Sep 26
3:58 PM

Attention 1Ls: LRC Research Skills Videos now available

It is with great excitement that we unveil our new LRC Research Skills Videos at

LRC Research Skills Videos are geared towards novice researchers and run approximately 5 minutes in length.  Current topics include West's Regional Digest System, West's Federal Practice Digest, West's California Digest, USCA & USCS, California Annotated Codes, ALR, AmJur & CJS, and CalJur & Witkin's Summary of California Law. [MF]

Sep 19
2:33 PM

Trans-border Institute Event TONIGHT: Visiting Scholar Miguel Sarre

When: Monday, September 19, 2011, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

Visiting scholar Miguel Sarre will speak tonight on public security and human rights in Mexico. Professor Sarre has been a law professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM ) in Mexico City since 1977.

Please RSVP at [MF]

Sep 14
8:51 PM

Beware! CA DMV Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice Changes

Because of uncertainty surrounding the California DMV fee collection rates, legislation passed in May created a new DMV 30 day renewal "Grace Period."  This grace period is in effect for registration renewals through December 2011.  The grace period takes the place of the renewal notices California drivers used to receive 60 days ahead of registration.

For the period of this new DMV renewal regime, it’s important to know that billing notices issued by the DMV have not been adjusted to reflect the 30-day grace period. Instead, a special insert has been included with the billing notice that indicates penalties will not be imposed until the 31st day after the expiration date.

The DMV registration renewal is confusing because the registration statement still lists the penalties under the standard 60-day notice system.  The non-grace period overdue penalties increase from a 10% penalty when a payment is one to ten days late to a 60% penalty when the fee is 31 days late.

If you receive your DMV registration renewal in the months between July and December and pay within 30 days, the standard penalities will not apply.

However, some vehicle owners have reported that they were incorrectly assessed a standard 60% penalty on their vehicle license fee (VLF) on the first day after the fee was due even though they should have received grace period waivers.

The DMV is encouraging vehicle owners to use renewal by mail or its internet renewal program to renew vehicle registration. These alternative renewal methods automatically waive late fees for the 30-day grace period, but will assess a penalty of 60% of the VLF on the 31st day. The DMV will refund any over-payments to car owners who were unaware of the 30-day grace period if they included penalty fees in their mailed payments. However, it may take a month for the refund to be processed.

DMV officials also claim that law enforcement is aware of the registration renewal grace period and will not cite vehicles until the first day of the second month after the vehicle registration expires. For example: A vehicle owner with a registration expiration date of July 20th would not be cited for delinquent registration prior to September 1, 2011.

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Sep 12
7:39 PM

Justiciabarometro Abogados Survey Presentation

When: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Where: Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre, Room H

Cost: Free

Please join David Shirk and Octavio Rodriguez as they discuss “Justiciabarometro: Survey of Judges, Prosecutors, and Public Defenders in Nine Mexican States,” a ground-breaking study of Mexican judges, prosecutors, and public defenders working in the country’s criminal justice system.

A PDF of the full report can be found here.

Space is limited for this presentation.  Please register at [MF]

Sep 6
4:53 PM

Free Federal Rules eBooks (Civil Pro, Criminal Pro & Evidence)

The great people over at CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction), have partnered with the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell Law School to bring free* .epub files of the Federal Rules of Civil ProcedureCriminal Procedure and Evidence. The downloads will currently work on iPads, iPhones, Nooks, and other devices that can read the .epub format (like Mobipocket if you're on Windows). Note: These are E-Book formats, so it won't work in your PDF Reader.This isn't just a bare-bones version of the Rules, either. The ebooks have the following features built into this initial version (with promises of more to come):

  • The complete rules as of December 1, 2010.
  • All notes of the Advisory Committee immediately following each rule.
  • Internal links to rules referenced within the rules.
  • External links to the LII website's version of the US Code.
*Although you can download and use the Federal Rules ePubs for free, you can show your support for the hard work of the LII crew by donating an amount (go ahead and make it an even $20.00), and help support their work and encourage them to produce even more great content.
Thanks to CALI for this great free resource and thanks to 3 Geeks for the tip! [JML]