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Fayette librarian finds voice decades after giving up dream

Barbara Pasqua was 4 years old when she started preparing for a music career. For the next 14 years, she studied voice at the Pittsburgh Playhouse with the goal of studying music at Carnegie Mellon University.
"I wanted to be an opera singer," said Pasqua, 57, assistant law librarian at the Fayette County Law Library.

A standing-room-only crowd listening to her sing the national anthem in a recent courthouse ceremony heard evidence that she could have been a contender.

The Public Library of Law

Popgadget had post about legal resources, including the Public Library of Law, which bills itself as the "world's largest free law library." They claim to search content from many law sites on the web, including free links to paid Fastcase (the site sponsor) content. They offer searches for case law, statutes, regulations, court rules, constitutions and legal forms.

US News Law School Rankings: Why March Madness Has Started Early This Year in the Legal Academy

Two events have the legal academy buzzing before the release of the dreaded US News Law School Rankings on March 28th. Details on Law Librarian Blog. First, the ABA Journal article, The Rankings Czar: Law deans hate Bob Morse's rankings. He'd like their help to make them better is out. Second, has posted what the site claims to be pages from an advance copy of USN&WR's 2009 Law School Rankings, instead of listing the Top X schools.

The Largest Free Law Library

Fastcase recently launched what it claims to be the largest free law library. Granted, that library is online, but that's nothing to take away from the fact that it boasts a collection of 1.8 million pages of federal cases, all in the public domain. The collection also contains all US Appeals Courts decisions dating back to 1950.

The free part involves signing up for a 24 hour subscription or paying US$95 for a one month access.

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Firms downsize their law libraries with proliferation of electronic research

Now It's Legal: Several years ago, the law library at Maynard Cooper & Gale PC occupied portions of two floors.
These days, John Bolus, an attorney with the firm, said only about 800 square feet on one floor is needed for the firm's library. Like many things once indispensable before technology made them obsolete, the Internet has also had an impact on the libraries in some of Birmingham's largest law firms. "Everything is done electronically now, as far as legal research," Bolus said.

Fair Warning to Law Schools ... Deadwood Investigators Coming to Your Website

George Mason law prof and editor of Green Bag, Ross Davies is going to lead a team of researchers who will exam the puffery published in law school websites. In what is proposed to be a regular, perhaps annual report, The Deadwood Report, this effort will attempt to reality check the claims and actual work performed by law school faculty members. Details at Law Librarian Blog

Bookmark LLSDC's Legislative Source Book New URL

The Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C. (LLSDC) has transitioned its website to a new server and nearly all parts of its very useful Legislative Source Book have been assigned new URLs. Visit Law Librarian Blog for page links to their resources, research guides and directories.

She's a law firm librarian and novelist, meet Mindy K. Maddrey

Mindy's latest book, Sorcery and the Single Girl, features Jane Madison, a special librarian who also is a witch. See Spotlight on Law Librarians: Mindy K. Maddrey.

University of Connecticut Law Library Facade Flaws

Anonymous Patron writes "While the University of Connecticut's Law Library was built just 11 years ago at a cost of $24 million, it will now cost $19 million to repair. Leaks and flaws in the granite facade of the five story building were discovered in 2002. Then the repairs were estimated to cost up to $7 million to correct the dangerous situation. The Hartford Courant has more on the story. artsep26,0,5248816.story?track=rss"

Legalese more like machine code than text

Joe Hodnicki writes "Legalese is a massively structured dialect. Symbols appear in very distinct patterns that are more reminiscent of machine code than text. More at Law Library Blog"


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