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aileron
08-09-2007, 10:14 AM
I couldn't access this because its not available yet, but it would be interesting to use.



Aug 08, 2007 16:17 ET
Top Supreme Court Law Firm Uses New Online Constitutional Source Library to Prep for Gun Law Cert Petition

Online Resource Saves Law Firm Time, Money

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - August 8, 2007) - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, a leading law firm, is using the collection of founding documents compiled on ConSource, the first comprehensive online collection of Constitution-related source materials, to research and present the District of Columbia's position that the District's handgun ban withstands Constitutional scrutiny. These documents will play an important role in the petition for certiorari presented to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn the March 9 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit holding that the District's law violates the Second Amendment.

"This case has great implications for gun laws across the country," said Tom Goldstein, the head of Akin Gump's Supreme Court practice. "It is extremely important that we get the constitutional history right. With the help of ConSource, we will be able to access the full documentary record of the Second Amendment in presenting the case to the Supreme Court."

Through ConSource, Akin Gump has access to digitized collections relating to the Second Amendment: the Anti-Federalist Papers, the state ratification debates for seven states, and the legislative history of the Bill of Rights. Online access to these documents will drastically cut the research time necessary to research the case.

"Akin Gump is using this resource in one of many ways we envisioned this project could be used," said Lorianne Updike, President & Executive Director of The Constitutional Sources Project, which is creating ConSource. "Attorneys and practice groups are able to easily find prominent and obscure historical documents relating to different provisions in the Constitution via ConSource, and will soon be able to create their own collections, post briefs, and publish or block access to their practice groups' work product."

ConSource houses more than a thousand of the most important founding documents from over 30 archives across the eastern seaboard, the Midwest, and California, and will soon be adding documents from an archive in France.

To view a full case study regarding Akin Gump and the firm's use of ConSource, visit www.ConSource.org/akingump.

About The Constitutional Sources Project

Founded in May of 2005, The Constitutional Sources Project created the first, comprehensive, online library of Constitution-related source materials and provides free access to "We the People" at www.ConSource.org. Full access to the site and collections will be available on Constitution Day, September 17, 2007. This new medium will give the Founders, Reconstructionists, and original Feminists voices in the classroom and courtroom, providing everyone from the sixth grader to the Supreme Court justice with the best history of the Constitution. Collections include James Madison's Notes of the Constitutional Convention, The Federalist Papers, the Anti- and Pro-Federalist Papers, State Ratification Debates for seven states, the Bill of Rights' Legislative History and 188 personal letters detailing the workings behind-the-scenes during ratification and the passage of the Bill of Rights called the Founders' Papers.

About Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 900 lawyers with offices in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Taipei and Washington.

JALLEN
08-09-2007, 10:18 AM
I'm surprised that Akin Gump doesn't have a better library than the Feds on this. It has been a big time law firm for a long, long time (it's as old as I am!), and they probably have a bigger budget.

JawBone
08-09-2007, 10:27 AM
They can keep looking for that "National Guard" reference in the founding documents all they want - it ain't there.

Librarian
08-09-2007, 10:34 AM
Founded in May of 2005, The Constitutional Sources Project created the first, comprehensive, online library of Constitution-related source materials and provides free access to "We the People" at www.ConSource.org. Full access to the site and collections will be available on Constitution Day, September 17, 2007. A writer from http://www.constitution.org points out that the new site is neither the first nor comprehensive, and appears to be copying some from
http://www.constitution.org/liberlib.htm

tiki
08-09-2007, 12:12 PM
I'm surprised that Akin Gump doesn't have a better library than the Feds on this.

Mr. Gump, what is the Districts argument?

Moma always said, Stupid is as stupid does.

CCWFacts
08-09-2007, 12:39 PM
That's sickening that someone is scrounging founding documents to find reasons why we don't need the freedoms that the Founding Fathers risked their lives for.

Dr. Peter Venkman
08-09-2007, 2:35 PM
Mr. Gump needs a new hobby, more specifically one on a shrimp boat.

laupdike
08-10-2007, 12:53 PM
ConSource will become accessible on Constitution Day, September 17, 2006 at www.ConSource.org. If you would like special preliminary access to the under-construction "gamma" site before then, please e-mail info@consource.org.

laupdike
08-10-2007, 1:07 PM
A writer from http://www.constitution.org points out that the new site is neither the first nor comprehensive, and appears to be copying some from
http://www.constitution.org/liberlib.htm
Contrary to what the Librarian has said, we have not taken any material from constitution.org, but have created the material anew from the authoritative texts from the Founding Fathers.

Some of the material we are posting can be found in diverse places on the web, such as Madison's Notes of the Constitutional Convention (the transcription of which is available via the Liberty Fund's website) but no other site, including constitution.org, has the breadth of materials that are currently on the site nor will be. No other site also provides authoritative transcriptions and high-resolution images that have been 1) run through a certification process, and 2) indexed to the different clauses in the Constitution.

For instance, we are the first organization (including government entities) to digitize the original Federalist Papers.

If you haven't noticed, we are serious about providing "We the People" with direct, free access to the words of the Founders, regardless of political affiliation!

Hunter
08-10-2007, 6:31 PM
ConSource will become accessible on Constitution Day, September 17, 2006 at www.ConSource.org. If you would like special preliminary access to the under-construction "gamma" site before then, please e-mail info@consource.org.

You've seem to have missed that date by a little...:p

Librarian
08-10-2007, 7:24 PM
Contrary to what the Librarian has said, we have not taken any material from constitution.org, but have created the material anew from the authoritative texts from the Founding Fathers.
I'd appreciate a bit more precision in your attribution - as you correctly quoted, I said "a writer from http://www.constitution.org" said that. I read it in email, from a mailing list, and I did not and do not have the author's permission to quote directly. (And how that writer would know that I'm not sure - the current 'pre-pub' version of the web site does not have a lot to go on - not a fault, merely a statement of condition.)

If you haven't noticed, we are serious about providing "We the People" with direct, free access to the words of the Founders, regardless of political affiliation!
Sounds like a good thing - I'll be back to see in September.

Presuming this is the same "Gene Shaerr", this article (http://www.meridianmagazine.com/ideas/041025Interpretation.html) might be helpful in setting expectations.