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Opinio Juris - May 2011

Scroll down to read about free opinion summaries from Justia, CALI's Free Law Reporter, the Making of Modern Law Trials database, opinion access from the Government Printing Office, and Supreme Court Haiku. For information on other topics, see the Moritz Legal Information Blog and the Moritz Law Library Facebook page.

Free Opinion Summaries from Justia

Justia.com recently announced the release of a free daily opinion summaries service. The summaries are available for the U.S. Supreme Court, all federal circuit courts of appeals, and numerous state supreme courts including the Ohio Supreme Court. Weekly summaries by practice area are also available. Users can receive summaries via email after signing up for a free Justia account. Justia provides an example of a daily summary for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and a weekly practice summary for Environmental Law. Users can link from the summary to a full-text PDF version of the opinion.

CALI Free Law Reporter

CALI has launched The Free Law Reporter (FLR), a freely accessible and searchable electronic case reporter including "nearly every recent appellate and supreme court opinion" in state and federal courts since January 1, 2011. The FLR uses the bulk feed from Public.Resource.Org's Report of Currrent Opinions (RECOP) discussed here in January. One interesting feature of the FLR is that cases are available for downloading in ePub format for compatibility with e-readers. Searching is limited to basic keyword searches, though more advanced options are in development.

Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926

Moritz Law Library is now providing access to a new Making of Modern Law database entitled Trials, 1600-1926. The database complements the existing Gale MOML databases offered by the library: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926, Primary Sources, 1620-1926, and U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978. The new database includes trial documents and printed accounts of numerous trials in American, British, and French history. Among other subjects, material is available on the Amistad trial, Dred Scott, John Brown, Sacco and Vanzetti, Oscar Wilde, and Alfred Dreyfuss. The MOML Trials database is accessible on-campus or off-campus with OSU authentication.

Opinion Access on GPO's FDsys website

In one more piece of free opinion access news, the Government Printing Office and the Federal Judiciary are beginning a one-year pilot program to allow greater public access to opinions in federal courts. The program will start with 12 courts and may eventually include as many as 42. Opinions will be available through GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) website. Unlike PACER, access via GPO will not require login and will offer better search options. The 12 participating courts include the 2nd and 8th Circuit Courts of Appeals and various district courts throughout the country. GPO provides a press release describing the program in more detail.

Supreme Court Haiku

For a summer diversion, visit a website of haiku about U.S. Supreme Court cases created by Houston IP lawyer Keith Jaasma. Read haiku on recent cases like Kentucky v. King and Kasten v. Saint-Gobain, as well as notable cases from past terms like Jacobellis v. Ohio. Comments on the site must be in haiku or they will be deleted.