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About VoxPopuLII

voxpop2.gifVoxPopuLII is a guest-blogging project sponsored by the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School.  It presents the insights of a the very diverse group of people working on legal informatics issues and government information, all around the world.  It emphasizes new voices and big ideas.

VoxPopuLII’s founding editor in chief is Thomas R. Bruce, co-founder and director of the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School, the first legal-information web site in the world. He has been the principal technical architect for online legal resources ranging from fourteenth-century law texts to the current decisions of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bruce has consulted on Internet matters for numerous commercial and public organizations on four continents. He has been a fellow of the Center for Online Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, and a Senior International Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School. He is an affiliated researcher in Cornell’s program in Information Science, where he works closely with faculty and students who experiment with the application of natural-language processing techniques to legal texts. He currently serves as a member of the ABA Administrative Law Section Special Committee on e-Rulemaking, and is a longtime member of the board of directors of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. He has been known to play loud music at odd hours.

VoxPopuLII’s editor is Judith Pratt, who is on her third or fourth career. She has been an actor, a director, a theatre critic, a theatre professor, a fund-raiser, and a playwright. Now she owns PenUltimate Communications, where she helps her clients tell their stories–by writing articles, brochures, web content, and speeches, or by coaching public speaking.

VoxPopuLII’s current editor in chief is Robert Richards, JD, MSLIS, MA, an information and communications researcher based in Philadelphia. He writes the Legal Informatics Blog, and maintains the online bibliography Legal Information Systems & Legal Informatics Resources. His most recent writings include What Is Legal Information?, a paper delivered at the 2009 University of Colorado at Boulder Conference on Legal Information, and Cost-Effective Research in U.S. Bankruptcy Law (2009). His future plans include pursuing a Ph.D. in communication studies.