Legaltree

Two recent graduates of the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia have pointed me to their website, Legaltree.ca, which has the tagline “A growing resource for lawyers.” The idea is that lawyers will submit “research resources” they have written, building a corpus of valuable material for use by everyone. The idea isn’t a bad one, although, as with Wikipedia, the evident model, much will depend upon the editors’ willingness to check the quality and currency of the submissions. There are few resources in fact available at the moment, and what there is, unsurprisingly, has a B.C. tilt.

It’s going to take something more than “building it” to make them “come,” at least as contributors, I’d say. Trust levels and networks have to be worked at — and it would be a good start in that regard if the two “recent graduates” identified themselves by name.

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