The USD Legal Research Center will be closed Dec. 23 – Jan. 2. Happy holidays!
The Pennsylvania Eastern District Court has awarded Professors David Rudovsky of the University of Pennsylvania law school and Leonard Sosnov of Widener School of Law in Delaware $90,000 in compensatory damages and $2,500,000 in punitive damages from West Publishing Company. The professors are the authors of Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure: Law, Commentary and Forms, first published in 1991, with a second edition published in 2001. The professors provided annual updates until 2008, when they rejected West's compensation offer and ceased producing updates. West issued an update anyway, still bearing their names. The professors sued, contending that their reputations were damaged by the issuance of an update with only three new cases in it. West plans to appeal. RL
From the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford Law School, and Justia, Inc.:
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Supreme Court of California website, SCOCAL (http://scocal.stanford.edu).
The site provides free access to the full text California Supreme Court opinions from 1934 to the present, along with detailed annotations of selected cases written and edited by students in our Advanced Legal Research class here at Stanford.
… [Read more] -JML
C-SPAN's interview with Associate Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will air Sunday, December 19, at 3:30 P.M. In the interview, she remarks:
I have a Kindle that my briefs are on. You know I saw Justice Scalia, he said that he had them on an iPad and I thought, huh, maybe I should have them on an iPad. But mine are on a Kindle and I also of course you know sometimes truck them around just on hard copy. So I do both.
Read the court's ruling in U.S. v. Warshak, holding that that the government must have a search warrant before it can secretly seize and search e-mails stored by e-mail service providers. RL
Read Virginia v. Sebelius, declaring the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. RL
Steven C. Bennett is a partner at Jones Day and has also taught as an adjunct law professor for twenty years at several New York area law schools. In When Will Law School Change? 89 Neb. L. Rev. 87 (2010), he offers what most practitioners and law students, if not the legal academy, would consider some readily apparent and certainly not difficult to implement ways to integrate neglected fundamental professional legal skills into the law school curriculum. RL
The theme for Human Rights Day 2010 is human rights defenders who act to end discrimination. The LRC will be running a slide show and hosting a small display near the Circulation desk.
The Legal Research Center (LRC) is reserved for USD law students and USD paralegal students during final exams preparation and test weeks, December 3 – 16, 2010. During this time, only USD law and paralegal students will be granted access to the LRC.
The LRC will once again be providing coffee, tea, and cocoa for USD law and paralegal students from 5 pm to closing during the study and finals periods, starting this Friday (December 3).
Also remember that all sample exams on file for law school professors are now digitized and available off of the LRC's course reserves page at: http://sally.sandiego.edu/screens/reserves.html.