Showing posts with label Legal Information. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Legal Information. Show all posts

Monday, December 2, 2013

ABA’s Seventh Annual Blawg 100 Contest

The ABA Journal currently has its polls open to vote for your favorite legal blog. With the thousands of legal blogs out there in the blogosphere, it seems to be an honor just to make the top 100 list.  Nominees use their intellect, creativity, and wit to further advance the legal profession. Not only are some of these blogs fun, but many also provide thorough and educated explanations of current legal events.

Check out this list and vote for your favorites here.

Polls opened Nov. 25 and will close Dec. 20.

There are already a few front runners in each of the 13 categories, which range from criminal justice to legal technology.

Some of my favorites include:
·       Defrosting Cold Cases
o   “A mixture of interviews with true-crime authors and profiles of real cold cases, Defrosting Cold Cases is both fascinating and heartbreaking.”
·       Abnormal Use
o   “If you're suing because your yoga pants are see-through, or because hoisting up the back end of a running snowmobile left you short one leg, chances are your case could end up analyzed by the bloggers at Abnormal Use. Strictly speaking, Abnormal Use is a product-liability blog, but the writers are also interested in technology issues like social media discovery.”
·       Lady(Legal) Write
o   “Tips on legal writing are always fantastic, but this blog by Megan E. Boyd also includes real-life cautionary tales of the pitfalls of poor legal writing. Polish your punctuation with her guidance.”
·       LegallyWeird
o   “Run by FindLaw, Legally Weird's mission is to hunt out the strangest and most ridiculous current events with a legal angle. If you find yourself with some free time and an over-elevated regard for the intelligence of the criminal underworld, click on the ‘Dumb Crime’ category and prepare to laugh and wince in equal measure.”
o   “This microblog, born in March, has caught fire and spawned imitators. ‘With nothing but Tumblr and impeccable taste in celebrity GIFs,’ this blog ‘transports readers directly into the id of public defenders everywhere,’ writes Litigation & Trial's Max Kennerly. ‘You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll want a drink.’”

Check out the list of all 100 nominees and vote! At the very least, you may add some new bookmarks to your browser.

Friday, May 3, 2013

FDsys reaches 500 million retrievals

Gary Somerset of the Government Printing Office reports that FDsys has achieved 500 million retrievals:

The U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys) has achieved the milestone of 500 million document retrievals. FDsys is a one-stop site for authentic, published information on the three branches of the Federal Government. Retrievals are measured by the number of times content is viewed or downloaded from FDsys. GPO launched FDsys in January 2009 and since that time it has expanded to include 800 thousand searchable titles. Examples of content found on FDsys include: the post-President Kennedy’s assassination tape recordings, President Nixon’s Watergate grand jury testimony, the Budget of the U.S. Government, the Congressional Record, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, and congressional bills, hearings, and reports. GPO is continually adding content and working with agencies on new collection opportunities.

Don't overlook FDsys when researching federal material.  There are a few ways to search FDsys (search box, browsing, by citation, etc.) and the underlying documents are authentic and free. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How Twitter Can Help You Avoid Information Overload.

The progress of technology seems to be rapidly accelerating, with new options for accessing information frequently becoming available. With print resources, emails, RSS feeds, listservs, Facebook, and Twitter all to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Information overload can lead to passivity and indecisiveness about which information sources to pursue. I recall when I was a law student, I regularly processed so much new legal information in my studies that the idea of "keeping up" with current legal developments that weren't directly tied to academic pursuits sometimes seemed unrealistic.

Twitter can help! With a bit of time and care to pick some of the best key sources, your Twitter feed can be tailored to provide you with a quick way of keeping up to date with important legal information.

I have only recently come around to using Twitter. If you haven't gotten on board yourself, I encourage you to give it a try. Here are some reasons I've recently signed on for Twitter:

1. The information is already vetted - The best thing about Twitter is that other users are doing the work of considering the source before they tweet it to you. It's crowdsourcing at its best.

2. No more overload - Scrolling through a Twitter feed is a little like browsing newspaper headlines. The maximum character allowance is only 140, which is enough space to share a link to something interesting with brief commentary, but not so much that you don't have time to take note at all. If something is compelling, you can read further.

3. There is networking potential - You can share bits of information with others in your field and respond to things you find interesting and useful. It's a large open forum that allows you to expand your professional network. You may never meet them in person, but you can keep abreast of what they're doing.  

4. There is more of a conversation on Twitter than you might think! Twitter feeds are very up to date, and any current event is bound to light up the feed with discussion. For example, when the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act, Twitter was rife with commentary. It can be very interesting to see real time interactions to current issues in your feed.

Below are a few of my favorite legal information Twitter accounts. For those of you who have been tweeting for a while, what other legal information Twitter accounts do you enjoy following?