Afghanistan’s 2004 constitution drafting period archive

The Stanford Law School Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP) has just posted an archive of Afghanistan’s 2004 constitution drafting period.

The documents in the collection are divided into twelve bulk sets in zipped files ranging in size from 176 to 569 MB.

The documents are chiefly in Dari with some documents in English.

ALEP is proud to host this unique collection of  documents from Afghanistan’s 2001-2004 Constitution drafting period. The collection includes early versions of the Constitution and notes discussing its drafting and intent. The full extent of the collection is still uncharted. No one, to our knowledge, has surveyed the full collection.

Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers

Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers
The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver.

The site includes examples of innovative courses and and a respurces page with strategic plans, teaching strategies, and surveys.

From the description and press release:

“Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers” provides a platform to encourage law schools in the U.S. to showcase innovative teaching to produce more practice-ready lawyers who can better meet the needs of an evolving profession.

Rebecca Love Kourlis is the Executive Director of IAALS and a former Colorado Supreme Court justice.

“Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers leverages the Carnegie Model of learning,” Kourlis says. “Our project provides support for shared learning, innovation, ongoing measurement and collective implementation. We are very excited to launch this project to encourage new ways to train law students and to measure innovation in the years to come.”

William M. Sullivan is the Director of “Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers.” He also is the lead author of the 2007 Carnegie Foundation report, Educating Lawyers.

“Our goal is to encourage law schools that are already committed to innovation to share what they know in a structured, collaborative place so that other law professors may discuss and develop new teaching techniques,” Sullivan says.

IAALS will manage this initiative, the first of its kind in the country. The initiative is partnering with a growing number of law schools (including Stanford Law School) in a consortium committed to innovative teaching The initiative is fully funded by IAALS, the consortium, and the University of Denver.

Martin J. Katz, Dean of the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver serves with Kourlis and Sullivan on the initiative’s Executive Committee.

“We want to help law schools integrate three sets of values or what the Carnegie Foundation calls ‘apprenticeships,'” Katz says. “They are knowledge, practice, and professionalism. We believe this initiative can change how law professors and deans, students, and ultimately the legal profession respond to our changing world.”

SCOCAL in the news and its recent growth spurt (with a new feature in development too).

Our Supreme Court of California Resources  database  (SCOCAL) is in the news!  There is an item about the project on page 2 of the  Stanford Lawyer just-out Spring 2011 issue (Volume 45, Issue #2), “California Supreme Court Opinions and Annotations Online.” 

We have 67 students in our Advanced Legal Research class this spring (67!) and they each have to write two annotations.  The first is due today, so 67 new annotations will be appearing online before (or perhaps at) the first stroke of midnight.

Later this summer, in partnership with a law firm, we will be adding a new feature to the database, so please stay tuned.

Ending Copyright Claims in State Primary Legal Materials

Katie Fortney —  a recent San Jose State University (SJSU) School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) graduate (MLIS) and Librarian and Docketing Clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in Palo Alto, California, as well as a former intern at the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford Law School — has contributed “Ending Copyright Claims in State Primary Legal Materials: Toward an Open Source Legal System” in the latest issue of Law Library Journal, vol. 102(1), pages 59-68.

As stated — importantly — in the abstract to her article:

An informed democratic society needs open access to the law, but states’ attempts to protect copyright interests in their laws are a major roadblock [boldface added].

She considers, among other things, the complexity of copyright law for state and local government works, plus how that law could be changed (by 3 main avenues: legislation, litigation, and persuasion).

Social Security Numbers & Other Confidential Info Still Available in Federal Court Opinions

As mentioned in today’s Law Librarian Blog, it appears — per a helpful investigatory audit of, an organization headed up by Carl Malamud, who recently (October 20, 2008) presented to the Advanced Legal Research class at Stanford Law School — that Social Security Numbers (SSNs) and other confidential and sensitive personal identification information remain available in federal court opinions contrary to the E-Government Act of 2002.

How a law school grows

Stanford Law School just distributed its annual Facebook, a bound photo directory for the school.  The first such Facebook was issued here in 1983.

So while sitting at the reference desk this morning, waiting for customers (it’s been a slow Friday), I counted faces in the first and most recent Facebooks and came up with this comparison:

  •                                         1983/84                    2008/09
  • Faculty                                   45                             55
  • Visitors/lecturers                   11                              83
  • Fellows                                    6                              23
  • Deans (other than faculty)      3                                6
  • Library staff                           25                              28
  • Law school staff                    53                             130
  • Advanced degree students     9                               65
  • First year students               171                             170







Congressional Clerkship Act

To commemorate Constitution Day, consider the following legislation that is working its way through Congress.   H.R. 6475: Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Act of 2008 passed the House earlier this month and was introduced today in the Senate by Schumer (D-NY) and his co-sponsor Clinton (D-NY).  Below is a brief summary from the Congressional Research Service:
“Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Act of 2008 – Establishes the Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Program for the appointment of individuals who are graduates of accredited law schools to serve as Congressional Clerks in the Senate or House of Representatives.
Requires the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and the House Committee on House Administration to each select at least six individuals for a one-year term to serve as employees in their respective chambers.
Specifies eligibility criteria for a Congressional Clerk, including that the selected candidate be a graduate of such a law school as of the starting date of his or her clerkship.
Requires the committees to ensure that Congressional Clerks selected under this Act are apportioned equally between majority and minority party offices.
Entitles each clerk selected to the same compensation as, and comparable benefits to, an individual who holds the position of a judicial clerkship for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia within three months of graduating from law school.”
To read more about this and discover the Stanford Law School connection to the legislation, read the Stanford Law School press release.