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Current Law Students / Re: Best Outlining & Note-Taking Software?
« on: October 17, 2006, 01:36:35 PM »
I use StoreLaw's Outliner. For me, it made outlining my courses a breeze. I export my Outliner report to my word processing program and put the finishing touches on my outline there. If I remember correctly, the default WP program is Word, but I have my Outliner set to Word Perfect.

PTLaw  8)

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Current Law Students / Re: Con Law Puzzle
« on: January 15, 2005, 02:04:15 AM »
Impeachment of federal judges is pretty rare.  Alcee Hastings is an impeached judge who comes to mind.  He was a Carter nominee to the bench and is currently a congressman from Florida (I think).

It seems like one of the reasons why Abe Fortas resigned was to avoid impeachment after it came out about the $20K payment he accepted, then returned to Time. ???

PTLaw

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Current Law Students / Re: 4-4 Decision in Supreme court.
« on: November 14, 2004, 06:25:43 PM »
www.oyez.org/oyez/frontpage

Almost everything you could want to know about the U.S. Supreme Court. ;)

ptlaw 8)

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Current Law Students / Re: 4-4 Decision in Supreme court.
« on: November 14, 2004, 02:47:05 PM »
The Court has had as many as ten justices (including the Chief Justice).  Its current membership was set at nine in 1869.

FDR got mad because The Court kept voting against his New Deal legislation, so he hatched a scheme to add six more justices to The Court in the hopes of engineering a majority in his favor.  His plan didn't work.  I think he got the last laugh, since whenever he got the opportunity, he picked the youngest men he could find to appoint to The Court.  William Douglas was his last appointee to "retire" in 1975.  The sad thing about Justice Douglas is that due to his health, his mental capacity had diminished a great deal prior to his retirement. :-\  He was a brilliant legal scholar when he was at the top of his game.

Yeah, I admit it.  I am way too interested in Court trivia.  Did you know that there was a justice who went back to law school for a refresher course after his appointment?  He was afraid that he did not know enough law to serve on The Court.

ptlaw 8)


The U.S. Supreme Court has nine members. They used to be called "The Nine Old Men" until Justice O'Connor joined the court. I guess now they are the "Seven Old Men and Two Ladies".

ptlaw

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Current Law Students / Re: 4-4 Decision in Supreme court.
« on: November 14, 2004, 07:01:43 AM »
The U.S. Supreme Court has nine members.  They used to be called "The Nine Old Men" until Justice O'Connor joined the court.  I guess now they are the "Seven Old Men and Two Ladies".

ptlaw

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Current Law Students / Re: Best software for note taking and/or outlining
« on: November 14, 2004, 06:57:38 AM »
I had my first problem with StoreLaw last night.  I e-mailed tech support and had the solution waiting on me when I checked my e-mail this morning.  :)  The quick response really impressed me. I was mentally prepared to receive an answer on Monday. 

I tried to print a brief, as I have done any number of times, using the [Print] button.  Using [Create Case Report] to print the brief solved the problem. However, it sent the brief to Word instead of Word Perfect (my problem, not theirs).  Anyway, using [Create Case Report] and sending the brief to my word processing program gives me more flexibility to tweak things as needed.

I really like the outlining feature in StoreLaw.  Everything is there and I can select what I want included for different reports.

ptlaw 8)

I still haven't made up my mind about StoreLaw. Out of curiousity, have you tried saving your data to another area? I tried saving my data to my thumb drive just to have it in another place in case of a major problem. The challenge was getting back to the folder on my hard drive when I wanted to back up again. I had to remember where to go. Of course, it would probably help to have all of my brain cells functioning. 8)

PT

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Current Law Students / Re: Best software for note taking and/or outlining
« on: November 09, 2004, 02:03:03 PM »
I still haven't made up my mind about StoreLaw.  Out of curiousity, have you tried saving your data to another area?  I tried saving my data to my thumb drive just to have it in another place in case of a major problem.  The challenge was getting back to the folder on my hard drive when I wanted to back up again.  I had to remember where to go.  Of course, it would probably help to have all of my brain cells functioning. 8)

PT

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Current Law Students / Re: Best software for note taking and/or outlining
« on: October 24, 2004, 09:28:51 AM »
I would like to hear from others who are using StoreLaw.  There are some things I like about about the program, but I am still making up my mind about it.  I am using 3.0.

PT

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Current Law Students / Re: Best software for note taking and/or outlining
« on: October 24, 2004, 09:18:13 AM »
MS Word is the PC version of ClarisWorks (Mac platform).  It assumes you want to do certain things and if you want to do something in a different manner (e.g., certain types of formatting), it drives you crazy trying to change it. 

I downloaded a demo version of WordPerfect this summer to play around with because I know several attorneys who refuse to use anything else.  It is so much easier to control formatting with this program.  The big thing that sold me on it is that you can publish to PDF from WordPerfect.  The court system is in the process of changing to electronic filing and by the time I finish law school, I suspect all of the courts in my area will be using electronic filing.

I used WordPerfect to e-mail tests to my students this summer (I am an adjunct instructor at a local university) and this was the first time that I didn't have to worry about my students screwing up my document when they printed it out. 

I have both MS Word and WordPerfect on my computer.  There is one thing that I like to do that makes WordPerfect "mad" and that is copy things from websites to paste into word processing documents.  MS Word will paste the information as I copied it.  WordPerfect thinks I want to reformat it in some way. [I usually do, but not always.]  I recommend having both because a lot of people use MS Word, but WordPerfect is the standard in the legal world.

PT

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Current Law Students / Re: help! 1878? case - 14th amendment
« on: September 20, 2004, 07:36:29 PM »
Try www.findlaw.com. They have a section where you can research US Supreme Court cases. Their current database only goes back to 1893, but you may be able to find another case that references the one you are looking for. Findlaw is great and it is free!

PT

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