Wednesday, September 30, 2009

LegalTube - The Next Thing In Legal Marketing?

Legal Tube invites you to "tune in" to:
- search by practice area and location to get a list of all of the attorneys that might meet your needs
- get face time with potential matches by watching videos until you find the perfect lawyer
- get answers to common legal questions, answered by the legal experts themselves
- find out about vital legal news, like drug recalls and class-action suits
- take a break from your day with some legal humor or our entertaining original webisode series

In reality, because the site is just starting out, the "matchmaking" function between lawyers and potential clients is perhaps the least developed. Only a few videos from lawyers and firms are currently accessible. However, the site may have some potential.

Hat Tip to WisBlawg and Legal Blog Watch.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Banned Books Week Stresses Importance of the First Amendment, Sept 26 - Oct 3

Banned Books Week stresses "the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature" and draws "attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society." Read more about Banned Book Week from the American Library Association.

Also, visit the Banned Book Week displays just inside and outside the Reference Wing.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Stress Importance of "Open Internet"

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, at a speech at the Brookings Institute on Monday, September 21st, stressed the importance of "open Internet" principles and proposed regulations intended to prevent Internet providers from restricting access to particular services. Complete video of the speech is available here.

Hat tip to Jurist.

Stamps Honoring Supreme Court Justices

On September 22nd, the U.S. Postal Service will be dedicating four 44-cent stamps honoring Supreme Court justices Joseph Story, Louis Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, and William Brennan Jr. The Law Library will have these stamps available as soon as possible after the release date.

Hat tip to WisBlawg.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Plan on Attending the Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting

The 105th Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting will be held in Oklahoma City on November 4-6, 2009. The theme of the meeting is "Failure is Not an Option" and the keynote speaker will be Gene Kranz, the NASA’s flight director who guided the crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft safely back to Earth.

Prior to October 12, Law Student registration for the educational programing is only $25.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Peer Review of Law Review Articles by PRISM

Peer Reviewed Scholarship Marketplace (PRISM) is billed as "the next generation for article submission to student edited legal journals." Prism offers authors review of their articles and then provides a pool of reviewed articles and recommendations to member law reviews and journals. For more details click here.

Hat tip to Adjunct Law Professors Blog

Monday, September 14, 2009

61 Percent Public Approval Rating for the US Supreme Court

As the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) begins its new term with a new justice, Justice Sotomayor, Gallup is reporting that the Court received a 61 percent approval rating from Americans. This is one of the most positive ratings the court has received in the past decade. Click here for more information regarding the Court's rating.

Hat Tip to Law Librarian Blog

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA) Technology Fair - September 24, 2009

Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA) Technology Fair will be held on September 24, 2009 at the Oklahoma Bar Center. The Tech Fair will feature the American Bar Association's Tech Show Roadshow. For more information visit

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Constitution Day - September 17, 2009

Celebrate Constitution Day on September 17. 2009. Visit the National Archives for background facts about the Constitution and ideas for observing Constitution Day.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting In Oklahoma City - September 10-12

In September, the Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting will be held in Oklahoma City. Visit the Federal Bar Association's website for more information about the organization. Information about speakers and the CLE programs at the meeting is available here.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Islam Day at Oklahoma City University - September 10

Islam Day (September 10) at OCU aims to share Muslim students’ observance of Ramadan month with the campus and community. This event is also intended to increase the university’s visibility with the Muslim community in Oklahoma. Various community organizations have partnered with OCU for this event, such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue, and the Governor’s Ethnic American Advisory Council.

For additional coverage of Islam Day at OCU visit The Campus Online. For more information regarding resources on Islam and Law, visit a display outside the Reference Office in the Law Library.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Spell Checker for Library Catalog Modified

The existing dictionary spell checker for the Law Library's catalog has been modified to help account for specific legal terminology. The modification is intended to prevent situations in which the user gets a message "Did you mean trots" when searching for a title including a reference to torts. If you have spelled a legal term correctly and continue to get a “did you mean” result, please advise a reference or circulation staff member so that we can ensure that we further modify the function.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Justice Stevens To Retire from Supreme Court?

The Associated Press has reported that Justice John Paul Stevens has hired only one law clerk for the term beginning in October 2010. This has led to speculation that Justice Stevens may be planning to retire.

Hat tip to The BLT: The Blog of LegalTimes