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Law Via the Internet Conference to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of the Free Access to Law Movement

Ithaca, NEW YORK, August 24, 2012

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Legal Information Institute [LII] at Cornell Law School, the first legal website on the Internet and the world’s leading online source for free legal information, serving over 14 million unique visitors each year. Since its founding in 1992, the mission of the LII has been to provide free and open access to the laws that govern us, a goal adopted by nearly 40 other organizations around the world who have embraced the call to provide free legal information to their citizens.

The keystone of this anniversary celebration is the 2012 Law Via the Internet Conference, which will be held in the United States for the first time October 7-9, 2012. This event will gather nearly 300 of the world’s leading advocates of open legal access across disciplines ranging from public participation in government and open access publishing, to government policy, application development and legal informatics.

This year’s conference features keynote addresses by legal technology innovator Richard Susskind and social media visionary Clay Shirky. Headline speakers include founder Steve Ressler, legal information analyst David Curle, head of the United Nations project on Information Technology in Legislatures Gherardo Casini, founder Joshua Tauberer, and Google Scholar founding engineer Anurag Acharya. In all, more than 75 speakers from 25 countries will deliver presentations that encompass all aspects of legal information technology and the free-access-to-law movement.

To accompany the conference program, organizers have planned special networking opportunities to mingle and celebrate the LII’s 20th Anniversary, including a spectacular 20th Anniversary Gala.

Registration is now open, and organizers recommend booking travel and lodging as soon as possible; flights to Ithaca and hotel rooms for this event will fill up quickly. Corporate sponsorships are also available.

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