Do we have access to all primary legal materials in Massachusetts? What are the best practices for making information accessible? What obstacles face institutions trying to make it available? Our hope is to create a document outlining the most salient issues in accessibility to Massachusetts legal information with suggestions of things that could be done to effect the most accessible system possible in Massachusetts.
Please note that video will be captured for the workshop and posted on the Internet. This is the first day of a two-day workshop focused on Law.gov. To register for Law.gov: Putting It All Together, taking place on Friday 6/18, please visit this page. You are welcome to attend one or both days of the event.
10-10:30 AM - Welcome and Overview of Law.Gov
John Palfrey, Harvard Law Library Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School Carl Malamud, Public.Resource.Org
10:30-11 - Who Owns the Law?
Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School
11-12 - Massachusetts Inventory of Legal Materials
Michelle Pearse, Harvard Law Library Joan Shear, Boston College Law Library
12-1 - Lunch
1-1:45 - Equal Access to Justice in Massachusetts
Honorable Dina E. Fein First Justice, Housing Court Department, Western Division and Special Advisor to the Trial Court for Access to Justice Initiatives Marnie Warner, Law Library Coordinator, Administrative Office of the Trial Court
1:45 - 2:30 - The Technical Challenges of Distributing Legal Information
Linda Hamel, General Counsel, Commonwealth of Massachusetst Information Technology Division Meg Hayden, Electronic Resources Librarian, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
2:30-3:00 - The State of Massachusetts
Law.Gov is an effort to create a report documenting exactly what it would take to create a distributed registry and repository of all primary legal materials in the United States. Continued...