March 26, 2011

The Jury Expert Has a New Look

The people at The Jury Expert are excited about moving to a new platrorm, Wordpress, where they can incorporate a new look and possibly some new features as well. Below is their e-mail announcing the change and providing links so you can see for yourselves. Take a look:

The e-mail:

We are too excited to wait until our next issue to get this announcement out! The Jury Expert has moved to a WordPress platform and we are ready for our close-up. We invite you to visit and see how much easier it is to find what you're looking for on our new site. One of the benefits of our new platform is we can use categories (see the right-hand side of the webpage for the category drop-down menu) to help you find what you need.

Want witness preparation? Visit our witness preparation category and find everything we've published from basic how-to's, to the implications of the Cendant ruling, or to preparing tough witnesses like narcissists.

Want voir dire? We have everything in our voir dire category from best practices for paper and pencil organization to cognitive organization strategies or to the new iPad apps.

Want technology? Visit our technology and visual evidence categories for everything from forensic animations to the iPad to RSS to persuasive ways you can use visuals to communicate your message. or

Want the latest on bias, gender, race, the internet? You know where to go. We have categories on all those topics and more. or or

Visit us now at We are still sprucing things up and uploading images but we are 95% of the way done and wanted to share it with you now. We'll have to bring the comments over bit by bit so don't worry, they will definitely be back but they are not in place now.

Visit. Read. Admire the work of our designer and programmer. And marvel at the fact that with The Jury Expert, you can improve your day-to-day practice without increasing your overhead. It's the gift of litigation advocacy from the American Society of Trial Consultants to all of you.

We publish our March/April issue the end of this month with pieces on the 'nerd' defense that made so many headlines in late February (i.e., put glasses on your criminal defendant and the jury will acquit); ADD jurors; questions about Powerpoint presentations in an article called "Beyond Bulletpoints"; new ideas to address social media's presence in the deliberation room; two new pieces on voir dire; online jury research; and a new video review of dueling iPad jury selection apps. You won't want to miss it!

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February 1, 2011

Internet Society Statement on Egypt's Internet Shutdown

Source: The Internet Society Newsletter Volume 10 Number 1 January 2011.

On 28 January, Lynn St.Amour President and CEO, and the Internet Society Board of Trustees issued a statement on the Egypt's Internet shutdown:

"We are following the current events in Egypt with concern as it appears that all incoming and outgoing Internet traffic has been disrupted. The Internet Society believes that the Internet is a global medium that fundamentally supports opportunity, empowerment, knowledge, growth, and freedom and that these values should never be taken away from individuals.

"The Internet Society considers this recent action by the Egyptian government to block Internet traffic to be an inappropriate response to a political crisis. It is a very serious decision for a government to block all Internet access in its country, and a serious intrusion into its citizens' basic rights to communicate. If the blockage continues, it will have a very detrimental impact on Egypt's economy and society. Ultimately, the Egyptian people and nation are the ones that will suffer, while the rest of the world will be worse off with the loss of Egyptian voices on the net"

For the complete statement, see:

For a Q&A on the shutdown, its impact, and implications see:

September 22, 2010

Using Google Scholar Library Links to Locate Journal Articles Online

Theodore Pollack, Senior Law Librarian at our public access law library writes: "Here is an interesting feature for Google Scholar regarding attempting to locate journal articles that are not easily available in Westlaw, Lexis, or HeinOnline. If you set the preferences in Google Scholar to libraries that you have access to, Scholar is supposed to inform if the article is available online thorough a digital subscription."

September 22, 2010

U.S. National Archives Puts 3,000 Historic Documents Online*

The National Archives has created a new online public website that features more than 3,000 historic documents, photos and videos available for download, along with applications for teachers to create and share history lessons about the items, officials announced.

The new website,, offers historic items such as a short newsreel of American war planes attacking Japan in 1944, photos of President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration and a court document on the conviction of activist Susan B. Anthony for voting before it was legal for women to vote....

Click here to see complete article.

*Source: Liebowicz, Alice. "National Aarchives Puts 3,000 Historic Documents Online. Federal Computer Week. Sept 21, 2010.

September 17, 2010

ABA Criminal Justice Section Iniated or Co-Sponsored Resolutions*

Approved by the ABA House of Delegates

Sept. 2010

At the 2010 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the House of Delegates approved resolutions that the Criminal Justice Section initiated or co-sponsored regarding the following issues (click on the relevant REPORT # to view the full text of the resolution and the background report):

REPORT 100A* (Investigations and reports of professional misconduct of U.S. Justice Department Attorneys)

Urges the United States Department of Justice to continue in its commitment to investigate allegations of professional misconduct on the part of the Department’s lawyers and to release as much information regarding completed investigations as possible, consistent with privacy interests and law enforcement confidentiality concerns.

REPORT 100B* (Prosecutorial “misconduct” and “error”)

Urges trial and appellate courts, in criminal cases, when reviewing the conduct of prosecutors to differentiate between “error” and “prosecutorial misconduct.”

REPORT 100C* (Funding for defense advice about immigration consequences)

Urges federal, state, territorial, tribal and local governments to provide funding to state and federal public defender offices and legal aid programs specifically for the provision of immigration advice about the immigration consequences of criminal proceedings to indigent non-U.S. citizen defendants, and about any available relief from such consequences.

REPORT 100D* (Funding for forensic science research)

Urges federal, state, local and territorial governments to provide sufficient funding and resources necessary to facilitate basic and applied scientific research to improve and/or further develop forensic science disciplines.

REPORT 100E* (Funding for standards, accreditation, examinations of forensic laboratories)

Urges the federal government to provide funding and resources sufficient to facilitate the examination of existing standards, accreditation and certification for government and private laboratories, examiners/analysts in government and private laboratories, and identified forensic science service providers who offer examination conclusions and/or interpretations of forensic laboratory results.

REPORT 100F* (Funding to integrate forensic sciences into homeland security)

Urges the federal government to provide the funds, resources and other support necessary to effectively integrate the forensic science community into the nation’s system of homeland security.

REPORT 100G* (Funding for mandatory medico-legal death accreditation, certification)

Urges federal, state, and territorial governments to provide funding and enact legislation necessary to support requiring that all offices charged with conducting medico-legal death investigations meet mandatory accreditation, certification or professional practice standards within a reasonable timeframe.

REPORT 100H* (Funding re fingerprint identification and ballistic information networks)

Urges Congress to enact legislation and authorize and appropriate funds necessary to achieve nationwide interoperability of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System and improve the effectiveness of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network.

REPORT 100I (Funding for testing and re-testing evidence and for expert assistance)

Urges federal, state, local and territorial governments, legislative bodies and courts to provide the funds and other resources necessary to assure that in criminal cases an accused: 1) is able to obtain testing or retesting of evidence, and 2) is provided expert testimonial or other assistance when necessary to assure a fair trial or sentencing proceeding.

REPORT 115** (Micro-stamping of semi-automatic pistols)

Urges federal, state and territorial governments to enact laws requiring that all newly-manufactured semi-automatic pistols be fitted with microstamping technology which would enable law enforcement to identify the serial number of the pistol and hence the first known purchaser of a weapon used in a crime.

REPORT 116** (Money laundering and terrorist financing)

Supports the U. S. Government’s efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing and observes that voluntary, risk-based and updated guidance would assist legal professionals to avoid money laundering and terrorist financing risks when providing services to clients and adopts the Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers to Detect and Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.
* A service of the ABA Criminal Justice Section.

September 9, 2010

ABA: Justice is the Business of Government (JBiz) Taskforce

In September 2009, the Executive Committee of the ABA Board of Governors (“BOG”) approved the formation of a joint Task Force of the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence (“SCJI“) and the National Center of State Courts (“NCSC”) to follow up on recommendations made at the May 2009 ABA Summit Conference, "Justice is the Business of Government,” in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Justice is the Business of Government (“JBiz”) Task Force is co-chaired by Mary C. McQueen, President of the NCSC; H. Thomas Wells, Jr., ABA President (2008-2009), and Edward W. Madeira, Jr., SCJI Special Advisor. Jack L. Brown, immediate past Chair of the ABA Judicial Division (“JD”), chairs the JBiz subcommittee on principles and standards relating to state court funding.

JBiz members additionally include: David Adkins, Executive Director, Council of State Governments; Hon. Louraine C. Arkfeld, Presiding Judge (retired), Tempe Municipal Court (1994-2010); Hon. Russell Carparelli, Colorado Court of Appeals; Hon. Ernestine S. Gray, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court; Steven C. Hollon, Administrative Director, Supreme Court of Ohio and past President, Conference of State Court Administrators (2009-2010); Hon. David A. Horowitz, Chair, ABA JD Lawyers Conference; Donald Murray, Senior Legislative Director, Justice and Public Safety at National Association of Counties; David Quam, Director, Office of Federal Relations at National Governors Association; William T. “Bill” Robinson III, President-Elect, American Bar Association; William K. Weisenberg, Assistant Executive Director for Public Affairs and Government Relations, Ohio State Bar Association and Chair, SCJI; and Robert N. Baldwin, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, NCSC.

The focus of JBiz is to address and advance the cause of adequate funding for our state courts. Towards that end, the NCSC acts as the staffing component of the Conference of Chief Justices (“CCJ”), recognizing that the courts must plan "to do more with less." The NCSC, working to establish the value of courts in the administration of justice, has engaged in a "re-engineering" project implicating case administration, court governance, the functions of state courts, and principles for funding...
Source: Excerpts from ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence E-mail, September 7, 2010.

August 31, 2010

New York is Moving Forward on E-Discovery and E-Filing

In his August 31, 2010 New York Law Journal article, Court Rule Altered to Buttress E-Discovery; I-Filing Advances, Joel Stashenko discusses the amended Uniform Rules of Trial Courts of the State of New York as an effort to insure that lawyers keep "up to speed" regarding their clients' records at the early stages of discovery. The amended rules were published August 18 and went into effect immediately, having been approved beforehand by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and the presiding justices of the four appellate division departments.

Much of this activity has been influenced by a New York court system report, Electronic Discovery in the State of New York, published in February 2010. The key recommendations of that Report includes: establishing an e-discovery work group; improving the preliminary conference; more e-discovery programs in Education and Training; more court attorney referees serving as e-discovery specialists, establishing an institutional presence at the Sedona Conference; and working harder to improve the quality of E-Discovery practice.

On the second front mentioned in Mr. Stashenko's article, electronic filing of litigant papers is said to be proceeding in New York at a deliberative pace. While more than10,000 lawyers registered for New York's electronic filing system in 2009, compared to only 300 in 2002, there is , as Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau has observed, "there is a long way to go: before e-filing and E-Discovery are required in all New York Courts. After 11 years of experimentation with electronic filing, New York has accorded permanent status to the effort and is now beginning to institute mandatory e-filing in limited areas.

August 16, 2010

OCLC Update 2010

Today we received a link to a slide presentation by Glenn Patton, Director of Wordcat Quality Management at OCLC on July 11 at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. We are sharing this information with you because these slides convey an important message regarding the urgency of establishing acceptable standards and developing techniques based on those standards for ensuring continued and improved access to structured data stored in various formats on web.2.0 and future versions as they evolve. .Topics covered include updates regarding the Connexion client, some discussion of the Virtual Internation Authority File (VIAF), and the ISO 27729 ISO Standard, International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI).

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.

May 24, 2010

American Bar Association: Report of the Executive Director to the ABA Board of Governors

April, 2010

This Report of the Executive Director to the ABA Board of Governors* highlights issues related to ABA Membership, and Personnel, Also highlighted is an extensive list of Programs and Projects including those related to Bioethics and the Law, Center for Professional Responsibity, Criminal Justice, Family Law, Government Affairs, Immigration, Intellectual Property, Law Library of Congress, Mental Health and Disability, Rule of Law Initiative, Science and Technology Law, Substance Abuse, Women in the Profession, and many more. See the entire Report by clicking on the link below:

April 2010 Report of the American Bar Association Executive Director to the ABA Board of Governors
*Posted with the permission of the American Bar Association. Permission granted on May 24, 2010.

May 18, 2010

Nylink To Close Its Operations In A Year

Many of us just learned the sad news that Nylink, which has served New York State Libraries for 37 years, is phasing out its operations and will be closing in one year. We understand that Nylink will be closing its operations primarily due to a steep decline in its revenue stream which has seriously degrated Nylink's ability to remain fully self supporting and continue delivering an acceptable level of service to its members beyond this period. Throughout the years many of us have come to rely on Nylink for its sustained high level of dedicated, personalized service. Nylink will be missed. We wish the employees a good 12 months and every success in the future

David Badertscher

For additional details see:

Letter to Nylink members from Executive Director W. David Penniman May 17, 2010

May 17, 2010 Press Release Announcing Nylink Closure in One Year.

FAQ Regarding Nylink Phasing Out Operations

May 12, 2010

From: ABA Criminal Justice Section E-News

May 2010 (Vol. 5)

Excerpt from message of Chair,Charles Hynes:

The ABA Criminal Justice Section is the national entity that brings all the players in the criminal law arena together to address critical issues for the field. The focus of the Section is not only on policy development concerning those critical issues, but also on designing collaborative practical projects that help forge solutions to those systemic problems at the local and national levels. Our work on reentry and on the disparate racial impact of the criminal justice system are but two examples of how the CJS has developed cutting edge policy coupled with consequential project work. We are currently working on a project to address issues raised by the U.S. Supreme Court Padilla decision and have already developed a web resource page to assist attorneys in complying with the decision. Further, former Chair Stephen Saltzburg is forming a Task Force on Padilla which will strengthen resources to support the ability of defense lawyers to comply.

The Section also has a new project to create Model Racial Justice Task Forces in four selected communities across the country. The project is chaired by Third Circuit, U. S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Theodore McKee and is seeking proposals from those in the criminal justice field to apply to be one of the communities receiving financial and technical assistance under the project. The application is available here.

In light of these and many other successful policies and projects, it seems appropriate to build on this momentum and get the word out to criminal justice practitioners who are not members of the Section about the outstanding programming and numerous other activities we undertake.

May 6, 2010

OCLC Discontinuing Access to NetLibrary Database on May 30, 2010

NYLINK reports that on May 30, 2010 OCLC plans to discontinue access to the NetLibrary database on, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local “quick start” on May 30. This database of NetLibrary metadata was released in July 2009 to facilitate discovery of NetLibrary eBooks and eAudiobooks through services. Discontinuation of the discrete NetLibrary database is a result of the March 2010 acquisition of NetLibrary by EBSCO Publishing. For more information, please see the NYLINK Status Line blog at

May 6, 2010

OCLC and Cassidy Cataloging Services, Inc.- Re: OCLC WorldCat Local

By Joni L. Cassidy
Cassidy Cataloging Services, Inc,

On March 17, 2010, my post about and OCLC included the following statement:

“OCLC and Cassidy Cataloguing Services, Inc. may finally reach a compromise. OCLC may grant permission to allow a WorldCat Local institution that has purchased Cassidy MARC record sets to view the records as part of its WorldCat Local subscription.”

Cassidy Cataloguing is very happy to report that we have signed an agreement with OCLC that enables us to display our records in WorldCat Local for Cassidy subscribers using that service as their OPAC. The records will only display to users of that institution’s WorldCat Local OPAC and will not be available to other libraries, or other commercial members, for copy cataloguing or to attach holding codes.

Cassidy Cataloguing will continue to upload P-CIP (cataloging-in-publication) MARC records into WorldCat on a monthly basis. Cassidy Cataloguing has also been offered the right to edit their records uploaded to WorldCat without having to relinquish the rights to them.

If you need additional information, please contact us at

April 23, 2010

ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter

Top Ten Stories for Week Ending April 23, 2010:

Law Schools
Law Students Push for Transparency, More Info Re: Law School Employment Stats
Apr 21, 2010 8:55 am CDT

Researcher Says Law Students Need to Learn to Read Like Lawyers
Survey: Most Pre-Law Students Confident re Own Prospects, But Dubious About Others
Tax Law
Lawyers in 'Lower Upper Class' Begin Revolt with Goldman Case, Columnist Says
Apr 22, 2010 7:00 am CDT

U.S. Supreme Court
Supreme Court Tells Debt-Collection Law Firm that Ignorance of Law Is No Excuse
Apr 21, 2010 11:52 am CDT

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Banning Animal Crush Videos, Cites First Amendment
First One @ One First: Fortune from Miscalculation
Supreme Court Overturns 'Essentially Arbitrary' Attorney-Fee Boost of $4.5M
Meet the ABA's New Executive Director, Jack L. Rives
Apr 22, 2010 3:31 pm CDT

Criminal Justice
Lawyer Accused of Beating Client with a Baseball Bat Accepts Plea Deal
Apr 20, 2010 8:18 am CDT

In-House Counsel
Former Gucci GC Questions the Fuss over His Inactive Status
Apr 20, 2010 11:44 am CDT

Legal Ethics
Lawyer in Hot Water for Helping Newspaper Reporter Write About Prison Sex
Apr 19, 2010 4:11 pm CDT

Multiple Women Make Partner at Some Firms, While Others Promote All-Male Classes
Apr 20, 2010 3:46 pm CDT

Lawyer Makes an Appearance Before Chief Justice--In Singing Mode
Apr 20, 2010 5:30 am CDT

Legal History
Transcript of OK Corral Gunfight Inquest Is Found in Ariz. Jail
Apr 21, 2010 7:45 pm CDT

April 13, 2010

Brennan Center Launches Online Book Review Website

The Brennan Center has launched an online book review site with a focus soley on books about law and policy. The site (Just Books) includes book reviews, author interviews, and recommended reading from prominent legal figures.The site was spearheaded by Susan Lehman, the director of communications and strategy at the Brennan Center. Ms. Lehman said "I want it to be a virtual water cooler for lawyers and people who work in policy....There are declining venues for serious material....Clearly there is a continuing appetite for that material."

We agree. Many thanks to Susan Lehman for spearheading this worthy project.

April 12, 2010

Important Changes to OCLC's Content Services

In March 2010 OCLC announced an important change to their FirstSearch content services. According to the announcement, OCLC is transitioning out of their role as reseller of vendor-owned content. Therefore they will transfer or discontinue sale of the vendor-owned databases on FirstSearch when subscriptions have ended. According to the announcement, they will instead increase their focus for both FirstSearch and on providing libraries with access to a rich set of library-owned content and increasing visibility and access to the full scope of a library’s collection. They will work with libraries, publishers and other information providers to expand as a comprehensive platform for eContent. As a part of this migration, EBSCO has acquired the rights to license a select number of vendor-owned databases that OCLC currently offers on FirstSearch. OCLC's long-term relationship with H.W. Wilson is also changing as OCLC will work together to transition from reselling Wilson databases on FirstSearch to indexing Wilson databases in WorldCat Local over the coming months. According to OCLC there will be no interruption in service to libraries.

FirstSearch FAQ’s:

EBSCO News Release:

H.W. Wilson News Release:

April 12, 2010

U.S. Department of Transportation Partners With Cornell University in Pilot Project Regulation Room for eRulemaking

"On January 21st, 2009, President Obama issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government in which he described how: 'public engagement enhances the Government's effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions. Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge.'

To support the President's open government initiative, DOT has partnered with the Cornell eRulemaking Initiative (CeRI) in a pilot project, Regulation Room, to discover the best ways of using Web 2.0 and social networking technologies to: (1) alert the public, including those who sometimes may not be aware of rulemaking proposals, such as individuals, public interest groups, small businesses, and local government entities that rulemaking is occurring in areas of interest to them; (2) increase public understanding of each proposed rule and the rulemaking process; and (3) help the public formulate more effective individual and collaborative input to DOT. Over the course of several rulemaking initiatives, CeRI will use different Web technologies and approaches to enhance public understanding and participation, work with DOT to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of these techniques, and report their findings and conclusions on the most effective use of social networking technologies in this area...."

Quote from U.S. Department of Transportation Website.

Elaborating on this initiative, Barbara Brandon reports in an e-mail that:

"Last fall Cornell’s e-Rulemaking Initiative ran a test of how to increase rulemaking participation on a closed rule. They have just started a new test on an active proposal on how to prevent distracted driving by truck drivers who are texting while operating a vehicle. See and

This joint effort by DOT in conjunction with Cornell is also part of that agency’s efforts to comply with the Obama Administration’s Transparency Initiative. I think it is important for librarians to give this a look and see what they think of this particular effort. Expanding rulemaking participation beyond the closed circle of Washington beltway interest groups is a key benefit that the Internet can offer to good governance"

April 2, 2010

ABA Journal Newsletter - April 2, 2010

Top ten stories for week ending April 2, 2010:

Lovells to Shutter 20-Lawyer Chicago Office
Mar 30, 2010, 02:38 pm CDT

International Law
I Just E-Mailed a Friend, US Lawyer Charged in Dubai Corporate Info Case Tells ABA Journal
Mar 31, 2010, 07:31 pm CDT

Criminal Justice
9th Circuit Rules Against Tasered Pregnant Mom; Dissent Hits 'Off the Wall' Theory
Mar 29, 2010, 07:05 am CDT

Criminal Justice
Fla. Lawyer Finds Grenade on His Office Doorknob
Mar 29, 2010, 06:30 am CDT

Appellate Practice
After Fainting During 4th Cir. Hearing, Law Student Goes On to Make Great Argument
Mar 31, 2010, 03:42 pm CDT

'Cutting Edge' Tiered Associate Programs Identify Those with Partner Potential
Apr 1, 2010, 07:55 am CDT

Tort Law
Man Sues Neighbor Over Bad Vibes, Says She Must Turn Off Electronics
Mar 30, 2010, 01:47 pm CDT

U.S. Supreme Court
Supreme Court Says Lawyers Must Inform Clients of Deportation Risks
Mar 31, 2010, 09:50 am CDT

Law Schools
Md. Senate Wants Law School Clinic to Name Clients or Lose $250K in Funding
Mar 29, 2010, 05:30 am CDT

Law Firms
Lawyer Faces Employee Suit Alleging 'Extreme and Outrageous Voyeur Activities'
Mar 31, 2010, 06:39 am CDT

March 18, 2010

NCSC: @ The Center

@ the Center is the flagship e-newsletter of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). It highlights major projects, publications and conferences related to the work of NCSC.. Even though this newsletter is of redcent vintage (still Volume 1) it has already caught the attention of many in the judiciary. If you are interested in more information click here. Below are highlights of the March 2010 issue.

Volume 1, Issue 6
March 2010

Budget resource center expanded
Interactive maps show extent of cost cutting across the country

Fiscal problems continue to plague state court systems across the country. Cost-cutting measures vary from state to state, and a set of new interactive maps on the National Center for State Courts' Web site helps show which jurisdictions are being forced to make which cuts. This new addition to the Budget Resource Center (BRC) includes information on eight specific strategies adopted by the states, including furloughs, court closures, and hiking filing fees. The BRC is updated regularly with new reports and breaking news. Check back frequently to stay up to date on the latest.

Election experts give online guidance
NCSC adds Web resource center for judicial campaign oversight committees

Just in time for the 2010 elections, the National Ad Hoc Committee on Judicial Campaign Oversight - staffed by the National Center - has launched a new set of Web-based resources to aid those contemplating the establishment of such a committee. Oversight committees encourage fair play and honesty in judicial election campaigns - and also can highlight unfair campaign practices or misleading advertising when campaign rhetoric soars over the top. The new resource center includes video excerpts from presentations and panel discussions; interviews with leaders of judicial campaign oversight committees across the country; and other updated materials and resources, such as sample documents and planning tools based on common and effective practices for oversight committees.

California court leader receives Distinguished Service Award
Thirty-year career marked by service, commitment to quality of justice

Ronald G. Overholt, chief deputy director of the California Administrative Office of the Courts, has received a 2009 Distinguished Service Award, one of the premiere recognitions given by the National Center. During his tenure with the California AOC, Overholt has played a key role in achieving greater financial stability for the California Judicial Branch and has helped build an administrative, technological, and physical infrastructure that will enable the judicial branch to continue providing fair and equal justice despite future fiscal concerns. He also has worked with the Conference of Chief Justices, Conference of State Court Administrators, and National Association for Court Management to provide training sessions on the most recent innovations in court management.

NCSC officials join Lebanese judiciary at courthouse opening
Project includes administration reforms, training for court staff

Less than a year after a project aimed at modernizing the Beirut Judgment Enforcement Court began, the renovated court building was inaugurated during a March 2 ceremony in Beirut, Lebanon. NCSC President Mary C. McQueen and William G. Kaschak, vice president of the National Center's International Programs Division, traveled to Beirut for the ribbon cutting, which was hosted by Lebanese Minister of Justice Ibrahim Najjar. The courthouse renovation is part of a three-year, $8.2 million United States Agency for International Development project that is being implemented by the National Center and includes court administration reform and personnel training.

Free curriculum helps judges reduce number of repeat offenders
Program materials available online

With recidivism rates of felony offenders at unprecedented levels - nearly 60 percent according to a 2009 NCSC and Pew Center on the States report - the National Center has created a curriculum designed to help trial judges develop sentencing practices to reduce the risk of repeat offenders. Recidivism contributes to the escalating cost of state corrections, however, evidence-based sentencing has become a proven method to counter high recidivism levels. Some examples of evidence-based sentencing include focusing corrections resources on medium- and high-risk offenders rather than low-risk offenders who are not likely to reoffend; targeting services to offender characteristics that have been proven to best predict future criminality; and using swift, certain, and graduated sanctions for probation violations. The free model curriculum, titled "Evidence-Based Sentencing to Improve Public Safety and Reduce Recidivism," is available online.

The National Center for State Courts
300 Newport Avenue Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185-4147, USA