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AALL Spectrum | May/June 2016 | Volume 20, Number 5

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26 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG A ccessing and researching the law has changed little over the past decade. Legal research is typically a solitary pursuit involving databases of information in the hands of a few large vendors. Lately, however, this approach has come under increasing scrutiny for a variety of reasons. For starters, comprehensive legal research is expensive. e cost of accessing the major commercial databases limits, to some degree, who in the legal community has access to the law. at limitation raises questions about social justice. When the tools of law become so expensive that only certain lawyers and their clients can aord them, it sties equal access to the legal system. CROWDSOURCING LEGAL RESEARCH How two platforms leveraged technology and expertise to improve legal research. BY PAT NEWCOMBE THE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

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