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[NB: VIDEO is now available here. The talk has gotten an astonishingly wide and positive reaction, which is very gratifying for my ego. So much so, in fact, that I may simply abandon the LII and wander the Earth, like Kwai-Chang Caine, righting wrongs and spouting incomprehensible but...
I have had a miserable couple of days, here at the keyboard, working through the effects of the Great LII Outage of 2010. I spent a lot of time on repairs, and on measures that sharply decrease the chances of another. But this is the Internet, after all, and a highly complex system, and we...
Friends: For some of you, we can keep this really, really short: go to our donation page, right this very minute, and make a tax-deductible donation. For those who can be convinced to do so by conventional means, I reproduce the letter that we are sending to our supporters, below. But I think...
West Group’s edit of Bob Berring’s remarks on free access to law leads with the interesting assertion that government should get out of the legal information business because “every time government has tried to take over the provision of legal information it’s...
Some people just can’t let go of things. Just yesterday, I was confronted by a progressive friend who corrected me when I referred to a certain airport in Washington, DC as “Reagan”. For better or worse, they changed the name over a decade ago, and no amount of beating could...
I haven’t rushed a response to Bob Berring’s comments on free legal information, partly because I wanted my response to be thoughtful rather than rushed. I also felt that I’d made most of my rebuttal points in a previous response to a VoxPopuLII post by Dan Dabney, a West Group...
The facts, at least, are simple: Joe Arpaio, the controversial sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, claimed that Federal law lets him arrest suspected illegal immigrants during street sweeps. He provided a press handout that quotes extensively from “8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)”....
Somewhere in the snowdrift of paper on my desk is a program from an opera performance I attended a few months ago. Among other things, it’s a document that tells you what the opera company is doing and who, specifically, is doing it. It also tells you — less directly —...
Lately, I’ve been tempted toward complicated prose that urges rethinking of legal-information fundamentals. Why? Because the idea of public access to law in a global digital society makes some fundamental rethinking necessary. It would be swell to explore those notions in some longwinded...
Over in VoxPopuLII this week, Dan Dabney makes a number of good points about the proper role of LIIs and other public legal information providers. In his view, our useful purpose is to drive innovation up a ladder of value-added legal information providers. West Group, unsurprisingly, occupies the...