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Frank J. Battisti Memorial Lecture and the Power (or Lack Thereof) of Bankruptcy Judges


On March 27, 2014, The Law School hosted “A Conversation with Judge Marilyn Shea-Stonum.” It was an “exit interview” of observations and some constructive criticisms acquired from her tenure as the bankruptcy judge for Akron, Ohio, for nearly two decades. Judge Shea-Stonum’s docket featured about 90,000 cases, mostly of individuals from Medina, Portage, and Summit …Read the Rest

March Madness at the Census Bureau


The Census Bureau offers its own flavor of “March madness” brackets. If filling in your NCAA bracket left you wanting more, then the Census Bureau’s “Population Bracketology“ is ready to test your knowledge of the United States population. There are actually two brackets, “Metro Area Population” and “State Population.” The metro area population bracket involves choosing the metropolitan …Read the Rest

Illustrating a Fact by Combining Data and Visual Presentation


Recently, Wired did a story on “14 World-Changing Data Visualizations, From the Last 4 Centuries.” Included in the story is an 1858 map of London’s Soho with black bars indicating cholera cases, a grouping of circular plots showing 1840s cycles of temperature and cholera deaths, and a 1685 map of the world including ocean currents. Recently, …Read the Rest

Fair Use


Note: This is a re-post of (most of) my fair use blog entry from last March. It may be of interest to some of Prof. Carney’s students. The “scholarly book” titles are new (and arguably) improved. Effective legal research takes into consideration the amount of time and money you expend, as well as your access …Read the Rest

From Product to Service: Digitization Culture


The CWRU Law School hosted the Arthur W. Fiske Memorial Lecture on Feb. 28, 2014. The event featured law professors, a veteran music industry executive, corporate counsel, a newspaper editor/vice president, and a pop music critic. Prof. Avsec set the stage for the discussion by playing D.J. Danger Mouse’s Grey Album video, a mashup of …Read the Rest

Arizona SB1062 -VETOED


An Arizona bill that was likely to have allowed some businesses to deny services to gays has been vetoed. Arizona governor Jan Brewer vetoed Arizona SB1062/HB2153, which would have allowed businesses to deny service based on religious beliefs. During her press conference about the veto, the governor said she had heard of no incident where …Read the Rest