The launch of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School in 1992 was the first giant step towards making legal information available to the public via the Internet. A year later, inspired by Cornell’s LII, the Canadian LII was born. Today, there are 14 Legal Information Institutes throughout the world. A new, 19-minute video traces the history of these LIIs through revealing interviews with their founders and staff. It was produced by CanLII. Tom Bruce, director of the Cornell LII, has posted them on YouTube in three parts:

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.