American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates Supports Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA)

The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates has approved a resolution — Resolution 102B — in support of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) of the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws as to the authentication and preservation of laws, court decisions and other legal materials that are published online.


ABA Supports Uniform Law for Online Publication of Court Decisions and Laws

Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

Expert Commentaries Posted on the China Guiding Cases Project

Stanford’s China Guiding Cases Project has recently posted two expert commentaries on the first batch of guiding cases released by the Supreme People’s Court. Both commentaries are available in English and Chinese.

Prof. Wang Chenguang of Tsinghua University School of Law comments on the differences between Chinese Guiding Cases and stare decisis in common law countries. Prof. Wang’s commentary also addresses some of the still unresolved issues of how courts will apply the Guiding Cases in practice.

Chief Judge Jiang Heping of the First Civil Division of the Dongguan Municipality No. 2 People’s Court in Guangdong Province discusses the second Guiding Case, Wu Mei v. Meishan Xicheng Paper Co., Ltd. of Sichuan Province involving the role of settlements in the Chinese legal system. The case clarifies the distinctions among settlement, mediation, and adjudication in Chinese courts. Chief Judge Jiang’s court has been designated a “Court for National ADR Initiative” by the Supreme People’s Court.

The CGCP team is busy working on China law summaries on specific areas of law. Look for these to be posted soon on the Web site. The first law summaries will probably cover contract law, criminal law, environmental law, and alternative dispute resolution.

China Guiding Cases Project

LexisNexis Launches “Social Media Visibility”

Online provider of legal research, news and other content LexisNexis, has launched a new service: LexisNexis Social Media Visibility.

According to the press release here, the new service enables solo practitioners and lawyers at smaller law firms to establish a solid, comprehensive, and manageable social media presence.

LexisNexis Social Media Visibility includes creation of an exclusive blog page as well as guidance and assistance in crafting profiles and in generating and posting appropriate content on major social media websites, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

Congressional Lawmaking: A Perspective On Secrecy and Transparency

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) late last year put out an interesting report on lawmaking in the U.S. Congress:

Congressional Lawmaking: A Perspective On Secrecy and Transparency

Hat tip to Law Librarian Blog.

Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

Authentication of Primary Legal Materials and Pricing Options

Always worth reading is Intersect Alert, the one published by the SLA San Francisco Bay Region Chapter (and not to be confused with Chuck Bartowski’s Intersect).

This item about a new California Office of Legislative Counsel white paper is from the most recent issue:

Authentication of Primary Legal Materials and Pricing Options
“The recent passage of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) has brought to the forefront the issue of costs of authenticating primary legal materials in electronic format. This white paper briefly reviews five methods of electronic authentication. These methods are based on trustworthiness, file types, effort to implement, and volume of electronic documents to be authenticated. Six sample solutions are described and their relative costs are compared. The white paper also frames the legal landscape and background of authentication for primary legal materials in electronic format, and provides context and points to applicable resources. The aim of this collective effort is to promote the understanding of costs related to authentication and invite further discussion on the issue.”

Nonpartisan research organization MapLight reveals money’s influence on politics

The non-profit organization MapLight has posted webpages as to the U.S. Congress and certain state legislatures (California and Wisconsin) regarding money’s influence on politics:

MapLight’s Newly Launched Company Pages Profile Contributions From Organizations And The Bills They Seek To Influence

See also here.

Hat tip to Resource Shelf.

LexisNexis Updates Free Caselaw and Forms from lexisONE Community to LexisNexis Community

LexisNexis has recently updated its free caselaw and forms access from lexisONE Community to:

LexisNexis Community

For links to some other free legal research resources (for caselaw, statutes, regulations, etc) online, take a look too at:

Brief Guide to Low/No Cost Online American Legal Research

Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.

Revised (5th Edition) of “Locating the Law”

The Public Access to Legal Information (PALI) Committee of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SOCALL) has posted online its handy and valuable:

Locating the Law: A Handbook for Non-Law Librarians
Fifth Edition, Revised (2011)

Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.

Indian Legal Research Sites

A roundup of free Indian legal research resources:

Indian Kanoon

Full-text access to Supreme Court and state court case law.

Legal Information Institute of India

part of wonderful WorldLII consortium and the Free Access to Law Movement.

India Legal Information Institute

LegalSutra – Law Students’ Knowledge Base

This site provides student generated class outlines and commentaries on specific legal issues.


Indian legal search engine.

AdvocateKhoj Law Library

links to legislation, case law, legal conferences, information about Indian law schools, and attorney directories.

hat tip to Rob Richards and Anoop Vincent.