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Advocacy Groups Among Contributors to New Legal Docs Database

Posted Apr 28, 2008 11:52 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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About 200 lawyers and legal organizations have contributed legal documents to a website that launched at the end of February.

Contributors to the site, JDSupra.com, include the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Cato Institute, the New York Times reports.

The site allows lawyers to share pleadings, research memoranda and other materials, ABAJournal.com reported in February. Site visitors can find the content for free, and lawyers are not charged to post materials and profiles. The cost is $240 a year, however, if lawyers want to link to their e-mail addresses, or their own websites or blogs.

Seattle lawyer Marc Stern told the Times that the site may be useful to consumers searching for lawyers and to lawyers searching for legal information. “Attorneys draft many documents that they use once, and then file away, and many are prime examples of a lawyer’s craft,” he said. “Other attorneys could get the benefit of this analysis when they approach similar cases.”

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