Law Library News for the Week of Jan. 21, 2008

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

Subprime Lending Legal Research Guide

LexisNexis has developed a Backgrounder on Subprime Lending.

The guide describes the issue and contrasts subprime lending and predatory lending. It links to specific content on LexisNexis, including cases, commentary, statutes, regulations, agency guidance documents, and congressional bills.

Color My (Research) World: Beige

The Beige Book. Just how bland and boring must THAT book be?Beige Book logo

Sure enough, the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book deals with the country’s economic activity by reviewing trends in banking and finance, consumer spending, manufacturing, the construction industry and real estate, prices and wages, and other industries and sectors.

And with a title like Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve Districts, you just know it is going to be a snooze-fest. Hey, truth in advertising!

But economists and public policy wonks love delving into these details. Take a walk on the mild side and check out the Beige Book.

Locating Lawyers Using Directories

When you want to find biographical or background information on an attorney, where do you turn?

If Martindale-Hubbell is your only answer, you might want to review a new guide posted on LLRX: Locating Lawyers (Including Corporate Counsel): A Brief Overview of Attorney Directories and a 50 State Survey of Online State Bar Directories.

Author Scott Russell describes several sources that might be new to you, such as:

Best Lawyers, a print and online directory with ratings based on evaluations by attorneys. KF190.B47 at Reference Area

Chambers and Partners, online directories of lawyers in 175 counties with rankings and editorial comments

Of course, you can also turn to the Gallagher guide on People Finding. This guide covers print and online tools (free and subscription sources) for locating information about attorneys (including corporate counsel), judges, law school faculty, legislators, other government officials, and individuals and businesses.

Website of the Week: Legal Technology Resource Center

This American Bar Association website is a good “starting point for attorneys seeking information about implementing and understanding technology.” The site is packed with information about law office and litigation technology, mobile lawyers, online research, and web and communications technology.

Articles, information packets, and presentations delve into a wide array of issues, such as:

  • calendar and docketing software
  • data backup
  • email management
  • PDA and handheld computing
  • spyware and security threats

A related publication is the annual Legal Technology Survey Report, a great source for identifying hardware and software used by attorneys in specific practice areas. KF320.A9 L43 at Classified Stacks

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