We must devote the time now to demystifying what we do, and working in concert with those who would seem to be a threat to the old order. Remember that the world ultimately is a reciprocal place. Treat people with respect and as partners, and they will partner with you. Treat people as a threat or as criminals, and they will threaten your institution and ultimately bring it down. This path doesn't have to be scary.
- You're the leader - are you taking the time to lead? (devote the time)
- Do those that follow you understand what it is we are doing? (demystify what we do)
- Have you identified the reasons for the change and understand it is not going away? (work in concert with the threats to the old world order)
- Are the decisions being made in a vacuum, or are you meeting with those that the change is affecting and soliciting ideas from those in the trenches? (remember the world is a reciprocal place)
- Are you treating everyone with respect and allowing them to team with you? (treat people as partners and they will partner with you)
- Or, are you treating everyone as challenger to your plan and believe that they are the barricades to your plan succeeding? (treat people as criminals and they will threaten your institution and ultimately bring it down)
- Corporate Team: A distinct "portal" to topical legal alerts, regulatory press releases, rules announcements and industry insider blogs.
- Client Memoranda: Attorney written alerts and briefings split into industry, corporate roles, area of law and geography.
- RSS Feeds: Over 70 feeds set up by individual categories of industry, professional role, area of law and geography.
- 24 (Memo)rables Hours: A list of everything they've compiled in the last 24 hours.
- Lex Pop: mCR tracks which articles and alerts are being clicked on the most, and lets you know which ones they are.
- Hot Topics: When there is a "hot topic" in the legal field, there are dozens of attorneys writing on that topic. mCR compiles those articles and alerts in one place for easy browsing.
- The SEC: All those press releases, blogs and rules releases that the SEC produces, all in one place.
- Standout Material: Although I couldn't get this link to work, I'm assuming what they are doing is highlighting what the mCR reviewers consider to be an outstanding article on a particular subject.
- Memo of the Week: One truly great article written that week.
We ask the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to improve PACER by enhancing the authenticity, usability and availability of the system. We the undersigned, urge the Administrative Office of the US Courts (AO) to make the following changes to the PACER system:
- For verification and reliability, the AO should digitally sign every document put into PACER using readily available technology.
- PACER needs to be much more readily accessible if it is to be usable for research, education, and the practice of law. Improved accessibility includes both lowering the costs for using PACER and enhancing the web interfaces.
- Depository libraries should also have free access to PACER
Digital Signature -- Verifying that the document is authentic should have probably been built into the system from the beginning.Improved Interface -- PACER's interface hasn't improved in years. Improving the end-user's ability to find and download documents faster would reduce the cost to the end user and improve the overall usability of the system.Free Access for Depository Libraries -- The Depository Libraries have been a valuable resource both to the public and to the US Government. Giving the users of these libraries access to the PACER documents would allow citizens the access they need to court records.
- #154 - Long ago I worked for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Law Library system when PACER was just being developed. I understand the financial constraints and programming issues involved in upgrading PACER. However, I now work in a public law library serving mainly unrepresented litigants, who greatly used and benefited from PACER when it was made available for public use on a test basis. Access to these public documents should be a priority, and I respectfully urge that the AOC do whatever possible to make this happen
- #84 - It's time that Pacer move into the 21st Century. The improvements that have been made in regards to retrieving documents is fine but the search engine and ease of use is missing. I am also requesting along with others that Pacer reflects: verification and reliability and that the AO should digitally sign every document put into PACER using readily available technology.
- #65 - Ours is a public library in a small town, and several of our library users are attorneys or students studying law or legal history. Often these students are studying to become lawyers or paralegals. Free access to legal websites such as PACER are important for these users of our library, as well as for the general public whom they serve or hope to be serving professionally.
- #40 - I feel the PACER interface is deplorably outdated and complicated for the layperson. If I as a law librarian sometimes feel confused using PACER, what chance does a pro se patron have of confidently using the system?
- #29 - I have used Pacer regularly for faculty research for several years. I work in a depository library. We have one account for a law school of almost 900 students. Law students need and deserve greater access to documents in Pacer. After all, they will be using the system in their professional lives immediately after law school. In addition, there is nothing to prove the authenticity of the documents retrieved from Pacer. Both an electronic signature and a watermark with docket source seem to be worthwhile and feasible ideas. We are at a point in time where it is possible to lower the price, increase access, and maintain security. Thank you for considering the possibilities.
- #9 - A few things would be really helpful: 1) Offer a bulk access, flat-rate license fee. Many would pay for bulk access and update. 2) Please do a better job identifying judicial opinions. Often not tagged or mis-tagged. 3) It would be great to unify PACER in a single web application instead of different apps for each court. Justia has a nice UI for this. 4) I would also support a re-rationalization of access fees so that they are proportionate to costs. I have no problem with fees to cover the costs of maintenance, or even fees to cover costs of modernization. But it seems like costs are disproportionately high for the amount of effort currently envisioned. Thanks for your consideration!
- #4 - Access to primary legal materials is a foundational issue for the judiciary. We cannot be a nation of laws if the proceedings of our courts are distributed at high cost and with no certificate of authenticity.
- One of the best 'features' of Web 2.0 is that it allows you to instantly react to what others are saying.
- One of the worst 'features' of Web 2.0 is that it allows you to instantly react to what others are saying.
Basically a free version of webEx.Extremely slick presentation. Share program, desktop, etc.You can use microphone to present, plus a built in chat feature.It also has a phone number you can use, but it is not a toll-free number. So, you'd need a MagicJack to get around the toll charges! ;-)
This is a resource from Drop.IONot as slick as Adobe, but still free!!I think you can upload files, but cannot share your desktop (correct me if I'm wrong on this one).Same as Adobe, it has a phone number you can call in to conference, but not toll-free
Simple and effective way of presenting PPTs.Allows you to move through the presentation and lets everyone keep on the same pageYou can embed the presentation into a webpage (say along side your UStream video presentation)Problem that I found is that anyone can move the PPT to the next or previous slide. So, some 'crafty' geek (cough - Toby - cough) would be having fun moving things to the next slide when you're not ready.
|The Berkman Presentation|
The Questions *no mics for audience*
NOTE: Guest Blogger, Laura Walters joins us one more time to give her review of Twttrlist. Laura's joined us before with her "Who Washed My Briefs" posting.
So, reading Seth Godin’s blog recently I came across a new Twttrlist tool via Squidoo. Having used a Squidoo lens site while writing my MBA dissertation on Virtual Worlds, I was familiar with the site and the technology to some extent and curious as to how this would work with building a more permanent list of favorite Tweets.
I asked the Geeks for a review – and walked right in to another guest blog spot. Fortunately, this app is pretty user friendly, so even a part-time Geek like myself could figure it out and set up a simple demo in about 30 minutes. I opted to use a Geek test subject and create a quick list of some of my favorite Tweets from, or about, @glambert.
To make things more interesting, the Twttrlist folks are in the process of giving away some Kindles to promote their app. http://www.squidoo.com/twttrlist-win-a-kindle
On with the review. The concept is simple enough: do a search on a Twitter name, hashtag topic, or keyword of your choice. From the search results, Add the Tweets you want to file in the permanent list, which should appear under My List. When you are done adding Tweets, click Done Adding (one thing I like about Squidoo is their sense of humor about editing tools and functionality - I was loading the page to make some edits and it said, “Drum roll please…”).
One immediate drawback I noticed, it looks like you are only allowed to search back about a week on the initial list creation (once your lens is created, you can add older Tweets, but this isn’t explained anywhere on the creation site).
After you have your list, you must allow the app to access your Twitter account. After this, you are prompted to select a category for your list (somewhat limited here – the closest category they had to Law was Business), and add keywords about the list. The keywords seem picky – or there’s a hang up when you go to create your list – as it seems to only accept one keyword. To make matters worse, it will use your keyword to create your lens title. “Best of ______ on Twitter”. I initially used “law” as the keyword and then had to go in and change the title once my lens was created.
Obviously, you must have a Squidoo account (lensmaster) or create one to set up a Twttrlist, but there is no charge for this.
Once your lens is created, you can edit it to add additional Tweets to the list, bio info about yourself, photos, and so on. You can also add your own Tweet feed at the bottom of the list – or create a “best of” list of your feeds for promo. You can add tags to make your lens easier to find in searches.
And here you have it…the best of (some of) glambert! http://www.squidoo.com/bestofglambertontwitter
Laura Walters is the Director of Practice Group Management at Foster Pepper PLLC in Seattle, WA. Laura has spent more than 15 years specializing in change management, business development, and competitive intelligence for both law firms and corporations.