Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Boston College Law School Class of 1990 alumnus, William Landay, has written an outstanding courtroom novel, Defending Jacob, released last month by Delacorte Press. The book is set in familiar territory. Much of the story takes place in Cold Spring Park, Newton Center and Middlesex County Courthouse in Cambridge. The plot revolves around a Middlesex assistant district attorney, Andy Barber, who is initially assigned to the investigation of the murder of an 8th grade boy who attends the same school as Barber's son. When Barber's son is charged with the murder, Barber is placed on leave and, ultimately, second chairs for the defense in his son's trial. The novel is incredibly fast-paced and examines courtroom procedures, strategies and techniques in an unusual fashion. Barber constantly critiques the prosecutor's performance during the grand jury proceedings and trial, having mentored and taught the younger attorney. The most remarkable aspect of this book, however, is its portrait of a family under pressure. The members of the family in question react quite differently as events unfold and express their love, loyalty and anxiety in very different ways. The main character's voice is realistic and credible.
This book was listed on Amazon's Best Books of the Month for February 2012. It has received favorable reviews. To see the New York Times review, click on the title to this blog entry.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
On February 9th, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) began its first ever free massive open online course (MOOC), Topics in Digital Law Practice. This course is designed to provide an overview of the changes that are occurring in the practice of law today, especially with respect to technology. It will introduce participants to real-world situations that they will encounter in the job market. The course will cover diverse topics in digital law practice such as virtual law practice, document automation, technology in the courts, unbundling legal services, free legal research tools, contract standardization, online legal forms in legal aid, unauthorized practice of law in the 21st century, and social media for lawyers. 7 weeks remain in this free course that takes place via webcast every Friday at 2pm, with the lectures recorded if you're unable to watch live. If you're interested, you can still register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/415041090
Friday, February 17, 2012
Issues of the European Union Official Journal published before 1998 are now available electronically in PDF format. Any issue published before January 1, 1973 is available in German, French, Italian and Dutch. Issues published after that date are available in English.