Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Melina Healey and Anthony Kreis Join Legal Writing Faculty at Chicago-Kent

Two new visiting assistant professors have have joined the legal writing faculty at Chicago-Kent College of Law. They are Melina Healey and Anthony Michael Kreis.
Melina HealeyMelina joins Chicago-Kent from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she has been a Teaching Fellow since 2014. She has taught both a clinic with an associated seminar and a doctrinal class. The clinic pertained to child law-related policy and legislative projects. Her doctrinal class centered on child welfare and education and juvenile law. She received her J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law. Her scholarship area is federal and tribal criminal justice policy; for the past five years she has worked with the tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana.
Anthony KreisAnthony joins Chicago-Kent from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs, where he just completed his Ph.D. He received his law degree from Washington and Lee University. He taught several undergraduate classes at the University of Georgia and won four teaching awards. His scholarship areas are political science and public administration, and he has recently written about marriage equality issues and comparative judicial efficiency.
Hat tip to Elizabeth De Armand at Chicago-Kent College of Law.


August 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Kelly Brewer Joins Faculty at UMKC School of Law

Kelly BrewerKelly Brewer will be a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law after teaching as a visitor at Valparaiso University Law School and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Hat tip to Wanda M. Temm, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Bar Services, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.




August 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Rhetoric Society of America to Hold 2017 Summer Institute and Workshops

The Rhetoric Society of America will hold its 2017 Summer Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, from Monday, May 22 through the morning of Thursday, May 25, and workshops from the afternoon of Thursday, May 25 through noon on Saturday, May 27, 2017. To attend the Institute you must apply (and be accepted) into a seminar, workshop, or both. Because they do not overlap, you may apply to both seminars AND workshops

Applications can be found online at http://associationdatabase.com/aws/RSA/pt/sp/institute_application. The application deadline is October 1, 2016. Acceptances will be announced by December 2016. The registration deadline will be April 1, 2017.

The eight seminars will investigate the racial contract (Mark McPhail and Keith Miler), the new materialism (Diane Davis and Thomas Rickert), rhetoric’s affect and the affect of rhetoric (Joshua Gunn and Jenny Rice), digital rhetoric beyond the screen (James Brown, Casey Boyle, and Steph Ceraso), in/visible bodies and human rights (Wendy Hesford and Wendy Kozol), post-cold war presidential rhetoric (John Murphy and Mary Stuckey), the rhetorical spaces of memory (Carole Blair and Greg Dickinson), and queer archival immersion—to be held in the world famous Kinsey Institute and working with its collections (Charles Morris, E. Cram, Eric Darnell Pritchard, K.J. Rawson, and Jennifer Tyburczy).

The Institute Workshops will feature a workshop on academic publishing led by the immediate past editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech and the current editor of Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and a wide array of topical workshops on argumentation, the archive, animal rhetoric, computational rhetoric, decolonizing rhetoric in the 21st century, disability rhetorics, rhetoric and environmental justice, rhetoric and the scientific object, rhetoric and sport, non-western rhetorical traditions, cinema and social movement, sonic rhetoric and much more.

Spring is a beautiful time of the year in Bloomington. The Indiana University campus is a short walk from Kirkwood Avenue where Bloomington features a wide array of ethnic cuisines. The Art Museum, designed by I. M. Pei holds an incredible collection of art, and the Lilly Rare Book library holds a wide collection of rare books and special holdings, including a Gutenberg Bible (you can actually touch it you like!), the original manuscript for Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, and some of Kenneth Burke’s letters (for you Burkophiles out there).

Hat tip to Brian Larson, Georgia Institute of Technology

For more information you can visit the website or contact John Louis Lucaites, Director of the RSA Summer Institute, at RSA2017@indiana.edu.


August 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Does Anyone Use Juritool?

Juritool-logoWe've been asked to review Juritool (http://juritool.com/) to see how it compares to other legal research tools. Do any of you who use Juritool have thoughts to share about your experience? 


August 19, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Your Scrabble Word of the Day: Syzygy

"Syzygy" is a straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies within the same celestial system, such as during a solar or lunar eclipse. It's pronounced /siz-ә-jee/.

Hat tip to Bryan Garner.


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

AALS 2017 Annual Meeting

Early bird registration is now open for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in San Francisco in January. Visit http://www.aals.org/am2017/registration/ for more information and to see the full dance card of events.


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Monday, August 15, 2016

Approximations in Legal Writing

In a nice little post on Above the Law earlier today, contributor Mark Herrmann nicely summarized a skill that so many students tend to struggle with -- the degree of approximation necessary (and appropriate) when dealing with facts in court documents. I've often found it difficult to explain to students why the middle initial of the plaintiff is not necessarily a relevant detail in most circumstances (but could be in others).  Herrmann's post provides a quick, concise insight into the problem. I look forward to directing students struggle with fact relevance to this post in the future!! 

{ldj} Hat tip, Mark Herrmann

August 15, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

What's a Researcher to Do?

Many legal researchers got a surprise earlier back in April when Thomson Reuters sent an email informing its subscribers that Thomson Reuters had erroneously omitted text from some 600 judicial decisions published since November 2014.
Here's the message that Thomson Reuters sent to its customers and posted on its website:
To our customers:

As part of our commitment to transparency, I wanted to alert you to some errors related to publishing cases in Westlaw® and our print volumes that we have now corrected.

In March, Thomson Reuters became aware that small portions of text were missing in a number of new cases posted to Westlaw due to the introduction of an upgrade to our PDF conversion process in November 2014. We immediately conducted an investigation, which revealed that approximately one-half of one percent (0.5%) of total decisions added to our collection during this period were affected by these issues. We have now corrected those cases on Westlaw and we will be shipping replacement print volumes to all affected customers as soon as possible. We will work closely with those customers to minimize any disruption.

Our analysis of the cases found that none of these issues resulted in any change to the meaning of the law. To provide clarity, we are posting examples of the issues, as well as a listing of all corrected cases, here. We will post all affected cases with corrections highlighted within the text.

Additional details and answers to common questions can be found here. If you have questions, please contact your sales representative or Thomson Reuters Customer Service at 1-800-249-9378.

We are very aware of our crucial role in supporting the U.S. legal system, and there is nothing more important to us than delivering the best possible solutions and customer service to you. Please accept our apologies for our errors. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.
Although this message was undoubtedly embarrassing for Thomson Reuters, we commend their investigation of the problem, the openness of their message, and their ultimate response: to correct the electronic versions of cases and to print replacement volumes of the reporters.
Hat tip to Ann Schwing.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

U.S. Senate Confirms Carla Hayden as 14th Librarian of Congress

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Last month the United States Senate confirmed Dr. Carla D. Hayden as the 14th Librarian of Congress. She was approved for a renewable 10-year term. The vote was 74-18.

Dr. Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama in February. She was the longtime chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association. She's also the first woman and the first African-American to head the Library of Congress.

"This is truly a great honor to be nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the nation’s library, the Library of Congress," Dr. Hayden said. "It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Baltimore for 23 years and help restore the Enoch Pratt Free Library as a world-renowned institution. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the Library of Congress. I will be honored to build on the legacy and accomplishments of my predecessors in this position, to be part of a continuing movement to open the treasure chest that is the Library of Congress even further and to make it a place that can be found and used by everyone."

Dr. Hayden takes the helm from Acting Librarian David S. Mao, who has served since the retirement of Dr. James H. Billington on September 30, 2015.

Dr. Hayden has recently overseen the renovation of the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, a four-year, $112 million project, and has also led $40 million in renovations to other units within the 22-branch Pratt system. The system is named for the businessman and philanthropist who financed its founding in 1886.

She took the helm of the Baltimore system in 1993, winning strong praise for her work to ensure that the city’s library system offers a broad array of services to assist citizens from all walks of life, from access to books and other learning materials to computer access and job information. A program of outreach into neighborhoods served by the Pratt libraries included after-school centers for teens, offering homework assistance and college counseling; a program offering healthy-eating information for residents in areas with insufficient access to high-quality food; programming in Spanish; establishment of an electronic library, and digitization of the Library’s special collections.

Dr. Hayden won high praise, during recent civil unrest in some Baltimore neighborhoods, for keeping library branches open citywide to continue service and provide citizens with safe havens.

Dr. Hayden first served as a children’s librarian in the Chicago Public Library system, eventually rising to the post of deputy commissioner and chief librarian in that system. She also taught Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She received Library Journal’s 1995 Librarian of the Year Award, and served as president of the American Library Association 2003-2004.

Dr. Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

(Adapted from a press release from the Library of Congress)


August 10, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New Editors for Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute

The Editorial Board of the Legal Writing Journal published by the Legal Writing Institute announced that the following editors joined Journal’s Editorial Board last month at the 2016 LWI Biennial Conference in Portland:
  • Prof. Elizabeth Inglehart (Northwestern)
  • Prof. Lori Johnson (UNLV)
  • Prof. Lisa Mazzie (Marquette)
  • Prof. Sarah Mortah (Akron)
  • Prof. Kath Vinson (Suffolk)
Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute is now published online. You can find the previous 20 volumes (and much more) by clicking here.

August 9, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)