Today Google filed an answer to Viacom’s complaint, basically saying Viacom’s complaint is in conflict with the DMCA (the “careful balance” established by Congress between copyright holders and the Internet users and companies). There is the standard paragraph by paragraph admit and deny the allegations and facts stated in Viacom’s complaint and…
Sabrina Pacifici’s new LLRX.com site is…. finally here!
Sabrina had us work on the redesign of the site, with a lot of work on the user interface and search functionality. We also did a lot of data clean up, going through years and years of articles. We are still making some fixes, and adding some features. But the design is nice and much cleaner.
No trip to the great Northwest can take place without a meeting with the blog man himself, Lexblog CEO Kevin O’Keefe. Well this time we met up in Bellingham right in the middle of Dirty Dan Days in Fairhaven.
KOK found a parking space and then walked the walk to the Bellingham Fairhaven Boardwalk. And here are a few more pictures.
Cicely and I went to Bellingham and the Western Washington University Career Fair, and met a lot of great students and people who wanted to put up free case law :).
Cicely and Ocean View
We are also going to be hanging out this weekend at the Linuxfest Northwest and meet with LexBlog’s Kevin O’Keefe. And the northwest weather is pretty good, not too cold, not too wet, and a little sun now and then 🙂
I had a great meeting yesterday with my friends at vLex.com. vLex has relaunched their Website, which has laws from many different countries (vLex is based in the EU, and have offices in South America and the USA ). I was given a full tour of the vLex system. They have nicely cleaned up the user interface. The only thing I would add is having the country flags on their home page glide back and forth like album covers on iTunes 🙂
vLex also has great plans for their future, which I am sure they will announce when they are ready 🙂 vLex truly listens to their users, as the product development shows. I am very excited about the new vLex features that will be coming online, and have full faith that what they are doing will be a huge win for practitioners throughout the world. Check them out at vLex.com. And best of all the USA information is free 🙂
Congrats to Susan Athey who was just awarded this years John Bates Clark Medal in Economics for the top young economist under 40. She is the first woman to have won the medal. This is a BIG deal in the male dominated arena of economics.
You can read more about her work on the American Economic Association site here and visit Susan’s Web page at Harvard here. Many years ago, I had a few classes with Susan and she was very nice and very very smart (she once taught our class when the teacher was out, even though she was in it herself :). While she was getting her PhD from the Stanford Business School, she was the obvious star among the economic students going into teaching/research. Needless to say it was early attention that was well deserved and an initial light on what was to come. Again congrats to Susan.
Cicely and I made a presentation to the Stanford Law School Advanced Legal Research class today. There was a law librarian Liza MacMorris from Wilson Sonsini who gave students the reality of research working at a large law firm and a guy from Bloomberg who gave details on Bloomberg’s plan to run for President and showed their docket search (which seemed kind of like Justia’s Free Federal Court Civil Filings Search + a Pacer account for the documents, but Bloomberg also has runners who will get dockets that are not in the system and is tied into other investor and legal information and of course it costs money). Well he certainly hinted that Bloomberg might run, although like most New York Republicans, he more suited to run as a Democrat.
We covered the free part of alternatives to paid Lexis and West. California is in pretty good shape for free information. We focused on free sources like LexisOne and Cornell, as well as some inexpensive alternatives like FastCase and VersusLaw. And of course quite a bit of focus on blogs.