Happy Valentine’s Day!



valentines7  Love in the library?  Stop by the Circulation Desk and check out the Valentine decorations created and hung by student workers at the Circulation Desk: Allison Brigman, Christa Morton, Ashley Nightingale, Neil Patel, Jared Simmons, and Brittany Sutton.  Many thanks to 1L Richard Vu, also a photographer, for the photographs.  Stop by, enjoy the decorations, and have a piece of chocolate.

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Govinfo.gov Replacing FDsys


The Government Printing Office (GPO) is working on updating its existing online digital information system, FDsys.  FDsys makes available the full text of selected federal information resources from the executive, legislative and judicial branches.  For millions of students, FDsys is the go to web site for the Code of Federal Regulations, the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, the United States Code, and the decisions of the United States Supreme Court.

GPO is slowly phasing out FDsys, replacing it with Govinfo.  As with FDsys, GovInfo will maintain digital certification of authentication for selected documents.  It will also allow users to browse by an alphabetized list of documents, categories of information, date or congressional committee.  According to GPO, the beta Govinfo is a content management system, a preservation repository, and an advanced search engine.

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Baby Blue’s: A Citation Guide?


Check out Baby Blue’s Manual of Legal Citation here.  Published by Public Resource.Org., Inc., this is an “open implementation of a uniform system of citation.” It was compiled by students at New York University School of Law under the direction of Professor Christopher J. Sprigman.

Obviously its system of citation is similar to that of Harvard Law Review’s The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.  Thus a copyright fight has ensued with the HLR hiring Ropes & Gray to issue a cease & desist demand regarding publication.  Harvard’s contention:  Baby Blue violates its own Bluebook copyright.

In spite of this, Baby Blue has been released in beta format at the end of January 2016.  Students at Yale Law School working on the Yale Law Journal have come out with a letter of support for Baby Blue, urging students at other law schools to sign on and support the use of Baby Blue.



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Congratulations to CSOL Winners of Savannah Law School Trial Ad Competition


Congratulations to Charleston School of Law students Nick Uricchio, Melissa Bernadel, John Dodds, and Brian Kiel for winning first place at the Savannah Law School Trial Advocacy Competition earlier this month.  Congratulations also go to Crystal Swinford, Kevin Phillips, George Sink, Jr., and Brittany Sutton for placing second.  Individual awards for Best Cross Exam, Best Direct Exam, and Best Closing Argument went to John Dodds (Best Cross), Brian Kiel (Best Direct), and Crystal Swinford (Best Closing.)  Team coaches included Professors Todd Bruno and Jessica Birt and law student Adrian Wilkes.  Again, congratulations all!

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Articles Worth Reading

download-google-books-free  Interested in expanding your practice, increasing your client load, and improving your legal services?  Check out the articles below for answers and more information:

  1.   3 Keys to Better Client Service
  2.   6 Steps to Create a Bare Bones and Profitable Social Media Plan
  3.   5 Ways Firms Lose Clients
  4.   6 Ways to Botch a Client Pitch
  5.   Attorney Job Search: Why You Should Apply for the Same Job Twice
  6.   Berkman Center Releases Tool to Combat “link rot:” Amber
  7.   Compared to Blogs, Websites Are Their Static Older Brothers
  8.   Future of Oyez Supreme Court Archive Hangs in the Balance
  9.   How Garden & Gun Magazine Defies Industry Slump
  10.   Law Firm Marketing: Six Hot Search Tips for 2016
  11.   Market Like a Millennial
  12.   More BigLaw Firms Jump on Outsourcing Bandwagon
  13.   Teaching Tips to Think about Early in the New Semester
  14.   Tech Will Force Lawyers to do More for Those Billable Hours
  15.   The 5 Innovations Partners Need to Embrace in 2016
  16.   The Three P’s of Legal Branding
  17.   To Solve the Skills Gap in Hiring, Create Expectations in the Classroom
  18.   What You Can’t See Can Hurt You: The Intricate World of Dark Data

Happy reading!

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Articles Worth Reading

articles worth reading For your information and reading pleasure, check out the following articles:

  1. 3 Things Associates should Do to Become Indispensable
  2. 3 Things Successful People Do
  3. ABA Launches Law Student Website
  4. Are Your Law Firm’s Leaders Using Facebook to Engage Younger Professionals?
  5. Attorney Job Search: Three Tips for Mastering Salary Negotiations
  6. EEOC to Seek Equal Pay Data from Large Employers
  7. Lean Legal: Three Techniques for the Agile Lawyer
  8. Networking That’s Worth Your While
  9. Profession at a Crossroads: Will Lawyers Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way?
  10. Thomson Reuters Unveils New Platforms for E-Discovery and Legal Research and Offers Glimpse of New AI Product Using IBM’s Watson

Happy reading!


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South Carolina Supreme Court Opinions


On Wednesday, the South Carolina Supreme Court published two opinions: State v. Moore and Fisher v. Shipyard Village.

In State v. Moore, the Court reversed the court of appeals’ decision in State v. Moore, 404 S.C. 634 (Ct. App. 2013). The Court held that there was evidence to support the trial court’s original finding of reasonable suspicion, focusing on the unusual itinerary that Defendant gave the officer and the large sum of cash found on him after he stated that he was unemployed.

In Fisher v. Shipyard Village, a class action suit, the S.C. Supreme Court affirmed as modified the court of appeals’ decision reversing the trial court’s finding that the business judgment rule does not apply to the conduct of the Board of Directors of Shipyard Village Council of Co-Owners, Inc. The Court emphasized that because the business judgment rule only applies where a corporation acts within its authority, the court of appeals incorrectly stated that “any investigation” conducted by the Board pursuant to its duty to investigate “would be looked at under the business judgment rule to determine if the [Board] met its duty.” The Court also affirmed the trial court’s decision granting Petitioners partial summary judgment on the issue of breach of the Board’s duty to investigate, as the jury should have decided whether the Board breached its duty to investigate.

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