Tuesday, January 30, 2007

"…yeah, lawyers are a funny one..."

Two big names in advertising talk about their lawyers and legal entanglements in
Part 2 Episode 3 (03.12 min.) of Face2Face,
an ongoing series of conversations presented by Creativity/Adcritic.com.

Watch Jeff Goodby ("Got Milk?") talking with David Droga :
"I kind of like having more than one lawyer...because you can almost get the answer you want out of one of your lawyers if you just keep looking long enough..."

From http://www.adcritic.com/

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Working Group Recommends PACER Pilot Project for Depository Libraries

PACER is an electronic service run by the Administrative Office of the U.S
Courts on a cost-recovery basis. The service provides access to case and
docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts,
and the U.S. Party/Case Index, which is a national locator for cases filed
in federal courts.

At the request of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Government Printing Office asked a working group of the Administrative Office to consider providing no-fee public access through Federal depository libraries to PACER. The Law Library is a Federal depository library.

As a result, the working group recommended that the Judiciary initiate a one year pilot project to assess the effect of free public access through the FDLP, noting that:
* The pilot will determine if concerns that free access will adversely
impact PACER revenues are, or are not, legitimate;
* Depository libraries have knowledgeable and trained librarians who can
assist patrons in using PACER and that the marketing effect of providing
free PACER access at depository libraries may actually benefit the PACER
program and the Judiciary through eventual increases in revenues.

The pilot proposal must be approved by the Committee on Court Administration and Case Management (CACM) at its June 2007 meeting. If approved, it will be recommended to Judicial Conference in September 2007.

The working group recommends that Administrative Office staff be permitted
to begin working on the conditions for the pilot immediately, so that the
pilot can begin immediately upon approval by the Judicial Conference. The
working group also recommends that the pilot should run for at least one
year and that a report on the results of the pilot be provided to the CACM
for its consideration on continuing, expanding, or terminating the provision
of free PACER access at the Federal depository libraries.

Excerpted from: Law-lib

Posted by J. Russell - Superintendent of Documents

January 23, 2007

Monday, January 22, 2007

Watergate Collection Now Available

The Law Library is pleased to announce that its Watergate Collection is now officially available for patrons. In 1976 William Dixon, a UB Law alumnus, donated his collection accumulated when he served as counsel to the House Judiciary Committee investigating Pres. Nixon's impeachment. A finding aid to the collection, produced by Kristen Rinaldo during her Library School practicum, is now available online at:
Other Special Collections of the Law Library are featured at

Friday, January 19, 2007

New Executive Order Promotes Citizen Access to Government

Governor Spitzer recently signed an executive order titled, "Promotion of Public Access to Government Decisionmaking" (Executive Order no. 3). The Executive Order states the following:

By March 1, 2007, every agency and public authority shall submit to the
Governor a plan that:

a. identifies all meetings of the agency or authority that are subject to the Open
Meetings Law
b. specifies a timetable for ensuring that all such meetings are broadcast on the Internet.

Agencies and authorities can identify circumstances when webcasting is impractical or inappropriate and seek an exemption from broadcasting.

Webcasting is slated to begin on July 1, 2007.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Database Trials

The law library is considering new databases and would like your feedback.

  • Gale's 18th Century Collection Online
  • CCH Internet Research Library

Members of the UB library community can access these databases through the trials website located at: http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/infotree/trials.asp

Faculty and students can obtain trial passwords from a reference librarian in the law library. Send your feedback about these products to: eadelman@buffalo.edu.