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Daily Archives: September 13, 2022

Free Law Project Collaborates with vLex to Launch Complete, Updated, and Audited Open Case Law Database

Free Law Project: “In early 2010, we launched It wasn’t much, but it was a start. It could scrape decisions off court websites and whenever it found new decisions, it would send alerts by email and make the documents publicly searchable Pretty soon, our ambition grew. We came to believe that an open database of legal opinions was an important part of the democratic experiment. Wikipedia said it wanted to provide access to “the sum all human knowledge.” We believed we could provide the sum of all case law information Over the last twelve years, we’ve worked on this problem. We expanded to state courts and set up scrapers so we had more data coming in each day. We added bulk data downloads, the first-ever legal opinion API, and database replication, so people could get the data out. We added historical data from the Library of Congress, Public.Resource.Org, Lawbox, Inc, Justia, Harvard Law Library, and other sources. Recently, we even added a system for courts to add their decisions directly to CourtListener. It’s been a long, expensive and Sisyphean effort, but, like others working to open this data, we’ve never lost sight of how important it is to the country, nor of the impact it would make on the legal sector if we could pull it off. Today, through our collaboration with vLex, we take another big step.

With their financial and technical support, we aim to finish collecting every precedential legal decision from both the federal courts and the state appellate courts. Once collected, we will clean up this data and audit our collection for completion. We will enhance our citation finder and our database of courts so they are complete. Finally, by collaborating with others in this effort, we aim to do the hard work of adding citations to our database as they are published in regional and federal reporters…”

California abortion access

Abortion is legal and protected in California Abortion remains safe, legal, and accessible in California, whether or not you live in the state. This website has current and accurate information about how you can access abortion services in Californi – Find a provider California protects your privacy – This website is a safe space for… Continue Reading

Climate Change and Wellbeing Around the World

Gallup: “While much is known about the environmental and economic effects of climate change, there has been less systematic analysis of how rising temperatures affect quality of life around the world. This analysis represents a preliminary effort to quantify and track the impact of rising temperatures on people’s lives by combining geospatial Gallup survey results… Continue Reading

United in Science 2022

United in Science 2022 – A multi-organization high-level compilation of the most recent science related to climate change, impacts and responses. “This report has been compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) under the direction of the United Nations Secretary-General to bring together the latest climate science-related updates from key global partner organizations – WMO,… Continue Reading

Russia spent millions in secret global political campaign, U.S. official says

Washington Post: “Russia has secretly funneled at least $300 million to foreign political parties and candidates in more than two dozen countries since 2014 in an attempt to shape political events beyond its borders, according to a new U.S. intelligence review. Moscow planned to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more as part of its… Continue Reading

Law Library of Congress Report Examines Economic Espionage Laws in Selected Countries

In Custodia Legis: “A recently published Law Library of Congress report, Economic Espionage Laws, “addresses economic espionage laws and the regulation of fraudulent filing of corporate, import-export, and banking documentation” in sixteen countries. The report consists of a comparative summary followed by individual country surveys for sixteen countries. The countries surveyed are Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan,… Continue Reading

The Inflation Reduction Act’s tax credits are confusing, so the White House launched a website to help

The Verge: “The Biden administration launched a new website — — aimed at helping Americans navigate the new green energy tax credits contained in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA). That could especially be useful for people looking to buy a new electric vehicle but finding themselves confused by the litany of new… Continue Reading

Trump found the holes in our election laws. Congress is trying to patch them.

Vox: “The human mind is ingenious. It can create towering works of art and make remarkable scientific discoveries. It is, as we saw in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, also capable of inventing new ways to undermine American democracy by abusing our existing election laws, and turning orderly presidential elections into anarchy and… Continue Reading

Using an Infographic to Encourage Deep Reading

RIPS Law Librarian Blog, Cindy Guyer: “…Lately, I’ve been experimenting with infographics. Presenting information and knowledge visually, such as through graphs, flowcharts, timelines, and diagrams, is a gold standard of instructional design. For example, I used Microsoft Visio to create a flowchart for determining whether a California unpublished state case could be cited. There are… Continue Reading