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Printer Defaults Changing

A message from the wonderful Dave–

There’s been a recent change to the default printer settings for the law school printers.  These printers now print double-sided (duplex) print jobs unless the user specifically requests for the job to be single-sided.  This is similar to the way the university printers handle double-sided printing; all jobs are automatically double-sided unless you specifically turn off double-sided printing.

If you need for a job to be single-sided (because your assignment requires a single-sided printout, for instance) this is still possible if you remember to check the printer properties.  After clicking File and Print, click the Properties button for the Printer and change the options under ‘Print on Both Sides’.  Flipping on the long edge gives normal double-sided printing, flipping on the short edge makes steno-book-style double-sided printing, and turning the option off will allow you to produce a single-sided print job.

We hope this change will save resources and also be more convenient to those users who prefer double-sided printing for most jobs.

Wow, That’s Meta

According to PatentlyO, a Halliburton attorney is seeking a patent on his patent trolling method. The Legal Blog Watch picked this up as well. Patent trolling is a process whereby a non-inventor gains some interest in a patent, and then starts suing anyone who might be infringing upon it, and accepting settlement checks. This lawyer wants to get a patent on his method of doing this. According to both blogs, the Bilski decision makes it unlikely that the process is patentable, but if it is, one can only hope that someone will patent troll his patent on patent trolling. Of course, they might then have to pay him part of the settlement they got from him…

Happy Veterans Day!

During WWI, in 1918, an armistice was observed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. From then on November 11th marked Armistice Day, a day to celebrate the veterans of WWI. Later in 1954, President Eisenhower changed it to Veterans Day, to honor veterans of other wars as well. This is not only an American holiday, but is celebrated in many countries, often called “Remembrance Day.”

There are a few surviving WWI veterans left (10, according to this article), and there are also many survivors of the wars since who have given a great deal for the countries that they serve. For more information, check out the Department of Veterans Affairs’ website on the subject. It includes history, FAQ, and even a poster gallery spanning the last 30 years.

European Union Law Blogs

For those interested in European Union legal developments, there are a number of blogs that might be of interest.  Here are three:

ECJ Watch.  As its name implies, this one provides summaries of recent decisions of the European Court of Justice.  Advantages include the fact that there’s not too much traffic (last posting was in September, so you won’t be inundated if you subscribe to its RSS feed).  Also, entries include links to decisions and other E.U. documents under discussion.  And there are links to a number of other E.U. law blogs, so if you don’t like this one (or just want more traffic), you can always check out the linked blogs.  ECJ Watch doesn’t include many subject categories; but on the plus side, one of them is “Laughs.”

ECJBlog.com.  Another blog dedicated to providing summaries of decisions handed down by the European Court of Justice.  Summaries are longer than in ECJ Watch.  Useful features include a detailed subject index of blog entries, links to recent ECJ press releases, and recent news reports on the ECJ via Google.  There is a page providing links to various official legal texts, and a search function.   This blog also avoids having too much traffic; 28 posts so far in 2008, 73 in 2007 and 61 in 2006.

EU Law Blog.  This one has many of the same features as ECJBlog, but covers Commission developments as well as the ECJ.  There appears to be more traffic on this blog, but it’s difficult to know because the Archives don’t list the number of postings.  Summaries are lengthy, with lots of links to other cases, etc.  EU Law Blog also links to many other blogs dedicated to EU law and politics

A Guide for OneLs—Explore Your Options

Last Friday we wrote about the lawyers that might have top roles in the new administration. These guys are not only interesting as a legal presence in our country, but also as a reminder that your JD is a gateway to far more than just the practice of law. There are any number of professions in which a law degree is useful that don’t fit the traditional mold. Although law school is similar to a vocational school in that it teaches you the skills necessary to practice a particular profession, it also promotes critical thinking and writing skills that are useful for numerous professions.

Some people go to law school knowing in advance that they are not interested in the traditional practice of law, but even if you have planned to be a lawyer since the third grade (and that’s wonderful if you have) it doesn’t hurt to take a quick look at the myriad of options available to you. There are several resources. To begin with, check out this article from the Law Student Division of the ABA. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. You might also want to take a look at one of the many books on the subject. We have several, including Nonlegal Careers For Lawyers, What Can You Do With a Law Degree? A Lawyers’ Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside & Around the Law, and Judgment Reversed: Alternative Careers For Lawyers.

The Lawyers of the Times

The ABA Journal is running an article this month about the lawyers who could have a place in the new administration. There are always clear legal positions like Attorney General, but legal knowledge is also a good fit for many other roles, and the article speculates about the lawyers who might become Secretary of State, or Director of the FBI. Go take a look at some of the legal minds that might well be shaping the future of America.

Filling the Cabinet

Now that we’ve chosen our new president, there is a lot of focus on who he will choose to be his new cabinet. Most major news sources are speculating, but maybe the most entertaining approach is in Newsweek, which is actually laying odds. If you an interested in starting a pool, half the work is already done for you. Go take a look!

Election Results

It’s been an exciting election in many ways. We are seeing the first black man elected president, and some chair swapping in congress. The election was very interesting for us Hoosiers—Indiana proved (whether you liked the result or not) that as a state we can be open to both sides and go either way. It’s also good to remember that there were several hard-fought local elections too. Be sure to take a look at today’s Herald-Times or the Indiana Daily Student to look at those results too.

VOTE.

You have all been inundated by voting information by now, but it is such an important issue that we are still going to remind you one more time. Today is Election Day, and a particularly exciting election to boot. Please remember to go out and vote today, if you have not already done so. If you are in any doubt as to your Indiana polling place you can go here to look it up. And remember, you must bring a government-issued photo ID with you.

Daylight Saving Time

We all (hopefully) reset our clocks recently to account for Daylight Saving Time. Though the idea is still fairly new to Indiana, which was, until 2005, one of the last states that didn’t observe DST, it has actually been around for quite some time. Most people know that it was invented by Ben Franklin, but there is still a great deal more to know about it. To learn more about Daylight Saving Time, check out this WebExhibit on the subject. It even has a section on the common addition of an “s” to the end of the word “saving.”

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