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August 31, 2004

Enhancements to Dane Co. Clerk of Courts Web Site

The Dane County Clerk of Courts has recently enhanced their Web site. Additions include a substantial series of Frequently Asked Questions on many court functions and procedures, as well as links to downloadable Dane County-specific forms for Small Claims, Criminal/Traffic, and Family Court.

Source: Paula Seeger, Dane County Legal Resource Center

New Edition of DCLRC Docket Available

The September 2004 edition of the DCLRC Docket (Dane County Legal Resource Center) is now available. Local court rules and local court forms are highlighted.

Sorry for the Absence

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. It's orientation time at the UW Law School and I've been busy welcoming our new law students, teaching workshops and giving tours. Things have settled down a bit and I'll be blogging again soon.

August 26, 2004

Dept. of Defense Offering RSS Feeds

The Department of Defense is the latest government department to offer RSS feeds. DefenseLINK feeds are available in the following areas: Source: beSpacific

Judge Posner Guest Blogger at Lessig Blog This Week

From Blawg

As has been widely reported throughout the blawgosphere, Judge Richard Posner is guest-blawgging at Lawrence Lessig's blawg this week. You can check in on Judge Posner's postings here.

Another Law Student Team Blog: ACSBlog

Here is another law student blog project from the American Constitution Society. The ACSBlog, a team effort of the American Constitution Society, will combine frequent news-oriented posts from law student bloggers with in-depth analysis pieces by leading legal scholars.

Interesting trend. I suspect that we will see more law student team blogs to come.

Source: Netlawblog

August 25, 2004

New Issue of The Third Branch Available

The Summer 2004 issue of The Third Branch is now available. The Third Branch is a quarterly publication of the Director of State Courts Office, providing news of interest to the Wisconsin Court System.

I thought the following article was especially interesting:
Wisconsin hires first Stenomask reporter - Court Reporter Mark Garvin may look like he’s taking oxygen, but actually he is taking the court record through a special device called a Stenomask

New Blog: Law & Entrepreneurship News from the UW Law School

I'm pleased to announce another blog from the UW Law School - Law & Entrepreneurship News

According to UW Law Prof, Gordon Smith, L&E News is a new, student-edited blog examining recent developments in law and entrepreneurship. "More specifically, we will track judicial, legislative, regulatory, transactional, and scholarly developments relating to a number of topics. Each of these topics will be the primary responsibility of a student editor, who will research and write the blog entries."

As the UW Law Library's Reference & Electronic Services Librarian and fellow blogger, I'll also be involved with this project as a research adviser. I've been working with Prof Smith and his students helping them develop research strategies and use tools such as Bloglines to organize their research.

August 24, 2004

Webfeed for Milwaukee's Business Journal and More

Bizjournals, publisher of regional business news is now offering webfeeds. There is a feed for The Business Journal from Milwaukee and another for legal services generally. Free registration is required.

Source: TVC Alert

Article: What Partners Want From New Associates

There sure are a lot of good articles out today - here is another one entitled, "What Partners Want From New Associates" from Law.com. It's full of tips for new associates from highly accomplished lawyers.

I was pleased to see that the very first recommendation was on the importance of asking questions. I always try to stress this with our law students as well.

Source: Stark County Law Library Blawg

Article: Anti-Phishing Act of 2004: A Useful Tool Against Identity Theft

There is a nice article in Findlaw's Writ Legal Commentary entitled, "The Anti-Phishing Act of 2004: A Useful Tool Against Identity Theft" that defines "phishing" and comments on the new anti-phishing bill introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy.

[Phishing is "the act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft." From Small Business Computing.com]

Source: Stark County Law Library Blawg

Article: Demand for Librarians at Law Firms on the Rise

Despite shrinking print collections due to the increased availability of electronic legal information, according to this article from Columbus Business First, law firm librarians find themselves busier than ever. Here's a quote from the article:
"If anything, my workload has increased a lot," [Librarian Margaret] Toole said. So much information is now available that having someone who can sift through it and find the relevant information quickly is a definite advantage, she said.
Source: ResourceShelf

August 23, 2004

Wisconsin Historical Society Offers Webfeeds

I recently learned that the Wisconsin Historical Society is offering a number of webfeeds. The Odd Wisconsin one looks particularly interesting.

Article: White House Goes to the Blogs

A while back I blogged about the made-up story in The Onion about Pres Bush being asked to shut down his blog.

Now, as it turn out, the White House may actually be incorporating blog-like features into its Web site. Read more in the article, White House Goes to the Blogs, from the Washington Post.

Source: beSpacific

August 18, 2004

Access Thousands of Electronic Journals & Newspapers at No Cost Through Badgerlink

In case you haven't discovered it yet, let me introduce you to an awesome resource called Badgerlink. I just mentioned it in my last post and it dawned on me that maybe not everyone is aware of it.

Badgerlink, which is available free to all Wisconsin residents thanks to funding from the DPI, is a collection of several subscription databases containing articles from thousands of newspaper and periodical titles, image files, and other reference materials.

There are a lot of really terrific titles available in Badgerlink, including newspapers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and a selection of Wisconsin newspapers. There are also thousands of scholarly journals, including many law related titles. And unlike many publications which have articles free on the Web, Badgerlink contains older articles as well.

If you've never used Badgerlink, I highly recommend taking a look. It will be time well spent.

Article: Digital Video System in Police Cars

Here's an interesting article from the Patriot News (8-12-04), "Police Plugged In; Digital Video Gives Officers Solid Evidence" on the use of digital video in police cars. (Wisconsin residents can view the article at no cost using Badgerlink)

From the article:

A TiVo-style digital video system designed for police cruisers is making it easier for officers on patrol to make charges stick against lawbreakers and avoid frivolous lawsuits.

The Tyler Police Department in Texas recently outfitted its 60 patrol cars with dash-mounted systems, saying the technology helps catch criminals in the act and, over the long term, saves money.

"Now that I've got them on video, I figure, 'Let's go to court, I'd be happy to play them for you,'" Tyler police officer John Weavers said.

Tyler, a city of about 83,000 people 90 miles east of Dallas, is one of seven police departments using a digital video system from IBM's Global Services division and Coban Research and Technologies Inc., a private company near Houston. The product is one of the first specifically designed for law enforcement.


Source: Ernie the Attorney

August 17, 2004

Article: New Survey on How People Use the Internet

TVC Alert has a nice summary of the article, Searching for Maps Tops Net Survey, from CBS Marketwatch.

Survey: How the U.S. Uses the Net (11 Aug) A new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that Americans go online mostly for maps and directions. Second to maps and directions is communication. "Seventy-nine percent of those online use the Net to contact family and friends." The survey also reveals a growing dependence on search engines. About 20 percent of the American public goes online daily in search of answers.

Free Public Domain Photo Database

PDPhoto is a database of photos that are in the public domain and can be used for any purpose.

From the site:

PDPhoto.org is a repository for free public domain photos. Unless something is clearly marked as being copyrighted, you can assume it is free to use. But if you intend to use an image you find here for commercial use, please be aware that standards for such use are higher. Specifically, you should assume no model release was obtained. And pictures featuring products or property should be used with care. The photos are here to be used, but I don't want you to get either of us in trouble over it.


Source: LibrarianInBlack

Tech Tip: Create Basic, Low-cost Animations in PDF

A blog I read called yclipse had a neat tech tip for using Adobe Acrobat to create basic, low-cost animations in PDF. An example shows an animated diagram of an auto accident.

From yclipse:

Use a multipage PDF for animations

This PDF file is an example of the creative use of Acrobat to create animations. We started with a diagram of an intersection, then created a couple of simple custom stamps. The result is a very useable low-cost animation of an auto accident. Just use the arrow keys or the "next page" button to move from the first to the last.

As a bonus, this file can readily be adapted for use in other situations with similar intersections, because the stamps are readily moveable on the page. (The file can be viewed and used under Acrobat Reader 6, but the full product is needed to move the stamps and to create new ones as described below.)


Read the full post for more details.

August 16, 2004

Article: American Library Association to Educate Kids About Copyright

From Wired News comes "Copyright Crusaders Hit Schools," an article about the American Library Association's campaign to educate kids about copyright and fair use.

For the third year in a row, software companies are supplying schools with materials that promote their antipiracy position on copyright law. But for the first time this year, the library association is presenting its own material, hoping to give kids a more balanced view of copyright law.

The American Library Association will distribute its materials through high-school librarians this winter or spring. In September, the ALA will hold focus groups with teenagers to better understand how they use the Internet, what they think about the technology and what language they use. That information will contribute to ALA-created comic books that address various copyright issues relevant to students.

Thanks to Steve Nelson of Marquette Law School for passing this one on.

Text Messages as Evidence

There is an article in PC Magazine.com this week entitled "Messages Can Be Forever" about the retrievability of text messages sent via cellular phones.

Here are a couple bits from that article:

This was cast into the light recently when the defense in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case announced that they may investigate text messages sent among Bryant's accuser, a former boyfriend, and another friend.

Text messaging is a store-and-forward technology. One person types a message and sends it to the service provider (Cingular, T-Mobile, Verizon, etc.). The provider then sends that message to the intended recipient. This is much the same way e-mail works. And in most circumstances, there's some record of the information contained in these messages left on the server.


Source: TVC Alert

August 12, 2004

Article: Spam Filters Junking Legit Emails

There is a good article in TechNewsWorld this week called "Filters Get Smarter, But So Do Spammers" about spam filters and the dangers of filtering about legitimate emails.

TVC Alert's Genie Tyburski shared this advice:

Email is not a reliable means of communication. If you have to sift through 500 junk emails daily to get to the dozen or so you want to read, you're going to do something about it. Many people select a filter, which is the focus of this article. But filters are not an exact science. Those that don't allow you to review--and override, if necessary--what they mark as spam arguably are more trouble than the spam itself.

In any event, business email users ought to recognize that the message they send may not make it to the recipient. Therefore, if the message is important, follow it up with a phone call. The article drives home this point by relating the tale of a missed business opportunity because the sender assumed the recipient, who never received the email, wasn't interested.

Source: TVC Alert

August 11, 2004

New Service - Dept of Labor Offers Email Alerts

The Department of Labor recently announced a free electronic subscription service, which allows citizens to receive notifications by e-mail alerting them to newly available information.

Subscribers can choose to receive alerts on number of topics including DOL news, Administrative Law Judge materials, Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplaces, Compliance Assistance, Disability Employment Policy, Employment and Training, Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Small Business Programs, & Wages and Hours.

Source: beSpacific

Article: Electronic Filing Error Releases Alleged Rape Victim's Name in Kobe Bryant Case. . . Again

For the second time, postings on the web site maintained by the Eagle County, Colorado court hearing the rape case against Kobe Bryant have included papers which mistakenly listed the name of the alleged victim. Both the New York Times and the Rocky Mountain News picked up the story.

From: yclipse

August 10, 2004

Ask the White House - Live Forum for Communicating with White House Officials

Although its not new, I recently learned about Ask the White House, a live online discussion forum between citizens and members of the Bush administration. Upcoming guests are announced on the website and transcripts of previous forums are archived. It appears that there is a forum going on right now (Tues morning, 9:00 am)

To read more about the forum, check out the articles in CNN - Chatting it up in the cyber White House & FCW.com (Federal Computer Week) - E-democracy, e-mail and bloggers.


Source: beSpacific

August 9, 2004

Buzz About Google News Search Results

There has been a lot of buzz on some of the blogs I read about the fact that although Google News indexes lots of news sources, only a few consistently rise to the top on a daily basis. It seems that just ten news sources account for 66% of all the hits on the first page of search results in Google News. See the original post from Digital Deliverance.

A lot of people have been surprised by this. But today I saw a comment in one of the blogs that I read that brought it into perspective (and I apologize that I can't seem to find the locate that posting). It was pointed out that the Digital Deliverance study was only looking at results from the top page of hits in Google News. So it makes sense that the big news providers would dominate. When searching for news of a national scope, most people want stories from national news sources.

But for those that do want to see what the other news sources are reporting, they simply need to keep scrolling through the search results in Google News. The stories are there, they are just farther down in the search results. Seems like that's how it should be to me.

Article: Locating Wisconsin Appellate Case Information & Briefs

2nd Update: This article is now available electronically from the Wisconsin Law Journal. The link appears in the text below. ------------------------ Update: I just received a call from David Ziemer, News Editor at the Wisconsin Law Journal. He saw this post in WisBlawg and said that he would be willing to make this article available electronically for our readers. I'll post the link when it's available. Thanks David! ------------------------

There is an excellent piece in the August 4, 2004 issue of the Wisconsin Law Journal entitled, "Locating Wisconsin Appellate Case Information & Briefs."
It's full of tips on:
1) where to find the status of Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Supreme Court cases; and
2) where to access briefs for appellate cases

Since many of you probably won't have access to the Wisconsin Law Journal in print, I'll let you know that you can find #1 at the Wisconsin Supreme Court & Court of Appeals Case Access site (WSCCA.1) and #2 at the UW Law Library's own Wisconsin Briefs web page (although our server is down this morning - check back later). But do read the article if you have a chance since it includes a lot of great searching tips.

The author is Connie VonDerHeide, a member of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin.

August 6, 2004

New Service - IRS Guidewire Provides Email Notification of IRS Guidance as Issued

The IRS has launched a new service called IRS Guidewire to make technical guidance available via e-mail to tax professionals. Subscribers will receive notification of and links to IRS announcements, notices, revenue procedures and revenue rulings as they are issued. See the IRS Press Release for more information.

Source: TVC Alert

August 5, 2004

WisBlawg Email Subscription Service

It appears that the tool that we are using to send email updates of WisBlawg entries is not working properly. Please bear with me until I am able to resolve the problem. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Article: New Trial Requested Because Court Failed to Property Record Trial

Here's a story from MSNBC entitled, Courtsmart Malfunction May Affect Conviction about an individual requesting a new trial after it was discovered that the court's recording system (which takes the place of human stenographers) malfunctioned and didn't properly record his original trial. Here are some selections from that article:

COLLIER COUNTY [FL]—The Courtsmart system was installed in Collier County almost a year ago and is also being used in Lee, Charlotte and Hendry counties. It's designed to make a video and audio record of criminal trials. But because of a glitch, the Courtsmart system failed to properly record a Collier County trial. Now the convicted criminal may get a new trial.

Courtsmart is a high-tech recording system that takes the place of human stenographers in the courtroom. It provides an audio and video record of criminal court trials. Courtsmart is supposed to record every word attorneys, judges, even jurors speak.

But at least one criminal court trial in Collier County was not recorded by Courtsmart. The portable units, used while a hard-wire system was installed, didn't work. "The machine was pausing every three seconds to look for a connection to a computer network-- and when it did that, it would cause instantaneous glitch in the recording," said Kellum.

The skips happened during the trial of 64-year old Raul Trevino who was charged with driving under the influence. During an appeal, the judge and attorneys found out there is no audible record of the proceeding.

An appeals court hasn't made a ruling yet, but it is likely Trevino will get a brand new trial.


Source: Rorry Perry's Weblog

Article: Inclusion of Sensitive Personal Data on Court's Web Site

Here's an interesting story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette entitled, Court Web Site Easy Pickings for ID Thieves, about the inclusion of sensitive personal data in publicly available court documents available on the Internet. Here's a bit from the article:
For nearly a year, the Allegheny County prothonotary's office has been electronically scanning court documents in civil cases, including divorces and child custody cases, and posting them online for public access.

The problem is that many of the files contain potentially sensitive personal data, including birth dates, Social Security numbers, even bank account numbers -- the information ID thieves crave in order to steal people's identities.


Source: Rorry Perry's Weblog

New Database Tracks Status of Patent Applications

USPTO has just introduced a new database called PAIR (Patent Application Information Retrieval) which tracks the status of a public patent application. Here's a blurb from the USPTO's press release:
For the first time, anyone with Internet access anywhere in the world can use USPTO’s Web site (www.uspto.gov) to track the status of a public patent application as it moves from publication to final disposition, and review documents in the official application file, including all decisions made by patent examiners and their reasons for making them.

The system, known as Public PAIR (patent application and information retrieval), offers the public an advanced electronic portal to PDF viewing, downloading and printing an array of information and documents for approximately 500,000 patent applications not covered by confidentiality laws. As new applications become eligible for publication 18 months after they are filed, they will be added to the database. It is expected that about 300,000 application files will be added annually.


Source: ResourceShelf

August 4, 2004

Judge Discovers WisBlawg

This afternoon I was tickled to receive a message from Wisconsin Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Daniel P. Anderson, who let me know that he had just discovered WisBlawg and that he will be a regular reader. And he actually took the time to tell me so. What a cool guy!

LexisNexis Press Release: Growing List of Prisons Installing Legal Research Kiosks for Inmates

Interesting press release from LexisNexis:
Growing List of Prisons Installing Legal Research Kiosks for Inmates

DAYTON, OH, August 02, 2004 - LexisNexis U.S. and Touch Sonic Technologies® today announced that prisons in Ventura County, California are the latest corrections facilities to select the companies’ new legal information kiosks to provide inmates with access to the law.


This part scares me.

"The kiosk is very efficient for inmates to use. Some have never used a computer before, but they found it easy to conduct searches," said Indira Stelly, legal assistant for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. "We will eventually do away with nearly all our books because the kiosk includes almost all the information we had on our shelves."

Thanks to colleague, Charmarie Burke, for passing this one on.

A Blawg Goes Dark - Pres. Bush to Discontinue Blog

Update: Seems there is some confusion on this one - yes, I know it's not true! Come on now - I'm not that gullible. Just passing on a post from another blog, Inter Alia, about this story in The Onion that I thought was timely considering the big media coverage about blogs since DNC and the concerns about government censorship since 9/11 (i.e. the recent DOJ request that depository libraries destroy certain documents) --BJS ----------

From Inter Alia:


A blawg goes dark

With all the people starting their own weblogs nowadays, you don't often see that someone is shutting theirs down. But it's true: the CIA has asked President Bush to discontinue his blog.

August 3, 2004

Workshops from the WSLL

The Wisconsin State Law Library is offering a wonderful slate of both free and fee-based workshops this fall. Schedule appears below:

WSLL Web Tour (CLASS IS FULL) Wednesday August 4, 2004 8:30-9:30 a.m. Take a guided tour of the information-packed WSLL website. Explore Wisconsin & Federal legal resources, travel around the Legal Topics page, and learn to navigate our web catalog and LegalTrac. FREE Class. Registration is limited to 8. Print registration form.

Using Loislaw.com @ the State Law Library: How Does It Work? Wednesday September 8, 2004 8:30-9:30 a.m. Here’s an opportunity to become more familiar with the various Loislaw.com databases provided on WSLL’s public access computers, and how they can save you research time and money. Learn the basics of searching and printing while exploring everything from the primary law of all state and federal jurisdictions to the wealth of information in the State Bar of Wisconsin CLE books. Tired of slogging through print digests? There’s a better way! FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for. Registration is limited to 8. Print registration form.

The Wisconsin Legislature Website Wednesday October 6, 2004 8:30-9:30 a.m. In this hands-on overview of the Legislature's site you'll learn how to track legislative activity, locate bills and acts, and search the online Wisconsin Statutes. You'll also learn about the Legislative Notification Service and where to find publications of the various Legislative Service Agencies. FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for. Registration is limited to 8. Print registration form.

Internet 101: Essential Skills for Lawyers and Legal Researchers Wednesday October 27, 2004 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon This class will focus on Internet fundamentals for the novice user. Learn the basics of surfing the web; how to use tools, such as browsers and web email; when to use a search engine and when to use a search directory; how to use plug-ins; and how to protect your computer from viruses and spyware. This workshop will incorporate legal research examples appropriate for lawyers, paralegals and legal researchers. The hands-on format allows you to practice while you learn. Fee: $125.00. 3 CLE credits applied for. Registration is limited to 8. Print registration form.

Using Shepard's Public Access @ the State Law Library Wednesday November 3, 2004 8:30-9:30 a.m. Shepard's Public Access allows fast, easy Shepardizing and retrieval of cases, statutes and more. It's available for free use at the Wisconsin State Law Library, Dane County Legal Resource Center and Milwaukee Legal Resource Center. Attend this one-hour session to learn more about this timesaving tool. FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for. Registration is limited to 8. Print registration form.

Finding Federal Material on the Web Wednesday December 1, 2004 8:30-9:30 a.m. Now more than ever, the first place to look for federal legal materials is the Web. In this hands-on class, you'll learn how to find briefs, oral arguments, opinions and court rules, and view legislative histories, committee reports, bills, acts and statutes. You'll also learn where to find and how to use the Federal Register, CFR and presidential documents, and how to track down agency decisions, orders and rulings. The class also includes a visit to the "CyberCemetery" of websites and publications of defunct U.S. government agencies and commissions. FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for. Registration is limited to 8. Print registration form.

Using Wisconsin Legal Resources on the Internet Tuesday December 7, 2004 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon This hands-on course focuses entirely on locating and using web-based Wisconsin legal and government information, including statutes, regulations, caselaw and much more. It is appropriate for attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants. Fee: $125.00. 3 CLE credits applied for. Registration is limited to 8. Print registration form.

WSLL @ Your Service - New Edition Available

The August 2004 edition of the Wisconsin State Law Library's newsletter, WSLL @ Your Service, is now available. Highlights include resources on maritime law, a tech tip on what to do when you've spilled coffee on your computer keyboard, and a schedule of upcoming workshops.

Article: Google's Domain Even Takes in Law Offices

It's not big news that more and more people, including legal practitioners are turning to Google for research. But I was pleased to see the following quote in the East Bay Business Times article entitled Google's Domain Even Takes in Law Offices :

"They may help you focus what you're looking for, but it all comes down to the content that they're searching. . . When I've used Google, I can't say that I have very often found a state-law site." (Quoting a real-estate law litigation and arbitration specialist)

Bingo!

Source: Netlawblog

August 2, 2004

Department of Justice Rescinds Order for Libraries to Destroy Documents

We librarians have been monitoring this one. About a week ago, the Department of Justice asked the Superintendent of Documents to instruct depository libraries to destroy all copies of several DOJ publications, mostly dealing with asset forfeiture. DOJ claimed that the documents were "training materials and other materials that the DOJ staff did not feel were appropriate for externaluse."

This, of course, sounded alarm bells in the library community. It didn't take ALA President-Elect Michael Gorman to issue the following statement: "ALA has submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the withdrawn materials in order to obtain an official response from the Department of Justice regarding this unusual action, and why the Department has requested that documents that have been available to the public for as long as four years be removed from depository library collections. ALA is committed to ensuring that public documents remain available to the public and will do its best to bring about a satisfactory resolution of this matter."

It appears that ALA's swift action helped resolve the issue. Here's a selection from the latest announcement from American Libraries on the situation:

Department of Justice Rescinds Order for Libraries to Destroy Documents

The U.S. Department of Justice has withdrawn its June request to the Government Printing Office ordering depository libraries to destroy five DOJ publications—resources for prosecutors handling seized assets and forfeiture cases, including statutes and case histories—because the department had determined they were “for internal use only.”

Before the decision, some librarians had vowed to preserve the materials until the matter was resolved. In a July 29 posting to the ALA Council discussion list, Boston Public Library President Bernard A. Margolis noted that he had contacted Lester Joseph—acting chief of the asset forfeiture and money laundering section of the DOJ’s criminal division, who reportedly made the decision to remove the items—and asked him to reconsider his request. “I believe all he really wanted was that new editions/publications not be placed in the depository system. I do not believe . . . that he actually wanted these to be destroyed,” Margolis said.

Sources: ResourceShelf & WLA mailing list

Research Litigation Records with FindLaw's Thomson Legal Record

Findlaw has released a new lawyer / law firm directory called Thomson Legal Record. A unique feature of the directory is that it not only offers attorney profiles, but it also gives citations to select federal and state cases the attorney litigated. Search by legal issue and/or jurisdiction (you can specify circuit, court, and judge).

If you want to view a complete case list or actually read the cases cited, however, you'll need to log into Westlaw. In Westlaw you can also create a Profiler Alert to receive notification of new dockets, briefs, cases, articles concerning the attorney.

Source: TVC Alert

Search Engine Comparison Chart on LLRX.com

Anyone that knows LLRX.com knows that they publish a lot of really great research guides. (And if you don't know LLRX.com, I highly suggest that you take a look.)

One of the latest is a Search Engine Comparison Chart from Diana Botluk. It is a very useful comparison of some of the more advanced search features available from several leading search engines.

Finding Good Blawgs

Law Dawg Blawg, a new blog from the Southern Illinois University Law Librarians, posted this list of blawg directories. (In case you haven't made the connection yet - I didn't right away - a blawg is a law-related blog.)

New Edition of DCLRC Docket Available

The Dane County Legal Resource Center has just published their August 2004 edition of DCLRC Docket. Highlights include sources of legal assistance & information and a schedule of upcoming free legal research workshops.