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I had to laugh at this.

March 7, 2015

From Sean Hocking over at House of Butter, titled “Lexis Impressed By Themselves For Getting Their Proverbial Shit Together.” Such a great headline.

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Will 2015 be a year of change for legal publishing of primary law?

February 18, 2015

Robert McKay brought to my attention today a study by Simba Information published last year (I missed it)—their Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017 Report. For our purposes, the report suggests: The legal publishing industry is facing some of the same challenges the STM publishing industry is undergoing, as activists push for more free access to [...]

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Will the Bestlaw plugin expose user data WestlawNext keeps hidden?

December 18, 2014

I stumbled upon Bestlaw the other day, which apparently is a browser plugin that allows you do manipulate WestlawNext data in the following ways: Copy a perfect Bluebook citation with one click Clean, readable view Automatically-generated table of contents Highlight hard-to-see page numbers Quick link to jump to footnotes One-click copying for citations, titles, and full [...]

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Ebooks still suck for research

October 11, 2014

I’ve raised this point many times, but it bears repeating: ebooks are terrible for actual research. From Baldur Bjarnason yesterday in his post Ebooks suck for learning: It is the ebook reading app’s responsibility to expose the book’s marked up information architecture in the UI in a way that helps readers build a cognitive map [...]

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TBT: Our Mission

October 9, 2014

TBT, from the late James T. Briggs, President of Lawyers Cooperative Publishing: Since our company was founded in 1882, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing’s mission has been to simplify legal research by annotating, analyzing, integrating, and explaining the body of existing law. Relying on a staff of lawyer/editors, as well as outside authors, we publishing treatises, summaries, [...]

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Crowdsourcing legal (practice) research with … Facebook?

September 29, 2014

So consider these questions for a minute: I need to request findings of fact for a possible appeal on a confirmation of child-support arrears. Here are my facts: (1) Hearing was last week, the court made a ruling, and I was ordered to draft a judgment. (2) I want to file a motion for new trial (MNT), [...]

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So Instagram has a drug problem. But where are the lawyer ads?

September 27, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I was reading an article discussing Instagram’s drug trade, specifically, the thousands of photo and video posts selling everything from marijuana and prescription pills to ecstasy and other narcotics. If you’re curious, just do a hashtag search — try “#xanax,” for example. You’ll be greeted by a list of hashtags spanning [...]

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Is college such a rocky place that the digital textbook’s seed can find no purchase?

September 5, 2014

From the NYT this week, Surviving Battle With Amazon, Entrepreneur Picks New Fight: Q. Are paper textbooks going away? A. Digital did come to trade, but in textbooks there’s been very little movement. We are deploying technology into as many campuses as we possibly can on the back of physical books. When the time comes, we will [...]

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