Saturday, July 30, 2011
If you are interested in labor law in Washington state and want to keep abreast of latest developments in this area, be sure to check out: Washington Workers' Compensation Law Blog. This blog is maintained by Sharpe Law Firm, a Seattle based firm which has been representing clients in this area of law for 30 years.
Hat tip to Inter Alia - Tom Mighell's legal technology blog.
Friday, July 29, 2011
by: mxr, Sept. 20, 2010
The resulting article is here.
To make it easier to find these books in libraries, I've created a WorldCat list here.
If you haven't already, take a look at UW Law's Suggested Reading List for Prospective & Current Law Students. It includes a wide variety of books.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
In recent years, Japan has reformed legal education, with the goal of enlarging and diversifying the legal profession. But the bar exam turns out to be harder than some planned: the overall pass rate is just 25%. Enrollment in the new US-style law schools has declined as word has spread that becoming a lawyer is a long shot. A Japanese Legal Exam That Sets the Bar High - NYTimes.com, July 10, 2011.
Monday, July 18, 2011
One tip: "Think of 'networking' as 'research': Often the same lawyers who hate to network love to research." (Goodwin)
If you love to network, but hate to research, maybe you could try thinking of research as networking . . .
You can submit a video about your own debt story to the site. If you do it by July 31, your video will be entered in a contest. The prize? $5,000 toward paying off your student loans!
Here's a video about the project:
The Public Bookshelf provides these free, full text titles (in English):
- ABA Family Legal Guide
- ABA Guide to Marriage, Divorce & Families
- ABA Guide to Wills and Estates
- Consumer Action Handbook
- A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
- Don't Get Taken! Protect Yourself Legally Against Common Abuses and Rip-Offs
- Social Security Handbook
Monday, July 11, 2011
|Photo: Alec Baldwin, from www.alecbaldwin.com|
Alec Baldwin recently said he wishes he'd become a lawyer. Addressing law students on the eve of their graduation, he said: “If I had it to do all over again, I would choose differently….I believe that I would trade what I have for what you’ll have tomorrow afternoon." Alec Baldwin: Legal Envy, Harvard Magazine, July-Aug. 2011. He told the graduates, "I want you to leave here and save this country, because this country needs your help." Id.
A few years ago, coming out of a rancorous divorce, his sentiments toward the profession were chillier:
One of his ex-wife’s lawyers, Baldwin wrote, “had a bad case of the intellectual vanity that afflicts most attorneys I had known. Since my own college days, most lawyers had always struck me as men and women who were not smart enough to become doctors or engineers. Therefore, they opted for a career wherein rote recitation of the legal code and a gift for bullshitting people amounted to a profession.”Id. A few weeks after this speech, he had apparently forgotten the dream of practicing law in favor of singing in a Broadway show. The One Unfulfilled Wish of My Career, AlecBaldwin.com, June 20, 2011.
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The Uniform Law Commission is currently holding its 2011 annual meeting in Vail, CO. Among the new uniform laws being considered is the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act, which purports to provide a clear answer to the question of who is the official publisher of a given governmental record, and how official publishers can authenticate the fact that a given electronic record is, in fact, the official record for citation and other purposes. A draft version of the Act is available here.
The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), in existence since 1892, is responsible for the drafting and passage of more than 200 uniform acts designed to solve problems common to all the states. Some examples are the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, and the Uniform Partnership Act. Just who are these ULC commissioners? They are 350 practicing lawyers, governmental lawyers, judges, law professors, and lawyer-legislators from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Washington has six commissioners and are listed by state here.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Law students enjoy free access to hundreds of lessons on a wide variety of topics, from administrative law to wills and trusts. UW Law students who have not registered with CALI yest should contact the Reference Office for the student access code.
Register online for Finding an Original Note Topic and Preemption Checking.
You might also find useful the Gallagher guide on Writing for & Publishing in Law Reviews, which also offers advice on finding interesting topics.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has released its first report, In Pursuit of Justice: Progress of the World's Women 2011-2012 (PDF, 168 pages).
The report addresses many topics, including women's access to justice and cases and laws that have changed women's lives.
Graphs, charts, and personal stories supplement the text.
An executive summary is also available.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The three-judge panel issued three opinions. The opinion by Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton was the opinion of the court on one issue (the taxing power) and a concurrence on other issues. Sanford explains that this opinion is significant both because it is so well crafted and because the judge is "a highly respected jurist with solid conservative credentials." Appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, Judge Sutton is the first Repbulican to uphold the individual mandate.
Prof. Sanford both guides us through this decision and places it in the larger context of the other challenges to the new law.