March 31, 2009
inaugural issue of LRWPROF-L Community News
The Legal Writing Prof Blog is happy to host the inaugural issue of the LRWPROF listserv's newsletter.
Download it here: Download 2lrwprof_Newsletter_Vol1_Issue_1_033109 [slightly revised from the version posted here earlier today]
And here is a message from the newsletter editors:
A NEW NEWSLETTER FOR A CHANGING PROFESSION
The emergence of this newsletter testifies to the success of the LRWPROF-L. Legal writing has emerged as a professional field and has attracted a diverse professional community. This listserv alone has attracted a membership of over 1000 members. In this changing environment, the primary purpose of this newsletter is to further what we believe is the common goal: a sense of community among all legal-writing professionals as lifelong learners and educators, with a love for the law and the written word. In this spirit, use of the newsletter will free the Listserv for shared dialogue about pedagogical and professional issues of general interest to all members of the listserv community.
Thus, the vision is that this newsletter will become the primary vehicle for publicizing personal triumphs (or setbacks) and home-institution milestones. By providing an alternative and regular forum for personal news and greetings or congratulations directed to individuals, this newsletter will allow us to meet and greet one another on the List in a spirit of professional grace and inclusiveness.
To allow members to find personal news more quickly, the newsletter will feature regular columns on 1) Innovations & Progress; 2) Faculty Publications; 3) Electronic Press (SSRN, BePress, Blogs, Websites); and 4) Community Outlets (journals and conferences as well as news of upcoming events and reviews of those events).
The newsletter will be published about every four months in March, August, and December. We invite your ideas and your contributions. Our next deadline is August 10, 2009 with publication on August 31, 2009. Please direct your submissions, questions, concerns, alternative perspectives, ideas for enhancing this newsletter, etc., to any member of the listserv committee (listed below, and also on page 4 of the newsletter).
Our Best Regards and Our Sincere Appreciation for your contributions to this shared enterprise,
~LRWPROF-L Listserv Committee
Daphne Elizabeth O'Regan
Michigan State College of Law
Kimberly D. Phillips, Tech Chair
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law
Kathryn A. Sampson, Chair/Editor
Univ. of Arkansas School of Law
March 30, 2009
The library of the future - don't count books out just yet.
The Chronicle of Higher Ed is reporting an interesting debate going on at Stanford over what the research library of the future should look like. The discussion is the result of the administration's decision in 2007 to tear down the Meyer Library and replace it with a digitized, bookless "academic computing center." That decision, which has since been scuttled, provoked an outcry from the faculty who argued that the book is not yet dead.
Instead of a digitized facility with books stored off-site, the Stanford faculty "made a series of highly reasonable and well-argued proposals. Guiding them is a belief . . . that books aren't going away, we need them and shall continue to do so for a long time to come, and we cannot pit digital tools against book culture." Instead, the solution calls for a library of the future that incorporates digital resources, books and a hybrid concept that involves creating computer generated holographic 3-D images of books (!).
You can read the whole mind-blowing concept here.
I am the scholarship dude.
Be careful when you Tweet - first Twitter lawsuit hits the courts
The ABA Journal is reporting that singer Courtney Love is being sued by a fashion designer for allegedly defamatory statements Ms. Love made about the plaintiff on Twitter and Facebook. I guess it was only a matter of time before such a lawsuit was filed. It's fair to assume that law firms will soon be checking the Twitter feeds of law student applying for jobs as part of their routine background checks.
And to the extent you care (I don't), here's the link to Ms. Love's Twitter page where you too can become the next target of her incoherent rants.
Twitter - another hi-tech excuse to avoid work or the "pet rock" of the internet? Maybe it's both.
I am the scholarship dude.
New online social networking site just for law students
The Shark is reporting the launch of yet another social networking site called Advanced Advocates which hopes to be to law students what Facebook is to undergraduates. It's being touted as "a one-stop hub for briefs, outlines, student employer reviews, and book sales" as well as providing professional networking opportunities for law students. The fledgling service can be found here.
As an aside, it makes me wonder that with all the online networking, emailing, Tweeting, what-have-you, is anyone actually doing work anymore rather than just documenting the minutia of their lives for others to read?
Hat tip to Legal Blog Watch Alert.
I am the scholarship dude.
Journal of African Communications
This may be of interest to our readers who are members of APPEAL. The Journal of African Communications welcomes articles for possible publication. Contact Andy Alali in the Department of Communications at California State University in Bakersfield, California. Click here to send an email.
March 29, 2009
Bar journal alert: "Using Microsoft Word's Readability Program"
Way back in time - like, last summer - when I was given the scholarship beat for this blog, I put out a call that if you had a new article you'd like me to mention, send me an email and I'd see what I could do. Professor Otto Stockmeyer of Thomas M. Cooley School of Law was one such brave soul. And although it's taken me about eight months to respond to his request, the Scholarship Dude never forgets and always keeps his word.
So, without further adieu, I'd like to officially recognize that Professor Stockmeyer recently published an article in the January, 2009 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal entitled "Using Microsoft Word's Readability Program." The full cite is 88 Mich. Bar J. 49 (2009) and the article can also be found on SSRN here. The abstract states:
Word's readability software program makes document readability testing easy. But some of its scores are not completely trustworthy. This article explains what the scores mean and how to work around the program's flaws.
I am the scholarship dude - keepin' my word so you don't have to.
more information about Lone Star
Thinking about attending the Lone Star Legal Writing Conference at Texas Tech on May 29-30? Get more information and register by going to http://www.law.ttu.edu/op/rwc/event_details.asp.
And keep checking back . . . the final schedule of presentations will be posted in a few days.