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  • Fastcase Launches Bad Law Bot to Flag Negative Treatment in Case Law
    04/25/2013 - 06:06
    Today Fastcase announced a free enhancement to their case law identification algorithm that identifies overturned or reversed cases in its Authority Check system. Called "Bad Law Bot," the system uses "new algorithms to identify court cases that are cited with negative treatment and to alert researchers of a case’s negative citation history," according to the company...

  • Manage Your Gmail From the Grave | Google's Inactive Account manager
    04/12/2013 - 16:50
      Google has created a new account management tool that allows you to dictate who has access to your account if it becomes inactive - like in the event you die. The new Inactive Account Manager gives you the ability to decide what happens to your photos, emails, and documents after you stop using your account for a pre-determined length of time. You can opt to share access to your...

  • Are All Caselaw Citators Created Equal? A comparison of Google Scholar, Fastcase, Casemaker, LexisNexis, WestlawNext, and Bloomberg
    04/10/2013 - 21:47
    During our live continuing legal education seminars we discuss how to use the information found in social media profiles for evidence and how to get profiles admitted into evidence. If a profile owner assumes a pseudonym, authenticating the owner of the profile has proven to be a challenge. Some courts admit the profile into evidence and some do not. For that reason, we’ve been following...

  • Google No Longer Automatically Recognizes USPS Tracking Numbers
    02/13/2013 - 13:54
    NOTE: Google Once Again Recognizes USPS Tracking Numbers Google no longer automatically recognizes US Postal Service (USPS) Delivery Confirmation tracking numbers entered into its Web search box. Previously, entering a USPS tracking number into the search box would return a results page with a link to retrieve updated tracking information for the shipment associated with the tracking number....

  • New California MCLE Exercise Focuses on Locating Congressional Legislative Materials at Thomas and FDSys
    01/27/2013 - 22:26
    Internet For Lawyers has launched a new California MCLE exercise online focusing on using the searchable databases of legislative/congressional materials such as public laws, bills, resolutions, hearings, congressional reports, and committee reports found at The Library of Congress’s Thomas site and the Federal Digital System site (FDsys) that replaced the Government Printing Office's...

  • Expanded California MCLE Audit of Attorney Continuing Education Compliance Planned by California Bar Association
    01/25/2013 - 12:58
    In recent years, the California State Bar Association has stepped up its enforcement of California's Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirement for lawyers by auditing the compliance of more of its lawyer-members. In 2013, the Bar has announced plans to audit 10% of Compliance Group 1 (comprised of attorneys with names ending in the letters A-G). Attorneys in MCLE Compliance Group...

  • Google Revamps Image Search for Faster Results
    01/23/2013 - 22:09
    Google recently announced that it is rolling out a redesign of its Google Images search results pages. In a blog post on Google's Webmaster Central Blog, Hongyi Li, an Associate Product Manager for Images, noted that,"Based on feedback from both users and webmasters, we redesigned Google Images to provide a better search experience. In the next few days, you’ll see image...

  • How to Search Congressional Legislative Materials at Thomas and FDSys
    01/02/2013 - 02:57
    Searchable databases of legislative/congressional materials such as public laws, bills, resolutions, hearings, congressional reports, and committee reports can be found at two governmental sites: The Library of Congress’s Thomas site ( and FDsys (          Legislative/congressional...

  • Google Updates Advanced Search, Now Recognizes Multiple Phrases From Search Form
    12/21/2012 - 14:05
    Google has updated the function of its Advanced Search forms to recognize multiple phrases entered into the form's "Find Pages with...the exact words or phrase" box. To search for multiple phrases using the Advanced Search form you must enclose each of the phrases in its own set of quotation marks. Previously, anything entered into this box was treated as a single phrase, even if...

  • Yahoo! Drops Proximity Connector
    12/09/2012 - 16:07
    Yahoo! no longer recognizes the proximity connector NEAR. Yahoo! does still recognize an asterisk as a proximity connector representing the concept of "within one word." To conduct a "within one word" search at Yahoo!, the search would be expressed as follows: "Mark * Rosch" (including the quotation marks). We have updated our Search Engine Features Comparison...

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