A few professors have decided to create their own electronic versions of casebooks for their classes, which they are willing to share with others at no charge. Eric Johnson just posted the first volume of the Torts casebook that he has created on PrawfsBlawg. Another example of the free electronic casebook, Thomas Field (Intellectual Property). If you are a law professor interested in creating your own electronic casebook, check out CALI's eLangdell Stimulus Project, which includes some small financial incentives for publishing your own electronic casebook with CALI (conditions and restrictions apply).
Recently, my sister was living in Los Angeles and visiting her
neighborhood library every day to use its computers and job hunting
resources. One day, as she was walking from her parked car to the
library, a purse-snatcher grabbed her bag. Luckily, she was holding a
drink in her hand, which made the purse handle catch on her wrist.
Unluckily, she fell. The thief continued tugging on her purse until my
sister heard a grunt, and her purse went slack. She looked up to see an
elderly gentleman by her side.
As they waited for police to arrive, this good Samaritan told my
sister that he saw the whole episode unfold in front of him, but
couldn’t reach her fast enough to help. When my sister fell, this lovely
man saw his opportunity and cracked the offender over the head with his
stack of library books. When the police arrived, the thief was still
My colleague's wry response to this story: "You can't do that with a Kindle!" My vote for the best law book to foil purse-snatchers: Tribe's American Constitutional Law.
If your professor assigns a West-published casebook for your class, you may have the option of renting the casebook and saving a bit of money. According to West, you can write and highlight in your rented casebook, and you won't be penalized for doing so. Renting the casebook also gives you access to an electronic version of the casebook for the duration of the semester. BUT you can only access the electronic version on a PC or Mac - no Kindle, iPad, or Nook access exists at this time. To find out more, visit the West FAQ page on the rental program.
In the first case of its kind to go before a federal court, US District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that controversial Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional on both due process and equal protection grounds. The decision is all but certain to be appealed to the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals with an eventual trip to the US Supreme Court.
The servers for the District Court are currently unavailable due to the volume of internet traffic. Click here for a copy of the opinion from the San Francisco Chronicle web page: