Thursday, June 30, 2005

Ernie The Attorney: E-discovery - does anybody really know what it is?

beSpacific: Patriot Act Reauthorization Hearings Available From GPO

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Proposal Made to Seize Souter's Property - Yahoo! News

UB Adopts New Course Management System -- WebTycho

Beginning with the 2005 Summer Term, UB is implementing a new course management system (CMS), WebTycho in place of the Prometheus system that has been in use for the past four years. Prometheus is no longer commercially available, and all Prometheus accounts will be closed by the end of June 2005.

WebTycho, UB's new course management system, will provide all the features that UB users have come to depend upon as well as some new features that will be of great benefit to students. These features include a student portfolio and an area where students can post draft material for feedback from their instructor.

Within the next two weeks, login instructions will be sent to students registered in summer online courses and classroom courses supplemented by WebTycho. After logging in, students who have not used WebTycho before will be directed to an orientation/tutorial on the features of this CMS. Most of these features will be intuitive for students who have taken courses in Prometheus or another CMS.

For students who would like a preview of WebTycho, go to this address --

-- and click again on the “About WebTycho” link at the bottom of the page. This will take you to a site with comprehensive coverage of WebTycho. Of particular interest will be sections on Setting Up, the User Guide, and Using Text.

General questions about the implementation of WebTycho and the phasing out of Prometheus should be directed to Terry Ross in the MBNA e-Learning Center (410.837.5078 or Registered users of WebTycho will have access to a 24 X 7 Help Desk.

Terry Ross

Program Manager for e-Learning

(410) 837-5078 BC 002C

Tuesday, June 28, 2005


Effective June 28th, ALL law school customers (students and faculty) will be required to register their 7-digit ID and create a custom ID and password (currently customers can use their 7-digit ID without creating a custom ID and password). The majority of customers have already created a custom ID and password and WILL NOT be affected by these changes. Those who have not created a custom ID and password will be forced to do so when signing-on to Below are details of how this new policy will affect specific customers:

1L’s will receive a 7-digit activation code (it looks just like the 7-digit ID number). It is printed on a literature card that is about 4x6 inches in size. The student will visit the homepage, enter the activation code, and then create a custom ID and password. Creating a custom ID and password is required, not optional as it was last year. The seven digit access code will then cease to exist.

Any of these customers who have already registered their ID and created a custom ID and password will not be affected by this change (assuming that they sign-on with their custom ID and password and not their 7-digit ID number). Those who have not created a custom ID and password will be prompted to do so when they first sign-on to on or after June 28th.

Ernie The Attorney: LegalTech 2005 - Hot Tips!!!

beSpacific: New on

Monday, June 27, 2005

beSpacific: Senate Approves Open Government Act

Friday, June 24, 2005

beSpacific: New Copyright Current Literature Awareness Service

beSpacific: Privacy and Consumer Groups Oppose Collection of Student Info For DoD Database

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Conglomerate Blog: Citation of Unpublished Opinions

beSpacific: Publishers and Librarians Remain Concerned About Google Digitization Project

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

beSpacific: ACLU Report Examines Restrictions on Scientific Research and Publication

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

beSpacific: New Study Documents Law Enforcement Inquiries on Library Patron Data

Monday, June 20, 2005

The Open Access Law Program: a part of the Science Commons publishing project, supports "open access" to legal scholarship.

Teaching Information Evaluation Skills

beSpacific: Sometimes Prudent Course is to Bypass Email and Just Talk To Colleagues Directly

beSpacific: Details Revealed on Google Library Project at U. Michigan

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 High Court Declines Copyright, FCC and Detainment Suits.

Creative Commons and Science Commons Announce Open Access Law Program

Slashdot | Court: Borders Web Ops Must Remit CA Sales Taxes

beSpacific: Controversy Over Global Warming Report and Resignation of Key Figure

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

60 Sites in 60 Minutes, Special Libraries Association (SLA), 8 June 2005

beSpacific: Consumer Reports Rates Websites Offering Consumers Health Related Info

Monday, June 13, 2005

beSpacific: Article Reviews Authorship of Opinions By Federal Judges

beSpacific: The Pros and Cons of PowerPoint Presentations

Friday, June 10, 2005

beSpacific: Supreme Court Law Review Most Cited Law Journal

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The Volokh Conspiracy - All-Raich Super-Blog and the Future of Law Reviews:

Slashdot: Extending Pop Music Copyrights. Wonder who the Sonny Bono equivalent is in the UK?

News Release - ABA Judicial Code Revision Group Releases Revised Draft Political Activity Canon, Adds Draft Commentary

Monday, June 06, 2005

beSpacific: Law Libraries and Law Librarians Who Are Blogging. And UB was one of the earliest ones.

beSpacific: Privacy Concerns Focus on Google's Retention of Internet Activity Data

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

PrawfsBlawg: The New Bluebook (18th Ed): Rush to Get Your Copy. My favorite line from this story:
Apparently, The Bluebook really consists of two citation guides for the price of one – a Bluebook for the law journals and one for the rest of the world which is assumed to be too stupid to operate at the “level of complexity commensurate with the needs of the law journal publication process.”

Ernie The Attorney: New Blog about Class Action Lawsuits