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The Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School (LII) and CALI are longtime allies with oft-overlapping values. Chief among them is the shared belief that primary law belongs to the public: not to states, governments, or corporations; but to you.
LII embodies this philosophy, having started the free law movement on the Internet in 1992. Still the most respected free legal information website, LII hosts the premier online versions of several federal rules collections. CALI, through its eLangdell Press, is unlocking the legal casebook by publishing open, flexible, and free e-books for legal education. The federal rules are invaluable reference tools for many practitioners, as well as the foundation of many law courses. It only makes sense that LII and CALI work together to publish and distribute these rules in multiple electronic formats at no cost; and we are truly excited to do that through this joint partnership.
The texts of federal rules are, of course, in the public domain. We especially believe that those who cannot afford to pay for a copy of these rules should not have to. Students should have the option to learn from these rules, and teachers to teach from them, for free. Legal aid attorneys and pro se litigants should freely use them to better represent clients or themselves.
But freely-distributed products aren’t free to create. Converting the federal rules into this electronic format required quite a bit of shared work and resources between our organizations. If you are in the fortunate position to use these rules as a tool to help make your living, and you can afford to contribute, please support this joint project and donate now. We suggest $20 per title downloaded, but gifts of any size will make a difference.
Your support is crucial to ensuring this series of federal rules e-books continues and incorporates future updates.