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.

ABA Journal: Free Online Legal Research Overtakes For-Fee Services

Among other interesting things, the ABA Journal displays a chart “Research: Free v. Fee” in its September 2008 issue — in an article titled Web 2.0 Still a No-go: Lawyers slow to adopt cutting-edge technology — indicating that free online legal research has now overtaken for-fee services.

Another hat tip to Law Librarian Blog.

Add an “E” to IRAC

Prof. and Director of Global Legal Studies Mark E. Wojcik at John Marshall Law School in Chicago has posted (for a while — as it also appears in the ABA’s Student Lawyer Vol. 35, No. 3, November 2006, pp. 26-29 ) an interesting piece on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) reformulating the traditional IRAC (Issue-Rule-Application-Conclusion) formula of legal writing: “Add an E to Your IRAC.”

The abstract reads:

This article is intended for law students and legal writing professors. The article shows how writers can improve your writing by explaining a rule of law. You can explain the rule by defining a term or phrase from it, by showing examples of how the rule works (or doesn’t work), or by explaining the public policy behind the rule.

Hat tip to Law Librarian Blog today.