My non-lawyer readers may not realize just how much lawyers share, freely. In fact, a lot of lawyers don’t realize it either.
The recent Feb/Mar 2008 issue of the Oregon State Bar (OSB) Bulletin demonstrates this in two ways.
One is that their own professional association’s monthly magazine is free and online; you don’t need to be a member of the OSB to read it. (And it wouldn’t surprise me to hear that non-lawyers read it more carefully than lawyers, who tend to turn to one particular section and call it a day.)
Second, if you read the Legal Online column by Robert Ambrogi in that Feb/Mar 2008 issue, you get a small taste of just how much legal information is available and freely accessible. Ambrogi’s list of free legal research databases and other free legal content is just the tip of the “free legal resource” iceberg. These are invaluable resources, made available through the efforts and investment of lawyers (and law schools and law firms and law librarians) who want the public to learn about the law.