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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — August 31, 2015

weeklyroundup60 Nontraditional Jobs You Can Do with a Law Degree (and should strongly consider doing)

In my career spanning more than two decades as an attorney and legal recruiter, I have met an astonishing number of people who have chosen nontraditional legal careers. With very, very few exceptions, most of these people are far happier than they ever were practicing law. A good number of these people who left the legal practice also make more money in their new professions.

Law Firm Librarians: An Under-Utilized Resource

There has been a lot of discussion in the blogosphere and twitter this week about the Bloomberg Law article “Law Firm Librarians Feel Underused and Underpaid” and the accompanying survey.

Owning Our Authority: Tanya Geisler at TEDxlsfeldWomen

Tanya Geisler is a Toronto-based certified business and life coach and catalyst. She wrote The Joy Pages, created Board of Your Life and speaks with great passion on all things joy, meaning and purpose. Her talk explores the space between the continuum from Imposter to Authority.

Research Reveals Link between LSAT Prep and Brain Improvement

Neuroscientists from the University of California at Berkeley have found that the structure of the brain is changed microscopically by intensive prep for the LSAT. The change in the brain actually strengthens the connection in the brain that is responsible for reasoning.

How to Locate a Published Congressional Hearing: A Beginner’s Guide

In 1947, aviation and film industry executive Howard Hughes testified before a hearing of the Senate Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program. The hearings that followed were contentious, with the committee investigating Kaiser-Hughes Aircraft for receiving taxpayer dollars for aircraft that were never delivered, including the flying boat called the Hercules, also known as the Spruce-Goose…

My Final Blog Post: by Brian Mathews

May 22, 2006. That’s when I started The Ubiquitous Librarian Blog. I wrote before at Alt-Ref where I explored new approaches for reference and instruction. But I felt too boxed in. Ubiquitous gave me freedom to roam.  It ends today. Right here. 407 posts…

Could You Handle These Interview Tasks? (Some Are Pretty Crazy)

Interviewing at Google has become something of a legend in job-hunting circles.  The company realized early on that it didn’t necessarily just want the right person for a particular job description, it wanted the right person for Google. Because the company places a premium on employees who will move up within the company, they wanted to hire for the right personality more than the just the right skills for any particular job.

Teaching a Class Again

We never teach the same course twice. Some of the changes are out of our control: new students, new classroom, new time. A move from early morning to late at night can change the whole feel of a topic, while a group of students with strong camaraderie might take on collaborative assignments very differently from a group that includes many non-traditional students or a range of disciplines. And of course when technology is involved, the foundations are likely to shift every semester: even when I teach courses that seem to have the same name, the platform, scripting languages, and digital landscape changes so much in the course of a few months that I am always re-inventing.

Thinking Outside the Cube

How offices will change — for better and for worse.

Forensically Beta

Forensically is a set of free tools for digital image forensics. It includes clone detection, error level analysis, meta data extraction and more.

Pre-ILTACON: Interesting Times

Lawyers who entered the profession when the standard means of production were a dictaphone and a dedicated secretary will, without any sense of irony, EMAIL me to tell me that technology has no impact on the way they practice law. One of the most underappreciated characteristics of technology is how quickly it can be assimilated into the ‘natural’ order of our lives.

Best Way to Take Notes in Class Isn’t on Your Laptop, Research Finds

The research is clear: Typing out your notes results in decreased comprehension of lecture material.

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ALR Student’s Corner: And Justice for All – A Review

“Don’t you care? Don’t you even care? They’re people you know? They’re just people… He’s dead! Half hour after they put him in the lockup he hanged himself. God damn it!”

We often become too familiar with our jobs. That along with losing passion, fatigue, personal issues, and conflicts may cause us to bring down our standards. Laws form the boundaries of our society, structure our government, maintain order, guarantee our rights and the freedom of private enterprise, regulate complicated affairs, and punish wrongdoers. However, what drove most of us, or at least many, to pursue a career in law is the idea of justice. Justice can be defined as the truth pursuant to the evidence, what is right under the totality of the circumstance, or what the law interprets as permissible based on the facts presented.

In “And Justice for All,” Al Pacino plays defense attorney, Arthur Kirkland, who has a reputation for having a high moral standard. He is also known to have bad blood with an authoritative judge named Henry Fleming, who is accused of raping and assaulting a woman. Unfortunately, Kirkland is forced to represent Fleming because the judge threatened to disbar him for breaking client confidentiality unless he takes the case. Because he is tied up with the big case, Kirkland asks a friend to fill in for him on a case involving a gullible transgender defendant who is accused of robbery and is petrified of how other inmates will treat him if he is convicted.

The lines quoted at the beginning of this article are from the scene where Kirkland finds out that his friend has neglected to request probation before judgment and the transgender defendant has committed suicide after being sentence to serve time. Not knowing all the facts, the friend yells, in response, that it’s just nickel and dime.

Defense attorneys make deals with prosecutors to request a favor in return, prosecutors want to be a star by convicting a judge, defense attorneys and prosecutors both fabricate or hide evidence to win the case. Kirkland says in his opening statement that the intention of justice is that the guilty people are proven guilty and the innocent are freed. He adds that the only problem is that both sides would like to win regardless of the truth, regardless of who’s guilty, because winning is everything.

The adversarial system has its merits. The procedural laws have its merits. If anyone’s been in an actual hearing or a trial in session, they would realize that nothing would be done without the strict rules governing the process, and the truth is often revealed during the cross-examinations and the presentation of evidence by the adverse parties. The courts also rule not only based on the law but on equity. The law is not only prescribed and remedies are ordered according to what is reasonable.

Then what is it that makes people fear the law yet not respect lawyers? Why do we entrust so much power to a profession that is not so trusted? Is it because lawyers are not honest?

Sam, Kirkland’s grandfather asks him if he’s a good, honest lawyer. Kirkland answers with a sarcastic tone that being honest doesn’t have much to do with being a lawyer. Sam replies back, “if you’re not honest, you’ve got nothing.” However, if all attorneys are completely honest, many defendants will not get a fair trial. We don’t want that. The issues and disputes that end up in court may be extremely complicated and confusing. Anyone can be the defendant – whether they meant to or not, and more importantly, judges will be more prone to be wrong if they only hear one side of the story. In that sense, although TV ads make you feel otherwise jaded, thank God there are plenty of defense attorneys.

If it’s not the law, and if it’s not the lawyers, why is it so difficult to achieve justice? Is the blindfold on lady justice getting in the way when she reads the scale and strikes that sword? I believe that regardless of how we might feel about the justice system we are on the right track and it’s a process in which we will ultimately build the most ideal system to achieve justice. Developments in technology, open public discussions, political debates, and new laws protecting individual rights are all examples of how we can and are advancing to construct a better justice system.

In “And Justice for All,” the defendant judge passes the polygraph although he later admits that he raped and assaulted the victim. Today’s DNA testing technology, and more advanced polygraph tests could have helped the prosecutor in cases like the one in “And Justice for All” where there were no witnesses other than the one planted by the defendant. Forensic use of DNA technology in criminal cases began in 1986, whereas the movie took place in 1979. North Carolina also permits the use of DNA evidence. As for polygraph (aka lie detector) test results, in many states including New York, Texas, Illinois, and the District of Columbia they are generally inadmissible. Some states do recognize them as admissible evidence and some permit them only to support probable cause for warrants.

Although I’m not sure how the law was back then, now no one in a courtroom would be able to shout things out, make comments, laugh and whistle without being held in contempt.

Human history is not that lengthy. Yet even after including prehistoric times, humans have been on this earth for only about 30 seconds out of a day in Earth’s time. Although we have achieved so much during the past few millennia, we are only discovering what we can do with what we have, not only with tangible materials but also with the products of our minds. As one of the greatest inventions and tools that was essential to our development and prosperity, the law and the justice system have evolved greatly, and will continue to change to one day achieve justice for all.

This film is available as part of the Charlotte School of Law Library DVD collection.

~Inchang Moses Sye, L’15~

Class Advisor – Susan Catterall, Esq.

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ALR Student’s Corner: Department of Commerce: Minority Business Development Agency


The Commerce Department’s mission is to make American businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad. Responsible for everything from weather forecasts to patent protection, the following twelve departments of the Commerce Department impact the everyday lives of all Americans:

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) embodies the Commerce Department’s goal of maximizing job creation and global competitiveness by creating a new generation of minority-owned businesses that generate $100 million in annual revenues.  The MBDA provides services in five major areas globally through its business center:

Global Business Development: Focus is on the importance of minority-owned businesses as a key component of U.S. international trade. Minority-owned firms have the most favorable export attributes of any sector of the U.S. economy and represent the future of export growth.

Access to Capital and Financial Management: MBDA’s business advisors offer extensive experience in commercial lending and banking, financial, credit and risk analysis and general finance counseling.

Access to Contracts: MBDA business development specialists provide procurement assistance to help minority-owned firms do business with the federal, state, and local governments as well as private corporations. These specialists provide identification of procurement opportunities, solicitation analysis, bid and proposal preparation, research contract award histories, post-award contract administration, and certifications assistance.

Access to Markets: MBDA services in this area include government procurement assistance, private sector contract identification, and specialized certification assistance, including 8(a), MBE, and Small Disadvantaged Business. Assistance with market research, market plan development, and marketing communications is provided, as well.

Strategic Business Consulting: This service area includes strategic and business planning, staffing, organization and structure, policies and procedures, and general business consulting.

Most recently, MBDA featured a segment on how minority manufacturing businesses have strengthened the “Made in America” brand. This year, MBDA recognized a couple of businesses for outstanding manufacturing impact and achieving significant success in employing new and innovative techniques that led to a significant increase in market share, job growth, and customer satisfaction. “Manufacturing creates good jobs and has the largest multiplier effect of any part of the economy,” said Alejandra Y. Castillo, MBDA National Director. “We are very proud of the tremendous achievements of minority businesses in the manufacturing industry that help grow the national economy through innovation, job and wealth creation.”

MBDA’s website is user friendly and provides an unlimited amount of information and resources, including a repository of publications for public research and review, dedicated to minority business developments.


~ Zona Julien, L’15 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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A Competent Lawyer Will Keep Current with Technology

Recently the American Bar Association revised its model rules, specifically addressing the need for an attorney to keep current with advances in technology.  The change in rules was proposed by the ABA’s Commission on Ethics 20/20 and was adopted during the annual meeting, held in Chicago, August 2-7. The affected Model Rule 1.1 speaks to the importance of an attorney understanding the “benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.”   As stated in the Report to the ABA House of Delegates, “[A] lawyer would have difficulty providing competent legal services in today’s environment without knowing how to use email or create an electronic document.”

The impetus behind the changes had everything to do with developing a set of guidances to assist attorneys in not only representing their clients, but in understanding how to maintain the confidentiality which corresponds to competent representation.  The American Bar Association has made practice resources available through its Legal Technology Resource Center.  Its Law Practice Management Section’s eLawyering Task Force has also provided resources.  The amended Model Rules have rounded back and have now imposed a duty on attorneys to embrace technology.

So how has Charlotte School of Law addressed the need to remain knowledgeable regarding technology and the practice of law?  In July, the library staff conducted two student focus groups which addressed how students were accessing legal resources.  Another purpose of the focus groups, moderated by Adjunct Professor and Reference Librarian, Cory Lenz, was to ascertain which legal apps students were accessing through mobile phones and tablet technology.  This evaluation has been continued into the fall semester by the Advanced Legal Research class.  As part of the class, every ALR student is evaluating a specific legal research app and will post the evaluation to the CSL Library blog.  So watch this space!  In the interim, please take a look at the “There’s an App for That”  research guide, created by Metadata & Serials Librarian, Ashley Moye, and available on the Library’s electronic resource page.

~ Susan Catterall ~

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Hidden Treasures: SciTech Lawyer

Welcome back to CharlotteLaw, dear students and faculty.  Now that orientation is complete and the spring semester is in full swing, its time again… to take moment to shine the spotlight on one of the many legal periodicals Charlotte Law has to offer!

Is it science and technology that fascinates you?  The SciTech Lawyer, a quarterly publication by the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law, provides information about current developments at the intersection of law, science, medicine, and technology.

The mission of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law is to provide leadership on emerging issues at the intersection of law, science, and technology, to promote sound policy and public understanding on such issues and to enhance the professional development of its members.

This Section is widely recognized and sought after as the premier global authority on science and technology law.  The ABA, external organizations, and individuals routinely consult with the Section’s leaders for their expertise and insights.  The Section is viewed by ABA, the media, policymakers, judges, scientists, and technologists as the authoritative voice on science and technology law.

Charlotte Law’s print collection for this title has issues tracing back to its first volume, published in 2004, all the way to the present.  Not only does this journal feature articles on cutting edge controversies and events in the science and technology realm, but it also includes annual meeting session summaries and the B-Tech and E-Tech updates, quarterly columns with coverage of topics such as epigenetics and jailbreaking cellphones.

Here’s a selection of articles published in the latest issue, How the Earth Is Changing Environmental Law.  Online versions are available to Section members.

Reflections on the Deepwater Horizon Incident
Industry is responding to the spill by accelerating the engineering, construction, and deployment of equipment designed to improve capabilities to contain a potential future underwater blowout, and the government is finalizing new response plan standards to greatly enhance the ability to respond to a blowout in the future.
By Jonathan K. Waldron

The Gulf Oil Spill: Social Versus Legal Obligations Facing BP
Our society faces the task of recouping the costs of the oil spill. One must recognize, however, that any such efforts involve losses to BP’s shareholders. Our sense of fairness tempts us to ignore the desires of shareholders when thinking about how to deal with this disaster, but the law is on their side.
By Dr. Jean Helwege

Breaking New Ground: Legal Responses to the Challenges of Modern Mining
Modern hardrock mining operations produce metals and minerals on a vastly larger scale than in the past. As the methods and scale of mining have evolved, governments have varied their attempts to adapt legal and regulatory systems. This article examines three case studies demonstrating how legal systems have responded to modern mining.
By Paul E. Bailey, Elizabeth McCullough, Kerry Schlichting, and Terry Unger

Climate Change Law: Standards to Quantify, Monitor, Report, and Verify
There are two primary mechanisms involved with how businesses and organizations, responding to mandatory or voluntary climate change requirements, can adopt standards to quantify, monitor, report, and verify their greenhouse gas emissions and reduction/removal activities. This article discusses the use of international standards and independent verification.
By Thomas Shaw

The Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Addressing International Climate Change
Governments around the world are increasingly cognizant of the need to develop policies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. All parties must benefit for an effective solution to the climate change problem to come to fruition.
By Sherin M. Rashedi

Who Owns Your Genes? The Myriad Genetics’ Breast Cancer Gene Patent Dispute
On March 29, 2010, a court in the Southern District of New York invalidated certain patents issued to Myriad Genetics, Inc., relating to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes on the grounds that the genes were nonpatentable subject matter. This article describes the general background of the issues raised by this case, commonly referred to as Myriad Genetics.
By Angela Foster

Our latest issue is always on display in the popular journals area near reference and circulation and older issues are filed in the periodicals compact shelving.  Link to our catalog record at http://catalog.fcsl.edu/record=b377610 to see detailed holdings information and feel free to peruse our periodicals collection if you’re interested in the older print issues.  And as always, happy reading!!!

– Ashley Moye –

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