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One of the advantages of being an online entrepreneur is that you’re location independent and have the opportunity to work from anywhere. However, the very characteristics that make it so desirable can also be a hindrance. Who has the discipline sit at an internet café working when there’s an opportunity to explore an exotic beach nearby? Not many of us. The unexpected will always occur when you’re on the road but it is possible to avoid the worst hiccups through careful planning and managing your time effectively. It takes discipline to settle into a work routine when you’re constantly changing places and timezones.  If you want to find out how to ...
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If you're looking into Bitcoin because you've heard about it how it could be an alternative to regular cash, you should take the time to familiarize yourself with it so that you know what you're buying. It's different than regular currency because it's not based on the value of precious metals or interest rates set forth by the Federal Reserve. It's based on cryptographic algorithms generated by high-powered computing machines, and transactions in which it changes wallets happen on a blockchain network . Diving into the specifics of these algorithms and blockchain technology would be a long process, but in simple terms Bitcoin is an electronic currency for which ...
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Good morning everyone, I am stuck on a research question and I thought I would reach out to the community to see if any of you had ideas so that I could focus my efforts. The Question : We want to know 1) how often the exclusionary rule is being used in criminal proceedings in any or all jurisdictions 2) how often the motion is granted/denied.  The purpose is to determine how common this motion is and the relative success rate when it is used. I have reached out to both Lexis and Bloomberg (waiting to hear back from Westlaw) and, unfortunately, their analytics don’t get this granular for this specific type of motion (motion to exclude evidence).  I ...
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Enterprise resource planning (ERP) has been well-received by many companies in various industries. It simplifies the processes of different areas of your business such as logistics, HR, accounting, and inventory. With the growth of technology, the ERP system is invaluable in the professional service organizations including the law firms. It can speed up the sharing of crucial information within the legal firms, and leaders can make informed decisions . This post will discuss why ERP solution has become important for large law firms. Tender filing Organizations using legal services are now categorizing it as an important element of the procurement ...
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Being arrested for driving under the influence can be a nerve-wracking experience. If you decide not to plead guilty to the charge, know that you’ll have to appear before a judge a few times before your case is over. But even if you plead guilty and go to court just once, you’ll still have to know some general rules. In case you’ve never been to court before, there are some things you should keep in mind. First of all, make sure you address the judge as Your Honor. It’s also important to dress professionally and behave responsibly. Don’t get too nervous or emotional. Know that everything you do in court will have an impact on the judge’s final decision. ...
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Presentations are as stress-inducing as they are important. They are one of the more personal moments that occur during work. A good presentation relies equally on research and facts as well as style. Presentations are a great opportunity to shine and impress higher-ups, so here is a quick overview of how to make a good, memorable impression when presenting. Be prepared This first point sounds like a no brainer. But a great impression is achieved by going above and beyond what is expected. If you know you have a presentation due, divide some time each day to work on it – and then surpass that time. Get completely comfortable with your material ...
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Working at a legal firm often involves extensive preparation for cases, revisions and everything else. More often than not, you have to work overtime because of the necessity to finish something, not because someone is forcing you. This can be a bit straining on the mind, so you need to find a way to deal with long hours at a legal firm. It’s much easier than it sounds at first. Have a goal in mind Even though you’ve been at work all day, you need to have a quality rest of the day. This means doing everything you love and care about. The motivation for you could be in a dinner outing with your family or to watch your favorite TV show. Everyone has ...
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Mistakes are bound to happen in the workplace every once in a while. However, as a manager or business owner, it is your duty to ensure they don’t happen often. Some of your employees may be putting in minimum effort while others are constantly working on improving their skills and becoming better at what they do. No matter how much effort they put in, you will have to guide your employees to improve their efficiency at work. When someone makes a mistake in the workplace, you shouldn’t make them feel bad because of it. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that you should never ignore mistakes either. Instead, simply let your staff know it’s completely normal ...
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Law Librarian Organization Tips Staying organized is essential to success as a law librarian. You deal with so much paperwork every day that failure to organize properly could result in big delays and even bigger problems. Organization is paramount to efficiency in your job. Create a System Most librarians take a very systematic approach to not only their work, but also their life. Every library has a system in place to keep documents in proper order for easy reference. But, that’s not the only system you should get used to utilizing. As a law librarian, you can use different systems to keep you productive and efficient as you go about ...
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[Some notes for a future article on AI assistants and information professionals:] Even 500 years ago, it was impossible for one person to read everything that was published in the world.  See  http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/the-man-who-tried-to-read-all-the-books-in-the-world .  Today, I doubt that all the information professionals in the world could collectively read (or watch or listen to) all of the published media in the world. Librarians assist; but librarians also need assistance.  So we use search engines for databases, in order to find relevant materials.  We also ask questions to people with expertise in information in general or subject matter ...
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Diversity & Inclusion Librarian of the Month: Femi Cadmus Femi Cadmus I am law library director, associate dean, and professor of practice at Cornell Law School. My foray into law librarianship started 27 years ago and I have a deep passion for initiatives that facilitate and contribute to free and open access to legal information. On the volunteer side, I am currently Vice-President/President-Elect of AALL. What do you envision in the future of diversity and inclusion in law librarianship?  I believe there will continue to be a heightened awareness of diversity and inclusion in the profession through relevant training and programs. ...
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Diversity & Inclusion Librarian of the Month: Meg Butler Meg Butler As a mid-career librarian, I have worked exclusively in an academic law library environment. I have found it to be a place where my interests in classroom teaching, data management, working with patrons of all skill/knowledge levels, and access to justice intersect. What do you envision in the future of diversity and inclusion in law librarianship? In SEAALL (Southeastern Chapter American Association of Law Libraries), I have the pleasure of joining Shamika Dalton, Beau Steenken, Endia Sowers Paige, and Nichelle Perry as the inaugural committee members of the chapter ...
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Diversity & Inclusion Librarian of the Month: Janice Henderson Janice Henderson Throughout my career in the legal industry I have been a law librarian, project manager, teacher, speaker, CLE developer, and knowledge manager. I am a member of both AALL and LLAGNY and have always volunteered to support both organizations. Supporting your colleagues who have been instrumental in your career is the best way I know to pay it back. What do you envision in the future of diversity and inclusion in law librarianship? A lot of organizations are developing or have diversity and inclusion committees. The first step is to recognize the differences ...
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In light of the #metoo campaign, some law library patrons may be looking for information about the law and sexual harassment, discrimination, and assault.  Here's what I've found today.  If you've come across other helpful resources, please let me know. Professor Deborah Rhode of Stanford Law School provides a succinct explanation of this topic at https://law.stanford.edu/2017/10/18/sexual-harassment-and-the-law/ The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has collected resources on harassment and discrimination, bullying of women in the workplace, and pertinent state agency materials at http://bit.ly/womenlawmetoo . These opinion pieces have two quite ...
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I'll take AALL at its word: they've already signed up John Waters as the keynote speaker for the 2018 AALL Conference in (of course) Baltimore! I was thinking at first, what's the link between John Waters and law libraries?  But then I realized, John Waters has gotten in trouble with both the law and libraries for years with his provocative work, especially from his shocking early years.  (Note: Waters' most recent book is called " Make Trouble ."  He's been good at that.) Upon research, I've found more connections.  He's said "if I wasn’t a filmmaker I would have been a criminal defense lawyer , and I think I would have been pretty good."  He's exhibited ...
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Pokémon Go appeared one year ago today (in the US and Oceania).  Within days, it was a massive hit.  Within weeks, it seemed to be taking over the world.  Within months ... it faded.  There were other matters occupying our attention -- Donald Trump comes to mind. And yet ... it's still around.  According to Pokémon Go's developer, players caught 16 million Pokémon in one day in June in New York City. (Players in London and in Toyko caught even more Pokémon.)  The developer also stated in April that there were over 65 million players worldwide each month.  Maybe this translates to, say, a few million people in the US playing Pokemon Go once or twice per month ...
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The Supreme Court ended its October 2016 term earlier this week. During this term, the Court issued Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc. on March 22, 2017, holding that an artistic feature incorporated into the design of a useful article is eligible for copyright protection. You can read our issue brief on this decision here . In late May, the Court also issued  Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. , which addressed the scope of the patent exhaustion doctrine. In its discussion on the question of international exhaustion, the Court heavily referred to and followed the logic of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. , ...
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On Thursday the U.S. Copyright Office released a report summarizing the findings from its study of the operation of 17 U.S.C. 1201. Section 1201, which was enacted in 1998 as a part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, places prohibitions on the circumvention of technological protection measures (TPMs) that control access to and copying of works. The section contains several exceptions, and also enacts a triennial rulemaking cycle in which the Librarian of Congress can grant additional exemptions. In December 2015, the Copyright Office first called for comments on the operation of Section 1201. The American Association of Law Libraries responded to both ...
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Conan O'Brien is currently involved in copyright litigation in the Southern District of California, on the claims that he stole jokes.  The case is Kaseberg v. Conaco, LLC et al 3:15-cv-01637. Defendants include Conan O’Brien, various writers on his show, and Conaco, Conan’s production company. Judge Janis L. Sammartino ruled that the jokes were held under very thin protection, but would not grant Conaco summary judgment on charges that they stole jokes from comedy writer Robert Alexander Kaseberg, who has his own blog and has been a comedy writer for more than 20 years.  Kaseberg has contributed to television and radio, including submitting over 1,000 jokes ...
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The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that federal copyright law preempted the right-of-publicity state law claims brought by two former NCAA Division III basketball players in Maloney v. T3Media, Inc. T3Media contracts with the NCAA to store, host, and license images in the NCAA Photo Library. The plaintiff-appellants, two former student athletes, alleged that T3Media exploited their names and likenesses by selling non-exclusive licenses permitting customers to download photographs from the NCAA Photo Library for non-commercial art use without obtaining their consent. The statutory provision in the Copyright Act pertaining to preemption is 17 U.S.C. § ...
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