Episode 15: Spindle Law, Fastcase for iPad, Cameras in Federal Courts, Weather class actions, and more.
- Josh is still studying for the barzam, and was happy to find this post on ATL.
- Do Legal Geekery podcast listeners know about Woot and its various awesome subdomains?
- Josh got to try out the Fastcase for iPad app and wrote a review. We still ♥ Ed Walters.
In The News
- The weather has been brutal in many parts of the country this summer. Why not join a class action against it? Thanks to Venkat for the tip on this 2nd Circuit case and this 5th circuit case to hold power companies accountable for global climate change. (See Massachusetts v. EPA for some context/background.)
- Does the 6th Amendment argument still work for the Federal Courts ban on cameras in the courtroom? Laura thinks this is total crap.
People Smarter Than Us
- Some arty former law students set out to convince the world that art and law can mix. Check out The.Law.Review. and submit your creative stuff. (And see @mglickman’s Twitter background for the badass cthulhu drawing we reference.)
- Laura talks with David Gold, CEO and co-creator of Spindle Law, a crowdsourced legal research tool that presents the law as one giant, Blue Book-formatted outline. Spindle Law takes the contributor-driven genius of LII Wex and adds a layer of practical utility that could be every student and associate’s dream come true.
You’re Doing It Wrong
- We know Laura likes to knock on government websites (see her SCOTUS site redesign fury over at Lawyerist). But her frustration with the FCC website might be a little over the top. Josh says the world has yet to create a database less functional than that of the USPTO. If you should ever need to view pages of the actual FCC Record, though, Laura found a decently-searchable database at the University of Northern Texas’ library archive of the FCC Record.
Love For Our Geeks
- Check out @skuhagen‘s new blog at ScottKuhagen.com.
- Special thanks to @richards1000 for his excellent finding, tweeting, and retweeting of all things relating to law, legal communication, legal education, law librarianism, knowledge management, etc. He is the author of Legal Informatics Blog.
- @mglickman (yep, the cthulhu artist, above) is a legal geek in both the thinks-deeply-about-substantive-law sense and the knows-too-much-about-technology-for-his-own-good sense. Laura says he has a good sense of humor, and he gets points for being both law student and dad at the same time. He blogs at Point & Glick.
- Is there any lawyer as balanced and friendly as @vbalasubramani? Not that we’ve found. He blogs at Spam Notes and occasionally at Eric Goldman’s blog, and Josh believes Venkat is a stringer for the Seattle Times…
- Our friend @ouij is smart. And knowledgeable. Did we mention smart? Scary smart and not afraid to show it on his blog.
- Josh gives a special shout-out to @aeolianharp. Fate, racquetball, and Learned Hand all feature in the story of how they met.
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