Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — April 13, 2015

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 ABA Offers Free Memberships to Law Students

The ABA has announced it is offering free memberships to law students at ABA-approved schools, effectively immediately, according to an ABA press release.  Students who join will have access to the ABA Job Board, free career advice webinars, complimentary continuing legal education seminars and member discounts. They will also receive four digital and print issues of Student Lawyer magazine, plus a digital subscription to the monthly ABA Journal, according to the press release.

Free e-Book Gives Basic Overview of Law Practice Technology

David Whelan, the former director of the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center, has published a free e-book that provides an overview of the basic technology needed for a law practice. Called Law Practice Technology: An Introduction for Law Students, the book is, as the name says, intended for law students about to embark on a law practice. But I would say that any lawyer about to start his or her own practice would benefit from reading it.

Getting Students Thinking about Thinking

One of the more frustrating things to contend with as a teacher is a student who makes the same mistakes over and over again. No amount of carefully thought-out comments in the margins of that student’s papers seem to make any difference; the extra help you offer after class doesn’t help, either.  It’s a sad fact: Some students just seem resistant to our teaching. But while it may be a pipe dream to think we can reach all of them, there are steps we can take to help students get over these seemingly insurmountable hurdles.

Zola: The Engine of the Modern Practice

For years, the largest, and most successful, companies in the United States have relied on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions to promote efficiency and increase profitability while law firms have been forced to utilize a hodge podge of applications to haphazardly manage their practices.  Meet Zola, the only ERP designed specifically for attorneys to increase efficiency, strengthen collaboration, foster growth and maximize profitability.

Teaching Excel and Data Analysis: One professor’s efforts to prepare students for today’s careers

Should a university teach a course on Excel? I have heard this question a lot. But while doing research for my Ph.D. thesis at Delft University of Technology, I noticed the whole world is run by Excel. A manager at a big Dutch bank once told me, “If email goes down, that will be uncomfortable, but if Excel stops working, we’ll all go home.” Excel is so omnipresent in business, yet, we at the university do not help students become proficient in the application.

Tools for Leaders: 5 Tables to Expand Your Thinking

I have an assortment of tables, graphs, and charts that I have been collecting related to leadership and problem solving. Here are a few that I have found particularly useful.

I Give New Life to Old Books that I Find in Thrift Stores

Back in 2012, while cutting through a familiar alley in Seattle, I noticed a box of hardback novels sat beside a dumpster. I took one look at them and thought, “Why are these being thrown away? I can use them for something”.  Three years later, here I am. I have experimented with a countless amount of novels found in alleys and thrift stores. I have spent sleepless nights curled over my desk with glue up to my elbows, fingers cut from my clumsiness with an art knife (and clumsiness in general), and all of it fueled by my love for bringing something discarded back to life.

The Very Best of #VeryRealisticYA

This past weekend, at a little after 5 P.M. on Saturday night, John Hansen started musing about realistic YA characters. Frustrated with homework, he was wondering how YA characters out saving the world manage to even find the time. After suggesting his followers start tweeting out their own #VeryRealisticYA characters and stories, things quickly took off.

Former Head of Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis to Lead New .Law Top-Level Domain

Lou Andreozzi, the former chairman of Bloomberg Law and CEO of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, has been appointed as CEO to lead the new .law generic top-level domain (gTLD). Andreozzi will head a new division within the Santa Monica, Calif., company Minds + Machines, which has been granted an exclusive license to operate the .law gTLD by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

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Last Day to Check Out Loaner Laptops

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Follow Up to the Library’s March Coffee Talk and Sidebar

On Monday, April 23, Professor Barbara Bernier discussed the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Library’s monthly Coffee Talk and Sidebar. As part of the event, Professor Bernier showed a video clip of MSNBC journalist, Irin Carmon, interviewing Justice Ginsburg.  During the interview, Justice Ginsberg spoke about several issues which affect women in particular.  For those of you who were unable to attend the Coffee Talk, a link to the MSNBC interview is provided here.

After the video was shown, Professor Bernier encouraged a discussion on the unfinished business of women’s rights.  For those who would like to learn more about the state of women in the law and, in particular, the diversity within the federal judiciary, you will find current information on the following website.

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ALR Student’s Corner: The United States Department of Health and Human Services: A User-Friendly Government Page for Everyone

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), found at www.hhs.gov, is a government agency that provides human services to protect the health of all Americans and enable them to help themselves.  Though the information and resources on the site can be helpful to specific groups of citizens, including the elderly, minors, and those with disabilities, it tries to reach a broader audience, such as those who have a general interest in the healthcare issues of children and families and other sub-issues, like human rights related to health care, and who work in the healthcare field.  The site is easily located through free search engines, such as Google, with the search terms “Human Services” or “Medicare.”

The HHS site offers information about healthcare policies and laws like the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and provides links to its governing rules and those of its “sister” agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For example, the site offers a link to information about how a person can get the health insurance that is now required under the ACA.  By clicking “Learn More” and then selecting the appropriate state, the patron can proceed with the following three options: 1) find out if she qualifies for a special enrollment period to obtain coverage in the Marketplace, 2) find out if she is eligible for government healthcare through programs such as Medicaid and CHIP, or 3) start an application if she qualifies for either of the first two options.

The site delivers educational information through free apps.  One such app, the SAMHSA app, provides meaningful support for children who fall victim to bullying, parents who need ideas for starting a conversation with their children about bullying, and educators who want tips for preventing bullying at various ages in the classroom.  Additionally, the site provides educational information through blogs, which post Monday through Friday and cover such topics as the ACA, prevention of skin cancer, abuse of the elderly, and Medicare information for same-sex couples.

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Performing a search on the HHS site is simple.  For instance, to locate information and resources about smoking and its healthcare implications, I typed the search term “smoking” in the search bar at the top of the page and clicked on the magnifying glass icon to run the search.  This took me to a page of hyperlinked resources about smoking.  The link entitled “Drugs, Alcohol, and Smoking,” found at www.girlshealth.gov, used pictures of teenage girls and bright backgrounds and graphics in stereotypically “girl” colors, such as pink, light blue, green, and peach, to target young girls with a message about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

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The page included hyperlinks to information about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol on a young girl, tips on how to stay smoke-free, and information on stopping for girls who are already using drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.  Another link from my search about smoking and its healthcare implications redirected me to a CDC webpage that included additional links to brochures and facts sheets about second-hand smoke, its health effects, and ways to protect children from them.

The HHS is a government agency responsible for educating the masses about health, human rights in health, and other corollary issues, such as bullying and abuse, which affect all ages.  The website for the HHS is user-friendly and provides easy access to a wide variety of resources that can be instrumental in providing the masses with the knowledge necessary to promote health, prevent disease, and maintain a better quality of life.

~ Simone Hutton, L’14 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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A New Location for Study Aids!

The Charlotte School of Law Library’s collection of Study Aids has moved!  Before they were behind the circulation desk, but now they are in a new location….. Near the 5th floor copier/printer and across from the Research Zones.

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The collection is on both sides of the bookcase and any items to be re-shelved are on the pink cart in front. The study aids are arranged in Library of Congress (LC) order. To help find a particular topic, consult the sign on top of the bookcase.

This relocation allows students to browse for just the right study aid. Although the study aids are much more accessible, they will still need to be checked out from the new Library User Experience (LUX) desk.  A reminder from the Students Rights and Responsibilities Manual:

No student may engage in any activity that gains or is intended to gain an unfair advantage in any law school activity or academic matter, either on behalf of the student personally or for another. An unfair advantage is one that is not generally available to all students. It encompasses, but is not limited to, failing to return needed Library books or other resources, cutting articles from books or periodicals, misappropriating or hoarding Library materials.

Come Check Them Out!

~Betty Thomas~

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