Cooperative Blogging and Access to Law
Abstract. Slaw (http://www.slaw.ca) has blogged for eight years to Canadian lawyers and others who work in law, regularly and explicitly supporting the work of CanLII and Lexum by offering suggestions, a platform for discussion and an opportunity to officers from both organizations to publicize developments and obtain feedback from the community. Free access to law via LIIs can be aided by the support of an effective information and discussion platform such as Slaw, the creation of which may assisted by advice offered in this paper.
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