Free Law: Resources, Technology & Legal Issues (Past, Present & Future)

Want to take advantage of legal research solutions and resources without breaking the bank? Join us for a webinar on Free Law.

In addition to the best places to find free law, Tim will cover legal issues, including copyright, privacy, and public access.

Tim will cover the history, technology, and legal issues of organizations that provide free legal resources to the public. He will examine the beginnings of the Free Law movement by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School in the early 1990s, before the existence of the World Wide Web, and how LII and the Web led to a movement of educational and other organizations providing free access to the laws of nations worldwide.

Tim will examine legal issues such as copyright, privacy, and public access that have changed how millions have accessed the law. He will review litigation and court decisions that have transformed the free law movement, including the HyperLaw and Public Resource cases. Tim will also investigate legal issues involving training AI with court records and government documents and the implications these issues might have for legal research and AI in general.

Tim will also present the best places to find free law online throughout the webinar, including Federal and US state, educational, and organization websites.

Agenda:
  • Free Law Overview & History
    • An overview of the free law movement, from its beginnings with the Legal Information Institute to other educational institutions, non-profits, and for-profit companies worldwide
    • How free law organizations are providing public access, as well as the barriers to providing such access
    • What organizations and governments can do going forward to provide more public access to the law

  • Legal Issues, Copyright, Privacy and Public Access
    • Legal issues and litigation on access to public documents in the policy arena and courts, including copyright and intellectual property litigation and privacy and public access policy issues

  • Summary of Where to Find Free Law Resources
    • The best places online to find free legal resources for codes, regulations, cases, and other legal materials

  • Questions & Answers
Topics covered include: Practice Skills
Duration of this webinar: 60 minutes
Originally broadcast: January 26, 2024 11:00 AM PT
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California CLE

Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 General

Earn Credit Until: January 25, 2026

South Carolina CLE

Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 General

Difficulty: All Levels

Earn Credit Until: December 31, 2024

North Carolina CLE

Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 General

Earn Credit Until: February 28, 2025

Texas CLE

Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 General

Earn Credit Until: December 31, 2024


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Speaker
Tim Stanley
Tim Stanley CEO
Justia
Tim Stanley is the CEO and founder of Justia, one of the most visited legal portals in the world. Justia’s mission is to make law and legal resources free for all. Before founding Justia, Tim founded and was CEO of FindLaw. He is the general counsel and on the Board of Trustees of Public.Resource.Org, and was previously on the Board of Nolo and American LegalNet. Tim has a BS and MS from Stanford University and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.
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