Legal Information and the Development of American Law: Writings on the Form and Structure of the Published Law

Duke Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 147

Law Library Journal, Vol. 99, Spring 2007

46 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2007  

Richard A. Danner

Duke University School of Law

Abstract

Robert C. Berring's writings about the impacts of electronic databases, the Internet, and other communications technologies on legal research and practice are an essential part of a larger literature that explores the ways in which the forms and structures of published legal information have influenced how American lawyers think about the law. This paper reviews Berring's writings, along with those of other writers concerned with these questions, focusing on the implications of Berring's idea that in the late nineteenth century American legal publishers created a "conceptual universe of thinkable thoughts" through which U.S. lawyers came to view the law. It concludes that, spurred by Berring and others, the literature of legal information has become far reaching in scope and interdisciplinary in approach, while the themes struck in Berring's work continue to inform the scholarship of newer writers.

Keywords: legal information, legal history, legal research, classification

Suggested Citation

Danner, Richard A., Legal Information and the Development of American Law: Writings on the Form and Structure of the Published Law. Duke Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 147; Law Library Journal, Vol. 99, Spring 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=963403

Richard A. Danner (Contact Author)

Duke University School of Law ( email )

Box 90361
Durham, NC 27708
United States

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