… for winning this year’s ABAJ Blawg 100 in the Legal Research/Legal Writing category. Very well deserved recognition for Jean O’Grady who has “‘thought in Boolean‘ for decades now.” For a complete list of this year’s winners, see And the Blawg 100 popular vote-getters are … . — Joe
And here’s the list.
Opinions for the Court
• Frank H. Easterbrook, Silverman v. Motorola Solutions, Inc., 2013 WL 4082893 (7th Cir. 2013)
• Susan Illston, In re National Security Letter, 930 F.Supp.2d 1064 (N.D. Cal. 2013)
• Brett Kavanaugh, Vann v. U.S. Department of the Interior, 701 F.3d 927 (D.C. Cir. 2012)
• Raymond Kethledge, Bennett v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., 731 F.3d 584 (6th Cir. 2013)
Concurrences, Dissents, Etc.
• Rosemary Barkett, U.S. v. Bellaizac-Hurtado, 700 F.3d 1245 (11th Cir. 2012)
• Elena Kagan, American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 133 S.Ct. 2304 (2013)
• Mark S. Massa, Indiana Gas Co. v. Indiana Finance Authority, 992 N.E.2d 678 (Ind. 2013)
• Milan D. Smith, Jr., Lane v. Facebook, Inc., 709 F.3d 791 (9th Cir. 2013)
• Randall Kennedy, For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (Pantheon Books 2013)
• Margaret Klaw, Keeping It Civil: The Case of the Pre-nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer (Algonquin Books 2013)
• Kenneth W. Mack, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (Harvard University Press 2012)
• Vanessa Banni-Viñas, Correcting a Ballerina’s Story: The Truth Behind Makletzova v. Diaghileff, 53 American Journal of Legal History 353 (2013)
• John H. Langbein, The Disappearance of Civil Trial in the United States, 122 Yale Law Journal 522 (2012)
• Diane P. Wood, When to Hold, When to Fold, and When to Reshuffle: The Art of Decisionmaking on a Multi-Member Court, 100 California Law Review 1445 (2012)
News and Editorial
• Jess Bravin, In Mississippi, a Gray Area Between Black and White, Wall Street Journal, March 16, 2013 (updated March 28)
• Jack Chin, Getting Law Review Fans Out of the Closet: Liptak on Jacobs and Waxman, PrawfsBlawg, prawfsblawg.blogs.com, October 21, 2013
• Brandi Grissom, Trouble in Mind: How Should Criminals Who Are Mentally Ill Be Punished?, Texas Monthly, March 2013
• Stephen B. Kaplitt, Letter to Richard D. Trenk (June 17, 2013)
• David Keating, Letter to Senator Richard J. Durbin, Center for Competitive Politics (September 16, 2013)
• John G. Roberts, Jr., 2012 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, Supreme Court of the United States, Public Information Office (December 31, 2012)
• Stephen E. Sachs, Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, and Daniel S. Epps, Brief of Professor Stephen E. Sachs as Amicus Curiae, Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. U.S. District Court, 134 S.Ct. 568 (2013)
Earlier this week ten librarians were recognized for exceptional service to their communities in this year’s Carnegie Corporation/New York Times’ I Love My Librarian Award program administered by ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries. To meet the award winners, visit the American Libraries blog. — Joe
Congratulations and good luck to this year’s crop of elected officers.
Vice President/President-Elect (July 2014 – July 2015)
- Keith Ann Stiverson, Director of the Law Library and Senior Lecturer, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Secretary (July 2014 – July 2017)
- Katherine K. Coolidge, Law Librarian, Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP
Executive Board (July 2014 – July 2017)
- John W. Adkins, Director of Libraries, San Diego Law Library
- Donna Nixon, Electronic Resources Librarian & Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This year’s election generated about as much rank-and-file interest as previous years. AALL reported that only 29.96% of dues paying members voted. — Joe
By now most people has heard about Amazon’s plans to delivery 5-pound or less packages to a customer’s doorstep within a half hour of placing an order by way of unmanned drones. (If not, here’s the link to Charlie Rose’s 60 Minutes story). But what does the FAA has to say about it? According to Jacob Gersham’s WSJ Law Blog post, the FAA issued a policy notice back in 2007 but has never issued a formal regulation banning the commercial use of drones. Details at What the Law Says About Amazon’s ‘Prime Air’ Drones.
After getting over the wow factor, the first thought that popped into my head after viewing the 60 Minutes segment was, “oh boy, its going to be year-round hunting season if/when Amazon implements this, hopefully with paintball guns, not shotguns”. — Joe
But it is. Anne Ellis is retiring from Thomson Reuters at the end of this year. Hopefully she will make an appearance at the West Party in San Antonio so we all can give her a toast. But, if not, this one’s for you, Anne. All the best, Joe
A message to our colleagues and customers in the librarian community:
Fifteen years is an extraordinary run in any job. But 15 years with a front-row seat in service to the librarian community, at a time of unprecedented change in the legal market, makes the time Anne Ellis has led the Librarian Relations program for Thomson Reuters even more extraordinary. It is thus with a mixture of gratitude and genuine sadness that I inform you that Anne has decided to retire from Thomson Reuters, effective at the end of the year.
In her time at Thomson Reuters, legal information has truly gone digital, and Facebook friends and Twitter followers have replaced the Rolodex as symbols of one’s influence. But it’s also fair to measure one’s impact on the business by the number of customers and colleagues who would happily claim to be friends and admirers.
And by this measure, Anne is without peer.
Anne joined West Publishing with the charge to build a formal librarian relations program and forge stronger ties to the librarian community. She was the point for formal and informal communications with associations and customers on products, support, and research issues. And Anne was the face of our business with a customer group that expects nothing short of our best, and is uncompromising in holding us accountable. She has hosted countless advisory board meetings, industry roundtables and focus groups. She created and directed symposia and coursework that examined the future of the librarian profession and the profound impact ‘digital’ has had on the profession and our products. She has helped to put out a fire or two, and is a wonderful dinner companion. And through it all, Anne has conducted herself with grace and good humor that we should all aspire to.
Our business, the librarian community and the legal market are vastly different from 15 years ago. But change is inevitable. And Anne’s departure reminds us that we need to continue to focus on building long-term, productive and positive relationships with our most important constituents.
To ensure that we do just that, I am pleased to announce that Anne’s primary customer-facing responsibilities will be assumed by Lori Hedstrom, our National Manager of Librarian Relations. Lori and Anne have long partnered on our most important librarian programs, and I am confident that Lori will continue this important work with excellence and care, and do honor to Anne’s legacy. Please join me in congratulating Lori on her new role.
And as for Anne, I am certain that the next chapter will bring new adventures, and new ports of call. I am also certain that she won’t forget her old friends. Please join me in congratulating Anne on a job well done, and wishing her well in retirement. She has earned it.
Global Head of Sales & Customer Experience
Thomson Reuters Legal
Yesterday, LexisNexis L&P announced two new legal eBook developments in the academic sector. The Company has reached an agreement with Follett bookstores that provides a means for students to buy Lexis eBooks in both brick-and-mortar and online store environments. According to the press release, “[S]tudents can pay for a LexisNexis(R) eBook in a Follett-run bookstore and receive a passcode for downloading the book online at the LexisNexis Store or they can buy codes directly online via efollett.com and use them to download related legal eBooks from LexisNexis.”
Second, LN announced the launch of LexisNexis® Digital Library – Professor Review Copies to enable professor-only access to the core collection of LexisNexis law school textbooks for review. To the best of my knowledge this is the first major law eBook vendor to provide access to its catalog of academic eBooks for law school course adoption. Perhaps not; that depends on how one views the relationship between TR Legal and its spin-off West Academic.
Quoting from yesterday’s press release:
“Today’s law students were born digital and eBooks are simply ‘books’ to them, and that is why our strategy is to meet and exceed their expectations in the media format they want,” said Susan Slisz, vice president at LexisNexis. “Law professors are also embracing eBooks and increasingly need a fast and reliable way to find and review eBook titles for possible inclusion in their class curriculum.”
And for how much?
“No other law blog has come close the impact SCOTUSBlog has had. It’s become the news source of record on the Supreme Court for lawyers, for the press, for the public, and even the justices and their clerks.” — Kevin O’Keefe, Real Lawyers Have Blogs
ABAJ’s Debra Cassens Weiss has confirmed that Tom Goldstein, founder of SCOTUSblog, plans to sell his blog next summer. She reports
Goldstein hopes that he can obtain press credentials to make SCOTUSblog more attractive to potential buyers, according to AP. His current expenses to run the blog, he says, are $500,000 a year.
This could get very interesting. Will BLaw, the current sponsor of SCOTUSblog, be bidding (or will BLaw convert USLW into a clone of SCOTUSblog)? WEXIS? Will the sale price mark the floor or ceiling of similar law-related blogs? — Joe
Here’s the Dear EOS Client letter I believe all EOS licensees received last Friday. — Joe
Dear EOS Client,
Hello! This is Scot Cheatham, CEO of EOS International. I’m writing to you today to announce the acquisition of EOS International by SirsiDynix [ed. note: link]. I am genuinely excited about this event and the benefits it will bring to you, our valued client. I would first like to introduce you to Bill Davison, CEO of SirsiDynix. For those of you who are unfamiliar with SirsiDynix, they have been around for over 30 years, and are the world’s leading provider of Integrated Library Systems. You will undoubtedly get to know Bill and the rest of the SirsiDynix team much better in the coming weeks and months. Bill and I want to be the first to welcome you to the SirsiDynix family!
Below, we have included a section of FAQ’s that will hopefully answer some of your most basic and immediate questions about this acquisition. Please take a few moments to review it. While it probably won’t answer all of your questions, hopefully it will give you a basic understanding of today’s announcement, what it means to you and what you can expect going forward.
The fact that EOS is now backed by SirsiDynix is beneficial to everyone involved. SirsiDynix brings a truly global reach, a world-class infrastructure and the solid financial foundation to take both companies to the next level while providing the vision, the products, and the support you need to succeed. With this acquisition, SirsiDynix is demonstrating its commitment to the library market we serve. Collaboration between SirsiDynix and EOS will allow us to apply significant resources to enhance our flagship product, EOS.Web. It will broaden our sales and marketing capabilities, and will help us to continue to strengthen our client services offering.
This acquisition will bring about the following changes. Effective immediately, Bill Davison will take the reins as CEO of the new, combined organization. However, please know that the senior management team at EOS will continue to see to all of your needs. Additionally, I will remain available in an advisory role to assist Bill throughout this transition.
We know that change can be uncomfortable and we appreciate the importance of keeping you informed as we navigate through this transition. To that end, we want you to know that most things will NOT change, including the following key items: EOS will continue to do business under the EOS name. You won’t see any changes to the fundamentals of the EOS business.
With only a very few exceptions, you will continue to work with the same people at EOS that you have worked with in the past.
There will be no changes to your fee structure, maintenance and other product pricing.
The products and services EOS has provided you in the past will continue to be offered and enhanced. There are no product end-of-life issues, nor product roadmap changes.
Quite simply, the main thing you can expect from this announcement is business as usual. We genuinely appreciate having you as our client, and now welcome you to SirsiDynix’s larger client family. On behalf of Bill and the rest of the combined executive team, we will work hard to earn your trust, exceed your expectations and make you as big a fan of this acquisition as we are!
Sincerely, Scot Cheatham
Several anticipated questions are answered below:
Who is SirsiDynix?
SirsiDynix is the world’s leading provider of integrated library system software. For over 30 years, SirsiDynix has developed, distributed and maintained the most widely-implemented ILS platforms in history. With customers in all four major segments of the library market—public, academic, K-12 and special—SirsiDynix specializes in delivering robust Library Solution Platforms that are highly customizable, extremely efficient and designed to seamlessly deliver both physical and electronic content.
Why did EOS sell to SD?
Two of our core principles at EOS are We Care and We Love Growth. We are committed to the success of our stakeholders – our staff, partners and most especially, our clients. We are also committed to growth that benefits our stakeholders. With that in mind, we decided that partnering with SD will provide the broad infrastructure, solid financial foundation and significant growth opportunities that will ensure continued success for our world-class products clients.
Will I need to switch platforms?
Clients will not need to switch platforms. EOS will continue to support all of the products it currently supports.
How does this announcement affect the EOS product roadmap?
Our product roadmap will continue as currently planned. Jeff Goodwin, our VP of Product Development, will continue to lead our development team as we implement our extensive product enhancement schedule. One of the benefits of EOS being backed by SD is that new product enhancements and features will be added to our roadmap that will bring significant benefits for EOS clients.
How does it affect EOS support?
EOS product support services and offerings will continue unabated. Jeff Smith, VP of Client Services, will continue to manage our award-winning product support team. All of the services that clients have come to appreciate over the years will be maintained. Our Service Guarantee and 24/7/365 support availability will continue with no changes. You will call the same telephone numbers, use the same email addresses, and reach the same friendly EOS client service staff.
Will there be any changes in sales?
Sal Provenza, VP of Global Sales and Marketing will continue to lead our sales and marketing effort. You will continue to work with your existing sales account manager. All EOS sales proposals and license renewal proposals do not change as a result of this transaction.
Any changes in EOS contact information?
You will call the same telephone numbers, use the same email addresses and EOS will have the same headquarters address.
Will there be any changes in the terms of my contract?
All contract terms will remain the same. In some cases there is an ‘Assignment’ or ‘Change in Control’ provision that requires assignment of the contract. An EOS representative will be in touch with you in case such a provision is in your contract.
How will this announcement affect my library?
Our goal is for this acquisition to have only positive benefits for your library. Business, product development, and operational best practices at SD will be implemented at EOS where practical and beneficial. Collaboration between SD and EOS will help enhance our client services and accelerate product enhancements. Best of all, the same EOS team will be there for you, helping you use our products to “Connect People to Knowledge!”
— in order to begin to address domestic concerns that laws are being implemented in ways beyond what was thought allowable and to rebuild faith with our international partners?
I guess we will have to wait ‘n see. Quoting from OpenGovernment.org’s Oct. 29, 2013 newsletter article, “US to Outline New Commitments at the Open Government Partnership Summit”:
Later this week the Obama Administration is scheduled to announce the US’ new round of commitments to make the government more open and accountable during the meeting of the Open Government Partnership in London. Due in part to complications created by the government shutdown, the US will not be unveiling its full action plan (the full plan will be released in early December), but US officials will be presenting an outline of what they consider to be ambitious commitments. The commitments that will be discussed during the meeting are expected to be related to modernizing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), spending transparency, and open data.
A recent letter coordinated by OpenTheGovernment.org and signed by 45 organizations that work on a variety of issues urged the President to take advantage of the Summit’s international stage to commit to curbing secret law. As regular readers know, secret interpretations of the law have been at the heart of recent controversies ranging from opinions by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel memo authorizing interrogation techniques that many say equate to torture to opinions by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that allowed for massive expansion of the National Security Administration’s surveillance programs. The most recent revelations regarding surveillance have raised serious concerns about what the government is doing in our name and the extent of violations of American’s privacy and civil liberties, and critical questions about whether the US’s programs breach international law. We intend to continue to raise these issues with the Obama Administration, and push for concrete commitments.
The embedded link in the above quote sends one to the press release for the Oct. 21, 2013 open letter. Here’s the list of signatories:
- American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
- American Civil Liberties Union
- American Library Association
- American Society of News Editors
- Arab American Institute
- ARTICLE 19
- Bill of Rights Defense Committee
- Brechner Center for Freedom of Information
- Californians Aware
- Center for Democracy and Technology
- Center for Effective Government
- Center for Media and Democracy
- Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington – CREW
- The Constitution Project
- Council on American-Islamic Relations – CAIR
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Electronic Privacy Information Center – EPIC
- Essential Information
- Federation of American Scientists
- First Amendment Foundation
- Government Accountability Project – GAP
- Human Right Watch
- James Madison Project
- Just Foreign Policy
- Liberty Coalition
- National Coalition Against Censorship
- National Freedom of Information Coalition
- National Security Archive
- No More Guantanamos
- Project On Government Oversight – POGO
- Public Citizen
- Public Knowledge
- Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
- Reporters Without Borders
- Society of Professional Journalists
- Sunlight Foundation
- Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University
- Understanding Government
- Vermont Coalition for Open Government
- Vermont Press Association
- Washington Civil Rights Council
- Win Without War
Yup, AALL is not a signatory. — Joe
Help Us Improve The Bluebook !
The editors of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation are about to embark on the exciting task of making revisions for the forthcoming Twentieth Edition, and we need your help. We rely on user input to guide our revisions to The Bluebook. This survey is an opportunity for you to share your ideas with us as we update The Bluebook so that we can target our revisions to best serve your needs.
Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey at www.legalbluebook.com/survey. Surveys must be received by November 8, 2013, in order to be considered for the Twentieth Edition. Comments and suggestions are also welcome through e-mail to email@example.com.
As an added incentive for the completion of our survey, we will select five participants at random to receive a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. An additional twenty participants will be randomly selected to receive a free copy of the Twentieth Edition as well as a two-year subscription to The Bluebook Online (www.legalbluebook.com). Winners will be notified by December 8, 2013.
Source: law-lib announcement (republished with permission). — Joe
If interested you can post or read confessions from librarians at Librarian Shaming: A place for those of us in libraryland to come clean. One of my favorites is “I only read library literature when I have to publish something.”
Hat tip to Laura Vitto’s Librarians Confess Their Naughtiest Book Sins on Tumblr. — Joe
Kudos to ABAJ for finally recognizing CALI’s John Mayer as a member of ABA Journal’s class of 2013 Legal Rebels. It’s about time IMHO. This is the fifth annual Legal Rebels installment and John has been doing his CALI thing since 1994. No doubt John was happy to accept the recognition on behalf of CALI’s staff, past and present, and the Center’s institutional supporters. In the below ABAJ video he promotes one of CALI’s most important projects, A2J.
John’s CALI gig almost lasted no longer than a concert performance by the other John Mayer. According to the ABAJ’s profile (located under the heading “Freeing the Law” here), “Shortly after starting, center leaders told him the organization might shut down.” I wonder what bar on the west side of the Loop John went to after hearing that!
Oh, BTW, John is a member of the inaugural class of the Fastcase 50. The 2011 Fastcase 50 profile does a far better job at capturing the essence of this rebel with a damn good cause. For example, “John Mayer is a visionary and a connector (as well as a leading purveyor of flying stuffed animals at conferences).”
Serving as editors, Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic have issued a call for article proposals for ALA’s new eContent Quarterly. From the No Shelf Required post:
eContent Quarterly is now accepting proposals for contributions to its Spring 2014 issue. Librarians, publishers, vendors, and other information science professionals interested in writing an article about how their institution is braving an e-content challenge, or if they are in the midst of developing or releasing a product librarians and information professionals should know about, may send their proposal to the editors (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com), including a detailed description of the topic and information about affiliation and credentials.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Effect of digital content on learning and literacy
- Discoverability and marketing of digital content
- Business model experimentation
- Ebook platform technologies
- Locally-hosted digital content
- Library as Publisher
- Self-publishing and libraries
- Budgeting for digital content
- Impact of one-to-one device adoption
- Open access ebooks
- Digital textbook adoption
For the latest information, see eContent Quarterly ready for launch; contributors for future issues wanted. To subscribe to eContent Quarterly visit this page.