The Legal Current reports that the U.S. Constitution is now available as an iPhone/iPod Touch application created by West Publishing Company. An article from the St. Paul Pioneer Press indicates that West has been publishing a pocket Constitution since Chief Justice Burger asked West to do it in the 1980's. Click here to watch a YouTube video about the new app. from West's Director of New Product Development.
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission has created a brand new Hall of Fame and inducted 10 citizens who the OCRC recognizes as having "made significant contributions to the progress of the civil rights and equal justice in the State of Ohio." Two former Ohio Judges made the list: former Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Robert M. Duncan and former Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Carl B. Stokes. Justice Duncan was the first African-American on the Supreme Court.
According to the Plain Dealer, the current state of the economy is making it harder for the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to keep jurors. Potential jurors who cannot afford to come downtown, whose employers do not pay them during jury service, or who risk jeopardizing a brand new job are all begging off or postponing their service with increasing frequency. In response, the local jury commission is summoning 200 more jurors, for a total of 1,200, each week, but at $20 per day (payable 2-3 weeks after the conclusion of service), even the unemployed might lose money after paying for transportation, parking and lunch.
Virtually every legal and non-legal newspaper has picked up the news that Sonia Sotomayor was formally sworn in as the 111th U.S. Supreme Court Justice yesterday. President Obama and several Senators attended the brief swearing in ceremony, which came about a month after the private swearing in August. Sotomayor's busy tenure starts today when she hears oral arguments in a campaign finance case involving Hillary Clinton. Click here to read a brief biography about Justice Sotomayor. Click here to read an article from the Wall Street Journal.
Until I read an article from the Christian Science Monitor today, I had no idea what a "B" corporation was. Although "B" corporations currently have no special legal significance where the IRS is concerned, they have a special focus when it comes to their operations, which must be designed to consider the interests of multiple stakeholders and "benefit" society. B Lab started the initiative in 2007 and can count 200 certified "B" corporations on its rolls, with a target of 300 by the end of this year. B Lab describes a "B" corporation as follows: "B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems." The article referenced above indicates that B Lab is lobbying the Obama administration for a lower tax rate for self-designated "B" corporations.
The Cuyahoga County Courthouse will be closed longer than usual over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Due to financial problems in Cuyahoga County, most of the offices, departements, agencies and courts are participating in voluntary employee furloughs, which will close the Courthouse an extra day on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. The Law Library's Board voted to voluntarily participate in the furloughs so the Law Library will be closed starting at 5:00 p.m. today and will not re-open until Wednesday, September 9th at 8:30 a.m. We hope that you will not be inconvenienced during the long weekend, and we will be ready to help you with your legal research and reference needs next Wednesday.