Old Maps Online


Map lovers will find hours and hours worth of cartographic joys on this site that draws sources from the U.S. Geological Society, the National Library of Scotland, the Land Survey Office of the Czech Republic, and many other participating institutions. Beginning as a project between Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland and The Great Britain Historical GIS Project, OldMapsOnline “aims to demonstrate a combination of tools for publishing historical maps with a focus on their easy accessibility for the general public.” To scout the site readers may like to type a location into the search engine. For instance, entering New London, Connecticut returns maps from 1848, 1893, 1958, and 1989 of New London’s harbors, landmarks, neighborhoods, and roads. Meanwhile, entering Abu Dhabi returns dozens of maps dating back to the 18th century, including a beautiful Map of Persia compiled by the British War Office in 1891. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015. https://www.scout.wisc.edu

Editor’s Note:  Try looking up your location in New York State.  You may find, as I did, some extraordinary historical maps, which lay out the Great Lots upstate.  I found this feature very useful for interpreting deed legal descriptions.

Bankruptcy Forms | United States Courts

Revised Bankruptcy Forms Go Into Effect December 1

U.S. Bankruptcy Court filers and lawyers must use new forms beginning December 1, when the first modernization of bankruptcy forms in two decades takes effect.

The forms are available at www.uscourts.gov, and contain major changes in organization, language and numbering. Because the new forms will be mandatory for all new cases, users of the bankruptcy system are being urged to read the forms before the change-over date. 

The new forms are easier for debtors to understand and complete, and are designed to work with scheduled enhancements to the federal courts’ Case Management/Electronic Case Files system. Together the changes will reduce administrative strains, improve delivery of case information to judges, and protect debtor and creditor rights.

Read more about the new bankruptcy forms.

Adobe Security Notification Service

The Adobe Security Notification Service is a free e-mail notification service that Adobe uses to send information to customers about the security of Adobe products. Anyone can subscribe to the service, and you can unsubscribe at any time.


When they publish bulletins, they’ll describe the security issue, its impact, and how customers can protect themselves. The bulletins will also detail what actions Adobe has taken and additional resources that may be available.

Register for free here.

ALM/Lexis Deal Good News for Some, But Not for Others – Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

Legal news company ALM and legal research company LexisNexis this week announced an expansion of their content licensing agreement that is good news for LexisNexis subscribers but not so good news for the rest of the legal community.

Since 2011, LexisNexis has had the exclusive license to archived content from all ALM publications, which include The American LawyerCorporate CounselThe National Law JournalLegaltech News, the Law.comwebsite, and a number of other regional and specialty publications.

Yesterday’s announcement extends this relationship for an unspecified term and also opens opportunities for direct integration of ALM content into LexisNexis legal research products. According to the press release, the way ALM content is delivered through LexisNexis Newsdesk will be streamlined so it is delivered directly from ALM.

Direct integration will also mean that case law references within ALM online publications will link directly to the actual cases in Lexis Advance, according to the release. LexisNexis users will be able to use a single password to access all LexisNexis and ALM content.


Read all of Robert Ambrogi’s report here.

Proposed Uniform Attorney Discipline Rules

The state Office of Court Administration seeks comments on the proposedtUniform Rules of the Appellate Division on Attorney Discipline. The proposed rules, announced November 4, 2015, offer “a harmonized approach to the attorney disciplinary process within the four Departments of the Appellate Division,” according to OCA.

“Our Committee on Professional Discipline will review the proposal and make recommendations to our Executive Committee. We will submit our comments prior to the December 18 deadline,” said New York State Bar Association President David P. Miranda.  NYSBA members can email comments to the Association at:


The proposed OCA rules are available by clicking here and scrolling down.

National Information Center

The National Information Center (NIC) is a central repository of data about banks and other institutions for which the Federal Reserve has a supervisory, regulatory, or research interest, including both domestic and foreign banking organizations operating in the United States. This web site provides access to NIC data, allowing the public to search for detailed information about banking organizations. 


National Information Center

New York Leads the Way on Transgender Rights – The New York Times-Editorial

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced an executive action establishing the first-ever

 statewide regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination.

The regulations extend the provisions of a 1945 state human rights law to prohibit 

discrimination on the basis of gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations 

like restaurants, hospitals and schools. They also protect transgender people from discrimination 

when seeking mortgages, credit cards and other financial services. Transgender people who

 have experienced discrimination can file a complaint in court, with the attorney general or 

with the State Division of Human Rights. If the division finds that discrimination has occurred, 

it can award compensatory damages, require policy changes, and levy fines and penalties of up to $100,000.

Read more.

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