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Supreme Court hears 4 arguments starting February 21.

The Supreme Court hears 4 this week. In the mix are cases involving double jeopardy and capital murder, real estate settlement services and kickbacks, compensation of interpreters and court costs, and lying about military awards. Is it a crime, or protected free speech?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Regime change at VoxPopuLII

Regime changeOn January 1, the editor-in-chief position at the LII’s VoxPopuLII blog changed hands. Rob Richards, whose incredible work over the last two and a half years has defined VoxPop as an important resource for anyone working in legal informatics, has decided to devote more time to his PhD studies at Penn State.  Somehow, he continues to read, understand, and tweet everything in the field, thus giving weight to some of the wilder theories about him (one of the more popular ones is that he is really Thomas Pynchon, and also never sleeps).  We are immensely grateful to him.

Rob is succeeded by two people:  Stephanie Davidson (currently at the University of Illinois) and Christine Kirchberger (from Stockholm University). Each will be familiar to VoxPop readers from their earlier posts, and we are delighted that they have agreed to take the helm.

Stephanie earned her J.D. at Notre Dame Law School and her M.L.S. from Indiana University. After 5 years of reference and instruction at Yale Law School, Stephanie returned to the midwest to be Head of Public Services at the University of Illinois College of Law Library, where she has been since 2005. Her current scholarship focuses on informing law librarianship through a greater understanding of the research methods and practice of legal scholars and other legal researchers.

Christine Kirchberger earned her Law Degree from the University of Vienna, Austria, in 1997. In 2001 she joined the Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute (IRI) at Stockholm University. Christine has been teaching legal informatics to law students and computer scientists, both in Sweden and at King’s College in London, England. Since 2006 she has been writing her doctoral thesis ‘Legal Information as a Tool’ focusing on legal information retrieval, the concept of legal information and the information-seeking behaviour of lawyers. In 2010 she authored Cyber Law in Sweden, as part of Kluwer’s International Encyclopaedia for Cyber Law.

We’re feeling a little guilty about this belated announcement… and trust that you’ll join us in welcoming Stephanie and Christine.  We’re looking forward to their contributions!


LVI 2012 Registration and Call for Presentations

Law Via the Internet 2012, the international conference on open access to law, is now accepting proposals for papers and presentations. This year’s conference will be held in the United States for the first time, October 7-9, 2012, at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York. Cornell is the home of the Legal Information Institute, the birthplace of the open access, free law movement, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

We expect to welcome nearly 500 attendees to this year’s conference, which will feature two special keynote speakers (to be announced soon), five cross-disciplinary tracks, and a 20th Anniversary Gala. Tracks to be explored include:
  • The Promise and Reality of e-Participation
  • The Business of (Open) Legal Publishing
  • Free Law and Government Policy
  • Application Development for Open Access and Engagement
  • Data Organization and Legal Informatics
To register for the conference, submit a proposal, or learn more about the program, schedule, and special events, visit the site at Follow @lvi2012 on Twitter to stay updated on conference news and information. Proposals are due by March 15, 2012; decisions will be made by May 1, 2012.

And if your company, firm, or organization can help by sponsoring part of the conference to celebrate LII@20, please visit our sponsorship page. We look forward to seeing you in October!