The Myth of Disruptive Technology – 3 Geeks and a Law Blog

Interesting post on 3 Geeks and a Law Blog. Reading it made me think of the struggle libraries are having with e-books.

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Rebooting Legal Research in a Digital Age

Interesting article on LLRX – Rebooting Legal Research in a Digital Age, By Steven A. Lastres It discusses the findings of a survey of how digital natives tackle legal research.

From Steven’s article on LLRX:

Key findings from the survey:

  • Newer attorneys spend more than 30% of their time doing legal research
  • Approximately 50% of associates think legal research should be a larger part of the law school curriculum
  • Over 80% of associates use an extensive range of content from traditional primary law and secondary materials to News, Court Transcripts, Verdicts, Dockets, Public Records and more.
  • Legal Classification systems are rarely used (only 12% begin with a legal classification system)
  • Attorneys use free online research resources but spend most of their time, over 8 hours per week using paid-for online research services.

The paper is posted here:


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Washington County October CLE


Washington County: October 27, 2010; 12:00-1:00 pm.   

“Elder Abuse in Washington County”

Presented by Kari Lindstrom and Wendy Murphy, Assistant Washington County Attorneys

One standard CLE credit will be applied for. 

More information.

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Debt Collection Rights Clinic


Tuesday August 24, 2010, 3:30 – 7:30 pm

Stafford Library, Rooms A&B

 8595 Central Park PlaceWoodbury, MN 55125

•Are you being harassed by debt collectors?
•Has a lawsuit or a judgment been filed against you by a debt collector?
•Are your wages or bank accounts being garnished even though you receive public assistance?

Washington County Library will be hosting a Law Clinic to help community members who are experiencing debt problems. Attendees will receive brief legal services, including the chance to speak with an attorney and assistance in filling out appropriate legal forms.

(Sponsored by the Minnesota Justice Foundation, Washington County Law Library and the Washington County Library)

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Events – July CLE Washington County

UPCOMING CLE’s Washington County: July 28, 2010; 12:00-1:00 pm.   Clayton Robinson, Assistant Director – Prosecution Division, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.
“The Visual Trial: Legal and Practical Considerations for the use of Visual Demonstrative Evidence at Trial”
One standard CLE credit will be applied for.  More information.

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Events – April CLE Washington County

UPCOMING CLE’s Washington County: April 28, 2010; 12:00-1:00 pm.   Julie Roorda, Esq., Ballou Law Partners, Minneapolis, MN and Royee Vlodaver, Esq., Vlodaver Law Offices, LLC, St. Paul MN.  “Overview of Immigration Issues Related to: Family, Criminal, Business and Employment Law.”  One standard CLE credit will be applied for.  More information.

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Legislation that could impact MN County Law Libraries:

There is proposed legislation that could divert funds from Law Library surpluses to courts. 

See HF3648

Looks like the funds would be for general facilities: 


Minn. Stat. 484.77 FACILITIES.

The county board in each county shall provide suitable facilities for court purposes at the county seat, or at other locations agreed upon by the district court and the county. The county shall also be responsible for the costs of renting, maintaining, operating, remodeling, insuring, and renovating those facilities occupied by the court. The county board and the district court must mutually agree upon relocation, renovation, new construction, and remodeling decisions related to court facility needs. The state court administrator shall convene court and county representatives who shall develop written model guidelines for facilities that may be adopted in each county.

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