I'm working on a proposal for a Hot Topic at the AALL Annual Meeting. It's due this Thursday. (Yes, I'm doing this at the last minute. In my defense, the suggestion that I try this occurred less than a week ago.)
I need more than an idea; I need to find speakers. I'm hoping that some of you know qualified speakers who might make a short presentation and participate in a discussion. If one of the qualified speakers is you, so much the better!
My writing skills are mediocre at this time of night ... but here's what I've got so far:
The New Free Legal Research Websites
In the past year, several new websites – AltLaw, JD Supra, PreCYdent, Public Library of Law – have presented intriguing free online legal research resources, including a substantial amount of searchable case law. Other sites, such as Justia and public.resource.org, have significantly expanded their collections of free legal materials.
Are these free resources worth a visit by law librarians and other legal researchers? How do these sites compare to more established sites such as FindLaw and the Legal Information Institute? Do they present a challenge to subscription databases such as HeinOnline, LexisNexis, and Westlaw; or can “free” and “fee” co-exist happily?
Any and all suggestions for the proposal and for speakers are welcome. Thanks.