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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — September 28, 2015


How Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Convinced 13,000 People to Come Back

You’re used to Harris Teeter knowing you better than you know yourself because of the VIC card on your key ring. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is now proving that even civic groups with much smaller budgets can harness data analytics to improve.

Nowra Librarians Promote Joy of Books on YouTube: video

When their masters at the Shoalhaven City Council asked the librarians to detail their achievements over the past 12 months, there was little chance that anyone was going to doze off during the presentation. “We knew it could be death by Powerpoint and we’re really partial to a bit of song and dance,” said Ms Sharpe. The librarians looked for an anthem. Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody seemed right.

At Christian University, a Socialist Candidate Takes the Pulpit

Liberty University, a Christian institution that enrolls 14,000 students on campus and nearly 100,000 more online, was founded on the principles of evangelism. But on Monday it was the university’s guest, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who was preaching his beliefs.

Suit Claiming Botched Entrance Exam against Law School Tossed

A federal judge in Nevada has dismissed a lawsuit against the Florida Costal School of Law brought by a prospective student who claims he was wrongfully denied admission to the school due to a botched exam.

Could Your Firm’s Associates Pass a General Counsel’s Research Audit? Now You Can Find Out!

Casey Flaherty, formerly, the GC of Kia Motors, made headlines in 2013  by developing a basic technology audit which he administered to outside law firms. Taking a page from Casey’s technology audit and AALL’s Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competencies, The Private Law Libraries and Information Professionals SIS of AALL has published a series of research audits which were created by attendees of the 2014 PLL Summit.

The Qualities of Tomorrow’s Top Lawyers

When I graduated from law school, we did not have difficulty identifying what it would take to be a top lawyer. First, you had to be at the top of your game when it came to knowledge of the law. You did not have to graduate first in your class, but you did need the legal-knowledge wherewithal to stand out in a competitive profession. Second, you needed drive. To be at the top, you had to be prepared to put in the hours.

10 Common Misconceptions about the Constitution

On this date 228 years ago, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution. To celebrate Constitution Day, we offer you a little trivia about the document which forms the foundation of our republic.

The Ten Most Important Books to Expand Your Brain

Books suck. No question about it, almost everyone who writes a book is a crappy writer.  And this is a good thing.  It’s because the writer spent his life getting GOOD at what he was writing about. He didn’t spend his life being good at writing.

How to Find Work You Love [TED Talk]

Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it.

You Really Don’t Need to Work So Much

Recently, the New York Times ran a front-page story about the conditions for white-collar workers at Amazon. It revealed a workplace where abrupt firings are common, grown men and women cry at their desks, and people are scolded for not responding to e-mails after midnight. The story made clear how much things have changed in the American workforce. Once upon a time, it was taken for granted that the wealthier classes enjoyed a life of leisure on the backs of the proletariat. Today it is people in skilled trades who can most find reasonable hours coupled with good pay; the American professional is among those subject to humiliation and driven like a beast of burden.

Legal Technology Survey

The ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center has surveyed practicing attorneys about their technology choices for more than a decade.  The Center’s annual Legal Technology Survey Report is recognized as the source for information regarding the use of technology by attorneys in private practice.

Shake-Up In Legal Research: Fastcase Acquires Loislaw from Wolters-Kluwer

The legal research company Fastcase has acquired one of its prime competitors among middle-market legal research providers, Loislaw. Fastcase has purchased Loislaw from Wolters Kluwer, which had acquired it in 2000 for $95 million.

Three Words That Should Be Banned: Work-Life Balance

When I lead workshops on reducing stress, anxiety, and increasing productivity, a topic that often comes up is the idea of work-life balance. Often, the participants will express feeling like they’re failing at both work and life. When they’re at work, they often feel as though they should be home, spending time with their significant other, spouse, or children. When at home, the reverse is true. They think about all the work left undone.

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — July 27, 2015


Last Minute Reading for Bar Exam Takers

If you are taking the Bar Exam in the near future, here are some popular bar exam articles from LawCrossing you might appreciate.

Is a Law Library Internship Worth Your Time?

While the job market looks better than it did in the past, things still aren’t too hot for entry-level lawyers seeking employment opportunities. That’s why law students are beginning to branch out to other rewarding areas in the law,outside of practice, to enhance their career prospects.

Google’s New, Simplified Patent Search Now Integrates Prior Art and Google Scholar

Google has been a significant player in many facets of the patent world — as a creator,critic, litigator, buyer and big data indexer. Today, it’s taking the wraps off a product that is its flagship in the last of those categories: It’s launching a new version of the Google Patents search, which will now also incorporate related results of Prior Art and Google Scholar citations.

Capturing and Directing the Motivation to Learn

As an academic quarter begins, most instructors at Stanford don’t dwell much on the idea of motivating students. After all, students here are bright and inquisitive, and have excelled in academic pursuits in large part, it seems, because they know how to focus their energies and attend to business. And the start of a new quarter always brings with it a buzz of enthusiasm and adrenaline, in class and out. But as the quarter progresses and courses settle into a comfortable routine, student interest can appear to flag—and it’s at this point that the urge to reenergize students comes to the fore and instructors begin to ask how they can motivate their students to perform better.

How to Avoid Miscommunication & Email Like a Real Human Being

How often have you had an email thread devolve into chaos and frustration, only to be solved quickly and easily with a phone call or in-person chat?

Adobe Legal Department Legal Style Guide

The Legal team at Adobe is constantly seeking creative new ways to better serve our customers and employees. Part of this effort has been the development of the Adobe Legal Department Style Guide. We use it as the foundation for the way we create and revise our agreements and policy and training materials to ensure that they are as clear and concise as possible, and that we communicate with a common voice.  These efforts have already paid off by making our document processes more efficient and reducing translation and other costs. What’s more, less jargon makes everyone happy by making our internal and external communications easier to understand.  Now we’d like to help others in the legal profession do the same. The Adobe Legal Department Style Guide is available to anyone free of charge under a Creative Commons license. We hope that you’ll find it of value to you and your organization. 
Northern Light® today launched Millie™, the first market and competitive intelligence portal available free on the web. Millie is structured as a series of industry-specific dashboards, making it easy to find useful information in a self-service environment. Each dashboard presents news headlines about major companies and industry topics, and graphics depicting significant industry trends.

Top 10 Back to School Features in the New Office for Mac

Just in time for teachers, students and families preparing to head back to school—the all new Office for Mac is here. Packed with a whole new set of features, Office 2016 for Mac is sure to help scholars of all ages do their best work. To help you get most out of the new Office for Mac, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 10.
The texts of proposed amendments to constitutions, draft constitutions, and recent constitutions can be published in a variety of sources. These documents might not exist in English translation, but only in the original language or vernacular. Here are some tips for locating new constitutional texts.

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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln — The Epic Struggle to Get the 13th Amendment Passed by Congress


Abraham Lincoln understood that neither the Emancipation Proclamation nor the end of the Civil War would be enough to abolish slavery; hence, the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution would have to be enacted in order to outlaw the ownership of slaves.

Amendment XIII

Section 1.

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Lincoln believed that ending the Civil War would not guarantee an end of slavery and believed a permanent legal solution would be necessary. Lincoln proposed adding the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but knew there would be political resistance to getting this law approved by Congress. The majority of the movie dealt with Lincoln’s struggle to get the 13th Amendment enacted and passed by the U.S. Congress. Much of the deal making to get enough votes to pass this amendment to the Constitution was well documented in Doris Kern’s book, A Team of Rivals and was incorporated into the script of the movie. What humor there was in this film was based on all the deal making tactics that Lincoln’s surrogates used to get various politicians to vote for the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Spielberg’s Lincoln tried to show Lincoln as a real man, a realist and as a real politician. In a New York Times’ movie review written by A.O. Scott, the author says that “the legislative process-the linchpin of our system of checks and balances-is often treated with lofty contempt masquerading as populist indignation, an attitude typified by the aw-shucks antipolitics of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”. (N.Y.Times, A.O. Scott, November 8, 2012)

Roger Ebert, the movie critic, gave this movie a 4 star rating and I too would give the movie a high rating because of the excellent script written by Kushner, as well as the terrific cinematography done by Janusz Kaminski and good acting performances given by Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Daniel Day-Lewis. The movie is rated PG-13 and lasts for 149 minutes, which could be a little long for some children.  Buy some popcorn and enjoy this legal thriller.

~Jane Fraytet~

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Finding the pot o’ gold at your library

From fun to historical, the Charlotte Law Library has a wide collection of electronic resources to meet your Irish research needs this St. Patrick’s Day.

The Irish Student Law Review (available on Heinonline From 1991-2008)

Fundamental Rights in the Irish Law and Constitution written by John Maurice Kelly (1961) (available on Heinonline)

Irish Law (available on Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History) Firm knowledge concerning arrangements on maintaining social order among the inhabitants of Ireland—in short, provision for “law”—begins in the seventh and eighth centuries c.e. when the vast majority of the surviving law texts of Irish provenance and written in Irish were composed. The earliest of today’s surviving manuscripts dates from the twelfth century—though most are very much later—but on linguistic grounds the original writing down of these laws is …”

The story of the Irish Nation by Francis Hackett (1922) (available on HeHeinonline’s collection World’s Constitutions Illustrated Books)

The European Convention on Human Rights and the Conflict in Northern Ireland by Brice Dickson (eBook – Full Text Available on Oxford Scholarship Online)

Concerns regarding possible collusion in Northern Ireland: Police and paramilitary groups: hearing before the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, October 22, 2009. (PURL Access)

The Irish Revolution by Michael J.F. McCarthy (1912) (available on Heinonline’s collection World’s Constitutions Illustrated Books)

A history of the penal laws against the Irish Catholics : from the treaty of Limerick to the Union by Sir Henry Parnell. (Available on The Making of Modern Law – Legal Treatises 1800-1926)

In the Name of the Father (DVD) Produced and Directed by Jim Sheridan. “Fact-based film about Gerry Conlon, a young Irish punk who is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and forced to confess to a terrorist bombing. He and his father, along with friends of Gerry, are found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. There, his father shows his true strength, and Gerry works to prove their innocence and clear his father’s name.”

To find more treasures, try searching the CSL Electronic Resources LibGuide.

– Liz McCurry –

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Student Perspectives: The Firearm Freedom Act

Across the nation, states are declaring themselves exempt from federal firearms laws.  Called the Firearms Freedom Act, the legislation applies to any firearm or ammunition manufactured in-state owned, used, or possessed by a state resident. Automatic weapons or rocket propelled grenades are still subject to federal firearm regulations.

One might ask, how can they do this? The Interstate Commerce Clause of the United State’s Constitution provides the legal basis for the federal government to mandate legislation across the nation.  The framers of the Constitution intended that absent the need to regulate Commerce, the United States Congress does not have authority to govern and control state sovereignty.  The 10th Amendment expressly reserves to the states all powers not delegated to the national government.  Gradually the Federal government expanded their authority until in 1942 the Supreme Court ruled that that Congress may regulate local activities that, when considered alone, have no impact on interstate commerce, if the class of activities might reasonably be deemed to have significant national consequences. Wickard v. Filburn, 317 U.S. 111 (U.S. 1942). Using the issue of firearms, states are trying to exert their state sovereignty again as provided by the 10th amendment.

What does this mean for the average American? In Wyoming, passing the legislation into law on March 11, 2010, makes it a felony punishable by a year in jail and a $2,000 fine for any state or federal officer who tries to enforce any federal gun law on firearms made and sold in the state. The states of Tennessee, Utah, Montana and South Dakota have enacted similar legislation absent the law enforcement penalty. (See at Firearm Freedom Act analysis by state.)It is also a local issue to North and South Carolina. Senator Bright introduced the “Firearms Freedom Act” in the 2009-2010 session of South Carolina in Senate bill S794. According to Vance County’s GOP website, Representative David Lewis of Harnet County plans to sponsor a similar bill in North Carolina.

So what federal restrictions are impacted?  According to the Billings Gazette, people who are convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence are prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law; however, under this legislation that restriction is no longer applicable to the purchase of a local weapon.  Other federal restrictions that are seemingly circumvented include: a prohibition against convicted violent felons possessing firearms, a three day waiting period to purchase, a federal firearms license, and payment of federal taxes.

Supporters of the law see it as a manifestation of States rights against an overzealous federal government.  Gun advocates are already testing the legislation with a suit filed in the US District court of Montana against US Attorney General Eric Holder, with future suits planned in other states if the Montana suit is dismissed. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms warned gun dealers that they are expected to comply with all federal regulations regardless of the state legislation. If the states prevail over the issue of firearms, what other federal regulations created due to the Interstate Commerce Clause could be next?

-Charles Lifford ’13 (Part-Time Evening Student)-

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