USF law faculty, students, and staff can now use the Westlaw printers to print WestlawNext documents. To print from WestlawNext, simply run a search, select a document, then click on the print icon near the top right of the screen. You should see a USF Westlaw printer name when you click on the print icon.
The Stanford Law Library blog, Legal Research Plus, recently posted about online access to trial court documents at state courts across the country. Rachel Samberg concludes that "we found too many gaps in coverage for anything to be considered 'consistently' available online." Rachel also notes that "the quality of available dockets varies dramatically because state court clerks exercise no uniformity in document description. It is difficult to compile a collection of complaints if various clerks label documents 'pleading' or 'misc. filing.'"
USF law librarians regularly interact with patrons who are shocked that they can't access all California trial court filings from every county online. We explain that there is no PACER equivalent in California. Some California state courts provide online access for free (SF County Superior Court), some provide online access but charge researchers for searching and/or downloading documents (LA County Superior Court), and some don't provide any online access at all (San Diego County Superior Court). As far as we can tell, there is no web resource that provides a county-by-county summary of online availability of court records. Your best bet is to visit the state court website - links to all state court websites can be found on the California Courts website.
Professor Bill Hing's post, "Kill the Death Penalty," was just published on the Huffington Post today. From Professor Hing's post:
The death penalty is too costly, the possibility is high that a person who has been wrongfully convicted will be put to death, capital punishment inordinately affects communities of color, the imposition of the death penalty varies greatly from county to county within the same state, a low income defendant faces a troubling disadvantage when charged with a capital offense, the death penalty forecloses any possibility of healing and redemption, and the death qualification juror requirement inherently and unjustly biases the process against the defendant.
Paul Lomio at Stanford Law Library conducted an informal survey to determine which Bay Area legal workplaces were using WestlawNext. You can find his post summarizing responses on the Stanford Law Library blog, Legal Research Plus. Most important takeaway from Paul's informal survey: public sector law libraries, including federal and California court systems, haven't adopted WestlawNext yet.
Members of the SF Giants organization toured the Supreme Court yesterday during their trip to Washington, DC. They met with Justices Kennedy and Sotomayor and Bruce Bochy said, "Justice Kennedy did a great job being a nice host."
USF law students and 2011 law school graduates need to register with Lexis and Westlaw if they want to use Lexis and Westlaw over the summer. There are some restrictions on who can sign up for summer access, and you can find out more about who qualifies for summer access by downloading these information flyers from each vendor:
If you're still confused after you review the above information, please contact Zief law librarian, Amy Wright, at email@example.com or our school vendor representatives, Westlaw's Mark Cygnet (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Lexis' Debbie Myers (email@example.com).