March 18, 2011

Conference: Women Legal 2011

Described by ARK Group USA a primary sponsor as a highly-interactive forum connecting law firms and their clients to advance the increasingly-important dialogue on gender diversity

June 8, 2011 ~ New York, NY CLE approved in most states!

Is the "business of law" itself a detriment to the retention and succession of women leadership? Gender-based discrimination that equates to marginalized access to resources and decision-making continues to plague women in law firms. There should be far more women serving as managing partners, executive and compensation committee members and filling additional critical leadership roles than there are today. Yet with increasing frustration, we continue to bring attention to the institutional impediments to women's success and advancement...

This conference provides candid perspectives from:

Marianne D. Short, Managing Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Dorian S. Denburg, General Attorney, AT&T and President, NAWL (National Association of Women Lawyers)

Carol A. Clayton, Assistant Managing Partner, WilmerHale

Sherry L. Jetter, Esq., Vice President, Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs, Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation

Deidra L. Byrd, Vice President, Employee Relations, Walgreens Co.

Audra Dial, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Judith McKay, Vice-President and General Counsel, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc (a subsidiary of DuPont)

Mary Huwaldt, Deputy General Counsel, Armstrong World Industries

Emilie Bakal-Caplan, Esq., Partner, Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass

Thomas A. Delancey, Partner. Sedgwick LLP

Kathleen A. Flynn, Chief Marketing Officer, Sedgwick LLP

Randi W. Singer, Litigation Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Heidi B. Goldstein, Partner, Chair Firmwide Women's Initiative, Thompson Hine LLP

Phyllis Weiss Haserot, President, Practice Development Counsel

Margaret A. Keane, Partner, Chair, Employement Dispute Resolution, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP

Sonia M. Alvarez-Robinson, SPHR, Cultural Transformation Solutions Advisory Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers

and many others!

For more information, including registration information, click here.

November 19, 2010

White House: Middle Class Task Force - Equal Access to Justice

Richard Zorza has reminded us that the White House is conducting an event on access to Justice today with Vice President Biden as one of the featured speakers. The event started at 10:30AM. You should be able to listen in on the proceedings by clicking here. For those of us concerned with equal access to legal services, including legal information, this is an important event.

October 13, 2010

The Internet's Thee Principles

The New York Chapter of the Internet Society has just sent word that avideo of Alex Goldman's OneWebDay talk 'The Internet's Three Principles" is now available..

October 13, 2010

State of Telecom Conference: Matching Supply and Demand for the Next Generation of Broadband

The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) "State of Telecom" conference will be held on October 15 at the Columbia University Business School, Davis Auditorium in theShapiro Center (just behind Uris Hall). This year’s focus will be on "Matching Supply and Demand for the Next Generation of Broadband." The conference will be a "Trans-Atlantic Dialog" co-organized with IDATE of France so the topic will be explored from a global perspective.

Details, including registration, may be found on

September 7, 2010

LEH Copyright, New Media Law, and E-Commerce Newsletter

Volume 14, No. 4. September 1, 2010
ISSN 1489-954X

Published and Distributed by the Office of Lesley Ellen Harris. 2010 is the 15TH year of publication of the LEH Newsletter. All back issues are archived at
1. Studies, Legislation and Conventions
Canadian Copyright Reform Bill
U.S. Exemptions from Prohibition against Circumvention of Technological Measures

2. Legal Cases:
Google/YouTube Win Viacom Legal Suit
Teaching Materials Subject to a Tariff in Canada
Disney Sues “Mookwalks”

3. Of Interest:
Oxford Dictionary in Electronic Form Only?

4. Seminars and Publications:
The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter
Special Issue on Copyright Jobs
Fall 2010 Online Courses
Webinar on Licensing Tips


CANADIAN COPYRIGHT REFORM BILL – The Canadian Government introduced Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act, on June 2, 2010. Discussions on this bill will take place in the Fall, 2010. Further information at

U.S. EXEMPTIONS FROM PROHIBITION AGAINST CIRCUMVENTION OF TECHNOLOGICAL MEASURES – On July 27, 2010, the Librarian of Congress announced six classes of works that are now exempt from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyright-protected works. Details at


GOOGLE/YOUTUBE WIN VIACOM LEGAL SUIT – On June 23, 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Louis Stanton ruled in favor of Google that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) protects Google-owned YouTube from copyright infringement. Stanton wrote that “mere knowledge of prevalence of [infringing] activity in general is not enough.” The DMCA grants a “safe harbor” to service providers who are not aware of specific copyright infringements and who fix copyright infringements when they learn about them.

TEACHING MATERIALS SUBJECT TO A TARIFF IN CANADA - On July 26, 2010, the Federal Court of Appeal (in Canada) confirmed a Copyright Board of Canada decision after a six-year legal battle. This decision gives Canadian creators and educational publishers the right to receive reasonable compensation for the reproduction of copyright-protected teaching materials that are used in the classroom. See

DISNEY SUES “MOONWALKS” – On August 26, 2010, The Walt Disney Co., Sanrio Co., and DC Comics initiated an action in a federal court in Chicago against a company that supplies inflatable enclosures for children-related events. Chicago Moonwalks is accused of deliberately infringing trademarks and copyrights including Snow White, Cinderella and Ariel, Hello Kitty and Batman. The plaintiffs are seeking destruction of all allegedly infringing products and promotional material, monetary damages of $200,000 for each trademark infringed, $150,000 for each copyright infringed, additional damages as high as $2 million, and three times the profits from each act of infringement, attorney fees and litigation costs.


OXFORD DICTIONARY IN ELECTRONIC FORM ONLY? – The first edition of the full multi-volume Oxford English Dictionary (“OED”) was published in 1928 and the second edition in 1989. Eighty lexicographers are now preparing the third edition of the OED which will likely be ready in a decade. OED publisher has not yet made a decision as to whether the third edition will be available in printed form, and the decision will be made closer to the time of publication. OED Online is updated every three months with revised and new entries.


THE COPYRIGHT & NEW MEDIA LAW NEWSLETTER SPECIAL ISSUE ON COPYRIGHT JOBS – The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter, Volume 2010, Issue 2, is now available in print and PDF. This special issue summarizes interviews with various non-lawyers who work on copyright and licensing issues including librarians, educators, and an employee of Creative Commons and Copyright Clearance Center. This unique publication provides plain English copyright compliance and licensing information aimed at a diverse audience including librarians, educators, government employees, publishers, digital content creators and distributors, and lawyers. The PDF version of this issue only of the Newsletter is available under a Creative Commons license at

FALL ONLINE COURSES – September 27, 2010 is the start date for two online courses. Managing Copyright Issues is a 16 e-lesson course with interaction through a discussion blog. Developing A Copyright Policy is an assignment-based course in which participants draft a copyright compliance policy/guidelines. Register at If you are interested in a series of mini online copyright courses on digital copyright issues including Web 2.0, e-publishing, online courses, permissions and licensing e-content, email

WEBINAR ON LICENSING TIPS – September 16, 2010 is a free webinar for SLA members as part of the quarterly Ask the Copyright Experts: Licensing Tips – 10 Ways to your Comfort Zone When Licensing E-Content. Lesley Ellen Harris will present, followed by a panel with Fred Haber, Copyright Clearance Center, Keith Kupferschmid, Software and Information Industry Association, and Adam Ayer, LicenseLogic. Register at

This newsletter is prepared by Copyright Lawyer Lesley Ellen Harris. Lesley is the author of the books Canadian Copyright Law, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill), Digital Property: Currency of the 21st Century (McGraw-Hill), Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians, 2nd ed. (ALA Editions), and A Canadian Museum’s Guide to Developing a Licensing Strategy (Canadian Heritage Information Network). Lesley edits the print newsletter, The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter. Lesley may be reached at

If you are looking for further topical and practical information about copyright law, obtain a sample copy of the print newsletter, The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter, from

June 18, 2010

The Ethics of Engaging in Extrajudical Activity While Advancing Pro Bono

American Bar Association Judicial Division

Can judges give testimony before a legislative body? Is it permissible for
judge to participate in a family business as the company’s lawyer? Can a
judge charge for giving a speech to a civic organization? What role can
judges play in supporting and participating in activities that promote a culture
of pro bono and access to justice within the legal profession?

Off the Bench: The Ethics of Engaging in Extrajudicial Activity While Advancing Pro Bono
A Two Part Workshop

Join the ABA, for this two part, highly interactive workshop, as we discuss important restrictions and provide guidance on particular situations while addressing the role of judges in the context of the Model Code.

9:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.
Part I: Judges Advancing Pro Bono as Champions of Justice

10:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Part II: Off the Bench: The Ethics of Extrajudicial Activity

Sponsored by:
The ABA Judicial Division Committee on Ethics and Professionalism
The ABA Judicial Division Lawyers Conference
The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service


June 17, 2010

2010 ABA Silver Gavel Award Presentation

This is indeed the season for presenting awards. The ABA Silver Gavel Awards honor those in media and the arts that foster a better understanding of the law. All are invited to the Gavel Awards presentation at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. on July 7 at 5:00 p.m. The event is preceded by a reception and registration is required [

Here are the event details sent to us by the ABA:

Event Details
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
5:00 - 6:30 P.M.
National Press Club
Ballroom, 13th Floor
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC

(Business attire recommended)

Awards Presenter
ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm

Guest Speaker
Daniel Zwerdling
National Correspondent, National Public Radio

Registration is required. Register at .

Refreshments will be served

2010 Honorees Scheduled to Attend Include:


> MAGAZINES - Trial by Fire, The New Yorker, New York, New York
David Grann, Staff Writer

> NEWSPAPERS - Presumed Guilty: The Story Behind the Headlines of the Greatest Miscarriage of Justice in Nebraska's Modern Legal History, The Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Nebraska
Peter Salter, City Editor
Catharine Huddle, Assistant City Editor
Joe Duggan, Reporter

> TELEVISION - Juvenile Rehabilitation, ABC News Primetime, New York, New York
Chris Cuomo, Correspondent
Joseph Diaz and Anna Sims-Phillips, Producers

> RADIO - California's Three Strikes Law: 15 Years of Controversy, National Public Radio, Washington, DC
Ina Jaffe, Correspondent
Amy Walters, Producer
Bill Craven, Logistical Manager

> WEBSITES - SCOTUSblog, Washington, DC
Tom Goldstein, Publisher
Amy Howe, Editor
Erin Miller, Manager


> BOOKS - Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice, New York University Press, New York, New York
Alexandra Natapoff, Author

ABA Silver Gavel Awards
The American Bar Association [ ] has presented these awards since 1958 to recognize products in media and the arts published or presented during the preceding year that are exemplary in fostering the American public's understanding of law and the legal system. Eligible categories include books, newspapers, magazines, commentary, documentaries, drama and literature, radio, television programs, and websites. The Silver Gavel Award is the ABA's highest honor in recognition of this purpose and no more than one Silver Gavel is presented in each category. In addition, Honorable Mention citations may also be presented. The Gavel Awards are highly selective-this year the ABA is presenting only 5 Silver Gavels and 3 Honorable Mentions among nearly 200 entries received in all eligible categories. Find out more details about the winning entries. [ ].

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of Vinson & Elkins [ ] for the Silver Gavel Awards program.

June 17, 2010

AALL Award Winners 2010

Catherine Lemann, President of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has announced the winners of the 2010 AALL awards that will be presented at the AALL Annual Meeting in Denver. These awards provide recognition to achievements of law librarians based on services to the library profession and contributions to legal literature and materials. AALL is to be commended for this Awards Program. We offer our congratulations to all the winners.

Here is a list of the AALL Awards and nmes of the recipients::

The Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award

Marie E. Whited, Law Library of Congress

The Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award

Kent C. Olson, University of Virginia Law Library, Principles of Legal Research

AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award

James M. Donovan, University of Georgia School of Law Library, "Back Away from the Survey Monkey! Optimize Research Results with an Honest Assessment of Methodology," AALL Spectrum, November 2009

Law Library Journal Article of the Year

Stephanie L. Plotin, UCLA Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library, "Legal Scholarship, Electronic Publishing, and Open Access: Transformation or Steadfast Stagnation," 101 Law Library Journal 31 (2009)

Law Library Publications Award

Nonprint Division: Rutgers University Law School Library, Same-Sex Marriage: A Selective Bibliography of the Legal Literature

The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards Program

Open Division:

Carol A. Parker, University of New Mexico School of Law, "The Need for More Uniform and Consistently Rigorous Standards for Assessing Law Librarian Performance in Tenure and Continuous Appointment Policies"

New Member Division:

Daniel J. Baker, O'Quinn Law Library, University of Houston Law Center, "Citations to Wikipedia in Law Reviews"

Student Division:

Benjamin J. Keele, Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, "What if Law Journal Citations Included Digital Object Identifiers?: A Snapshot of Major Law Journals"

Deborah E. Shrager, The Catholic University of America, School of Library and Information Science, "Moving Past Web 2.0h! An Exploratory Study of Academic Law Libraries"

Minority Leadership Development Award

Sean H. Crane, University of Arizona, Cracchiolo Law Library

AALL Public Access to Government Information Award

Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York

Robert L. Oakley Member Advocacy Award

Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries County Law Library Special Interest Group

Chapter Professional Development Award

One-Time Program: Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL), Clearing the Economic Fog: Understanding the Issues and Moving Forward in the Economic Crisis, 2009 Spring Institute

Excellence in Marketing Awards

Best Brochure: Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library - Biennial Report 2007-2009

Best Campaign: Riverside County Law Library, Legal Research 102

Best Newsletter: K&L Gates Library & Research Services, ASKtheLibrary: News from K&L Gates Library & Research Services

Best PR Toolkit: Thomas M. Cooley Law Libraries, Food for Fines offered by the Thomas M. Cooley Law Libraries

Best Use of Technology: Ross-Blakley Law Library, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Ross-Blakley Law Library Indian Law Portal

Best New Product Award

Fastcase, Inc., Fastcase Legal Research iPhone App

Emerging Leader Award

Sarah K.C. Mauldin, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Innovations in Technology Award

Trudi Busch, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP, and Jennifer Doyle, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, BuildingBridges With Technology: VLC Wiki (Volunteer Librarians Coalition Wiki - Supporting the Volunteer Lawyers Network)

Volunteer Service Award

Kathleen Kelly, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.

Brian D. Striman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Schmid Law Library

May 26, 2010

Panel Presentation: Recent Trends in White Collar Prosecutions

Presented by the ABA Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime Committee Mid-Atlantic Region Subcommittee:

This panel will address the most recent developments in White Collar prosecutions in New Jersey. The Honorable Paul Fishman will describe the challenges facing the United States Attorney’s Office and new initiatives. Seasoned defense and in-house counsel will give their perspectives on recent trends

Jack Wenik, Member, Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

Hon. Paul J. Fishman, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
Jerry D. Bernstein, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Michael R. Clarke, Biomet Spine and Trauma
Leslie Stolbof Sinemus, Law Office of Leslie Stolbof Sinemus

To register for the program go to

6-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Complimentary cocktails and light dinner will be served.

The Newark Club
One Newark Center, 22nd Floor
1085 Raymond Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102

The ABA CJS White Collar Crime Committee would like to thank Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., Blank Rome LLP, and LECG LLC for co-sponsoring and hosting this event.

May 19, 2010

Search and Seizure Evidence in the Computer Age: Fourth Amendment Implications

A program presented by the state trial judges during the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association in San Francisco at the Marriott Marquis On August 5, from 1:30-4:30 p.m..

Attendees registered for the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting are invited to join the National Conference of State Trial Judges for an in-depth look at search and seizure of digital evidence and the Fourth Amendment implications. This program is designed to provide an understanding of the sources and types of digital evidence encountered in modern litigation, including the introduction of meta data; examine the approaches courts take to address the search and seizure of digital evidence; explore cutting-edge issues such as search and seizure considerations with cell phones, e-mails, virtual worlds, and the like; and discuss judicial management of cyber-crime cases.

The program will end with a final segment titled “Technology Tools for Judges,” that focuses on digital tools available for judges to use while dealing with electronic documents and data, and metadata, now so prevalent in the courts. Participants will learn the components of
Knowledge Management systems, how security issues have been treated, and the relative merits of generic search systems vs. legalspecific systems.

April 6, 2010

New York Internet Symposium; Dot NYC - How Are We Doing?

The Internet Society's New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) has for some years
been following the .nyc and ICANN process on behalf of the NYC
community and will, on Saturday April 10 2010, host a symposium “dot
nyc – How are we doing?” at NYU. Vendors Eric Brunner-Williams of CORE
Internet Council of Registrars and Antony Van Couvering of Minds +
Machines will reveal details of their proposals to the City, after
which there will be a discussion “What’s it for?” about possible
applications – civic, community, commercial, and “outside the box” –
for a local top level domain.

What: ISOC-NY Event: dot nyc - How are we doing?
When: Saturday Apr 10 2010; 1pm-4.30pm (1700-2030 UTC)
Where: Warren Weaver Hall NYU Rm102, 250 Mercer St, NY 10012
Who: Public Welcome. Admission Free.
Sponsor: ISOC-NY
Meetup: Facebook:

January 29, 2010

Annual Business Congress for Global Intellectual Property Leaders - 2010

The third annual IP Business Congress (IPBC) is taking place at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel, Munich's premium five-star hotel, between 20th and 22nd June 2010.

The super early-bird discount price for the IPBC expires this Friday 22nd January. If you register by the end of Friday, the registration fee is reduced from €1,500 to just €995, risk free. To take advantage of this offer please click here.

With close to 200 senior-level attendees already confirmed, the event is once again proving incredibly popular and is well on its way to reaching capacity. With a host of cutting-edge thought-leaders already confirmed as speakers and sponsorship from Thomson Reuters, Philips and General Electric, among many others, the IPBC is shaping up to be the networking opportunity for the movers and shakers in the IP world in 2010.

Full details of the programme are available here.

Risk-free guarantee

If you register by 22nd January you have until 2nd April to cancel your registration and receive a full refund. You may also make substitutions at any time before the IPBC at no charge.

December 23, 2009

Guide to Selected Free and Accessible Programs Available Via the Internet

There are a variety of webcasts of lecture series both law-related and general interest available from courts, law libraries, public libraries, and other organizations. Below is a non-comprehensive listing of links to transcripts and related videos (if available) of various types of programs compiled by our Senior Law Librarian for Public Access, Theodore Pollack. These programs are free and accessible via the Internet.

New York Court of Appeals webcasts of lectures and arguments:

Law Library of Congress Webcasts related to legal subjects:

Various Law School webcasts of lectures:

United States Supreme Court Justices lecture transcripts:

New York Public Library lecture series programs (variety of subjects):

Library of Congress webcasts (variety of subjects):

Book TV (archive of current and old nonfiction-related book discussions)

Compiled by Ted Pollack, Senior. Law Librarian, NY County Public Access Law Library

December 14, 2009

Law and Literature Symposium at the University of Cincinnati Law School

February 29, 2008

A number of people who have distinguihed themselves in the legal profession have also been quite successful as poets. Wallace Stevens comes to mind. That brings me to the poetry of Professor Lawrence Joseph, Reverend Joseph P. Tinnelly, C.M. Professor of Law, which was the subject of the 2008 Law and Literature Symposium, "Some Sort of Chronicler I Am: Narration and the Poetry of Lawrence Joseph," on February 29, 2008, at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. The Symposium was put together by the University of Cincinnati Law Review. Professor Joseph was joined in the Symposium by a group of distinguished legal and literary scholars who used Professor Joseph's poetry as a starting point to explore the nature of narration in poetry and its relationship to the language of law, and other forms of narration and language. The Symposium has been published in 77 Cincinnati Law Review. Number 3 Spring 2009. To help illustrate the depth and range of topics covered in the Symposium, here is al list of papers and their contributors included in the 77 Cincinnati Law Review symposium issue:

Narrating Justice ..... Joseph P. Tomain

Embedded Chronicles: Lawrence Joseph's Poetry of Urgency..... Lee Upton

Several Kinds of Chronicler, He's Been: The Books and Selves of Lawrence Joseph...Eric Murphy Selinger.

"Why Not Say What Happens": Modernism, Traumatic Memory, and Lawrence Joseph's Into It....John Lowney.

"Telling the Time": Narrative and Lyric: in the Poetry of Lawrence Joseph... Lisa M. Steinman.

Lawrence Joseph's Detroit: "The Shifting Story"......Frank D. Rashid

I to Eye: Self and Society in the Poetry of Lawrence Joseph....Thomas Depietro.

Lawrence Joseph and Law nd Literature.....David A. Skeel, Jr.

Notations of Poetry and Narration...Lawrence Joseph.

According to a posting on a St. Johns Law School website, Professor Joseph graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1975, after receiving Bachelor and Masters of Arts degrees in English Literature from the University of Michigan and the University of Cambridge. After law school, he served as judicial law clerk for Justice G. Mennen Williams of the Michigan Supreme Court. He was then a member of the School of Law faculty at the University of Detroit. Professor Joseph joined the St. John's School of Law faculty in 1987, after practicing law with the firm of Shearman & Sterling in New York City. In addition to his scholarship and his legal writings in the areas of labor and employment law, tort and compensation law, legal theory and interpretation, and law and literature, Professor Joseph has published five books of poetry, most recently Into It, and a book of prose, Lawyerland, as well as essays. articles, and reviews which have appeared in leading magazines, newspapers, and journals. His legal and literary writings have received widespread, international critical acclaim and attention, including a symposium, "The Lawyerland Essays," which appeared in Volume 101, No. 7, the Columbia Law Review (November 2001).

December 2, 2009

SRLN: Training on Public Libraries and Access to Justice

With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the National Center for State Courts, the Center-hosted Self-Represented Litigation Network, in cooperation with the Legal Services Corporation, is presenting:

A Training on Public Libraries and Access to Justice
January 11-12, 2010, Austin, Texas

Information on Application Process

With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the National Center for State Courts, the Center-hosted Self-Represented Litigation Network, in cooperation with the Legal Services Corporation, is presenting a two-day conference that addresses how public libraries can improve access to online legal information at libraries. The conference will be a unique opportunity for participants to meet with public librarians and with legal and court experts to discuss strategies for integrating access to legal information into their programs, including how to the best locate content and tools, how to talk about the content with library patrons, how to work with content partners to make sure that needed content is developed, how to share what they have learned statewide, and how to use successful programs to advocate for the importance of public libraries as gateways to government institutions..

The conference organizers plan to select between 10 and 15 teams of two to three people from across the country to attend the conference. These teams will learn about a broad range of currently available print and online, customer-friendly legal tools developed by courts, bar associations, law libraries, and legal aid programs that support people without access to legal aid or counsel. The participants will learn how to access this information, facilitate sharing among libraries and legal agencies and participate in the enhancement and customization of these tools.

Preference will generally be given to teams that include a person who plays a statewide library staff educational or organizational role; a local librarian with a strong interest in expanding the use of public libraries for access to justice; and one of the following: a legal aid staff member; or a court online information expert or member of a self help center currently not using online tools to provide services. Applicant teams are encouraged to put together a group that will be the most effective in their area of service to spread the word in their states. The decision of the selection group will be final.

Conference participants will receive travel and hotel costs (subject to certain caps described in the application). Participants will also be eligible to apply for post-conference funding to implement some of the tools learned at the conference. Such grants, which will range from $750 to $1,000, might be used for travel to conferences at which training would be shared, development of marketing materials, and so on.

For additional immediate information, contact Richard Zorza,

Application materials can be found:
On SelfHelpSupport:

On WebJunction:

October 22, 2009

ABA Criminal Justice Newsletter - Fall 2009

The American Bar Association (ABA), Criminal Justice Section has just published its Fall 2009 Newsletter, Volume 18 Issue 1 Fall 2009. This issue covers a variety of topics including: Practice Tips - Sexting: Balancing the Law and Bad Choices, Three Questions with Charles Hynes, Section Member News, New Books, News from the Field, and Ethics. Also included is a reminder that the ABA Criminal Justice Section Fall Meeting will be held in Washington DC November 5-8, 2009.

October 14, 2009

Sergey Brin Op-Ed Article: A Library to Last Forever

On October 9, 2009 an Op-Ed article, A LIBRARY TO LAST FOREVER, by Sergey Brin, Co-Founder and President, Technology of Google Inc. was published in the New York which he discusses Google's rationale for their book project. For the informaation I am including in this post the two final paragraphs of his article, a link to the article itself, and some randomly selected comments in response to his article. Accoring to Mr. Brin: "Google’s books project is a win-win for authors, publishers and Google, but the real winners are readers, who will have access to an expanded world of books" Others are not so sure.


"In the Insurance Year Book 1880-1881, which I found on Google Books, Cornelius Walford chronicles the destruction of dozens of libraries and millions of books, in the hope that such a record will “impress the necessity of something being done” to preserve them. The famous library at Alexandria burned three times, in 48 B.C., A.D. 273 and A.D. 640, as did the Library of Congress, where a fire in 1851 destroyed two-thirds of the collection.

I hope such destruction never happens again, but history would suggest otherwise. More important, even if our cultural heritage stays intact in the world’s foremost libraries, it is effectively lost if no one can access it easily. Many companies, libraries and organizations will play a role in saving and making available the works of the 20th century. Together, authors, publishers and Google are taking just one step toward this goal, but it’s an important step. Let’s not miss this opportunity."



"...If this is such a 'great opportunity' that "cannot be missed" as Mr. Brin says, then let's have the Library of Congress oversee and manage and hold rights to the orphaned content, returning all income to that public trust. And let's find out how devoted Google is to this public project by asking it to donate the content it has already digitally 'appropriated.' "

"The ridiculously self-serving comments about libraries need to be dispelled: libraries are not "disappearing day by day", and you don't have to fly anywhere searching blindly for out-of-print books: you can either look for them yourself on the internet on Worldcat, the public version of the world's largest library database, or you can ask your local librarian to find your titles and have them brought to you through their interlibrary loan system. None of this is news to anyone, and someone who intends to become the world's monopoly provider of out-of-print digital books already knows that his statements here are deliberately exaggerated and misleading.

Being an avid Google user, I for one find the google books an extremely useful addition to it's many other functions. I also fail to see what the problem is. Google is doing something that will benefit everyone. "

"As an author I have used Google books extensively, even finding things about rural Ohio in the Harvard Library collection. ...However, the only sure way something can be read is to keep it in text form on a piece of paper. Many digital applications have come and gone - or even a format such as tape recording. Digital is convenient, but much important scientific data has been lost because it could not be read from the recording format."

Libraries still do exist to effectively organize and provide access to information in a variety of forms. Google might want to investigate beyond its own campus before presuming to offer a solution to a problem that is arguably self-serving in the guise of altruism."

"...If what Google has done is such a great idea, and so nobly motivated, then surely Segey Brin won't object if Google's code and data are used and redistributed, at profit, by others, without consultation or prior arrangement. ".

"... There remain clear goals for librarians to collect, describe and provide access and these goals will continue whether the librarian works for a public library, private library or digital library."

October 6, 2009

ABA Program - Cybercrime, Data Breaches and Red Flags: The Next Wave

As we becme increasingly dependant on information transmitted and stored in digital formats, ssues related to cybercrime are rapidly becoming central to all areas of the law. This is not stated as a criticism but rather as a fact that must be addressed by whatever means possible, including programs such as the one described below::

The White House announces a Cyberspace Policy review, proclaims a national security concern and appoints a czar; the FTC is about to issue "Red Flag" ID-theft compliance plan mandates; the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIPS) units at DOJ and various U.S. Attorney's Offices are gearing up; and "hacking" and HIPAA prosecutions are on the rise. Get the picture?

Whether you provide compliance/governance advice to corporations, counsel corporations about data breach crisis-response, or defend individuals, getting up to speed on where we are and where we are going is critical. An experienced panel of prosecutors, defense lawyers and cyber-experts will discuss these and other issues.

Ronald H. Levine, Esq., Partner and White Collar Practice Chair at Post & Schell, PC

Michael L. Levy, Esq,. United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Ronald E. Plesco, Jr., President & CEO, National Cyber Forensic Training Alliance (NCFTA)
Meredith S. Auten, Esq., Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Kenneth R. Sharpe, Esq., Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Attorney General's Office

When: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Beverages and light fare from 6:00-7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Where: Post and Schell, P.C.
Four Penn Center
1600 JFK Boulevard, 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA

This program is sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime Committee Mid-Atlantic Region and Young Lawyers Subcommittees.

*Complimentary CLE (MCLE Credits have been applied for in Del., NJ, PA and VA)

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September 8, 2009

Responding to Real Time Information, Open Systems, and the Obama IT Vision

Change 2010:

August 27, 2009, Washington, DC --"The Obama administration has challenged Federal information technology managers to explore more open systems," said Arpan Patel, Director of Somat's Information Engineering practice. "Federal managers face a compelling need to understand the differences between traditional approaches to information technology and increasingly important open approaches."

Somat Engineering, the company that builds engineering solutions worldwide, is holding a special, limited attendance briefing, Change 2010: Responding to Real Time Information, Open Systems and the Obama IT Vision, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on September 23, 2009, at 9am.

WHAT: Change 2010: Responding to Real Time Information, Open Systems and the Obama IT Vision

WHEN: 9 am September 23, 2009

WHERE: National Press Club, Washington DC

CONTACT: Bob Miko, Pacific Dialogue Trade Show Bureau, Tel: 203-378-2803, Cell: 203-829-5613, E-mail:


This briefing features three presentations from experts that will provide a road map for tapping real time information and controlling information costs. The approach: innovative engineering and new features of open source, Google and Microsoft systems.

The first segment is "Open Systems and Existing Architectures: Engineering to Control Costs and Enabling Dataspaces." Arpan Patel, director of Somat's information engineering practice in DC, will discuss the basics of quantifying the costs and time required for system integration. The presentation will feature Somat's TechCrunch50 recognized collaboration software Ripply, which uses dataspace technology to eliminate the "where is that latest document/message/response problem" that most organizations and working groups face. For more information about Somat, visit
The second segment is "Real Time Information: Injecting Now Information into Decision Systems." Robert Steele, CEO of OSS Inc. and founder of the Marine Corps Intelligence Center, as well as creator of the global expeditionary analysis analytic model, will connect the dots between internal knowledge management, external social networking grids such as Facebook and Twitter, external offline information and non-English information, as well as the creation of Organizational Intelligence, or access to and exploitation of All Information in All Languages All the Time, the title of his third book. Mr. Steele will map four steps to "build a bridge" between these information sources. For more information about Mr. Steele, visit

Jim Orris, director of Adhere Solutions, the Google partner responsible for US Federal government sales, will review Google's solutions for information integration and crafting more open solutions using Google's platform and Web services to hook into traditional systems using Google compatible connectors and software. More information about Adhere Solutions is available at

An open-floor question and answer session will be moderated by Stephen E. Arnold, a recognized expert on online systems and information processing, and author of Google: The Digital Gutenberg, published in July, 2009, by in Tetbury, Glos.

The event is hosted by Ram Ramanujam, President of Somat Engineering, an award winning, 8(a) technical services firm, headquartered in Detroit, MI, with offices in the US and abroad.

The formal 60 minute program will deliver actionable information for all organizations. The program begins at 9:30 am with coffee and tea. Registration is $25. Registrations are accepted at

Constance Ard
Answer Maven®

August 28, 2009

ABA Criminal Justice Section: Second Annual Sentencing Advocacy, Practice and Reform Institute

The 2009 Fall Conference
Washington, DC.
November 6, 2009

"The ABA Criminal Justice Section, in cooperation with our co-sponsors, is proud to present a one-day seminar to address a broad array of sentencing and reentry issues, with a particular emphasis on sentencing practice in white-collar cases. The conference will examine sentencing and reentry trends and opportunities for reform at both the federal and state levels. The program will begin with a plenary session on the state of the sentencing union including rates of incarceration, sentencing trends, racial disparity, alternatives to incarceration, and recent federal legislation. There will be two tracks of instruction focused on reentry and two focused on sentencing, each addressing issues of concern to different segments of the criminal justice community, including probation and parole officials, white collar crime defense attorneys, prosecutors, academics, public defenders, judges, sentencing consultants, mitigation specialists, corrections personnel, victim advocates and policy experts. One track will focus on practice and procedure issues of particular concern to criminal defense attorneys in general and white collar practitioners in particular. Confirmed speakers include Jeremy Travis, President of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the U. S. Sentencing Commission. The second annual conference is hoped to again attract a broad cross-section of those involved in perhaps the most pressing criminal justice issues of our time".

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