I am teaching an internet legal research course this term (basically, teaching students where to find free, reliable resources for legal research, as they likely will not have the unfettered access to Westlaw and Lexis that they enjoy in law school once they graduate) and have been struggling all term with the assignments I’m giving. Continue reading
When we have our RSS assignment in Internet Legal Research, we require our students to sign up for 5 blogs (last year we required them to sign up for 10, and students found that too onerous). I currently follow 181 blogs on my Reader, and 222 people on Twitter, ranging from “serious” (and not-so-serious) legal topics, to pop culture, to people who make purses that I like.
Every morning when I get up I have at least 50 blog posts to go through in my reader, and countless other links to interesting things from people I follow on Twitter. Note – I never read them all; I look at the little summaries that I get in my Google Reader gadget on my iGoogle page, and click on some of them and mark the others as read (of course, the posts grow all day long; I continually “weed” my Reader because I hate for it to get too unwieldy. I do try to read all summaries to see if I’m interested enough in a post to continue on).
Some of the posts that caught my eye this morning were:
- In the “Pop Culture” division:
- Tom & Lorenzo, “OUT Magazine’s Vintage Madonna.” Old photos of Madonna from before she was popular. I love these shots! I can’t believe something could make me nostalgic for the 80s, but these photos do.
- In the “legal” division:
- JDs Rising (Minn. Lawyer), “Could Your Client’s Identity Be Stolen Based on Your Conduct? The Importance of Minn. R. Gen. Prac. 11.” Just wanted to alert you to some good, practical advice. Scrub your clients’ private data, people!
- In the “WTF? (Racist)” division:
- MorningGloria’s tumblr feed, quoting New York congressional candidate Jack Davis, via Mother Jones. Really, Mr. Davis? Really?
- In the “Privacy” divison:
- In the “Politics” division:
- Chris Georgacas, MPR News, “Walker’s bill was halfhearted measure in face of a looming economic disaster.”
But even for tough-sounding, allegedly fiscally hawkish politicians, winning future votes and maintaining popularity are always more important than confronting a crisis. Especially when officialdom can downplay the crisis’s dimensions.
Let me know if you find any of these interesting!