March 28, 2011
Marriott Gwinnett Place Hotel
Duluth, Georgia

Presiding: Carol A. Watson, Director of the Law Library, J.D., M.L.S., Alexander Campbell King Law Library, University of Georgia, Athens

Speakers: University of Georgia School of Law, Alexander Campbell King Law Library, Athens

  • Sharon Bradley, Special Collections Librarian, J.D., M.L.S.
  • Maureen A. Cahill, Student Services Librarian, J.D., M.L.LS.
  • Jason Tubinis, Information Technology Librarian, J.D., M.L.I.S.
  • Suzanne R. Graham, Cataloging Services Librarian, M.A., M.L.IS.
  • Wendy E. Moore, Acquisitions Librarian, M.S. in L.S.

Schedule of events

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Monday, March 28th
8:30 AM

Tired of Sifting Through 3 Million Search Results? How To Become a Google Super Searcher

Carol A. Watson, University of Georgia School of Law Library

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Most popular search engine on the Internet because it is so effective. Yet how many of us have stared at that single box interface and wondered how to approach our search? Better yet, how many of us have sifted through thousands of search results knowing the answer exists but frustrated at not being able to find it?

However, understanding how Google works and following a few simple rules can make you a Google super-searcher in no time.

9:45 AM

Gateways to Legal Information: Best-Bet Internet Portals

Suzanne R. Graham, University of Georgia School of Law Library

9:45 AM - 10:40 AM

MSN and Yahoo! are examples of horizontal portals that appeal to broad segments of the population by providing a wide array of popular culture news. For 8 to 5 endeavors, the Web also has many industry portals or vertical portals, including portals targeting law professionals and legal scholars. Finding a portal and setting it to be one’s browser home page can be an easy way to keep up with information and to launch targeted searches from a familiar interface.

10:45 AM

Internet Ethics: Complications of the Digital Age and Web Sites to Help You Untangle Them

Maureen Cahill, University of Georgia School of Law Library

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Computers and the Internet have profoundly changed at least the mechanics of the practice of law. Client communication, legal research, document drafting and transmittal, and record storage are increasingly paper free undertakings. As someone who began the practice of law long before the advent of the personal computer or the Internet, I can attest that the shift to computers and the Internet has greatly increased efficiency, productivity and convenience. At the same time, these tools can greatly complicate many traditional ethical considerations.

The paper is divided into two parts. In the first portion of this paper, I will try to give you an idea of a few of the specific ethical complications that have arisen or are anticipated because of electronic information production, storage, and communication. The second part of the paper is an annotated list of some of the Internet resources that will help you stay up to date on the latest wrinkles in professional ethics.

12:30 PM

Fantastic Facts about the 50 States: Websites for State Legal Research

Wendy E. Moore, University of Georgia School of Law Library

12:30 PM - 1:15 AM

Sometimes you need legal information from states other than Georgia. While you may feel comfortable knowing where to look for Georgia materials on the Internet, you may be less certain when information is needed concerning Florida, Tennessee, or even Nebraska. This paper is a survey of websites that will help you locate legal information and resources at the state level.

1:30 PM

They Passed THAT? He Decided WHAT? Tools and Techniques for Staying Informed about the Law

Jason Tubninis, University of Georgia School of Law Library

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Thanks to the wide-scale adoption of the Internet as a primary means of disseminating information, the amount available is increasing at an exponential rate every day. This is especially true for the legal field and the practice of law. There is an incredible amount of information being released from a myriad of sources; government agencies, legal scholars, private practitioners, experts and more are distributing a veritable treasure trove of resources online.

The question is no longer “Is it out there?” but “How can I find it?” Unfortunately, this question is becoming increasingly difficult as the shear amount being released begins to obfuscate the process of finding all of that useful data. One solution to this ever- increasing obstacle is not to search more and search longer, but rather to have the desired information be delivered to you in a timely and organized fashion. An ideal way to achieve this is with a piece of technology called "RSS" or "Really Simple Syndication"

2:15 PM

Ab Fab Legal Apps: Legal Research Applications for Handheld Devices

Sharon Bradley, University of Georgia School of Law Library

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

The term “app” has exploded into general use. The term has been around for a long time as the nickname for application, or any piece of software that works on a system. Now when people are talking about apps, they are usually talking about small programs specifically made for mobile devices. Along with the explosion of general purpose apps, come many designed and/or suited for busy, highly-mobile legal professsionals.

3:00 PM

NextGen Technology: From Metaphysical Perfection to Complete Failure

Anne E. Burnett, University of Georgia School of Law Library

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

In this paper, I explore technologies currently available on the web which can improve the efficiency of your practice. I also point to new trends in innovation along with examples of the products coming out of those trends and recommend resources for keeping up-to-date with new gadgets and applications.