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Monday, December 6, 2021 - 00:00

Hey all you cool Law Buffs and law calves,

Below are 10 articles that came out last week. We hope that you find some of them interesting. All of the articles were pulled from the ABA Newsletter, the AALL Newsletter, the vLex Newsletter, and Law 360. Enjoy!

Excerpt: "In scientific literature that investigates risk factors for burnout, six come up again and again, according to a review co-authored by Maslach and published in the 2016 book Stress: Cognition, Emotion, and Behavior. There’s workload, the amount of autonomy you have, and fairness in the workplace. Then there’s reward—how much your work is recognized and compensated—and workplace community, or the social support you receive from colleagues or clients. Finally, values and meaning: whether or not the work you’re doing syncs up with your ideals."

Excerpt: "The report from Carbon Switch, which produces guides for climate action, uses tax returns and foundation grant data to paint a picture of charitable giving in the U.S. It drops right as Americans across the country open their wallets for Giving Tuesday."

Introduction: "More than 140 amicus briefs were filed in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the potentially momentous abortion case concerning a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The briefs come from professors, politicians, states, and interest groups from across the ideological spectrum. We reviewed them all, identified some of the most noteworthy and novel arguments, and summarized them in the guide below. The case will be argued on Wednesday."

Introduction: "Like the Whac-A-Mole game at the carnival, every time state and federal law enforcement officials think they have smacked down scam robocalls, the unwanted calls pop up in a slightly different place with a slightly different face."

Introduction: "November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month and all of this month we have been highlighting resources to learn more about the historical and current issues American Indian and Alaskan Native people are facing. Below we recap those resources."

Introduction: "Colorado does not have any statewide moratoria or special COVID orders pertaining to evictions at this time. However, a wide range of new housing laws went into effect on October 1, 2021, that give tenants many more rights and protections. […] I have tried to compile a number of different eviction and housing resources on a research page on the Pikes Peak Library District’s website. I want to highlight a few resources in this post."

Introduction: "The World Health Organization (WHO) designated the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529, named Omicron, as a Variant of Concern (VOC) on 11/26/2021. WHO has asked countries to enhance surveillance and sequencing efforts, submit complete genome sequences and associated metadata to a publicly available database (e.g., GISAID), report initial cases/clusters associated with VOC infection to WHO through the IHR mechanism, and, where capacity exists, perform field investigations and laboratory assessments to improve understanding of the potential impacts of the VOC."

"Veteran litigator Daniel Petrocelli of Los Angeles law firm O'Melveny & Myers LLP has signed on to represent musician Travis Scott against allegations following the deadly crowd surge at his Nov. 5 Astroworld concert in Houston, where 10 concertgoers were killed and scores more were seriously injured."

Introduction: "For the 75th anniversary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), it’s a good time to check out AILALink. AILALink has been around for several years and is a go-to database for immigration resources."

"Instead of forcing extroversion in high-pressure networking scenarios that naturally drain our energy and cause unnecessary internal conflict, introverts can be ..."

Monday, November 29, 2021 - 12:05

Happy holidays all you cool Law Buffs and Calves, 

Last wee some fantastic articles came out. And, we at the William A. Wise Law Library would like to share 10 of them. The articles were pulled from the ABA Journal Newsletter, the AALL Newsletter, vLex, and/or Law360.

Excerpt: “If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving this week, your family likely has its own sacred dishes. For almost everyone, that means a ginormous turkey. But the sides—everyone’s favorite part of the meal—often vary widely and colorfully, often reflecting family history, local culture, and regional products.”

Summary: “The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.“

Excerpt: “Workers today prefer to work for businesses that promote well-being. Calls for mental health support, wellness programs, flexibility, and more are increasing. To many workers, paid family leave is part of a modern social contract. So, it’s little surprise that these policies help increase productivity, profitability, and employee satisfaction. A study from July also found that when paid family leave is available, firms experience greater rates of innovation, partly by holding onto more women and drawing in more young workers ready to invent.”

Excerpt: “How you dress for a job interview in-person or online can have a big effect, though not just for the reasons you think. What you wear might help you dodge a bullet! But first let’s address the obvious: How to suss out the right way to dress.”

“When judges are knowledgeable about the technology they are using, remote hearings can be successful, are more efficient than traditional hearings, and provide increased access to the court. (13 minutes to read ∙ 2900 words)”

“This month, cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Amishi Jha answers three questions about the relevance of attention and mindfulness to the work of legal professionals. (5 minutes to read ∙ 1200 words)”

“The trajectory of your career is in your hands, and the earlier you start to think about where you want it to go, the better.”

“A look at reconciliation through the lens of apology, reminding us that apologies are relevant not just in our personal relationships but in all types of conflicts. ...”

“The introduction of the first Republican-led effort to decriminalize marijuana nationally was followed by GOP lawmakers pushing for changes to marijuana policy in Florida and Wisconsin. Here are the major legislative moves in cannabis reform from the past week.”

Introduction: “Legal researchers should never allow a late semester time crunch lead to disordered research. Taking shortcuts in legal research can slow you down and add confusion, pressure, and tedium to the process. In addition, going without a plan can lead you to struggle through an enormous list of irrelevant results, misunderstand the law, or even select the wrong database altogether, missing important resources.”

Monday, November 22, 2021 - 00:00

Good morning allof you Law Buffs and calfs,

Below are 10 articles that came out last week that we, at the William A. Wise Law Library, think y’all will enjoy. As Will Rogers once wrote, “[t]he minute you read something and you can’t understand it you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer.” These articles come from the ABA, AALL, vLEX, and/or Law360 newsletters.

Enjoy!

Introduction: "When creating a law school outline, writing a research memo, or formatting any structured document, some steps tend to be tedious. Thankfully, by following a few tips, a program like Microsoft Word can make this process efficient and flexible. In this post, we share tips on creating course outlines and structured documents, focusing on technical features."

"Among attorneys who have the highest billing rates, Asian and white practitioners charge more than Black, Hispanic and Latino lawyers, illustrating possible disparities in how firms treat those practitioners, according to data released Wednesday."

Excerpt: "Being an advocate for open access can have as broad and varied a meaning as the many different approaches, definitions, motivations, and pathways to it. The important thing is that we are thinking about and working towards a future with better accessibility, availability, and discoverability of the law and legal information. An OA advocate for legal information can (and should) appreciate multiple perspectives and the complexity of the ever-changing OA publishing environment."

"A Koch Industries affiliate and a Texas power plant operator have settled a Delaware Chancery Court contract dispute over Koch's demand for a $286 million windfall payment triggered by Texas' catastrophic deep freeze in February, a day ahead of dismissal arguments."

"In deciding these cases, the Court could determine if a large swath of Oklahoma lies within the tribe’s reservation boundaries."

"ABA pushes to improve legal process in adult system in aftermath of pop star’s conservatorship case"

Summary: "Microsoft Word is a wildly popular word processor, but there are plenty of people who don't love it. Whether this is because of cost, access, or preference, not everyone is a Word fan. There are many other options if you know where to look. Here are several alternatives to Microsoft Word that you might not know about."

"Cannabis social equity advocates took the stage at the American Bar Association International Law Section's Global Business of Cannabis Conference in Denver Thursday morning to ask attorneys to apply their expertise and their firms' resources to bring about transformative policy changes."

Excerpt: "First, the not-so-nice news: with continued disruptions to both the global supply chain and the postal service, holiday shopping will present additional challenges this year. Experts recommend advance planning, especially for expected shipping delays. However, there's still time to find a great holiday gift! Since 2009, the Goodson Blogson has scoured the internet to find gift ideas that are suitable for the law students and lawyers in your life."

 

Monday, November 15, 2021 - 00:00

Hey all you cool Law Buffs and law calves,

Below are 10 articles that came out last week that we hope you find interesting. All articles were pulled from the ABA Newsletter, the AALL Newsletter, the vLex Newsletter, and Law 360. Enjoy!

Introduction: "Google Translate is an amazing feat of engineering, which uses artificial intelligence to translate speech and text from a chosen language into another. In most cases, Google Translate’s own interface embedded in Google Search or on translate.google.com suffices to get some ad-hoc thing translated quickly. But in some cases, you want something more powerful and scalable to be able to translate in bulk. For coders, there’s the Translation API for instance. But what if you’re less technical, and still want to use Google Translate in a structured, more scalable environment?"

Introduction: "The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of federal agency regulations. In the course of legal research, it is sometimes necessary to see how a CFR section looked in a prior year. Many websites and databases provide access to historic editions of the CFR. The most comprehensive of these is HeinOnline, which provides PDF images of the CFR beginning with 1938. ProQuest Congressional provides HTML coverage of the CFR, also beginning with 1938. Lexis (beginning with 1981) and Westlaw (beginning with 1984) provide access to older versions of the CFR. And govinfo, the website of the GPO, provides free online access to the CFR beginning with 1997."

"Being a lawyer at the beginning of your career is incredibly stressful, but reading more can help you cope."

"We must find healthy ways to deal with the sense of anxiety pervasive in our culture right now."

"Thanks to organizations like the MSJDN, military spouses can be confident that they can grow their legal careers in many parts of the country."

Introduction: "A new tool, EvictionFreeMKE.org, is offering Milwaukee residents the opportunity to connect with free legal help, rental assistance and other resources to reduce evictions. The new tool comes months after Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley signed a historic bill that established a Right to Counsel program in Milwaukee County."

Excerpt: "The ABA Legal Technology Survey Report is the most comprehensive study available of lawyers’ actual technology use, spanning a vast range of topics from security and basic office software to technology budgets, marketing tools, and much more. The survey has been published annually for more than 20 years. The 2021 edition features five volumes, each with detailed charts, tables, and trends:"

Excerpt: "In his article, Shapiro cited the “historical scarcity” of women in the legal academy, prejudice against women law professors and the greater demands women face outside the workplace as reasons for the imbalance. But he said there is reason to believe that more women will join the ranks of most-cited legal scholars in the coming years."

Summary: "Microsoft Word is a wildly popular word processor, but there are plenty of people who don't love it. Whether this is because of cost, access, or preference, not everyone is a Word fan. There are many other options if you know where to look. Here are several alternatives to Microsoft Word that you might not know about."

Introduction: "Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki has research-backed tips for turning the familiar unpleasant emotion into a 'superpower.'"

Monday, November 8, 2021 - 09:03

Good morning, 

See below are 11 interesting articles that came out last week. These articles came from the AALL Newsletter, the ABA Newsletter, Law360, the Wallstreet Journal, and vLex. Enjoy!

Introduction: "A new tool, EvictionFreeMKE.org, is offering Milwaukee residents the opportunity to connect with free legal help, rental assistance and other resources to reduce evictions. The new tool comes months after Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley signed a historic bill that established a Right to Counsel program in Milwaukee County."

Introduction: "There are plenty of lesser-known Microsoft Word features that you should know about if you want to be truly proficient with the software. Here are some advanced Microsoft Word features that can make your work and life easier."

Excerpt: "Aware plans to use the funding to continue expanding its technology, which today is focused mainly on monitoring text-based conversations on company messaging platforms like Slack, Teams and Workplace (Facebook’s enterprise-focused service) for things like legal compliance, confidential information sharing, sentiment, toxic behavior, and harassment. [Aware CEO Jeff Schumann] said the plan is both to extend this to other mediums like video — Zoom and other videoconferencing tools being so critical these days in the workplace — as well as to continue enhancing the natural-language and other tools that it has to improve detection and responsiveness. Aware is playing in an interesting, but often contentious, area of enterprise IT."

Introduction: "Review, connect, and practice: three words that summarize what we consider the keys to success in law school. They work hand in hand–each step reinforces the others, ultimately creating a solid understanding of the building blocks, the big picture, and the application to different scenarios."

Introduction: "Everyone welcome’s a crystal ball. The second anniversary of the pandemic lockdowns is only a few months away. Law firms which had been resisting remote staffing trends adapted to the virtual workplace overnight. The urgency of D&I initiatives moved to the forefront. Entire new subspecialties emerged in legal practice."

"Senate Democrats have reintroduced language to a defense spending bill that would expedite research into medical uses of cannabis and its derivatives, including CBD."

Introduction: "In her new book Library of Misremembered Books, Marina Luz creates new book covers from the vague and hilarious ways in which people can’t recall the exact names of books."

"Reason is out primary means of understanding the world. How does that change if machines think?"

Summary: "Seven practical tips for turning your day around."

"Federal contractors can make their own determinations on vaccination exemptions and do not need to terminate employees who refuse vaccination, according to new guidance from the Biden Administration"

Excerpt: "While most corrections systems have never provided a great deal of information about the spread of the virus in their institutions, lately it has gotten worse, researchers say. At least a half-dozen states, including Florida and Georgia as well as Texas, provide even less information than they once did, according to researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles’s COVID Behind Bars Data Project, which collects and analyzes data on the pandemic in corrections settings."

Monday, November 1, 2021 - 00:00

Hello Buffalos, we must be going,

The William A. Wise Law Library wants to share 10 articles that came out last week that we hope you find interesting. All articles were pulled from the ABA Newsletter, the AALL Newsletter, or the vLex Newsletter. Enjoy!

Introduction: “Sometimes a break from your routine is the very thing you need. Here are eight things you can do during your breaks to feel more energized.”

Introduction: “Assistant Professor Elizabeth Reese, who is Nambé Pueblo, joined the Stanford Law School faculty as its first Native American member in June 2021. Her new article, published in the Stanford Law Review, analyzes the way United States legal institutions systematically ignores the legal structures created by tribal governments. She recently spoke with Felicity Barringer about why she chose to study these ellipses in legal history, what harm the practice has done and what mainstream legal systems have missed.”

Excerpt: “Of the more than 650 cases stemming from the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, at least five defendants have decided to go down that complicated path. And though legal experts told NPR that representing oneself in court can be exceptionally risky, they acknowledged that politically motivated defendants might logically take that option, which is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. One might expect that prosecutors would relish the opportunity to face off against a defendant with zero legal experience. Not so. When defendants represent themselves in court, the results are often unpredictable and can lead down distracting rabbit holes that have little to do with the relevant legal questions. Prosecutors find it difficult, if not impossible, to negotiate plea agreements with a self-represented defendant, [said Laurie Levenson, professor at Loyola Law School].”

Excerpt: “Eight hours of ambient chillout music over images pulled from NASA’s photographic archive of nebulas, galaxies, planets, and other celestial objects? Sure, I’m in.”

”This outline examines the relevant statutes in the nine jurisdictions that have authorized the use of electronic wills. (11 minutes to read ∙ 2400 words)”

“Along with rights to online video clips, nonfungible tokens can be used to represent ownership of all sorts of original digital items, including images, audio clips, collectible e-cards—even a copy of William Shatner’s tooth X-ray.”

Excerpt: “Halloween is fast approaching, and what better way to continue the spirit of openly accessible resources than to explore and share with you some of our favorites from the public domain!”

Introduction: “Newly-released data by the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) examines the impact of the COVID disruption on law students and legal education. Data from this report, The COVID Crisis in Legal Education, draw from the responses of over 13,000 law students at 61 law schools that participated in LSSSE in 2021.”

Summary: “Get into the Halloween spirit with our best stories on the holiday. No tricks, only treats: all stories contain free links to the supporting academic research on JSTOR. Happy Halloween!”

Introduction: “In June, the Supreme Court finally resolved a debate about how to read the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The Van Buren opinion was a win for cybersecurity because it provided clarity on issues of cybercrime. For more than a decade, lower federal courts had struggled with hacking cases as disparate as violating a workplace use policy, using a new guest account when a previous account had been suspended, and obtaining information from public websites in ways the website owners had not anticipated or discouraged. Orin Kerr’s article “Norms of Computer Trespass” contains an excellent analysis of a range of CFAA cases.”

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 14:18

 

 

Hey all you cool Law Buffs and law calves,

Below are 10 articles that came out last week that we hope you find interesting. All articles were pulled from the ABA Newsletter, the AALL Newsletter, or the vLex Newsletter. Enjoy!

  1. What’s your sign?: Salt Lake County breaks down vaccine data by zodiac sign
    • Excerpt: “The COVID-19 vaccine is backed by science and is in no way influenced by horoscopes,” the Salt Lake County Health Department notes. “But come on Scorpios!”
       
  2. What is the starting pay for public defenders? Low salaries discourage applicants
     
  3. Do worker COVID-19 vaccine mandates have to offer religious exemptions? Courts differ; Breyer declines to act
     
  4. FTC to Hold Virtual Open Meeting on October 21, 2021, on Findings From Agency’s 6(b) Orders to ISPs
    • Excerpt: “The Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, Lina M. Khan, announced that the FTC will hold a virtual open meeting on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 1pm ET to present some findings from evidence gathered pursuant to the 2019 6(b) orders issued to six Internet Service Providers and three of their advertising affiliates regarding the parties’ privacy practices.”
       
  5. The Hidden Ways the Ultrarich Pass Wealth to Their Heirs Tax-Free
    • Excerpt: “The foundation of [Nike founder Phil Knight’s] strategy is the grantor-retained annuity trust, or GRAT. His first step was to set up nine GRATs, which successfully transferred Nike shares now worth $6.1 billion to heirs tax-free from 2009 to 2016. Two other GRATs that show up in public filings received about $970 million of unspecified assets from Knight. The filings don’t disclose the ultimate beneficiaries, but Lord says that, based on how family wealth transfers usually work, they might include the family of Knight’s late son, Matthew, who died in 2004.”
  6. Jurisdictions are switching back to in-person bar exam starting in February
    • Introduction: “The February 2022 bar exam for California will be administered in person, the California Supreme Court announced in a Wednesday order. Various jurisdictions have made similar announcements, including New York, Illinois, and Texas. The news follows a June announcement from the National Conference of Bar Examiners, stating that unless there are public health restrictions, its February 2022 bar exam materials would only be available for paper-based in-person testing.”
  7. Dear My 1L Self- You Are in the Right Place
    • Excerpt: “I want to offer you a couple of words of encouragement and reassurance as you begin your law school career. Law school is a challenge, yes, and attending the part-time evening program at Georgia State Law while working full time is a truly unique challenge. The program is a marathon that runs for four to five years, depending on whether you take your summers off. Pace yourself and do not count the hours until nearing the end (particularly after that second calendar year). Take comfort in the following [...].”
  8. SEC Releases Much Anticipated GameStop Report, but Stops Short of Policy Changes
    • Introduction: “The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its much-anticipated report on the GameStop frenzy, “the most famous meme stock, which raised questions about market structure and investor protections at the beginning of the year.”
  9. Internet Archive Releases Refcat, the IA Scholar Index of over 1.3 Billion Scholarly Citations
    • Introduction“As part of our ongoing efforts to archive and provide perpetual access to at-risk, open-access scholarship, we have released Refcat (“reference” + “catalog”), the citation index culled from the catalog that underpins our IA Scholar service for discovering the scholarly literature and research outputs within Internet Archive. This first release of the Refcat dataset contains over 1.3 billion citations extracted from over 60 million metadata records and over 120 million scholarly artifacts (articles, books, datasets, proceedings, code, etc) that IA Scholar has archived through web harvesting, digitization, integrations with other open knowledge services, and through partnerships and joint initiatives.”
  10. What's wrong with legal writing?
    • Excerpt: “Students’ final course grades are determined by final examination performance, graded anonymously. They have three or four hours to answer a multiquestion essay exam, blocking any opportunity for creative “deep dives” into the facts. This testing format denies opportunities for the persuasive legal storytelling that is the lifeblood of lawyers’ litigation practice. In practice, the law is often straightforward and unchanging (nonnegotiable)—which is particularly true in trial-level litigation practice. But the outcome depends upon legal storytelling, factual investigation, and the marshaling of evidence into transformative narratives shaped to fit verdict categories and legal rules framing jurors’ judgments.”
Monday, October 11, 2021 - 08:00

 Due to changing security needs at the law school, the William A. Wise Law Library (“Library”) will now be open to the non-law school community for limited hours. The law school community will still be able to access the Wolf Law Building ("Building") with their Buff One cards according to the Building's hours.New Library hours are as follows: Open to the Law School CommunityOpen to Non-Law School CommunityMonday - Thursday7:00 AM - Midnight7:00 AM - 7:30 PMFriday7:00 AM - 9:00 PM7:00 AM - 7:00 PMSaturday9:00 AM - 9:00 PM9:00 AM - 7:00 PMSunday9:00 AM - Midnight9:00 AM - 7:30 PMIn keeping with the long-held tradition of battening down the hatches during Colorado Buffalo football home games ("Game Days"), the Building's doors will be locked during Game Days. Game Days occur on the following Saturdays:

  • October 16
  • November 6
  • November 20

When the Building is locked for Game Days, the law school community can still swipe into the Building using their Buff One cards, and may enter the Library. We at the William A. Wise Law Library appreciate your patience as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of "returing to normal."Happy October!

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 14:40

Welcome to the William A. Wise Law Library. This week, the class of 2024 will be participating in orientation. And, some of our seasoned students will be preparing for the upcoming semester.

Over the summer, many of your fantastic law librarians wrote articles, chapters, and the like. These same law librarians are ready and eager to help each of you as y’all move through this school year. Below are links to the various publications:

Beyond these great pieces of writings, many at the law library gave speeches and presentations on a wide array of topics. Feel free to inquire more about your welcoming law library by coming in and striking up a conversation in person, via chat, e-mail, or virtually by Zoom.

Good luck this year! We’re rooting for your success!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 07:54

The Colorado House and Senate Journals offered through the William A. Wise Law Library have been updated through 2020!

The House and Senate Journals digital collection on the Law Library’s Digital Archive provides access to digital versions of the journals from the Colorado General Assembly spanning 1861 to 2020. Each document represents a single session of the House or Senate of the General Assembly, regardless of the original number of print volumes in which the session proceedings would have been published. The Law Library’s House and Senate Journals digital collection also includes indexes or other supporting documents.

This comprehensive collection provides electronic access to historical journals notfound elsewhere. The Colorado General Assembly offers the most recent House Journals and Senate Journals, and The Colorado General Assembly offers past House and Senate Journals from 1998 to 2015. While the Colorado General Assembly’s website has journals from 1998 to present, a researcher cannot search across all journals located on the Colorado General Assembly’s website. Fortunately, the Law Library journals are fully searchable from 1861 to 2020.  


Interested in using the William A. Wise Law Library’s House and Senate Journals digital collection? Here are some tips for using the collection. 

Use the advanced search, which is found on the home page as well as on the search results page.

Advance Search

o   Use Search Term to keyword search the entire collection – or you can narrow down the keyword search with the various dropdown filters.

o   Filter by House of Representatives, Senate, or Territorial Council by using the Chamber filter.

o   Do you want to look at a particular assembly? Try the General Assembly No. (General Assembly Number)filter, and narrow it down by Session Type or Session No. (Session Number) if you need to.

If you have found a document you would like to save a link to, so you can return to it later, scroll down to find the Permanent URL.

Permanent URL

You can also search within a document. A keyword search is found just above the journal. If you are searching for a specific bill, try these tips:

o   Try searching for just the number. For example, if you’re looking for H.B. 1234, search “1234.

o   If you are searching in a journal for a session 1990 or later, try using the last two digits of the year plus the bill number.  For example, “99-1234.”

o   Also, try searching for the full bill number. For example, “S.B. 1234” or “H.B. 00-1234.” 

 TEXT

If the text of the journal page is difficult to read, you can also access the text of the page by selecting “TEXT” at the top of the journal. It will be next to theIcone

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