That's no secret to law firm managers who are already beefing up bankruptcy practices...


Mergers & Acquisitions
Global Dealmaking Drops More Than Two-Thirds for Big Law Firms
Apr 1, 2008, 05:56 am CDT

April Fooled
Reports of Supreme Court Fantasy Baseball Case Are Wildly Exaggerated
Apr 2, 2008, 07:38 am CDT

Women in the Law
Women Lawyers Have Higher Divorce Rates, Need Loving Husbands, Prof Says
Apr 1, 2008, 06:17 am CDT

Legal Ethics
Motion Asks Judge to Refer Pillsbury Partner for Possible Perjury Prosecution
Mar 31, 2008, 09:17 am CDT

Legal Blogs
A Quarter of the Nation's Top Law Firms Have Blogs
Apr 1, 2008, 11:04 am CDT

Attorney General
DOJ Probe Considers Whether Lawyer Was Ousted Due to Sexual Orientation Rumor
Apr 3, 2008, 06:26 am CDT

Legal Ethics
Biff! Bam! Wallop! 2 Lawyers Duke it Out in Oregon Courthouse
Apr 2, 2008, 11:36 am CDT

Law Firms
Failed Corporate Deals Fuel Malpractice Suits Against Firms
Mar 31, 2008, 04:04 pm CDT

Miami Judge Barred From Courthouse Calls it Quits
Apr 1, 2008, 04:52 pm CDT


In The Magazine

Solo Network
Building the Road Less Traveled
An Alabama solo puts practice on hold to answer military's call to Afghanistan.

Check out the magazine story as well as Sterling DeRamus' photos and e-mail dispatches.

McElhaney on Litigation
Rejiggering Jury Selection
Angus argues for giving opening statements before conducting voir dire.

Posted On: April 4, 2008

American Libraries Direct April 4, 2008

American Libraries Direct is e-newsletter of the American Library Association. Here is the Table of Contests for the April 4, 2008 issue:


U.S. & World News
ALA News
Booklist Online
D.C. Update
Division News
Round Table News
Seen Online
Tech Talk
Actions & Answers

To see the full text of the entire issue, click here.

Posted On: April 4, 2008

ABA Criminal Justice Section E-News April 2008

Every month I look forward to receiving the ABA Criminal Justice Section E-News. True to form, the April 2008 issue just received is filled with information to those involved with criminal justice issues. Here are some exampled highlighted in the April 2008 issue:

Weekly Criminal Justice News Roundup.

Legislative Update

Upcoming Events

April 3-6
Criminal Justice Section 2008 Spring Meeting, Charleston, SC (Francis Marion Hotel)

Superior Direct and Cross Examination (CLE, April 4)

April 11
Protecting Attorney-Client Privilege in 2008, Philadelphia, PA

May 9-10
The Comparison of Jury Trials and the Mystery of Art Theft, Bilbao, Spain

May 14-16
Health Care Fraud, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

May 21-23
Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Orlando, FL

June 11-13
Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement, Washington, DC

June 18-20
CyberLaw: Expanding the Horizons, Washington, DC

Aug. 7-12
ABA Annual Meeting (and CJ Section Programs and Meetings), New York, NY

Oct. 19-21
ABA/ABA Money Laundering Enforcement Conference, Washington, DC

New Publications

New from the ABA Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions

Second Chances in the Criminal Justice System: Alternatives to Incarceration and Recovery Strategies
"This compendium of the American Bar Association's Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions and the Justice Kennedy Commission focuses on the fairness and proportionality of punishment and on ways in which criminal offenders may avoid or escape the permanent legal disabilities and stigma of a criminal record."

U.S. Supreme Court Cases


By a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court held that President Bush overstepped his authority when he ordered a Texas court to reopen the case of Jose Ernesto Medellin, a Mexican citizen whom police prevented from consulting with Mexican diplomats, as provided by international treaty. Medellin was arrested a few days after the killings of Jennifer Ertman, 14, and Elizabeth Pena, 16, in June 1993. He was told he had a right to remain silent and have a lawyer present, but the police did not tell him that he could request assistance from the Mexican consulate. Medellin was convicted of murder in the course of a sexual assault, a capital offense in Texas. A judge sentenced him to death in October 1994.

Texas acknowledged that Medellin was not told he could ask for help from Mexican diplomats, but argued that he forfeited the right because he never raised the issue at trial or sentencing. In any case, the state said, the diplomats' intercession would not have made any difference in the outcome of the case. State and federal courts rejected Medellin's claim when he raised it on appeal.

Then, in 2003, Mexico sued the United States in the International Court of Justice in The Hague on behalf of Medellin and 50 other Mexicans on death row in the U.S. who also had been denied access to their country's diplomats following their arrests. An international court ruled in 2004 that the convictions of Medellin and 50 other Mexicans on death row around the United States violated the 1963 Vienna Convention, which provides that people arrested abroad should have access to their home country's consular officials. The International Court of Justice, also known as the world court, said the Mexican prisoners should have new court hearings to determine whether the violation affected their cases.

Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, disagreed. Roberts said the international court decision cannot be forced upon the states. The president may not "establish binding rules of decision that pre-empt contrary state law," Roberts said. Neither does the treaty, by itself, require individual states to take action.

Click on the link below to access the full opinion. If you cannot click on the link, copy and paste it into your browser.

Snyder v. Louisiana

By a 7-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court found that prosecutor Jim Williams improperly excluded blacks from the jury that convicted Allen Snyder of killing his estranged wife's companion. Snyder is black and the jurors were white. Justice Alito, writing for the majority, said the trial judge should have blocked Williams from striking a black juror. Justices Thomas and Scalia dissented. Thomas said he would not "second-guess" the judge. In a 4-3 decision, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that race had no part in the state's decisions involving black potential jurors.

During jury selection in the trial, Williams disqualified all five blacks in the pool of prospective jurors. The Supreme Court ruled in 1986 that prosecutors may not exclude people from a jury solely because of their race. The court already had sent Snyder's case back to the Louisiana courts following a ruling in 2005 that bolstered the prohibition on race bias in jury selection.

The prosecutor's explanation for striking a prospective black juror was "suspicious," said Alito. The prospective juror's supervisor said he did not think a schedule conflict between the upcoming trial and the prospective juror's work would be a problem. In contrast, the prosecutor accepted white jurors who disclosed conflicting obligations "that appear to have been at least as serious as" the prospective black juror who was excused, Alito wrote.

Stephen Bright, Snyder's Atlanta-based lawyer, said the ruling shows there is broad agreement among the justices that courts must closely examine the reasons given for excusing potential jurors when racial motives might be present but not acknowledged. "The disturbing thing is that courts in Louisiana and elsewhere were just deferring to trial judges, no matter the reasons," Bright said. Snyder will get a new trial as a result of the ruling.

Click on the link below to access the full opinion. If you cannot click on the link, copy and paste it into your browser.

Posted On: April 3, 2008

Joseph Thomas Receives 2008 Renee Chapman Award for Outstanding Contributions in Law Librarian Technical Services

The TS-SIS Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Technical Services Law Librarianship for 2008 is Joseph Thomas.

Joseph is Head of Technical Services at the Kresge Library, University of Notre Dame Law School. His many contributions to the field of technical services law librarianship include:

8 program presentations delivered since 1991 at the AALL annual conference as well as at other venues

8 publications in addition to serving as editor of Technical Services Law Librarian and editor of the “Miss Manager” column for TSLL

Service on the AALL Annual Meeting Program Selection Committee, Chair of the AALL Price Index Advisory Committee, Chair of the Technical Services SIS, and on various SIS, chapter groups

Congratulations Joe!

The Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Technical Services Law Librarianship is presented to an individual or group in recognition of extended and sustained distinguished service to technical services law librarianship and to AALL. Honorees may be recognized for achievement in a particular area of technical services (acquisitions, cataloging and classification, materials processing, preservation, automation, or technical services administration), for service to AALL, or for outstanding contributions to the professional literature. These achievements may include the publishing, presenting, or sharing of innovative techniques or research, analysis or commentary; the development of software, hardware, or other mechanisms that significantly enhance access to law library materials and collections; and the contribution of service to the Technical Services SIS as a whole.

Posted On: April 3, 2008

Cost Estimate: Federal Judicial Salaries Restoration Act of 2007



S. 1638 would increase the salaries and change certain retirement benefits for some judges
and justices of the United States. The bill also would allow those judges and justices to
receive annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) without further Congressional approval
and would increase the compensation paid to Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees.
CBO estimates that enacting S. 1638 would increase direct spending by $1.9 billion over the
2009-2018 period. The bill also would increase revenues by $321 million over the
2009-2018 period. In addition, CBO estimates that implementing S. 1638 would result in
additional discretionary spending of $166 million over the 2009-2013 period and $418
million over the next 10 years, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.
S. 1638 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded
Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal

See complete Cost Estimate for implementing S1638 here

Posted On: April 3, 2008

Newly Disclosed U.S. Department of Justice Legal Memorandum Sheds New Light on Torture Issue

"A newly disclosed Justice Department legal memorandum, written in March 2003 and authorizing the military’s use of extremely harsh interrogation techniques, offers what could be a revealing clue in an unsolved mystery: What responsibility did top Pentagon and Bush administration officials have for abuses committed by American troops at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and in Afghanistan; Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; and elsewhere?"

See above referenced legal memorandum, RE Military Interrogation of Alien Unlawful Combatants Held Outside the United States," below in two parts: Please be patient. It may take awhile to download.

Part 1

Part 2

Source:, April 3, 2008

Posted On: April 3, 2008

Net Neutrality: "Why the Internet Can't Remain Free"

Net Neutrality: Why the Internet Can't Remain Free *

"Most users want a free Internet, but that's not going to be possible by 2010, Gary Beach argues. Without a major investment by those who own the pipes, the likes of Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, Internet traffic will come to resemble rush hour traffic in Los Angeles."
*From CIO Insider April 3, 2008

Posted On: April 1, 2008

Criminology, Volume 46 Issue1, February 2008


pages 1–34


pages 35–70

pages 71–98

pages 99–132

pages 133–154

pages 155–188

pages 189–220

pages 221–254


Posted On: April 1, 2008

Business Skills and the Organization Professional

From Global Knowledge eNews April 1, 2008

"In today's business world, deep technical or specialized knowledge is not enough - especially for those moving up the corporate ladder. IT professionals [and those in other professions, including librarians] must complement this knowledge with business acumen - or general knowledge of the "rules of engagement" in business - and the ability to apply that knowledge to maneuver through the business environment".

To see the complete article, Upward Mobility in IT: Business Skills for the Technical Professional, click here.

Posted On: April 1, 2008

ABA Publications: Juries and Trials

The Litigation Manual: Jury Trials

Edited By Weyman I. Lundquist and Alyson Pytte
The Litigation Manual has been valued as much for its refreshing style as its practical, how-to approach. This addition to The Litigation Manual library focuses on jury trials. The book takes you step-by-step through the stages of a jury trial, providing concrete, time-proven techniques and innovative ideas from many of the country’s preeminent trial lawyers and judges. And it contains some of the best legal writing available—clear, informal and never dull. Read it and you will learn how to deal more effectively with the situations you face in a jury trial.

Vouching: A Defense Attorney's Guide to Witness Credibility, Law and Strategy

By Donna Lee Elm
This one-of-a-kind book supplies all you need to know about the sometimes misunderstood concept of vouching. In fifteen chapters you'll find the topic of vouching covered from every angle, backed up with relevant case citations whenever applicable. You'll discover when it's permissible, and when it's prohibited. You'll get a cleared picture of where the illusive grey areas lie, and learn to recognize when it's been crossed. If you are a trial lawyer, prosecution or defense, you need this book to help establish your expertise in the sometimes confusing area of vouching.

Convincing the Judge: Practical Advice for Litigators

By Cecil C. Kuhne III
Learn what judges like and do not like and how to deal with the judge throughout the entire litigation process. This book distills the advice of judges to practitioners appearing in their courtrooms and provides practical advice on case management, all phases of trial, and appeals. It also explains the judicial role and suggests tips for dealing with a difficult judge.

Posted On: April 1, 2008

ABA: 23rd Intellectual Property Law Conference

Welcome to the one annual Conference that IP lawyers cannot afford to miss. Now in its 23rd year, the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law provides a gathering of the foremost authorities on the state of intellectual property law, including judges, goverment officials, in-house counsel, academics, and private practitioners.

The conference is recognized for its national and international scope and preeminent programming. It attracts IP practitioners from across the nation and around the world..

The past year has seen critical developments in IP law. Its practitioners face new issues, new areas of practice, and a growing globalism, which places more demands than ever on their knowledge and skills.

Our most ambitious conference to-date meets your needs. It is comprehensive two and one-half day program featuring prominent speakers from across the IP law spectrum.

As in past years, the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law joins as a co-sponsor of the conference. A special session on new media and royalty issues will also be co-sponsored with the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.

Special sessions on Corporate Counsel Issues, Ethics Issues, and Litigation Skills Training will also be offered.

In addition to the collaborative efforts above, a special reception will be held at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

For details and registration click here

Posted On: April 1, 2008

Self Represented Litigation Innovation Pre Conference at Equal Justice Conference

As you may know, the 2008 Equal Justice Conference will be held the first full week of May in Minneapolis. The Conference will include a special pre-conference dedicated to the Self-Represented Litigant Issues as well as a number of general conference sessions that relate to the topic. Here is some additional information on the Pre Conference.

The Tuesday May 6 all day pre-conference will focus on self-represented litigation issues, and particularly the experience of the Hennepin County Self-Represented Services Program, which is generally recognized as one of the national leaders in the field. The day will include an introduction by the Coordinator of the Self-Represented Litigation Network, describing recent national developments, including the rapid adoption of judicial training programs, the planned development and launch of the Court leadership and education materials, and research into cost effectiveness of innovation. There will be a detailed tour and review of the operations and insights of the Hennepin program, and afternoon panels on Discrete Task Representation (Unbundling), Funding Approaches, Law Library Services, and Statewide and Distance Services. This program is highly recommended for all interested in the launch and enhancement of programs for the self-represented.

The Pre-conference fee of $65 will include food. Participants will walk from the conference hotel to the courthouse. Transportation available if needed. Registration for the main conference is required (See link at bottom).

The detailed Agenda for the Pre-Conference is as follows:

8:00-8:15 Welcome and introductions at Conference Hotel (Susan Ledray)

8:15-8:45 Update on Self-Represented Litigant Innovation and SRLN Working Group Activities (Richard Zorza)

8:45-9:15 Walk to Hennepin County District Court SHC: (Car available if needed)

9:15-11:15 Tour one Self Help Center and the Housing Court Project, then go to a conference room for Q&A with SHC staff and partners and a judge

11:15-12:15 Return to Hotel and eat lunch (provided in meeting room)

12:15-1:15 Law Library Programs for SRLs (lead: Sara Galligan)

1:15-2:15 Unbundling (lead: Sue Talia)

2:15-2:30 BREAK

2:30-3:30 Satewide and Diststance Services/Technology for SRLs (lead: Katrina Zabinski)

3:30-4:30 Funding Approaches and Issues (lead: Bonnie Hough and Susan Ledray)

For registration go to: