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Collaborative Research for the Digital Age

While there have been significant changes in the realm of legal research (such as the shift from print to digital resources) conducting legal research is still often a solitary endeavor.  Two new websites are trying to change that, however, and have provided platforms designed to make online legal research a collaborative enterprise: Casetext and Mootus.

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Casetext is a “community of lawyers, law professors, and law students helping each other understand the law by annotating key legal documents.”  The website contains a database of over a million cases, statutes, regulations, and contracts … Continue Reading

Top Legal Blogs

 

The ABA Journal has announced its 6th Annual Blawg 100, in which its lists its 100 favorite law blogs.  Blogs included in the list focus on a variety of legal topics, from just for fun (Lowering the Bar) to criminal justice (Lawyerist).  In between are blogs on specific topics such as IP, labor and employment, and torts, as well as blogs focusing on legal research and writing.

 

In addition to the list of 100 blogs, this year the Journal named ten blogs to its Hall of Fame:

Above the Law
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#twtmoot: World’s First Twittersphere Moot Court Competition

February 21, 2012, the West Coast Environmental Law Group of Canada made history by holding a Moot Court competition in an unusual venue: Twitter.  

Teams from five Canadian law schools hash-tagged it out over the topics of indiginious rights, coal mining and caribou.

Want to learn more? Check out  this article in the ABA Journal, or read the full record of the #twtmoot here.

The Furor Over SOPA and PIPA

You may have noticed the internet “strike” being waged today against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) when you tried to access a Wikipedia article and saw the page go dark, or logged on to Google and noticed the protest link on its home page.  Both Wikipedia and Google, as well as other websites such as Reddit, BoingBoing, Mozilla, and WordPress are voicing their opposition to these two bills by participating in an “internet blackout.”  A full list of strike participants is available at SOPAStrike.com

SOPA and PIPA are aimed at preventing … Continue Reading

Scalia and Kagan are doing it – how about you?

In a recent C-SPAN interview, Justice Elena Kagan mentioned that she uses a Kindle to read briefs.  Justice Antonin Scalia has stated that he uses an iPad for the same purpose.  It’s not only Supreme Court justices who are using tablets, however; lawyers are also increasingly using e-readers and iPads in their legal practice.  An Arizona Republic article from July profiles two Phoenix attorneys who are employing iPads to better communicate with clients, and discusses how attorneys are utilizing tablets during court appearances.  Attorney Josh Barrett has even published a blog titled Tablet Legal, which discusses “use … Continue Reading