Thursday, July 29, 2010

Minor Library Construction

The library will be undergoing some minor renovations over the next day or two and will not be the quite place with which you are familiar. We are installing some power outlets in the floor on the 2nd floor of the library ease of patron access. We ask that you please excuse the mess and noise during this progress.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bar Studying Extended Hours

O.k., breaking news is a bit of overkill but the library is going to stay open with some slightly extended hours on the weekend - 12-6 on Saturday and Sunday - the weekends of July the 10/11, 17/18, and 24/25 for bar exam studiers.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Pig Book

Today we pass along a non-"official" source that is from the Citizen's Against Waste. The Pig Book is a 60 page or so accounting of Congressional spending as determined by their editors.

As part of sharing this resource it is important to remember the value and possible issues with unofficial sources. They can often be a place to find statistics, compilations, and materials not to be found elsewhere but use extreme caution when citing and do your best to verify the information from a more official source.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Books to the MC Law Library

Over the next few weeks I will be posting some of the new books to our collection. These items may be checked out by all approved library users.

AUTHOR: Zamir, Eyal.
TITLE: Law, economics, and morality / Eyal Zamir, Barak Medina.
CALL #: K 487 .E3 Z36 2010

AUTHOR: Guzmán, Andrew T.
TITLE: How international law works: a rational choice theory / Andrew T. Guzmán.
CALL #: KZ 3410 .G89 2008

AUTHOR: Bosco, David L.
TITLE: Five to rule them all: the UN Security Council and the making of the modern world / David L. Bosco.
CALL #: JZ 5006.7 .B67 2009

AUTHOR: Brenner, Susan W., 1947-
TITLE: Cyberthreats: the emerging fault lines of the nation state / Susan W. Brenner.
CALL #: K 5250 .B74 2009

AUTHOR: Rule, James B., 1943-
TITLE: Privacy in peril / James B. Rule.
CALL #: JC 596 .R85 2007

AUTHOR: Pfander, James E.
TITLE: One Supreme Court: supremacy, inferiority, and the judicial power of the United States / James E. Pfander.
CALL #: KF 5130 .P48 2009

TITLE: The Constitution in 2020 / edited by Jack M. Balkin, Reva B. Siegel.
CALL #: KF 4550 .C576 2009

AUTHOR: Sulmasy, Glenn M., 1966-
TITLE: The national security court system: a natural evolution of justice in an age of terror / Glenn Sulmasy.
CALL #: KF 9223 .S85 2009

AUTHOR: Collier, Charles W., 1950-
TITLE: Meaning in law: a theory of speech / Charles W. Collier.
CALL #: K 3253 .C65 2009

AUTHOR: Painter, Richard W., 1961-
TITLE: Getting the government America deserves: how ethics reform can make a difference / Richard W. Painter.
CALL #: KF 4568 .P35 2009

AUTHOR: Epstein, Richard Allen, 1943-
TITLE: Supreme neglect: how to revive constitutional protection for private property / Richard A. Epstein.
CALL #: KF 562 .E67 2008

AUTHOR: Jackson, Vicki C.
TITLE: Constitutional engagement in a transnational era / Vicki C. Jackson.
CALL #: K 3165 .J3253 2010

AUTHOR: Kent, Meaghan Hemmings.
TITLE: An associate's guide to the practice of copyright law / Meaghan Hemmings Kent, Joshua J. Kaufman.
CALL #: KF 2994 .K46 2009

AUTHOR: Englard, Izhak.
TITLE: Corrective and distributive justice : from Aristotle to modern times / Izhak Englard.
CALL #: B 105 .J87 E54 2009

AUTHOR: Susskind, Richard E.
TITLE: The end of lawyers?: rethinking the nature of legal services / Richard Susskind.
CALL #: K 87 .S865 2008

AUTHOR: McDorman, Ted L.
TITLE: Salt water neighbors: international ocean law relations between the United States and Canada / Ted L. McDorman.
CALL #: KZA 1450 .M33 2009

AUTHOR: Carolan, Eoin.
TITLE: The new separation of powers: a theory for the modern state / Eoin Carolan.
CALL #: KDK 1227 .C37 2009

TITLE: Lessons from the identity trail: anonymity, privacy, and identity in a networked society / edited by Ian Kerr, Valerie Steeves, and Carole Lucock.
CALL #: K 3264 .C65 L47 2009

AUTHOR: Lindquist, Stefanie A., 1963-
TITLE: Measuring judicial activism / Stefanie A. Lindquist, Frank B. Cross.
CALL #: KF 8742 .L56 2009

AUTHOR: Gallacher, Ian, 1956-
TITLE: Coming to law school: how to prepare yourself for the next three years / Ian Gallacher.
CALL #: KF 283 .G35 2010

AUTHOR: MacCormick, Neil.
TITLE: Rhetoric and the rule of law : a theory of legal reasoning / Neil MacCormick.
CALL #: K 213 .M284 2005

Monday, June 28, 2010

New Books to the MC Law Library

Over the next few weeks I will be posting some of the new books to our collection. These items may be checked out by all approved library users.

AUTHOR: Sullivan, E. Thomas.
TITLE: Proportionality principles in American law: controlling excessive government actions / E. Thomas Sullivan, Richard S. Frase.
CALL #: K 247 .S85 2009

AUTHOR: Fox, David L.
TITLE: U.S. patent opinions and evaluations / David L. Fox.
CALL #: KF 3120 .F69 2010

TITLE: Contemporary bioethics: a reader with cases / [edited by] Jessica Pierce, George Randels
CALL #: QH 332 .C658 2010

AUTHOR: Naidu, B. David.
TITLE: Biotechnology & nanotechnology: regulation under environmental, health, and safety laws / B. David Naidu.
CALL #: K 3925 .B56 N35 2009

TITLE: Legal republicanism: national and international perspectives / edited by Samantha Besson and José Luis Martí.
CALL #: K 3184 .A6 L44 2009

AUTHOR: Bank, Steven A., 1969-
TITLE: From sword to shield: the transformation of the corporate income tax, 1861 to present / Steven A. Bank.
CALL #: KF 6464 .B36 2010

AUTHOR: Wrightsman, Lawrence S.
TITLE: Oral arguments before the Supreme Court: an empirical approach / Lawrence S. Wrightsman.
CALL #: KF 8748 .W752 2008

TITLE: Legal aspects of carbon trading : Kyoto, Copenhagen, and beyond / edited by David Freestone and Charlotte Streck.
CALL #: K 3593.5 .C37 L44 2009

AUTHOR: Raz, Joseph.
TITLE: Between authority and interpretation: on the theory of law and practical reason / Joseph Raz.
CALL #: K 231 .R39 2009

AUTHOR: Williams, Robert F. (Robert Forrest), 1945-
TITLE: The law of American state constitutions / Robert F. Williams.
CALL #: KF 4530 .W538 2009

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Streaming Music

A great many of our library users stay plugged into to their laptops and listen to music while studying. In attempting to assist with this I want to pass along a UBlog article of the 10 Best Streaming Music sites. The only one I am personally familiar with is Pandora (and I am a huge Pandora fan) so if you use one of these feel free to leave something in the comments.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Books to the MC Law Library

Over the next few weeks I will be posting some of the new books to our collection. These items may be checked out by all approved library users.

AUTHOR: Klarman, Michael J.
TITLE: Unfinished business: racial equality in American history / Michael J. Klarman.
CALL #: E 185 .K545 2007

AUTHOR: Bloom, Lackland H., Jr.
TITLE: Methods of interpretation: how the Supreme Court reads the Constitution / Lackland H. Bloom, Jr.
CALL #: KF 8742 .B585 2009
AUTHOR: Moore, Michael S., 1943-
TITLE: Causation and responsibility: an essay in law, morals, and metaphysics / Michael S. Moore.
CALL #: K 579 .C34 M66 2009

AUTHOR: Levesque, Roger J. R.
TITLE: Adolescents, media, and the law: what developmental science reveals and free speech requires / Roger J.R. Levesque.
CALL #: HQ 799 .M35 L48 2007

AUTHOR: Dershowitz, Alan M.
TITLE: Is there a right to remain silent?: coercive interrogation and the Fifth Amendment after 9/11 / Alan M. Dershowitz.
CALL #: KF 9668 .D47 2008

AUTHOR: Brand-Ballard, Jeffrey.
TITLE: Limits of legality: the ethics of lawless judging / Jeffrey Brand-Ballard.
CALL #: KF 8779 .B73 2010

AUTHOR: Rhode, Deborah L.
TITLE: The beauty bias: the injustice of appearance in life and law / Deborah L. Rhode.
CALL #: KF 478 .R48 2010

AUTHOR: Phillips, Douglas E.
TITLE: The software license unveiled: how legislation by license controls software access / Douglas E. Phillips.
CALL #: K 1443 .C6 P48 2009

AUTHOR: Carrier, Michael A.
TITLE: Innovation for the 21st century: harnessing the power of intellectual property and antitrust law / Michael A. Carrier.
CALL #: KF 3116 .C37 2009

AUTHOR: Noam, Eli M.
TITLE: Media ownership and concentration in America / Eli M. Noam.
CALL #: P 96 .E252 U664 2009

Monday, June 21, 2010

New Books to the MC Law Library

Over the next few weeks I will be posting some of the new books to our collection. These items may be checked out by all approved library users.

TITLE: Criminal law conversations / edited by Paul H. Robinson, Stephen P. Garvey, Kimberly Kessler Ferzan.
CALL #: K 5018 .C753 2009

AUTHOR: Tushnet, Mark V., 1945-
TITLE: Out of range: why the Constitution can't end the battle over guns / Mark V. Tushnet.
CALL #: KF 3941 .T872 2007

AUTHOR: Strauss, David A.
TITLE: The living constitution / David A. Strauss.
CALL #: KF 4550 .S78 2010

AUTHOR: Packer, Ira K.
TITLE: Evaluation of criminal responsibility / Ira K. Packer.
CALL #: RA 1151 .P33 2009

AUTHOR: Kim, Scott Y. H.
TITLE: Evaluation of capacity to consent to treatment and research / Scott Y.H. Kim.
CALL #: RA 1151 .K56 2010

AUTHOR: Cutler, Brian L.
TITLE: Evaluating eyewitness identification / Brian L. Cutler and Margaret Bull Kovera.
CALL #: KF 9672 .C867 2010

AUTHOR: Patry, William F.
TITLE: Moral panics and the copyright wars / William Patry.
CALL #: K 1420.5 .P376 2009

AUTHOR: Vermeule, Adrian, 1968-
TITLE: Law and the limits of reason / Adrian Vermeule.
CALL #: K 212 .V47 2009

AUTHOR: Stone, Christopher D.
TITLE: Should trees have standing? : Law, morality, and the environment / Christopher D. Stone.
CALL #: KF 5505 .S86 2010

AUTHOR: Wacks, Raymond.
TITLE: Understanding jurisprudence: an introduction to legal theory / Raymond Wacks.
CALL #: K 230 .W29 A38 2009

AUTHOR: Parisi, Francesco, 1962-
TITLE: The economics of lawmaking / Francesco Parisi, Vincy Fon.
CALL #: K 3316 .P37 2009

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Books to the MC Law Library

Over the next few weeks I will be posting some of the new books to our collection. These items may be checked out by all approved library users.

AUTHOR: Buckley, F. H. (Francis H.), 1948-
TITLE: Fair governance: paternalism and perfectionism / F.H. Buckley.
CALL #: JC 571 .B763 2009

AUTHOR: Greenberg, Karen J.
TITLE: The least worst place: Guantanamo's first 100 days / Karen Greenberg.
CALL #: HV 6432 .G734 2009

AUTHOR: Raustiala, Kal.
TITLE: Does the constitution follow the flag?: The evolution of territoriality in American law / Kal Raustiala.
CALL #: KF 413 .J87 R38 2009

AUTHOR: Pommersheim, Frank.
TITLE: Broken landscape: Indians, Indian tribes, and the constitution / Frank Pommersheim.
CALL #: KF 8205 .P63 2009

AUTHOR: Klabbers, Jan.
TITLE: The constitutionalization of international law / by Jan Klabbers, Anne Peters and Geir Ulfstein.
CALL #: KZ 4850 .K578 2009

TITLE: The rule of recognition and the U.S. Constitution / edited by Matthew D. Adler and Kenneth Einar Himma.
CALL #: KF 4552 .R85 2009

AUTHOR: Markel, Dan.
TITLE: Privilege or punish: criminal justice and the challenge of family ties / Dan Markel, Jennifer M. Collins, Ethan J. Leib.
CALL #: K 5001 .M37 2009

TITLE: The impact of behavioral sciences on criminal law / edited by Nita A. Farahany.
CALL #: K 5028 .I48 2009

AUTHOR: Domnarski, William, 1953-
TITLE: Federal judges revealed / William Domnarski.
CALL #: KF 372 .D66 2009

AUTHOR: Cuddihy, William J. (William John), 1945-
TITLE: The Fourth Amendment: origins and original meaning, 602-1791 / William J. Cuddihy.
CALL #: KF 9630 .C83 2009

TITLE: Extreme speech and democracy / editors, Ivan Hare, James Weinstein.
CALL #: K 3254 .E97 2009

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Books to the MC Law Library

Over the next few weeks I will be posting some of the new books to our collection.

TITLE: Fraud examination.
CALL #: HV 6691 .A43 2009

AUTHOR: Pedneault, Stephen, 1966-
TITLE: Fraud 101: techniques and strategies for understanding fraud / Stephen Pedneault.
CALL #: HV 6769 .D38 2009

AUTHOR: Coenen, Tracy, 1972-
TITLE: Expert fraud investigation: a step-by-step guide / Tracy L. Coenen.
CALL #: HV 6691 .C54 2009

TITLE: Handbook of frauds, scams, and swindles: failures of ethics in leadership / edited by Serge Matulich, David M. Currie.
CALL #: HV 6695 .H28 2009

TITLE: Punishing corporate crime: legal penalties for criminal and regulatory violations / James T. O'Reilly ... [et al.].
CALL #: KF 9351 .P86 2009

AUTHOR: Tribe, Laurence H.
TITLE: The invisible constitution / Laurence H. Tribe.
CALL #: KF 4550 .T7865 2008

AUTHOR: Ribstein, Larry E.
TITLE: The rise of the uncorporation / Larry E. Ribstein.
CALL #: KF 1361 .R53 2010

TITLE: The anatomy of corporate law: a comparative and functional approach / Reinier Kraakman ... [et al.].
CALL #: K 1315 .A53 2009

AUTHOR: Bollinger, Lee C., 1946-
TITLE: Uninhibited, robust, and wide-open: a free press for a new century / Lee C. Bollinger.
CALL #: KF 4774 .B654 2010

AUTHOR: Jackall, Robert.
TITLE: Moral mazes: the world of corporate managers / Robert Jackall.
CALL #: HF 5387 .J29 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Books to the MC Law Library

Over the next few weeks I will be posting some of the new books to our collection. These items may be checked out by all approved library users.

TITLE: Fraud casebook: lessons from the bad side of business / edited by Joseph T. Wells.
CALL #: HV 6691 .F737 2007

TITLE: Fraud examiners manual.
CALL #: HV 8079 .F73 2009
*2 Volume Set

TITLE: Fraud examiners manual [electronic resource].
CALL #: CD-ROM HV 8079 .F738 2009
*1 CD-ROM with Guidebook

AUTHOR: Fox, Lawrence J., 1943-
TITLE: The ethics of representing organizations: legal fictions for clients / Lawrence J. Fox, Susan R. Martyn.
CALL #: KF 306 .F687 2009

TITLE: Korean business law: the legal landscape and beyond / edited by Jasper Kim.
CALL #: KPA 78 .B87 K67 2010

AUTHOR: Magat, Joan Ames.
TITLE: The lawyer's editing manual / Joan Ames Magat.
CALL #: KF 250 .M34 2009

AUTHOR: Atwood, Barbara Ann, 1947-
TITLE: Children, tribes, and states: adoption and custody conflicts over American Indian children / Barbara Ann Atwood.
CALL #: KF 8210 .C45 A98 2010

AUTHOR: Butler, William Elliott, 1939-
TITLE: Russian law / William E. Butler.
CALL #: KLB 68 .B88 2009

AUTHOR: Hyland, Richard, 1949-
TITLE: Gifts: a study in comparative law / Richard Hyland.
CALL #: K 898 .H95 2009

AUTHOR: Dunnewold, Mary L.
TITLE: Judicial clerkships: a practical guide / Mary L. Dunnewold, Beth A. Honetschlager, Brenda L. Tofte.
CALL #: KF 8807 .D86 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Federal Judge Recusal and the BP/Gulf Oil Spill

the AP National Investigative Team has put out an article, linked here by Yahoo, concerning how many (as in more than half) of the Federal judges who might hear the Gulf Oil Spill claims have interests in oil companies.

Now I cannot say this is suprising as Federal judges are not exactly poor and investing in oil companies is a normal part of many peoples investment strategy (including mine) but it does bring about some interesting recusal issues.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill Legal Article

Wanted to share a Fortune article about the legal implications of the BP Oil Spill some of you might be interested in.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hein Online

Short post this week to remind our patrons of HeinOnline.

Hein contains a multitude of resources with the most popular being pdf versions of law reviews and often greater coverage than you will find on Westlaw or Lexus.

To get to HeinOnline go the the library Web site: , click on Online Resources, and then HeinOnline . To log in click on the neon green bar at the top, if on campus you will automatically log in. If you are off campus you may use your Novell username and password to gain proxy access.

Additionally, Hein has recently announced they have updated their Senate Treaty Documents and Digital Session Laws libraries.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Regular Summer Hours

Our regular Summer Hours begin June 1, 2010. They are:

Monday - Thursday : 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bar Prep Smartphone Apps

the ABA Magazine had an interesting and timely article I wanted to pass along to our recent graduates entitled: "Bar Exam? There's an App for That". The article discusses how BAR/BRI, BarMax, and Emanuel all have some sort of an app to try and help bar takers. An interesting trend for you technology minded grads (and for you soon to be grads who may be looking at which system to go with). The online version of the article even has a sort video showing the use of one of the apps.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hours for the First Summer Intercession

May 17 - May 31

Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Monday, May 31st (Memorial Day): CLOSED

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Next Supreme Court Justice

I'm not going to be making any predictions but I thought some of our readers might be interested in the poll that currently has Elena Kagan as the favorite. Remember this is not scientific polling but it is kind of interesting.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Interesting Oil Spill Resource

Link to the NOAA map of oil spill location forcasting up to May 3rd.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

50 Worst of the Worst (and Most Common) Job Interview Mistakes

Not sure where I found this (it is not original) but I wanted to share with as many students will soon be undergoing the interview process.

1. Arriving late.
2. Arriving too early.
3. Lighting up a cigarette, or smelling like a cigarette.
4. Bad-mouthing your last boss.
5. Lying about your skills/experience/knowledge.
6. Wearing the wrong (for this workplace!) clothes.
7. Forgetting the name of the person you're interviewing with.
8. Wearing a ton of perfume or aftershave.
9. Wearing sunglasses.
10. Wearing a Bluetooth earpiece.
11. Failing to research the employer in advance.
12. Failing to demonstrate enthusiasm.
13. Inquiring about benefits too soon.
14. Talking about salary requirements too soon.
15. Being unable to explain how your strengths and abilities apply to the job in question.
16. Failing to make a strong case for why you are the best person for this job.
17. Forgetting to bring a copy of your resume and/or portfolio.
18. Failing to remember what you wrote on your own resume.
19. Asking too many questions.
20. Asking no questions at all.
21. Being unprepared to answer the standard questions.
22. Failing to listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying.
23. Talking more than half the time.
24. Interrupting your interviewer.
25. Neglecting to match the communication style of your interviewer.
26. Yawning.
27. Slouching.
28. Bringing along a friend, or your mother.
29. Chewing gum, tobacco, your pen, your hair.
30. Laughing, giggling, whistling, humming, lip-smacking.
31. Saying "you know," "like," "I guess," and "um."
32. Name-dropping or bragging or sounding like a know-it-all.
33. Asking to use the bathroom.
34. Being falsely or exaggeratedly modest.
35. Shaking hands too weakly, or too firmly.
36. Failing to make eye contact (or making continuous eye contact).
37. Taking a seat before your interviewer does.
38. Becoming angry or defensive.
39. Complaining that you were kept waiting.
40. Complaining about anything!
41. Speaking rudely to the receptionist.
42. Letting your nervousness show.
43. Overexplaining why you lost your last job.
44. Being too familiar and jokey.
45. Sounding desperate.
46. Checking the time.
47. Oversharing.
48. Sounding rehearsed.
49. Leaving your cell phone on.
50. Failing to ask for the job.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter Hours Reminder

The MC SOL Law Library has special Easter Hours for this upcoming weekend.

The library will be open:

Friday, April 2nd: 9-5
Saturday, April 3rd: 9-9

The library will be closed Sunday, April 4th.

Regular hours will resume Monday, April 5th opening at 7:30 a.m.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

Legal Movie Time

Wanted to pass along this interesting list by National Jurist of 20 Must See Legal Movies. My personal favorite might be Twelve Angry Men but My Cousin Vinny runs a close second.

Monday, March 1, 2010

100 Great Google Docs Tips for Students & Educators

Found this blog post at Accredited Online Colleges.Org and thought it was too valuable not to share:

For students and teachers, the Google Docs collection provides a streamlined, collaborative solution to writing papers, organizing presentations and putting together spreadsheets and reports. But besides the basic features, there are lots of little tricks and hacks you can use to make your Google Docs experience even more productive. Here are 100 great tips for using the documents, presentations and spreadsheets in Google Docs.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Navigate your documents and screen a lot faster when you use these keyboard shortcuts for formatting and more.

1. Ctrl+Home: Get back to the top of your doc.
2. Ctrl+B: Bold.
3. Ctrl+E: Center alignment
4. Ctrl+L: Back to left alignment.
5. Ctrl+M: Insert comment.
6. Ctrl+H: Replace.
7. Ctrl+End: Go to last cell in data region.
8. Ctrl+Home: Go to first cell in data region.
9. Shift+spacebar: Select entire row.
10. Ctrl+Z: Undo.
11. Ctrl+Y: Redo.
12. Ctrl+spacebar: Select entire column.
13. Ctrl+J: Full justify.
14. Ctrl+Shift+L: Bulleted list.
15. Ctrl+Shift+Space: Insert non-breaking space.
16. Page Down: Move down one screen.
17. Ctrl+K: Inset link.
18. Ctrl+Shift+F: Full screen.
19. Page Up: Move up one screen.
20. Ctrl+Space: Remove formatting.
21. Ctrl+: Heading style 1. Change the "1" to any number 1-6 and get the corresponding header.

Productivity Hacks

These hacks will make your Google Docs experience even more efficient and streamlined.

22. Templates: Use Docs’ 300 templates to get started on different types of documents.
23. Work offline: View and edit documents even when you don’t have access to an Internet connection.
24. Create shortcuts: Create shortcuts and bookmarks for new documents, Google Docs home and more frequently visited pages.
25. Save as different file types: Instead of converting docs to different file types, you can simply change it to HTML, RTF, PDG, ODT and more whenever you save it.

Features and Tools

Make use of features and tools like Docs Translation or CSS Editing to customize your docs and make them work for you.

26. Polyline: Draw shapes and lines in Google docs to make graphs, images and examples.
27. Docs Translation: Find the docs translator under Tools.
28. Snap to Guides: With this Edit feature, you can line up shapes in your doc automatically.
29. Reference tools: Google docs comes with access to a dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia that you can use within the document.
30. CSS Editing: Change the display of your doc by manually plugging in your CSS text.
31. HTML tags: Docs supports, or partially supports, some HTML tags, shown here.


One of the best things about Google Docs is that you get to share and collaborate on projects with others. Learn how to make the most of these features here.

32. Shared foldersCreate shared folders and drag-and-drop items from other folders.
33. Privacy: You can choose to have documents published publicly or privately.
34. Share, don’t email: Instead of emailing docs back and forth, type in email addresses of people you’d like to share your Google document with, and they’ll be sent an editable, web copy.
35. Make changes at the same time: You and your classmates can log into the same document at the same time to make edits.
36. Share a folder: Share entire groups of documents saved in a single file with coworkers and students.
37. Invite mailing lists as collaborators: You can share a document with all members of your email mailing lists with this function.
38. Make a presentation in real-time: Invite others to view a presentation you’ve made as you see it too.
39. Data validation: Make sure everyone is entering data into the spreadsheet the same way by controlling data validation settings.
40. Allow people to edit without signing in: This means anyone, even if they don’t have a Google account, can sign in and edit your piece.
41. Remove collaborators: If you want to take someone off a project, click None next to the name of the person you want to remove.
42. Forum: If you get stuck with a docs problem, you can head over to the forums and find help from other users.
43. Change ownership: Switch ownership of Google docs as project leaders change.

Files, Folders and Filters

Find out how to use files, folders and filters for optimum organization and a clearer display.

44. View and unviewed: You can mark new shared documents as viewed or unviewed, like an inbox.
45. Create subfolders: Make subfolders for better organization. Create, then choose to move it wherever you want.
46. Drag-and-drop folders: Drag-and-drop folders and docs to spreadsheets, documents and presentations.
47. Tag: Tag items with certain keywords instead of going to the trouble of moving them to a folder.
48. Star: You can also star documents, like you would in Gmail.
49. Upload multiple files: Click "select more files" to upload multiple files in Google Docs.


These hacks are designed to organize your Google Docs, from starting a new assignment to sharing and publishing.

50. Color code folders: Color-code the names of folders.
51. Insert bookmarks: Insert a link to another part of your document, like in a table of contents.
52. Zip archive: Export Google docs, spreadsheets and presentations in a single ZIP archive.
53. Block quote: Use this setting to automatically indent and set aside a long quote in your document.
54. Minimize: Star only the docs you want to see at one time, and minimize everything in the left pane for a minimized view.
55. Annotate with footnotes: Insert annotations as footnotes to your document easily.
56. Preview templates: Preview a template before committing to it.


With these editing tools, you’ll track comments, save editing history and more.

57. Color-code comments: You can color-code live comments in Google Docs.
58. Revision pruning: When you have too many revisions, they’ll automatically collapse, or prune, but can still be viewed in revision history.
59. Track edits and changes: In Google Docs you can go back and forth between edits that you or collaborators made.
60. Revision history: View older versions of your document, and choose to "revert to this one" if you choose.
61. Find and replace: This version of find and replace lets you match cases, match whole words, find previous words, and more.


Make your Google Docs work with other tools too.

62. Preview docs in Gmail: You can preview Google docs attachments in Gmail.
63. Google Finance: Enter information from Google Finance into spreadsheets with this formula Syntax: =GoogleFinance("symbol"; "attribute").
64. Sync with Office Documents: With Syncplicity, you can sync Google Docs with Microsoft Office.
65. Sync with your server: To work offline, your documents will have to be synced to your server.
66. Google Mobile: Use Google Mobile to access docs on your phone.


Google Docs uses Google search to find documents and more.

67. Search PDFs: There’s a search box in the upper right corner of your PDF document.
68. Search for docs using keywords: If you don’t remember the title of a doc, type in keywords from the document instead.
69. Advanced search: Find documents by selecting who you’ve shared with, keyword, title, and more.
70. Search the web: Highlight a word and search the web for matching websites and images.
71. Search operators: Search operators will help you find starred, hidden and other documents quickly. Example: [is:starred]


Learn how to make and present projects with videos, images and more.

72. Embed a presentation in a website: Add your class presentations to your website or blog by publishing and pasting the HTML code that is revealed.
73. Insert tables: You can insert tables into Google Presentations, too.
74. Sequentially reveal objects on a slide: Bullets and text boxes will be revealed one at a time if you select this option.
75. Custom colors: You can choose custom colors to add to your presentation.
76. Hide the gray bar: In presentation view, click on the icon in the upper-right corner of the gray bar at the bottom of your screen to make it disappear.
77. Chat: Chat with your audience in view presentation mode. You’ll need Adobe Flash Player 8 or above.
78. Insert videos: You can add videos to your presentation, minimize and maximize it, and move it around your screen.
79. Hide chat: Keep everyone quiet during your presentation by clicking the left side of the chat module.
80. Organize slides: You can reorder slides, make duplicate slides, and insert new slides wherever you want.
81. Replace image and video placeholders: Depending on your presentation’s template, you can replace placeholders with an actual image or video.


With spreadsheets, you can create forms, reports, invoices, portfolios, and other docs that solve problems, save email addresses and more.

82. Google search inside your spreadsheet: Highlight a word, right click, and select Search the web.
83. Print as PDF: Choose to print your spreadsheet as a PDF if you want all formatting to stay intact.
84. Live lookup: Use the following formula in a cell to ask Google to look up quantitative information: Syntax: =GoogleLookup("entity"; "attribute").
85. Roman function: Have numbers displayed as Roman numerals with this formula =ROMAN(number, form).
86. Create forms: Google Spreadsheets has various templates for forms you can create and have people fill out.
87. Edit forms: Add section headers to make it easier to divide up forms and make them easier to fill out.
88. List view: Select list view to load spreadsheets faster, view from your mobile phone and access basic editing features.
89. Protect sheet: Select Protect sheet to prevent certain collaborators from editing it.
90. Automatically add email addresses: If you have Google Apps, the email addresses of the people who fill out the form will automatically be saved.
91. Scientific notation: Adjust spreadsheets so that cells display in scientific notation.
92. Solve: Maximize and minimize values when you solve problems in your cells.
93. Add and delete comments: You can add, delete and edit comments in spreadsheets too.
94. Freeze columns and rows: Freeze rows and columns to stop editing.


These tasks, from printing to tracking tournaments, are examples of other ways you can use Google Docs.

95. Print as a webpage: You can print your doc so that it displays as a web page.
96. Insert mathematical equations: Insert Equation makes an equation editor dialog box appear to add an equation to your doc.
97. GoogleTournament: Create brackets, and let Google automatically update data according to the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I Basketball Championship.
98. Enable offline access: You can install offline access for Google Docs to edit existing documents anywhere.
99. Track analytics: Track visits to published documents.
100. Update posts: You can republish posts that are already on your web page if you want to make edits and support an updated version.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Don't Tase Me - NEWS

As the joke that was "Don't Tase Me Bro" a couple of years a go this story was passed along to me by one of our students and I thought I would share. The 9th circuit has determined that officers may be held liable for injuries to a person suffered after being tasered. There is a dividing line between immediate threat and passive resistance but for those details I refer you to the article and the opinion of the court.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Coming to Law School ?

If you are a soon-to-be lawstudent and are interested in a little preparation before you get to campus I recommend this page from Lexis Nexis which gives primers on how to read and brief cases, an introduction, some links and study aid recommendations.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Steve Martin on Success

I thought some of you readers might find this blog post from Study Hacks interesting as it talks a bit about how comedian Steve Martin talks about making it big.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Another Resource

If you are reading this libraries blog I figure you might be techy enough and informationally interested so I wanted to point you to HeinOnline's page of Education Resources. This page has links to their wiki, their blog, their YouTube Channel, their Facebook, and their Twitter pages.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Top Lawyers Education

National Jurist has an interesting article discussing where the nations "top lawyers" went to law school. Now why I might debate who is a top or super lawyer the idea is interesting.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Bad Lawyers

Lawyers are bad everywhere but this story from Louisiana I wanted to pass along as a cautionary tale. 2 attorneys reportedly had given approximately $20,000 over 10 years to Federal Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr. under the idea of helping out a friend in need.

As lawyers know and law students will soon find out the legal community is very, very small and many of your friends may very well be counsel opposite or the judge ruling on your case. HOWEVER, when you loan/give/lend them money stories like this arise.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Top 10 .gov Web Site of 2009

GCN (Government Computer News) has put out a list of the top 10 .gov Web sites of 2009. Wanted to share some of these (mostly) new pages that many have never heard of.

Monday, January 25, 2010

A funny moment at the U.S. Supreme Court

From NMiss Commentor

From the oral argument transcript today in Briscoe v. Virginia, a funny moment in the argument of University of Michigan law professor Richard Friedman:

MR. FRIEDMAN: I think that issue is entirely orthogonal to the issue here because the Commonwealth is acknowledging -
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: I’m sorry. Entirely what?
MR. FRIEDMAN: Orthogonal. Right angle. Unrelated. Irrelevant.
JUSTICE SCALIA: What was that adjective? I liked that.
MR. FRIEDMAN: Orthogonal.
MR. FRIEDMAN: Right, right.
JUSTICE SCALIA: Orthogonal, ooh.
JUSTICE KENNEDY: I knew this case presented us a problem.
MR. FRIEDMAN: I should have — I probably should have said -
JUSTICE SCALIA: I think we should use that in the opinion.
MR. FRIEDMAN: I thought — I thought I had seen it before.
JUSTICE SCALIA: Or the dissent.
MR. FRIEDMAN: That is a bit of professorship creeping in, I suppose.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Infringement Suit

I can't help but smirk at the puns to be made when addressing law suits and clothing manufacturers but this ABA Journal article discusses trademark infringement by the company "The South Butt" which is clearly in my mind making fun of and gaining notoriety off of "The North Face" line of products.

I can also, for better or worse, attest to having seen a "South Butt" jacket over the Christmas break. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments sections.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Law Library Closure

The law library is closing today at 8:30 a.m. due to the lack of water and restroom facilities. We plan on being open 7:30 a.m. tomorrow.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Scalia speech

I was remiss in not speaking about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia coming to speak at MC Law. Here is an article from the Jackson Free Press that discusses some highlights of his speech. The primary emphasis of the speech was on the use of foreign legal materials in American jurisprudence.