Posts Tagged ‘Delaware’

Delaware passes law governing digital assets

August 20th, 2014 No comments

Delaware recently passed HB 345, the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act. Here is the bill itself and here is the legislative history. The new law is based on the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

There’s been a lot of coverage of the new law on technology news sites, many of which don’t seem to understand it. Some of the better articles can be found on:

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Researching Delaware criminal sentencing

April 3rd, 2014 No comments

Here’s a quick list of sources for researching Delaware criminal sentences.

Title 11, chapter 5 of the Delaware Code defines crimes in Delaware and gives the classification of each crime.

Title 11 chapter 42 of the Delaware Code contains the possible sentences for each category of offense.

Delaware Sentencing Guidelines are in the Delaware Sentencing Accountability Commission Benchbook. The Benchbook is updated every year and the current Benchbook can always be found on the Commission’s webpage.

Open States provides access to state legislation

February 21st, 2013 No comments

open states logoThe Sunlight Foundation has created Open States, a website that tracks legislative information for all 50 states. This information has been available from state websites but it isn’t always easy to use. Open States gathers all the information with one easy to use interface. You can track bills, check your legislator’s voting record, even click on a map to find out who your state legislators are. Having just tried to do the same thing on the state of Delaware’s voting district maps, Open States definitely has an easier map interface.

The Delaware coverage includes bills and even includes the synopsis note for those of you doing legislative history. Unfortunately right now the coverage only goes back 2 years. Open States also has a handy iPhone/iPad app that lets you access your state legislature on the go.

Pileggi blog posts guide to Delaware practice for non-Delaware lawyers

August 9th, 2012 No comments

The Delaware Corporate & Commercial Litigation Blog has posted a guide to Delaware practice for non-Delaware lawyers. The guide was written by Eckert Seamans attorneys Francis G.X. Pileggi, Kevin F. Brady, and Jill Agro.

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Delaware Legal History on Pinterest

June 14th, 2012 No comments

I love looking at historic photos. If you’d like to look at a collection of historic photos of Delaware attorneys and other legal subjects gathered from all over the internet, I’ve started a Pinterest page on Delaware legal history. These are mostly photos from the Delaware Public Archives which has a great online photo collection. There are also some from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Potter Anderson adds iPhone/iPad version to eDelaware

April 17th, 2012 No comments

Wilmington law firm Potter Anderson & Corroon has offered eDelaware, featuring full text of Delaware corporation, business entities and Uniform Commercial Code laws and case law summaries for some time now. But I’ve never had the chance to try it out because it was only available for Blackberry.

Now they’ve rolled out an iPhone/iPad version so I installed it out on my iPad to give it a try. The app includes full text of the Delaware General Corporation Law, the Statutory Trust Act, LLC Act, Revised Uniform Partnership Act, Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act and Articles 8 and 9 of the Delaware Uniform Commercial Code. All of these are downloaded onto your iPad so you can easily access them even when you don’t have internet access.

Also included are summaries of recent Delaware cases written by Potter Anderson attorneys. The most recent case summary when I checked today was for a case decided on April 10, 2012 so they are keeping it up to date.

This will be a handy app for anyone interested in Delaware corporation law. And best of all it’s free. You can install it through the iTunes app store.

Morris James presents guide to Delaware business courts

February 22nd, 2012 No comments

Delaware law firm Morris James has created Delaware Courts Online, a guide to Delaware’s business courts, including the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, the Delaware Court of Chancery, and the Delaware Superior Court’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division. The website is intended for the firm’s clients and attorneys but will be very useful for anyone who needs more information on the Delaware Courts. It includes court forms and rules, practice tips, descriptions of available court technology, pictures of the courtrooms, and even advice on getting to the courthouse.

Local sub shop sues Vegas franchise over racy advertising

January 20th, 2012 No comments

bobbie sandwichThe News Journal reports that local sub chain Capriotti’s has sued it’s Las Vegas franchise, accusing it of breaching the franchise agreement by offering Bobbie sandwich happy hour specials at the Crazy Horse III gentlemen’s club. (Here I considered linking to the club’s website. But that would end badly and I’d wind up on Above the Law. So google it yourself and instead I’ll give you this description of the special at Las Vegas Weekly.)

Read the complaint, which was filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery on January 17th for all the legal arguments. Because I’m too hungry to go on. To tell the truth I’m more of a Casapulla’s fan. Or you should really check out Gaudiello’s on the back side of Trolley Square. They have great Italian hoagies.

Photo by: nealdstewart/flickr

Senators Coons and Carper explain Delaware Day

December 15th, 2011 No comments

I didn’t see this until Delaware Day was over. Here’s a video of Delaware Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons explaining Delaware Day on the Senate floor. Delaware Day commemorates December 7, 1787, the day that Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution,

Delaware Code for iPad, Kindle and other eReaders

October 4th, 2011 No comments

cover_epub_delcode_08The state of Delaware has created a free ebook version of the Delaware Code. The Code is available in both ePub and MOBI formats, for iPad, Kindle and other ebook readers. You can download each title of the Code separately or download all of them at once.

Delaware Coastal Zone Act 40th anniversary

September 28th, 2011 No comments

Map of the Delaware Coastal Zone

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Delaware Coastal Zone Act. Originally signed into law by Gov. Russell Peterson in 1971, the Act prohibited new heavy industry uses in Delaware’s coastal area and regulates other uses.  Widener Law will present a program on September 30th on the Coastal Zone Act highlighting it’s history, controversies, and challenges.

Delaware Coastal Zone Act sources:

The Delaware Coastal Zone Act

Delaware Coastal Zone Act regulations

Delaware Coastal Zone Act Program

For more information on the Delaware Coastal Zone Act see:

Joel M. Goodman. The Delaware Coastal Zone Experience. 5 Envtl. L. 727 (1974-1975)

Kenneth T. Kristl. Keeping the Coast Clear: Lessons about Protecting the Natural Environment by Controlling Industrial Development under Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act. 25 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 37 (2008)

Fall library hours

August 15th, 2011 No comments

Delaware campus library hours for the fall semester are available on our website. Our regular hours will be:

  • Monday to Thursday:               8:00 AM to Midnight
  • Friday:                                   8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Saturday:                              8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Sunday:                                 10:00 AM to Midnight

For holiday and exam hours see our website.

Delaware Trial Practice Forum launches blog

August 11th, 2011 No comments

The Delaware Trial Practice Forum has just started a new blog providing advice and news to Delaware lawyers. They are also looking for volunteers to write for the blog so here’s your chance to write and share information with other attorneys.

Originally created in 1988 by Judge Vincent A. Bifferato, the Delaware Trial Practice Forum describe its goals as “… to provide free continuing legal education (CLE) credits to those who are just starting out and to offer those young attorneys a chance to become acquainted with each other as well as with more experienced attorneys.” They have traditionally offered a series of free seminars for young attorneys.

Delaware session laws digitized

August 2nd, 2011 No comments

del laws vol 1The state of Delaware has digitized its session laws and made them available on the Delaware Heritage Collection website. Titled “The Laws of Delaware,” these session laws contain all of the laws of Delaware from 1700 (vol. 1)  to 2000 (vol. 72).  The session laws are particularly useful for historical research and compiling legislative histories.

There are other sources of the Delaware session laws. More recent volumes of the Delaware session laws are available on the state of Delaware’s webpage.  Most of the Delaware session laws have also been scanned by Google Books. They are also on HeinOnline‘s Session Law Library, which is subscription only. But the Delaware Heritage Collection is the most complete and best of all, it’s free.

I’m very pleased to see that the volumes have been scanned but I do have a couple of suggestions for improvement. First, I find the Delaware Heritage Collection website rather unintuitive. It took me quite a while to figure out how to print/download more than one page at a time. How to do that is in the help section under “Viewing Compound Objects” (basically, you have to change the view drop down to “subset of print version” and then print) but that’s not the first place (or maybe even the tenth place) anyone would look for printing instructions. The second problem is finding individual laws in each volume. The Laws of Delaware are commonly cited by chapter number, not by page, and yet the navigation is by page number, which makes it difficult to find a particular law, even when you have a cite.

Finally, I hope the state of Delaware will publicize the Laws of Delaware collection and make it easier to find. I just happened to find it accidentally one day while browsing photos on the Delaware Public Archives website. There is no direct link to the Laws of Delaware collection from the Archives website and as far as I can tell, none from the state’s website either.

Summer hours

July 29th, 2011 No comments

The bar exam is over so we are now on summer hours until August 15th.

Hours July 29 through August 14

  • Monday through Thursday:    8 AM to 10 PM
  • Friday:                                             8 AM to 6 PM
  • Saturday:                                        9 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday:                                            Noon to 5 PM

Check our website for a full listing of library hours.