Friday, 29 January 2010
As announced on the BIALL mailing list and LIS-LAW the BIALL PR & Promotions Committee have created a group on LinkedIn for BIALL members.
The group currently has 47 members, so if you use LinkedIn why not sign up and see who you could connect with! The BIALL solos group also have their own group on LinkedIn, so if you work alone or in relative professional isolation why not sign up for this as well.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Looking for a quick way to search the "legal web" you need look no further then a joint development between Cornell and Google, the result of which is the Cornell Legal Research Engine
Described in more detail by the "Out of the Jungle" blog the site provides three search options:
"* Legal Research Guides (prepared, usually by law libraries, to help explain how to do legal research in a particular area)
* The Legal Internet (this is a broad area that can include anything from law firms' websites that can be information rich or poor,depending on how focused they are on marketing; non-profit organization and government sites, and non-governmental organizations websites all of which tend to be quite information-rich; education institutions which again can be rich sources of information; corporations and private entities, private individuals and miscellaneous sponsors of websites. The question you must ALWAYS ask is WHY have they bothered to put up and maintain the website?
* Academic Blawgs Many law professors now have blogs on legal topics, or blawgs. Some write on narrow topics, others are all over the map. Some voice their personal opinions, others are writing simply about what the law seems to be. Again, as the consumer, think for yourself.
* or all 3 at once"
So there you go, what more could you wish for!
Thursday, 14 January 2010
What can we hope for during 2010? world peace, an end to the recession, finally running a marathon, actually the last one is mine...for something a little less personal why not check out the 3 Geeks and a Law blog post called "10 Projections for 2010 - The Year We All Hit the F5 Button"
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
LexisLibrary and Westlaw have been very busy over the holidays with LexisLibrary now offering an 'appeal tracker' and Westlaw offering prospective legislation.
LexisLibrary Appeal Tracker
It is now possible to track cases which are appealable to the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal or to the Supreme Court. The Tracker will outline whether or not a case is being appealed, and if it is, at what stage the case is in the appeal process.
The easiest way to view the Tracker is by using CaseSearch. The Tracker is at the bottom of the CaseSearch screen.
For an example of a case which has Appeal Tracker information, see: Lansat Shipping Co Ltd v Glencore Grain BV  EWCA Civ 855
Thanks to Wendy at Strictly Legal for the tip!
Westlaw Prospective Legislation
Westlaw's prospective legislation funtionality allows you to read provisions as they will look in the future without the need to cross-reference the amending provisions. Prospective versions will be available regardless of whether an in-force date has been appointed.
It allows you to see how the law is due to change, when it is due to change, and what impact it may have.
1,500 consolidated versions of prospective law are available to view for Acts from 2004 onwards. Key pre-2004 Acts will also have prospective versions available and the remaining will be applied on an ongoing basis.
LLRX.com has published an interesting overview of how Google Scholar can be used to search for full-text opinions of US cases and articles from legal journals in "Google Scholar: A new way to search for cases and related legal publications"
The article looks in detail at the coverage provided by Google Scholar, how it works, whether it's important and of course of most interest to anyone researching US law, whether it's useful.