Searching The Sarah Palin Emails

shutterstock_49682815 More than 24,199 pages of emails from the first 21 months of Sarah Palin’s term as Governor of Alaska were released today after an unsuccessful fight by the state to prevent their disclosure. About 30 news organizations paid to receive the 5 boxes of printed documents, and most are planning to scan the messages and put them in searchable online repositories as quickly as they can today. The documents were first requested during the 2008 presidential campaign under freedom of information acts. More than 2,200 pages were withheld, due to Alaskan privacy laws and other client-attorney privil [...]

Legal Ratings And Search Site Avvo Launches

More than a year in development, legal search and ratings site Avvo officially launched yesterday. The site allows users to search by geography and practice area or by lawyer name. It combines data from public records and (eventually) clients, community members and legal peers to offer a composite score for every attorney practicing in the U.S.. Like real estate site Zillow, which shares Benchmark Capital as a funder, Avvo builds lots of functionality (and eventually community) around a core set of data. The founders recognize a hole in the market and want to provide a user-friendly way to f [...]

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