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Law Library News for Oct. 8, 2007

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

Back Up or Break Down: You Decide

The beginning of a new academic year is a great time to establish at least one good habit: backing up important data from your computer.

What brutal break down would you suffer if your computer’s hard drive crashed? Avoid that terrible trauma by routinely backing up your data.

Options abound. Free alternatives include emailing indispensable documents to yourself or storing files on the UW’s File Manager. Several dot-com’s offer limited free space with an option to buy more. Read about Six Places to Store Your Files Online, describing Amazon S3, Box, Mozy, Omnidrive, Windows Live Folders, and Xdrive. Enjoy the advantage of access via the web with these services.

Of course, you could make protection a more personal matter by purchasing a flash drive, external hard drive, or writable CD’s or DVDs.

For more information, scan It’s Time to Back Up Your Files. To read what one attorney does to back up his files see Erik J. Heels, How to Back Up Your PCs and Macs: An Obsessive's Guide for the Small Law Firm, Law Practice, Oct./Nov. 2007, at 25, and on his blog.

The Ball’s in Their Court

The 2007-08 Term of the U.S. Supreme Court began on Monday, Oct. 1st. For an audio preview of the Court’s docket, listen to NPR’s Talk of the Nation, A Preview of the Supreme Court’s Next Term, featuring David Savage (Supreme Court reporter for the Los Angeles Times) and Professor Jeffrey Rosen (George Washington University Law School).

For written summaries and analysis read On the Docket’s US Supreme Court 2007-2008 Case List and the Case Index of the new SCOTUSwiki, a companion to the widely-read SCOTUSblog.

Browse the American Bar Association’s Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases at KF101.1.P7 in the Reference Office and on Westlaw: SCT-PREVIEW. Both LexisNexis and Westlaw have databases with the petitions for writ of certiorari. LexisNexis: U.S. Supreme Court Briefs (selected petitions). Westlaw: SCT-PETITION.

Jeffrey Toobin’s new book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, has created a stir and some criticism. You can read Nina Totenberg’s review and an excerpt, as well as reviews published in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times (on LexisNexis).

And to identify the nearly one thousand books in the Law Library about the Supreme Court, search the catalog by the subject heading: United States. Supreme Court. This search retrieves more than fifty headings leading you to biographies and books on the Court’s decision-making practices and history.

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On a Lighter Note

Have you been looking for law-related songs to sing at the karaoke bar? Consider one of these hits:

Courtesy of TopFive.

Drop me a note if you have other favorites.

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