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Opinio Juris - December 2006

Scroll down to learn about the New Federal Rule on Citation of Unpublished Decisions, Stanford's New Model for Legal Education, Updated Washington & Lee Law Journal Rankings, Justices Breyer and Scalia Discuss the Constitution, American Lawyer's Summer Associate Survey, and Detecting the Truth - Fakes, Forgeries and Trickery. For more information about other legal research topics, please visit the Library's blog.

New Federal Rule on Citation of Unpublished Decisions

A significant change to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2007. Rule 32.1 will prohibit courts from restricting citations to unpublished court decisions issued after January 1, 2007. See Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure from the US Courts web site.

Stanford's New Model for Legal Education

Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer has announced a "new model" for legal education. "Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer said the pedagogical changes the school is spearheading are focused on the second and third year curriculum. He hopes Stanford’s reform—which began last year and should be fully implemented by 2009—will provide a model for legal education generally."

Updated Washington & Lee Law Journal Rankings

The Washington & Lee Law Library has updated its law journal submission and rankings information. The stated purpose of the webpage "is to allow authors to find law journals by subject, country, or journal rank (where available), to display journal editorial information, and to facilitate an author's article submission to those journals."

Justices Breyer and Scalia Discuss the Constitution

On December 5, 2006, the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society co-sponsored "A Conversation on the Constitution: Perspectives from Active Liberty and A Matter of Interpretation," with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia. The Justices discussed their interpretive methodologies and the Constitution itself.

Video of the discussion is available at the American Constitution Society website.

American Lawyer's Summer Associate Survey

The 2006 American Lawyer's Summer Associate Survey is now online. Read the American Lawyer's article, The Real World According to Summer Associates, available at Law.com. The Survey's National Rankings and Results by City are linked to from this article (free registration is required).

Detecting the Truth - Fakes, Forgeries and Trickery

Library and Archives Canada has created an online exhibit called Detecting the Truth - Fakes, Forgeries and Trickery. The website discusses "why and how people have changed documents, paintings, maps, books, stamps and money throughout history." It also discusses tools and techniques used by experts to catch the forgeries.