8. June 2011 16:40
For the solo practitioner that may not be able to afford the overhead of a LexisNexis database package, the credit card "pay-as-you-go" plan offered a panoply of paths to your legal preferences. Unfortunately, in the recent overhaul, Lexis decided to discontinue this feature. When you go to the Lexis® Total Research System page and choose "sign in using a credit card" option, you are directed to the LexisNexis™ by Credit Card page that delivers a message that reads in part:
“LexisNexis no longer offers the website LexisNexis™ by Credit Card. This decision is part of our effort to create and support products that better meet those needs identified through collaboration with our customers. . .”
The message goes onto say that users could take advantage of lexisONE for free unenhanced state & federal case law and also directs users to LexisWeb®; which is their version of Google but with vetted sites.
This all comes as an unfortunate surprise. On the bright side though, Westlaw® still offers a pay-as-you-go plan and hasn’t mentioned ending this option any time soon!
13. May 2011 14:48
From Wendy Moore of the University of Georgia School of Law Library. Download PDF here. A survey of websites intended to help you find legal information and resources at the state level.
5. May 2011 13:20
From Above the Law: "Inside Straight: Sucking Up by Writing Down", by Mark Herrmann:
Few folks use proposals for co-authorship to advance their careers. More should.
What am I suggesting?
Come up with a thesis for an article. Call somebody who matters to you, and propose that you write the article together. Write a first draft of the article, send it to your co-author to solicit revisions, and then publish the piece.
For whom might this work? Anyone who’s looking to curry favor. ...
One way to get your name out there and establish your rep.
2. May 2011 11:18
For the Twitterers out there... THOMAS.gov now has a Twitter account! You can follow them @THOMASdotgov to receive updates about their site, which is the U.S. Legislative information system.
Read more about THOMAS.gov.
They have a Tip of the Week Archive, of which I will be subscribing! You can get updates by email or RSS.
They also have options for subscribing to: Bills Presented to the President, Daily Digest (committee meetings etc), House Floor Today, Senate Floor Today, Top Ten Bills, and the Law Library of Congress' blog: In Custodia Legis (which we've talked about before).
And we can't mention THOMAS's Twitter without mentioning our own... be sure to follow the Phoenix School of Law Library @phxlawlibrary!