“Gone are the days of browsing the card catalogue in the law library, pulling down books and flipping through court reports and textbooks to write down or photocopy pertinent information. Nowadays lawyers search online for the information they need, copying and pasting relevant cases and provisions with a mere click of the mouse. Still, the rise of the internet and the availability of electronic resources have not made the traditional law library obsolete, say law librarians. “Law libraries have always been user-focused,” says Karen Sawatzky, librarian for the Winnipeg firm Tapper Cuddy LLP, “so whether the services requested are in print format or electronic, that hasn’t changed – we help the user find what he/she’s looking for.”
“Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, and BlumbergExcelsior, Inc., a leading supplier of online law forms, have signed a strategic licensing agreement which will add more than 230 Blumberg forms to current content on Westlaw Form Builder. The list of forms covers several practice areas including litigation, real estate, landlord/tenant and powers of attorney.”
via Press Release.
“Bloomberg today announced that Dmitri Mehlhorn has been named Chief Operating Officer of Bloomberg Law, the innovative real-time legal research system from the world leader in data and information services. Mehlhorn will join Bloomberg effective October 8, and report directly to Bloomberg Law CEO Greg McCaffery. Mehlhorn has held high-level leadership positions in the legal, research and public policy sectors, including as a member of the executive committee of O’Melveny & Myers and as managing director of Global Research & Operations for Gerson Lehrman Group, where he launched a suite of successful products including several which involved partnerships with top law firms. He most recently served as COO for StudentsFirst, which he helped grow to a 1.8 million member organization.”
via Bloomberg Law
“A new Internet live streaming project in Massachusetts broadcast its first criminal trial this month, but it’s still grappling with who can opt to stay off screen and why. Boston NPR station WBUR developed OpenCourt with a $1 million Knight News Challenge grant from the Knight Foundation. Live streaming at Quincy District Court started in May 2011. At first, live streaming was limited to certain procedures, including arraignments, probation surrender hearings, substance abuse commitment hearings and summary process cases.”
“Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, announced that Westlaw, WestlawNext and Pangea3 won top honors in the 2012 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings. Westlaw was named the Best Online Legal Research Vendor for the third consecutive year. The Best Solo/Small Firm Research Vendor for the third consecutive year was WestlawNext. WestlawNext also was named the Best Legal Research App, a new category this year.”
via Thomson Reuters
“Today we are pleased to release a report on improving public access to legislative information. The report (PDF, DOC, ODT) is the result of a collaborative effort that was prompted by the House Leadership’s recent statement endorsing bulk access and the questions raised in a committee report accompanying the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill”
“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional (www.lexisnexis.com), a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced that a large selection of its legal eBooks are now available in the Amazon® Kindle® Store. Additionally, LexisNexis® eBooks on Kindle or through Kindle reading apps are also accessible through the recently launched LexisNexis® Digital Library solution. “As legal professionals and law students steadily embrace and use eBooks, our strategy is to provide them a wide diversity of options rather than forcing them into one format, one reader type or one application,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of Research and Litigation Solutions at LexisNexis Legal & Professional. “Offering LexisNexis eBooks via the Kindle store and reading applications is an important new component of that approach, and we are pleased to offer our collection on one of the world’s leading eBook shops.”
Rutgers–Newark Law Library Releases Digital Transcripts and Final Report of Lilley Commission on 1967 NJ Civil Disorders
“Forty-five years ago this month, Governor Richard J. Hughes established the Governor’s Select Commission on Civil Disorder to examine the causes of the civil unrest that occurred in July 1967 in Newark and other New Jersey cities, including Plainfield, Jersey City, Englewood and New Brunswick, and to make recommendations for change. The 10-member commission was chaired by Robert D. Lilley, president of New Jersey Bell Telephone (later president of AT&T).
Lexis Practice Advisor Adds California Module Addressing Jurisdiction-specific Transactional Matters
“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced it has added the first jurisdictional module – California – to its Web-based practical guidance offering, Lexis® Practice Advisor. The new module provides California attorneys and those serving California-based clients with easy access to jurisdiction-specific practical guidance, checklists, model documents and legal analysis to help them handle transactional matters efficiently and with more confidence. The California module contains original content written and edited by leading attorneys currently in practice in California, capturing the most relevant legal information, analysis and trends in the state.”
via Press Release
“Despite recent improvements, the presentation of information on federal regulations is currently very convoluted: four different government websites present overlapping and incomplete pictures of the regulatory process. Sunlight Labs has been trudging through these sites for months, and we’d like to share what we’ve learned”
via Sunlight Foundation.