Open source legal resource

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An intriguing concept.

free legal information for consumers who want to do some research before they visit a lawyer is far less broadly available on the Web. Now services are appearing that may make it easier for consumers to do their own preliminary homework on legal issues in advance of seeking help from a professional., a new site, is stocking a free, virtual law library by persuading lawyers to do something highly unusual: to post examples of their legal work online for use by one and all, no strings attached. Many of the documents are articles and newsletters that can be understood by ordinary mortals who want more background on a legal issue, or who would like to find lawyers with expertise in a particular area.

It works like this: Lawyers who contribute to JD Supra dip into their hard drives for articles, court papers, legal briefs and other tidbits of their craft. They upload the documents, as well as a profile of themselves that is linked to each document. Site visitors who have a legal problem and are thinking about finding a lawyer can use an easily searchable database to look up, say, “trademark infringement,” find related documents and, if they like the author’s experience and approach, perhaps click on his or her profile.

[From Lawyers Open Their File Cabinets for a Web Resource - New York Times]

One of my roles is in the role of 'legal' research: I guess because I'm able to read eye-glazing contractual clauses without resorting to meth. There are certain times when we do have to involve actual lawyers however, thus JD Supra sounds like a site of interest, especially after more lawyers contribute as a result of this article.

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