Monthly Archives: July 2013

Want to get the real dirt on thedirty.com’s loss to former Bengal’s cheerleader Sarah Jones? Check out PACER.

Many people love to read the juicy stories from tabloids and online gossip sites; however, yesterday a jury in Kentucky held one online site liable for defamation. CBSSports.com reported a jury awarded Sarah Jones over $300,000.00 in her defamation lawsuit against thedirty.com. The CBS story gives some background and facts about the case, but lawyers often want to know the details that can only be found in the court record.

To find the complaint, answer, motions, and other filings for this case, simply go to the government’s federal court website called PACER, which stands for Public Access to Court Electronic Records. Using PACER you can search the case and docket information for federal district and appellate court cases, as well as, bankruptcy cases. There is a small fee for viewing documents that is capped at $3.00 per document. Currently, if you do not view more than $15.00 worth of documents in a quarter your fee is waived.

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Equal Justice Works to Place 36 Lawyers and 200 Law Students across the U.S. in Veterans Legal Corps

Equal Justice Works®, a national nonprofit organization focused on mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice, has created Veterans Legal Corps – 36 lawyers and 200 law students, serving the needs of low-income and homeless veterans. Equal Justice Works received AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service/AmeriCorps. Equal Justice Works will place the lawyers and law students in legal aid organizations and courts across the country to improve the lives of veterans and their families by helping them secure access to income, housing, employment, and health care.

About Veterans Legal Corps: Veterans frequently face complicated legal problems stemming from physical and mental injuries sustained during military service. When these legal problems go unresolved, they can quickly multiply, creating insurmountable barriers to successful civilian life. An annual survey by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs consistently shows that legal needs are among the top unmet needs of homeless and low-income veterans. Lawyers play key roles in resolving the complex and intertwined legal issues veterans face. The ultimate goal of the Veteran Legal Corps is to improve the lives of veterans – once relied upon to serve their country as members of the armed forces – and enable them to return to civilian life as successful community members.

Over the next three years, Veterans Legal Corps Fellows and law students will provide legal assistance to lowincome and homeless veterans with issues related to disability benefits claims, barriers to housing and employment, debt, family law, and other legal issues. Fellows will serve at organizations across the country such as Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles, California; Legal Aid Society of Cleveland in Ohio; Land of Lincoln Assistance Foundation in Champaign, Illinois; Legal Assistance of Western New York in Jamestown, New York; and the University Of Miami School Of Law in Florida.

The first class of Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps members will begin their service in September and serve for two years. Lawyers interested in becoming a Veterans Legal Corps member can visit the Equal Justice Works website for host site locations and available positions. Equal Justice Works will continue to post more fellowship positions through the end of July as they become open. Applicants should check the website regularly. Law students interested in becoming part of the Veterans Legal Corps should apply directly with legal aid organizations. A list of organizations serving veterans can be found on the Equal Justice Works website.

For additional information on the Veterans Legal Corps program and Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, visit www.equaljusticeworks.org.

 

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Landlord, tenants could face legal action after balcony collapse

“If I were representing one of these victims, I would look at suing both the landlord and the tenant,” said Florida Costal School Of Law Professor, Rod Sullivan.

Sullivan said if the tenants don’t have renter’s insurance, victims can go after any assets they may have.

“The tenants’ potential liability comes in because the tenant apparently complained about it in the past that the deck was weak, but let 15 to 20 people go on the deck at one time,” said Sullivan. “They certainly bare some responsibility for the loss, but the primary responsibility seems to rest with the landlord if the deck was not maintained, in good condition or not built correctly in the first place.”

read/watch more at News4Jax.com.

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We Have Consolidated the CSD Blogs

We've MovedThank you for your interest in the Alternative Careers blog.  Moving forward, the separate Career Services Department blogs will be hosted in one place, Career Crossroads.  Follow the Career Crossroads blog for the latest career and professional development information, including alternative careers.  Simply use the appropriate categories and tags to select posts that match your interests.  For example, if you are searching for a job in alternative careers, scroll to the right-hand side of the blog under the Categories header, click on “Job Opportunity” and then click “Alternative Careers” under the Tags header.  Click here to be redirected to the Career Crossroads blog.

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Interview Tips: Telephonic & Skype Interviews

If you are job searching long distance, there is a good chance that you have had some telephonic Interviewscontact, perhaps even a videoconferencing interview, with an employer.  Here are some tips to make a great impression and make a connection even if you are not face to face, as discussed by Hillary Mantis writing for the National Jurist.

For telephonic contacts and interviews:

1.   Set up your interview space.  It is important to have a quiet, serene space where you can have your call uninterrupted.  Use a landline, if possible, as cell phone problems, or bad cell service can thwart the whole experience.  Nothing like a dropped call, or an employer unable to hear you to ensure that you are not offered the job!

2.   Act like it is a face to face interview.  Although it sounds ridiculous, you should dress up or at least dress in business casual for the telephonic interview.  I know I feel more professional on a call when I am dressed for work.  Also, remember to have your resume and cover letter (or any other document that may be helpful) in front of you during the call, for easy reference.

3.   Practice speaking.  You need to speakly loudly and clearly during a telephonic interview, and sometimes it helps to practice, perhaps even by recording yourself to determine if you say too many “ums” or if you speak too softly.  It has also been suggested that you speak “standing up” while on the call, as it makes you sounds more forceful.  Most importantly, SMILE!  It really does come through on the other side of the line.

4.   Remember to make your key points.  Just because you are on the phone and it may seem like it is a more casual setting than an in-person interview, don’t forget to sell yourself and to look at your resume and make sure you get in the points you think they should know about you.  Think of how you solved problems, showed initiative or worked independently.  Don’t forget to send a thank you note within 24 hours.

For Skype or Videoconference Interviews:

1.   Find a quiet room or office, preferably one with white walls or a neutral background.  Don’t use your laptop on your lap in your bedroom with an open messy closet as your background.  Look professional and you will be taken seriously.

2.   Test your connection in the room you will be using prior to the interview. 

3.   Contact the Career Services Office at 680-7744 to reserve the conference room or an interview room.  With comparable technology, videoconferencing and Skype interviews are available through our office.

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We are merging. . .

 
We’re Consolidating the CSD Blogs!

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your careerWe will now be hosting ONE blog for all of your CSD needs!  We are consolidating each of our separate blogs into Career Crossroads.  Now, everything you need to know about Diversity, Private Practice, Alternative Careers, Government & Public Interest and anything else related to your career will be hosted on this blog.  Simply use the appropriate tag at the bottom of each post to select your interest.  For example, when you’re searching for a job in alternative careers, scroll to the right-hand side of the blog under the Categories header, click on “Job Opportunity” and then click “Alternative Careers” under the Tags header.  Your preferences will sort based on your selections. 

Please join us at http://www.fcsl.edu/blogs/careercrossroads/

Questions about the blog?  Contact Abby Lee at alee@fcsl.edu.

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Non-Florida Bar Prep Breakfast with the Career Services Department

Breakfast 2Attention Alumni taking the Bar Exam outside of Florida: The Career Services Department will be hosting a breakfast for YOU on Monday, July 8th at 8:30 a.m.!!  Next Monday’s breakfast will include an interactive presentation on Linkedin, Twitter and your career search.  We’ll also provide you with delicious breakfast items to energize you!

Let us help you get your day started!

RSPV to Ray Adams @ radams@fcsl.edu by Friday, July 5th at Noon. Hope to see you all on Monday!

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Fireworks – Related Darwin Awards

The Library wishes you a fun, happy, and safe Independence Day.

For examples of how NOT to celebrate safely, check out the Darwin Awards website. Like many sites, they have a search box at the bottom of their homepage. The Advanced Search link describes how to search the site using Boolean connectors like “AND.”

Enter the term “fireworks” into the search box for some cautionary tales!

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We’re Consolidating the CSD Blogs!

your careerWe will now be hosting ONE blog for all of your CSD needs!  We are consolidating each of our separate blogs into Career Crossroads.  Now, everything you need to know about Diversity, Private Practice, Alternative Careers, Government & Public Interest and anything else related to your career will be hosted on this blog.  Simply use the appropriate tag at the bottom of each post to select your interest.  For example, when you’re searching for a job in alternative careers, scroll to the right-hand side of the blog under the Categories header, click on “Job Opportunity” and then click “Alternative Careers” under the Tags header.  Your preferences will sort based on your selections. 

Questions about the blog?  Contact Abby Lee at alee@fcsl.edu.

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Update on CSD Blogs

Change Ahead

Posts to the Dimensions of Diversity Blog and all other CSD Blogs will be available in one location. Check out the Career Crossroads Blog to review all your career and professional development resources.  Click http://www.fcsl.edu/blogs/careercrossroads/ to begin the journey!

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