Posted On: August 29, 2008

A First Look at Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

From: eWeek Emerging, Technologies August 29, 2008

Slide show:

First Look: IE 8 Beta 2
By Jim Rapoza
August 29, 2008

"Despite its market dominance, Internet Explorer has been in many ways the browser that was left behind. Beta 2 of IE 8 shows promise with strong privacy controls and new usability features".

Posted On: August 29, 2008

Sharing Microsoft Files the Easy Way

From: CIO Insider, Posting by Esther Schindler, August 26, 2008.

Sharing Microsoft Office Files the Easy Way: A Five Minute Productivity Tip

"Need to create a report or presentation with the input of several people? Don't e-mail that large file to all the participants. Microsoft Office makes it simple to share Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents over the corporate network."

Posted On: August 29, 2008

ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter August 29, 2008

Careers
How Michelle Obama's 'Savvy Sacrifice' Helped Her Husband
Aug 25, 2008, 01:28 pm CDT

"Working as an associate at a powerhouse international law firm based in Chicago, Michelle Obama had what many would have considered a dream job for a lawyer. But she gave up the Sidley Austin job to pursue a public interest career. This "savvy sacrifice" has provided her husband, presumptive Democratic."

Law Practice Management
E-Mail Scam Targeting Law Firms Ensnares a Lawyer in Atlanta
Aug 26, 2008, 06:27 am CDT

"The latest victim of an e-mail scam targeting law firms is Atlanta lawyer Gregory Bartko. The lawyer sometimes handles international legal transactions involving Asian clients, and work is often conducted by e-mail because of the time difference, according to the Fulton County Daily Report. So Bartko wasn't alarmed when he... "

Legal Technology
BigLaw Firm Recruits on Facebook
Aug 26, 2008, 02:43 pm CDT

"Looking for a way to better promote itself to the next generation of lawyers, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle has launched a Facebook page as part of its broader law school recruiting efforts. 'We are pleased to be capitalizing on the popularity of the most widely used social networking site,'... "

Associates
Law Firm Life Satirized in Bitter Lawyer Webisodes
Aug 25, 2008, 12:30 pm CDT

"A lawyer-turned-TV writer has posted a satirical look at law firm life in four Webisodes posted on the Bitter Lawyer website. The Webisodes feature new associate Nick Conley, who works at Sullivan & Moore, "the most prestigious law firm in the entire country." In one episode, Nick is directed to... :.

Law Practice Management
Big Law Firms' Predicament: Committed to Hire More Lawyers than Needed
Aug 27, 2008, 05:54 am CDT

"Because big law firms make associate hiring commitments two years in advance, they are finding themselves in a bind. As the economic downturn has cut into legal work, the firms are pledged to hire more lawyers than they need. Some firms are hiring several new associates even though they recently... "

Contract Law
Court Quotes 'Seinfeld' Episode in Ruling Involving Author Tom Clancy
Aug 26, 2008, 10:04 am CDT

"Maryland's highest court is relying on a Seinfeld episode to explain why author Tom Clancy cannot harm a partnership with his ex-wife simply because of spite. The Maryland Court of Appeals cites the Seinfeld episode in which Jerry tries to return a jacket he purchased after an unrelated personal quarrel..."

Law Practice Management
WolfBlock to New 1st-Years: We'll See You in November
Aug 26, 2008, 02:27 pm CDT

"Faced with a business slowdown, Philadelphia-based WolfBlock has told its incoming first-year class to take a vacation. "The firm said all but one of eight recent law school graduates were told not to report for work until Nov. 10 rather than the normal start date shortly after Labor Day," reports..."

Law Practice Management
ABA Ethics Group OKs Outsourcing, But Nixes At Least Some Fee Markups
Aug 25, 2008, 07:12 pm CDT

"Although the lawyer in charge remains ultimately responsible and can be held accountable if anything goes awry, those working under his or her direction don't have to be in the same building in order to comply with professional standards. In fact, they don't even have to be in the same... "

Law Schools
U.S. News Considers Counting Part-Timers in Law School Rankings
Aug 26, 2008, 08:21 am CDT

"U.S. News & World Report is considering counting the undergraduate records of part-timers in its law-school rankings system, a change that would reverse recent gains by many schools. Some schools game the system by funneling those with lower undergrad grades and LSAT scores in their part-time programs, the Wall Street... "

Law Firms
Leader of Dissolved IP Boutique Says No One Wanted His Job
Aug 27, 2008, 07:11 am CDT

"A Philadelphia intellectual property boutique is being acquired by a larger firm, and the outgoing managing partner attributes his firm's dissolution to an unusual problem: No one wanted his job. Synnestvedt & Lechner of Philadelphia was having a banner year in terms of revenue per lawyer, managing partner Joseph Posillico..."

Posted On: August 27, 2008

Wiley Blackwell Publication: Philosophy & Public Affairs

Among the issues of public concern with a philosophical dimenion addressed in some of the articles published in Philosophy & Public Affairs are matters related to criminal law and justice.:

"Issues of public concern often have an important philosophical dimension. Philosophy & Public Affairs is published in the belief that a philosophical examination of these issues can contribute to their clarification and to their resolution. It welcomes philosophical discussion of substantive legal, social, and political problems, as well as discussions of the more abstract questions to which they give rise. In addition, it aims to publish studies of the moral and intellectual history of such problems. Philosophy & Public Affairs is designed to fill the need for a venue in which philosophers with different viewpoints and philosophically inclined writers from various disciplines-including law, political science, economics, and sociology-can bring their distinctive methods to bear on problems that concern everyone".

Additional information

Here is a sample of articles pubished:

Legal Moralism and the Harm Principle: A Rejoinder
Arthur Ripstein
35:2 (Spring, 2007)

Recent Thinking about Sexual Harassment: A Review Essay
Elizabeth Anderson
34:3 (Summer, 2006)

Avoiding Paternalism
Peter De Marneffe
34:1 (Winter, 2006)

The Nature of Rights
Leif Wenar
33:3 (Summer 2005)

The Difference Uniforms Make: Collective Violence in Criminal Law and War
Christopher Kutz
33:2 (Spring, 2005)

Racial Profiling
Mathias Risse and Richard Zeckhauser
32:2 (Spring, 2004)

Posted On: August 27, 2008

Q&A: Whither Twitter?

Here are some questions and responses about Twitter. I have followed the usual practice of deleting any personal information about any of the respondents. That being said I have already found these responses very useful and would like to share them with readers of this blog.

David Badertscher

QUESTIONS: :

What is Twitter? What does it do? How can one use it in a workday enviornment? Should one use it in a workday environment?

RESPONSES:

Twitter is a form of microblogging. And it's free, which is always good. It differs from Instant Messaging in that IM is specific between two people; Twittermessages go out to the world at large. You know what someone is saying by going to their profile page on Twitter but usually by choosing to follow them. Anyone who follows my feed gets everything I send out, whether it's related to serial renewals and OPAC features or links to recipes and Weight Watcher blogs.

Some people make clear distinctions about how they will use a Twitter account - work only, personal life only, or a combination. Mine is a combo but primarily work. Remember that deciding to do a work-only account means that's all you will talk about -- but if you follow me, you will see other things being discussed by seeing my responses to other people. Right now that's mostly reference/electronic services librarians. To see my conversations, check out: http://twitter.com/annemyers

I downloaded a little Firefox Add on called "twitterfox" which lets me monitor tweets from the people I follow while I'm in Firefox. It's my method of choice; there are others, including just keeping a window open to the Twitter site.

Does it take time? Sure, but you can spend as much or as little as you like. One really good way to limit it is to not follow every single person you know. Check their tweets for a while and if they're distracting or not useful, just remove them from your list. I mostly work in Millennium working on serials problems and don't see or worry about tweets while I'm there.

At first most people (including me) put up little things like "Had pizza for lunch" or other statements of fact. After a little practice, though, and seeing how others were using it, I jumped in with comments to the world at large or as replies to specific people. And I've discovered I'm building a little social network that brings me information, makes me giggle, points out interesting links, or simply scrolls by while I work on other things.

How would I use it with [Library] Technical Services people? Maybe tweet something short and sweet such as "Anyone go to the Charleston Conference?" instead of sending it in an email. Tweets are limited to 140 characters so you can't say a lot! It's also good for quick communication with others on the library staff.

I hope this helps a little. I'm still figuring how how Twitter will work for me but so far I just love it and haven't found it taking over my life. I'm saving Facebook for that!
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I saw Twitter for the first time at the conference in Portland. I was working at the local arrangement booth and a librarian from [...deleted...] showed it to me. Remember that "Family Reunion" that was going on at the same time in the Convention Center? He asked one of the attendees what it was all about, and then he went on Twitter to post what he learned (it was a direct sales group similar to Amway).
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We used Twitter at the SLA conference to report little gems from
sessions and that was great! It was a great learning experience and it
made the conference feel like a community effort. I highly recommend
separating out your work and personal accounts.
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Posted On: August 21, 2008

Democratic National Convention of 2008: Report of the Platform Committee

With all the news and interest in the Democratic National Convention which begins on Monday, we thought that some of you would be interested in seeing, Renewing America's Promise, Report of the Platform Committee for presentation to the 2008 National Convention. It was approved on August 9, 2008. To see the Platform click on the link below:

Report of the Platform Committee as Approved on August 9, 2008 for Presentation to the 2008 National Convention


Posted On: August 21, 2008

ABA Annual Meeting 2008: Criminal Justice Related ABA Policies

All four of the Policy Recommendations submitted by the Criminal Justice Section to the ABA House of Delegates were unanimously approved on August 11, 2008. To link to the final versions of each recommendation and audio recordings of the presentations and discussions, click here

Posted On: August 21, 2008

ABA Annual Meeting 2008 House of Delegates Resolutions*


10A Adopts the Best Practices for Judges in the Settlement and Trial of Cases Involving Unrepresented Litigants in Housing Court. Adopted as Revised

10B Urges Congress to examine the "incident to service" exception to the Federal Tort Claims Act. Adopted

10C Urges state, local, and territorial bar associations to adopt programs of introductory judicial education to assist lawyers with potential career aspirations of service in the judiciary. Withdrawn

10D Urges state and territorial judiciaries, in cooperation with state, local and specialty bar associations, to undertake assessments of their judicial systems. Adopted

10E Urges passage of H.R. 5833, to amend title 28, United States Code, to provide for the direct payment of attorney fees and costs to the attorney representing a prevailing party in certain Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income claims. Withdrawn

11-1 Amends §1.2 of the Constitution to include the following language as one of the purposes of the Association: "to defend the right to life of all innocent human beings, including all those conceived but not yet born." Postponed Indefinitely

11-2 Amends §21.12 of the Bylaws to add a Student Associates category of membership for individuals enrolled in college or university level post secondary educational studies and have an interest in the work of the American Bar Association. Adopted

11-3 Amends §31.7 of the Bylaws to discontinue the Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Title Guaranty Funds. Adopted

11-4 Amends §31.7 of the Bylaws to create a Standing Committee on Gun Violence. Adopted
11-5 Proposes a number of housekeeping amendments to the Association’s Constitution, Bylaws and House Rules of Procedure. Adopted

100 Urges the U.S. Government to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts. Adopted

101 Grants approval, reapproval and extension of the term of approval to several paralegal education programs, and withdraws the approval of two programs. Adopted

102 Supports international adoption as an integral part of a comprehensive child welfare strategy to address the worldwide problem of children without permanent homes and supports policies that make the process of international adoption more timely, less costly and less burdensome, while ensuring that international adoption practices are ethical and legal. Adopted/Report Revised

103 Urges federal, state, tribal and territorial legislative bodies, governmental agencies and health care providers to establish and support decision-making protocols to ensure that the wishes of those who have advanced chronic progressive illnesses are appropriately translated into visible and portable medical orders. Adopted as Revised

104A Recommends that Rule 32 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure be amended by the addition of subsections (c)(3) and (c)(4). Adopted as Revised

104B Urges federal, state, tribal, local and territorial governments to develop comprehensive plans to ensure that the public is informed about conditions in correctional and detention facilities for adults and juveniles. Adopted as Revised

104C Urges federal, state, local and territorial governments to enact effective legislation, policies and procedures to ban law enforcement’s use of racial or ethnic characteristics not justified by specific and articulable facts suggesting that an individual may be engaged in criminal behavior. Adopted as Revised

104D Urges federal, state, local and territorial trial judges to give a cross-racial identification jury instruction where appropriate to guard against the enhanced risk of eyewitness misidentification. Adopted as Revised

105 Urges state, territorial and tribal legislative bodies and appropriate governmental agencies to develop comprehensive strategies to reduce the incidence of prescription drug diversion and abuse including the utilization of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. Failed

106 Urges the Senate to give its advice and consent to the ratification of the 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance. Adopted

107 Urges Congress to change laws to broaden federal review of the disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic minority children in the child welfare system and require and fund states to track, report, analyze and take and report on corrective action. Adopted

108A Urges the United States Government to expand and broaden interaction with the International Criminal Court ("ICC"). Adopted
108B Supports the contribution that the negotiated liberalization of international trade in goods and services, through government-to-government trade agreements, makes to the spread of the Rule of Law, both at the state-to-state level and within participants’ domestic legal systems. Adopted

109 Urges federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments to adopt legislation and appropriate funding to strengthen protection and assistance for victims of gender-based violence within the United States and abroad. Adopted

110 Replaces the Judicial Division Standards Relating to Juror Use and Management with the ABA Principles for Juries and Jury Trials, adopted February 2005. Adopted

111A Adopts the Model Statute on Local Land Use Planning Procedures, dated August 2008, which addresses local land use procedures. Adopted

111B Urges Congress, states and territories to prescribe the administrative procedures to be employed by congressionally approved interstate compact agencies. Adopted

112A Adopts the Model Rule for Registration of In-House Counsel, dated August 2008, which provides a mechanism for jurisdictions to identify and monitor in-house counsel who are practicing in the jurisdiction. Adopted

112B Concurs in the action of the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in deleting Interpretation 302-7 of the Standards for Approval of Law Schools concerning bar examination preparation courses. Approved the Motion to Concur

113A Adopts the ABA Model Act Governing the Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Proceedings, dated August 2008. Withdrawn

113B Adopts the black letter of the Standards for Final Pretrial Submissions and Orders, dated August 2008, which are intended to provide guidance on how to move the case forward to trial Adopted

114 Amends Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.10 ("Imputation of Conflicts of Interest: General Rule") to permit screening within a law firm. Postponed Indefinitely

115 Urges states and territories to adopt legislation creating pilot programs that enable and encourage medical personnel to report hospital events which, if repeated, could threaten patient safety. Adopted as Amended

116A Urges states, territories and tribes to support the removal of legal barriers to the provision by healthcare provides of Expedited Partner Therapy in the treatment of those sexually transmitted diseases. Adopted as Revised

116B Urges states and territories to provide for mutual telemedicine licensure recognition, subject to compliance with applicable fees, discipline and professional standards of each jurisdiction’s medical board. Adopted as Revised

117A Urges Congress to support quality and accessible justice by ensuring adequate, stable, long-term funding for tribal justice systems. Adopted

117B Urges Congress to support quality and accessible justice by ensuring adequate, stable, long-term funding for tribal justice systems. Withdrawn

118 Encourages Senators in each state to jointly establish bipartisan commissions to evaluate the qualifications of prospective candidates for nomination to the U.S. district and courts of appeals. Adopted as Revised

119A Amends the Election Administration Guidelines and Commentary, dated August 2008, regarding the administration of the electoral process. Adopted

119B Urges law firms and other legal employers to allow time spent by lawyers as official poll workers (not poll watchers) to qualify as pro bono, community service or voluntary public service hours. Adopted as Revised

120 Adopts the Model Sustainability Policy and Implementation Guidelines for Law Organizations, dated August 2008. Postponed Indefinitely

121 Adopts a new mission, goals and objectives of the American Bar Association. Adopted as Revised

300 Addresses certain proposed legislation and international policy initiatives intended to impose obligations on company formation agents, including lawyers. Adopted as Revised

301 Urges State, local and territorial legislatures and regulatory bodies to refrain from requiring private investigator licenses for persons engaged in computer or digital forensic work, including expert testimony. Adopted
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*We are grateful to the American Bar Association for providing this information for posting.

Posted On: August 20, 2008

Q&A Courts: Video Docket Room Assignment Systems*

QUESTION:

"I am looking for any courts that have a video system that displays the docket or room assignments for patrons of the court. I looking for any specs that you have in place. For instance are you using LCD TV screens or just normal computer screens. Do you have a system that is doing real time updates or do you have set times to up the list? "

"Do you have a scrolling list or a static display with the screen changing every x seconds?"

RESPONSES:

"We use a bank of 4 32" LCD monitors in our lobby that display the Name, Case #, Courtroom & Time of all criminal courtroom (5 courtrooms) events for the day via a windows based application using a quad output video card."

"It was written in house (VB.NET) and displays events for x hours before current and x hours after current (can be changed via configuration screen). Colors are also configurable so each courtroom has its own color. It is also configurable for how long it is active (so monitors go to sleep after hours). The refresh time is also configurable and we have currently have it set for 15 seconds."

"If the amount of names takes more than the 4 screens can display, it will spill over to next refresh for remainder, and then start from beginning again (we display them alphabetically). The program uses a generic query written against a view on our database server that just returns the name, case #, courtroom, and time needed for the display in case we ever change databases."
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"...[Our State] does have a system available that displays scrolling court dockets in the lobby of the facility. Various information is available, depending on the type of calendar, including name, case number, judge and room number.

It is scheduled at regular intervals, to accommodate add-on cases. It does not update to remove cases that have been completed; we found that latecomers were better directed to the courtroom to receive information about completed cases rather than asking at the counter.

Two of our 10 districts currently use this feature and others are considering it. They use LCD (not computer) screens.

We also have a system that is designed to display cases that are ready to be called so attorneys, defendants and other interested parties know when to be present. It displays in the courtroom or hallway and in some locations in the holding area of the jail to assist the jail in preparing in custody defendants. It is continually updated to display current information. "

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*Identifying information has been removed from the above responses to preserve confidentiality.

Posted On: August 19, 2008

American Judicature Society Elects Officers and Directors for 2008 - 2009 Term

PRESS RELEASE

Des Moines, Iowa – Gordon L. Doerfer of Boston, Massachusetts took office as President of the American Judicature Society at the Society’s Annual Meeting in New York on August 7. Doerfer retired last year from the bench after twenty-five years of service on the trial and appellate courts of Massachusetts. He now serves as a mediator and arbitrator on the panel of neutrals at JAMS – The Resolution Experts.

He is a member of the American Law Institute, the Institute for Judicial Administration, a fellow of the American and Massachusetts Bar Foundations, and a trustee of the Flaschner Judicial Institute. Doerfer served as the chair of the Administration of Justice Section of the Boston Bar Association and as President of the Boston Inn of Court. In addition, he is a member of the adjunct faculty of the Suffolk University Law School. He currently serves on the American Bar Association Presidential Commission on Fair and Impartial Courts.

Doerfer stated, “The American Judicature Society has a long and honored tradition, approaching 100 years, of bringing citizens, judges, lawyers and academics together to work for the improvement of our system of justice. I look forward to working with our dedicated, hard-working Board and National Advisory Council and highly professional staff to advance the mission of AJS.”

Also elected at the meeting were the Society’s officers: AJS President-Elect Carole Wagner Vallianos, attorney in private practice based in Manhattan Beach, CA; Vice-presidents George W. Madison, Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for TIAA-CREF in New York and Martin H. Belsky, Dean of the University of Akron School of Law in Akron, Ohio. Judge Peter D. Webster of the Florida First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee, Florida was elected Secretary, and William D. Johnston, attorney with Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP in Wilmington, Delaware was elected Treasurer. Dennis Courtland Hayes, Interim President and CEO of the national NAACP, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland will serve as Chair of the National Advisory Council.

New members of the AJS Board of Directors include: Jon B. Comstock, Associate General Counsel in the Legal Department for Compliance-Data Security and Privacy at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Thomas C. Leighton, Vice President, Content Acquisition & Government Relations for Thomson West in Eagan, Minnesota.

For a complete list of the AJS Board members and biographies, visit the AJS website at: http://www.ajs.org/ajs/ajs_meet-board_bios.htm.

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Founded in 1913, The American Judicature Society is a nonpartisan organization with a national membership of judges, lawyers and other citizens interested in improving our nation's courts and the administration of justice. The AJS mission is to ensure a fair, impartial, independent judiciary; improve the criminal justice process; educate the public; and build confidence in the justice system. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.ajs.org.

Posted On: August 15, 2008

Quinlan Law Enforcement: Pop Quiz August 14, 2008

From: Quinlan Law Enforcement E-News Alert, August 14, 2008

Question:

"Peals was arrested in his garage by a number of Terre Haute, Indiana police officers from the Street Crimes Unit, a unit used to perform special tasks including high-risk arrests, narcotics arrests, and narcotics information gathering. Among these officers were two K-9 units. The police officers had a warrant for Peals arrest, but they did not possess a search warrant for the home. After the officers took Peals into custody, several of the officers and K-9 units looked around the garage. Did the search of the garage violate Peals's constitutional rights?"


Answer:

"No. Under the rules regarding a protective sweep, the police could, incident to arrest and as a precautionary measure without probable cause or reasonable suspicion, look in closets and other spaces immediately adjoining the place of arrest from which an attack could be immediately launched. Here, the officers visually inspected the area in which Peals was arrested and entered an immediately adjoining space in which other persons could have been located and from which they could have launched an attack. Importantly, Peals did not allege that any officer opened or otherwise manipulated anything in the garage or house, or that the limited search extended beyond a brief visual inspection of the areas immediately adjoining the garage where he was arrested. In addition, the presence of the K-9 units did not affect the legality of the search. As a general rule, K-9 units trained to protect officers and apprehend suspects could accompany police officers, and K-9 units trained to detect contraband did not conduct a search when they sniffed in an area where they were lawfully present. Here, the officers and K-9 units were lawfully present in Peals's garage, and there was no indication the dogs were trained for something other than protecting officers or detecting contraband. Consequently, the search was lawful."

Citation: Peals v. Terre Haute Police Dept., 2008 WL 2854149 (7th Cir. 2008)

Posted On: August 15, 2008

CIO Job Search: A Real Life Chronicle

From: CIO Insider, August 15, 2008. Posting by Mark Cummuta in CIO: Best Practices

The Impact of Globalization on Executive Job Searches

"After meeting an Australian business consultant known for his research on globalization, CIO Job Search author Mark Cummuta begins to realize why his search has been so arduous. It's not just the weak economy that's been making it difficult for Mark and others to find executive jobs. Much larger economic forces are at work: 'Major shifts in global corporate ownership are rippling downstream, affecting enterprises' hierarchical structures, executive roles and hiring criteria,' he writes".

Posted On: August 15, 2008

ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter: Top Ten Stories of the Week

Week ending August 15, 2008

Verdicts
Most Plaintiffs Who Reject Settlement Offers Do Worse at Trial
Aug 11, 2008, 06:49 am CDT

"The gamble of going to trial doesn't pay off for most plaintiffs, according to a study of more than 2,000 civil suits from 2002 to 2005. Sixty-one percent of plaintiffs who turned down settlement offers ended up faring worse at trial, according to a New York Times story on the.".

Campaign Law
Lawyer Who Paid Rent of Edwards' Mistress 'Shocked' to Learn of Affair
Aug 13, 2008, 05:46 am CDT

"The Dallas lawyer who paid the monthly rent of John Edwards' mistress says he was "shocked" to learn that rumors of the affair were true. In an interview with Texas Lawyer's Tex Parte Blog, Fred Baron said he paid to move Rielle Hunter to California and funded her monthly rent"

Women in the Law
"Is Your Firm on Working Mother's Best of 2008 List?"
Aug 12, 2008, 06:33 am CDT

"Noting that the legal profession is in a "work/life crisis" with 78 percent of associates leaving firms by year five and nearly half of women lawyers leaving the profession altogether, Working Mother magazine has released its 2nd annual list of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women. The August/September issue."

Law Firms
Law Firm Mystery: Second Lawyer Dies at Young Age, Slaying of Third Unsolved
Aug 13, 2008, 11:10 am CDT"

"The law firm Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton has been hit once again with the sudden death of one of its lawyers. Vincent Venker II died at the age of 51 on Sunday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The cause of death has."

Law Firms
Buchanan Ingersoll Sees 'Rash' of Lawyer Departures, Drop in Associate Hours
Aug 13, 2008, 09:05 am CDT

"Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney appears to be experiencing some growing pains. The Pittsburgh-based law firm has merged with several law firms in the past several years, including 120-lawyer Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling, also based in Pittsburgh, Legal Times reports. In 2006, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney finally made American Lawyer's."

Attorney-Client Privilege
50 Lawyers Pack Court to Support Solo Whose Office Was Searched
Aug 12, 2008, 06:59 am CDT

"Lawyers in Texas upset about a judge-authorized search of a solo practitioner who is representing an alleged contract killer filed into a Collin County court last week in a show of support for lawyer Keith Gore. In February, with the OK of 401st District Judge Mark Rusch, Texas Rangers and..."

Law Firms
Jurors Told That Law Firm Cut Associate's Pay Due to Pregnancy
Aug 13, 2008, 07:12 am CDT

"At a trial beginning this week, an associate is airing a claim that her Garden City, N.Y., law firm discriminated against her by cutting her pay while she was pregnant. The associate, Jacquelyn Todaro, said her law firm, Siegel Fenchel & Peddy, cut her pay in 2002 from more than... "

Law Firms
Wachtell Still #1, Vault Survey Says
Aug 12, 2008, 05:33 pm CDT

"For the sixth straight year, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz ranks as the top law firm in the country according to the latest Vault survey. Cravath Swaine & Moore retains the No. 2 spot, and among the rest of the top 10, only one name is different than last year,... "

Constitutional Law
Appeals Court Rejects Militia Organizer's Second Amendment Claim
Aug 14, 2008, 05:50 am CDT

"A federal appeals court has ruled a man who organized his own militia did not have a Second Amendment right to possess a machine gun. Hollis Wayne Fincher had argued that his Washington County Militia was a well-regulated militia that was protected by the amendment. A federal judge rejected his... "

Attorney Fees
Judge Suggests Legal Fees Padded Due to Billable-Hour Requirement
Aug 14, 2008, 07:18 am CDT

"A dispute over $64,000 in a judge's unpaid legal fees has highlighted law firm billable-hour requirements. Judge David French of Palm Beach County claims the Rutherford Mulhall law firm charged him for 300 unnecessary hours of work in his alimony case and suggests that law firm policies may be to... "

Posted On: August 14, 2008

Book Review: Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell

TITLE: Three Generations, No Imbeciles

SUBTITLE: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell

AUTHOR: Paul A. Lombardo

PUBLICATION DATE: October 2008

PUBLISHER: The Johns Hopkins University Press

PAGE COUNT: 375 pp
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ISBN-13: 978-0-8018-9010-9

ISBN-10: 0-8018-9010-1

PRICE: $29.95

Lombardo is an activist law professor who traces a seminal 1927 Supreme Court case arising from the attempt by authorities in Amherst County, Virginia to force the mandatory sterilization of a woman believed to be mentally and socially insufficient. The author carefully recreates the Virginia trial court drama, which resulted in a ruling from the bench formally endorsing the sterilization of Carrie Buck. The Virginia Supreme Court quickly affirmed the ruling of the lower Court, and the case rapidly advanced to the U. S. Supreme Court. The Virginia Sterilization Law, the justices ruled, did not violate the Eighth Amendment, because Carrie Buck had committed no crime! Lombardo minces no words in expressing his disdain for the lackluster performance of Buck's attorney, as well as his insidious connections to the institution where she was confined and his theoretical support for the science that devitalized her! Carrie's fate in Washington before the High Court, argues the author, was partially attributable to social Darwinism (survival of the fittest), as well as the prevailing attitude of the Court's chief social arbiter, Oliver Wendell Holmes, that society should not bear the burden of people born without pedigree, status, intelligence, or capacity. However, Lombardo observes, by the early 1970s, medical science had strongly discredited the notion that bad heredity could be interrupted by sterilization, and the entire movement ground to a screeching halt! Highly recommended for academic, public, and law libraries.

Philip Y. Blue,
New York State Supreme Court Criminal Branch Law Library, First Judicial District, New York, New York


Posted On: August 14, 2008

Judge Judith S. Kaye Receives 2008 Jury System Impact Award

The ABA Commission on the American Jury Project is pleased to announce Judge Judith S. Kaye, the Chief Judge of the State of New York, and G. Thomas Munsterman, Director Emeritus of the National Center for State Courts Center for Jury Studies, as the recipients of the 2008 Jury System Impact Award. The award honors those that have made tremendous efforts toward the improvement and strengthening of the American jury system.

Both awards were presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting in New York, NY during the Judicial Division Welcome Breakfast on Friday, August 8 from 7:30 – 9:00am at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

Posted On: August 14, 2008

Selections From American Libraries Direct August 13, 2008

The e-newsletter of the American Library Association ALA.*

IFLA Conference showcases Québecois culture

"Canada played host to the 74th World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, August 10–14, in Québec. The annual IFLA conference is the largest and most diverse international gathering of library and information science professionals in the world. The five-day conference offered more than 3,280 delegates from 150 nations an opportunity to meet colleagues from around the globe, to hone their skills at 224 sessions, and to enjoy the cultural offerings of the host city. Kicking off an elaborate opening session, Canadian Governor General Michaëlle Jean (right) welcomed the delegates to the 400th anniversary celebration of the founding of Québec City...."
American Libraries Online, Aug. 13


FBI ties seized library computers to anthrax case

"A week after removing two public-access computers from the Frederick County (Md.) Public Libraries’ C. Burr Artz Library (right), the FBI has obtained a court order to search the machines for clues to their use on July 24 by Army scientist Bruce Ivins. A suspect in the 2001 anthrax letter attacks who killed himself July 29, Ivins was under surveillance by agents who observed him going to the library and accessing a website about the case, according to a search warrant request granted August 7 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia...."
American Libraries Online, Aug. 8


Mean librarian salaries up 2% in 2008

"Analysis of data from more than 1,010 public and academic libraries showed that the mean salary for librarians with ALA-accredited master’s degrees increased 2% from 2007, up $1,151 to $57,809. The median ALA MLS salary was $53,251, and salaries ranged from $22,000 to $331,200. Results are reported in the 2008 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian—Public and Academic, published by the ALA–Allied Professional Association...."


Unionized library workers earn more

"A study conducted by the ALA–Allied Professional Association and the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, has revealed that salaries in unionized public and academic libraries were higher than those in nonunion libraries for staff in positions that do not require an ALA-accredited master’s degree. The findings are published in The Union Difference for Library Workers...."


ACRL on The Desk and Beyond

"ACRL has released a new publication, The Desk and Beyond: Next Generation Reference Services, edited by Sarah Steiner and M. Leslie Madden of Georgia State University. The book provides a thorough exploration of the present and possible future applications of 11 of the most promising new reference delivery methods. This forward-looking collection is intended to provide inspiration for potential new digital and physical reference services at academic libraries...."


City librarian’s tip leads to hit-and-run arrest

"The search for a driver accused of running down and killing a pair of elderly women over the weekend ended at the Santa Clara (Calif.) City Library August 11, after a tip from the quick-thinking city librarian. Karen Saunders was reading about the incident on a website when she realized she had talked with the suspect the previous week. Astonished, she looked around the library and saw him again. And the wanted car was in the library garage...."
San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, Aug. 12


Archivist gets prison for document thefts

"A former archivist pleaded guilty August 6 to stealing more than $50,000 worth of historic documents and artifacts from the New York State Library and Archives in Albany which he then sold on the internet or at collectors’ shows. Daniel D. Lorello admitted stealing more than 1,600 items from the archives during his employment as an archives and records management specialist with the state Department of Education from January 1997 until he was arrested in January 2008...."
Troy (N.Y.) Record, Aug. 6


Understanding web browser vulnerabilities

"Stefan Frei and three other security systems experts examine the “insecurity iceberg” of browsers that have not been updated to the latest versions and most secure plug-ins in this paper delivered at DEF CON 16 in Las Vegas August 10. To help combat existing and rapidly evolving threats such as malicious drive-by downloads, they have proposed a concept of a “best before” date for software and related mechanisms to tackle user awareness...."
Techzoom.net, Aug. 10


A publishing primer

"Rachel Toor writes: “When I taught a course about publishing last winter, I learned from my students that much of what I say when I talk about publishing is jargon. Until then, it had never occurred to me how many terms of art there are in the world of book publishing. I thought I would take this opportunity to explain some of its more arcane terminology.” Like dingbats, French flaps, gutters, provisional contracts, and slush piles...."
Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 11

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Posted On: August 13, 2008

Decision: Valerie Plume Wilson and Joseph C. Wilson IV v. I Lewis Libby, Et. Al.

From: Findlaw Legal Documents, August 12, 2008

Dismissal of CIA Leak Case Affirmed

WILSON V. LIBBY

"(U.S. D.C. Circuit) - In a suit by Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband alleging that employees in the Office of the Vice President and the State Department violated their constitutional rights by publishing Wilson's status as a covert CIA employee, dismissal of all claims is affirmed where: 1) the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. section 552a, upon which all of plaintiffs' claims were based, is a comprehensive remedial scheme, precluding the court from allowing the Bivens remedies sought by plaintiffs; 2) even if a Bivens remedy were available, trying plaintiffs' claims in this case would still not be appropriate as it would require the disclosure of sensitive intelligence information; and 3) a state-law cause of action for invasion of privacy failed as defendants were acting within the scope of their employment when they disclosed information about plaintiff, leaving plaintiffs with remedies only under the Federal Tort Claims Act."

Posted On: August 13, 2008

Speech Transcript: Attorney General Michael Mukasey Before the American Bar Association

Remarks as prepared for delivery regarding hiring practices at the U.S. Department of Justice


Posted On: August 12, 2008

Recent ABA Publication Announcements


Witness Preparation for Deposition DVD and Witness Preparation for Trial DVD

By Jan M. Spaeth Ph.D.

"These DVDs provide real assistance to counsel in guiding witnesses through what can be a scary prospect. Not preachy or intimidating, these videos set just the right tone in providing guidance while inspiring confidence. After watching one of these programs, a witness should be much better prepared."
--Philip R. Higdon, Esq., Perkins, Coie, Brown & Bain, P.A.

"Now, one of the nation's leading authorities on jury research and witness preparation, nationally-recognized litigation consultant Jan Mills Spaeth, Ph.D., has created two essential DVDs to thoroughly instruct your witnesses in preparing for their upcoming depositions and testimony.

Your witness only needs to watch these DVD's to be fully prepared for their trial or deposition! This 2-DVD set contains one 45 minute DVD focused exclusively on preparing the witness for a deposition, and another for preparing witnesses for trial. A take-home booklet will further reinforce the lessons learned.

Both feature sample questions, positive and negative responses--some filmed in an actual courtroom setting, and stress the essentials for a credible, convincing testimony. If you need to prepare witnesses for trial or deposition, this essential tool will save you time and money--and will help you make sure it's done right!"

Product Details:
Regular Price: $399.95
ABA Member Price: $379.95

©2008 - 2 DVD Set
plus 2 booklets

Product Code:
1620395P
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Foundations of Digital Evidence

By George L. Paul

“A watershed . . .” --from the Foreword by Judge John M. Facciola, U. S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Colombia

"Foundations of Digital Evidence provides you with a legal and practical approach to the new world of digital information. This book has been described as a 'must have' for both litigation lawyers, and for corporate counsel and records managers who want to understand how to appropriately handle the digital information of an enterprise.

The book provides an overview and history of digital evidence, as well as a thorough discussion of relevant issues, including:

How you can view and understand informational records, so that you can ask the right questions in search of the truth;

An understanding of how to ensure that any digital record is authentic, including a full explanation of how to authenticate digital evidence -- or contest its admission as the case may be;

A discussion of the three principal foundations that determine whether a digital writing is authentic;

How to test whether digital information has changed through time;

A discussion of the various ways evidence of time appears in digital records;

An overview of identity issues – How do we know who is playing in our information systems? Is there a way to keep track? Who authored a digital record?

An understanding of hearsay rules and under what circumstances judges admit computer-generated information into evidence;

And much more! "

Product Details:

2008
7 X 10, 450 Pages, Paperback
Product Code: 5450053

Regular Price: $119.95


Posted On: August 12, 2008

Criminal Justice Section Recommendations Approved by ABA House of Delegates

All four of the recommendations submitted by the Criminal Justice Section to the ABA House of Delegates were unamiously approved on August 11, 2008:

Brief descriptions of the final versions of the recommendations are included below. Those seeking addtional information can contact the Criminal Justice Section at http://www.abanet.org/crimjust:

104A Recommends that Rule 32 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure be amended by the addition of subsections (c)(3) and (c)(4), that would call for availability of information received from parties and non-parties to ensure that both the government and the defense have an opportunity to review information to be considered by the sentencing court in determining the appropriate punishment.

104B Urges federal, state, tribal, local and territorial governments to develop comprehensive plans to ensure that the public is informed about conditions in correctional and detention facilities for adults and juveniles and that there is greater accountability to the public in the operation of those facilities, and adopts the "Key Requirements for the Effective Monitoring of Correctional and Detention Facilities, dated August 2008.

104C Urges federal, state, local and terrortial governments to enact effective legislation, policies and procedures to ban law enforcement's use of racial or ethnic characteristics not justified by specific and articulable facts suggesting that an individual may be engaged in criminal behavior.

104D Urges federal, state, local, and terroritial trial judges to give a cross-racial identification jury instruction where appropriate to guard against the enhanced risk of eyewitness misidentification.

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Posted On: August 8, 2008

ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter : Top Ten Stories of the Week

August 8, 2008

Associates
Associates Happiest With Wachtell Pay, Which is on the Hefty Side
Aug 6, 2008, 07:59 am CDT

Midlevel associates are most satisfied with their compensation at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, which paid huge bonuses last winter ranging from $175,000 to $215,000... Continue reading.

Law Firms
Lawyer Who Says She Was Chastised for Not Being Sweet Is Allowed to Sue
Aug 5, 2008, 08:21 am CDT

Internet Law
Yale Law Students Start Naming Names in Suit Over Blog Posts
Aug 6, 2008, 03:59 pm CDT

Law Students
Law Librarian's Beef: High-Tech Law Students Do 'Wal-Mart'-Style Research
Aug 4, 2008, 01:03 pm CDT

Criminal Justice
Congress OKs Bill Forgiving Up to $60K in Loans for Prosecutors, PDs
Aug 5, 2008, 09:51 am CDT

Lawyer Pay
Big N.Y. Firms Freeze Pay for Midlevel Associates, Pay Fifth-Years $230K
Aug 5, 2008, 07:02 am CDT

Attorney-Client Privilege
WSJ: Accounting Rule Would Allow Lawyers to 'Extort Settlements'
Aug 7, 2008, 07:42 am CDT

Celebrities
Trial Set to Begin Against Megachurch Pastor's Wife
Aug 7, 2008, 06:59 am CDT

Lawyer Pay
Credit Crunch is Limiting Partner Draws
Aug 5, 2008, 11:26 am CDT

Attorney General
How Monica Goodling and Kyle Sampson Worked the System
Aug 5, 2008, 01:04 pm CDT

Posted On: August 7, 2008

Why Should We Care What NCJRS Stands For?

Anne Skove and her group who publish the Court-o-Rama. org (otherwise known as the "least dangerous blog") have reminded us once again in a August 3 posting just how useful NCJRS is as an information and research source for a wide range of criminal justice related information.

Below is an excerpt from their posting:

"We are still getting used to living in a world in which not everyone knows that NCJRS stands for the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. Odder still is the idea that some people might not have heard of it or used the NCJRS site. We can hear you now saying 'N-C-J-What-What?' "

"The site lets you navigate criminal justice topics from a to z, or by topic area. Reports are available as summaries/abstracts, pdf files, or you can order quaint paper copies and they will mail them to you. The help desk is quite helpful if you are unable to find what you want or need assistance finding the most recent statistics on any given topic...."

To see the complete posting and take a look at their "least dangerous blog" go to :
http://court-o-rama.org/?category=Criminal&post=ncjrs

Posted On: August 7, 2008

Changes in the New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

From: News from the New York State Archives, Region 1, August 2008

Changes in FOIL: The New York State Legislature has changed New York's freedom of information law (FOIL). Below are some of the changes to the law which may affect how you manage your government's records and information!

The legislation makes several amendments to §87 of the public officers law to provide guidelines for determining the actual cost of reproducing a public record when a copy of such a record is provided to the public under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and the traditional per page photocopy fee may not be applicable. A new paragraph (C) of subdivision 1 of §87 is added to provide that the public may and can only be charged an amount equal to the hourly salary attributed to the employee or employees required to produce a copy of the record and the actual cost of the storage device or media provided to the public in complying with the FOIL request, and the actual cost to a public agency of engaging an outside professional service to produce a copy of the record or records, if the agency needs to engage an outside entity in order to comply with the FOIL request.

Subdivision 5 of § 87 is also amended to require a public agency to provide copies of records in the format and on the medium requested by the person filing the FOIL request if the agency can reasonably do so. The subdivision is further amended to prohibit a public agency from entering into a contract for the creation or maintenance of records if such a contract impairs the right of the public to inspect or copy that agency's records.

Subdivision 2 of §89 is amended to clarify the restriction on the sale or release of lists of names and addresses when the use of such lists for solicitation or fund raising purposes is deemed an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

Subdivision 2 of §89 is further amended to clarify that public records related to the ownership, title or interest in real property and details related to such property or properties shall not be deemed a "list of names and addresses" under paragraph (b) of such subdivision.

Subdivision 3 of §89 is amended to ensure that FOIL requests for public documents are complied with and that an agency cannot use the excuse that the FOIL request is voluminous, burdensome or it lacks the staff to copy the documents. Because of the new amendment to §87 (1)(C) the agency may recover any costs in complying with the request including having an outside entity to provide copying, programming or other services needed to provide such copies. The amendment to this subdivision also enables a public agency to require that a person requesting lists of names and addresses provide a written certification that the person will not use the lists for solicitation or fund-raising purposes and that such person will not sell, give or make such lists available to others to use for such purposes. The section is further amended to clarify that any programming necessary to retrieve a public record maintained in a computer storage system shall not be deemed the creation or preparation of a new record. This clarification would prohibit an agency from denying a FOIL request on that ground.

Finally, paragraph (f) of §80l9 of the CPLR related to fees for copies of records is amended to cover the actual costs for copies in a format other than paper to be consistent with the above describe amendment to §87 of the public officers law defining "actual costs."

Posted On: August 7, 2008

CLLB Information Security Newsletter August 2008

NEWSLETTER

AUGUST 2008 Volume 1, Issue 4
Firewalls
From the Desk of David Badertscher

What is a firewall and why should I use one?

A firewall is a software program or hardware device that filters the inbound and outbound traffic between your network or computer and the Internet. Firewalls add a layer of protection by blocking unauthorized and potentially dangerous data from entering your computer or network. Firewalls are especially critical for users who have an “always on” connection to the Internet.

Some users may think that data residing on their computer is not valuable and therefore a firewall is not necessary. However, even small pieces of information can be obtained by the hacker and used to steal identities and other personal data. In addition, hackers may be interested in taking over your computer to store illegal materials or launch other attacks that can leave a trail back to your computer. Once a hacker gets access to your computer, the intruder may have access to resources and data stored on your machine.

What does a firewall protect me from?

Firewalls can help protect your data and computer by blocking the following:

• unsolicited traffic/malware from coming into your computer or network
• traffic from known malicious computers
• specific traffic you don’t want leaving your computer or network
• programs, protocols and ports that you specify
• attempts to access or attack your computer

Firewalls can also log activity, and these logs should be reviewed periodically to identify any anomalous or unexpected activity.

What type of firewall should I use?

There are two types of firewalls: hardware and software. A hardware firewall is usually an external device that sits between your computer and your connection to the Internet. A software firewall (also known as a personal firewall) runs directly on your computer. This firewall is the most common type for home users.

The selection of a firewall is dependent on what is being protected. The value of the assets, the complexity of the computers or networks, and their usage of the Internet will dictate the type and size of firewall that should be used.

Make sure you have a firewall--selected based on your business or personal needs--and that it is enabled.


Before enabling a firewall, read the documentation carefully to ensure proper configuration. A properly configured firewall can save you hours of recovery or rebuilding of data.

Below are some areas for consideration when installing a firewall:

• allow only the traffic that you need
• enable the “automatic update” feature if one exists and also periodically check the firewall vendor’s website for the latest software updates
• enable the logging feature and review the logs regularly
• change the default “administrator” account (if available) and password
• disable the remote management option (if available)

A firewall is a very valuable tool to protect your data and your computers, but it must be selected, installed, configured, monitored, and maintained effectively to do its job. It’s also important to note that although firewalls can block intruders, viruses or unwanted traffic from getting into your computer, using a firewall is not a complete solution to security. Firewalls should be used along with anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software, as part of a defense-in-depth strategy for protecting your computer from various forms of malware (viruses, worms, trojans, etc.), hackers, and others who want your data or your computer for illegal or malicious purposes.

Remember: Cyber Security is Your Responsibility. Always apply safe cyber security practices to protect the data on your computer or network.

References
To learn more about firewalls, please visit the following sites:

MS-ISAC - Beginners Guide to Firewalls
http://www.cscic.state.ny.us/localgov/#download

US-CERT
http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/ST04-004.html

How Stuff Works - Firewalls
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/firewall.htm

Firewalls for Dummies
http://www.dummies.com/WileyCDA/DummiesTitle/Firewalls-For-Dummies-2nd-Edition.productCd-0764540483.html

Resources – For previous issues of the Monthly Cyber Security Tips Newsletter go to:
http://www.msisac.org/awareness/news/

Organizations have permission--and in fact are encouraged--to brand and redistribute this newsletter in whole for educational, non-commercial purposes.

The information provided in the Monthly Security Tips Newsletters is intended to increase the security awareness of an organization’s end users and to help them behave in a more secure manner within their work environment. While some of the tips may relate to maintaining a home computer, the increased awareness is intended to help improve the organization’s overall cyber security posture.
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Posted On: August 4, 2008

Real Time Text Aims to Improve Internet accdessibility for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

From: The Internet Society Newsletter, July 31, 2008.

The blossoming of multimedia content on the Internet in recent years has revolutionised personal interactions, business communications, and other online services. But for millions of Internet users with sensory disabilities, many of the communication tools remain frustratingly out of their reach.

Arnoud van Wijk, Disability Projects Coordinator for the Internet Society (ISOC), who was born deaf, knows only too well the frustration Internet users with a disability experience from many current Internet services.

"During the past few years, the use of the Internet as a modern replacement for telephony has accelerated," said Arnoud. "The ability to include more media in calls provides an excellent opportunity to include people with disabilities in online conversational services.
But too often discriminatory voice telephony services are simply recreated."

With this motivation, Arnoud and other researchers have documented a technique for "real-time text"; combining existing Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards to enable text streaming over Internet Protocol networks. The technique, published in RFC 5194, uses Internet telephony protocols to ensure compatibility with voice, video, and other multimedia services on the Internet. It allows text to be sent and received on a character by character basis, with each character sent and displayed immediately once typed, giving text the same
conversational character as voice communication.

To further progress work in this field, this week sees the launch of the 'Real-Time Text task force' (R3TF), an informal forum for engineers, motivated individuals, experts, companies and
organisations. The R3TF has received incubation support from ISOC, as part of its "Enabling Access" initiative, under which ISOC promotes a diverse range of projects aimed at breaking down the barriers to Internet access.

Michael Burks, Chairman, and Cynthia Waddell, Vice Chairman of ISOC's Disability & Special Needs Chapter, welcome the announcement of the new task force. "Accessibility for persons with disabilities is critical and must be maintained in the coming convergence," said Ms Waddell, an Accessibility Expert to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), who is hard of hearing herself. "But it is worth pointing out that, like many disability projects, this effort has the potential to provide more options and greater usability for all users in many
situations."

More information about the R3TF is available on its new web site:

http://www.realtimetext.org

See also the real-time text FAQ at:

http://www.isoc.org/isoc/media/releases/080730pr-faq.shtml

Posted On: August 4, 2008

New York Times Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. to Deliver Keynote at WebbyConnect

From: The 411: Newsletter of the Webby Awards, July 2008.

"We are pleased to announce that eight time 2008 Webby Award winner Arthur Sulzberger Jr., will deliver the opening keynote at WebbyConnect. As Company Chairman and Publisher, Sulzberger transformed The New York Times from a print business into a global Internet company, and will share his unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing digital media."

'More than 250 Webby Awards winners and Academy members will attend and participate in sessions over the course of the three-day summit from October 22 to 24 in beautiful Laguna Niguel, California. The list of over 20 confirmed speakers includes Matt Freeman, CEO GoFish, Betsy Morgan, CEO The Huffington Post, and David Karp, Founder of Tumblr."