Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — February 10, 2014


2013 Was a Record Year for Exonerations of Prisoners

Nicole Harris lost her 4-year-old son in a tragic accident, then spent nearly eight years behind bars after being found guilty for his death.  Last June, prosecutors dismissed the charges against the Chicago mother after a new trial determined Jaquari’s death was accidental.  Harris was one of 87 people exonerated in 2013, a record-breaking year for official vindications in the United States, according to a new report from the National Registry of Exonerations. Nearly a third were in cases where no crime occurred — such as Harris’.

Social Media Matters for Solo and Small-Firm Lawyers

The fact that so few lawyers understand how to use social media correctly makes it a powerful tool for solo and small firm lawyers. Here are three ways to use social media to get the most out of traditional, in-person networking, and to create new opportunities for yourself…

Gonzales Calls for Limits on Drone Strikes

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is calling on the Obama administration to put limits on drone strikes against U.S. citizens overseas, arguing in a legal journal that Americans should not be targeted without prior approval by a military panel or a federal judge.

Yale University Library Begins Loans of Google Glass to Student and Faculty Groups

In cooperation with the Instructional Technology Group (ITG) and the Student Technology Collaborative (STC), the Yale University Library has added the futuristic eyewear, Google Glass—unofficially dubbed “Yale Bass Glass” – to its collection of media devices at the Bass Library. The device will be loaned to faculty and student groups during the spring semester who can use it to explore the potential of Google Glass in enhancing classroom instruction and the research experience.

Top 5 Doodads for a New Lawyer’s Bucket List

I get a lot of questions faxed to me about what a new lawyer should accomplish in his or her first few years of practice. With hordes of new law school graduates striking out to be lawyers and retail specialists, it’s a good question. And it may surprise you that the answers are fairly simple. Like these.

Marbles That Belonged to Anne Frank Rediscovered

Shortly before Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis, she gave some of her toys to a non-Jewish girlfriend who lived in the building next door.  The Anne Frank House Museum says the toys have now been recovered and Anne’s tin of marbles will go on display Wednesday at the Kunsthal art gallery in Rotterdam.

The Kinds of Excuses We Tell Ourselves & How to Break the Cycle

Often, the thing that keeps us from following through on habit change is ourselves. We can make justifications, excuses, and in the end, create “loopholes” so we can put it off or talk ourselves out of it altogether. Ready to break the cycle? Recognize what type of excuse you’re making to get at the real issue behind it.

Clay Aiken to Run for House Seat in North Carolina

American Idol star Clay Aiken will once again be gathering votes – this time to try to unseat Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers in a conservative district in his home state of North Carolina.

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