Evolving Roles for Law Librarians and Legal Technologists

Caroline Young, chair of the Computing Services Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, graciously invited me to be the breakfast speaker at the section’s business meeting during the 2015 annual meeting and conference of the American Association of Law Libraries. Here are my remarks, lightly edited. By now everyone here is […]

An Open Letter to Those Who Would Turn Back the Right to Same-Sex Marriage

Dear Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Jeb Bush, Ken Connelly, and yes, dear many friends of mine who vehemently oppose the results of the decision reached by the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday in Obergefell v. Hodges. I was once a homophobe, and I once opposed the ability of same-sex individuals […]

An Empty Nest Summer

The summer season, which astronomically does not begin until the solstice, but for vacationing, socializing, and summer trips begins with Memorial Day weekend, will be an unusual one for my wife Lisa and me. Our son Micah, who is approaching his twenty-first birthday late in the summer, will be spending two months with one of […]

Fooled me once…

Today likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush tried to shift attention from his flubbing the “what would you have done” question about invading Iraq by blaming President Obama for the presence of and gains made by ISIS/ISIL in Iraq. Bush not only conveniently ignores that it was the 2003 invasion and its aftermath that totally destabilized Iraq, but […]

Article in Print, But Not Quite Right

While I am always pleased to have an article in print, I need to point out that my latest one, “Like Mark Twain: The Death of Academic Law Libraries Is An Exaggeration,” 106 Law Libr. J. 521 (2014) is not the correct version. Somewhere in the production process the edits I had submitted were lost, and a […]

More Thoughts on the Indiana RFRA Controversy

This post is adapted from a Facebook note I published today, which was in response to a discussion on a friend’s timeline. A Facebook timeline is not well suited to the back-and-forth of serious issues, and it is not my goal to fill up someone else’s timeline with my views, so instead I wrote a […]

All Praise Religious Bigotry!

“All” is, of course, an intentional use of hyperbole. But in the case of Indiana’s enactment of SB 101, its version of a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” a large majority of state assembly members voted to pass the act. Governor Mike Pence, though saying in several public appearances in the past few days that signing […]

When White Privilege and Senatorial Privilege Combine

To quote Charlie Pierce of Esquire, “It’s never about race.” Senator Mitch McConnell has announced that the Senate will not vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General until the Democratic senators stop filibustering the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (S. 178). The Democratic senators are opposing the bill because the […]

End the Semi-Annual Tyranny That Is Daylight Saving Time!

Like millions of others, I dread Monday morning. With the loss of an hour on the clock early Sunday, getting up on Monday will feel akin to a mild torture. For reasons that no longer may sense, if they ever did, Congress adopted a uniform Daylight Saving Time effective in 1967, and has tinkered with […]

Turn the Page

Six months are too long to let a blog lie fallow. The options here are plain: start writing with some frequency, or give it up. I’m going to make an earnest try at the first one. Tonight Lorne Michaels and NBC celebrate the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live. Much has already been written in the […]