Sunday, February 4, 2007
Volume 10 of the Lewis & Clark Law Review (just out) is a symposium issue treating the question of open access publishing and its effect on legal scholarship. Joseph Miller's foreword to the symposium issue quotes the Budapest Open Access Initiative in defining the concept:
free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of . . . articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.
The symposium articles are:
Joseph Scott Miller, Foreword: Why Open Access to Scholarship Matters, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 733-739 (2006).
Michael W. Carroll, The Movement for Open Access Law, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 741-760 (2006).
Dan Hunter, Open Access to Infinite Content (or "In Praise of Law Reviews"), 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 761-778 (2006).
Jessica Litman, The Economics of Open Access Law Publishing, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 779-795 (2006).
Olufunmilayo B. Arewa, Open Access in a Closed Universe: Lexis, Westlaw, Law Schools, and the Legal Information Market, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 797-839 (2006).
Lawrence B. Solum, Download It While It's Hot: Open Access and Legal Scholarship, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 841-867 (2006).
Ann Bartow, Open Access, Law, Knowledge, Copyrights, Dominance and Subordination, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 869-884 (2006).
Matthew T. Bodie, Open Access in Law Teaching: A New Approach to Legal Education, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 885-898 (2006).
Michael J. Madison, The Idea of the Law Review: Scholarship, Prestige and Open Access, 10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 901-924 (2006).
Saturday, February 3, 2007
There may be hope for legal writing students who never mastered grammar in grade school and aren't enamored of the topic:
hat tip: Prof. Jan Levine
Professor Diane Murley at Southern Illinois University School of Law has written a chapter on Innovative Instructional Methods, which will be published in vol. 26 of Legal Reference Services Quarterly.
You can access the full text by clicking on: http://ssrn.com/abstract=957706.
This chapter is full of ideas for teaching legal research in interactive ways that reach the whole class and make productive use of today's classroom technology. Even the most cutting-edge legal research professor is likely to find a new idea or two here.
This announcement arrived from Albany Law School:
"Albany Law School seeks candidates for a one-year visitorship to teach Introduction to Lawyering for the 2007 - 2008 academic year. Applicants should be teaching or have recently taught lawyering skills, legal writing, or similar courses. Introduction to Lawyering is a required, five-credit, two semester, first-year course. The course integrates legal research, legal analysis, legal writing, professionalism, and practice skills and is part of a coordinated program with experienced colleagues. Our deadline is very short. Applications including resume and references should be sent by February 9, 2007 to Barbara Jordan-Smith, Executive Assistant to the Dean, Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208. Phone: (518) 445-2311. Email: BJord@albanylaw.edu. Electronic submissions are encouraged."
"The position advertised:
___a. is a tenure track appointment.
___b. may lead to successive long-term contracts of five or more years.
___c. may lead to successive e presumptively renewable short-term contracts of one to four years that can be terminated only for cause.
___d. has an upper-limit on the number of years a teacher may be appointed.
___e. is a part of a fellowship program for one or two years
___f. is a part-time appointment or a year-to-year adjunct appointment
_X_ g. is a one year visitorship
2. The professor hired:
____a. will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
_X_ b. will not be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range checked below.
____ a. $90,000 or more
____ b. $80,000 to $89,000
____ c. $70,000 to $79,000
__X_ d. $60,000 to $69,000 ($65,000 - $70,000)
____ e. $50,000 to $59,000
____ f. $ 40,000 to $49,000
____ g. $40,000 to $39,000
____ h. this is a part-time appointment paying less than $30,000
____ i. this is an adjunct appointment paying less than $10,000
4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the lawyering professor will be:
___ a. 30 or fewer
___ b. 31– 35
_X_c. 36 – 40 (professors teach two sections of approximately 18 students each)
___ d. 41 – 45
___ e. 46 – 50
____ f. 51 – 55
____ g. 56 – 60
____h. more than 60
Friday, February 2, 2007
The Language of Law School, a linguistic/anthropological study by Wisconsin law professor Elizabeth Mertz, has just been published by Oxford University Press. The book examines the transformation in thinking and expression that occurs in law students, which Mertz based on her study of tape recordings of first-year contracts classes in several law schools. The publisher says, “[Professor Mertz] shows how all these schools employ the Socratic method between teacher and student, forcing the student to shift away from moral and emotional terms in thinking about conflict, toward frameworks of legal authority instead.”
Hat tip: Law Librarian Blog
Thursday, February 1, 2007
In a concurrence to an opinion released January 31, 2007, Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Wendell Griffen calls for that state to modernize appellate practice by instituting electronic appeal procedures. The case's record and brief consumed 25,399 pieces of paper, says the judge, who calculated that the paper consumed was the product of three trees. The judge also noted the costs of transporting the paper records and briefs from the attorneys' home counties to the state capital, estimating gasoline totals of $100 for the 960 miles of travel necessitated by this one case.
Judge Griffen quoted an observation by Judge George Nicholson of California's Third District Court of Appeal that judges have "one foot in the nineteenth century and the other in the twenty-first," because although a judge can easily access foreign case law by a few keystrokes, when he then "slides the chair over to the other side of the desk where lies the record on appeal, a collection of bound pages of trial court transcripts and filings," he crosses the threshold of time into an earlier era. See George Nicholson, A Vision of the Future of Appellate Practice and Process, 2 J. App. Prac. & Process 229 (2000).
The judge also cited with approval an article by former legal writing professor Deborah Parker (Wake Forest), Electronic Filing in North Carolina: Using the Internet instead of the Interstate, 2 J. App. Prac. & Process 351 (2000).