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Opinio Juris - July 2012

Scroll down to read about an extended borrowing period for OhioLINK material, an EEOC database for appellate and amicus briefs, an American Arbitration Association app., a substantial Lexis Advance update, and law faculty blog citations. For information on other topics, see the Moritz Legal Information Blog and the Moritz Law Library Facebook page.

Extended Borrowing Period for OhioLINK Material

The borrowing period for material obtained by faculty and staff through the OhioLINK library consortium is now six weeks, up from the previous period of three weeks. In conjunction with the university-wide quarter to semester change, the borrowing period for material from other OSU libraries has also enlarged -- to 17 weeks from the previous period of 10 weeks. Multiple renewals are possible for OhioLINK and other OSU library material using the My Record link from the Moritz Law Library website.

EEOC Database for Appellate and Amicus Briefs

The EEOC recently announced the availability of a searchable database of its appellate and amicus briefs. The database covers briefs filed by the EEOC as a party in U.S. Courts of Appeals, in addition to amicus briefs filed by the EEOC in U.S. Courts of Appeals, federal district courts, and state courts. Coverage includes briefs filed from 2000 to present, with some pre-2000 briefs also available. EEOC briefs filed by the Solicitor General in the U.S. Supreme Court are available from the Department of Justice.

American Arbitration Association App.

The American Arbitration Association recently released a new mobile application. The app. is free and available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. According to a press release, users can quickly access AAA arbitration and mediation rules in the areas of Commercial, Construction, Real Estate & Environmental, Government & Consumer, International, and Labor & Employment. AAA due process protocols are also available, though arbitration decisions apparently are not. See more information at the iTunes store and Google play.

Substantial Lexis Advance Update

Lexis recently completed a substantial update of its Lexis Advance platform rolled out last December. In particular, much more secondary source content is now available. Users can search and browse the table of contents of specific secondary sources such as American Jurisprudence, state legal encyclopedias, and legal treatises like Moore's Federal Practice and Nimmer on Copyright. Information about additional updates will be available at an upcoming Lexis faculty training session. Look for an email soon with more details about the session.

Law Faculty Blog Citations

University of Denver Law Professor J. Robert Brown, Jr. recently made available a dataset documenting the citations of law faculty blogs in court opinions and legal publications. The complete dataset, titled "Law Faculty Blogs and Disruptive Innovation: the Data," is available on SSRN. Brown's "Race to the Bottom" blog provides a quick summary of the blogs most cited by courts and legal publications. Doug Berman's Sentencing Law and Policy blog tops the list for court citations while The Volokh Conspiracy is first on the legal publications list.