Thursday, July 31, 2003 has updated their Guide to the U.S. Federal Legal System: Web-Based Publicly Accessible Sources. Some really good stuff.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Another reminder that starting tomorrow, Thursday, July 30th, our hours are:

Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday 8 am. - 6 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

We will resume normal hours on Sunday, August 17th.

Monday, July 28, 2003

In order to add the collections of the University of Maryland-Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library to its holdings, the University System of Maryland online library catalog (USMAI) will be out of service from noon on Thursday, July 31 until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 4.

The Harvard Law School Library has approximately one million pages of documents relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and to the twelve trials of other accused war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT). In order to better preserve these documents, they have started storing them in digital format. Now they're making the fruits of their labor available on the web. Best of all, it's free!

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

For you library geeks: Need I say more?

The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process has published an article entitled, LEGAL AND APPELLATE WEBLOGS: WHAT THEY ARE, WHY YOU SHOULD READ THEM, AND WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER STARTING YOUR OWN. It's pretty informative, so go read it.

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

University of Baltimore

To accommodate students taking summer classes, and those studying for the July bar exam, the Law Library will maintain normal hours through July 29.

From July 30 through August 17 the Law Library will be open:

Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

On August 18, the first day of orientation for entering law students, the Law Library will resume normal hours.

Monday, July 21, 2003

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog is a good way to keep up with the news in the world of scholarly electronic publishing.

LawSites links some interesting articles on the risky business of law.

The computer labs in the law library are getting an overdue coat of new paint today; they won't be available for use until late afternoon.

Friday, July 18, 2003

In today's (Friday, July 18) Daily Record, Prof. Robert Lande has a column entitled, A new future for debit cards. The article is on page 25A.

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Law Prof in the News:
Recently, law professor Tim Sellers stood outside and gazed fondly at the metal blue elephant in the greenery from his front porch. Just home from a family trip to England, Sellers explains why he, his wife, Frances, and others were willing to accept McDougall's proposal to put the azure pachyderm on his front lawn - for no charge, a glorified advertisement of sorts.
"This is the nerve center of Baltimore art," Sellers declares. "We're not Homeland. We're not Guilford. We're that funky Roland Park."
"Everyone's begging for one," he says of the sculptures....
Read the whole story here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

The Oyez Project has released a set of Supreme Court oral arguments in MP3 format. Included are the arguments in Roe, Miranda, Griswold and Gideon v. Wainwright.

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

A guide to free briefs on the web, via Robert Ambogi's weblog.

Monday, July 14, 2003 Legal Humor Articles, Music, and Other Stuff for Lawyers and Those Who Know Them
Dedicated to the proposition that zealous representation of clients and furtherance of the public good can be only enhanced by a healthy willingness to poke fun at ourselves appropriately on occasion.

UB in the news:

Sounding the civil trumpet
July 11, 2003
Daily Record Legal Affairs Writer

Court of Appeals to hear claim of right to counsel in child custody matter
In what could be a groundbreaking decision with national repercussions, the state’s high court may rule this year whether Maryland residents have a constitutional right to counsel in civil cases.

A grand alliance of legal services providers and other advocacy groups, spearheaded by former Attorney General Stephen H. Sachs, have pooled resources and will argue a test case before the Court of Appeals in the fall — the first of its kind in the state’s history and one of few efforts nationwide.

The campaign also has the full support of the Maryland State Bar Association, which this week filed an amicus brief with the court, and the University of Baltimore’s Family Law Clinic. ......

Friday, July 11, 2003

Law faculty in the news:
From a Baltimore Sun story on Ciara Jobes - the 15-year-old girl who was starved and beaten to death last year:
... Byron L. Warnken, a University of Baltimore law school professor, said he believes the lawyers for the different agencies could have spoken about the case at yesterday's hearing.
Read the whole story here.

Introducing GigaLaw, "Legal Information for Internet Professionals."

Thursday, July 10, 2003

A Copyfighter's Musings is an interesting weblog devoted to all things related to intellectual property.

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

For you political junkies:
WatchBlog is a multiple-editor weblog broken up into three major political affiliations, each with its own blog: the Democrats, the Republicans and the Third Party (covering everything outside the two major parties).

UB Law Students In the News
Classroom to courtroom
Challenges: As he did as a teacher, Craig Borne has adapted and excelled as a law student and judicial clerk despite his blindness. .....
Read the whole story here.

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

A mathematical analysis of Supreme Court decisions.

Monday, July 07, 2003 has an interesting article on search engines. Give it a read.

At 10 am EST, The Heritage Foundation will be broadcasting a review of the
Supreme Court's 2002-2003 term. You can listen live via C-SPAN 2.

Scholars and Scribes Review the Rulings: The Supreme Court’s 2002-2003 Term
Date: July 7, 2003
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Panel One:

Douglas Kmiec
Dean, The Catholic University of America,
Columbus School of Law
Jonathan Turley
Professor of Public Interest Law, GWU Law School Director, Environmental Law Advocacy Center
Charles Cooper
Former U.S. Assistant Attorney General, OLC
Current Supreme Court Appellate Litigator

Panel Two:

Charles Lane
Supreme Court Correspondent,
The Washington Post
David Savage
Supreme Court Correspondent,
The Los Angeles Times
Mike Kirkland
Supreme Court Correspondent,
United Press International


Panel One:

Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General and Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow,
The Heritage Foundation

Panel Two:

Todd Gaziano
Director, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The Supreme Court term that just recessed for the summer included many far-reaching decisions – from the Michigan racial preference cases and the Texas sodomy decision to new rulings on the first amendment and civil liberties. The ink was not yet dry on the opinions before the arguments over the wisdom and significance of many of those decisions began. Were racial preferences restricted, sanctioned, or left half-pregnant? What does the Beaumont campaign finance ruling mean for the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance act, which the Court has scheduled a special September sitting to consider? Did federalism suffer a setback? Did the Court follow its recent trends in first amendment and civil liberties decisions or chart a dramatic new course? The end of a Supreme Court term often inspires as many questions as answers, including whether there are likely to be any retirements on the High Court any time soon.

Legal scholars and Supreme Court watchers will spend years wrestling with those questions – but the process begins at The Heritage Foundation. Please join us on Monday, July 7 at 10 a.m., when a panel of legal scholars and a panel of Supreme Court correspondents will discuss these issues and more in its fourth annual Scholars and Scribes Review of the Supreme Court Term.

Thursday, July 03, 2003

To celebrate July 4th properly, you should read The Declaration of Independence, courtesy of the Avalon Project at Yale Law School.

The Diamondback has the scoop on tuition increases. From the story:

The system's nine other tuition-charging institutions received smaller spring-to-fall tuition increases: 15 percent for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; about 13 percent for Bowie State University, Towson University, Frostburg University and the University of Baltimore; 12 percent for the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; 9 percent for Coppin State College; and 5.5 percent for the University of Maryland, University College.

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Judge Orders Malvo Trial Moved to Chesapeake.