Friday, October 5, 2012
San Diego (October 5, 2012) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumnus and Pardee Legal Research Center Collections Development Librarian Brent Bernau, '85, was quoted in a San Diego Daily Transcript article that highlights California’s new Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA).
The bill, signed last month by Governor Jerry Brown, goes into effect on July 1, 2015.
"It’s a big step in the right direction," says Bernau.
UELMA establishes an outcomes-based, technology-neutral framework for providing online legal material with the same level of trustworthiness traditionally provided by publication in a law book. The law requires a method to determine that electronic legal material is unaltered. Along with this authentication, the law requires the material to be preserved, either in electronic or print form, and accessible for use by the public on a permanent basis.
According to Bernau, the bill makes it easier for people to do legal research and also benefits the law libraries themselves, giving them the opportunity to rely on electronicmaterials.
Bernau, who is the president of the San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL), is a guest lecturer in USD law classes. Tapping into his former role as a government documents specialist, he lectures on legislative history.
About University of San Diego School of Law
The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century. One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law’s nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education. USD law school graduates go on to practice law throughout the country and abroad, forming an influential network of alumni. The USD School of Law is one of only 81 law schools in the country to have a chapter of The Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.