September 12, 2012
How to Find the Law: Another chapter in the publishing tradition of legal research and legal bibliography comes to a close
How to Find the Law in any of its many editions was never my favorite legal research and legal bibliography title. Effective Legal Research was but that pBook has been "history" for many, many years. Now too for what certainly deserves to be acknowledged as one of the standard works in the field, How to Find the Law.
"After much thought, Beth [Edinger] and I are letting Finding the Law go. The world of textbooks in general is in flux, but I do not see a role for a standard textbook on legal research in it. I continue to believe in the value of research instruction, but it will not come via the standard printed textbook. That day is gone." -- Bob Berring.
For much more see Bob Berring's Finding the Law R.I.P. on Slaw.
Is finding the law by way of expert texts also dead? So who is going to be the brave soul to write the first fully enhanced -- not slanted to any one vendor's e-resources by limiting embedded links to in-house services and including stable open law links -- and regularly updated legal research and bibliography eBook? Professionally, I believe there remains a need for one. If interested, don't, however, pitch the idea to the publisher of How to Find the Law. That day is gone for Thomson Reuters' legal education publishing strategy. [JH]