CourtCloud Helps Courts Publish Their Own Opinions – For Free

CALI has developed a prototype for uploading, storing, and sharing official court opinions called CourtCloud. Elmer Masters, the Director of Internet Development there, calls it a “Dropbox for courts.” The purpose of CourtCloud is to help courts self-publish their opinions. I’ll break it down for non-technical people (such as myself): The court clerk or judge has a CourtCloud folder on

“That is not a drug. It’s a leaf.” Justia’s Weekly Writers’ Picks

Americans for Safe Access, et al v. DEA, US DC Cir. (1/22/13) Constitutional Law, Drugs & Biotech, Government & Administrative Law, Health Law The DEA, under the authority of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, 21 U.S.C. 812(b)(1)(B), classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug, the most restricted drug classification under the Act. Petitioners challenged the DEA’s denial of its

There’s No Place Like Home – Justia’s Weekly Writers’ Picks

Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, US Supreme Court (1/15/13) Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law Lozman’s floating home was a plywood structure with empty bilge space underneath to keep it afloat. He had it towed several times before deciding on a marina owned by the city of Riviera Beach. After various disputes and unsuccessful efforts to evict him from

Justia’s Weekly Writers’ Picks

Happy new year! We’re starting off 2013 with opinion picks that cover four “c”s of legal practice areas: copyright, construction law, contracts, and criminal law. Harney v. Sony Pictures Television, Inc., US 1st Cir. (1/7/13) Copyright Plaintiff, a freelance photographer, took a photograph of a man, who called himself Clark Rockefeller, and the man’s daughter. Later, it was discovered that

On FISA and Access to the Law

Access to opinions and codes is of particular interest to the bloggers at Justia. We complain mightily about private citation formats, paywalls to codes and caselaw online, privatization of court services and filings, and the government’s overall failure to provide us with official, free access to the public record. Last week’s news about the reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act,