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MAALL Markings (Mid-America Association of Law Libraries), March 2016, Volume 25, Issue 2 Pages 4-5.
Change has come to the state of Nebraska in a digital way. Beginning January 1, 2016, the official opinions of the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska Court of Appeals are available online only, a change which improves users’ ability to search these opinions. Now users can search all Nebraska Supreme Court opinions from 1871 through the present day and all Nebraska Court of Appeals opinions since its creation in 1992. Prior to this change, opinions were made available in print and the current opinions were available on the Court’s website. Both the public and legal community can access court opinions for free from the Nebraska Appellate Courts Online Library, available at https://www.nebraska.gov/ apps-courts-epub/public/.
Richard Leiter, Schmid Law Library Director and Professor of Law, served as a consultant on the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Electronic Publications Committee and assisted the Court’s process as it migrated from print to digital. The committee began work on the digital-only court opinions project in August 2012, finishing in late 2015. I spoke with Rich about the process, and here is a synopsis of our conversation: