Professor Brian W. Carver of the University of California, Berkeley gave a presentation entitled It is Long Past Time For Free Online Access to The Law: Free Law Project, 16 January 2014, at Stanford Law School.
The event was co-sponsored by CodeX: Stanford Center for Legal Informatics as part of the CodeX Speaker Series.
The event announcement is here.
Here is a summary:
The entirety of United States case law is not presently available to the public online for free. These are public domain documents. Why is this still a problem?
Free Law Project is a California non-profit co-founded by UC Berkeley School of Information Professor, Brian W. Carver, and iSchool alumnus, Michael Lissner. The organization provides free public access to primary legal materials, develops legal research tools, and supports academic research on legal corpora. Professor Carver will discuss CourtListener, the project’s web platform for providing public access to court opinions, Juriscraper, the project’s archiving software that collects new court opinions daily, and the project’s bulk and REST APIs that enable others to utilize the nearly 2.5 million court opinions currently freely available through these services. Professor Carver will also discuss some of the questions that academic researchers can best address with bulk access to a large corpora of court opinions.
HT Roland Vogl