Law and Conversation

February 1, 2011

More on court opinions on the Internet

Yesterday I posted about the distinction that a decreasing number of jurisdictions, including Illinois and the federal courts, make between “precedential” and “nonprecedential” opinions, historically referred to as “published” and “unpublished.”  Today brings word of an interesting new article by Peter W. Martin of Cornell Law School, “Abandoning Law Reports for Official Digital Case Law.” The article, which you can download without charge from SSRN, discusses Arkansas’s cessation of publishing its state courts’ opinions in the Arkansas Reporter, which had been the official record of those decisions, in favor of posting them on the Internet, where the state’s Reporter of Decisions maintains them as official records, and “explore[s] the distinctive alignment of factors that both led and enabled the Arkansas judiciary to take a step that courts in other jurisdictions, state and federal, have so far resisted.”  Thanks to Prof. Martin for making this article freely available, and a Hat Tip to Paul Lomio of Stanford Law School and Legal Research Plus for posting and tweeting about it.

On still more breaking electronic legal news, congratulations to young legal research provider FastCase on inking deals with the D.C. and Georgia Bars.  I wrote in 2009 about the company’s service, which the Illinois State Bar Association provides to its members as a free benefit, for the Illinois Bar Journal.  As part of preparing the article, I interviewed Fastcase’s CEO, Ed Walters, whose business acumen so impressed me that I interviewed him again and got more great commentary for a subsequent IBJ article on social media for lawyers.

And in other news related to the Illinois Supreme Court’s recent amendment of SCR 23, the state court rule that distinguishes precedential from nonprecedential appellate opinions, my profile of Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride in the Illinois Bar Journal, which includes a sidebar explaining the justice’s leadership with respect to the court’s action, is now up.  (Link may not work if you’re not a member of ISBA, and, if you’re a lawyer or a judge, you really ought to pony up and join 😉 .)  The justice has a fascinating and inspirational story, and I was honored to get to tell it in the pages of the IBJ.

On a completely different subject that has nothing to do with the law or court opinions, here’s a link to a LadyGagaLicious video:  Zheng Lab’s hilarious “Bad Project.” Send it to your favorite scientist!  Hat Tip:  Freelance writer Sandra Boncek Hume.

October 7, 2010

Thursday Thanks: Adrian Mark Baron and The Nutmeg Lawyer

Filed under: Law,Social media — Helen Gunnarsson @ 9:09 am
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Today I’d like to thank Connecticut lawyer Adrian Mark Baron, who writes the outstanding Nutmeg Lawyer blog, for including this blog on his blogroll.  As the name of Baron’s blog suggests, it’s a mite spicy–just enough to make its substance, the trials and tribulations of daily law practice, interesting and fun to read.  How could you NOT click on a link to a post entitled “Lawyer Lessons From Lady Gaga?”

Like this blog, The Nutmeg Lawyer is a relative newcomer:  Baron began it in 2009, when I remember reading more than one article suggesting that the legal blogosphere was saturated.  He’s proven that there’s always room for high quality writing and content, having already been profiled, reprinted, and recommended in major legal publications in the US and Canada, including American Lawyer Media’s and Oklahoma lawyer Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog.

Speaking of the fabulous Lady Gaga, two weeks ago I linked to this video of her hit, “Bad Romance,” by the University of Oregon a cappella men’s group, On The Rocks .  For a much different, but equally delightful, interpretation of a Lady Gaga hit, check out tween Greyson Chance’s rendition of “Paparazzi” (if you’re not among the more than 31 million who have already watched it).

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