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Finding Public Domain and Creative Commons Images

Whether you are working on a classroom presentation, a personal website or any other project, images can add some visual interest to your design. However, you won’t always have taken the perfect image for your purposes. In these situations, the best solution is to try to find a public domain or Creative Commons licensed image. To make this process easier, the library has developed a guide to finding and using such images. Check it out and let us know if we have missed any additional sources that we should add!

Honoring Justice Ruth Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited Harvard Law School on February 6, 2013 and reflected on her twenty years of service on the United States Supreme Court during a public conversation with HLS Dean Martha Minow.  In honor of Justice Ginsburg’s visit, twelve HLS faculty wrote essays that discuss some of her outstanding legal opinions.  The essays are available in print, on Reserve at the Harvard Law School Library and are available for reading and for download on a newly created web site courtesy of the HLSL staff.

Honoring Justice Ruth Ginsburg

Interested in getting published?

Thinking about trying to publish in a law journal? Many law students have done it! Join the library in exploring the tools you can use to make the process of submitting an article for publication easier, including:

•how to identify potential journals and measure their impact/quality
•how to use ExpressO and other means to submit your manuscript
•how to assess publication agreements and your rights as an author

Sessions are available:
April 12th, noon-1:00pm
April 12th, 5:00-6:00pm

Register here.

faculty book event: Jack Goldsmith, Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11

The Harvard Bookstore is hosting an event for Professor Jack Goldsmith’s Power and Constraint:
The Accountable Presidency After 9/11
on March 19th, 6:00pm at the Brattle Theatre. Martha Minow, Charles Fried and Joseph S. Nye, Jr. will be joining the discussion of the book.

Tickets are $5. More information about the event (including tickets and obtaining a signed copy of the book) is available on the Harvard Bookstore website.

Check out Hollis for library copies of the book.

Washington & Lee Updates Its Journal Rankings

Just as we are in full swing for the spring law review submission cycle, Washington & Lee University University School of Law Library releases the 2011 update to its Law Journal Rankings. The Harvard Law Review comes in first.

Book Event: In Defense of Women: Memoir of an Unrepentant Advocate

In Defense of Women: Memoir of an Unrepentant Advocate (Beacon Press)
by Nancy Gertner

A panel discussion of women and the law with

Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.), Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School

Martha Minow, Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Carol Steiker, Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law and Special Adviser for Public Service, Harvard Law School

Martha Coakley, Massachusetts Attorney General

Robin Young, National Public Radio (NPR)

In connection with this event, the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender has published 3 reviews of the book.

Tuesday, February 21st, 6:00pm
Austin Hall West 111
Harvard Law School

Refreshments will be available.

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Women’s Law Association, Harvard Journal of Law & Gender and the Harvard American Constitution Society

Book Event: A Panel Discussion about Connecting Democracy: Online Consultation and the Flow of Political Communication

A Panel Discussion about Connecting Democracy: Online Consultation and the Flow of Political Communication

with

Peter Shane, Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law at the Ohio State University and Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School Library (co-editor of the book)

David Lazer, Associate Professor, College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University

Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT

Matthew Baum, Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications, Professor of Public Policy, Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

John Palfrey, Berkman Faculty Co-Director, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law, Vice Dean, Library and Information Resources, Harvard Law School

Austin 111 West
Harvard Law School
Tuesday, February 7th
6:00pm

Free and open to the public.

RSVP requested.

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Faculty Book Event: Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It

A conversation between Lawrence Lessig and David Gergen

 

Tuesday, November 1, 5:00 pm
Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

Free and Open to the Public
Co-hosted by the Harvard Law School Library, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics,  HKS Center for Public Leadership, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Professor David Gergen,  Director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership converses with Professor Lawrence Lessig about his new book,  Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It.

Updates and (optional) RSVP on Facebook

LIVE STREAMING: This event will also be streamed live. (QuickTime player version 7.6.2 or more recent is required to view or listen to HLS streaming media. (Older versions might not work.) The player is available for download at no cost from the Apple Web site.

About Professor Lawrence Lessig:

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Lessig serves on the Board of Creative Commons, MAPLight, Brave New Film Foundation, The American Academy, Berlin, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org and on the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries.

Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.

About Professor David Gergen:

David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and has served as an adviser to four U.S. presidents. He is a public service professor of public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and the director of its Center for Public Leadership. In 2000, he published the best-selling book, Eyewitness to Power:The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.

Gergen was born in Durham, North Carolina, where his father taught mathematics at Duke University. He graduated with honors from both Yale College (1963) and Harvard Law School (1967), and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for nearly three and a half years, posted to a ship in Japan.

Gergen joined the Nixon White House in 1971, as a staff assistant on the speech writing team, a group of heavyweights that included Pat Buchanan, Ben Stein, and Bill Safire. Gergen went on to work in the administration of Gerald Ford and as an adviser to the 1980 George H.W. Bush presidential campaign. He served as Director of Communications for Ronald Reagan and as adviser to Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Warren Christopher on domestic and foreign affairs.

In his private life, Gergen works as a political journalist and analyst. From 1985-1986 he worked as an editor at U.S. News & World Report, where he also served as editor-at-large. Gergen’s career in television began in 1985, when he joined the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour for widely praised Friday night discussions of politics. Today, he appears frequently on CNN as a senior political analyst and contributes a monthly column to Parade Magazine.

Gergen joined the Harvard faculty in 1999. He is active as a speaker on leadership and sits on many boards, including Teach for America, the Aspen Institute, and Duke University, where he taught from 1995-1999. He is a member of the Washington D.C. Bar and the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds 19 honorary degrees.

Faculty Book Event: The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest

The Berkman Center and the HLS Library invite you to join us for a special book launch for HLS Professor Yochai Benkler, taking place Tuesday (10/18) at 6pm on the campus of the law school. Prof. Benkler will be discussing his new book, The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest, which addresses the dynamics of human cooperation, informed by research undertaken by the Berkman Center.

The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest
Yochai Benkler, Berkman Center Faculty Co-Director
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2011/10/benklerThe Penguin and the Leviathan

Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 pm — Austin West Classroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School
Free and Open to the Public
Co-hosted by the Harvard Law School Library and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Reception to follow

Harvard Professor Yochai Benkler (The Wealth of Networks) is one of the world’s top thinkers on cooperative structures. In his new book, The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest, he uses evidence from neuroscience, economics, sociology, biology, and real-world examples to break down the myth of self-interest and replace it with a model of cooperation in our businesses, our government, and our lives.

About Yochai

Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Since the 1990s he has played a part in characterizing the role of information commons and decentralized collaboration to innovation, information production, and freedom in the networked economy and society. His work can be freely accessed at http://benkler.org.

More information at: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2011/10/benkler
About the book: http://www.amazon.com/Penguin-Leviathan-Cooperation-Triumphs-Self-Interest/dp/0385525761

An Update on the Peer Reviewed Scholarship Marketplace

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A couple of years ago, we posted about an exciting new endeavor called the Peer Reviewed Scholarship Marketplace (“PRSM”). I was wondering how the project was going, so I contacted the PRSM administrator to find out. Mark Ingram and Justin Bagwell, the current and former Administrators, were happy to provide an update on the progress of the endeavor.

Et Seq.: How many faculty do you have serving as reviewers now? Are they mostly from law schools, or do you have people from other disciplines (e.g. to deal with non-law or interdisciplinary scholarship)? Do you have people specifically qualified for empirical studies work?
Mark: As for reviewers, currently we have ~60 reviewers from law schools across the nation who have expressed interest through our website in serving as reviewers. We have 10 reviewers who work in government or private practice, and there are a handful of reviewers from medical schools, as well. Only one of our potential reviewers indicated that his expertise is “quantitative/empirical methods.” We keep a list of all “Reviewer Requests” received through the website, and, of course, we may also contact authorities in a particular field if we are unable to retain an adequate number of qualified reviewers from our list for a particular article.

Et Seq.: What do you think incentivizes reviewers to join? What do you think motivates authors?
Mark: I think reviewers as well as authors are motivated by their support for peer review within legal scholarship. In addition to the “Reviewer Requests” that we receive through the website we also receive “Author Requests” from authors seeking more information about submitting an article to PRSM. These authors usually indicate their willingness to serve as reviewers on this form, as well. Both of the reviewers who reviewed our latest submission expressed their support for PRSM (“PRSM is a great endeavour.”) and their appreciation of our effort to integrate peer review into the article selection process (“I think it is great that you are doing peer review.”).
Justin: I think that reviewers most often join PRSM just out of a desire to contribute to the profession. Reviewers perform a vital function by giving journals guidance in selecting their articles. I think it would be fair to say that they perform a type of “gate keeping” function by commenting on the novelty and substantive quality of the article. I think that an author’s motivation is somewhat different from a reviewer’s. Most often I think authors seek to have their article given a heightened degree of credibility by having their peers comment on it. Also, I think many of the authors that have submitted articles through PRSM have chosen to do so because they recognize the need for a peer review element in legal scholarship. They may see their submissions as a step in the direction that they believe legal scholarship should go.

Et Seq.: How has the author experience been? What is their feedback?
Justin: For the most part, authors have been very complimentary of the peer review process. They have generally been understanding of the extended timeline that is necessary for finding reviewers and completing reviews. All have been grateful for the opportunity to have their articles reviewed. Even when an author has not had their article selected for publication, they have been grateful for the experience and the opportunity to receive feedback.

Et Seq.: Have any of the other member journals (http://www.legalpeerreview.org/members.php) published issues using the service?
Justin: As far as I know, no other journal has published an entire issue using the PRSM service. However, I didn’t have any contact with either the author or the journals after the review process was complete so it is possible that some articles may have been published without my knowledge.
Mark: To my knowledge, our latest submission received offers from some of our members and should appear in one of our member journals soon. It’s up to the member journals whether to indicate that a particular article has been peer reviewed, but keep your eyes peeled for the newest peer-reviewed article in the coming months.

Et Seq.: Do you have any new journals joining?
Mark: Our newest members are Nevada Law Journal and Fordham Law Review, which brings the total number to thirteen. I am currently in contact with new Editors-in-Chief across the nation in an effort to add more members to our consortium. Our long-term goals have always been to add more members and to secure more article submissions.

For those interested in peer review (and other issues) in law reviews, you might want to take a look at a series “law review review” at the PrawfsBlawg. This week, there is an interview with an editor at the Stanford Law Review about its experimentation with peer review.