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Opinio Juris - February 2012

Scroll down to read about Senate Floor Webcasts, the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books, the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, CALI's course on Digital Law Practice, and the iProBono app. For information about other topics, see the Moritz Legal Information Blog and the Moritz Law Library Facebook page.

Senate Floor Webcasts

The U.S. Senate is now providing live webcasts of floor proceedings via its website. Archived video is also available for sessions so far in 2012. The archived sessions feature summaries of the day's proceedings with links to the text of debated bills on THOMAS, the Library of Congress' website. Video of House floor proceedings is available at houselive.gov with archived sessions from January 2009. The House's archived sessions include summaries with notations of the time at which various matters occurred. For video of House and Senate committee proceedings, see individual committee websites such as the Senate Judiciary Committee. C-SPAN's Congressional Chronicle also provides live and archived video coverage of Congressional proceedings.

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books

The Index to Legal Periodicals and Books is now available on the EBSCO search interface following EBSCO's merger with H.W. Wilson last year. The index includes articles from hundreds of legal journals, yearbooks, bar association publications, and monographs dating from 1981 with full-text available for certain journals beginning in 1994. The database covers works published in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Users can browse or search the index by such fields as subject, author, journal name, and year of publication. The index is accessible on-campus or off-campus with OSU authentication. For an index of older 20th century articles, see the Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective (1908-1981), also accessible on-campus or off-campus.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

The Moritz Law Library also provides access to the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, available on HeinOnline. IFLP is a multilingual index of articles in over 500 legal journals covering the laws of jurisdictions other than the U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia. Topics include public and private international law, foreign law, and comparative law. Users can browse or search the index by such fields as subject, author, country of publication, and journal title. The database includes articles from 1985 to the present. Users can also browse and search the digitized print index versions beginning in 1960. Full-text is available for some articles. The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals is accessible on-campus or off-campus with OSU authentication.

CALI Course: Topics in Digital Law Practice

CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Education) is offering a free online course to students and faculty titled "Topics in Digital Law Practice." The course aims to provide an overview of the changes occurring in the practice of law, especially with respect to technology. Each session of the nine-week course lasts one hour with a 30-minute guest lecture, a question-and-answer segment, and a brief assignment. See the CALI website for the schedule and registration information. Two sessions have already taken place: The Digital Law Office and Document Automation, both now available on CALI's YouTube Channel. Upcoming topics include Technology in the Courts, Free Legal Research, Unauthorized Practice of Law in the 21st Century, and Social Media for Lawyers.

iProBono App

The Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation recently released an interesting iPhone app that allows attorneys to conveniently review and accept pro bono cases. iProBono, billed as the "first interactive pro bono mobile app," allows licensed Arkansas attorneys to browse pro bono cases by legal topic and county, and to request a case directly through the app. The release was partly in response to steep cuts in state and federal funding for legal aid programs. A preview of the app is available in the iTunes store. The developers' site includes information on customizing the app for pro bono programs in other states.