Since we announced the launch of the LawBrain wiki back in February, LawBrain has been growing nonstop. The legal dictionary, encyclopedia, and community now totals 4,500 articles and more than 21,000 edits made.
So what’s new with LawBrain? And what can you do with it? Here’s a sampling of the latest, and what you can do with LawBrain right now:
Learn. With more than 1,500 entries defining common legal terms, LawBrain is an excellent, free resource for quickly finding legal terms or concepts. It also has a growing number of pages dedicated to keeping up with changing law, whether on a state-by-state issue like gay marriage law, or at the federal level, as in the status of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
LawBrain is also a resource for brushing up on your legal history, with articles on people, organizations, and concepts and principles that have shaped American law for hundreds of years.
Add. As in any wiki, any user is free to add information to update any article to make sure it is accurate and current, or to fill out the perspectives it presents. New articles are welcome too.
And LawBrain keeps track of who added what; any user can, through his or her contributions to an article, build up a reputation as an expert on any subject. Every user also has a profile page, accessible to the whole community, that can be updated to display more information about a user’s background, expertise, and contributions.
Discuss. LawBrain is built for discussion and debate. Every article has a separate Opinion tab where the issues presented in the article can be debated and analyzed. Here is the place to add thoughts on the state of the law, and on what the law should be. The current Opinion page on the BP Gulf oil spill, for instance, rounds up reactions and opinions from experts, politicians, and celebrities, and invites discussion on the legal questions raised by this disaster.
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