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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Other RSS news

This has been going on for a long time, but I just happened upon the Illinois Legal Advocate:

Illinois Legal Aid Online was created in March 2001 as the Illinois Technology Center for Law & the Public Interest, pursuant to the recommendations of an October 2000 statewide assessment of legal services’ technology needs. Substantial initial funding was provided by the Chicago Bar Foundation, the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. (About.)

Someone has gone to great lengths to provide an excellent resource for Illinois lawyers who advocate for poor people.

That by itself is pretty amazing. But, there's more. Someone there is taking great care to upload their calendar to the Legal Services RSS Feed Project. The cool thing is use of RSS (really simple syndication). Very impressive. LS Tech doesn't have its about page up, yet. But, the terms of use page refers to, "Legal Services of South Central Michigan, on behalf of the Legal Services XML Group," and a quick whois lookup indicates this is part of the University of Michigan Poverty Law Project.

Today, lawyers get an A+ for using RSS to help lawyers help those in need. Tomorrow? Who knows. They'll probably find a way to get on someone's shit list, again. Damn.

Posted by Marie at August 10, 2005 10:09 PM