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Michael Asimow (and his UCLA Law School colleague Paul Bergman) have published Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (Andrews & McMeel, 1996). It's about all the great (and not-so-great) courtroom movies, including "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Anatomy of a Murder," "Inherit the Wind," and 66 others. The book ranks each movie on the one-to-four gavel scale, provides a photo, and summarizes the plot. Then it analyzes the legal, ethical, and tactical issues presented by the movie trial. The question is how close "reel justice" comes to "real justice." If the movie is based on a true story, it compares the historic facts with those presented in the film. If your local bookstore doesn't have it, the store can order it. It costs $14.95.

Hal Bruff has left George Washington University Law School to become Dean of the University of Colorado School of Law.

In June Randy May testified before the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information, and Technology of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight on the present effectiveness of the Government in the Sunshine Act and proposals for its reform.

Paul Verkuil, a visiting professor at Columbia School of Law, has been appointed a Special Master by the Supreme Court to hear the case between New York and New Jersey contesting ownership of Ellis Island.

Fred Zimmerman recently joined the environmental section of Wolff & Samson in Roseland, New Jersey, after working the past eight years for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Superfund Enforcement Divisions and the National Paint and Coatings Association in Washington, D.C.

New Section Internet Resource

At the annual meeting in Orlando, the Council decided to co-sponsor an Administrative Procedure and Regulatory Reform Bibliographic Database with Florida State University College of Law. Increasingly, agency information and administrative law resources are being made available online for free through the Internet. The ABA/FSU database makes available "links" to online administrative law resources, relying on the distributed nature of information on the Internet. Clicking on a "link" will take a user to the requested information at its official site.

The database site is available on the Internet through the ABA's AdLaw Section site at or at FSU College of Law at To date, the site includes links to many federal resources, over 20 state APAs, and some federal and state reform developments. Building and maintaining the quality of the site depends on the input of the Section's members as to information available on the internet about their practice areas and in their home states. The State Administrative Law Committee is especially interested in using the site to share information about developments in different states. We will need your help, however, to build a first-class research tool. Please submit information for inclusion or direct any questions to Jim Rossi at

News about yourself or other members that you think should be shared with the Section should be sent to: Professor William Funk, Editor, Administrative & Regulatory Law News, Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, OR 97219, FAX (503) 768-6671, Internet Items should be received no later than November 22 in order to be included in the Winter issue of the Administrative & Regulatory Law News.

At the Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice we are always looking for new and better ways to serve our members, the bar and the public. If you have any comments, ideas or features you would like us to incorporate, or if you have difficulties with any of the links in these pages, please contact the Section's Webmaster.
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