Friday, July 29, 2011

ABA: 30 Lawyers Pick 30 Books Every Lawyer Should Read

In its August 1st issue, the ABA Journal highlights 30 books as "must reads" for every lawyer. Selected by 30 individual attorneys, the list contains some traditional favorites, e.g., Louis Nizer's My Life in Court, as well as some surprises, e.g., Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being by Martin Seligman.

Each selection in the list is introduced by a well-known attorney with a brief explanation of why that particular book is essential reading. Is your favorite title included on the list? Take a look and start planning for your own recommendations.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bloomberg Law Has a New Look

Earlier this month, Bloomberg Law launched a new interface. The new design is easier on the eyes and is easier to navigate. Current legal news articles and recent court opinions are headlined and key resources are prominently displayed. The content is searchable by type, jurisdiction, practice area and industry. All search screens have expansion trees of available resources with links to database descriptions, so you can readily determine what is available. Best of all, selecting a database from an expansion tree opens a new tab, so you can view and compare the results of several searches simultaneously. For example, you can search the FTC Bureau of Competition's guidance materials in one tab and the Department of Justice's materials in another tab, while looking up references to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act in yet a third tab and reviewing Bloomberg's Quick Reference to Federal Antitrust Laws in yet a fourth tab.

Clicking on the title to this blog entry leads to the new and improved Bloomberg Law interface. Log in and try it out.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

SJC requests moratorium on judicial appointments; announces plans to close 11 courts

Yesterday, SJC Chief Justice Roderick Ireland and Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert Mulligan issued a joint statement concerning a moratorium on the appointment of judges and clerk magistrates in the Massachusetts trial courts for the present fiscal year and the planned closure of 11 courts across the Commonwealth due to budget constraints. The title to this blog entry links to the joint statement.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Summer Reading

One of the great things about summer is that we have the time to read whatever we want, rather than whatever we need to have read by the next class.

Chief Justice John Roberts was asked about his summer reading plans at the Annual Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Conference on June 25. The first book on the Chief Justice’s list is, “Brunelleschi's Dome; How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture,” by Ross King. [You can hear this question and answer approximately 28-1/2 minutes into the video]

What’s on your summer reading list? What have you read already that you can recommend to the rest of us?