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Opinio Juris - March 2008

Scroll down to learn about the new SCOTUSBlog StatPack, the U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs (1832-1978) database, the Ohio Attorney General Subprime Mortgage Report, the online version of The Bluebook, and Martindale-Hubbell adding videos. For more information about other legal research topics, please visit the Library's blog.

SCOTUSBlog Releases New StatPack

SCOTUSBlog has announced the release of a new edition of its StatPack. The new edition shows the breakdown of the Court's voting at the quartermark of the term. It has three new inclusions from the last edition: "Justice Agreement, Decisions by Final Vote, and a new chart we’re calling 'Frequency in the Majority'...." The nine page PDF Statpack can be dowloaded here.

U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs (1832-1978) Database

The Library has access to Making of the Modern Law's U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs (1832-1978) database. The database contains nearly 11 million digitally scanned pages of records and briefs brought before the U.S. Supreme Court during the years 1832-1978. Numerous search options are available, including full-text searching, which make these records more acessible than ever before.

U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs (1832-1978) can be accessed here at the College.

Ohio Attorney General Subprime Mortgage Report

The Ohio Attorney General's Office has released a report detailing the subprime mortgage situation in Ohio. The report made several findings, including the following:

  • Seven out of ten seriously delinquent borrowers are not getting any assistance from their servicers in keeping their house.
  • Payment resets on Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM) have not yet been a driving force in foreclosures.
  • The refinance option has nearly evaporated.

Bluebook Online

The Bluebook manual of citation is now available online - for a fee. A new online subscription costs $25 a year, with subsequent renewels at $15 per year. You can take a "tour" of the online Bluebook here.

Martindale-Hubbell Adding Videos

LexisNexis is adding attorney videos to the Martindale-Hubbell web sites (martindale.com and lawyers.com). From the announcement:

As online video grows in popularity across American society, and as technology advances to make it easier to produce, post and watch online video, new opportunities for law firms to market themselves are emerging. To capitalize on this trend, LexisNexis today announced a new capability that enables law firms to create and post videos as part of the marketing options on the Martindale-Hubbell® lawyers.comSM and martindale.com® online legal directories. In addition to opening up a new way for firms to sell themselves, the video feature also allows potential clients to “visit” and assess law firms without leaving the comfort of their homes or offices.