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New on LLRX – Open Educational Resources (OER) Sources 2018

Via LLRX – Open Educational Resources (OER) Sources 2018 – Costs continue to rise for students who are pursing college and post graduate degree programs. By leveraging best practice sites, services and non-traditional options to expand knowledge, skills and abilities in many disciplines, students can choose from a wide range of options to complete their… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Stay Up To Date With These Legal Technology Blogs

Via LLRX – Stay Up To Date With These Legal Technology Blogs – Attorney, legal tech expert, blogger and author Nicole Black suggests reading and subscribing to subject specific blogs to both stay abreast of growing changes in legal technology and to meet attorney ethical obligations specific to 28 jurisdictions. Continue Reading

LC New Online: A Digital Treasure Trove of Rare Books

“The collections housed in The Rare Book and Special Collections Division amount to nearly 800,000 books, encompassing nearly all eras and subjects maintained in well over 100 separate collections. All of these collections offer scholarly documentation about the western and American traditions of life and learning. The Division’s collection of nearly 5,700 incunabula (fifteenth-century imprints)… Continue Reading

Legal Commentary – our regulatory and judicial systems are complicit in protecting harassers

Via the Washington Post, October 20, 2017 – How the legal world built a wall of silence around workplace sexual harassment – Confidentiality agreements serve to protect abusers, by Minna J. Kotkin – a professor of law at Brooklyn Law School who specializes in employment.discrimination. “A secret about sexual harassment on the job is finally… Continue Reading

AALL Legal Website of the Month

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Enabling Blockchain Innovation in the U.S. Federal Government

GCN.com – “As more government agencies investigate the potential for blockchain technology, ACT-IAC has put together a primer, Enabling Blockchain Innovation in the U.S. Federal Government. Including thought leaders from government and industry, ACT-IAC’s Blockchain Working Group was created in May at the request of the General Services Administration. Jose Arrieta, director of the Office… Continue Reading

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

The New York Times: “…In the coming weeks, executives from Facebook and Twitter will appear before congressional committees to answer questions about the use of their platforms by Russian hackers and others to spread misinformation and skew elections. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Facebook sold more than $100,000 worth of ads to a Kremlin-linked company,… Continue Reading

Harvard Law School Report on the State of Black Alumni II 2000 – 2016

Harvard Law School Report on the State of Black Alumni II 2000 – 2016 “In this Report, we offer a preliminary assessment of how much progress had been made — and how much work remains to be done — in a part of the American economy President Obama knows well: the legal profession. We do… Continue Reading

Federal complaint filed against DeVos for removal of campus assault guidelines

Courthouse News – Roll-Back of Campus Assault Rules Spurs Challenge: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was hit with a federal complaint Thursday by three women who say her unraveling of campus-assault guidelines will gut investigations or lawsuits they have pending. Filed by attorney Wendy Murphy with the New England School of Law, the lawsuit in Boston… Continue Reading

Study – America’s Next Commercial Revolution: Influence vs. Affluence

Via Quartz at Work, Marc Bain:”…For its new report, titled “America’s Next Commercial Revolution: Influence vs. Affluence,” A.T. Kearney examined demographic, economic, and technological trends to predict how US buying behavior will change over the next 10 years. (The firm also released a global version based on surveys with more than 7,000 consumers across seven… Continue Reading

Forbes Releases 36th Annual Forbes 400 Ranking of the Richest Americans

“…The billionaires on Forbes’ 2017 ranking of the 400 richest people in America, (“The Forbes 400” p. 86 of the November 14, 2017 Special Issue of Forbes magazine), have a record-breaking, combined total net worth of $2.7 trillion, up from $2.4 trillion in 2016. The minimum net worth now required to be counted among the… Continue Reading