Friday, March 14, 2008

Links on the LawPundit Main Page : (2) (k,l) The Law Blogroll - Blawgs Beginning with the Letters K and L

We have gone through our links on the LawPundit law blogroll to update URLs and to provide selected recent information about those linked websites or blogs. This posting covers Links on the LawPundit Main Page : (2) (k,l) The Law Blogroll - K, L:

Karel’s Legal Blog is unusual in that it is written by an attorney who specializes in The Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.

The Landlord Law Blog is by a solicitor out of the UK whose most recent posting is OFT challenges unfair terms in landlords agency agreements.

Law Career Blog is by Gregory W. Bowman, Associate Professor, Mississippi College School of Law, who writes about New NALP Interview Guidelines:

"The New York Lawyer has a report about revisions NALP has made to its "Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruitment Activities." The guidelines, while not binding, are followed by most firms. One big change is that instead of listing a deadline by which students must accept or decline summer offers (formerly October 15), the revised guidelines now give students 45 days to accept or decline an offer."

Get the links to the article and to the new guidelines at Law Career Blog.

The Lawfinder not only indexes the legal blogs in the UK but also "provides structured access to over 100,000 UK legal documents and resources, plus powerful alerting and referencing tools."

Law and Other Things is "A Blog About Indian Law, the Courts, and the Constitution".

The Law and Politics Blog of the Institute for Law and Politics at the University of Minnesota Law School covers "News, analysis, research and policy ideas". A recent posting asks What Could Go Wrong in Florida?, where the Democractic Party is considering a redoing of their primary vote BY MAIL. As the candidates might say, just keep those cards and letters coming.

Law Firm Web Strategy "is about web innovation in the legal space and making the connection to law firm business interests." There is currently a bit of a row there about the evaluation and purpose of law blogs, see also Rule of Law. The Canadian Lawyer mag issued a posting about Luminaries of the Canadian Blogosphere with their selection of top 10 Canadian blawgs, indicating that the quantity of comments was an important - and disputed - criteria.

Info/Law is about Information, Law and the Law of Information. William McGeveran posted recently about My Trademark Fair Use Project, where he refers to his Four Free Speech Goals for Trademark Law, delivered at the symposium Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal at Fordham Law School. He also has an upcoming law review article, Rethinking Trademark Fair Use.

LawLibTech is "A conversation on law library technology and knowledge management" which recently featured Google Sites:

"The web is all a buzz about Google's newest application, Google Sites. Google Sites is an adaptation of Jotspot, a wiki web provider that Google purchased over a year ago, and is now part of Google Apps."

Thus far there is an important limitation, however, which we find written at Google Sites:

"Google Apps Team Edition is designed to help users easily collaborate with colleagues and classmates within their organizations. Because the service is intended for use within schools and businesses, you won't be able to sign up using an individual email address, such as:
  • user@gmail.com
  • user@yahoo.com
  • user@hotmail.com
  • user@aol.com
If you want to use Google Apps and you don't have an email address issued by a school or business, you may wish to try Google Apps with domain registration."

We definitely are not supporters of that kind of discriminatory product offering.

Law of the EMU and euro reports on "news, legislation and legal (scholarly) publications on the European Economic and Monetary Union".

Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tip Blog covers "law practice management, the Internet and technology". A recent post links to Dennis Kennedy's Eight Legal Technology Trends for 2008.

Law Professor Blogs has a great number of blogs about specific legal topics. It is described as "a network of web logs ("blogs") designed ... to assist law professors in their scholarship and teaching. Each site focuses on a particular area of law...."

The Law Weblog in the UK has a posting about Cameras in court abandoned, except Supreme Court. There is nothing unusual about that headline, except for the fact that there is no Supreme Court of the United Kingdom - but there will be one in 2009. (See LawPundit).

Law X.0 points us to the Legal Consequences of Co-Blogging, which has increasing relevance due to the growing team nature of many blogs in the blogosphere.

The Lewis & Clark BoleyBlogs! - ask/asks What Judges Look for in Law Clerks and Where Have All the Big-Firm Law Associates Gone?

At Legal Blog Watch Carolyn Elefant critically examines skills training against the background of reform of the 3rd-year law curriculum at Washington & Lee University Law School.

Legal Ethics Forum raises quintessential questions about Political Affiliations and Law School Pedagogy, writing:

"Thanks to Alan Childress at the Legal Profession Blog for the tip on this remarkable site at the Huffington Post, where you can learn who donates to political candidates, how much they donate, where the donors live, where the donors work, etc.

I understand why we need to know this sort of information, but I did feel kind of creepy when I saw the names, addresses, and political donations of my colleagues in legal academia by using simple search criteria. In case you're interested in the bottom line, the data for legal academics is similar to the results of other studies: law professors give a lot more money to Democrats than to Republicans. (In my unscientific analysis at the Huffington site, donations from law professors favor the Democrats by a 10-1 margin.)"

This is a very interesting posting. Our own view is that mentors influence us, clearly, and that law professors, being more on top of the legal material than anyone else, are thus by their state of knowledge more likely to be progressive than reactionary in their views, regardless of their political affiliation, under the motto that knowledge breeds change and ignorance breeds inertia.
But read more here.

Legal Jobs and Recruitment in the UK offers "Daily articles on legal jobs, legal recruitment and the legal profession in the UK, as seen through the eyes of Jonathan Fagan, MD and legal recruitment consultant with www.ten-percent.co.uk."

Legal Pad in Just a Coincidence? presents the law world with a billing bombshell as regards the Spitzer scandal:

"An S.F. Chronicle piece on the economics of prostitution offers a rule of thumb, courtesy of former sex worker Melissa Gira Grant, to figure the going hourly rate: "If you look at what a lawyer makes (in a particular city), that's what an escort makes."

Per billable hour? Or is there a supply and demand economic rule about the earnings of professionals which causes them to approach the same level? Or is one willing
as a client to pay at the same level at which one earns himself for top professional work in another profession? (we think the latter)

Wendy Seltzer at Legal Tags with her opera production Turandot. We quote the Wikipedia:

"
Turandot is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, set to a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. The text is based on Friedrich Schiller's adaptation of the play Turandot by Carlo Gozzi. Turandot was unfinished by the time of Puccini's death, and was later completed by Franco Alfano. The first performance was held at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 25 April 1926, and conducted by Arturo Toscanini. This performance included only Puccini's music and not Alfano's additions."

Arnie Herz at Legal Sanity goes to the heart of matter in creating a connection culture in the law:

"A little while back, I wrote a post on creating a more fulfilling legal career. It conveyed my thoughts on a New York Times article describing the diminishing lure of the law . One of the resonant complaints I hear from lawyers is that they feel very disconnected from their colleagues and firms. They attribute their sense of isolation to, among other things, the competitive nature of the business and long working hours. These kinds of complaints inspired me to write posts like...." See Legal Sanity for more.

Legal Theory Blog has moved. Interesting is the posting Lemos on Judicially Administered Statutes & Nondelegation.

Legal Underground refers most recently to the important matter of "The Supreme Court on Legal Writing".

Leiter Reports on JD/PhD Programs in the U.S.

Lessig Blog points to iSummit Sapporo -- call for submmissions.

Lex Ferenda hosts Blawg Review on upcoming March 17 (St. Patrick's Day - usually).

LibraryLaw Blog is by Mary Minow (and others): "Issues concerning libraries and the law - with latitude to discuss any other interesting issues Note: Not legal advice - just a dangerous mix of thoughts". A recent posting interviews her famous father: Interview with Newton Minow on the National Center for Learning Science and Technology Trust Fund.

The Dilanchian Lightbulb "blog on IP and commercialisation" gives us a view of the new trademark for Xerox:


Someone got a lot of money for designing that, but to us it looks like two bandaids on a ball.

Likelihood of Confusion is by "IP maven Ron Coleman on developments in trademark, copyright, new media and free speech". Take a look at The latest on 47 USC 230

Whatever Happened to the House of Lords? A Supreme Court of the United Kingdom will take up work Starting in October 2009

Time marches on, and there is in fact some visible modernity in law after all, even in a land as rich in tradition and legal glory as the United Kingdom.


Middlesex Guildhall
Future home of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

The Ministry of Justice of the UK informs us about the essentials:

"The introduction of a Supreme Court for the United Kingdom will provide greater clarity in our constitutional arrangements by further separating the judiciary from the legislature. It will assume the jurisdiction of the current Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and the devolution jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

The court will be an independent institution, presided over by independently appointed law lords. It will be housed in the historic Middlesex Guildhall on London's Parliament Square - opposite the Houses of Parliament and alongside Westminster Abbey and the Treasury - a fitting location for the apex of the justice system. The Guildhall is being renovated for use as a Supreme Court and is due to open at the start of the legal year in October 2009.

A booklet has been produced providing more information about the Supreme Court, including some images of proposed artwork (which has not yet been submitted for planning consent). If you would like to receive a complimentary copy (or copies), or would like any further information about the programme, please contact us."

We quote from the Wikipedia and recommend reading there for more details such as these:

"The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom was established in law by Part III of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. The Lord Chancellor has announced that it will start work in October 2009 once its new premises are ready. [link added by LawPundit]

It will take over the Law Lords' judicial functions in the House of Lords and some functions in the Judicial committee of the Privy Council. The Supreme Court will be the final court of appeal in all matters under English law, Welsh law (to the extent that the Welsh Assembly makes laws for Wales that differ from those in England) and Northern Irish law.


It will not have authority over criminal cases in Scotland, where the High Court of Justiciary will remain the supreme court. However, it will hear appeals from the Court of Session, just as the House of Lords does today.


It may hear cases of dispute between the three devolved governments - the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Assembly Government - and the UK government, taking over this function from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
"

The UK Department for Constitutional Affairs provides comprehensive background material concerning this rather remarkable development in the UK judiciary and legal system.

Remarkable is the role played by the doctrine of separation of powers:

"The Government's plans to create the Supreme Court, announced in June 2003, were controversial and were brought forward with little consultation. During 2004, a select committee of the House of Lords scrutinised the arguments for and against setting up a new court.

The main argument in favour of change was that there should be a separation between the House of Lords' role as a legislature and its role as a court. This, it was claimed, confused people and offended constitutional principles of separation of powers and independence of the judiciary. The main argument against the reforms was that the current arrangements worked well and provided good value for money."

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