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How Fast is Your Broadband?

A recent study by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) shows that the United States is not as high on the list of countries with the fastest internet as you might think.  We are not even in the top 25, coming in at the 28th fastest country in the world, with the first, South Korea, a whopping four times faster than we are.  This is not to say that the whole country is slow—these are country averages, so there are states that have an advantage.  Most of the top states are in the Northeast, including Delaware, Rhode Island, and New Jersey.  Indiana is a little above the national average—downloading 5.7 megabits per second to the U.S.’s 5.1.  Sadly, the country’s speed is not increasing at a rate which makes up likely catch up to Japan or Sweden in the near future.

The United States, according to the report, is the only industrialized country that does not have a national policy for the growth of high-speed internet, though the FCC is currently hard at work to change that.  The report also mentions that the lack of speed puts us behind in business, education, and medicine.  You can read the full CWA report here, or a nice summary here.  You can also look for individual state legislation at CWA’s State Broadband Initiatives site. 

Thanks to the Law Librarian Blog for mentioning this.

Carrel Sign Up

Next week students will have the opportunity to sign up for a carrel in the library.  SJDs may have their own carrels, however all of our other students will share—you can either choose a friend in advance or just be assigned a carrel partner.  You can come to sign up for a carrel Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, depending what year you are.

Monday, August 31—3L, SJD, LLM, MCL

Tuesday, September 1—2L

Wednesday, September 2—1L

If you want to be sure to get the carrel of your choice you should show up early.  Sign up is from 8-12 and 1-5 each day.  And don’t forget to bring your University ID with you!

Supreme Court Papers

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter has donated his papers to the New Hampshire Historical Society, but with the caveat that they be closed for the next fifty years.  This has caused some dismay, but unlike presidential papers, there are no set rules about what documents must be kept and eventually made public.  This comes close on the heels of the release of the second batch of the papers of former Chief Justice William Rehnquist.  Tony Mauro, a reporter for the National Law Journal, has been going through the papers and reporting his findings on Law.com and the Blog of Legal Times (a blog run by both the National Law Journal and Legal Times). One recent article even included a copy of a letter to Justice Rehnquist from the late Sen. Ten Kennedy.  These papers are not only an interesting window into our legal history, but also a look at the lives of these Justices.  They also often speak to current issues. Go take a look.

IUScholarWorks Now Available for Law Students

The Wells Library has established an institutional repository for research by IU students and faculty. Papers submitted to IUScholarWorks will be freely available to researchers worldwide. Law Students may now place the following categories of student papers in IUScholarWorks:

• Student notes that have been published in one of the Maurer School of Law journals – the Indiana Law Journal; the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies; or the Federal Communications Law Journal

• Student papers that have won an external scholarly competition

• LLM and SJD theses/dissertations that have already been approved by the thesis/dissertation advisor

Law Students who are interested in submitting papers that fit one of these categories should contact Amanda McKinney in Room 300 for law journal notes or award winning papers and Lara Gose in Room 220 for LLM or SJD theses/dissertations.

For more information about IUScholarWorks, go to http://scholarworks.iu.edu/.

The Passing of Sen. Kennedy

Last night long time Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy passed away.  Sen. Kennedy has been an instrumental part of many of the most important laws for nearly half a century.  He was also the last of the famous Kennedy brothers, and the only one not to die young.  He was 77 years old, having spent 46 of those in the senate, a term only outdone by Sen. Strom Thurmond and Sen. Robert Byrd.  In addition to passing the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Sen. Kennedy took a hand in laws concerning civil rights, voting rights, immigration, education, and more.  For a nice look at his life, check out the New York Times.  For a slightly more legal bent, Law.com also has the story.

Welcome Students!

Welcome to all our students, new and returning alike!  Welcome to the IU Maurer School of Law, to new classes, and, of course, to the Law Library.  We hope that you will think of the Library as a place to come to learn, study, and find all the legal resources that you need.  Anytime that you have a question we are here to help! Have a wonderful year, and remember to check back here at the BLAWg IN Bloom for legal research tips, law in the news, important events, and more!

Family Friendly Law Firms

Two separate sources have examined the family friendless of top law firms recently, reports the ABA Journal, although the results do not necessarily agree.  Working Mother magazine has picked their top fifty firms, based on “their workforce profile, family-friendly benefits and policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, and their advancement and retention of women, among other factors.”  (You can also look at the shorter ABA Journal write up.) The second voice on the subject comes from the women of Yale Law School.  Their survey of the top 100 firms evaluated flexibility of time, leave options, and promotion (among other things) and came up with their own list of the top ten family friendly firms. Yale Law Women lauds a trend towards family and gender parity, but also sees a lot more work to be done. Go take a look!

Phrases, Sayings, and Idioms

Ever wonder what people actually mean when they talk about having your cake and eating it too? Well there are ways of finding out.  We’ve written about how to find legal terms and phrases before, but it’s also good to know where to find information on common phrases in general.  The Phrase Finder collects phrases and idioms—they research the origins and meanings, and then present them in fun to read summaries.  You can, if you want, sign up to receive a phrase a week by e-mail. They also include (although you have to buy a subscription) a phase thesaurus, which lets you enter a word or two, and will bring back a list of all the sayings, slogans, and catchphrases that use that word.

Who Owns Superman?

Superman is one of the oldest and most beloved of all superheroes.  Since 1938 he’s battled everyone from aliens to Nazis, an iconic American hero.  For many years, too, people have argues as to who owns the Superman copyright.  The original creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster have had on and off legal battles with D.C. Comics (called National Allied Publications when it was founded in 1934) since 1940.  Though they never reclaimed the rights in life, both died in the 90’s, Siegel’s family sought copyright termination in 1999.  In cases in 2008 and last week, the family won the rights to some of the earlier Superman materials, including the story of his origin.  If you’d like to know more about Superman and his origins, both on Planet Krypton and here on Earth, you can read the judicial opinion from last week, which includes both a history of Superman’s creation and publication, and the original Action Comics #1 which introduced Superman to the world.  Thanks to Law.com for giving us the story!

A New Center on the Global Legal Profession

IU Maurer already has several top end centers and clinics, and now we can add a new one to our ranks.  Professors Henderson, Krishnan, Dau-Schmidt, and Sociology Prof. Ethan Michelson will be exploring the global workings of the legal profession.  The new Center on the Global Legal Profession will focus on understanding legal systems around the world, and how they can better work together.  If you would like to know more you can take a look at the official IU Press release.

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