“I remember my grandfather telling me how each of us must live with a full measure of loneliness that is inescapable, and we must not destroy ourselves with our passion to escape the aloneness” - Jim Harrison

Good morning all you Law Buffs and Calves,

“I remember my grandfather telling me how each of us must live with a full measure of loneliness that is inescapable, and we must not destroy ourselves with our passion to escape the aloneness” (Jim Harrison). 

We hope all of you are enjoying summer break. For those of you studying for the bar exam, remember that the law library is open! Check out this webpage for more information! If you need reference or circulation help, please reach out to one of your amazing law librarians. Feel free to come in, study, relax, beat the heat, or whatever all you cool Law Buffs do in the summer.

The following are 10 interesting articles from the previous week. These articles were pulled from either the: ABA Newsletter, AALL Newsletter, vLex Newsletter, Law360, Law Practice Magazine Newsletter, LexisNexis’ Practical Guidance Newsletter, Bloomberglaw Filings of Note and/or Frontiers Newsletter. Enjoy!

Introduction: “In the wake of yesterday's horrific shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, people across Texas and the country have expressed curiosity about Texas's laws on purchasing and carrying firearms, "long guns," and handguns. Our library has compiled information on this topic that may put current events into context within the law.”

Introduction: “There's a growing legal strategy to address the climate crisis, and young people are at the center of it. The strategy focuses on states with constitutions that protect people's health and environmental rights. Montana, for example, explicitly provides for the right to a clean environment in its state constitution. In Utah, the constitution guarantees the right to life, health and safety. So, in pending litigation, young plaintiffs allege that these state governments are infringing upon those rights by promoting fossil fuels, which increase pollution and accelerate the climate crisis.”

“The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a Texas social media law that prohibits platforms such as Twitter from banning users based on their "viewpoints" from taking effect until a Fifth Circuit challenge of the legislation has been decided.”

“Two Texas-based legal aid organizations have teamed up to help victims of last week's mass shooting in Uvalde, and they're asking for attorneys to volunteer their time in the coming weeks and months to sort out immigration and financial matters for grieving families.”

“How to Protect Confidentiality in an At-Home Practice" 

“As Roe’s fate awaits, see backgrounder on how we got here — along with the U.S. Supreme Court’s relevant past and upcoming cases”

“Some volunteer court watchers had to fight to observe criminal justice proceedings remotely during the pandemic. With courts beginning to shut down that remote public access, now they're fighting to keep it.”

Introduction: “Law Schools in the United States have been historically focused on teaching students using caselaw research tools and techniques. In real practice, lawyers need to add a few more tools to their toolkit. During the past decade, there has been an explosion of new tools, powered by algorithms and analytics which streamline a variety of traditional tasks which in the past took hours of time.”

Introduction: “Courts everywhere should check out the Court Forms Online MassAccess project that was created and maintained by the Document Assembly Line Project at the Suffolk Law’s Legal Innovation and Technology Lab in cooperation with the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission’s COVID-19 task force. But before we go further… the code tool sets are available online for free!”

Summary: “Contrary to a popular belief of lawyers having the most strict perception of law, law professionals actually strongly skew toward more favorable views of digital sharing. According to our qualitative study, relying on in-depth interviews with 50 Harvard lawyers, digital piracy is quite acceptable. It is considered fair, especially among friends and for noncommercial purposes. We argue that this not only can indicate that the existing law is becoming outdated because of its inability to be enforced, but also that ethically it is not corresponding to what is considered fair, good service, or being societally beneficial. The common perception of relying on a fixed price for digital content is eroding. We show that on the verges of business, society, and law, there is a potential for the new paradigm of digital commons to emerge.”