Tuesday, March 08, 2005

We need a central repository for Canadian law firm newsletters and bulletins

This has been on my wishlist for sometime.

Every major law firm publishes newsletters, news alerts, law updates, bulletins, commentaries. Right now, though, users have to make their way to each law firm web site to scan for new releases. Or users have to go through the trouble of signing up by e-mail with each firm that publishes in the area of law they want to track.

Of course, if law firms used RSS feeds... but the only Canadian law firm I can find that disseminates newsletters via RSS is Osler (add RSS dissemination to the wishlist too).

The commercial providers like Quicklaw and Carswell won't bother with dozens of newsletters on the same topic.

Could some service harvest newsletters and make them available from one location? Not doable?

Well, Quebec already does it: check out the La dépêche - Bulletins juridiques newsletter service offered for free by SOQUIJ, the Société québécoise d'information juridique, an agency mandated by the Quebec legislature to disseminate and commercialize Quebec case law and other legal information as widely as possible.

For the "La dépêche - Bulletins juridiques" service, SOQUIJ staff monitor info updates, legal columns, law firm and legal research institute newsletters, and conference texts from Quebec sources. The material is indexed by broad subject area. Since many Quebec-based law firms produce English material, many of the newsletters available on this central site are in English.

This should be on the agenda of law societies and the law library community in the ROC market (Rest of Canada). Our newsletters are the most convenient way to reach and educate the broad public about hot topics in the law. Making the material easy to find through a single repository makes sense.


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posted by Michel-Adrien at 7:29 pm


Blogger Connie Crosby said...

I haven't looked at it in a long time, but I'm wondering if Bar-X doesn't try to at least link to the newsletters? Have you had a look there?


5:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out http://www.lexology.com, it does just what you ask, its free, and all the content is nicely organised and searchable. oh, it has rss in there as well i believe!

5:53 am  

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