Arts Law: the Arts Law Centre of Australia
The Arts Law Centre of Australia is the national community legal center for artists and arts organizations in Australia. The Centre gives preliminary advice and information on a wide range of related legal and business matters. Arts Law publishes a range of materials to assist arts practitioners, including guides, checklists, seminar papers and booklets, sample contracts with explanatory notes, and a quarterly newsletter. Some of this material is available for free on the Arts Law website, but much of it must be ordered from the Centre for a small fee. Researchers will be interested in the site’s free information sheets, which cover topics such as business name protection, defamation, trademarks, and sponsorship agreement. The Arts Law website also provides a collection of free articles on tax, moral rights, film, writing, and the cultural rights of indigenous artists, among others.
Community Rights Counsel (CRC) is a nonprofit, public interest law firm based in Washington DC. Focusing on the defense of land use laws, environmental protection, public health measures, and other community protections, CRC publishes a litigation handbook to assist in the defense against takings claims, gives presentations and workshops, and helps secure amicus support for its clients. CRC’s website is a treasure for legal researchers. It reprints (in PDF) the full-text of the firm’s amicus briefs dating back to 1999, CRC’s petitions for certiorari, and key Supreme Court cases organized by topic. The website tracks pending Supreme Court litigation, and reports on related recent opinions. Many of these recent cases include briefs, oral argument transcripts, and extensive background information and analysis of the rulings. Law students will want to view the firm’s posted job opportunities and internship positions as they arise.
Glenn Reynolds is a law professor at the University of Tennessee, specializing in constitutional, administrative, and Internet law. He pontificates on the web as InstaPundit, where he is the sole blogger. InstaPundit is one of the best-known political blogs, in large part due to its coverage of the U.S. war with Iraq. Generally considered a conservative, Reynolds’ is a self-described “techno libertarian” who gained fame as a “warblogger” due to his hawkish politics. InstaPundit is popular because it is updated almost hourly, but the commentary on links can be thin. This blog covers a wide range of pop culture, politics, and news, in addition to the occasional legal lead.
TalkLeft is a politically liberal legal weblog (or "blog") produced by Denver-based criminal defense attorney Jeralyn Merritt. The blog’s mission is to “intelligently and thoroughly examine issues, candidates and legislative initiatives as they pertain to constitutional rights, particularly those of persons accused of crime.” TalkLeft is updated multiple times daily, and readers are able to comment on posts (and often do). Entries are pithy and often consist of excerpts from linked news items. In addition to those interested in the politics, TalkLeft is aimed at journalists, policy makers, and the criminal defense community. Anyone interested in legal blogs would benefit from syndicating this site.
The Virginia Journal of Law & Technology (VJoLT) is an online law journal published since 1997. The full text of all articles is available via the Journal’s web page, and most articles are in both HTML and PDF format, although some issues are available in only one of the formats. Visitors may search VJoLT’s web page via a Google-powered search engine, or browse each issue by date. The Journal’s submission guidelines are posted on the web site, as are the names and contact information for the managing and editorial boards of each year. Legal researchers will appreciate the site’s links to law- and technology-related resources, including other online technology-oriented law journals.
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