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Daily Archives: October 29, 2017

Writing the Law: Developing the ‘Citizen Lawyer’ Identity Through Legislative, Statutory, and Rule Drafting Courses

Schiavone, Ann L, Writing the Law: Developing the ‘Citizen Lawyer’ Identity Through Legislative, Statutory, and Rule Drafting Courses (2017). Duquesne Law Review, Vol. 55, No.1, 2017; Duquesne University School of Law Research Paper Series 2017-03. Available at SSRN:

“At the time of the American Founding, Thomas Jefferson, among others, viewed lawyers as the class of citizens most suited to lead the American institutions of government, as well as preserve and protect them. Jefferson valued the ideal of the “Citizen Lawyer” who would have a broad liberal education, experiential learning, and be capable of using knowledge of the law to promote the public good. In more recent years, American law schools have been criticized for failing to achieve many of these goals first envisioned by Jefferson. Particularly, law schools have often failed to promote strong public service identities in students, failed to provide students with extensive experiential learning, and neglected to provide courses in public policy, legislation, and lawmaking. Today, our nation is once again in need of strong lawyers who can work for the public good, to protect our system of government, preserve the rule of law, and promote the positive reformation of law when needed. Through the teaching of more robust legislative and policy courses that include experiential learning components and consider issues of social justice and public policy, law schools can support the needs of law students and society. Such courses can help law students develop their “Citizen Lawyer” identity, and our society will be better off for having more lawyers who take their role of public service as a professional duty.”

200 universities just launched 560 free online courses

Medium – Dhawal Shah: “If you haven’t heard, universities around the world offering their courses online for free (or at-least partially free). These courses are collectively called as MOOCS or Massive Open Online Courses. In the past six years or so, close to 800 universities have created more than 8,000 of these MOOCs. And I’ve… Continue Reading

Judicial Conference Approves Courthouse Guidelines for Portable Communication Devices

“The Judicial Conference of the United States today approved…a guidance on portable communication devices (pdf) provides courts with information relating to use of these devices in the courthouse, including an overview of court policies and issues that courts should consider addressing in their local policies. Decisions about how these devices can be used are made on a… Continue Reading

Commentary – Remembering the data pirates, forgers, and social engineers who saved thousands.

Hacking the Holocaust – Remembering the data pirates, forgers, and social engineers who saved thousands. “During that same Nazi-punching era of WWII, ordinary people used their abilities and access to proprietary systems, data, and information security knowledge to refuse to be complacent, and instead sabotage the Axis to save lives. It’s my hope that sharing… Continue Reading

Research – The Slippery Slope of Internet Censorship in Egypt

Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University – “The first Internet Monitor research bulletin summarizes the recent, dramatic increase in Internet censorship in Egypt, examines the Twitter conversation around website blocking in Egypt, and identifies ways that users disseminate banned content.” “Internet filtering in Egypt illustrates how censorship can be a slippery slope. After an extended period… Continue Reading

First FBI Crime Report Issued Under Trump Eliminated Major Data Analytics

The First FBI Crime Report Issued Under Trump Is Missing A Ton Of Info – “Every year, the FBI releases a report that is considered the gold standard for tracking crime statistics in the United States: the Crime in the United States report, a collection of crime statistics gathered from over 18,000 law-enforcement agencies in… Continue Reading

Google no longer lets you change domains to search different countries

The Verge: “You’ve long been able to get localized search results by visiting Google at different domains — like for the US, for England, or for Japan — but that won’t be the case any more after today. Google said that it’ll now deliver search results relevant to your current location no… Continue Reading

Returning Authors’ Rights: The Authors Alliance/Creative Commons Termination of Transfer Tool

“Welcome to the Authors Alliance/Creative Commons Termination of Transfer tool. This page explains what termination of transfer is all about and what this tool does. Termination of transfers: Get rights back! Creators of all kinds routinely transfer rights to their works (by signing publication contracts that assign copyright to their publishers, for example). While many… Continue Reading

Report Examining Sexual Misconduct in the Federal Workplace and Lax Federal Responses

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform U.S. House of Representatives 115th Congress – Tables of Penalties: Examining Sexual Misconduct in the Federal Workplace and Lax Federal Responses October 19, 2017 Staff Report – Draft. “Sexual misconduct is a challenge the federal government must aggressively and consistently address to ensure the well-being and safety of its… Continue Reading

ProPublica – Federal Judge Unseals NY Crime Lab’s Software for Analyzing DNA Evidence

ProPublica – We asked the judge to make the source code public after scientists and defense attorneys raised concerns that flaws in its design may have resulted in innocent people going to prison. “A federal judge [the week of October 20, 2017] unsealed the source code for a software program developed by New York City’s… Continue Reading