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Harvard Law School Library Joins the Chesapeake Project Legal Information Archive

–As National Preservation Week Begins, the Chesapeake Project, the First Collaborative Digital Archive of Its Kind in the Law Library Community, Expands with the Addition of a New Library Partner– As the first annual National Preservation Week begins, the Chesapeake Project Legal Information Archive is pleased to announce that its digital preservation efforts are expanding with the addition …

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Just in time for the tax season…

“The IRS turns away from auditing big business.” How do we know? TRACfed! Associated with Syracuse University, this service provides comprehensive information about federal enforcement activities, as well as detailed information about federal staffing, federal funds, and the diverse characteristics of counties, federal districts, and states. It also generates free reports based on its data which are highlighted …

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Kenya’s Constitution

Kenya’s Parliament recently passed a new draft Constitution. (Hat tip, Jurist and the Comparative Constitutions blog which has been commenting about the progress of the constitution in Parliament for the past week.) This development comes on the heels of judges at the International Criminal Court approving an investigation into the violence that erupted following Kenya’s 2007 election, with …

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Some Government Info. News for Sunshine Week

During this Sunshine Week (a national effort to spur discussion of the importance of open government and freedom of information), we are seeing a lot of interesting developments in access to U.S. government information. Representative Steve Israel recently filed the Public Online Information Act, which would require Executive Branch agencies to publish all publicly available information on the …

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Paying for CRS reports twice?

Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports provide useful information on a variety of topics, including analyses of key federal statutes or significant legislative proposals under consideration by Congress and compilations of legislative histories. Drafted by staff members at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress for the use of members of Congress, these reports have been the …

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Emergence of Law.Gov

Carl Malamud recently announced the creation of Law.Gov (“a proposed registry and repository of all primary legal materials of the United States”). Co-convenors in the project include Harvard Law School’s own Lawrence Lessig and Jonathan Zittrain, former Harvard Law School Library Director Terry Martin and the Robert Crown Law Library of Stanford Law School. See Law.Gov: America’s Operating …

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More government information news

We recently blogged about the submission of the Improve PACER petition to the Administrative Office of the Courts. On Thursday, the FDLP blog stated that the American Association of Law Libraries has been contacted to discuss reviving a pilot program which made PACER available for free at selected depository libraries, but was suspened abruptly pending evaluation. See the …

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Updates from Our Friends Opening Up Government Information

You may recall our posting asking you to join our Stanford law librarian colleagues’ Improve PACER petition. Erika Wayne recently presented the petition to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, joined by Georgetown Law Librarian Kumar Jayasuriya and former HLS Library Director and current HLS faculty member Terry Martin. See the Legal Research Plus blog for …

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