29. October 2010 12:13
The Federal Courts produce their own newsletter called The Third Branch. Monthly issues give insights into the workings, struggles, and opportunities within the federal court system. Email and RSS feeds are supported and no registration is required. See The Third Branch web site. http://www.uscourts.gov/News/TheThirdBranch.aspx News feeds and locators are also available, for example the widgets below.
15. October 2010 11:17
Picture source: The New York Times, Copyright 2010 The New York Times Company
Social media is affecting many areas of our lives, as well as changing the definition of media in courtrooms. Journalism is being altered, and no longer is there a delay in providing information to readers and TV viewers.
An article from the New York Times today, discusses how Twitter was used in a recent trial in Connecticut. A journalist interviewed at the trial explained how "with the unlimited capacity of the Internet, she could paint a word picture of every aspect of the trial" through sharing tweets on Twitter. According to this journalist, "it was just a matter of how fast [she] could type." This creates an issue with the immediate decisions these journalists have to make about what to tweet and what is inappropriate. There is no editor there to filter their tweets, which could include disturbing testimony of violence and sexual assault. Besides this issue, there is concern with the "play-by-play" openness of the tweeting and how it shifts the view from "a horrific trial to entertainment."
Below are more articles that discuss the issue of social media in the courtroom, not only pertaining to journalists tweeting but jurors and lawyers using social media as well:
Also, read up on the Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona that describe Electronic and Photographic Coverage of Public Judicial Proceedings.
Should tweeting be banned in the courtroom? Give us your thoughts in the comments below!
8. October 2010 17:00
The results are in...
Congratulations to all Phoenix School of Law Graduates who have passed the July 2010 Arizona Bar Exam!
7. October 2010 10:43
Under the Arizona Supreme Court rules, interest on lawyers trust accounts (IOLTA) supports programs for education and legal services to the community. Lawyer retainers or money owed to third parties accrue in interest-bearing trust accounts and the accumulated interest is tapped for the IOLTA program. IOLTA supports the non-profit Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education with programs such as legal aid to the poor and law-related public education. One Arizona based IOLTA example is www.AZLawHelp.org . Another example of IOLTA funds in action is the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Other states also participate in IOLTA programs and more that $2 billion has been transferred into these programs since IOLTA began in the 1980s. Yearly in Arizona $2.5 million is provided to support services.
See http://www.azflse.org/azflse/IOLTA/ for more.
5. October 2010 14:00
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NPR recently interviewed retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens who for the first time in 35 years was not on the bench on Monday, as the Supreme Court opened it's new term.
Several articles discuss the Court's first day: USA Today covers Monday's events as well as the Associated Press. The Wall Street Journal has musings about newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. You can also check out SCOTUSblog which covers the arguments of the Supreme Court with more analysis.