Monday, September 16, 2019

Kevin Miles (DALL Past-President) Has a New Column in Spectrum

Congratulations to Kevin Miles on his new AALL Spectrum column: Practical Competitive Intelligence! Kevin begins his column by "Breaking Down the Basics."

https://www.aallnet.org/spectrum_article/practical-competitive-intelligence-breaking-down-the-basics/ (You may need to log in to access.)

Friday, July 12, 2019

AALL Joint Social

For those of you attending AALL, don’t forget to join your DALL colleagues and HALL/SWALL/UNT at the joint reception this Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

DALL Resolution Endorses Enactment of UELMA in Texas

Once again, DALL's executive board formally adopted a resolution to support adoption of UELMA in Texas!

What is UELMA?
The Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act ("UELMA") seeks to ensure that online official state legal material -- namely constitutions, session laws, codified laws, and regulations are unaltered, preserved, and permanently available to the public. UELMA offers an outcomes-based approach leaving it to the individual state enacting UELMA to decide how best to ensure the requirements of the statute are met.

This concept may already be familiar to some as the federal government has taken steps to ensure that federal government documents are authenticated. When accessing documents provided by the GPO, such as those available on Govinfo, the words "Authenticated U.S. Government Information" appear on the first page, and the certification provided by the Superintendent of Documents can be examined.

UELMA was drafted by the Uniform Law Commission and has wide support from the law community, including support by the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Bar Association, and many other regional and local law library associations.

For more information concerning UELMA visit AALL's website:  https://www.aallnet.org/advocacy/government-relations/state-issues/uelma-resources/

You may also wish to visit the Uniform Law Commission's website concerning UELMA. It features a helpful status map so you can identify where other states are in their process of enacting UELMA. According to the map, 20 states have adopted UELMA:
https://perma.cc/NCE7-VC8J

A bill for the passage of UELMA in Texas was filed in our current legislative session. You can see the bill here:
https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB402

To assist in UELMA's passage, contact your Texas State Senator and State Representative and urge their support of UELMA in the next legislative session visit (or if you live in another state get in touch with your senator and representative):
https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home

SJSU School of Information offers a free Blockchain MOOC

As you know, a MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. 

San Jose State University School of Information will be hosting a six-week MOOC, Blockchain and Decentralization for the Information Industry, March 11–April 21, 2019. Registration is free and requires a few hours a week of lecture.

No prior knowledge of Blockchain is required.

Learn the following from readings and online videos.


  1.    Overview and history of Blockchain
  2.     Standards, legalities, security
  3.     Related Blockchain-like systems, decentralization
  4.     Limits of the technology, ethical concerns, new types of proofs
  5.     Use cases in public libraries, academic libraries, museums, archives
  6.     Future directions


Jason Griffey is the instructor.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Texas Internet Service in Disaster Areas

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra introduced H.B. 1426 on February 6, 2019 to amend Texas Government Code 418.194 to prevent reducing mobile Internet service in a disaster area.

Learn more about Representative Guerra and his current bills.

Track H.B. 1426.


A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT
relating to mobile Internet service access in an area subject to a declared state of disaster.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1.  Subchapter H, Chapter 418, Government Code, is amended by adding Section 418.194 to read as follows:
Sec. 418.194.  MOBILE INTERNET SERVICE IN AREA SUBJECT TO DISASTER DECLARATION.  (a)  In this section, "mobile Internet service provider" means a person who provides mobile Internet service to a wireless communication device as defined by Section 545.425, Transportation Code.
(b)  A mobile Internet service provider may not impair or degrade lawful mobile Internet service access in an area subject to a declared state of disaster under Section 418.014.
SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Monitoring Texas Legislature Bills Regarding Day Light Savings Time

If you are tired of Daylight Savings Time, you are in good company.

Texas State Senator Jose Menendez pre-filed SB 190 and Texas State Representative Lyle Larson pre-filed HB 49 in the 2019 Legislature (86th Leg.) to formally exempt Texas from the Uniform Time Act of 1966.  80 Stat 107. The UTA of 1966. 

Text of SB 190
https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/pdf/SB00190I.pdf#navpanes=0

Text of HB 49
https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/pdf/HB00049I.pdf#navpanes=0

How to Monitor these or other bills in the Texas Legislature.

Create a free account in MyTLO. Then determine if you want to create bill lists, alerts, save searches, explore mobile device support, or determine how to set RSS feeds.

If you don't have an account, click LOGIN in the top right corner, then NEW USER for the registration panel. You will be asked for your email address, challenge question and answer, and a password. 

You may click on each image to expand it for a larger view.

Create a free MyTLO account


MyTLO Panel


Creating a Bill List

Setting alerts on the two Daylight Savings Bills

Summation
  1. Receive e-mail notification when bills on your list have significant actions.
  2. Bills may be added three ways: manually entering the bill number, adding the bill number from the bill history page, or adding the bill number from a text or bill search results page.
  3. You may also receive alerts when bills are assigned a bill subject.
  4. Special postings: receive e-mail notification for committee hearing notices.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

DALL President Jenny Wondracek in ABA Journal

Check out the ABA article featuring DALL President Jennifer Wondracek!!! Professor Wondracek is bringing The Matrix to law school!

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The Matrix

How are law schools using virtual reality tools in classrooms?

http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/virtual_reality_augments_law_school_curricula/

Monday, December 17, 2018

CFTC Request for Information about Crypto-Asset Mechanics and Markets


The CFTC has posed 25 questions under five categories to better understand Crypto Currencies and Markets.

Please submit your comments before February 15, 2019.
You may submit comments, identified by the title, ‘‘Virtual Currency RFI,’’ by any of the following methods:

  • CFTC website: https://comments.cftc.gov. Follow the instructions to Submit Comments through the website.
  • Mail: Send to Christopher Kirkpatrick, Secretary of the Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as Mail, above.

Topics with example questions
  1. Purpose and Functionality
    What was the impetus for developing Ether and the Ethereum Network, especially relative to Bitcoin?
  2. Technology
    How is the technology underlying Ethereum similar to and different from the technology underlying Bitcoin?
  3. Governance
    How is the governance of the Ethereum Network similar to and different from the governance of the Bitcoin network?
  4. Markets Oversight and Regulation
    How would the introduction of derivative contracts on Ether potentially change or modify the incentive structures that underlie a proof of stake consensus model?
  5. Cyber Security and Custody
    Are there any best practices for conducting an independent audit of Ether deposits?

Further questions and information may be found at this URL.

https://www.cftc.gov/sites/default/files/2018-12/2018-27167a.pdf?utm_source=govdelivery

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

LabCFTC released a new Primer on Smart Contracts

LabCFTC is the focal point for the CFTC’s efforts to promote responsible financial technology (FinTech) innovation and fair competition for the benefit of the American public. LabCFTC is the hub for the agency’s engagement with the FinTech innovation community.

LabCFTC has two important goals:
  • To promote responsible FinTech innovation to improve the quality, resiliency, and competitiveness of our markets.
  • To accelerate CFTC engagement with FinTech and RegTech solutions that may enable the CFTC to carry out its mission responsibilities more effectively and efficiently.
The Core LabCFTC Components are GuidePoint and CFTC 2.0.

GuidePoint facilitates FinTech innovation development with the CFTC, helps innovators understand the CFTC's regulatory framework (RegTech), and shares feedback about new innovative technology.

CFTC 2.0 promotes adoption of new technology through use cases and other models.

FinTech Primers: virtual currencies and smart contracts
The first primer, about virtual currencies, may be accessed here.
To read a copy of the most recent primer on smart contracts, click here.

Innovators who are working on a technology that may be regulated or supervised by the CFTC may contact LabCFTC@CFTC.gov for further exploration.

Monday, November 05, 2018

How will an alert from Congress.gov display in my email?

Setting alerts is a new feature requiring that you set up a free account in order to receive notifications of changes in a Congressional Bill. Click on the images below to expand them for better readability

To set an alert, first find your bill, then click Get Alerts. You will be asked to confirm the alert. For further information about alerts with Congress.gov - https://www.congress.gov/rss#get-alerts.

Finding and Setting up the Alert



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Expect this when managing your Alerts
Alerts can always be modified or terminated with a few clicks.