Tuesday, April 28, 2009
BC Law students, faculty and staff may access the ISOnet Forms Library via the alphabetical list of databases on the Law Library’s Research webpage. ISOnet Forms Library requires a password to login. If you need a standard insurance form, stop by the Information Desk and one of the reference librarians will be happy to log you on to ISOnet.
BC Law Library also has Miller’s Standard Insurance Policies Annotated, a multi-volume looseleaf set which contains most of the simplified ISO insurance policies and endorsements, along with annotations of cases construing the policy language. This useful set is located on Level 3 at KF 1160.M54.
Monday, April 27, 2009
The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies has launched a new database of over 1,500 significant multilateral treaties from 1856 to the present. Only the most significant treaties, conventions and agreements with at least three parties are included. Bilateral treaties are not included. Researchers can search by key words in titles, additional subject matter and organizational keywords, and the date and place where a treaty was concluded. The index provides links to digital copies on the Internet, when they are available; and information about where the full text of each treaty may be obtained in paper.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The moral of this story: Wikipedia can be a great place to begin your research, but it's not a reliable authority for serious research.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Two law professors, who claim they were falsely identified as the authors of the 2008 supplement to a treatise on Pennsylvania criminal law, are suing West Publishing. The professors allege the “pocket part” was “so poorly researched that it will harm their reputations;” added just three new cases when in past years they had added approximately 150 new cases each year; and failed to cite any of the cases that had been reversed in the past year by the state Supreme Court.
Thanks to Betsy McKinsey of Out of the Jungle for this story.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Richard Susskind, author of “The End of Lawyers” will be speaking at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society next Wednesday, 4/22 at 12:15 pm. Susskind, who is Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England, was the keynote speaker at this spring's ABA Technology show in Chicago; and the keynote speaker at a conference I attended last summer in the UK. He's a great and provocative speaker - I would love to hear his talk. Registration is free, but required.
If, like me, you must be somewhere else, the event will be webcast live.
Go to the Berkman website for more information:
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Jackie Inserra, Director of Industry Relations for Litigation Services for Lexis/Nexis, visited the law school today and presented a session on Concordance to students in the Law Practice Technology course. Concordance software, which is used for electronic discovery and document management, is used on large cases being litigated and can handle over 33 million records per database. Students interested in learning more can “take a tour” or download a 30 day free trial at: http://law.lexisnexis.com/concordance
BC's Legal Assistance Bureau receives grant for innovative approaches to teaching and learning into the clinical classroom.
ATIGs are College funded grants whose aim is to encourage the innovative use of technology in teaching and research. (http://www.bc.edu/offices/atab/atig.html).
LAB's project will provide digital recording of student lawyer-client meetings coupled with a video/audio tagging application and editing software that would allow clinical faculty to analyze and annotate law student video/audio performances.
One of new and innovative tools that LAB will utilize in their pilot is MediaNotes. The MediaNotes tools allows you to efficiently analyze recorded performances such as mock negotiations, legal depositions and sales presentations (http://www.medianotes-app.com/).
We foresee that this new technology will meet and exceed the curriculum needs of the clinical program, and allow for the injection of this technology into other clinical programs at Boston College Law School, and eventually other programs at the College.