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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Kirtsaeng Updates “First Sale” Doctrine of Copyright Law

By Kelly on March 27, 2013//Leave a comment

The Supreme Court clarified the “first sale” doctrine of copyright law with its decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons.  The first sale doctrine provides that a publisher only controls what happens up to the first sale of copyrighted material.  Once material has been sold, the publisher has no further rights relating to that…

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Google Maps, it’s not just for directions!

By Gina on March 27, 2013//Leave a comment

Google Maps & Google Earth have  features that could help your lawsuit. We normally think of Google Maps for driving directions, but the street maps could easily be used to diagram an accident. Satellite views may also be available, especially in larger urban areas.   Looking for historic information? Google Earth is a free downloadable…

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Yo! Harvard tells courts how to avoid the budget axe (oops, too late)

By JohnnyZ on March 27, 2013//Leave a comment

Play nice.  Become friends.  Be good communicators. The National Center for State Courts and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government recently published a paper, “Keeping Courts Funded: Recommendations on How Courts Can Avoid the Budget Axe“, explaining how state courts can better advocate for funding by approaching the budgetary process proactively, effectively, and humbly. [Oh my!]  …

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Books are Moving at our Vista Branch

By Isabel on March 22, 2013//Leave a comment

The collection at our Vista branch is being reorganized.  We will be arranging all of the materials according to the Library of Congress call numbers which you see on the spine labels of the books and in our online catalog. The goal is to make it easier for everyone to find a title on the…

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Legal Reference Question of the Week

By Benita on March 22, 2013//Leave a comment

Q: Where do I find the law that states the courts are required to report traffic violations to the DMV?   Another very interesting patron question.  The court’s reporting requirements are set out in Vehicle Code section 1803. We were able to find the relevant code section in the Nolo Press book: Fight Your Ticket…

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On Tap! — Straaaaange cases

By JohnnyZ on March 22, 2013//Leave a comment

  It’s Friday and time for another edition of Straaaaange Cases!   For reasons made obvious in this report but which will not be repeated here, a judge in Racine, Wisconsin recently reviewed the case of a young man in a library who was definitely not doing any research.    The judge set bond for…

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Free Tax Return Assistance

By Deb on March 21, 2013//Leave a comment

Tax time is upon us, and California Indian Legal Services is offering tax preparation assistance for low income individuals through April 8, 2013.  Low income workers and their family could be eligible for up to  $5,891 from the Earned Income Tax Credit.  For information call 1 (800) 829-0284 ext 307. Self help online tax assistance…

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LAF-OFF Tonight

By Benita on March 21, 2013//Leave a comment

Tonight, March 21st, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP) is hosting the fun, laugh out loud, stand-up comedy show, LAF-OFF (lawyers are funny). This will be a night of hilarity as attorneys compete to be the winner of the 2013 LAF-Off All-Stars competition. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the humorous side of law tonight, at the House of Blues,…

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Ethics of Cloud Computing

By Benita on March 21, 2013//Leave a comment

About the Program:   – 1 hour MCLE Legal Ethics Participatory credit.   Cloud computing has become ubiquitous in law practice. Find out how to fulfill your duties under the Rules of Professional Conduct while working in the Cloud. This program will address:     What exactly is the cloud; Current ethical requirements and trends…

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Quick Tip Classes – April

By Amanda on March 21, 2013//Leave a comment

Need a quick tip or two on how to use some of our most used legal databases?  Join us every Thursday as we provide a couple of helpful tips navigating legal databases.   Location: Downtown Location Time: 9:30 am – 9:45 am Cost: FREE   April Thursdays: 4th – CEB Onlaw 11th –  WestlawNext 18th –…

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