A Proposed Course of Action for UniversalCitation.org …

Cornell Law School’s Peter W. Martin, Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law, Emeritus, who has contributed in the past on vendor-neutral citation (see, e.g., 99 Law Lib. J. 329 (2007)), recently wrote:

A Proposed Course of Action for UniversalCitation.org or Some Alternative Non-Commercial Entity

See: UniversalCitation.org

Among other things, Prof. Martin emphasizes right off the bat that:

It is 2011 not the mid-nineties. The environment has changed since the ABA and AALL first came out for public domain citation…

Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

Moving Toward a 21st Century Right-to-Know Agenda

Part of ongoing discussion on federal government openness and transparency, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Government Relations Office has delivered to President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team a 114-page report Moving Toward a 21st Century Right-to-Know Agenda: Recommendations to President-elect Obama and Congress including 70+ prioritized recommendations on issues relating to national security and secrecy, usability of government information, and how to create an environment for greater transparency.

Quick-Start Guide to International Legal Research

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) monthly publication AALL Spectrum has an excellent “quick-start” guide to international legal research — including a convenient list of online and hard-copy resources in this month’s issue (vol. 13, no. 13, Dec. 2008):

The Wide World of Laws: A Quick-Start Guide to International Legal Research

by Christopher C. Dykes, Reference/Research Librarian
University of Houston Law Center John O’Quinn Law Library

Thomson/West White Papers on Lawyer and Law Student Legal Research Skills

In conjunction with the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting on July 12-15, 2008, Thomson/West presented a white paper Partnership and Solutions for Preparing Job-Ready Attorneys that follows on its 2007 white paper Research Skills for Lawyers and Law Students.

Oregon and The Power of Persuasion

According to a detailed, must-read report of the Oregon laws copyright dispute hearing carried by the Loaded Orygun, the hearing “was an astonishing display of open-mindedness and respect for informed opinion that resulted in a victory for the public interest.”   As Loaded Orygun’s post ” Shocking Democracy In LCC Hearing: Decision Actually Swayed by Testimony!” reports:

 Carl Malamud and Karl Olson testified first, making arguments strongly based in case law history. Tim Stanley of Justia.org followed, expressing the impact that the LCC’s decision would have on his business, and also expressing a desire to serve as a facilitator in effective public discourse about the law. They had been pursuing a case in Federal court, which was clearly a concern of the LCC members. The LCC also took verbal testimony from three Oregon residents, the authors of this blog post: Pete Forsyth, a collaboration consultant; Bart Massey, a PSU professor and open source advocate; and Amy Sample Ward, formerly of the Chalkboard Project and current project manager for Connectipedia.org. A number of others, including wiki inventor Ward Cunningham and Portland attorney Matthew Whitman, submitted written testimony. Every legislator was thoroughly engaged with the process, . . .

It brings to mind the words of Margaret Mead:  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

For those of you who will be in Portland in a couple of weeks, you’ll get to meet these free access thoughtful, committed citizens and learn what they are next setting their sights upon.

Who:  Tim Stanley and Carl Malamud

What:  AALL Hot Topic, “”Push Back and Push Forward — Open Access in Oregon and Beyond.” 

Where:  OCC-Portland Ballroom 254

When:  Sunday, July 13, 2008, 4:15 p.m.

Why:  To liberate the law.