How Law Students Are Using Time between Classes to Change the World
When we first introduced WeCite, we never expected that law students at over 100 law schools could make 125,000 contributions in a single semester, or that 40 student ambassadors would sign up to lead the charge. But what’s interesting to me about the success of WeCite isn’t just the tremendous effort from motivated students across the country. It’s that WeCite represents a model for doing something that many law students struggle with: leaving time and energy to make the impact that inspired you to come to law school to begin with.
What Skills Will Lawyers Need in 20 Years?
What new skills will lawyers need in the coming decades? This is, rightly, a hot question of late, and for good reason. Law firms are questioning the preparedness of new hires; law schools are revamping stale curricula; clients are dismissing the usefulness of young lawyers. The profession is struggling to re-orient to an unknown future. But, it’s not the right question. It presumes we all share a common path and a common objective — that there is some set of new skills that all lawyers will need. Is that true? What if only some lawyers need to learn new and different skills? Who are those lawyers? What do they need to learn?
This French Designer’s Sketch has become the Symbol of Solidarity for the Paris Attacks
As the brutal attacks rocked Paris last night and left 150 dead, people around the world following the events from afar searched for a way to show their solidarity with the people of the beloved French capital. Many flooded social media channels with photos of iconic Parisian landmarks, but a simple, shaky sketch posted by London-based French graphic designer Jean Jullien has become the most notable avatar for the unspeakable tragedy.
The Importance of Self-Care
Too busy to take care of yourself? These talks offer simple ways to stay healthy — both emotionally and physically.
A Change for AALL: The Time is Right, The Name is Right
The American Association of Law Libraries, founded in 1906 and my preferred professional association home since I joined it in 1989 as a library school student, may be ready to change its name. I say “may” because, of course, it is up to a majority vote of its membership whether to agree with the unanimous recommendation of its executive board to change the institution’s name to the Association for Legal Information.
Locating a Compiled Federal Legislative History: A Beginner’s Guide
Compiling a federal legislative history may seem daunting, but it does not have to be. We hope, through our last fewBeginner’sGuides, that we have made this process easier for researchers. Here is another, possibly less complicated, option for finding legislative history documents that we wanted to be sure to highlight — determining whether someone has already done the work for you and created a legislative history report! There are many sources of pre-compiled legislative histories available that you will want to check before compiling your own. These compilations range from finding aids that help you locate a compiled legislative history to monographs that contain the legislative history for one act.
The End of Overdue Fines?
The Vernon Area Public Library (VAPL) in the northwest suburbs of Chicago eliminated overdue fines this past August, and ELA Public Library, a neighbor of VAPL, followed suit in September. They are modeling their policy on Algonquin (IL) Public Library (another neighbor) and their decision to remove overdue fines in September 2014. VAPL noted that Algonquin, nearing its one-year anniversary of instilling the policy, has had no adverse effects. In fact, it’s only increased the goodwill of patrons towards the public library. Since introducing the no overdue fines policy, VAPL has also received only positive responses from their patrons and the community at large. Is this something that should become a trend for public libraries in general?
Elsevier Battle Escalates
Did the publishing giant found the journal whose editors have resigned in protest?
New Research Report from Scholastic Confirms the Importance of School Libraries and Librarians
School Libraries Work!, a new research report providing evidence of the positive impact of school librarians and libraries on student learning, was released today by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, at the American Association of School Librarians’ 17th National Conference & Exhibition in Columbus, OH. The national- and state-level findings from more than 30 separate research studies included in the report demonstrate the integral role school libraries play in teaching and supporting student learning, while confirming that when school librarian staffing is reduced, student achievement in English Language Arts (ELA) suffers.
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Are Changing in 20 Days
If you haven’t been paying attention, there are some fairly serious amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) that are going into effect on on December 1, 2015. The amendments, which apply to both new and existing civil actions pending in federal court, are an attempt to reduce costs and burdens of discovery.
‘Becoming Steve Jobs’
Having spent six years in Silicon Valley earlier in my career, I am a Steve Jobs fan. A new biography, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart Into a Visionary Leader, contains important lessons for higher education.
The Etiquette Minefield of the Interview Meal
As you prepare for the job market you are undoubtedly focusing on your research, polishing your job market paper, and honing your presentation skills. Those absolutely should be your highest priorities. However, when you have time, you should also be sure to brush up on your dining etiquette. It can save you stress and embarrassment later.
Supreme Court Justices Get More Liberal as They Get Older
There’s an old saw, often mistakenly attributed to Winston Churchill, that goes something like this: “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative when you’re 35, you have no brain.” A person should start left and drift right, and not the other way around, the adage suggests. But when it comes to Supreme Court justices, growing older appears to incite a trend in the opposite ideological direction.
The Art of Adapting: What BigLaw should Learn from the Local Library
Regardless of clear differences in economic and operational mechanics, it is the reinterpretation of the library’s mission — from the perspective of the user — that I find most instructive for those in the legal industry.