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Archive for October, 2011

Spookiest Law Review Articles, Updated

Time for a Halloween law review update! Back in 2008, we posted what we thought were the top twenty spookiest law review articles ever. So it’s only fitting that a good researcher would update her work. Conclusion: zombies are the new vampires.

In the spirit of Halloween fun, we present the latest top 20 spookiest law review list, selected by title alone –

  1. Magic: No Witch is a Bad Witch: A Commentary on the Erasure of Matilda Joslyn Gage 20 S. Cal. Interdis. L.J. 21 (Fall 2010).
  2. Romance is Dead: Mail Order Brides as Surrogate Corpses 17 Buff. J. Gender L. & Soc. Pol’y 61 (2009).
  3. Dead Dads: Thawing an Heir from the Freezer Charles P. Kindregan, Jr. 35 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 433 (2009).
  4. Copyright’s Twilight Zone: Digital Copyright Lessons from the Vampire Blogosphere 70 Md. L. Rev. 1 (2010).
  5. Zombie Life Estates, Ghost Value Transfers, and Phantom Takings: Confusions of Title and Value in Property Law Legislation Kenneth Salzberg 22 Quinn. Prob. L. J. 363 (2009).
  6. Negotiating Paths, Creepy Crawly Creatures and Things that Go Bump in the Night: The Cautionary Tale of Fourth-Year Dean  Linda L. Ammons 41 U. Tol. L. Rev. 255 (Winter 2010).
  7. It’s the Economy, Stupid: The Hijacking of the Debate Over Immigration Reform by Monsters, Ghosts, and Goblins (or the War on Drugs, War on Terror, Narcoterrorists, Etc.) 13 Chap. L. Rev. 583 (Spring 2010).
  8. Unleashing a Cure for the Botnet Zombie Plague: Cybertorts, Counterstikes, and Privileges 59 Cath. U.L. Rev. 527 (Winter 2010).
  9. Beyond the Bar: Halloween, and the Monster Outside Your Courtroom Door 23 S. Carolina Lawyer 15 (2011).
  10. Horizontality and the “Spooky” Doctrines of American Law 59 Buffalo L. Rev. 455 (April 2011).
  11. The Monster in the Closet: Declawing the Inequitable Conduct Beast in the Attorney-Client Privilege Arena Alexis N. Simpson 25 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 735 (Spring 2009).
  12. Trick or Treat: A (Not-So)-Scary Look at Equal Monthly Payments under §1325(a)(5) William J. McLeod 27-8 ABIJ 14 (October 2008).
  13. Metadata: The Ghosts Haunting E-Documents  David Hricik and Chase Edward Scott 82 Fla. Bar J. 32 (October 2008).
  14. Rights of the Dead Kirsten Rabe Smolensky 37 Hofstra L. Rev. 763 (Spring 2009).
  15. Something Wicked This Way Comes: The United States Government’s Response to Unsafe Imported Chinese Toys and Subsidized Chinese Exports Scott D. McBride 45 Tex. Int’l L.J. 233 (Fall 2009).
  16. The Witch’s Brew: Nigerian Schemes, Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks, and Your Trust Account 61 S.C. L. Rev. 753 (Summer 2010).
  17. Whistling Past the Graveyard: The Problem with the Per Se Legality Treatment of Pay-for-Delay Settlements Michael Kades 5Competition Pol’y Int’l 143 (Autumn 2009).
  18. Does the Michigan Supreme Court Need a Midnight Visit from the Ghost of Chief Justice William Howard Taft? 86 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 303 (Winter 2009).
  19. Watching Ghosts: Supervised Release of Deportable Defendants 14 Berkeley J. Crim. L. 105 (Spring 2009).
  20. Individualized Justice in Disputes over Dead Bodies Frances H. Foster 61 Vand. L. Rev. 1351 (October 2008).


Free PACER Training Site for Federal Court Dockets

The federal court docket system, PACER, normally charges 8 cents a page for access, which will  increase to ten cents a page on April 1, 2012.  For students who want to play around on the system and see how it works, there is a free PACER training site which contains cases filed in the New York Western District Court between 1/1/2007 and 7/1/2007.   You can type in a last name, retrieve dockets and pull up the full text of documents.

Additionally, you can set up a PACER account to access everything on PACER and you will not be billed if you stay under $10.00 per quarter.  This exemption will increase to $15.00 a quarter starting April 1, 2012.

These actual filings can serve as examples to guide you when you need to draft a pleading or motion.  PACER does not have full text searching of the documents.  You can search by party name,attorney name, type of case and case number.  You can try looking for a relevant case in a case law database first, and then go to a docket such as PACER.  For Ohio examples, try the Summit County docket which allows you to search by document type (eg. complaint, notice of bankruptcy, writ of habeas corpus, etc.) and case type, as well as party name and case number.

“Occupy Wall St.” will be “Occupy Halloween” for one day

Several Anti-Wall St. protesters in New York City have been arrested for wearing masks at recent rallies. New York State does have a law banning masked gatherings, but in a law dating back to 1845, masks are allowed for “a masquerade party or like entertainment”. The organizers of “Occupy Wall St.” said on its website that they are invited to join the “Village Halloween Parade” on Monday, October, 31st, and have set up an “Occupy Halloween” website. The parade attracts thousands of onlookers and is broadcast live on local television. N.Y. Civil Liberties Executive Director Donna Lieberman said: “Behavior that falls within the (New York state mask law’s) exemption cannot be criminalized simply because it has a political message.” See the Reuters news story here.

Hiring Partner Conference – Moneyball for Legal Recruiting

C|M|LAW will host a Hiring Partner Conference on Friday, November 18th in the Moot Court room.  Indiana University School of Law Professor William Henderson, Professor of Law and Van Nolan Faculty Fellow and Director, Center on the Global Legal Profession will be the keynote speaker.  Professor Henderson is an expert in qualitative analysis, legal labor markets and law firm recruiting.  Hiring Partners and legal recruiters from area firms have been invited to discuss attributes that actually correlate to job performance.

This is program is an exciting one-of-a-kind opportunity to discuss the needs of the legal profession and will help us in better preparing our students.

C|M|Law Faculty Work Celebrated at Scholars Reception

Today the Friends of the CSU Michael Schwartz Library present the 23rd Annual Scholars & Artists Reception, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Schwartz Library. Recent articles and books of C|M|Law faculty will be celebrated, along with the books, scholarly publications, art, and music of other CSU faculty, staff, and emeriti. The keynote speaker for the event is Mark Tebau, CSU Professor of History, who will address the topic “Mobile History: Teaching & Learning in the Age of Mobile Computing.” A reception will follow the program. For more information, see the Schwartz Library announcement.