Monday, May 09, 2011

From Lawyer to Hollywood Writer: Marshall Goldberg: Kiski '64, Harvard '68, Stanford Law '71

I found a short informative write-up about a Stanford Law classmate, Marshall Goldberg, at The Kiski School famous alumni page, where they write, inter alia:
"... you've probably seen Marshall's work in your living room more times than you can count... [e.g.] L.A. Law... The Paper Chase."
See some of his credits at The Kiski School (about the school here).

Happy Europe Day! May 9: A Marriage of Reason but not of the Heart

As the European Union writes on its website:
On the 9th of May 1950, Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations.

This proposal, known as the "Schuman declaration", is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.

Today, the 9th of May has become a European symbol (Europe Day) which, along with the flag, the anthem, the motto and the single currency (the euro), identifies the political entity of the European Union. Europe Day is the occasion for activities and festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and peoples of the Union closer to one another.
Raf Casert of the AP points out, however, that:
"In EU, Europe Day stands for little: integration may make life easier, but no celebration.... [the EU] has always been a marriage of reason, rarely the heart."

New EU European Union Cookie Law Comes into Effect on May 26, 2011: Compliance and Consent

Pinsent Masons LLP at OUT-LAW News writes about compliance and consent as regards the new EU cookie law which goes into effect on May 26, 2011.

Law and Ethics: Old School Values vs. Values that Follow the Money

Law and Ethics.

Julian Summerhayes discusses
Old School Values vs. the modern "values that follow the money"
and suggests we:
"[not] ditch the old for the new without a compelling business case".

Vintners and Wine Labels: New Stricter Rules for Labeling Wine Proposed by U.S. Treasury Department Agency, The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau: How About Green Wine?

The long arm of the law is everywhere, also in wine-growing.

Michael Doyle McClatchy/Chicago Tribune News in Stricter wine labeling rules? Put a cork in it! reports that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, an agency of the Treasury Department that regulates wine labeling, is considering tighter rules for wine label and wine label definitions.

Some U.S. vintners would welcome more exact limitations on who can use terms such as "estate" on their wine labels. The term "estate bottled" -- for a wine from an estate that controls the entire process from growing grapes to bottling the wine -- is quite strictly defined, whereas the term "estate" itself is not legally defined, permitting such labels as "estate grown", which may be misleading.

There are also differences between wine labeling depending on country.

For example, what about sulfites in wine? what about wine made from organic grapes?

Read Heather Stober Fleming of Grape Expectations at in
There's white wine, red wine, and now, 'green' wine.

The Wealthiest Top 10 - Guess Which Country

The following list
reproduces 7 of the Top 10 "Super-Rich"
in their country.

Guess which country it is and ponder what this tells us about the modern world.

Lakshmi Mittal and family
Alisher Usmanov
Roman Abramovich
Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli
Leonard Blavatnik
David and Simon Reuben
Gopi and Sri Hinduja

Click here for the answer.

Hat tip to CaryGEE.

Tablet PCs and E-Book Readers for the Legal Profession, Legal Research and the Court System, plus Questions of Copyright Law for E-Book Reader and Audio Technology, Including Library Lending

Print, print, print? Not so much in the not so distant future of law.

John Edwards has a piece investigating tablet PCs and e-book readers for attorneys at LawTechnology News (LTN) in Tablet or E-Book Reader? It Depends.

LexisNexis introduced e-books last year and has a website presence at LexisNexis eBooks.

WestLaw introduced 30 of their titles as e-books in 2009 and David Holt at Law Library Technology informs us on Using WestLaw Next with your e-book reader.

Blackwell's Law Ebooks in the UK, for example, already has e-books devoted to the law as a fixed category.

It will not be surprising down the road, we think, to find Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court or judges of lower courts at oral argument or in other circumstances where quick reference to legal codes, case law, academic commentary or other document information is required, to consult their law, fact and case-filled Tablet PC or E-Book Reader (or a similar electronic research and book and document reading technology).

E-book readers are becoming more widespread and the EBook Readers Review in the UK has a nice comparison table of popular models: Amazon, Sony, BeBook, Barnes and Noble, Bookeen, and more. See the Wikipedia Comparison of e-book readers for a comprehensive table.

Of course, all such e-book readers are subject to the copyright laws.

Ken LaMance, Attorney at Law, LegalMatch Law Library Managing Editor, examines E-Book Readers and Copyright Laws.

Jay Rivera, also at LegalMatch, goes into Digital Storytelling: Copyright Law and E-book Audio Readers.

Peter Hirtle at the LibraryLaw Blog discusses the legality of library lending of e-book readers.

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