On Wednesday, February 12, local 1st and 2nd graders will be visiting the McGlothlin Courtroom for a program hosted by The Center for Legal and Court Technology (CLCT). The program, entitled “Fractured Fairytales,” consists of a mock trial in which all of the witnesses and parties are based on classic fairytale characters or creatures. The characters and their respective classic stories are each given an odd or idiosyncratic twist that creates a legal problem that is at the center of the mock trial. The students, at the end of the trial, will serve as the jury and determine the verdict. Wednesday’s case, Kingdom v. Gresham, is a twist on the classic Goldilocks classic fairytale. The Kingdom has brought charges of criminal trespass and destruction of private property (including Baby Bear’s iPod) against Janie Gresham (aka Goldilocks). Testimony will be provided by all three bears, Edward “Papa” Bear, Sonya “Mama” Bear, and Carey “Baby” Bear. Little Red Riding Hood will also be testifying on behalf of the prosecution. Goldilocks will argue the defense of necessity, as she was lost in the woods in the cold and feared for her safety.
Limited space is available for law students. If you wish to view the trial, please contact Greg Marinelli at email@example.com to reserve your seat.
CLCT will be organizing another Fractured Fairytale Trial toward the end of the Spring 2014 semester featuring guest appearances by faculty members for law school student viewing. For more information about Fractured Fairytales or CLCT, please contact Greg Marinelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Legal & Court Technology has introduced a new professional education development certificate program in a blended-learning format: Introduction to the US Legal System. This program, designed for congressional and state legislative staffers, legal system professionals, legal technology company staff, journalists, and anyone else interested in understanding more about American Law and our legal system. The complete course consists of a 3-day on campus component, distance learning Part One (Law and the Legal System) and Part Two (Litigation and Substantive Law), along with an option National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Rule of Law Programming. Click here to learn more and register!
“Introduction to the U.S. Legal System provides a compact and in-depth opportunity for non-lawyers to develop savvy in dealing with the legal community and legal issues. The legal system can seem to operate by an arcane set of rules and principles. this course provides the toolbox to decode what’s really going on and deal effectively with lawyers and the legal systems. It’s especially suited for those who offer products and services that can be useful to those in the legal system or n0n-lawyers who regularly work with lawyers, judges or the judicial systems.”
Mark Chandler, Cisco
eLearning opportunities have begun at William & Mary Law School and the Center for Legal & Court Technology (CLCT).
We offer “on-demand” courses for students, alumni, attorneys, paralegals, litigation support professional, law enforcement, eDiscovery service providers and courtroom technologists for career development and advancement.
Click here to learn more about our 2013 eLearning courses!
This year’s Court Affiliates Conference is scheduled and registration is open! It is being held at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal’s in New Orleans, LA, April 18-19, 2013. A “Welcome Event” will take place Wednesday evening, April 17th wit a tour of the Cabildo, followed by a reception at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal’s.
- iPads in the Courtroom
- How reducing litigation costs using modern technology will affect the courts
- Remote interpretation from the perspective of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court (FL)
- Impact of technology on evidence and ethics
- Remote interpretation in regards to A/V Systems
- Tours of the Supreme Court and Jefferson Parish Courthouse
Affiliate Court Members attend for FREE, and all other participants, $125.00. To register, click here
Prior to e-book library development, legal professionals could only purchase LexisNexis e-books separately. The new Digital Library provides firms with customizable software that allows employees to check out titles, and for librarians to establish lending policies. The Digital Library includes 1,100 titles from Lexis as well as thousands of titles from other partners. Pricing depends on the number of users and on the content available. To learn more, go to http://www.law.com/jsp/lawtechnologynews/PubArticleLTN.jsp?id=1202549956262&Lexis_Debuts_EBook_Software_for_Law_Libraries
CLCT hosted its annual Court Affiliates Conference in the newly renovated Fairfax County, VA courthouse on May 16-18, 2012. It was a great success. Mark your calendars for the 2013 conference in New Orleans, LA!
With the recent boom of cloud storage services like Dropbox, attorneys are being asked some tough questions. Cloud storage undeniably provides a cheaper alternative to backing up data on hard drives, or an additional layer of security for data already backed up on hard drives. The cost saving is being lauded by small firms and solo practioners. However, storing data on a cloud requires turning confidential information over to a third-party and its employees. Attorneys are now being forced to consider what client information may safely be stored on a remote, internet-accessible server and whether the firm’s savings come at too high a cost to the client’s right to privacy. For more information see the original article at Lawyer Tech Review.
Image: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / Gary Hayes
The New York Times has an interesting article on how WikiLeaks may shut down due to a lack of funds. The organization relies on donations to pay for its operating expenses, but several organizations have stopped processing donations to WikiLeaks after the website released classified US diplomatic cables last year. From the article:
Since the end of 2010, financial intermediaries, including Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union, have refused to allow donations to WikiLeaks to flow through their systems, … blocking “95 percent” of the Web site’s revenue and leaving it to operate on its cash reserves for the past 10 months. An aide said that WikiLeaks was now receiving less than $10,000 a month in donations.
A tech blogger and political science professor named Rob Domanski has a fascinating post on the implications of this case. On one hand, the Internet makes information much more free and open, and has allowed a lone site such as WikiLeaks to easily publish diplomatic cables across the world. On the other hand, a small cluster of financial institutions can still “exert their will over others.”
Hamed Aleaziz at Mother Jones has an interesting article on how a US technology company named Blue Coat may have sold technology to the Syrian government “to suppress dissent and block access to the internet.” According to the article, a tech activist group named Telecomix obtained publicly-accessible log files from inside Syria. Analysis of these log files shows that:
Syria’s government is using Blue Coat’s devices to prevent its citizens from accessing social media, video-sharing, and other websites. By using the devices, the Syrian regime can block information about its abuses from getting out of the country and monitor web activity.
If Blue Coat sold the technology to Syria, it would be in violation of US trade sanctions. Blue Coat denies that it exported the technology to Syria, although a Wall Street Journal article has reported that Blue Coat has long sold its technology to other countries in the region, including “Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar” where it is used to filter anti-government messages. These sales place companies like Blue Coat at odds with the US State Department, which is officially committed to promoting greater Internet freedom as a way of advancing democracy.
According to a Wall Street Journal article, the DOJ is using a secret order to force Google and an ISP named Sonic.net to turn over email information from Jacob Appelbaum, a WikiLeaks supporter. Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the government can get an order forcing a 3rd party to turn over digital information on a suspect after showing only “‘reasonable grounds’ that the records would be ‘relevant and material’ to an investigation.” Mr. Appelbaum has been a volunteer and an outspoken supporter of WikiLeaks, which has been the subject of an “active criminal investigation” since releasing myriad classified diplomatic cables last year.
According to the WSJ, Mr. Appelbaum has filed a motion to vacate the court order. At issue is whether the release of information such as a person’s IP address requires a warrant under the Fourth Amendment. Mr. Appelbaum argues that the release of the address requires a warrant because it could be used to find a person’s “specific geographic destinations,” but the government has counter-argued that IP addresses do not inherently reveal any personal information and are more akin to a person’s phone number.