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Technology Competency in Legal Practice

As much as it might be true that the legal field was slow to accept technology, I think it’s equally true that now we are working hard to make up for lost time. From the use of Artificial Intelligence to conduct legal research to chatbots that help fight…
For the record, I am not a technophobe, but I sometimes feel like a technosaur.  That feeling is not uncommon in the legal field.  Until a couple of years ago, most articles about…

All things mold

Few things are wose than having to live in an apartment that is invested with mold. Worse is when you tell your landlord that you've got mold but they won't do anything to get rid of it. That's when it's time to read up on your rights as a tenant and fi…
Years ago, I lived in an apartment that abutted the freeway.  Nice place.  It had 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a patio in the back and a 8X10 area of empty dirt that I used for my …

All that Glitters

If you know how to do it properly, doing your legal reseach online is awesome and fast. The problem is that (contrary to popular believe in the acdemic world) not everyone that good, helpful, and useful is online (i.e. only available in print).
Picture it.  You're writing (or about to start writing) a legal document and all of a sudden you get writers block.  What do you do?  Well, if you're like me, you go take a nap or…

So, we meet again

Being a well rounded legal researcher means being able to put aside your prejudices and being able to use resources you don't like when you have a job to do.
I really don't like Google.  Well, it's not so much that I don't like Google as a company so much as it is what it has done to the legal system.  Well, it's not so much what it's …

We looked (almost) everywhere

Librarians may not always find what we're looking for right when we need to find it, but that doesn't mean we stop looking. Leave us your email so that when we find whatever it was you were searching for so that we can send it to you - because we'll find…
What a day!  Some days we get maybe 4-5 people asking anything from how to not get evicted to how to file a class action lawsuit.  Today, I got hammered with well over a dozen que…

What was lost has been found

Some of the best resources available at your local county law library (i.e. the RCLL) have been buried or squirreled away. Good thing there are Librarians (like those at the RCLL) who are adept at finding things and are able to bring to light resources t…
You know what's great about the new year?  It's a chance for renewal.  Spring cleaning for the soul, is what it is.  Recently, the RCLL has been working on it's own soul-searching…

More Forms than you can Count!

If you need a legal form, look no further than and download all the forms you can stand.
Believe it or not, our Indio branch gets a number of interesting (and fun) reference questions.  In fact, I had a patron walk into the library the other day upset over having just…

It's a goldmine!

Sometimes, it's the resources that no one uses that proves to be the most worth. AmJur Proof of Facts is one of those full of actual proofs presented in court, POF offers users everything practitioners need to develop a case and offer evidence into court…
Having served as a public services law Librarian for going on 13 years, I have discovered some pretty cool resources that help people win (or not lose (there is a difference)) the…

All I want for Christmas is...peace of mind

Your local county law Librarians is probably the closest you're ever going to come to meeting Santa Claus because we give you exactly what you want every time you ask for it.
Many moons ago when I was young(er), my folks always had me write up a wish list for Santa.  Every year, my brother and I would pour over that list, looking through the Sears Cata…

Ross- The A.I. Lawyer

Artificial intelligence is making its entrance into the legal world with the introduction of Ross, advertised as “Your Brand New Artificially Intelligent Lawyer.” Developed by law and computer science students of the University of Toronto, Ross promises t…
Artificial intelligence is making its entrance into the legal world with the introduction of Ross, advertised as “Your Brand New Artificially Intelligent Lawyer.” Developed by law…

Melee over the Happy Birthday song

I rarely recommend (as pleasure reading) a Plaintiff’s ex parte application to consider newly discovered evidence and summary judgment as well the Defendant’s opposition but in the case of Good Morning to you Productions v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., I …
I rarely recommend (as pleasure reading) a Plaintiff’s ex parte application to consider newly discovered evidence and summary judgment as well the Defendant’s opposition but in th…

Oldies But Goodies - Revisited

Fun reading and websites for Constitution Day.
About a year ago, I blogged about a wonderful little book we received at the Riverside County Law Library in Indio.  It was an updated copy of “The Constitutions of California and…

Free LSAT Resources

For those preparing to take the Law School Admissions Test ("LSAT"), you know the difficulty finding resources to supplement my studying and are always on the lookout for free sources. While prep courses sell for upwards of $2 per section, follow are some…
As someone who is currently preparing on my own for the LSAT, I’ve had to find resources to supplement my studying and ones that are free are all the better. For instance, while l…

The Patriot Act and Section 215

The purpose of the Patriot Act, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2011, was to provide the federal government with the authority to forestall acts of domestic terrorism through heightened surveillance; to include physica…
In the wake of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center twin towers, the Patriot Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2011. Its purpose was to provi…