Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Another sign 'o the economic times - Lexis and Westlaw offer free online services for unemployed lawyers

Westlaw has started a website called Between Cases which is intended to serve as an information clearinghouse for displaced attorneys looking for work.  In addition, as the Legal Blog Watch reports, Westlaw is donating $12 million in free research services to firms that support pro bono work:

Between Cases also offers free resources for displaced attorneys who want to use their transitional time to perform pro bono work. To that end, the second prong of West's initiative is something it calls Do Justice. In cooperation with the Pro Bono Institute, West is contributing over $12 million in free Westlaw access to law firms to support pro bono work they do. Read more about both of West's initiatives at the Thomson Reuters blog Legal Current and in this news release.

The Lexis effort to help unemployed attorneys is called Lend a Hand and is offered to those who worked in law firms with more than 50 attorneys. The services it offers include:

Attorneys who qualify for Lend A Hand have until the end of August to sign-up which will entitle them to six month of free service.

I am the scholarship dude.  (jbl)

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