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What's New at LawMoose: July 2002 - December 2002
- December 30, 2002: Wisconsin: We launch the Wisconsin Judges Directory. It currently includes federal judges for Wisconsin (including the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judges) and the judges of the appellate courts in the Wisconsin state court system.
Minnesota: We publish a substantially augmented Minnesota Judges Directory that includes a reconciliation of recent appointments to bring it fully current and appointment press releases which often contain valuable background information about the judge being appointed. In many instances information about a judge includes the year the judge joined his or her present court.
- November 27, 2002: Minnesota: We publish our own Minnesota Judges Directory, including judges in both federal and state courts as well as administrative courts. This new format groups judges according to the courts on which they sit. For each judge, you can launch predefined searches through the entirety of Minnnesota Legal Web, locate articles written by the judge, or locate articles written about the judge. If the judge has a profile page on the Web, we take you right to it.
- October 21, 2002: Wisconsin: Our "Find Out More About" links at the bottom of each page of search results now can forward your search term to the La Crosse Tribune articles index provided by the La Crosse Public Library and to the Wisconsin Public Radio web site.
- October 21, 2002: Minnesota: We now publish a long page listing all of the Minnesota State Agencies, Commissions and Boards with links to their web sites. Another time saver!
- October 9, 2002: We have posted the first quarterly update to the Minnesota Legal Periodical Index provided by the Minnesota State Law Library. The update does more than just update the Index. It expands its scope by incorporating a couple of our suggestions.
First, the MLPI now includes the online publication, The Minnesota Journal of Business Law and Entrepreneurship, making its appearance in the index for the first time.
Second, older articles involving legal ethics issues and the Lawyers Board that appear in full text on the Lawyers' Board site have now been livelinked to the index entries for these articles as they originally appeared in a Minnesota legal periodical. Previously the oldest article livelinked by MLPI was 1998. Now, the oldest livelinked article dates all the way back to 1986, although the older the date, the fewer and farther between those livelinks become.
The addition of these additional livelinks makes MLPI even more valuable for research and retrieval of articles involving legal ethics issues pertinent to the Minnesota bar. The MLPI on LawMoose is literally the only spot on the Web where you can comprehensively find not only legal ethics articles written by the Lawyers Board but also those authored by private practitioners, bar leaders, and academics.
Currently, MLPI now holds information about 19,297 articles, 797 livelinks
to online articles, and 744 links to cases - more than 1500 live links in all.
If one assumes the average editorial content of an article in the index is the equivalent of 3 printed pages -- we're ignoring advertisements here -- we're also dealing with articles that range from lengthy law reviews to news items so this is just a guesstimate --, there are approximately 60,000 pages of article content -- a mini-law library in its own right -- brought under your complete control, courtesy of the MLPI.
- October 2, 2002: We found a great review of LawMoose published yesterday on LLRX.com, LawMoose Expands Its Roaming Range. Along with the remarkably good things the review said, we found a couple of areas for improvement. So we improved, right away.
First, on the World Legal Resource Center home page, you now see a clear introduction explaining the general purpose and nature of the World Legal Resource Center, "a specialty search engine indexing a selection of valuable legal research sites. We make special effort to include sites describing and linking to legal reference materials worldwide." And you now find an explanation that you can either enter free-form search terms in our search box or click any one of our prewritten Super-Easy search links, organized to generate results pertinent to every country in the world, each of their capital cities, and every U.S. state and Canadian province.
Second, we have expanded the labeling on our CaseFinder view of the Minnesota Legal Periodicals Index so that feature is more obvious to the casual user.
- August 21, 2002: The Minnesota Legal Periodical Index goes live on LawMoose as a collaboration between the Minnesota State Law Library and Pritchard Law Webs. This is sure to be a favorite resource since
- it extends back to 1984,
- it literally spans the professional memory of most Minnesota lawyers practicing today,
- it contains the only comprehensively subject-classified Minnesota-specific legal information available on the free Web
- it contains more than a thousand live links to articles and cases cited in articles, and
- the Case Finder option lets you find the most noteworthy cases decided in Minnesota -- the ones worthy of writing articles about -- and often view the cases themselves and the full text of the articles discussing them.
- August 16, 2002: Wisconsin: Our newest searchable collection consists of Wisconsin bar and other legal and law-related associations sites. Lots of good content here! Some people say Wisbar, the Wisconsin State Bar Association site, is the best bar association site in the country. We aim to bring you the best, and to make it better than ever by putting more power at your fingertips than any single organization can do by itself as an individual content publisher.
- August 9, 2002: You can now personalize LawMoose to always start in your preferred community. Once LawMoose started serving multiple communities, we needed a way to make it possible to let you start your session in whichever community is of greatest interest to you. We do not think people in Wisconsin want to "pass through" the Minnesota Legal Web on their way to their own community's Legal Web. And people who have no connection to Wisconsin or Minnesota will find our World Legal Resource Center to be a very handy general legal reference tool.
So, as of today, while Minnesota is still the "default" starting community, any time you want to do so, you can personalize LawMoose, (with a cookie value) so that, the next time you visit, LawMoose will start up right in your own community. You can visit the other communities whenever you like., of course. And if you find yourself using one of our other communities more than your current starting community, just reset your personalization.
This is one signficant way in which we keep LawMoose focused on you instead of making you deal with more complexity as LawMoose expands its capabilities. You want what's relevant to you; that's what we intend to deliver! Personalization is the key to how we're going to do it.
- August 5, 2002: Each LawMoose community now has its own mind map-style site map so visitors can receive an instant overview of the main features available for a particular community. You can browse the maps of each community one after another to quickly identify both similarities and differences between and among the communities.
- July 25, 2002: Wisconsin: We add a Wisconsin Law Schools search collection, making three such collections to choose from - we also publish Wisconsin Courts and Wisconsin law firms - so far.
- July 22, 2002: Wisconsin: Our Super-Easy Search now includes the ability to launch a search through our Wisconsin law collections for any county or city in Wisconsin through convenient pull-down selection lists. No need to remember how to spell Trempealeau -- if you're not from the vicinity -- and no need to type it all in to the search box even if your are from the vicinity and know exactly how to spell it. Just select any term from the list and click to receive locality-specific search results.
Wisconsin: And ... we now provide integration between LawMoose search results and the Wisconsin Statutes. Our "Find out more about" links at the bottom of each search results page provide the option to search the Wisconsin Statutes. Carry forward your search term or modify it as desired. Results come from the official statutes, not LawMoose.
- July 19, 2002: Wisconsin: We publish our first full "Home of the Wisconsin Legal Web" home page. While it resembles our Minnesota home page in layout and headings, substantively, everything has been originally reseached for Wisconsin. Wisconsin is not Minnesota and vice versa. That's why we keep the two communities separate. If you are interested in Wisconsin law and the Wisconsin legal community, you now have your key Wisconsin law resources organized in one convenient starting place, along with all of our integrated LawMoose value-adding features at your fingertips.
- July 15, 2002: World Legal Resource Center: Searching the LawMoose World Legal Resource Center now is the default search choice for users of the Internet Law Library at Pritchard Law Webs (formerly the U.S. House of Internet Law Library). The Internet Law Library was not searchable during the time the U.S. House of Representatives published it (1994-1999). Since 1999, it has been searchable on our Priweb.com site.
But integration with the LawMoose World Legal Resource Center vastly expands the scope of the search available to Internet Law Library users. It literally takes you across the globe in a second to your destination in one to three clicks.
Why does it work so well? It's a combination of our editorial selection of sites and the quality of the included sites themselves. Quality wins out over sheer quantity of search results any day.
- July 12, 2002: Minnesota, Wisconsin, World Legal Resource Center: Everything's new and improved at LawMoose. We have a whole new look and a vastly expanded reach. Our "masthead" area has been redesigned to save space and be more powerful.
Our most powerful new feature is the ability to move from community to community by clicking on map icons. Ever since we released LawMoose, people have been asking us if LawMoose is going to be available for other states. As of today, the answer is "yes".
Wisconsin: We are publishing LawMoose Wisconsin as our second state because of the substantial cultural and economic connections between Wisconsin and Minnesota, the high quality of the information available on Wisconsin legal web sites, and the high percentage of Internet users in Wisconsin.
Whether you are a member of the Wisconsin legal community, a casual user of our Wisconsin legal community knowledge server, or a first time visitor, we'd love to hear your suggestions for how we can further enhance the Wisconsin legal web ecosystem.
World Legal Resource Center: We are also pleased to announce the launch of our new LawMoose World Legal Resource Center. (What a day!) Search a collection drawn strictly from the world's leading law sites, with a special emphasis on international law and the laws of countries around the world, in addition to US law.
Our World Legal Resource Center home page features live Super-Easy Search links for each country of the world and as well as their capital cities, U.S. states, and Canadian provinces. We genuinely think the World Legal Resource Center is one of the very best places in the world to start your search for information published on the Web by or about the legal world and the global legal community.
The World Legal Resource Center builds on many unique experiences we have had -- and lessons we have learned -- from serving as a successor publisher of the former U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library, http://www.priweb.com/internetlawlib/1.htm. But the technology that powers the World Legal Resource Center is much more sophisticated, making it possible for us to acquire additional content as needed and refresh it at regular intervals.
Minnesota: Ever wished you could just quickly click over to read a section of the Minnesota Statutes cited in a court opinion or an article? Wish no more. LawMoose can do it for you. It's our new "AutoLink to MN Stats" link on our "Power Links" row of links that accompany each search result.
You have to use it with some discretion. Even many cases do not cite to any statutes. But when you have the right sort of page, loaded with citations to a variety of statutes, just click, and you'll find that LawMoose is a powerful connector, bringing you the law as it really is - an interconnected tapestry.
Now... if we could only do that with cases that cite other cases, you say? Surprise, we could do it in an instant if Minnesota would adopt the universal citation format for court opinions, and implement it in the right way. If you want better connectedness between and among your primary legal reference sources, let bar leaders and the courts know we need universal citation format now, not later!