Tuesday, November 30, 2004

New at LLRX.com: Legal and Technology Articles and Resources for Librarians, Lawyers and Law Firms

Introducing The E-LawLibrary Weblog.

Ernie The Attorney: Judge Posner will have a weblog

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Introducing Maryland Law: An information resource for researchers, librarians, and attorneys searching for useful websites related to Maryland law.

Reuters.com: Lawmakers OK Anti-Piracy Czar. I wonder how the law of unintended consequences will play out with this one?


Law Students,

All students using their laptops to take their final examinations are required to use the Extegrity examination security software. This includes students who are using their laptops to take open book exams. In the case of open book exams, if your notes are on your laptop, they should be printed off so that they can be referenced during the exam. The software locks your computer such that you cannot access materials that are stored on the hard drive. It encrypts the file on which the student is working in a file on the student's hard drive and the file is decrypted when the exam room staff prints the exam. During the exam the file is automatically stored on the student's hard drive every ten seconds and at the end of the exam, it can be saved to either floppy disks, CDs, or USB keys. Based on the vendors' recommendation, we will only accept floppy disks and USB keys. The student can pick up the disk or USB key the day after the examination. The software does not work on Macintosh systems.

Students taking their exams on their laptops are required to go to the vendor's website (www.exam4.com) and download the security software onto their laptops. We have asked the vendor to make the software available for download on Monday, November 29. We will have a few copies of the software on floppy disks in the Dean's Suite for students who have difficulty with the download. Further, the vendor provides 24/7 technical support during the examination period and has agreed to assist students who may have problems downloading the software onto their computers. Please go to the website and download the software before the examination period begins so that you can explore the functioning of the software. Read the instructions on the website for more information. At the examination, the proctor will do a visual inspection to be sure that the software have been properly installed.

Presently, the software cost $10 per student. When approximately half the student body has signed up, we will enter a licensing agreement with Extegrity. The law school has agreed to bear the cost of the software until we move into the licensing agreement.
In order for us to determine the number of students who will be using the security software, you are asked to send an e-mail message to my administrative assistant, Ms. Williams, at RDWilliams@ubalt.edu indicating the same. This will help us better plan the space that we will need for those taking the exam on laptop.

In order to determine whether a particular faculty member has given permission for his/her students to use the software, please speak to the professor or ask Ms. Williams. If you have other questions about the software, let me know.

Dean Torain

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Ernie The Attorney: Law.com picks up on blawging

Monday, November 22, 2004

Blog 702: Law Journal Offers Second Installment on "Science for Judges"

Friday, November 19, 2004

beSpacific: Yahoo! Partners With OCLC on Toolbar with WorldCat Searching. Librarians will love this one.

Introducing Media Law, a blog about freedom of the press.

Ernie The Attorney: Google's new thing: academic research

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Yahoo! News - Microsoft Warns Asian Governments of Linux Lawsuits. Yet another example of Microsofts delusions.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004


The Law Library will be closed on Thursday, November 25; we will be open normal hours for the rest of the weekend.

There have been several complaints concerning the elevated temperature in classrooms on the second floor of the law center. The office of Finance and Administration has submitted work orders to physical plant requesting the temperature be lowered. Reggie Arthur in the phys. plant department indicates the law centers Vortex Dampers, which control the circulation of cooler ambient air, have been malfunctioning over the past week. The dampers have been repaired and temperatures in the classrooms should be at an acceptable level by this evening. Please leave Steve Wilson a message via email or phone (x 4414) if the classrooms continue to be warm over the next day or two. Thank-you.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Wired News: Science Braces for Second Term

Slashdot | FCC Claims Regulatory Power Over Home Computers Truly scary.

Monday, November 15, 2004

ICW Exercises:
There is a problem with doing these exercises on the public terminals near the Information Desk - these terminals don't have the requisite viewer. The exercises should work in the upstairs lab (LC 426). If you can't do the exercises there, let me know. (See me in Room 418A, or send me an email @ hmorrell at ubalt.edu)

There seems to be a probelm with our wireless network. I've contacted OTS about it and "they are checking it out."

UPDATE: The network appears to be back up and running.

TimesDispatch.com | What's next for 4th Circuit?

beSpacific: Advanced Look At MSN's New Desktop Search Tool

Introducing The TTABLOG: Occasional Observations re the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
by John L. Welch. (Link via Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.)

Thursday, November 11, 2004

University of Baltimore
Intellectual Property Law Competition Packet
. Completed packets should be turned in to the Law Library's Circulation Desk before 2 pm on Tuesday, January 18, 2005.

GrepLaw | Wired Interview with Beastie Boys

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

WinLibre: a rigorous selection of free, legal software for Windows 98, 2000, XP. FWIW, I already use most of these on my Windoze desktop.

Google Corporate Information: Our Philosophy

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Research News (TVC Alert) for 8 November 2004: Which copyright law applies?

Ernie The Attorney: Sneaking Past the Authoritarian Firewall Something to think about, especially for those faculty members who want to ban wireless access in classrooms.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Law Forum Competition Packet. 'Tis in PDF format.

Blog 702: Federal Appellate Round-Up

GrepLaw | How to be an (info) Peeping Tom

Friday, November 05, 2004

The student authorization code for the CALI exercises can be found under the Announcements section of Prometheus.

How Appealing's take on who will be the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

GrepLaw | Spyware Action in Congress, California and Court

Thursday, November 04, 2004

UB Law Students: Are any of you having problems registering for classes using MyUB on the wireless network? If so, let me know. My email address is hmorrell at ubalt.edu.

beSpacific: New Blog on Legal Periodicals

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

UnivAtty: Students, Sports and Riots

Ernie The Attorney: Weekly Law Blog Roundup

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

beSpacific: Today's Supreme Ct. Opinion on Ohio Voter Challenges

Monday, November 01, 2004

Blog 702: Lewontin on Government's Use and Abuse of Science

beSpacific: Federal Gov't Portal Links to Election Resources

Blog 702: Lewontin on Government's Use and Abuse of Science

Ernie The Attorney: Free Internet Phone Calls - Slouching Towards 'Critical Mass'