January 29, 2011
Round-Up of Criminal Law Practitioner Blogs
Tennessee Federal Criminal Lawyer Blog
Provides opinion on federal crime cases, reports and news in Tennessee. Published by The McKellar Law Firm, PLLC.
New Jersey Criminal Defense Blog
Reports on criminal law cases, news and opinions in New Jersey. Published by the Law Office of Jason A. Volet, LLC.
Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Blog
Examines criminal law cases, reports and news in Massachusetts. Published by The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Chapdelaine, PC.
Washington DC Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog
Analyzes criminal law cases, reports and opinions in Washington DC. Published by the Law Office of Daniel A. Gross, PLLC.
Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer Blog
Discusses criminal law news, reports and cases in California. Published by The Chahine Law Firm.
New Jersey DWI Attorney Blog
Provides opinion on DWI defense cases, reports and news in New Jersey. Published by Evan M. Levow.
Los Angeles DUI Lawyer Blog
Examines DUI law cases, reports and opinions in California. Published by The Chahine Law Firm.
January 28, 2011
Rahm Opinion a Bit Uncivil?
Rahm Emmanuel's court victory in his quest to become Mayor of Chicago yesterday made national news because of who he is. The Illinois Supreme Court's opinion is more interesting for how it reads rather than the result it reaches. The tone of the opinion carries a certain seething irritation for the appellate court not just getting it wrong, but getting it really wrong. At least in the Supreme Court's view. Here are a few excerpts:
The court acknowledged that in Smith v. People ex rel. Frisbie, 44 Ill. 16 (1867), this court used an intent based approach in determining a candidate residency question, but found this unpersuasive because a different standard of proof was applicable in that case. (Note 1)
(Note 1) The appellate court left it to the reader to discern how the standard of proof was in any way relevant to what standard the court used to determine the merits of the residency issue.
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Before proceeding to the merits, we wish to emphasize that, until just a few days ago, the governing law on this question had been settled in this State for going on 150 years.
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Of course, the appellate court did not see the statutory question this way. But its reasons for departing from over 100 years of settled residency law are hardly compelling and deserve only brief attention.
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The appellate court then spends five pages examining section 3.1–10–5(d) of the Municipal Code (65 ILCS 5/3.1–10–5(d) (West 2008)), which is somewhat mysterious given that this section in no way speaks to the definition of “residency.”
Hey! What's wrong with you guys? There's more, but unlike the Illinois Supreme Court, I don't see a reason to pile it on. The decision was 7-0, though two justices wrote a separate opinion that called out the other five for being so mean-spirited about the decision:
It is for this reason that the tone taken by the majority today is unfortunate. Because our own case law was, until today, unclear, it is unfair of the majority to state that the appellate court majority “toss[ed] out 150 years of settled residency law” (slip op. at 10), adopted a “previously unheard-of test for residency” (slip op. 17), or was engaged in a “mysterious” analysis (slip op. at 16). In order to properly address the parties’ arguments, the appellate court had to reconcile this court’s conflicting pronouncements on the question of residency. That court did the best it could without the benefit of a supreme court opinion which clarified the standards.
I think that even the bad memos in legal writing don't get that kind of reaction. Just amazing. [MG]
Friday Fun: Law School is like High School!
Welcome back for another round of law school. [JH]
ABA Explores Impact of the Underfunding of the Judiciary
The ABA Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System is charged with exploring the extent and impact of the underfunding of the judiciary on access to justice for all. It has launched a survey which will allow the Task Force "to better understand the current economic tsunami and advance solutions to address it."
The Task Force will also be conducting hearings to receive testimony, comments, and recommendations that will assist it in identifying the key factors surrounding the court funding crisis nationwide.
Atlanta, Georgia Hearing:
February 9, 2011
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
Room M105; Marquis Level
New Hampshire Hearing:
Details to follow
Round-Up of Blogs Published by Self-Help Legal Publisher, Nolo
The Rap Sheet: Nolo's Criminal Law Blog
Provides insight on criminal law reports, cases and news to the legal community. Published by Nolo.
Nolo's Real Estate Tips for Home Buyers & Sellers
Covers real estate tips, opinions and legal information for home buyers and sellers. Published by Nolo.
Nolo's Fundraising Tips for Busy Nonprofits
Covers fundraising tips, opinions and strategies for busy nonprofit organizations. Published by Nolo.
Nolo's Employment Law Blog
Reports on employment law news, cases and legal information. Published by Nolo.
Dear Rich: Nolo's Patent, Copyright & Trademark Blog
Discusses patent, copyright and trademark opinions, news and legal information. Published by Nolo.
January 27, 2011
Some Thoughts On Net Neutrality
Net neutrality is a hot topic since the FCC passed rules in December that gave some force to the principle. The political reaction has been swift, if somewhat predictable. The meme on the left is that the Commission didn't go far enough. On the right imposing regulations means more unnecessary government regulation, an attempt to stifle free speech by regulating content, and something that will kill innovation and jobs. Representative Marsha Blackburn has introduced legislation (H.R. 96), if passed, that would definitively remove any FCC authority to regulate the Internet under any circumstances. The bill has some 60 co-sponsors.
Senator Al Franken vigorously slammed the new rules as inadequate and flawed. Many on the left share his view to various degrees. Senators Maria Cantwell and Franken are drafting legislation that would write into law stronger regulation than that passed by the Commission. It will require a broadband Internet provider not to discriminate against content; degrade quality of service because of user choice of legally attached network devices; charge competitors or offer priorized servivces for a fee; and can't connect devices or use management methods that undermine the law. The telecoms are sure to oppose this.
Blackburn's bill has a chance to pass the House in this Congress. Similar bills failed in a democratic-controlled House. Its future in the Senate is uncertain. Saying that, however, doesn't mean it can't pass. There were reports of democrats in the House and Senate joining with republicans in signing letters to the FCC opposing Internet regulation. The most recent CRS report suggests a consensus hasn't fully formed on the issue, though that was five months before the last election. The bipartisan opposition shows that the major Internet providers have some significant reach with legislative levers of power. I think with the current political climate that the Cantwell/Franken bill will not get the votes. I'll mention in passing that President Obama referenced the Internet several times as an economic engine during the recent State of the Union speech. He did not mention or address net neutrality though he's known to be in favor of it.
The rules at issue are pretty straightforward, even if the adoption process was not. The Commissioners didn't actually see the final text of the rules until very late in the evening the day before the vote took place. There were other procedural quirks identified in Commissioner McDowell's statement. The rules weren't even released to the public until two days after they were adopted. Not exactly government in the sunshine. As stated in the Order:
i. Transparency. Fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and terms and conditions of their broadband services;
ii. No blocking. Fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful websites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services; and
iii. No unreasonable discrimination. Fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic.
The complete text of the Report and Order is here.
Some of the political machinations over the rules may be unnecessary because Verizon is challenging them in court - the same court that ruled early in 2010 that the FCC had no authority under law to regulate or fine Comcast for blocking peer to peer traffic. Many, and I'm one of them, predict that this court proceeding will have a similar result. The irony, of course, is that the rules are consistent with the compromise plan submitted by Google and Verizon. They suggested light regulation with exemptions for wireless access, and that's what they got. Note that aside from the court action, the telecoms have mostly been muted in their reaction to the rules. There's a quiet happiness that the Commission didn't take the reclassification route to bring Internet access under its direct control.
I think the hyperbole on the need for or against net neutrality is overblown. The Commission's action is neither a government takeover of the Internet or an attempt to regulate content from a First Amendment perspective. Far from it. Legal content can't be blocked or held ransom. At the same time the rules aren't a complete sell-out to the broadband industry. They curb what would be the most egregious practices that could materialize while preserving the industry's ability to manage and market services.
For those who say things like "I don't want YouTube to become the next HBO," meaning the end user needing to pay extra to get some content, it's likely not going to happen. It's true that there is a duopoloy in the wireline Internet market between DSL and cable. Even with that limited amount of competition I can imagine that the market might prevent, say, AT&T from making the move. Competitors can easily market themselves by having YouTube free on their networks. Choose us instead. Honestly, I don't believe it would get that far. The FTC and and the DOJ have plenty of authority to investigate collusive or other illegal market practices should the telecoms/cable ISPs act uncompetitively under existing law.
The rules barely touch the wireless industry though content blocking rules apply. Wireless access has more viable providers who can compete effectively against wired broadband access and each other. Market forces can work here. The trend on smart phone plans, for example, is for data caps with additional fees when more data is consumed beyond the plan's limits. There are press articles suggesting Verizon will offer an unlimited data plan for iPhone subscribers on its network. AT&T is mulling reinstating unlimited data plans for customers who had them previously. There may be a need for future rules on wireless Internet access if there's industry abuse, but I don't believe more comprehensive rules are justified for circumstances that might happen. Comcast type cases doesn't typically appear on the Commission's enforcement docket.
For those who oppose net neutrality suggesting that innovation and progress are hindered by these rules, that's hardly the case as well. The rules don't actually challenge existing market and technical practices as much as define their outer boundaries. There's plenty of room for innovation within those limits. The early days of the Internet were a time when some people were idignant that it would be sullied with crass commerce. The Internet has come a long way since those days with commerce now a force driving web trends and standards. There's plenty of useful technology that came into being from the need to improve web marketing. Not all of this is bad.
Finally, for those who think Congress should grant the authority to the FCC to prevent content blocking, consider that Congress loves content blocking. It tried to pass laws on more than one occassion that limited a child's access to adult-oriented web sites. The courts struck those down because of Congress' ham-fisted approach to web censorship under the First Amendment. Congress later passed a law that required adult content filters for Internet accessible computers in libraries receiving public funds. That law passed court muster. I don't believe this track record will predict passing a law that limits a access provider from discriminating against content.
I think the net neutrality rules as promulgated strike a balance between consumers and providers, especially in today's charged political climate. The Commission acted as best it could to implement some form of regulation at all given the reality of their questionable authority. Their best hope is to survive the Verizon court action. If not, Congress is highly unlikely to intervene on behalf of the Commission. [MG]
Gov. 2.0 Initiatives to Watch in 2011
"What lies ahead for Gov 2.0 in 2011 is worth watching, whether it's international, federal or in states. Given the growth of citizen engagement platforms in 2010, expect more of the same in 2011," writes Alex Howard on O'Reilly Radar. He adds, "Anyone interested in open government, open source software and civic entrepreneurship should keep an eye on the work of the following initiatives in 2011."
More to come, including:
Brief overviews of each project provided at Howard's Civic innovation organizations to watch in 2011. [JH]
ALA's Librarian's Guide to Social Media
From the blurb for Laura Soloman's Doing Social Media So It Matters: A Librarian's Guide (ALA Editions, 2010):
This practical resource brings together current information on the topic in a concise format that’s easy to digest. Laura Solomon is a librarian with more than a decade of experience in Web development, design, and technology, and her timely guide
- Provides context on the social media phenomenon.
- Offers practical advice on how libraries can choose, use, and monitor these tools effectively.
- Identifies additional resources and best practices.
- Solomon has written a unique, to-the-point guidebook for those ready to jump into the deep end of the pool and commence or improve their library’s tweeting, posting, and friending.
January 26, 2011
Teaching Alternatives to WEXIS in the Legal Academy
In what could be characterized as a culture shock when a law firm librarian transitions into the legal academy, Laura Justiss, Collection Development Librarian, SMU Dedman School of Law writes,
I was naively surprised to learn that most law students had little, if any, awareness of the electronic services other than Lexis and Westlaw routinely used by practicing attorneys. Of the alternative research databases I had used in my former life as a law firm librarian, only PACER was available in the law school in 2000. There were no court docket services for state courts, such as CourtLink or CourtExpresss; no financial or busiess research databases, such as Live EDGAR or Dun & Bradsteet; no public record databases (other than those available on Lexis or Westlaw); and no intellectual property, engineering or technology research databases such as Dialog. Thus students seldom had the opportunity to learn the existence of such alternatives, let alone why or how a lawyer might use them in practice.
One might say, well I will say, welcome to the huge divide between research instruction in the legal academy and law firm legal research. If the legal academy is going to take legal skills training seriously, instructors in legal research, including academic law librarians, have to extend their expertise. It is one thing to indoctrinate law students in WEXIS. It is quite another thing for academic law librarians to allow this to happen without providing instruction on alternatives to WEXIS.
In A Survey of Electronic Research Alernatives to Lexis and Westlaw in Law Firms, Laura Justiss reports on the findings of responses from PLL-SIS members for primary source alternatives to WEXIS, court docket and case information services, secondary sources for topical legal research, financial, business and news information, public records and more. The list of resources can be viewed as a To-Do list of what needs to be covered to prepare law students to prepare them for leaving the legal academy. In her conclusion, Justiss writes
For law librarians attempting to extract as much value as possible from increasingly limited budgets, I believe these results are, at least preliminarily, good news. While the warp spped advances in reseach technology can tax even the most progressive and cutting-edge among us, the democratization and flattening of the online legal research market, highlighted by these results, promise to yield a better value to the legal profession than the de facto market control of Lexis and Westlaw that has been in place for decades.
Justiss' article identifies many of the electronic resources academic law librarians who teach legal research should focus on. My hunch is vendors will be happy to cooperate by providing access to their services for ALR courses. [JH]
Updated Research Guides from GlobaLex
And they are:
- European Union Legal Materials: An Infrequent User's Guide by Duncan E. Alford
- Comparative Civil Procedure: A Guide to Primary and Secondary Sources by Radu D. Popa & Mirela Roznovschi
- Burkina Faso Legal Information and Research by Kounkinè Augustin Somé
- A Guide to Legal Research in Israel by Michal Tamir; 2011 update by Esther Mann Snyder
- Guide to Legal Research in Norway by Pål A. Bertnes
For new and regularly updated foreign, international and comparative law research guides, visit GlobaLex. [JH]
January 25, 2011
LSAT Applications Down
Perhaps all that noise in the press about angry law graduates struggling for jobs and ways to pay off their debts is making some impression on potential applicants. Applications for the LSAT are actually down, according to the December 2010 LSAC President's Report:
For the June and October 2010 tests, the total number of tests administered was 87,318, a drop of 6 percent from those same two tests in 2009. The October 2010 test saw 54,345 test takers, down 11 percent from last year, but it was still the second largest single test administration in the history of the LSAT. Registrations for the December 2010 LSAT administration were, at press time, down 17 percent from last year, but are still quite healthy in historical context.
That doesn't mean reality has set in for everyone everywhere:
The very early read on US applicant and application volumes is similar. To date, the number of applicants to at least one ABA-approved law school is down 9 percent from last year, and those applicants have generated 10 percent fewer applications than at this time last year. However, applications are not down across the board. Currently, 5 percent of schools have an application-volume increase of 30 percent or higher, while 3 percent show a volume decrease of 30 percent or higher. Nearly one-quarter of the schools show an increase in applications, while three-quarters show a decline. Six law schools are showing no change in volume compared to this time last year.
The report goes on to suggest that some of the decline comes from people who weren't serious about going to law school but took the test anyway. Still, the volume statistics page shows that Fall 2010 applications (87,500) were up 2.2% from 2009 (85,600). These numbers are well short of the high mark of 98,700 applicants recorded in Fall 2004.
I realize that a few thousand applicants here or there isn't going to affect the circumstances or personal success for individual graduates today. This potential smaller pool of applicants will hit the job market in three years, assuming they even get through law school. There will still be a glut of lawyers compared to good jobs, even then. In this context, then, I wonder why anyone would want to start a new law school at all. There is public law school proposed for the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. An article in the New York Times points out that the Valley has one of the lowest lawyer-to-citizen ratios in Texas. Wouldn't it be better to organize a program that brings graduates to these areas than create a local option that just adds to the glut? Just asking. [MG]
Technology That Can Help Teach Legal Skills Better: The Case for CaseMap
In New Skills, New Learning: Legal Education and the Promise of Technology(2007), Gene Koo observed that "[l]egal educators seriously under-utilize new technologies, even in those settings, such as clinical legal education, that are the most practice-oriented." In some cases it could be because some forms of technology merely helps achieve the same old goals more efficiently instead of contributing to achieving new pedagogical goals. But there are productivity applications that could be utitlized to improve legal skills education. One is Lexis CaseMap.
In CaseMap as a Tool for the Research Log Function: Finally, a Technology that Can Help us Teach Better, Denver Law's David Thomson reports on using CaseMap in the teaching of legal research and writing. Denver Law was the first law school to use CaseMap. In Update: Using CaseMap in Legal Research and Writing (LRW) Classes and Clinics, Thomson reports that that over 40 schools are now using CaseMap either in their LRW programs, their clinic programs or both. In this brief update, Thomson reports that for teaching legal research and writing,
I quickly discovered that the real reason to use CaseMap was that it allowed me to enter into the stduent's thinking, and by helping them to refine their legal analysis of the problem, to improve the work product the they were about to begin writing.
CaseMap's potential extends well beyond research logs. Thomson, author of Law School 2.0: Legal Education for a Digital Age, also uses CaseMap for his Discovery Practicum. Additional uses could include law school clinics, any practicum that tries to replicate the litigation process, moot court competitions, even advanced legal research courses. Thomson is a trail-blazer in the use of productivity applications that are common in the "real world." See also Sue Altmeyer, (Electronic Services Librarian, Cleveland-Marshall) CaseMap Organizes Facts, Issues, Documents & Research and the ABA's The Lawyer's Guide to LexisNexis CaseMap. [JH]
Contributions for National Legal Research Teach-In Kit Due Feb. 11
Each year the RIPS Teach-In Committee solicits contributions from the law library community to create a compilation of materials for use in developing and advertising educational programs and events for our institutions. These materials are distributed several weeks prior to National Library Week in April to anyone interested in legal research instruction
You can send contributions as email attachments to Laura Ax-Fultz at laura_ax-fultz(at)ca3.uscourts.gov. Any document format that can be attached to email is acceptable. We will accept most any instructional materials that you care to offer:
- course syllabi
- research guides
- lecture notes
- lesson plans
- PowerPoint shows
- basic instructional guides
- examinations and guided quizzes
- crossword puzzles and trivia quizzes
The deadline for contributions is Friday, February 11, 2011. Check out examples of submissions for last year’s kit. [JH]
January 24, 2011
Internet 2010 Statistics
Stats covering email, websites, web servers, doman name registration, number of Internet users, social media users, browser share, videos and images are published here. Here's a sample of the reported stats:
- 107 trillion – The number of emails sent on the Internet in 2010.
- 255 million – The number of websites as of December 2010.
- 1.97 billion – Internet users worldwide (June 2010). 42% Asian users
- 152 million – The number of blogs on the Internet
- 175 million – People on Twitter as of September 2010
- 600 million – People on Facebook at the end of 2010.
- 2 billion – The number of videos watched per day on YouTube. 84% are viewed by US Internet users.
Supreme Court Action Today
The Supreme Court released four opinions today. One of them clarifies the reach of federal habeas corpus review in the context of parole. That case is Swarthout v. Cooke (10-333). This case is a consolidation of two cases coming out of the Ninth Circuit which challenged parole proceedings in California. That state has a rule which allows denial of parole if some evidence supports a conclusion that the prisoner is still dangerous.
In the first case, there was mixed evidence as to the prisoner's suitability for release and parole was denied. This prisoner went through state habeas proceedings and filed in federal court under 28 U. S. C. §2254. The District Court denied the petition but the Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the result of the hearing was unreasonable under the evidence. In the second case, the parole board recommended parole, but the Governor exercising review authority overruled the board. Both the District Court and the Court of Appeals concluded that the Governor's actions were unreasonable under the some evidence rule.
The Supreme Court reversed both decisions, holding that while there is a liberty interest in parole, due process is implicated to the extent that a prisoner receive a fair hearing and a statement of reasons for denial. The Court emphatically states, however, because the right implicated is procedural, it does not inquire into whether the state panels reached the correct conclusion. This is the second time in less than a week where the Ninth Circuit was reigned in on habeas corpus rulings. See Harrington v. Richter (09-587), and Premo v. Moore (09-658), both emanating from that Circuit.
The case getting the most press is Thompson v. North American Stainless, LP (09-291). That case involves retaliation under Title VII. Thompson was an employee of of North American Stainless (NAS) as was his fiance, Miriam Regalado. She had filed a discrimination case against NAS with the EEOC. Three weeks later, Thompson was fired. The question was whether NAS could retaliate against a third party, Thompson, when they could not retaliate against the complainant, Regalado?
The District Court granted summary judgment to NAS over Thompson. The Supreme Court reversed. The language of Title VII's anti-discrimination statute was broad enough to cover this activity. The next inquiry was whether Thompson had a right to sue. The Court concluded that he did, on the basis of the words "person aggrieved." They did not limit the range of plaintiff's to the person who filed the complaint. The Court used this case to draw a distinction that Title VII standing did not reach as far as Article III standing.
In the case of Ortiz v. Jordan (09-737), Ortiz was an inmate who filed a §1983 against defendants for reporting sexual assault by a corrections officer and for retaliating against her for making the report. At trial, the defendants, Jordan and Bright, filed a motion for summary judgment based on qualified immunity. The District Court denied the motion on grounds that there were factual disputes. That ruling was not appealed and the trial resulted in a jury verdict for the plaintiff. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the motion for summary judgment should have been granted.
The Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals, holding that a party may not appeal a denial of summary judgment after a court conducts a full trial on the merits. Although a denial of summary judgment is an interlocutory order not subject to appeal, there is an exception for qualified immunity claims. Jordan and Bright did not avail this option, nor other post-verdict motions they could have made.
Today's final case is Chase Bank USA, N.A. v. McCoy (09-329). This case involves whether a credit card holder was entitled to notification before rates were raised on his account for cause under the card agreement. The claim his that by informing the card holder after the fact, the bank violated Regulation Z. The Court held that the regulation did not make that requirement even though the regulation was unclear on the point.
The Court relied on the Federal Reserve Board's amicus brief (submitted at the request of the Court) to determine the meaning of the rule. The Court deferred to the agency interpretation unless it was clearly erroneous or inconsistent. Here, it was not. The Court stated there is no reason to believe that the Board’s interpretation is a “post hoc rationalization” taken as a litigation position since the Board was not part of the litigation. It's worth noting that this is another case out of the Ninth Circuit that the Supreme Court reversed. [MG]
Library Day in the Life Round Six
Starting this week, librarians all around the world are capturing their daily activities in the Library Day in the Life Project. I try to particpate in these every time they come up because law librarians are under-represented in the libraryland online social landscape and librarianship is still a greatly misunderstood profession by those not in it. This is a good opportunity to show off what exactly it is we do to our constituents - be it students, county commissioners, managing partners or deans.
I strongly encourage you to give it a try. I'd love to see a glipmse into the life of management, tech services librarians and, yes, maybe even a pubisher or vendor rep or two. If you are not currently a blogger, setting one up on Blogger or Wordpress.com takes less than five minutes. You can also share your day via Flickr, YouTube or Twitter. Even if you don't feel ready to take the plunge just yet, you can follow along by searching for the hashtag #libday6 on twitter or librarydayinthelife on the other services. [SG]
Thomson Reuters Expands Its Conquest of Latin American Legal Publishers
Watching Thomson Reuter's acquisitions of foreign legal publishers is like watching the war strategy game of Risk play out. Of late, TR Legal has taken its tried and true strategy of acquiring legal publishers to Latin America because there aren't any legal publishers left in North America to buy. In May 2010, TR accquired Revista dos Tribunais, one of Brazil's major legal publishing houses. See The Sun Never Sets on the Thomson Reuters Empire: On Restructuring for the 21st Century's New Normal. On Jan. 19, 2011, it was announced that TR "conquered" in Risk-terminology, Argentina and Chile by acquiring Argentina- and Chile-based Legal Publishing Group. From the announcement:
Abeledo Perrot, one of the most prestigious Argentinean legal publishers, has more than 3,000 professional titles in its portfolio, as well as traditional legal magazines such as Jurisprudencia Argentina and the Depalma editorial house. In Chile, Legal Publishing Group has a long history of developing and publishing high-quality content in legal, regulatory, tax, labor and foreign trade matters. The business serves the needs of more than 90 universities and offers tailored online solutions to more than 200 governmental departments. Their main products include legal magazine Gaceta Juridica, software Hyper Renta and their line of Manuales de Consulta.
Who is financing this conquest? Could it be us? [JH]
Moving Towards Electronic Distribution of Bills and Resolutions in Congress: House Passes H.R. 292, Stop the OverPrinting (STOP) Act
On Jan. 18, H.R. 292, Stop the OverPrinting (STOP) Act passed in the House. Essentially, the bill would replace the mandatory printing of bills and resolutions for the use of offices of Members of Congress with on-demand printing under the following circumstances:
- if a committee of the House or Senate, at any time during a Congress, requests the Public Printer to provide the committee with printed copies of each bill or resolution during the Congress that is within the committee's jurisdiction, the Public Printer shall provide the committee with printed copies of each such bill or resolution (limited to 75 copies); and
- at the request of a Member or committee of the House or Senate, the Public Printer shall provide the Member or committee with such number of copies of a bill or resolution as the Member or committee may request.
Under H.R. 292, Stop the OverPrinting (STOP) Act, the primary format of bills and resolutions would be electronic and would be accessible through the Internet. The Hill reports that H.R. 292 is expected to save as much as $35 million over 10 years in printing costs. [JH]
January 23, 2011
CCC Explores DRM with Entertainment and Media Industry Executives
CCC’s Chris Kenneally explores DRM challenges facing the entertainment and media industries in attempting to manage content and control distribution to an ever-larger customer base. One might say the viability of the entertainment and media industry’s future rests on its ability to manage content and control distribution. Kenneally’s guests include Mridula Palat, RSG Media Systems; Michael Petricone, Consumer Electronics Assoc.; Kent E. Sahin, REAL Software Systems; Alex Terpstra, Civolution; and Steve Tranter, VP, NDS. You can check out transcript here. [JH]
Round-Up of Employment and Immigration Law Practitioner Blogs
Kansas City Employment Lawyer Blog
Covers employment law news, cases and opinions in Kansas. Published by Brady & Associates.
New York Sexual Harassment Lawyer Blog
Reports on employment law opinions, news and cases in New York. Published by Schwartz & Perry, LLP.
Immigration Lawyer Blog
Reports on immigration law cases, news and opinions in Washington. Published by the Law Office of Bonnie Stern Wasser.