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A Bibliography Of Faculty Scholarship, Law Library Mar 2018

A Bibliography Of Faculty Scholarship, Law Library

Scholarly Articles and Other Contributions

The purpose of this bibliography is to record in one place the substantial body of scholarship produced by the current faculty at the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. From its humble beginnings under the tutelage of founding Dean William Callyhan Robinson, through its adolescent period when, like so many other American law schools, it was trying to define its pedagogical niche, to its eventual merger with the Columbus University Law School in 1954, the law school at Catholic University has always retained a scholarly and remarkably productive faculty. The sheer quantity of writing, the breadth of research and the ...


Digital Literacy: Detecting Fake News In A Post-Truth Era, Carol A. Watson Feb 2018

Digital Literacy: Detecting Fake News In A Post-Truth Era, Carol A. Watson

Continuing Legal Education Presentations

Discusses the origins and impact of "fake news" and implications for a law practice.


Searching High And Low: Advanced Search Tips And Tricks, Wendy Moore Feb 2018

Searching High And Low: Advanced Search Tips And Tricks, Wendy Moore

Continuing Legal Education Presentations

Searching is easy; so much so, that you can be surprised when the desired information is not retrieved in the first few search results when doing a basic Google search. A basic Google search, while a good place to begin, should not also be the end of your search. This paper gives you search strategies to apply when a basic Google search does not produce the results you


The Theory Of The Case: Competitive Intelligence Tips For Attorneys, Suzanne R. Graham Feb 2018

The Theory Of The Case: Competitive Intelligence Tips For Attorneys, Suzanne R. Graham

Continuing Legal Education Presentations

Explores web-based or web-hosted tools that help in three important areas of online legal research: competitive intelligence, business intelligence, and investigative research. The tools are new and shiny, but the strategizing and intellectual legwork needed to use them effectively mirrors how an attorney prepares a case for trial. Shares notable tools with guidance on shortcomings and strengths.


Using Social Media Research To Your Advantage, Endia S. Paige Feb 2018

Using Social Media Research To Your Advantage, Endia S. Paige

Continuing Legal Education Presentations

We live in a time when Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks have become so integrated into daily life that it is critical for attorneys to maintain a basic understanding of the most popular platforms and how they can benefit his or her legal practice.

Social media has made it easier to gather information about litigants and other professionals in the legal field. This paper provides an overview of the most popular social media platforms used by adults in the United States and gives insight into how attorneys can use them to conduct legal and investigative research.


From The Capitol To The West Wing: Making The Most Of Federal Law And U.S. Government Information On The Web, Anne Burnett Feb 2018

From The Capitol To The West Wing: Making The Most Of Federal Law And U.S. Government Information On The Web, Anne Burnett

Continuing Legal Education Presentations

When searching for federal government materials and federal law on the web, researchers are more likely to encounter an overabundance of information than a lack thereof. Fortunately, free federal government and non-government sites have made great strides in improving accessibility to these materials through better organization and finding tools.

This paper directs researchers to both official and unofficial free sites providing access to federal government materials, including federal law. These sites are an alternative to fee-based services, including Westlaw, LexisNexis, Bloomberg BNA and FastCase, although most do not contain all of the bells and whistles that these commercial services offer ...


Help The Reader Swim Downstream: Create Flow In Your Writing, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff Jan 2018

Help The Reader Swim Downstream: Create Flow In Your Writing, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

Idahoans know flow. We have the most amazing rivers just out of our backdoors. But as legal writers, Idaho attorneys need to do more than look outside to create effective writing. This month’s column will focus on flow when writing, and how to achieve that flow through better paragraphs. [excerpt]


Odds And Ends: My Inbox Part Ii, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff Jan 2018

Odds And Ends: My Inbox Part Ii, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

One of the joys of writing this column is hearing from my readers. Every month a loyal Advocate reader contacts me. Some just let me know about a topic they particularly enjoyed. Others, though, ask for advice or answers to specific questions.

This month, I’ve decided to share some of the tips, tricks, and answers that have gone out to individuals. We will look at when e-editing isn’t particularly helpful, combating verbosity, using numbers correctly, and how to correctly identify a nickname. [excerpt]


Feeling Possessed: The Use Of The Genitive Case, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff Jan 2018

Feeling Possessed: The Use Of The Genitive Case, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

"Maybe it’s just the end of the winter, but I always go a little stir crazy this time of year. Not like Jack Nicholson in The Shining, of course. But I do long for a nice long walk in the sunshine with those dogs of mine. Or to do a little gardening with my husband in our yard. Or to get away from my students’ gripes about having to write a 20-page appellate brief in a mere six weeks. Wow — there was lot of possessing in that paragraph! In fact, we tend to do a lot of possessing in ...


Beyond The Basics: Typographic Symbols In Writing, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff Jan 2018

Beyond The Basics: Typographic Symbols In Writing, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

Last week my students finished their major assignment for the spring semester. As we were working on proofing and editing, one student asked me when to use § and when to use “section.” I quickly explained the rules, but I’m so used to the legal writing conventions about § that I was almost shocked by the question. Later it dawned on me that other writers might also be confused about when or how to use typographic symbols in their writing. So this month’s column will cover general advice about using symbols, as well as specific advice about using common symbols ...


Alphabet Soup: More Confusing Word Pairs, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff Jan 2018

Alphabet Soup: More Confusing Word Pairs, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

I’m writing this over my Spring Break. By the time you read this, the weather will be lovely, but today it’s classically blustery. I decided to make soup before sitting down at my computer. Filled with a lovely, warm homemade concoction, I realized that I didn’t have a topic ready to pour out of my head. So as sometimes happens when I have a bit of writer’s block, my mind began to wander. I remembered lunches of alphabet soup on blustery spring days long before I hit law school (or high school for that matter). And ...


Beyond The Basics: Transitive, Intransitive, Ditransitive And Ambitransitive Verbs, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff Jan 2018

Beyond The Basics: Transitive, Intransitive, Ditransitive And Ambitransitive Verbs, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

Here’s a good laugh: Lori walks into the kitchen and says to Greg, “Make me a sandwich.” Greg waives his hands wildly and replies, “Poof! You’re a sandwich.” I know you all love a good grammar joke as much as I do. That one’s worth at least a chuckle, right? But, don’t you wonder what makes that funny? And don’t you wonder if the correct phrasing should be “Please make a sandwich for me”? The answer lies, of course, in grammar. To understand whether “Make me a sandwich” is a correct way to ask someone ...


A Quick Reference: Tricky Prepositions And Confusing Adjectives, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff Jan 2018

A Quick Reference: Tricky Prepositions And Confusing Adjectives, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

I’ll admit it: This month’s column is a little bit for my students (and newer law grads). It seems that about this time each year my students start to notice that they struggle with certain prepositions and adjectives. So as I begin to deal with these issues in my class, it occurred to me that it might be helpful to my readers to have the same type of quick guide. This month we’ll cover the most common preposition and adjective mistakes, and some tips for remembering their correct usage. [excerpt]


Confusing Word Pairs Iii: D Words, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff Jan 2018

Confusing Word Pairs Iii: D Words, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

The beginning of the year seems to bring out in me a longing to know more about words. Perhaps it is my tendency when the weather is cold and the nights are dark to read more as I curl up by the fire with a good book and a nice glass of Idaho wine after work. Maybe it’s that my students are thinking more about word choice as we dig into persuasive writing. Whatever the cause, I have started several New Years off with columns on confusing words. Sticking with that theme, this month we are going to delve ...


Exemplary Legal Writing 2016: Books Selected By Our Respectable Authorities: Five Recommendations, Femi Cadmus Jan 2018

Exemplary Legal Writing 2016: Books Selected By Our Respectable Authorities: Five Recommendations, Femi Cadmus

Femi Cadmus

No abstract provided.


Pepperdine Law Review Masthead, Cameron Fraser Jan 2018

Pepperdine Law Review Masthead, Cameron Fraser

Pepperdine Law Review

No abstract provided.


The Due Process Conundrum: Using Mathews V. Eldridge As A Standard For Private Hospitals Under The Health Care Quality Improvement Act, Amy L. Moore Jan 2018

The Due Process Conundrum: Using Mathews V. Eldridge As A Standard For Private Hospitals Under The Health Care Quality Improvement Act, Amy L. Moore

Belmont Law Review

In response to growing litigation between doctors and hospitals and the recalcitrance of some hospitals to initiate proper peer review actions against incompetent or unprofessional doctors, Congress passed the Health Care Quality Immunity Act in 1986. HCQIA provided immunity for hospitals that engaged in peer review, presuming immunity from both federal and state law claims if the hospital had satisfied the statutory safeguards. One of these statutory requirements is “adequate notice and procedures” for the doctors at issue. It is abundantly clear in both the legislative history of HCQIA and the case law surrounding HCQIA immunity that section 11112(a ...


Separating Amicus Wheat From Chaff, Aaron-Andrew P. Bruhl, Adam Feldman Jan 2018

Separating Amicus Wheat From Chaff, Aaron-Andrew P. Bruhl, Adam Feldman

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Ask A Director: Reporting Accomplishments, Caroline L. Osborne Jan 2018

Ask A Director: Reporting Accomplishments, Caroline L. Osborne

Faculty Scholarship

None available.


Securing Professional Development: Getting To Yes, Caroline L. Osborne, Carol A. Watson, Amy J. Eaton Jan 2018

Securing Professional Development: Getting To Yes, Caroline L. Osborne, Carol A. Watson, Amy J. Eaton

Faculty Scholarship

None available.


Law Library Blog (January 2018): Legal Beagle's Blog Archive, Roger Williams University School Of Law Jan 2018

Law Library Blog (January 2018): Legal Beagle's Blog Archive, Roger Williams University School Of Law

Law Library Newsletters/Blog

No abstract provided.


Taking The 30,000-Foot View: Seeing What You've Written, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff Jan 2018

Taking The 30,000-Foot View: Seeing What You've Written, Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

Faculty Scholarship

In thinking about a topic for this column, I took a moment to look back over what I've covered since I started writing for The Advocate. I saw a huge range of topics-- word choice to punctuation to parts of speech to document design. I've even covered proofing techniques. I saw one huge hole, however. I've never written about how to edit to ensure your legal writing is complete. So for this month I'll explore a little bit of why self-editing is so difficult, followed by some discrete tasks each legal writer can use to ensure ...


Legal-Writing Exercises: Part Vi—Punctuation (Continued), Gerald Lebovits Dec 2017

Legal-Writing Exercises: Part Vi—Punctuation (Continued), Gerald Lebovits

Hon. Gerald Lebovits

No abstract provided.


Law Library Blog (December 2017): Legal Beagle's Blog Archive, Roger Williams University School Of Law Dec 2017

Law Library Blog (December 2017): Legal Beagle's Blog Archive, Roger Williams University School Of Law

Law Library Newsletters/Blog

No abstract provided.


Irlafarc! Surveying The Language Of Legal Writing, Terrill Pollman, Judith M. Stinson Nov 2017

Irlafarc! Surveying The Language Of Legal Writing, Terrill Pollman, Judith M. Stinson

Maine Law Review

Language, like law, is a living thing. It grows and changes. It both reflects and shapes the communities that use it. The language of the community of legal writing professors demonstrates this process. Legal writing professors, who stand at the heart of an emerging discipline in the legal academy, are creating new terms, or neologisms, as they struggle to articulate principles of legal analysis, organizational paradigms conventional to legal writing, and other legal writing concepts. This new vocabulary can be both beneficial and detrimental. It can be beneficial because it expands the substance of an emerging discipline. It also can ...


Content And Quality Of Legal Information And Data On The Internet With A Special Focus On The United States, Claire M. Germain Nov 2017

Content And Quality Of Legal Information And Data On The Internet With A Special Focus On The United States, Claire M. Germain

Claire Germain

In the United States today, digital versions of current decisions, bills, statutes, and regulations issued by federal and state governments are widely available on publicly accessible Web sites. Worldwide, official (defined as "authoritative," or "the official" word of the law) legal information issued by international organizations and foreign governments is also becoming available on the Web. However, there are currently no standards for the production and authentication of digital documents. Moreover, the information is sometimes available only for a short time and then disappears from the site. No guidelines exist either to promote a uniform way to cite to digital ...


Aall's National Advocacy Efforts, Claire M. Germain Nov 2017

Aall's National Advocacy Efforts, Claire M. Germain

Claire Germain

No abstract provided.


Law Library Blog (November 2017): Legal Beagle's Blog Archive, Roger Williams University School Of Law Nov 2017

Law Library Blog (November 2017): Legal Beagle's Blog Archive, Roger Williams University School Of Law

Law Library Newsletters/Blog

No abstract provided.


Legal-Writing Exercises: Part V—Punctuation, Gerald Lebovits Oct 2017

Legal-Writing Exercises: Part V—Punctuation, Gerald Lebovits

Hon. Gerald Lebovits

No abstract provided.


Access To Justice Starts In The Library: The Importance Of Competent Research Skills And Free/Low-Cost Research Resources, Deborah K. Hackerson Oct 2017

Access To Justice Starts In The Library: The Importance Of Competent Research Skills And Free/Low-Cost Research Resources, Deborah K. Hackerson

Maine Law Review

Access to justice is an important aspirational goal for everyone in the legal profession. Lawyers, however, cannot provide access to justice without adequate practical skills and the tools necessary to complete their work. Lawyers and law students provide many hours of public and pro bono service every year. With the current state of the economy and the record jobless rate, it is likely that the need for low cost and free legal services will continue to grow. In order to carry out the mission of continuing to provide services to those in need, law students must prepare learn the practical ...