Paranormal Law

Halloween is almost here–time to resurrect the ghosts of First Year Property Law past. . . with Stambovsky v. Ackley. This was my favorite case in law school, and I think about it every time I watch Ghost Hunters or Paranormal State. In a professional context, of course–don’t these people know what they are doing to their property values?! Who

Law School of Hard Knocks: Subsidizing Unemployed New JDs

Times have changed.  The legal job market now tilts in favor of law firms, not law school graduates.  Newly minted JDs are competing with laid-off associates who have years of experience, and are already admitted to the bar. Some law schools have opted to subsidize their unemployed new graduates by either paying them or law firms, so that their JDs

A Time for Choosing

46 years ago, Ronald Reagan delivered the above televised campaign address for the Goldwater presidential campaign. With the upcoming election just one week away, a time for choosing is again upon us. If you are voting by absentee ballot, be sure to mail your ballot sufficiently in advance with the correct postage.

No Late Charges @ FedFlix – US Government Videos Online

Recently, I had the chance to look through the online videos available at FedFlix. For those of you unfamiliar with FedFlix, it’s a joint venture between the folks at Public.Resource.Org and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), a bureau within the Department of Commerce. Pursuant to their agreement, NTIS and other agencies, such as the National Archives, send public domain

App of the Week: Nolo’s Plain English Legal Dictionary

Sometimes people mistake Justia’s mission, “To advance the availability of legal resources for the benefit of society,” as being only about advancing the availability of legal resources for lawyers, but society is much larger then the legal community. This week’s App of the week is free for the iPhone and iPad from our friends at Nolo, and it’s geared at making

Reigning Supreme: Trio of Female Justices Serving on the High Court

On this day in 1966, the Supremes became the first all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album: The Supremes A’ Go-Go. This little piece of trivia made us think of the “Supremes” of the legal world: the Justices on the Supreme Court of the United States. This term, for the first time ever, female justices compose one-third

Pew Study on Online Research for Products and Services

The Pew Internet & American Life Project issued a 2010 update on the use of the Internet for product and service research. According to the findings, the number of American adults who researched products and services online when considering a purchase has grown from 49% in 2004 to 56% in 2010. In addition, Pew measured the number of Americans posting

Government Preys on Narcissistic Friends

OnGuard Online, a website by the Federal Trade Commission, urges people to exercise discretion when using social networking sites. While their advice is targeted towards parents of young children, it applies equally to people of all ages. In general, the FTC cautions people to only post information to social networking sites that they are comfortable with others seeing. While the

App of the Week: Fastcase is Speedy, Convenient, and Free

Do you like free, quick access to case law and codes? Of course you do. What’s not to like? With an iPad or iPhone, you can download the free Fastcase app to research state and federal court opinions, as well as find state and federal codes. That’s right, it costs you and your firm nothing. Nada. Rien. Zilch. You pay

Duke Conference on Open Access & The Durham Statement – Friday, October 22, 2010

Part of our work here at Justia is the promotion of  “free law,” through which we’ve had the opportunity to engage in projects and partnerships that support free online access to primary and secondary source legal materials for legal practitioners and lay people alike.  In that regard, we were excited to participate in the many work shops put together